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 smakawhat on 03-04-2013

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Dominion Brewing Co. "Cherry Blossom Lager"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "BOTTLING DATE 01/11/16" on 04/05/16
$2 @ Giant, Havertown, PA

Sweet, floral and perfumy cherry greets you in the nose as you pour Old Dominion's Cherry Blossom Lager. An initially frothy, and then rocky as-it-settles, head rises above a slightly hazy golden and orange body. The head retention is very good, and although it drops to just a thin collar and very thin & whispy surface covering, the lacing remains quite nice.

In the mouth it's medium bodied leaning towards medium-light, and smooth across the palate with the gentle caress of a very fine-bubbled moderate carbonation.

Beyond the cherry, which is pretty bold and sweetish, there's a soft blanket of malt behind it in the flavor. It's softly grainy, and peppered with lightly spicy and grassy hops. The bitterness is, of course, limited to allow the cherries to shine, yet it somehow manages to finish fairly dry, and without an over-lingering fruity finish.

I'd initially thought, given the bold cherry in both the aroma and flavor, that this might be a one-trick pony but it's not. The malt base has a very nice pilsner-like quality to it, and I'm sure with a little more bitterness added it would completely stand on its own sans-cherry. Notes of almond, commonly found with cherries, add an additional layer of complexity. Some might find it a bit sweet, but I assure you that it's at least worth a try. Really nicely done!

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Photo of Jason
3.64/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

For a fruit beer this is actually pretty good. While the lager part of nothing to write home about it is what it is ... crisp and clean. Clean enough to let the cherry flavor through which is a lot more subtle than anticipated. Well rounded and drinkable. Bit of hoppiness in the finish to remind you it is a beer. Well done.

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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 smakawhat
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

Out of the bottle this has a hint of red almost pink, hits and gives a reddish orange body color, a little opaque, but with lots of cola bubble rising carbonation. Head is only about a finger, but manages a good half finger puck, off white, and picking up a lot of the body color with some very light orange hue.

Nose is a basic malt grain, kind of thick and dough like. Not very cherry or even fruity smelling. Clean. But honestly there is not really much going on here, it's quite subdued.

Well palate really comes quite a surprise. First hit on the palate is a nice cherry hint, with a little bit of light malt. However, the sweetness is really toned down, with no sourness and gives a simple little push towards the malts. The aftertatse really gives some malt depth and bakery bread feeling, but with just a hint of fruit. It's really nicely balanced, and I get a nice malt bakery action and the fruit together nicely on the finish. Lightly carbonated but with just a hint of crispness. A nice lip coating mild honey feeling as well.

I like the fruit angle on this, it's not overpowering, not sickly sweet or sour, it's just right and it works well with the malt density for this lager. They did a good job on this one, I think I am going to be drinking this beer often this Spring.

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Photo of tone77
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a light brown color with pinkish hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some cherries, a touch of grains. Taste is also rather mild, grains, light cherry, a touch of malts. Feels light in the mouth and overall this is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of tigg924
4.41/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours clear, dark gold in color with 1/4 inch head. Taste is sweet maraschino cherries, cherry juice, with a light lager backbone filled with grain and grass. Sweet and light bodied, makes for an interesting and sweet dessert beer. This is the cherry dessert beer that I have been looking for. I would get this more often if it were available locally.

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Photo of 57md
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Light copper in color with a bunch of floaties (looks like pieces of cherry). Sure smells like cherries, alright. I'm getting both sweetness and tart flavors from the cherries. Smooth and easy drinking but certainly not light-bodied.

This is clearly a non-traditional brew but one that I find to be a quite pleasant spring offering.

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Photo of ordybill
3.97/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a crystal clear light amber colored beer with a moderate sized white head. The aroma is of faint hops and cherries. The taste is a big sweet cherry flavor. A really interesting beer.

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Photo of ckollias
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a slightly hazy peach hue with a thin white head that quickly dissipates leaving no lace and slight trail.

S: Slightly skunky aroma with hints of cherries.

T: Sweet lager taste with mild cherry and fruit flavors.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Just a so-so brew – more like a typical lager than anything.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.32/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this in Totowa, even though Cheery Blossom season is over here in New Jersey. I'm not a huge fan of this style but I wanted to give it a try and even though this didn't win me over or was as tart as I would have liked, it was sufficient enough for a warm afternoon such as this and better than most beers of this style that I've had before.

The pour to this was nice, with a golden hue, fluffy head, and a bit of lacing the slowly slid down the sides of my glass. A bit of cherries in the nose with a lot more syrup than I would have liked, but the flavor didn't fully come out until the aftertaste. This was bit too medicinal for me but the carbonation was light and the body was full enough that hops really weren't needed in this, and couldn't be discerned for the most part. This even tasted a bit woody, along the lines of birch or oak.

It was light in the alcohol department too, which would have been good if I grabbed more than one of these from the shelf. This wouldn't blow anyone over but those who like this style would be wise to check it out. It's so easygoing and true to form that it wouldn't offend anyone, even if there wasn't anything outstanding in particular to find here.

