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Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

478 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 478
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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Ratings: 478 | Reviews: 129
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3.97/5  rDev +10%
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.

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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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.

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3.25/5  rDev -10%

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3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear yellow with a pretty big white head that left some sticky lacing and stuck around for a while.

Aroma and flavor are somewhat citra-y, not overpoweringly so, but the hop is certainly noticeable. There's a lightly grainy backbone and a touch of sweet citrus.

Body is light and lawn-mower-y. Carbonation is light and could be a touch higher, but ain't bad.

Overall it's pretty refreshing and fits the description of a blonde ale pretty well.

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3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.36/5  rDev -6.9%
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.

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3.56/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.3/5  rDev -8.6%

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4.21/5  rDev +16.6%

wow. very refreshing! better than I expected. I mean, it's Widmer, ya know? low abv, but refreshing. I wonder how it would go down on a hot lawnmower Saturday afternoon?

Photo of Phelps
3.59/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Widmer citra blonde

Enjoyed in a shaker pint.

Pale honey in color, with amazing clarity. A thin, filmy head of grayish white sits atop.

Fruity nose. Pear, apricot and crackers balance perfectly with Citra hops, which lend their own notes of grass, sweet flowers and citrus peel. This is a pretty fantastic aroma.

The follow-through isn’t perfect, but the flavor does display most of what I got in the nose: citrus, floral stuff, orange blossom, grass, sweet apricot, peach. It’s still good, just not as bright as in the aroma.

Light carbonation amidst a medium-light body. As is propoer for such a summery brew, it’s fairly light on the palate, with a super dry finish.

While I wish the flavor did more to mimic the nose, this was surprisingly tasty. Crisp, summery and drinkable. Citrus hops in a blonde — who’d have thunk?

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3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
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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3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 478 ratings.