Grand Ridge Natural Blonde - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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36 Ratings
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Ratings: 36
Reviews: 34
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 16.15%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co. visit their website
Australia

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 05-28-2002)
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Photo of heygeebee
1.93/5  rDev -40.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

No BB

Aggresive pour yields no head. Zero. Straw coloured hazy body. Yuk.

Aromas are dull - lemon, yeast, honey, with hint of orange rind.

Taste is lemon driven, yeast, lemonade. Dull. It kinda gets less bad as you get used to it tho, which isn't saying much. Lemon flavour grows.

Mouthfeel is harsh, and very lightly carbonated.

Truly dreadful beer. And even worse when compared to what a Witbier should be, style-wise.

Photo of BlackHaddock
2.15/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Never had an Aussie Wheat beer before. Brown 330ml bottle from Booth's Supermarket chain, best before June 2011, drank and reviewed June 2010. Poured, sediment and all into Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass.

The beer was a clear blonde until I allowed the sediment to gush out into the glass, it then turned into the cloudy murky off orange colour I was half expecting. Next to no head, just a wisp or two and a thin collar.

The smell was wheaty and orangey, the taste a dry orange flavour, and flat almost, poor condition in my eyes anyway.

Lacked sparkle and life in general to be honest, not impressed at all. It has travelled a long way to be slated, but this didn't do the business
at all for me.

Photo of doktorhops
2.33/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I'm dreading this - another poorly done Witbier from an Aussie brewer. Is it that hard to make a good Witbier? Evidentially yes, however if that is the case then maybe brewers over here in Aus should focus on easier brews.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slight cloudy goldenrod body with a near non-existent white head. Appearance-wise for this style a major disappointment with the lack of a head.

S: The aroma is very much like the other Grand Ridge brews; cut grass and malted barley base with a sweet honey-like aroma over the top... I'm starting to wonder if their beers are all brewed in a large single vat and then mixed in to other smaller vats for flourishes at the end to separate them. In any case it doesn't have the aroma of a Witbier at all apart from a hint of Orange blossom and a wheat note, no spices can be detected at all (a major Wit characteristic).

T: Flavour is at least a pleasant surprise with the above expected flavours and a ramped up Orange blossom hit in the middle. It is reminiscent of Orange blossom honey more than anything, at least they got one Witbier trait across.

M: Possibly the flattest beer I've ever had, even compared to the other Grand Ridge brews. Body is mid to light, however that (lack of) carbonation is quite distracting.

D: If I can think of one positive thing to say for this beer is that it does the Witbier style differently... the negatives are too long to list in detail but here are a few; bad appearance, boring aroma, average taste, terrible mouthfeel, low ABV, too expensive... in other words: just don't buy it.

Food match: Honeyed ham with roast vegetables (potato, pumpkin), squash and snow peas.

Photo of laituegonflable
2.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold with really incredible busy, hectic carbonation, almost like it's infused with some jet propulsion system. Head is enormous but sparsely bubbled and as a result doesn't hold up too well and sinks pretty fast, leaving very little lacing. Retains at about a finger thick. Appears hazy and unfiltered. Very interesting beer, if not perfect.

Has a thick, tart smell with an acridity reminiscent of raw meat. Hints of lemon, tomato and baked beans, and a light spice, kind of paprika-esque. Maybe just a whisper of banana gives this a wheaty edge, but for the most part it's meaty and slightly rancid. Interesting, but less appealing because of its discordant blend.

Taste is extremely tart with an almost puckering citrus sensation on the major part of the palate. Has an ashy earthiness coming through midway and again a slight tomato, baked beans character, just a note or two in the middle there. The front is kind of lemonadey, but then the very astringent hops take over and really gravel up the finish. Ends up being a bit of a palate killer, very gritty bitterness at the back and a sour citrus clencher at the front.

For all that, it's also a bit simple, with no real nuance to an otherwise robust flavour. Palate is noticeably long, which can only be a good thing. Mouthfeel is of course puckering, and feels a bit like it's sinking in the end, although this blonde holds its body on my tongue.

You know what, this is actually making me feel quite ill; the flavour just doesn't sit right with me. To makes a tired point, it's interesting, but just not enjoyable at all. This is the Eraserhead of beers: as unique and groundbreaking as you may argue it to be, it's excruciating to get through.

Photo of dansmcd
2.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy and pale, a typical wit shade with a finger of creamy white head and lace rings backing up.

S - Subtle wheat and citrus, a hint of clove and some stale wet straw.

T - Pretty mild, tame witbier flavours of wheat and lemon. Slightly funky with wet hay feel in there.

M - Watery thin and hardly any carbonation.

O - Far from a top witbier. Disappointing.

Photo of Weizenmensch
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330mL brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Not promising. Disturbingly pale, ginger ale-colour, with an appalling head for a wheat beer. Cloudy, lots of small bubbles.

Smell: Lemon, coriander... Hoegaarden, but not very strong. I'm starting to see where they're going with this. An ok smell but nothing magical.

Taste: Fruity, a nice combination of fruity hops and refreshing witbier freshness. Can taste stone fruit, lemon and raw sugar. Quite refreshing, and more pleasing than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is lousy though. Thin, I suppose for easy summer quaffing, but no real bite to it.

