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Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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128 Reviews
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Reviews: 128
Hads: 485
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 26.1%
Wants: 18
Gots: 40 | 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:
Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 05-02-2011

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Reviews: 128 | Hads: 485
Photo of RussBecker1
2.46/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Pint Glass

A-Fizzy pale pour with virtually no character. Decent one to two finger foamy head that sits for a decent amount of time before dissipating.

S- The lone highlight of the beer for me. The citra hops are abound, and give off a strong distinct smell. After the hops pass however, there is not much left leaving one to assume that the taste will coincide.

M- Nothing special. It's pretty empty, not enough carbonation to be crisp, but not enough character to make an impression otherwise.

T-As expected the citra hops are apparent, but the rest of the beer is rather watery and mundane.

O-Fine to have once but I doubt I will seek this out again.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.69/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. Reviewed live.

A- Two finger white head, weak retention. Fluffy white lacing. Pale golden color, high clarity. Carbonation looks alright.

S- Sweet malts, wheat, citrusy hops and floral smells. Light, summery and sweet. Floral as well.

T- Light bodied flavor, hops are backdoor to a wheaty, grassy taste in the front. Drinkable. Not good, but passable.

M- Light, carbonation is biting.

O- Alright. Nothing special. Above bad, about average for a summery blonde ale.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.7/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Dude you bought the blonde ale, sheesh... but it is Citra.. so let's see here.

Pretty decent looking brew, with a fluffy three finger bleach white head. and some good staying power. Settles to a simple thin puck and collar. Body is a nice brass yellow with lemon and faint brown edges. Slow rising carbonation.

Nose is odd. Grainy. Very light and dry and powdery. Faint hop angle of powdery lemon. Slightly adjunct like smelling also.

Palate is just a bit jarring and unpleasant. Extremely chalky tasking beer. White chalk and dryness, with virtually no malt presence at all. Hop angle seems to be completely non existent. Chalky and thin mouthfeel with a very grainy steely like aftertaste.

Overall, just another blonde I don't care for.

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Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades down fast. Color is a clear autumn golden orange.

Aroma: Reminds me a bit of a wheat. A lot of fruit and citrus flavors. Lemons and oranges with some earthy hops. Fairly light.

Taste: Lemon citrus and orange slices. Earthy and floral. Wheat flavors. Light.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, it was a fairly average beer. It drank easy, but there wasn't a lot of flavor here.

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Photo of harrymel
2.77/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottled: 06JUL11

A: Pours a blonde ale with brilliant clarity and a transient single finger of off white foam which falls to nearly no sheet of the same. No lace.

S: Citra hops have lately become quite familiar to me, and they're present here. They are quite subdued compared to my recent exposure, but they are well applied in their tropical tastiness. Otherwise some underlying grainy malts are dry in character.

T: Lots of grain component, some hops are in here, but contribute little palate interaction. Grains are plain, unsweetened and raw tasting. A hint of flour.

M: Medium on light body with sharp and persistent carbonation. Dry finish.

O: The look and smell are nice, but the flavor is a substantial disappointment for me. One and done.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.8/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

16 ounce pint - $6.25 at Taco Mac in Woodstock, Georgia.

Appearance: Fairly clear, yellow body with a surprisingly scant, white head.

Smell: Not just delicate, but faint nose of lightly malted barley and a vague, shaky impression of lemon.

Taste: Lightly grainy barley flavor, low sweetness, then, a minute resinous, then some citrus oil if the citrus component was very, very weak. Subdued bitterness. Soon, the hop character drops away, then, the malt character drops away, and you're left with a lonely, empty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: There're loads of other blondes I'd prefer to grab over this one. It's a bit of a snoozer, even for just a mild, meager blonde ale.

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Photo of thehenbarris
2.97/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Mahar's Public Bar (Albany, NY) on 7/26/11

A- Transparent blonde/golden. Poured with an extremely thin head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing.

S- Heavy apricot and hops.

T- Bright hop flavors combined with apricot, peach, and grapefruit. Not too sweet, the fruit flavors work well with the hops. A refreshing beer that I would imagine would work well as a beer to go with warm weather outside festivities. "Crisp"

M- High in carbonation, which I would expect in this type of beer.

O- This is a fairly average brew all told, but it works well for what it is. While it isn't something I'd knock people over to get, I'd drink it again in a pinch.

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Photo of RJLarse
2.98/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Citra Blonde in a grocery store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear and apparently lightly carbonated. Thin white head.

The aroma is very faint, with grain notes perhaps.

Taste is OK, a malted grain flavor up front, with a little fruity tase on the finish. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a drinkable beer, it would good on a hot day after mowing the lawn. But I doubt I'll have this again.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.01/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into Summit pint glass

Look is a clear golden orange, small white head, smells of grassy hops but with an unpleasant rubbery scent. Crisp medium-light feel with lightly peppery lemongrass hops dancing over dusty grain and syrupy malt.

