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.
Bite Hard Semi Sweet Apple Cider
92 points
Clear straw green color. Aromas and flavors of salt water taffy, apple-pear soufflé, and banana chip with a silky, vibrant, effervescent, fruity medium body and a seamless, captivating, medium-long finish with notes of citrus gelato, spiced green apple, pistachio nougat, and wet grass finish. A pure and refreshing cider with great sessionability.
Awards: 2017 Best Common Cider
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.
Vermont Cider Co. Addison Cider
90 points
Brilliant yellow color. Fruity aromas and flavors of apple-papaya-mango relish, clover honey on almonds, strawberry-grape jam, and alfalfa with a supple, vibrant, effervescent, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, compelling, medium-length finish with overtones of green apple and kiwi and nutskin finish. A solid fruity cider with nice balance.
Ciderboys Cider Company First Press Hard Cider
90 points
Minutely hazy light gold color. Aromas and flavors of dried apple core, white mulberry, and paper mache with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish that shows nuances of spiced apples and melon and tangerine and banana relish finish. A bright, zesty cider with a nice mouthwatering appeal.
Strongbow Gold Apple Hard Cider
90 points
Brilliant light gold color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spiced apples, banana nut muffin and taffy, and watermelon candy with a silky, tangy, finely carbonated, off-dry medium body and a smooth, interesting, normal finish manifesting notes of apple sorbet and orange sherbet finish. A very tasty and well made, crowd pleasing off-dry cider.
Northern Natural "Northern Star" Cider
90 points
Gold color. Toasty, fruity, attractive aromas and flavors of apple-peach custard strudel with a round, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium-to-full body and an effortless, amusing, medium-length finish that exhibits elements of apple vinaigrette on lettuces and baby carrot finish. A rich, toasty, creamy cider with refreshing acidity and a nice dry finish.
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.