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Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

467 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 13
Gots: 32 | 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 UCLABrewN84
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a 1 inch bubbly white head that settles to a thin cap. Decent rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is delicious with lots of citrus and tropical fruit aromas mixed with a spicy herbal scent. Taste is of the citrus and tropical fruits up front with a solid malty backbone on the finish. Little bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid blonde ale with very nice fruity aromas and tastes.

UCLABrewN84, Aug 09, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -10%

djrn2, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -3%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10%

acurtis, Jul 28, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3%

kjkinsey, Mar 02, 2013
Photo of BEERchitect
3.18/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

BEERchitect, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -10%

ygtbsm94, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

jaydoc, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -3%

kylehay2004, Aug 18, 2013
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: Floral hop notes with some subtle citrus and fruity hop aromas. Some light malt notes of bread and biscuit. A light tropical note, but not super fragrant overall.

T: The flavor has a bit more punch to it, but not substantially different. Citrus and tropical fruit hop notes with a lot of floral flavors as well. Some sweet bread and toasted malt, too.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: While not an amazing beer, this is a good one to drink on a hot day.

womencantsail, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.78/5  rDev -23%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 11, 2011
Photo of TMoney2591
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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3/5  rDev -16.9%

JAHMUR, Jul 20, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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 StonedTrippin
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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 NeroFiddled
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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!

NeroFiddled, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of Jason
3.8/5  rDev +5.3%
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 nickfl
4/5  rDev +10.8%

nickfl, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of TheManiacalOne
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
Photo of russpowell
3.15/5  rDev -12.7%
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...

russpowell, Aug 13, 2011
Photo of mactrail
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

DrunkinYogi, Nov 21, 2013
Photo of kojevergas
3.19/5  rDev -11.6%
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+

kojevergas, Aug 20, 2011
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3/5  rDev -16.9%

GClarkage, Jul 07, 2014
Photo of Halcyondays
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours a clear gold with a soapy light white head. Fizzy look, with no lace.

S: Real nice tropical nose. Clear pineapple, with some passion fruit and mango cocktail juice from the 90s.

T: Notes of banana and bubblegum with yellow Now and Laters. Semi-sweet bready malt, with some light hopping. The tropicality comes through in the finish. A nice taste if not really full-flavoured.

M: Light-bodied, frothy, some carbonic feel.

O: Widmer continues to be one of the best value brands in beer IMO. Definitely just a beer for the summertime, I could see this being very refreshing. The Citra adds an interesting complexity and makes for a beer that's fun to drink.

Halcyondays, Jun 28, 2011
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Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.