OK summer brew that smells a little funky and doesn't really stand out from others on the market. Maybe this was a bad bottle, however I still ended up enjoying it.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.02/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I just had this at the Old Chicago.

The pour is a pale gold with near no head of foam, no lacing.

The smell is of lemons and grain, overall a slightly bitterish nose.

The taste is of lemon, grain, an earthy malt note, not big on flavour but not offensive and pretty easy drinking though I stopped after 1 pint.

This isn't a bad brew in the big picture and pretty decent for the style. Worth a go, I say.

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Photo of bum732
3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -14.3%
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...

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Photo of kojevergas
3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hefeweizen glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I actually ended up opening a second bottle in June 2013 to review this in more detail; I liked it much more after growing accustomed to it. Served into a conical pint glass the second go around.

A: One finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average retention. Semitransparent orange-yellow colour. Appealing. Clear and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No buble show.

Sm: Pale malts, cream, citra hops. Orange peel and light citrus notes.

T: Orange peel citrus ester hops, cream, a moderately full barley foundation, and unwelcome light pleasant bittering/citra hops on the climax. Not horribly complex. It's built well for what is and is trying new things. Good balance and build. Cracking open another cold one, I find myself quickly adjusting to the biting juicy citra hops. Gets more and more refreshing the more I drink it. Pleasantly balanced and very enjoyable. Lovely pale malt foundation. I like this a lot.

Mf: Nicely crisp. Good thickness. Smooth and wet, but a bit sharp alongside the bittering hops. Doesn't complement the flavour profile ideally, but it's pleasant and approachable. Refreshing. Biting.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd try it on draught. I could see this becoming quite a success in 6 packs. One of Widmer's more interesting beers, and certainly one of their most drinkable. Hides its ABV well. I think my initial review in 2011 may have been an old bottle. I'd recommend this to friends; it's interesting work.

High C+

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one inch white head that clearly doesn't want to stick around too long. There are some small bubbles and some big bubbles, we'll see about lacing. The body is completely see through, frankly the body looks exactly like a lager, just a hair darker in color, but not by much. Medium carbonation. Overall the look it pretty lame, nothing too great here. Very clean and fresh smell on the nose, slight hints of hops and also some malt. There might be some lemon or orange in here, but if there is it is very small. Overall the smell is decent, nothing too great. Very small hop taste, mostly malt on this beer, and really gross malt really. It kinda tastes like malt they would use in a blue moon seasonal or something, not good at all. To it's credit there is a small fruit taste, maybe even honey, but that doesn't save it from the lack of hops and the bad malt taste. Overall a very mediocre taste. The mouthfeel is decent, a little light for my liking, but I guess it works for the style. Drinkability is pretty high, but only because it's so light. Overall a pretty average beer, nothing too impressive, other than the fact that I did get some good lacing.

After I drank this beer more and more it did get crisper and easier to drink, and a little tasty, but it just has too many faults for me to change my rating.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm becomming of the mindset that if a hoppy beer is being brewed with any hop other than the Citra variety, then that brewer is doing it wrong. This seriously seductive hop is good enough to salvage this otherwise bland and reckless ale.

Pouring a medium straw color with bright clarity, the beer releases a wave of carbonation that fuels an initial airy head of white foam, which falls rather quickly to a lace about the glass. No lacing and slight on retention, the lack of substance is taking a toll on its appearance.

The musty fruit aromas of ripe red grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, mangos, and appricots are sharp, vibrant and give the beer its saving identity. Lightly vegital with the essence of tea leaves, light corn, green tobacco, and raw barley all make their way into the relatively simplified scent.

The Citra flavor continues with is saving graces by delivering the same musty fruit flavor of dry hops along with fresh grassy notes, vegital character, and a grainy taste mixed with bruised oranges and tangerines. Slightly resiny with the fruity hop flavor that morphs into a mild balanced bitterness late, the balance remains with the hop flavor and eventual bitterenss. The thin grain flavor offers little in supporting the hops and leave the beer overly simplistic and lacking any rounded character other than hops.

Light throughout, the early carbonation proves fleeting and leaves the beer thin far sooner than it should. Grainy textures interfere with the hop dryness and give an lightly astringent bite that accompany the otherwise pleasantly bitter finish. Simply a watery texture for the majority of the session.

A linger of hop flavor and light bitterness remain in aftertaste, outlasing the vegital and grain flavors and encoraging the next drink. If any normal hop additions were made, this beer would struggle for respect, but it's saved by the rich citrusy flavor of the Citra hop.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a...I'm not going to say it, I'm not going to say it, I'm not going to say it...a blonde color. DANGIT! The head isn't even a finger high, and has a white shade. Retention isn't good. Tiny specks of lacing are left on the glass.