Drinkability is all right for a 33C day in late December. But I wouldn't have more than a few of these, no matter what the heat. Might as well drink water for refreshment.

Photo of SmashPants
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: good 330mL brown bottle, decent label - refined and somewhat classy.

Appearance: mid-straw yellow in colour with a decent haze - not bad at all.

Aroma: quite weak. Definitely the wheat and grains though. Not so much in the way of cloves - not much spice at all, actually.

Taste: quite different to most wits, but I'm not sure that it's such a good thing. Interesting mixture of grains, however I for one find it a bit too light in flavour.

Aftertaste: the aftertaste lingers reasonably well, but there isn't enough flavour to start.

Mouth feel: good carbonation if a little too high, with a mid-heavy body that unfortunately doesn't have the power to transfer flavour to the mouth.

Overall: not a bad beer, but by no means a good one. Seriously, just get a German wheat beer. They're better.

Photo of brendan13
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy straw colour with very little head that quickly falls away into nothing.
S - A little citrus, yeasty, was expecting more.
T - A ginger, earthy taste.
M - Quite a bland mouthfeel, almost a little bit flat feeling.
D - This is OK but only just. I did get this at Dan Murphys so that *may* have something to do with. Maybe "best by" and "bottled on" dates were invented for a reason?

Photo of koolk
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light pale orange colour with nice cloudiness.

The aroma is light and fluffy and contains mainly orange and citrus wiffs. A slight green/herbal tinge is also apparant with traces of candy bananna.

Taste is somewhat dissapointing in comparison to its overseas companions. Tight, dry and good mouthfeel, however has an unappelling yeasty character that is ever present. This could also be the corriander as again I noticed some slight herbal/green notes.

A good effort, would be great in hot weather, otherwise its just nice.

Photo of madvoice
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow with a fair bit of sediment at the bottom. There was some head but it dissipated pretty quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass

Smelled quite sweet and citrussy.

Tasted quite fruity and tart but with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was semi light and reasonably carbonated. Not what I was expecting though.

Overall it is drinkable but not something I'd purposefully seek out to drink.

Photo of CrazyDavros
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, lemon, soft phenols, subtle spicy hops and coriander.
Hints of banana surface as a flavour alongside the doughy wheat. Finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness. Underwhelming.
Carbonation is perhaps a little on the high side. Body feels a little watery.

Photo of hefevice
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours hazy light lemony yellow with a small white head that sticks around fairly well. Aroma was sweet overlaid with citrus with some unexpected sulphurous tones. Not as estery as expected. Taste was fairly well balanced tart citrusy with very low bitterness with a bit of a toasty finish. Nothing evil except a very subtle sulphurous note. Fairly light mouth feel, complementing the taste fairly well. Not quite up there with Hoegaarden in depth and complexity of flavour, but not bad either.

Photo of Macca
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a very cloudy light orange colour. A centimetre or two of head which drops quickly away to light covering. Looks good.

The normal aromas that I would associate with wheats are there - banana, lemon - but they don't dominate. It is a bit messy.

Very short on the palate. Some spiciness but only a hint. Same with banana. I can't pick anything standing out. A bit weird.

Not helped by the the high carbonation which seems to make the beer extremely frothy in the mouth and then disappears leaving just some bitterness around the edge of the tongue and a strange sherbet sensation on the mid palate.

What a weird beer. I really don't understand it.

Photo of Finite
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: I might have got a bad one because I didn’t get much head out of this. Cloudy lemon/orange, the head was ok but dissipated with an uneven head with little to no lacing.

Smell: Citrus rine and spices, earthy hops are present. Didn’t care for the smell much it was a bit fake.

Taste/ Mouthfeel: Lemon at first hit with a hint of unfermented sugar sweetness and some sourness here too, as well as some coriander and notable spices. Aftertaste is sweet and sour on the palate with a tiny bit or dryness towards the center but nothing significant. The sourness taste is a bit off, maybe I got a bad one? Lively and spicy but goes down a little to smooth, would have preferred have more kick.

Drinkability/Overall: A nice refreshing Witbier you could slap a sixer of these back out of the esky on a hot summer’s day no worries. I will buy another and re-review because I think I got a bad one.

Photo of rastaman
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An excellent appearance and aroma for a wit, very similiar to those from belgium. But it doesn't do enough on the palate to justify a excellent score, but a great little beer to sit down and chug anyway, and good to see and aussie wit.

Photo of rec
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An almost crystal-clear yellow body fills the glass, not dissimilar to a typical pils. The white head is soapy and lack-lustre, failing to stay, lace, or even build in the first place.

The smell reeks of yeast, and some mild spice and citrus. It's quite complex, but on a whole the aroma comes across quite damp and plain, and discourages further investigation.

Crisp wheat flavours are dominant with a hint of corriander and bitter ginger. This may not sound overly appealing, but after a few sips it actually becomes suprisingly enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is fine, even if slightly more carbonated than my liking. It suits the brew, and mixes well with that bitter aftertaste.

