Cherry Blossom Lager | Old Dominion Brewing Company

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Cherry Blossom LagerCherry Blossom Lager

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
Conditioned on 300 pounds of Michigan cherries for 48 hours. Perle & Tradition hops.

Added by imbibehour on 03-04-2013

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Photo of Ploohblaah
1.94/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Tastes and smells like cherry syrup. The beer itself tastes like a cheap rice lager and combined with the intense sweet syrupy flavors it is intensely off-putting. A ton of yeast chuncks floating in the brew.

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Photo of Drunkie
1.95/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of jtierney89
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

An Orange pinkish color with a pink tinted head. Dry grain and cherries on the nose. Light crisp bubbly body. Sweet grains with a touch of cherry flavor. A little sour on the back end. Drinkable but was hoping for something a bit brighter in flavor and the sourness is kinda killing it for me. A touch of some sort of bite on the back end too, possibly a small touch of alcohol?

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Photo of Cattman
2/5  rDev -41.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -33.8%

Photo of Guden
2.4/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- pinkish orange with huge chunks of thick yeast sediment and a fluffy white head. The sediment is unappealing in this style and I ended up transferring glasses to remove most of it.

S- grainy pilsner, a touch of sulfur, light green apple and just a little fruitiness that isn't distinctly cherry.

T/M- pretty laid back and mellow flavor with some doughy grain and yeasty components giving a pizza crust character with a finish that's moderately full, syrupy and very lightly sweet and sour leaving a very light cherry taste in the finish.

O- I feel like I spent the entirety of this beer searching for cherry beyond the yeast clumps and doughy pilsner taste. Comes out as a fairly thick, moderately sweet lager. Not bad but not good for a fruit beer.

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Photo of tharley
2.46/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of hellisia
2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of woodychandler
2.51/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This was another house recommendation by the proprietress of Mari's Six Pac 'n' Mor in Reading during my most recent foray up that way. Let's see how it pans out.

From the bottle: "'We can't help it[.] We're all mad here[.] All the best people are[.]' - L. Carroll"; "Lager with cherries. Delightfully effervescent, blushing, and tart."; "lager with cherries & natural flavor".

The fizzing, popping finger of head was not long for this world, but it did have a pinkish cast to its off-white color. Nose smelled simply of lager, perhaps with notes of hay and alfalfa, but definitely lager. No discernible cherry. Color was a deep amber with NE-quality clarity. I have no reason to guess anything other than lager. Mouthfeel was thin, kind of watery and once more, I was not sensing anything other than lager. Was this bottle mislabeled? Finish was semi-sweet and I really found myself wondering what, if anything, happened to the cherries.

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Photo of gopens44
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Started off promising, as this thing smelled like the cherry filling in pop tarts (that's actually a compliment....pop tarts are delightful). Initially the taste lined up with the nose but quickly became salty and syrupy in a not so awesome way. Perhaps if you don't' mind a little salt thing happening, than you'll find this to be awesome, but as for me - not a fan of the salt thing.

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Photo of acurtis
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of NJBeer265
2.75/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of Jonada
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottled on 3/5/2013. Served in a pint glass

Appearance: Golden in color with a reddish hue. Less than a finger soapy white head dissipated almost instantly to a very thin collar and left no lacing. There was quite a bit of fine sediment floating in the glass as well.

Smell: Wet grain, cooked vegetables with some hints of sweet cherry juice. Smells like a macro lager with some cherry juice added.

Taste: Basically the same as the nose. Generic grain, cereal, cherry juice and maybe a hint of grassy hops. Cherries add some light tartness and sweetness on the palate which was appreciated.

Mouthfeel: Body is on the light side of medium with medium levels of fine prickly carbonation. Very mild bitterness in the finish, but it is noticeable.

Overall: This wasn't very good. I'm not sure if they used adjuncts in this but it smelled and tasted a lot like an adjunct lager. The cherry flavors are not overwhelming, though I'm not sure that would have been a bad thing in this case. I'd recommend skipping this one.

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Photo of ZagZagg
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into Willybecher Glass

A: Amberish brew blushing with a reddish tint, not completely translucent, but far from opaque. One finger of bright white head sat on the shoulders of this moderately carbonated beer for a short spell. Some lacing, but weak – body looks pretty light

S: Syrupy cherry up front – a sweet smelling fusion of black cherry and a more artificial aroma of maraschino. Hints of honey and dark fruits, plums, prunes. No bitterness on the nose, but pilsner style malts are evident in the background.

T: Diluted reiteration of the nose. Blended cherry that comes off slightly fabricated. Still picking up some subtler sweetness possibly provided by apricot, plum and other assorted darker fruits. Light malty character compensates for the lacking middle mouth, but is somewhat musty. Honey and maraschino cherry syrup pull in the rear and bring the finish down into a grainy, suppressed bready conclusion.

M: Moderate carbonation, somewhat crisp, light body on the tongue – wouldn’t be hard to straight up chug this beer.

O: To be quite honest this beer is very reminiscent of Lionshead, with a bit more character. Cherry flavor is apparent but doesn’t strike me as au naturale. Beer is pretty crisp and relatively easy to drink, not a fan of the malt profile. Not really a fan, it’s not bringing enough umphh.

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Photo of hairnic
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of The_Kriek_Freak
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is my first non-pinup beer from Dominion. Usually I'm a sucker for all things cherry but this one I simply could not finish. Great color and head and a pleasant aroma of cherry candy. So far so good. The taste however was that of carbonated cough syrup with a sharp bitter aftertaste. I had a few sips to see if it'll grow on me but it was just too much to handle.

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Photo of Drknight
3/5  rDev -11.8%

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