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Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

455 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 455
Reviews: 127
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 12
Gots: 30 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -10%

thecoon, Jun 15, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

TicoCali, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

slatetupelo, Jul 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

dmilewsk, Jun 06, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Rekrule, Aug 12, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

djrn2, Jul 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

jzlyo, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

thufflife, Aug 19, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Sarmartay, Jun 02, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

GraduatedCashew, Aug 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

DSkilling, Jun 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Liz8646, Aug 14, 2013
Photo of BurgeoningBrewhead
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

BurgeoningBrewhead, Oct 15, 2013
Photo of PicoPapa
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Bottle On Date of Apr 22 2011. Pours a translucent very light golden color with almost no head. Very minimal lacing. Aroma has a nice amount of citrus and tropical fruits. Good amount of hops in the nose. Taste has a lot less hop flavor than I thought there would be. Faint citrus taste. Flavor has more breadiness and malt flavor. Light and watery with a thin mouthfeel. This beer let me down. The aroma was really good but the taste was lacking. Still an alright summer beer, but I would never get it on its own. Alright in the mix 12 pack I got it in but that is where it needs to stay.

PicoPapa, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of delta490
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

delta490, Aug 08, 2014
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3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, gold color, clear and bright. Poured a 3 finger cloudy white head with fair retention to a thick skim. Laced the glass in random spots.

S: Sweet and citrussy. Biscuity malt character, but muted and in the background. Some grapefruit notes as well.

T: Sweet citrus and malt up front. Middle transitions quickly to a mild, earthy bitter that doesn't quite match the initial sweet citrus. Sweet malt and citrus flavors linger through the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Light and crisp though there is sweet citrus coating on the palate.

O: Citrus and malt are the hallmark of this beer. A little shy on balance, but not cloyingingly so.

Haybeerman, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of Rayek
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Citra arrives with a brilliant straw body and a dense bone head. The foam sticks well and leaves a good amount of lace.

Past the look, the beer is a pretty mild experience. Dry straw malts do the work up front. Bitterness is light and slightly lemony. The beer finishes dry and a little tart. Its light body and low ABV make it go down easily.

Rayek, Jun 14, 2011
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3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

TMoney2591, May 13, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
Photo of MADhombrewer
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very clear and light. Nice white head.

Smell- Floral hops and a little bit of malt. Some grassy note as well.

Taste- Floral and grassy taste. Some bitterness.

Mouthfeel- For a beer this light it has a good mouthfeel.

Overall- This is a good summer bbq beer, but lacks some depth. I am glad to try it but don't know if I will buy another 6er. My wife on the other hand is all over this beer.

MADhombrewer, May 02, 2011
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3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The brew pours a nice crystal clear golden amber color with a billowy 1.5 finger white head. The head fades over a moderate amount of time to leave a decent level of streaky lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is grainy and bready with hints of a grassy hop smell. Along with these aromas are some light citrus and floral notes.

Taste – The taste begins with a smoother malt and biscuit taste. As the taste advances it gains more and more graininess with some flavors of a light lemon and grassy hop coming to the tongue. By the end the grassiness gets quite a bit stronger and is joined by a bit of a haylike flavor to leave a crisp bready flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite thin and crisp with a carbonation level that is rather average. Both are quite appropriate for the more grainy and grassy flavors of the brew and make it quite refreshing.

Overall – It is a rather refreshing brew overall but nothing all that out of the ordinary. A good go to for a more session style on a nice warm day.

Darkmagus82, Jul 24, 2013
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3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint glass at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.

A: Clean, pale golden color with a two-finger head of tight carbonation bubbles that retains pretty well and leaves a bit of sticky lace. Clarity is quite good.

S: Toasted grains, bits of zesty spices and metal with a skunky, citrusy hop aroma.

T: Light, thirst-quenching toasted malt flavor throws a bit o cracker into the mix with spicy, herbal hops that impart some of that skunky, all spice and coriander flavor. Semisweet malts dry out really quickly for a bone-dry finish.

M: Light-bodied and refreshing citrus notes all but disappear in the very dry hop finish.

O: Not a bad blonde and a summer ale for hop fans. I'm pretty unfamiliar with Citra, but on this impression, I'm not a huge fan. The 4.3% ABV means you can session til the cows come home, but there may not be enough to hold the attention of most. Worth a shot this summer.

Gambrinus1184, Jul 02, 2011
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3.39/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: crystal clear; golden in color; less than a 1 finger white head that receded quickly; no lacing;

S: citra, citra; citra, with some light malt in the background;

T; the grain and malt are much more prevalent here, with the citra peeking through;

M: light bodied; light carbonation (the keg kicked on the next pour, so that may have affected this);

O: refreshing and well balance, although I would have preferred more citra flavor;

HamdenHector, Aug 07, 2014
Photo of Zorro
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear gold colored ale with a medium white head.

Smells strongly hoppy with a honeysuckle malt scent. Smells strongly of citrus especially grapefruit. Honestly based on smell I would have put this on in as an American Style Pale Ale.

Starts out dry and fairly bitter. Tastes of hard water and hops. Taste of grapefruit and not much else, most bone dry Blonde Ale I have ever sampled.

Mouthfeel is thin and pretty much mineral water.

Overall dry and refreshing, something like a Lite version of an American Pale Ale. I could see buying this again, a good beer for a hot day.

Zorro, Aug 18, 2012
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3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, light caramelized malts but there’s also a bit of an odd funk to it that I cannot place.

T: The taste starts with a sweet citrus flavor. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. the malt character is about where it should be for this type of beer which is a bit on the thin side but it doesn’t create much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 02, 2011
Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.