Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

481 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 481
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 37 | FT: 0
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Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 05-02-2011

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Ratings: 481 | Reviews: 131
Reviews by jkrich:
Photo of jkrich
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: bright and clear golden color with a quickly dissipating head. The appearance is a step above most blonde ales I have tried.

Without a doubt, one of most attractive features of this ale; of course, any ale that highlights the Citra hop will receive high marks. Refreshing and zesty tropical fruit aroma explodes from the bottle, though not quite like Zombie Dust.

This is a light beer and the flavor profile proves this. The flavor is rather muted, but the bittersweet hop profile is enjoyable. There is a hint of lemon along with some pleasant citrusy flavor with a mellow malt aftertaste.

The body is very light with a noticeably thin body that does grow on you after a couple of bottles. The bittersweet, citrusy hop flavor is very short-lived. The carbonation is not extreme which is a plus.

This blonde ale at only 4.3 ABV is rather refreshing and holds its own in flavor. For a very warm, late August day, it did just fine.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CaliforniaJohnson
4.4/5  rDev +21.9%

Poured into a tulip glass
Bottle date: May 21, 2014
Pour date: August 18, 2014

APPEARANCE: haystack yellow with a mild haziness. Poured a nice 1" white lacy head, which quickly reduced to a lamina of froth, leaving pleasant lacing on the walls of the glass.

SMELL: Not much to it. Reminds me of lemongrass and mildew.
side note: I didn't even read its ABV until after the review. even more impressed with its flavour.
TASTE: This beer shouts eucalyptus! The combination of the citrusy hops and the dankness of the yeast makes this beer taste like West Coast arboretum. Aftertaste rests on the back of the tongue and feels a bit sour - almost like eating plain Greek yogurt.

FEEL: bubbly and light-bodied.

BURP: bountiful and pleasant, not foamy.

OVERALL: I will return to this beer.I was caught off-guard by its balance and flavour.

Photo of NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of moundbz
4.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Citrusy, very easy to drink, what a summer brew should be!

Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.15/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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).

Photo of MrVonzipper
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent pale golden color with a weak white head. No lacing

Mild sweet grapefruit and pale malty wheat on the nose

Flavor starts with a slight sweet and bitter citrus (grapefruit) and transitions to a semi dry wheat flavor with a tiny hint of malt and yeast

Mouthfeel is very light and smooth with mild carbonation followed by a flat wheat aftertaste

Overall I think it's a decent light and refreshing beer to session. In no part of this beer there anything bold or overwhelming. I think this would be a good beer to transition a boneheaded Bud drinker to into a craft beer drinker.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden yellow with a finger width head, average retention, leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Really faint but citrus notes are at the forefront.

Taste - Light citrus, from start to finish. Ends with a mellow lemon bitterness. Really simple, but good.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Solid carbonation lends to a lively, crisp mouthfeel, and leaves the lips feeling tingled.

Overall - Really, the name says it all. Nice citrus summer brew. Nothing off-putting about this beer. Just a simple, straight-forward, light and completely drinkable citrus blonde.

Photo of aval89
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear golden with one finger head..

s: the citra hops come through on this one.. tropical fruits.. big on the guave and peach? .. doughy malts are deep in there with a touch of grain..

t: upfront is a soft lemony flavor... almost sour as it hits the front of the tongue.. as it rolls back, some grain comes in along with soft tropical fruit flavors.. also some orange flavors but nothing over the top.. backend has light lemon peel bitterness along with some grain..some breadiness does linger.. cleanses the palate..

mf: body is light-medium with good carbonation to make it a thirst quencher.. semi-dry finish on the end.

o: a nice summer brew. goes down great and doesnt lack flavor..

Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright, golden orange with a short cap of soft, white head that fades quickly

S - grapefruit, orange peel

T - grapefruit, orange peel, peach, tangerine, faint grassy bitterness

M - light bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice summer beer. The fruit flavors that come through are pretty intricate for such a small beer. This also has a great deal of drinkability and it's really refreshing. This probably won't please most of the hardcore beer drinkers, but if I'm going to be out in the heat, I would definitely enjoy several of these.

Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This clean golden-amber ale pours with an attractive fine white head of carbonation, and with a light but pleasant lace on the glass.

Aroma is fruit-forward. I get nicely-sweet orange.

Flavor-wise, this one is citrus-hoppy, but there's no bitterness, as it's all balanced by a prominent sweet malt profile.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Widmer Citra Summer Blonde Brew
Code: Apr 26 11 07:41 NH (50 days old)
12 oz. $1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Now here's a Widmer beer I can really get behind! And in case you weren't aware of it, Citra hops were cultivated by Sierra Nevada and Widmer in 2008/2009.

It's a crystal-clear, deep-golden color with yellow and orange highlights beneath a fluffy head of bright-white foam. The head retention is pretty good although the lacing could be better.

