Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev -15.8%
I just had this at the Old Chicago.
The pour is a pale gold with near no head of foam, no lacing.
The smell is of lemons and grain, overall a slightly bitterish nose.
The taste is of lemon, grain, an earthy malt note, not big on flavour but not offensive and pretty easy drinking though I stopped after 1 pint.
This isn't a bad brew in the big picture and pretty decent for the style. Worth a go, I say.
05-20-2012 18:13:31 | More by Bitterbill
3.23/5 rDev -10.3%
12oz bottle into standard pint. Served at 50F Freshness date on bottle.
A: Aggressive pour nets a huge white head. As the head calms down it becomes a frothy tight pillow that is leaving a considerable lacing. Pretty blonde color and very clear.
S: Citrusy hints of orange and sweet lemon with a bit of pink grapefruit. A swirl releases a bit more earth from the hops and when blended with the sweet citrus and malt it smells like summer should.
T: a lot like the nose after the swirl. Slightly earthy hops and sweet citrus. The malt I think adds the hint of sweet up front. Tastes good but not as good as it smells.
M: Good body, light enough to drink during the heat and heavy enough feel like an ale.
O: Good beer, I do not regret the 6pack I picked up at all. Might even recommend this as the summer seasonal we pick up at the little cafe I work at.
05-16-2012 21:35:59 | More by N3rdM3t4l
3.6/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-12-2012 21:42:41 | More by secondtooth
3.83/5 rDev +6.4%
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - Light straw/honey in color, very clear, slight white head, recedes quickly leaving a slight layer, nice lacing.
S - Getting lots of hops, orange and tangerine, almost a sweaty gym locker scent.
T - Lots of orange and tangerine, nicely balanced get bitterness on the front with a slight malty backbone, very dry finish.
M - Medium bodied, slight carbonation.
O - Given it was an 80+F degree day a nice summer brew. Refreshing but with some bite to it.
05-06-2012 20:16:31 | More by stercomm
3.98/5 rDev +10.6%
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.
04-27-2012 18:42:40 | More by StonedTrippin
3.6/5 rDev 0%
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.
02-04-2012 15:44:18 | More by FreshHawk
3.5/5 rDev -2.8%
Repost of review from hacked account "jmkratt" :(
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Picked up a six pack last night. I am a big fan of the Citra hop so that was the deciding factor in that I am not a big fan of Blondes.
A - Poured from undated brown bottle to pint glass. Pours a soft golden color, crystal clear. A 1/2 finger white head with a little retention and some lacing.
S - The citra hops provide the characteristic sweet citrusy floral aroma. Some biscuit malt present. I would have cared for a more powerful citra aroma, it's a little muted.
T - The Citra hops provide a nice sweet citrus flavor from the get go. A mild bitterness and earthy/grassy tone comes next. The beer seems rather thin and unbalanced though. The malty sweetness and biscuit flavor doesn't seem to quite gel with the hop flavors. Slightly sweet finish, not bitter.
M - Fairly smooth and lightly crisp. Light bodied. Finishes slightly soapy.
O - Again I am not a fan of the Blonde's but I found this beer to have a lot of potential but ultimately underwhelming.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 06-08-2011 16:37:16
01-16-2012 20:02:30 | More by hopfacebrew
3.93/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
01-05-2012 05:49:47 | More by mactrail
Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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