Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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Reviews by Nixon:
4.93/5 rDev +36.9%
I've kinda stayed away from Widmer Bros beers cuz I'm not real big on their Hefeweizen. But recently I checked out their Pale Ale which I like and then this Citra Blonde beer which I REALLY like!
In the category of refreshing type beers, to my taste this one is way above the rest. The gravity of this beer is just right and makes it perfect for warm summer days. It has just the right amount of sweetness and the Citra Hops give it the magic touch that sets it apart from the others. They really do give it a smell like grapefruit and provide an exceptional hop flavor without any trace of sharp bitterness. I have a feeling we're going to start seeing this hop show up in a lot of beers similar to how Cascade hops took over when they were first discovered by the microbrew crowd..
I like to vary my beer choices and buy a different selection on my way home each Friday followed by a 2nd and maybe 3rd over the weekend. I live in Seattle so I have a lot of choices and I try them all. After discovering Citra Summer Blonde I've now brought it home on three of the last four Fridays.
I find Widmer Brothers Citra Blonde Summer Brew--that's a lot of names!--to be very refreshing and highly flavorful. It's darn near a perfect beer!
07-05-2011 23:56:27 | More by Nixon
More User Reviews:
3.8/5 rDev +5.6%
12oz brown bottle, freshness date on label
LOOK: Sturdy head, good showing of lace, perfect gold clarity
SMELL: Guava, orange peel, nutmeg, light biscuity grain
TASTE: Lush smoothness , lighter bodied, citric, exotic fruit, effervescent, kiss of bitterness, lightly grainy, dry finish, clean
Good balance between the hops, malt and fruitiness. Good twist on the lighter summer seasonal flavor here, very drinkable ... super sessionable with enough flavor to keep it interesting.
08-02-2012 01:45:40 | More by Jason
3.45/5 rDev -4.2%
This beer came in a bottle and was poured out into a pint glass. It had a light amber colour to it and smelled of citrus hops and grapefruit. In line to the way this beer smelled, it also had a grapefruit presence in its flavour, along with flavours of wheat and hops. Seemed light bodied; it would be a great summer beer.
Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.
02-07-2013 20:38:17 | More by NilocRellim
3.18/5 rDev -11.7%
Golden yellow straw colored ale. Fantastic clarity. Moderate head retention. Great carbonation bubbles. Eggshell white foam. Great citra hop nose . A bit of lemon on the nose,but mainly those lovely citra hops are very inviting. Very light,smooth mouthfeel is extremely refreshing. This is AA very refreshing summer ale but I would have enjoyed abut more go flavor. Of course it would have then been an IPA.
07-20-2013 20:53:49 | More by Franziskaner
3.28/5 rDev -8.9%
Poured into DFH signature glass; clear bright yellow-orange with lots of bubbles and a moderate fizzy white head that falls quickly into a ring of foam with lively carbonation peeking through.
Smells lightly of dank herbal hops, with lesser notes of tropical fruit and citrus, as well as some grassy scents and light, slightly metallic clear malt.
Taste is wide-open and clean; extremely light clear malt gives way to...nothing. This is probably an old bottle, but there's just no hop flavor here. There's a slightly leafy crispness, and perhaps the ancient ghost of what may have been some sort of fruit at one point, but that's it.
Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, finishes crisp.
Overall, this is probably a lot better fresh. Citra doesn't seem to hold up very well under too many months on the shelf, but if you could find this fresh, it'd probably be one hell of a tasty session beer.
10-15-2013 03:59:10 | More by BurgeoningBrewhead
4.13/5 rDev +14.7%
Looks like a blonde ale, even has nice head and -lacing to it. Just a great aroma out of this one, definite citra hops, I thought this smelled as good or better than citra dipa from Kern!
Nice light bodied beer, lightly hopped, but refreshing, slick finish, just a nice clean beer. Nothing is heavy (other than the aroma), hopped just right for the minimal heft of the beer. One of my favorite beers of 2011, and easily in the top 3 session beers of the year. You get a mild citrus flavor that is totally complimented by the very lightly toasted malt presence that is kept minimal and in harmony with everything else.
Keep this coming all summer long! A little citra (hop) goes a long way.
07-07-2011 22:11:43 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.75/5 rDev +4.2%
12oz bottle dated 16 April 2011.
Pours a hazy yellow gold with a short but near creamy head that has good retention.
Aroma: highly citrus with hints of malt.
T - follows nose although the strong hop aroma is accompanied by plenty of hop/citrus flavor but little bitterness. Nicely tart. IBU = 20.
M - medium-light body; dry finish; excellent carbonation.
O - excellent summer seasonal. Neither rich nor complex, but very tasty, aromatic and refreshing. Citra hops dominate but Alchemy hops are also used.
(Lightly editted with May 2013 bottle consumed June 2013; and again in July 2014).
08-18-2011 00:56:22 | More by chinchill
Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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