Cherry Blossom Lager | Old Dominion Brewing Company

Cherry Blossom LagerCherry Blossom Lager
BA SCORE
3.39/5
127 Ratings
Cherry Blossom LagerCherry Blossom Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Old Dominion Brewing Company
Delaware, United States
olddominion.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,362
Reviews:
28
Ratings:
127
pDev:
17.4%
Bros Score:
3.64
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
28
Trade:
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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4/5  rDev +18%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.16/5  rDev +22.7%
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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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of woodychandler
2.51/5  rDev -26%
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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3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
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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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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2.98/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of imbibehour
3.97/5  rDev +17.1%
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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3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
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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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

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3/5  rDev -11.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.41/5  rDev +30.1%
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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3.95/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

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Cherry Blossom Lager from Old Dominion Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.39 out of 5 with 127 ratings
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