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.
Wicked Grove  Crisp Apple Hard Cider
90 points
$6.99
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Brilliant straw green color. Fruity aromas and flavors of spicy poached apple with caramel, hard apple candy, and apple soda with a supple, tangy, effervescent, fruity medium body and an amusing, medium-length finish that exhibits suggestions of dried peach and candied citrus peels. A mouthwatering, fruity Cider for carefree sipping.
90 points $6.99 Best Buy
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.
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.
Two K Farms  New World Common Cider
88 points
$14
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Silvery emerald straw color. Aromas and flavors of Cheerios in cream, green apple, pressed flowers, and ripe melon with a supple, tangy, effervescent, dry light body and a polished, brisk finish evoking notes of sour peach. A bright and refreshing Cider for the warmer months.
88 points $14 Best Buy
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.