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Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

452 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 452
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.6
pDev: 13.61%
Wants: 12
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.30% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 05-02-2011)
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Photo of Fatehunter
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Fatehunter, Nov 25, 2012
Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Due South glass on 6/6/12
*From notes

-- Bottle date: 5/17/12 --

A: Clean pale mid-day yellow in color. A good pour yields a 2.25 finger white head. Nice bubbles and decent lacing at first, though they don't hang around as the beer warms. The collar is disappointing.

S: Some citra hop oil, lemon-lime and fresh white bread.

T: Low key citra and citrus. Some lemon scone and crushed mint follow. The finish is dry. I quite dig this. Extremely refreshing and perfect for summer.

M: Light bodied. Crisp. Clean edges make for easy drinking.

O: I'll call myself more then surprised by Widmer's Summer Citra. I genuinely enjoyed this summer session ale, and I see myself returning to this many times over the next couple of months. For those citra fans out there, you should make a point of getting into this one.

Rhettroactive, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color, with a small white head.

Aromas are of tangerines, apricots, and sugars. Nice nose.

Taste starts out slightly dry and a little bit sweet. Nice light creamy malts, faint spices and bread dough. Finish is crisp, and clean, with some nice lemon and mineral like hoppiness.

Mouthfeel Is good, full and smooth, with good crisp carbonation,

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise. Very drinkable, especially with the warm weather outside, but still with plenty of flavor. Might not fit the strict terms, but this is pretty sessionable to me. Well done Widmer.

flexabull, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is yellow - not golden, light yellow - with a 1-finger, bubbly white head. No lace.

S: Nice - florally hops, citrus (grapefruit & lemon) and tropical fruit. Not overwhelmingly strong, but pleasantly hoppy. Underlying bready malt is there too.

T: Some bread-doughy malt underneath, followed by citrus and tropical fruity hop notes with some floral hops as well. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Body is light in heft. Carbonation is gentle but present.

O: A good drinking beer on a hot summer day - I put down 5 of these on Saturday this past weekend without even noticing. The low ABV helps, while the nice flavor imparted from those Citra hops keeps it flavorful enough to be interesting.

Kendo, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really liked this one. it surprised me quite a bit, this is a major step up from the legions of watery summer brews. pours a radiant orange color with a tall white head and some haze. smells fruity and yeasty. fresh oranges for sure, possibly some tangerines in there as well, and a floral hop aroma. taste is sort of similar to new belgium's biere de mars, spicy and refreshing. they citrus flavor is great, not at all bitter, and a perfect complement to the yeast. im very impressed with this beer. the feel works well too, spunky carbonation and a medium body. there is a crispness to this that makes it an excellent warm weather beer, but i think it could be great in all seasons. a winner for sure.

StonedTrippin, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of TheMarkE
3.94/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with a decent head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and citrus.

Taste: Citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing. No bitter aftertaste to speak of, despite the citra hops.

The Verdict: Damn good. If there were more bitterness I would call it an IPA. This could become one of my favorite summer brews.

TheMarkE, Jun 20, 2013
Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. The was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: An extremely sweet, surprisingly fragrant aroma of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of citrus (the advertised lemon), mild hops, and malt. Doesn't quite live up to the promise put forth by the smell, but it's still a light, refreshing flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Blonde ales are not known for their complexity. That being said, this is an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

avalon07, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a great concept-- add some hops to a Blonde Ale. Pale golden in the glass. The head does seem to dissipate more than you'd like, but quite spritzy on the tongue. A pleasant hoppy spiciness with a hint of tangerine. Somehow the bitterness is still within the Blonde range. Aroma is light but very flowery. Borders on the acidic with kind of a club soda taste with the beeriness. All very light and quaffable.

Certainly a gem in an unworthy category. Glad to see someone creating some new light yet flavorful beers. Label dated July 19 11.

mactrail, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of Buebie
3.93/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 6'er that I probably would not normally have. On sale at Zipp's for $5.00

About a finger of white head, slowly receding to a thin film with generous collar.
Color on the brew is a darker golden yellow, all transparent.
Aroma providing some nice grains and plenty of malt, resembling honey and grassy hops with a citric rind tinge.
Taste is very well balanced, a lawnmower with actual flavor. Bready grains and light orange peel. Finishing dry and clean, almost not lingering flavors, just hints of grains and distant rind.

Terrific sessioner for the abv and flavor present.
Overall a good beer for the category. Not something I'd normally seek out, but I could drink more of this.

Buebie, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on June 29, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass, too. Aroma is citrus (tropical fruit, lemon peel) and floral hops, along with some bready malt. The brew tastes like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) hops, light floral hops, bready malt and some orange peel. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit creamy, crisp and clean, and is well carbonated. It's also very smooth and easy to drink. At 4.3% ABV, it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these in a session. It's a good beer for a hot day, I think I might have just found my new summer brew!

bluejacket74, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of nicksanch81
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

nicksanch81, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of ArrogantB
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle of a super hoppy blonde. Bright yellow with a hint of orange. The smell is a fabulous melange of citrus, tropical fruit, and hoppiness, surprising. The taste is more fantastic citrus but at the same time it just doesnt have any oomph behind it and fades fast. The citra hops are showcased well here but I think they work better in an IPA.

