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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: 484
Avg: 3.64
pDev: 13.46%
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

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Beer added by: MADhombrewer on 05-02-2011

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.37/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.99/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - bright, golden orange with a short cap of soft, white head that fades quickly

S - grapefruit, orange peel

T - grapefruit, orange peel, peach, tangerine, faint grassy bitterness

M - light bodied, well carbonated

This is a really nice summer beer. The fruit flavors that come through are pretty intricate for such a small beer. This also has a great deal of drinkability and it's really refreshing. This probably won't please most of the hardcore beer drinkers, but if I'm going to be out in the heat, I would definitely enjoy several of these.

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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 Hoptometrist
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a light and very clear yellow with big soapy white head that left chunky lace. Some visible carbonation

S- Some pineapple, citrus, brewer's yeast, and mineral notes. Fairly light aroma

T- Big pineapple,, mango, and orange citrus notes. Some brewe's yeast and watery mineral character.

M- Very light, soft carbonation, it really does drink just like water. Not much in the way of body at all, but there probably isn't supposed to be.

O- This beer succeeds as a refreshing and sessionable ale with rally nice citra hop character. If that is what you are looking for give it a shot. It is pretty refreshing, but it is basically hoppy water. It serves its purpose as a nice and simple summer ale.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.69/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, vibrant, crystal clear, straw-yellow coloring with a frothy, white ring around the surface. Lots of carbonation action in the body. Aromas of roasted and grassy hops, dry and peat-like, with a toasted grain backbone. Very aromatic and balanced. Flavors of roasted grains and toasted bread, with a honey sweet highlight. Light, subtle, resiny hops presence that adds piney and floral notes at the end of the palate. The body is light, almost watery at times, with a slight effervescent feel from the carbonation. Grassy and sweet aftertaste, with a clean, crisp finish. Very drinkable, very light...perfect for warmer weather.

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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 artoolemomo
3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which looks as if it will have little retention at all. It certainly won't survive describing the appearance. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a hazy golden straw which glows with hints of orange when held up to the light. Only tiny spots of lacing left behind.

Nose- Pretty much what you should expect from a beer with this name and these hops. Citrus, citrus, citrus. Grapefruit seems to be most dominant aspect (with a nice note of mustiness) followed by orange and then some weak lemon. Faint hints of armpit or dirty sock that compliment the citrus very well. Slight grain notes on the nose as well.

Taste- Lemon is the first note that I get when I taste this beer, followed by some grain notes and then a mild grapefruit bitterness. Ever so light notes of pine and resin on the finish. The lemon is kind of weak tasting and lacks the complexity that the citrus notes of the nose have. There is also a mineral or chalky aspect on the finish that I seem to always get from Widmer's beers. It's not bad but I don't think I've ever had a Widmer beer without it. Some hints of other fruit- a little white grape, some berry. Fairly true to the style but that mineral taste that would usually attributed to Saaz hops cannot be. It is certainly not strong, herbal, or earthy enough to be from noble hops. A little thin tasting. Pretty average to slightly above average beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with faint syrupy characteristics. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability- This goes down like a tastier version of water. Would be very good introduction for a BMC drinker. Not exactly crisp but goes down very easy.

Overall- Pretty average but would drink it if I were offered it.

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Photo of zagduck
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy, gold color with white head

Smell: delicious, smells like citrusy but not in an overpowering way. If this beer tastes as good as it smells, it will be fantastic.

Taste: citrus with a hoppy bitterness. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: more carbonated than I would prefer not still makes for easy drinkability

Overall: this is a fantastic beer. It is the quintessential summer beer. It is citrusy and refreshing without being too sweet. This is a very well balanced beer. I can't think of a better beer to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of TheMarkE
3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with a decent head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and citrus.

Taste: Citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing. No bitter aftertaste to speak of, despite the citra hops.

The Verdict: Damn good. If there were more bitterness I would call it an IPA. This could become one of my favorite summer brews.