S: That textbook Citra stank is there in full force. I'm picking up little to no malt backbone. As a way to show off Citra and nothing more, it does a respectable job - still, I wish there was a bit less stank and a bit more tropical fruit notes. Damnit, I wish this was fresh, then again I only have myself to blame for leaving it in the fridge for a damn month.

T: The general flavor is pretty light. A touch of melon to start, and some crackery malt that intertwines with the hop notes on its finish. It's dead simple, but it gets the job done.

M: Light, dry, light, dry, light, dry, light, and oh yeah, dry, too. The carbonation is intense, almost overly so. Still, it's stupidly easy to drink, and also refreshing.

O: There's room for improvement - the Citra hops could be shown off better, and it could also use less of a carbonic bite - but it's nice enough in its current state. Give me a six pack and 100 degree weather, and I'd probably think of this in a much better light. It certainly beats BMC, that's for damn sure (wait...)

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Photo of Jinholic
3.23/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Bright yellow body with only half a finger of off-white head that died in less than 30 seconds.

Smell - I could smell this as I poured it, while I hate to use this as over used as it is, this smells just like summer. Citrus hops and even more fruitiness roll in.

Taste - Pretty spot on with the nose wet citrus maybe a hint of lemon. A tad grainy but not off putting in anyway, overall a bit mild.

Mouthfeel - Smooth, crisp and very refreshing. Light bodied little carbonation. So easy to session this one at 4.3%. I'd pick this over any lager for a nice summer day outside.

Overall - A nice change from the dozens of other summer brews that all taste like watered down beer with lemons mashed in. I would pick this up more often if it was an all year beer. That said go grab one and see for yourself.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Citra? Sure. Blonde? Yes please. Summer? Well, that's most certainly the season here. Bottled (I think) 04 April 2012.

Clear golden orange with a dense, white head with decent retention and minimal lacing, this looks decent. The nose has a blend of light citrus notes, a moderate tropical fruit character (mango) and a grainy, cereal and biscuit-like malt character. Sweetness is low. Pretty solid.

The palate opens with a mild hop flavor and bitterness (just a little lacking on the bitterness IMO) with a blend of orange, mango, and even a little orange pith bitterness. The malt character is barely noticeable, lending a mild, grainy, sweetness before a rather watery finish kicks in. While there is some hop flavor and even a mild bitterness on the finish, this beer finishes rather watery. Crisply carbonated and relatively soft on the palate, this beer _is_ refreshing, and does win a Truth in Advertising award from me. Solid.

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Photo of N3rdM3t4l
3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into standard pint. Served at 50F Freshness date on bottle.

A: Aggressive pour nets a huge white head. As the head calms down it becomes a frothy tight pillow that is leaving a considerable lacing. Pretty blonde color and very clear.

S: Citrusy hints of orange and sweet lemon with a bit of pink grapefruit. A swirl releases a bit more earth from the hops and when blended with the sweet citrus and malt it smells like summer should.

T: a lot like the nose after the swirl. Slightly earthy hops and sweet citrus. The malt I think adds the hint of sweet up front. Tastes good but not as good as it smells.

M: Good body, light enough to drink during the heat and heavy enough feel like an ale.

O: Good beer, I do not regret the 6pack I picked up at all. Might even recommend this as the summer seasonal we pick up at the little cafe I work at.

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Photo of BB1313
3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle poured into a flute. Pours a crystal clear light golden, completely transparent. There's a small white head which fades pretty quickly, decent retention and lacing. The citra hops are present in the nose. Lots of grassy aromas with a touch of wheat and malts. The flavors seem to fall off considerably compared the nose. There's a nice hop bite in the beginning. Lots of earthy flavors and subtle spices. I can pick up some orange zest and lemon juice. The malts are present, maybe too present. Carbonation is high, but in a good way. Spritzy, but smooth. Very light and easy drinking. Alcohol clearly goes absolutely unnoticed. This is one you can drink all day, if you choose. Refreshing on a summer day.

This beer has alot of qualities I like, but something isn't hitting right. I feel this could've been something very special, but instead it seems just average.

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Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a deeper, slightly cloudy gold, it has a short-lasting fizzy white head. A miniscule amount hangs on and leaves some lacing. The aroma is almost non-existent with a slight funky earthy hops and malt sweetness to it. The taste is little more complex than the aroma. There is a light hint more robust malt on the finish I can't quite identify. The body is a little watery and thin. It's definitely an easy drinker but it just hasn't have much oomph behind it in the flavor department.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm more of a Citra brunette kind o' guy... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy greens, light sweet biscuit, light grapefruit zest, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of mild and funky grapefruit zest, biscuit, and some mixed greens all up in the finish and whatnot. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay little blonde, nothing close to spectacular, but something drinkable enough for a lazy afternoon.

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Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 128 ratings.