ArrogantB, Jun 21, 2011
Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%

muddyh2oblues, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of northaustin
3.9/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a clear yellow with about a finger of rapidly disappearing white head which leaves no lacing.

smell: citra hops. i love it, citrusy, grassy, and slight pine.

taste: this beer has only one flavor as the citra hops overpower any malt characteristics. since i love this hop variety, i love the way this beer tastes.

mouthfeel: smooth and oily goin down but becomes very resonous and sticky in the end. coats your mouth with a hoppy yummy film.

overall: very very similiar to the drifter. a refreshing light beer with alot of crispness.

northaustin, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
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..

aval89, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Big citrus flavor with a tropical fruit kick - mango and pineapple. Light caramel sweetness for a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty blonde ale. Love the citra hops!

zeff80, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of earljones199
3.88/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance- Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a very clear rich golden color with a white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell- Very faint smell. Have to really try to get the smell of citrus and mainly lemon. Not a bad smell just not overwhelming or anything that stands out.

Taste- Light flavor with some bready malts and some light citrus hops. Very balanced and delightfully refreshing.

Mouthfeel- Light and thin. Very refreshing with a lot of great carbonation that just adds to the carbonation.

Overall- Very refreshing summer beer. Perfect for a hot day. Nothing over the top but a very well balanced beer that does its job perfectly.

earljones199, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of JMad
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

The beer pours a light golden color with a coarse white head that stuck around for a bit. Smells a strong danky orange/ citrus aroma with some other fruitiness playing in the background, very pleasant indeed. I could taste orange peel with light bready malt and some grassy flavors. the beer is light with moderate carbonation and a refreshing finish. Nice summer beer, I definitely was not disappointed.

JMad, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of deadliest
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%

deadliest, Sep 06, 2014
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear yellow/orange color. Head is attractive. Head is bright white and of good height and build. Head also retains well yet leaves very mild lacing. Pretty looking.

S-The citra hops really stand out in the nose. The hops are not incredibly strong in the nose but that citra aroma is clear and stressed. Citra hops are incredibly pleasant smelling in their own regard. Light spices and a noticeable cracker maltiness. Light nose but an attractive one.

T-Actually quite enjoyable. The citra hops are rather mild but they taste delicious. Light orange juice and apricots. Fresh and juicy. Unfortunately there is a metallic twang in the middle of the flavor. Grainy and a bit bready. Overall, pleasant.

M-Very light. Bubbly. I drank my glass very, very quickly. Great Summer brew feel and body. Very crisp.

O/D-Overall, aside from the metallic flavor found during some sips, this is a pretty nice Summer brew. Love citra hops. They did this one quite well.

VelvetExtract, May 31, 2012
Photo of wahhmaster
3.85/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a pale, orange-gold color with a thin, fizzy head that dissipates quickly and leaves little lacing.

Smell: Smells strongly citrusy (orange and grapefruit) with a bit of spiciness in the aroma as well.

Taste: Starts off surprisingly hoppy for a summer wheat beer with citrusy, spicy hops. Finishes fairly malty with a bit of spiciness to it. Very well balanced with a bit more hops and malts than usual in a summer wheat beer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and refreshing with a surprising amount of body.

Overall: A surprisingly unique summer brew. While it's a wheat beer, it has very little in common with most other breweries' summer seasonals. Perfectly balanced between hops and malts, this is an above-average, perfectly sessionable summer brew.

wahhmaster, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of stercomm
3.83/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A - Light straw/honey in color, very clear, slight white head, recedes quickly leaving a slight layer, nice lacing.

S - Getting lots of hops, orange and tangerine, almost a sweaty gym locker scent.

T - Lots of orange and tangerine, nicely balanced get bitterness on the front with a slight malty backbone, very dry finish.

M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation.

O - Given it was an 80+F degree day a nice summer brew. Refreshing but with some bite to it.

stercomm, May 06, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Jason, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of isualum12
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance cloudy with yellow glow and white lace on top

smell light hop with perhaps a little malt mixed through. grass smell as well.

taste- light beer with lots of lively movemoent in it. there is a crisp orange.

light acid feel.the flavor lasts a little while showing a little sour on the end.

isualum12, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of arizcards
3.79/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a single in mid-August from Total Wine for $1.79. Bottled on 3-14-13...whoops this is a tad bit outdated...

Beer poured golden with a nice white head upon the initial pour.

Nose is citrusy and tropical.

Taste is grainy malts finishing with a nice citrus and tropical taste. No hop bitterness in the follow thru.

Mouthfeel is light with decent carbonation.

Overall this is a tasty little brew. If you want a summer session brew with some flavor this would be a good one to go with.

arizcards, Sep 22, 2013
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