About Common Cider

About Common Cider
Common ciders range in alcohol from 4-8% and typically feature dominant apple aromas and flavors. Most are not dry, but also not cloying, with a sweet, medium body and acidity. This style is what the majority of consumers associate with hard cider. The descriptor 'common' is in reference to the types of apples used to produce these ciders, rather than in reference to its quality of ready availability. Common ciders are produced from culinary table apples, typically including varietals such as Golden Delicious, Jonathan and Macintosh to name a few.

Top Picks for Common Cider

Northern Natural  Northern Star
94 points
Minutely hazy yellow straw color. Aromas of candied pineapple, tropical fruit custard, ripe cantaloupe, flint, and white strawberry with a velvety, vibrant, dry light-to-medium body and a complex, long celery, lemon spritz, biscuit, and honey finish. A vinous dry cider with great structure and endless gullibility; drink this.
Strongbow  Original Dry Hard Cider
91 points
Brilliant golden yellow color. Fruity, toasty aromas and flavors of fresh apple tunover, pastry dough, and hint of chalk with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a polished, refreshing, medium-long finish displaying impressions of sweet and tart apple medley, hint of starfruit, strawberry, and kiwi, honeyed melon, and bibb lettuce finish. A very tasty and mouthwatering cider with pure fruit flavor and a long, snappy, satisfying finish.
Kaneb Orchards  St. Lawrence Cider
90 points
White gold color. Creamy aromas of honey-nougat, candied lemon peel, honeydew, dill flower, and baked apple with a velvety, crisp, spritzy, moderately sweet medium body and a tingling, medium-length toasted oat and apple compote on vanilla yogurt finish. A plush and velvety cider with a toasty-sweet charm.
Kaneb Orchards  St. Lawrence Cider
90 points
Straw green color. Fruity aromas of white florals, green apple, honey crisp, macadamia nut brittle, and apple pie crust with a satiny, crisp, effervescent, moderately sweet medium-to-full body and a seamless, medium-length glazed French cruller donut, spiced apple compote, vanilla scented candle, and pineapple in cream finish. An effortlessly drinkable cider with tons of body and a creamy, fruity style.
Number 12  Fred Modern Dry Cider
89 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of apple fritter, fresh croissant with brie, tangerine zest, dandelion, chrysanthemum, and Vienna cream with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light body and a warming, layered, medium-long finish with nuances of cashew brittle, oat cereal, and quince finish. A food-friendly cider with an authentic, traditional vibe.
Number 12  Empire Modern Dry Cider
89 points
Bright golden straw color. Aromas and flavors of Turkish delight with apple, oat cereal, and apple blossom with a silky, vibrant, spritzy, dryish light body and a sleek, engaging, medium-length finish that presents shades of lemon spritz, caramel, reduced tangerine, and pickled apple finish. A crisp and refreshing cider with an all-natural appeal; highly pairable.
Brewery Ommegang  Project Cider Dry
88 points
Light gold color. Aromas and flavors of farm-fresh apples, oat cakes, candied banana, caramel creme, and carnation with a satiny, racy, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, intriguing, medium-length finish that shows suggestions of underripe apricot finish. A lightly tannic, dry cider with a great pop of acidity; a good cider to pair with the meal.
Angry Orchard  Green Apple Hard Cider
88 points
Yellow straw color. Attractive aromas and flavors of apple candies and pineapple coulis with a satiny, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light-to-medium body and a seamless, easy finish imparting notes of orange slushie and lemon drop finish. A sweet and friendly cider with pure fruit flavors.
Wards Cider  Pickers Hut Premium Cider
87 points
Yellow straw color. Aromas of cantaloupe, honeydew, Asian pear, and banana flower with a silky, crisp, spritzy, fruity sweet light body and a seamless, engaging, medium-length melon rind finish. A interesting, nuanced modern cider with just a hint of sweetness and contemporary style.
Kaneb Orchards  Raquette River Sparkling Cider
87 points
Silvery straw color. Aromas of summer hay and fresh apple with a satiny, vibrant, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length white grapefruit spritz, underripe plum, apple blossom, and honey finish. A crisp, delicate and highly pairable cider with an all-natural appeal.