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Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

471 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 471
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 3.61
pDev: 13.57%
Wants: 12
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 vkv822
4.03/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz : snifter

Clear golden yellow with a fizzy, foamy white head.

Crisp, citric hop notes upfront, smooth malty base.

Citric hops, well balanced with malty, bread base.

Crisp, medium-light body with prickly medium carbonation.

An easy drinking, well done summer beer. Lots of flavor from the Citra hops in a lower ABV, balanced beer.

Photo of marct
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of JoePQ
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of chocosushi
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Falcone
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of prisdefer
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of jnoelani
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of rogerthegill
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden yellow with a finger width head, average retention, leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Really faint but citrus notes are at the forefront.

Taste - Light citrus, from start to finish. Ends with a mellow lemon bitterness. Really simple, but good.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Solid carbonation lends to a lively, crisp mouthfeel, and leaves the lips feeling tingled.

Overall - Really, the name says it all. Nice citrus summer brew. Nothing off-putting about this beer. Just a simple, straight-forward, light and completely drinkable citrus blonde.

Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Left Hand tulip. The beer is pale, clear gold with a thin white head that dissipates quickly, leaving very little lacing on the glass. The nose is faint, but fantastic. I love the smell of citra hops and that smell is definitely here. It's a crisp, fruity smell with zesty orange and lemon notes.

The beer is light-bodied and easy drinking. There is a crisp, bready, almost grainy maltiness in the front of the palate followed by the flavors of the hops, which follow the nose. Orange and lemon flavors develop along the palate until the finish, which is not as dry and sustained as one would hope for.

This is a nice beer, but it's not going to knock anyone's socks off. It's simple and refreshing, but a bit thin in the mouth and with a rather bland finish. The citra hops definitely contribute a nice little bite, but once the beer gets past the middle of your palate, it starts to feel a little watered-down.

Photo of ZAP
4.48/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite summer beers this year....I see it as kind of a Kolsch hopped with Citra....the Citra hops really shine through with all their citrus goodness but the body and malt give this a crisp, Kolsch like feel. Lower weight and lower ABV but loaded with flavor....that makes this a top notch refreshing summertime drinker. Now I need to find it in bottles...

Photo of doughanson78
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of twelveinches
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bump8628
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The name pretty much says it all, a summer session beer accented with citra hops. Pour is clear gold with a disappearing head of pure white foam. Aroma is surprisingly hoppy (almost pale ale hoppy) with lime, orange, and an herbal grassiness. The hoppiness promised by the nose is somehow absent on the palate. What's left is a not unpleasant herbal bitterness and citrus pith flavor. The clean, dry, softly grainy malt body combined with the Widmer house yeast give the impression of a hybrid between American Pale Ale and Kolsch. All around a solid summer ale, if a bit more hop flavor hung around into the finish it would be great. I've been pleasantly surprised by Widmer lately.

Photo of Rhettroactive
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Due South glass on 6/6/12
*From notes

-- Bottle date: 5/17/12 --

A: Clean pale mid-day yellow in color. A good pour yields a 2.25 finger white head. Nice bubbles and decent lacing at first, though they don't hang around as the beer warms. The collar is disappointing.

S: Some citra hop oil, lemon-lime and fresh white bread.

T: Low key citra and citrus. Some lemon scone and crushed mint follow. The finish is dry. I quite dig this. Extremely refreshing and perfect for summer.

M: Light bodied. Crisp. Clean edges make for easy drinking.

O: I'll call myself more then surprised by Widmer's Summer Citra. I genuinely enjoyed this summer session ale, and I see myself returning to this many times over the next couple of months. For those citra fans out there, you should make a point of getting into this one.

Photo of avalon07
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. The was an inch of foamy head that lasted a fair amount of time. Good lacing.

S: An extremely sweet, surprisingly fragrant aroma of citrus, malt, and hops.

T: Tasted of citrus (the advertised lemon), mild hops, and malt. Doesn't quite live up to the promise put forth by the smell, but it's still a light, refreshing flavor.

M: A decent amount of carbonation with a slick finish. Light-bodied.

O: Blonde ales are not known for their complexity. That being said, this is an enjoyable and drinkable beer.

Photo of WaydeRafnel
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dmilewsk
3.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Pretzels
4.25/5  rDev +17.7%

Photo of RJLarse
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I bought a six-pack of Citra Blonde in a grocery store. $6.99. Poured in to a pint glass.

Pours a pale gold color, clear and apparently lightly carbonated. Thin white head.

The aroma is very faint, with grain notes perhaps.

Taste is OK, a malted grain flavor up front, with a little fruity tase on the finish. Mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light and clean.

Overall a drinkable beer, it would good on a hot day after mowing the lawn. But I doubt I'll have this again.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a clear yellow/orange color. Head is attractive. Head is bright white and of good height and build. Head also retains well yet leaves very mild lacing. Pretty looking.

S-The citra hops really stand out in the nose. The hops are not incredibly strong in the nose but that citra aroma is clear and stressed. Citra hops are incredibly pleasant smelling in their own regard. Light spices and a noticeable cracker maltiness. Light nose but an attractive one.

T-Actually quite enjoyable. The citra hops are rather mild but they taste delicious. Light orange juice and apricots. Fresh and juicy. Unfortunately there is a metallic twang in the middle of the flavor. Grainy and a bit bready. Overall, pleasant.

M-Very light. Bubbly. I drank my glass very, very quickly. Great Summer brew feel and body. Very crisp.

O/D-Overall, aside from the metallic flavor found during some sips, this is a pretty nice Summer brew. Love citra hops. They did this one quite well.

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.

Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 471 ratings.