Review: Woodchuck Amber Cider - Celiac Disease
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Jun 2 2011

Review: Woodchuck Amber Cider

Woodchuck Hard Ciders are a great gluten-free beer alternative.  Many will argue that it doesn’t taste like beer and I will give them that.  It doesn’t.  However, if you aren’t a wine or hard liquor drinker and want to enjoy an alcoholic beverage while dining out, Woodchuck Cider is a gluten-free option often carried by many restaurants.

While I had sampled many of the Woodchuck varieties in the past, I had never sampled the Amber.  After reading that it is a little more like a beer, I was excited to give it a try.  Here is a little more about the Amber:

The original Woodchuck. People liked it so much we made four more styles. The Amber is sweet (but not too sweet) with a nice golden color and crisp finish.

I really liked this variety of the Woodchuck Ciders.  It was crisp with a touch of sweetness without being overly sweet.  It was perfect on an unseasonably summer hot day in Columbus, Ohio.  It really paired nice with my bison burger and sweet potato steak fries.

Since the news broke about Mike’s Lite Hard Lemonade being gluten-free, I have seen a few posts about people reacting to it.  The drink does have barley malt as an ingredient, but is tested to show less than 5ppm of gluten.  Our very own Tiffany Janes reviews it here.  If you have reacted to Mike’s, don’t like it or don’t want to try it, Woodchuck is made a in a gluten-free facility and is tested by an independent lab.  More on the gluten-free status of Woodchuck:

We take Celiac Disease seriously, and since Woodchuck has always, and only, been made from apples (not wheat, barley or rye) none of our cider varieties have ever contained gluten. Further, we have all our ciders tested by an independent lab and we maintain a completely gluten free facility.

Woodchuck Hard Ciders can be purchased at stores across the country.  Click here to find the location closest to you.  To see the complete lists of ciders available, including some on tap, click here.

**I received the samples of the Woodchuck Amber Hard Cider free of charge to review.  The opinions stated here are mine and have not been influenced by anyone or anything.

Article Written by:

Kimberly Bouldin is a gluten-free wife, runner & blogger with two children in Columbus, Ohio. After her celiac diagnosis in 2006, she has made it her mission to embrace an entirely new approach to nutrition in a gluten-free world, exploring options that run the gamut from "made from scratch" homemade bread to sampling and reviewing the gluten-free prepared foods that are continuously being introduced to the market. While navigating the waters of becoming gluten-free, Kim shares her experiences and passes along valuable product reviews in addition to helping other moms of celiac kids develop healthy menus that are kid-friendly and palatable. Kimberly is a valuable resource for those who are newly diagnosed, as well as for the more seasoned gluten-free veterans. Follow Kim on Twitter!


  1. Tiffany Janes says:

    I used to love the Amber Woodchuck best of all until I tried the Dark & Dry which is now my favorite in the line. My Publix carries other flavors so my store manager brings it in for me and stocks it in the gf food section 😉

  2. Cathi says:

    I would love to try some, but Woodchurck Cider is very high on carbohydrates about 22 carbs. Turns to total fat on the waisteline of a 53 year old woman. So, I have found another Apple Cider that is also Gluten Free called Strongbrow Englands’s Dry Cider. It’s only 9 carbs for the whole 12oz bottle. Alot less carbs for those of us who are watching are carbohydrates along with being Gluten Free. .

  3. Anne Steib says:

    I have long been a fan of Woodchuck. I am very thankful that cider is still safe. I have always preferred cider to beer. Maybe my body’s way of telling me something. As Cathi said, I also like Strongbow, and Magners.


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