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Photo of HedleyLamar
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A great beer for a warm summer day...I love the Citra hops. I'm not a huge fan of the Widmer Brothers brewery, however their use of citra hops caught my eye. This beer has a nice color for a Blonde. I plan on adding this to my list of summer beers. Its easy to drink and has plenty of flavor.

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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 NilocRellim
3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer came in a bottle and was poured out into a pint glass. It had a light amber colour to it and smelled of citrus hops and grapefruit. In line to the way this beer smelled, it also had a grapefruit presence in its flavour, along with flavours of wheat and hops. Seemed light bodied; it would be a great summer beer.

Would I buy this beer again? Maybe.

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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 puboflyons
3.59/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 1206-NH-JUL0312. Sampled on December 8, 2012.

The color is pale yellow with a kind of olive hue with little to no head and whatever head it starts with quickly dissipates.

The aroma is pleasant enough with a clean sweetness and vaguely hopped background along with a hint of grapefruit.

The body is very much what I would expect for the style with a light to medium feel.

At first the taste is on the sweet side but it slowly evolves into a clean, crisp hop flavor but not much lingers at the end. Still, it would be refreshing on a hot summer day.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Finger of head. A cloudy, light straw colored body.
A nice citrus (lemon and grapefruit) smell.
A great lemon bitter taste from beginning to end. A real summer lemonade. Ends with a sweet note. Great balance.
Crisp and clean texture. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
A really good summer brew. On the lighter side as a blonde but has great flavor.

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Photo of JMad
3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass...

The beer pours a light golden color with a coarse white head that stuck around for a bit. Smells a strong danky orange/ citrus aroma with some other fruitiness playing in the background, very pleasant indeed. I could taste orange peel with light bready malt and some grassy flavors. the beer is light with moderate carbonation and a refreshing finish. Nice summer beer, I definitely was not disappointed.

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Photo of TheRealBigC
3.64/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean yellow/orange - not much head but some bubbles. Surprisingly strong nose of hops leads to a well-balanced taste. The hops steal the show, but that's not a bad thing. It's not a "wow" taste or anything, but it's clean and crisp - perfect for a summer brew.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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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 Zorro
3.42/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Redrover
3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck with freshness dating, poured into my SA perfect pint. The beer is a light gold with a bone white head. It has better than average lacing.

It has an aroma of grains and a bit of citrus rind.

Taste leads with citrus, some mild grains and a bit of Wrigley gum. It is not overpowering, but is balanced and fits the bill for a summer beer. It becomes slightly more bitter mid glass and the hops add more citrus and tropical fruit bite.

The mouth is medium with a touch of slickness. Easy beer to pair with grilled chicken or a fresh tomato salad. I have really liked the last two seasonal offerings from Widmer.

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Photo of HighballurRollby
3.77/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought this beer as a single because I hadn't noticed anything new come from widmer in a while. I was not dissapointed and widmer climbs a few steps on my ladder imho.

My first swig of this beer let me know that it is a smooth, tame mouthfeel with citrus on the nose heavily as I swallow and get a nice quick aftertaste of lemon rind that quickly vanishes and I'm on to the next drink. This beer is uniquely refreshing because it has a nice body and a finish of a full bodied beer but every sip makes me want to take another which reminds me of a coors light or bud light ( you just wanna finish it). This beer is fruity and citrusy across the board from the smell to the taste and up to 3 seconds after swallowing. It defintely is a nice summer seasonal that I will share with many friends.

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Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
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!

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Photo of rwhitmore
4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap in the beer garden at the Iowa City Jazz Festival. Poured into a translucent plastic cup.

Appearance: a little hard to say, because of the plastic cup. A nice white frothy head.

Smell: Big hit of citrus and tropical fruit, esp. mango, with a light sweet malt aroma.

Taste: Juicy, fruity citrus, with a nice balanced bitterness of grapefruit rind, which made a wonderfully tart finish. Malts were crisp and cracker-y.

Mouthfeel: Bright, clean, super refreshing.

Overall: It was really hot at the festival, and this just blew me away with it's refreshing, juicy, thirst-quenching flavor. I would session this beer all summer long. I hope it makes its way to the Great Plains before next summer.

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