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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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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

gatornation, May 03, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Hopmodium, May 25, 2012
Photo of HalfFull
3.25/5  rDev -10%
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.

HalfFull, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of FreshHawk
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Very light gold color with a medium to large, light, fluffy, effervescent, pillowy, white heat. Decent retention leaving a very thin lace.

S - Plenty of citrus hop aroma but not too much of the tropical fruit you often get with Citra hops. Orange and tangerine along with a spiced floral (slightly herbal) hops. Some biscuity and light wheat malt sweetness.

T - Similar to the nose. There is a decent amount of the citrusy hops that also have the spiced characteristic. There is a decent malt backbone. Fairly bitter and spicy toward the end with a slight grassy astringency. Hints of lemon.

M - Light body with plenty of carbonation. Light, zesty, and effervescent.

D - Pretty easy to drink and overall it works together fairly well. The Citra hops definitely make this beer. The linger spiced flavor and bitterness are slightly off-putting though.

Notes: Not bad for a light summer beer. Citra hops are what make this beer. A little strong with the spiced aspects, grass, and bitterness and a touch thin (which compounds the first problem) but overall this is a nice change of pace summer beer.

FreshHawk, Feb 04, 2012
Photo of budgood1
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours out a pale gold colour with some very active carbonation supporting a thin white head. nice retention and lace. citra hops provide a bunch of juicy fruit aromas, definitely overshadowing the biscuity malt aroma. taste is again hop centric, hop forward and hop juice. a bit of crackery malt tries to prop up this beer but because of the low ABV and dry character of this beer the hop juice flavour is the king. summer quencher for sure. this blonde ale has light body and easy going mouthfeel..a bit crisp and certainly a quenching feel. drinkability is very nice....or should i say slammability.

overall this is a quintessential summer time brew...easy to drink, flavourful and appealing to the everyday hop head. pretty nice. recommended.

budgood1, Jul 31, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bigbeers84, Dec 10, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

NJBeer265, Jun 03, 2014
Photo of bum732
3/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

bum732, May 29, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

Doomcifer, Aug 16, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

jzlyo, Feb 01, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

Rekrule, Aug 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

jacewg, May 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

bubseymour, Aug 11, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Drknight, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of shand
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This beer pours a nice clear golden color with a finger or so of bone-white head. Retention is alright due to the ample carbonation. The aroma on this is fantastic, I get a nice dose of bright citrus hops over a Kolsch-esque base of bready malts. The taste is very good, with the bright citrus and tropical fruit flavors of Citra hops being front and center. There's a bit of bready malts and a crisp, watery aftertaste with a bit of malts and a touch of pine creeping its way in. This is basically the perfect hot weather beer I've been looking for. I want to drink this all day. The mouthfeel is light and crisp, and the drinkability is very good.

Overall? I love this beer. It's HOT out in Florida. This is one of the best ways to beat the heat I've found so far, it's very refreshing while still having a satisfying flavor. I'm depressed that I only bought the single bottle, and am going first thing to the beer store tomorrow after work to pick up a couple more sixers. Bravo, Widmer.

shand, Jul 22, 2011
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

TimoP, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of facundoCNB
3.4/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a clean golden/orange pour with 1/2" of head which quickly dissipated, nice retention.
smells of orange citrus, subtle coriander, bready yeast (your average wheat beer).
a very sweet honey-like flavor is strong on this one! the orange/coriander aspect is mainly blocked by the sweetness, the yeast gives it a nice crisp bready finish.
light body with a slight lean towards medium, nicely carbonated, crisp / refreshing.
not a bad summer ale at all - it's hard to be different and maintain style guidelines, but this one is sweeter than most - which is good for a wheat beer because they usually have that pungent bready aftertaste. this one still has a subtle aftertaste, but it is very citrusy/sweet so it makes you crave more.

facundoCNB, Sep 07, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Chucker17, Dec 16, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

stampfler07, Feb 05, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

LJWalker, Jan 17, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

ms11781, Jul 29, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  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.

secondtooth, May 12, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -10%

SmellsofMahagony, Apr 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -3%

bismarksays, Mar 28, 2014
Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 455 ratings.