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Citra Blonde Summer Brew - Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

470 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 470
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 aval89
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: clear golden with one finger head..

s: the citra hops come through on this one.. tropical fruits.. big on the guave and peach? .. doughy malts are deep in there with a touch of grain..

t: upfront is a soft lemony flavor... almost sour as it hits the front of the tongue.. as it rolls back, some grain comes in along with soft tropical fruit flavors.. also some orange flavors but nothing over the top.. backend has light lemon peel bitterness along with some grain..some breadiness does linger.. cleanses the palate..

mf: body is light-medium with good carbonation to make it a thirst quencher.. semi-dry finish on the end.

o: a nice summer brew. goes down great and doesnt lack flavor..

aval89, Aug 08, 2011
Photo of twiggamortis420
4.08/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed gold color with a short-lived white head. Bubbly retention and collar.

Nose is citra-licious. I love this hop, so bright and tropical fruity. Biscuity, clean malt and smells almost like there might be some wheat in here. Smells good, real good.

This is one of the most refreshing beers I have ever had. The flavor is very clean and in no way overbearing. Bitterness is light, but the hop flavor comes through nicely. The malt is very crisp and snappy...husky grains and saltine cracker crumbs. Very well crafted, easy drinking summer brew. Citra hop lovers will dig this brew on a hot day.

twiggamortis420, Aug 07, 2011
Photo of bluejacket74
3.9/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on June 29, 2011. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch off-white head. The head sticks around for a while, and there's a good amount of lacing left on the glass, too. Aroma is citrus (tropical fruit, lemon peel) and floral hops, along with some bready malt. The brew tastes like citrusy (tropical fruit, grapefruit) hops, light floral hops, bready malt and some orange peel. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit creamy, crisp and clean, and is well carbonated. It's also very smooth and easy to drink. At 4.3% ABV, it wouldn't be hard to drink quite a few of these in a session. It's a good beer for a hot day, I think I might have just found my new summer brew!

bluejacket74, Aug 05, 2011
Photo of beerandcycling88
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a mug.

A Pours a clear golden color with a fairly thick head that has some good retention.

S A nice but light nose with lots of sweet citrus notes.

T More citrus with some biscuit like malt in the background and a hint of bitterness.

M A very pleasant light mouthfeel, quite enjoyable.

Overall I think that this is a great summer session beer. Its light pleasant to drink with good flavors. Perfect for a summer cookout, or as a lawnmower beer on a hot day.

beerandcycling88, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Kendo
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

Kendo, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of DaveBlack
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Slightly cloudy golden color with only a very thin layer of head that disappears quickly. Almost no lacing.

S: Smells of exotic fruits: passionfruit and guava I get. Some citrus from the hops. Some cereal grains underneath that. Very fruity and light smelling.

T: The taste does not have nearly the fruitiness that comes through in the nose. Light malts, hops and citrus. Well balanced and easy to drink.

M: Light body, medium carbonation.

O: A nice, light summer ale. Well balanced, fruity, hoppy and just a little bit malty

DaveBlack, Aug 04, 2011
Photo of Jwale73
3.5/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served in my SA Perfect Pint at 53 degrees. APR 22 11 indicated on the label. Pours a translucent honey gold with a loose, half inch off-white head. Head disperses into a bull's eye dollop and a thin, soapy band around the edges. Nose expresses citrus, grassy notes and a faint, sweet character towards the back. Taste is citrusy, but not very distinct or full-bodied. A slight earthiness comes out towards the back and there are some biscuity notes interspersed with the citrus; however, it all comes off somewhat watery. Mouthfeel is light in body with a prickly, almost gassy, carbonation and a slight acidity that lightly stimulates the sides of the cheeks and the back of the tongue. I know its only a 4.30% abv, but all and all it's a bit lackluster. Not something I would really care to session.

Jwale73, Aug 02, 2011
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 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
Photo of beertunes
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clear golden yellow color with about a half-inch of white head that had decent retention and minimal lacing.

The aroma had that bright, fruity Citra hop scent upfront and a nice earthy, grainy grass aroma in the background. The flavors were the same, good grassy malts and sharp, citrusy hops.

The body was fairly typical, light, crisp and smooth. Drinkability was good, my bottle went down quick and easy. Overall, a very nice little beer. Worth grabbing a sixer for after yardwork, or for a cookout or picnic.

beertunes, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of thehenbarris
2.98/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had on tap at Mahar's Public Bar (Albany, NY) on 7/26/11

A- Transparent blonde/golden. Poured with an extremely thin head that dissipated quickly. Little to no lacing.