The Citra hops hit you right up-front in the nose with soft notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and maybe even some papaya. It's fresh and summery with just enough juicy hop fruitiness that it's not raspy, resinous, or overwhelming.

The rest of the beer follows in the same way. There's just enough malt to keep it interesting while still staying on the lighter side (as it is a summer beer); and the hop flavor is just enough to liven it up. It's moderately bitter and it finishes mostly dry with just a touch of residual maltiness, some lingering floral character, and a spritz of citrusy hop flavor.

It's not a beer that's mean to be complex, but the hops are interesting; and overall it's easy to drink and quite refreshing. The label reads "satisfyingly sessionable" and that's certainly true!

Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of head. A cloudy, light straw colored body.
A nice citrus (lemon and grapefruit) smell.
A great lemon bitter taste from beginning to end. A real summer lemonade. Ends with a sweet note. Great balance.
Crisp and clean texture. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
A really good summer brew. On the lighter side as a blonde but has great flavor.

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 1 Jun 11

Pours a sparkling hay color with2 + fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & lemon, some dustyness

T: Follows the nose, light bready notes, some dryness & crisp apple notes up front. More apple & some hay notes as this warms, some faint lemony hops as well as this warms. Finishes grassy with a touch of hay & lemon

MF: A touch thin, almost watery, decent carbonation level

A decent lawn-mower beer, but that's all I'll give it...

Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from a standard 12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear straw with a moderate cap of white foam. Decent but unexciting retention and lacing follow.

Strong Citra hop notes on the aroma are clean yet singular in nature, with perhaps a bit of wheat like sourness. Bready notes are largely absent here, as are any spice subleties. Touch of tangelo and guava on the tongue are likely hop derived. Carbonation is a bit light to keep things interesting however, particularly given the light malt body of this beer.

Finish is pleasant yet brief with just a touch of lemony grain lingering after a second or two. Overall I'd recommend drinking this one directly from the bottle while sailing or at the BBQ where the hops remain prominent and the carbonation a bit more firm.

Photo of nickthetick
4.12/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear pretty gold color into an American shaker with a half finger of off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

S: orange, blood orange, sweet malt, flaky butter biscuits.

T: orange and sweet malts are the main flavor of the beer. Like a blonde should be with some extra taste and aroma hops thrown in. They don't make the beer to bitter to be a summer beer but they add a complexity to it. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, biscuit and caramel. Defiantly different.

MF: medium body, tart, crisp, not refreshing but not dry or heavy on alcohol.

O: the best way to put this beer in a category is to say its a hop heads picnic beer. A great standout from the usual kolsch and wit summer beers. I'll be buying this a lot for a surprise picnic beer no one sees coming.

Photo of Gmann
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear honey straw color with a short white head that settled into a light ring.

The aroma is of a floral honey malt and a light citrusy hop. Overall a sweet fruity aroma.

The taste is of a bready malt with a peppery and slightly citrusy hop presence. The hops aren't very strong but go well with the light malt body. There also seems to be a general fruitiness to the malt.

The feel is light to moderate with prickly carbonation. Good balance between the malt and hops. Drinks very easy.

A nice light fruity ale. No big flavors or off grainy flavors to slow this beer down and it has great balance. Good for the style.

Photo of bum732
3.03/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

S: Peach mostly with some orange, slight hoppiness, slightly spicy.

L: Crystal clear, straw yellow, white creamy head that dissipates.

T: Dry, clean malt with some grain on the finish. Medium low bitterness with some peachy hoppiness. Finishes fairly clean and semi-dry. More grain and just a hint of peach.

M: Medium high carbonation, light bodied, crisp.

Was hoping the citra hops would come through in the flavor. Didn't really. Not bad though, crisp and clean.

Photo of KTCamm
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 7/4

Pours translucent dirty gold with a ring of white foam. Malty chalky nose, a little citrus. Taste is a subtle pale, almost helles. Backed by some lemon citrus. Very mild and even. Flavorful summer brew, balanced and not too sweet. Good for the fourth.

Photo of nimrod979
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The AXE! Typical golden golden with a quickly dissapearing white head. not much to get excited about there.
Aroma is very citrusy, fruity, hops. orange peel.
Citrusy hops dominate the taste but isn't overly bitter. Very good. Has a nice sweet finish that's short and doesn't linger too long. Light fizzy and refreshing. Good summer brew with enough flavor to keep you interested.

Photo of trappistlover
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(12oz bottle from Total Wine Desert Ridge). Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma has great citrus rind/pith notes: guava and grapefruit. Unexpected, but quite nice. I’m finding some hay notes as well. Taste is sweet with a touch of bittering hops. Medium bodied with a slick/creamy texture. Smooth finish. The flavors are a bit muted at first, but it opens up a little as it warms. Pretty nice, session beer.

Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy yellowish color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly hoppy, some citrus notes as well. Taste is well balanced hops and malts, a bit minty, some citrus, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing summer brew.

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Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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