Photo of bearish
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second beer this evening at The Prince of Wales bar in Boat Quay, Singapore.

This one is a cloudy yellow, not much head.

Strong citrus character, with malts and yeast towards the end. A little spice, but can't pick up what that is.

A mouthful, heavy carbonation. A little too much for my liking. But still, the creaminess came through, along with the citrus. A hint of pepper at the end.

Quite an easy drink given the blazing heat and the 90% upwards humidity in Singapore =)

Photo of diablo14
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent aussie wit! can you believe it? doesnt compare with the expert wit beers, but its still pretty handy nonetheless. has interresting elements which give it some character.

cloudy beer, light yellow, almost white, with a foamy head that has more staying power than a lot of other grand ridge beers. having said that, its still not huge for a wit. bananas and spice on the nose, which also reveal themselves in the flavor, with coriander and clove spiciness, dried orange peel and a healthy dose of yeast. thing i really liked about this beer was its crispness. very zesty, and was also backed with a firm hop bitterness you dont often find in wits. not dry, but complimented the sweetness of the brew in style. very very drinkable. you could sink these all night without any argument.

eric walters, the head brewer at grand ridge, rates this their best. while i dont agree with him there, as i feel gippy gold is far superior, this is still the best wit going around in oz. so he can claim some bragging rites there. wouldnt drink this all the time, but its still a damn good aussie wit.

Photo of bala747
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer promised a lot. It looked decent enough, and promised of great things, but somehow failed to deliver.

I had this on tap at the only place in Singapore that stocks this beer on tap: Prince of Wales Bar and Backpackers.

A: Straw-gold colour, with a small head because of the way it was poured. Cloudy appearance gave it the look of a good German Weissbier.

S: Smelt some straw, rose, butter and mild berries in the aroma, the key word being mild. There were some complex esters there too, and on the whole, smelt a lot like Hoegaarden.

T: This is where the beer was a let down. It tasted almost like an American macro adjunct at first. Quite bland considering how much the smell promised. To be fair, it didn't taste all bland and there were some nice flavours there (rose being predominant) but nothing fantastic.

M: Again somewhat average, had the mouthfeel of a GOOD macro. Crisp taste with a mild hoppy bite.

D: Quite satisfying to drink on a very hot day (and we get a lot of those here in Singapore), and one can easily down a few of these without noticing.

Overall, a beer that promised great things, but somehow did not match up to the "hype" in terms of looks and smell.

Photo of dgilks
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow. Head is white is bubbles that appear almost artificial. The head dissipates over about a minute to a thin film over the beer.

The aroma here is a bit messy with musty wheat, orange and coriander all present but fighting rather than working together.

Quite a fruity orange presence with a tartness that lingers through the beer. Hints of coriander spiciness and refreshing wheat. Not bad but a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel seems a bit high for the style and the carbonation, while crisp, is battling with heavy mouthfeel and a good balance isn't reached here.

Overall it is a drinkable beer. It may not be my go to beer and it is certainly not the best of the local witbiers but it isn't bad and it certainly isn't offensive.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled at a Gold Coast restaurant. Served in a fluted pilsner glass.

Light golden, slightly hazy, and lacking that billowy head the bottle label had so bragged about. Might have been the glass, however.

Nose is orange, pale white malts, ginger and spices.

A sweet witbier, heavy with the orange and coriander, with hops and malted wheat playing second and third fiddles, respectively. Because of this it tastes a great deal like a macro "wheat beer" like Rickards white or Blue Moon than the real deal. Still, easy to quaff, quite refreshing.

A decent witbier, but gets a bit cloying after a while, and lacks much of anything to set itself apart from the macro white fare.

Photo of bastardsonofkyus
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of vancurly
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy pale apricot.... thin white head that didn't stay the course....
Typical aromas of citrus & spice... plus some lychee-like tropical notes.
Flavour includes a "fruit tingle" and spice, plus a gluey/wheaty element.
Not a bad summer quaffer....

Photo of willjansen
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.5% ABV according to the label on this bottle...

Appearance - Cloudy and lemon-colored - not unlike a lemon soda. Spritzy carbonation gives very little head that recedes quite fast even on a very hard pour. Almost no head to speak of after the initial pour recedes. Not so pretty...

Smell - Slightly sour citrus whiffs with notes of coriander predominant. The wheat character presents quite well. Difficult to pick up much else.

Taste - A clean, refreshing wit - reminiscent of some great witbiers (think Hoegaarden). Spices coming through even at colder temperatures, though overall a bit too subtle at temperature range sampled. Subtle orange and coriander fairly evident in the spice mix and the components combine quite well when breathing through the nose after a sip. Tartness left in the plalate for the aftertaste - works well for the style.

Mouthfeel - Light body, with slightly too much carbonation spritziness for the style. Watery, but refreshing.

Drinkability - All in all, not a bad stab at a wit from Grand Ridge. I'm enjoying their line of beers, and while there's nothing to get overly excited about in this beer, it's a decent tribute to the almost-lost style (thanks again, Peter Celis). Would be great for a really hot day (plenty of these to look forward to here in Brisbane).

Photo of DrNo
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

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Grand Ridge Natural Blonde from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.