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Photo of Beejay
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

A: Light amber with a tinge of pink to it, large off white head on top.

S: Smells very heavily of maraschino cherries. Sweet, dense cherry aroma.

T: Huge hit of cherries. Sugary sweet cherry. There is a nice little hint of almond in there, as well as a touch of malt in the finish, but pretty much just a cherry bomb. It is everything I like about Sam Adams Cherry wheat blown up to a proportion that makes it overdone, and cloying. The first few sips are tasty, but as you continue to drink it becomes overly sweet.

M: Medium light, but I think the carbonation is a touch lacking considering the style. Residual sweetness afterward.

O: Overall an interesting brew, but a little too cloying.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, bottled on 2/9/15, poured into a pint glass
A: Light brown with a 1/2-finger head that quickly settles
S: Lots of sweet cherries, like cherry pie filling. Maybe a hint of vanilla and malt
T: Matches the nose. Tastes like vanilla pie with whipped cream
M: Light-bodied, fairly sweet
O: If you like cherries/cherry pie, give this a go. I do. Be warned, though, this is more dessert than a beer to drink if you're looking for a typical ale, and is more pie filling than blossom

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Photo of farrago
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very loose head, even though it starts off around two fingers in a matter of seconds it has dissipated down to the surface, plain white coloration, close to zero lacing and that’s being generous. Dark orange hued liquid, consistent throughout, closer to red than yellow, clear, there’s only a few bubbles which are distributed haphazardly. The nose is 100% cherry pie, like nothing else has room, honey, flaky dough, rose petals and cherries, cherries, cherries. Medium-bodied, the carbonation seems okay for what it going on which is, duh, basically chugging a jar of maraschino cherries. Has the doughy flakiness and honey plus that rich florality. And you might pose an argument for orange peel or chocolate. No hops, nothing here comes close to “biting.” It’s smooth and consistent and deserves note for very good drinkability. But this is basically a cherry beer and you really, really, really have to love cherries. For this imbiber, this is best utilized as a dessert beer where you believe cherry flavor is welcome.

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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 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 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 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 Arithmeticus
3.74/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled in shaker pint at home.

A: outstanding bloom, great carbonation, 3-finger head; ruddy dark pink color
S: A combination of excellent fruit aroma and stale metallic smell makes this a wash; no hop aroma
T: Cherry is very strong and flavorful--it's by far the most dominant element; hop taste is pretty minimal; sweet malt, lighter roast level; not bitter; little aftertaste, goes down nicely
M: very vigorous and engaging

For a fruit beer, I think this is excellent overall; if you're not a fan of the style, you won't be impressed

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Photo of Jeffreysan
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a beautiful dark-straw, slightly light amber color with reddish/pink highlights, topped by two fingers of off-white head, speckled with reddish/pink highlights. The head lasts forever, too, leaving an excellent lacing coating the glass as its drunk. Beautiful looking beer!

Aroma: Fruit! Cherry and plums, followed by yeast and maybe hits of oatmeal or biscuits. But definitely fruit!

Taste: Wow, nice balance of the traditional lager notes of yeast, malt, biscuits, subtle hops, that’s then accented by, not overpowered by the fruitiness of the cherry and plums, which gives a very slight, but pleasant sour note in the back of the throat. Delicious!

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and very effervescent and palate cleansing. With an ABV of 5.20%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: I really liked this beer. It’s very refreshing with a superb balance between the fruitiness of the cherry and the breadiness/buscuitiness of the lager. I’m going to have to keep some more of this on hand.

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Photo of therubicon
4.05/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lovely pinkish-amber color. Slightly tart. Cherry flavor is strong but not overpowering. Effervescence combined with the smell almost seems like some kind of sparkling wine. Nothing too complex or amazing here, just a tasty, easy to drink beer.

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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 PA-hunter
4.33/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Pours a cloudy orangish red with a frothy two finger head that has a tint of red. Loads of cherries in the nose with a bit of grains in the background. Taste is fresly picked cherries off the bat. Cherry flavor persists all the way through. Some hints of toasted malt along with bits of grains. Finished dry. Mouthfeel is medium thin in body. Overall a easy drinking fruit flavored lager that is flavored intensely with a dominating cherry prescence.

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Photo of msquared36
3.8/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Orange with a slight haze. Slight sweet cherry scent.

Although the cherry is noticeable in the taste, less so than in the nose. Similar to cherry seltzer water. Green apple in the middle with a dry hop finish.

Light and effervescent.

Refreshing in a unique way.

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Photo of JJKBeerLvr
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into pint glass in November 2015.

Appearance: Medium golden with white head. Beer is clear and not cloudy. Head is thin, and doesn't leave much film on the glass.

Smell: Aroma is sweet like a lager. I do not smell much hops. There is a slight fruity aroma.

Taste: There is a noticeable cherry flavor, and is is also sweet like a lager. There is a little bit of hops bite to it, but it is definitely dominated by the cherry flavor. The aftertaste varies over time.

Mouthfeel: Medium, creamy bodied. Soft alcohol.

This is a smooth medium-bodies beer. I typically do not like fruit beers, but this is interesting to drink with some variety of flavors.

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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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