Grand Ridge Natural Blonde - Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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3.5/5 rDev +8.7%
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....
03-24-2007 07:22:23 | More by vancurly
2.65/5 rDev -17.7%
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.
12-28-2005 05:33:35 | More by Weizenmensch
3.85/5 rDev +19.6%
I am sampling a cold bottle in a small tumbler again. The beer pours a hazy gold color with a fizzy bleached white head of 1 cm fading quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is mild with lemon and biscuity yeast. The first sip reveals a lite body with fine tingly carbonation, the bubbles seem to increase dramatically as the beer rests in my mouth.
Flavor is tangy wheat with lemon notes and just a bit tart as well. I find just a hint of bready yeast too. The tart citrus dominates and makes for a refreshing beer.
12-09-2005 16:06:43 | More by sulldaddy
3.13/5 rDev -2.8%
Appearance: I might have got a bad one because I didnt 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. Didnt 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 summers day no worries. I will buy another and re-review because I think I got a bad one.
12-07-2005 11:02:40 | More by Finite
3.6/5 rDev +11.8%
Smokey and pale , it wouldn't holda head of any kind.The smell ,is as expected , wheat and slightly acrid.
the label says they use coriander , but the major spice on my palate was cloves and it was fairly prominent
The beer feels a little oily in the mouh but has just the right amount of carbonation.
I much prefer the other beers of this brewer that I have tried m however it may be that Wheat beer just doesnt really excite me
12-01-2005 06:33:28 | More by jarmby1711
4.03/5 rDev +25.2%
the last of the grand ridge beers i have yet to try. wasnt really seeking this one out, but i stopped by the bottleshop and it looked like it needed drinking.
front label just calls it a wheat beer, but the back goes into a bit more detail. bottle conditioned with no dating.
first pour is a lightly cloudy pale yellow showing lively carbonation and a seriously stable foamy white head.
nice light aroma. strong lemon zest, citrus, coriander(??), and yeast notes. nothing too heavy, but very full and inviting. makes the mouth water.
taste reveals much of the same. sharp, light, refreshing, and a touch of mouth puckering tartness. the last pour oddly turns the beer an almost white (wit?) color from the yeast. not the usual clumpy yeast bits, but just a very fine cloud.
very surprised by this. glad i picked it up and wouldnt hesitate to try it again.
09-30-2005 07:01:26 | More by joecast
3.05/5 rDev -5.3%
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.
05-01-2005 09:32:10 | More by hefevice
4.18/5 rDev +29.8%
A very nice looking beer this one, a very pale lemon-yellow, less cloudy than I expected for a witbier. Just a little haze and a good frothy pure-white head.
This is a very unusual beer, quite different even to other wits I've tried. A strong white wine aroma is prevalent, with hints of citrus and spice. Subtle, but quite different to some other wits like Hoegaarden.
The flavour is also quite interesting, very biting and sour, almost cider-like with its citrus tartness. It doesn't have the fruity undertones I've come to associate with witbiers, and it's a little less refreshing on the mouth.
An interesting beer no doubt, and certainly enjoyable. It's just so different it's difficult to know how to rate it.
04-25-2005 07:38:08 | More by lacqueredmouse
3.3/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
11-28-2003 15:30:57 | More by diablo14
2.8/5 rDev -13%
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.
10-29-2003 06:27:26 | More by koolk
United Kingdom (England)
3.15/5 rDev -2.2%
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.
05-28-2002 20:44:19 | More by rastaman
Grand Ridge Natural Blonde from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 36 ratings.