S- Heavy apricot and hops.

T- Bright hop flavors combined with apricot, peach, and grapefruit. Not too sweet, the fruit flavors work well with the hops. A refreshing beer that I would imagine would work well as a beer to go with warm weather outside festivities. "Crisp"

M- High in carbonation, which I would expect in this type of beer.

O- This is a fairly average brew all told, but it works well for what it is. While it isn't something I'd knock people over to get, I'd drink it again in a pinch.

thehenbarris, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of mothman
2.78/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades down fast. Color is a clear autumn golden orange.

Aroma: Reminds me a bit of a wheat. A lot of fruit and citrus flavors. Lemons and oranges with some earthy hops. Fairly light.

Taste: Lemon citrus and orange slices. Earthy and floral. Wheat flavors. Light.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, it was a fairly average beer. It drank easy, but there wasn't a lot of flavor here.

mothman, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of Bockrules
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Bottled on May 25th, 2011.

A - Pours a perfectly transparent light blonde with a two finger, white head. Very little carbonation. Head is reduced to a ring of bubbles half way down the glass. Leaves behind only a few splotches of lacing.

S - Sweet and malty with plenty of orange spice.

T - Sweet orange flavor upfront followed a straw-malt and orange dominated body. Hop flavor is perhaps subdued too much and only can be faintly distinguished in the background. A little more hop flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue followed by a a dry finish. Over time, an orange flavor makes an encore.

M - Light bodied with low carbonation yet a bit creamy. I think it suits the beer quite well - definitely a thirst quencher.

The lack of hop flavor, light body and low carbonation make this a beer I would go for when the weather is hot. A fine summer brew with nothing offensive, but nothing to put it much over the likes of Shock Top either. Definitely sessionable (as advertised), I could see kicking back quite a few of these while working on cars on a 100 degree plus day here in New Mexico.

Bockrules, Jul 25, 2011
Photo of Buebie
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up this 6'er that I probably would not normally have. On sale at Zipp's for $5.00

About a finger of white head, slowly receding to a thin film with generous collar.
Color on the brew is a darker golden yellow, all transparent.
Aroma providing some nice grains and plenty of malt, resembling honey and grassy hops with a citric rind tinge.
Taste is very well balanced, a lawnmower with actual flavor. Bready grains and light orange peel. Finishing dry and clean, almost not lingering flavors, just hints of grains and distant rind.

Terrific sessioner for the abv and flavor present.
Overall a good beer for the category. Not something I'd normally seek out, but I could drink more of this.

Buebie, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was a clear gold, almost looked like urine from a dehydrated person. Maybe ¾ inches of head that dissipated pretty quickly and was completely gone 10-12 minutes into the beer.

Smell was strong and citrusy and full of fruits with extra vitamin C. From oranges to orange peels to tangerines to grapefruit. The smell stuck in your senses for an unusually long time.

First thing I noticed about the taste was how clean and refreshing it was. It was full of flavors, mostly fruits. Really citrusy that cleans out your nose. Orange peels reign supreme with the taste. The aftertaste was fairly strong on the alcohol, not as good as the initial taste.

Carbonation seems to be just above average. Really light and refreshing. Definitely a good summer brew that would be great by the pool or at the beach. The taste stayed on the tongue for a long time.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I don’t know if I could drink it all the time, but in the heat I’d be good for two or three. It’s light, refreshing and the smells and flavors really seem to mix well.

BucannonXC5, Jul 23, 2011
Photo of flexabull
3.98/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color, with a small white head.

Aromas are of tangerines, apricots, and sugars. Nice nose.

Taste starts out slightly dry and a little bit sweet. Nice light creamy malts, faint spices and bread dough. Finish is crisp, and clean, with some nice lemon and mineral like hoppiness.

Mouthfeel Is good, full and smooth, with good crisp carbonation,

Overall, this is a pleasant surprise. Very drinkable, especially with the warm weather outside, but still with plenty of flavor. Might not fit the strict terms, but this is pretty sessionable to me. Well done Widmer.

flexabull, Jul 23, 2011
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
Photo of nickthetick
4.18/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: pours a clear pretty gold color into an American shaker with a half finger of off white head that dissipates quickly but leaves spotty lacing.

S: orange, blood orange, sweet malt, flaky butter biscuits.

T: orange and sweet malts are the main flavor of the beer. Like a blonde should be with some extra taste and aroma hops thrown in. They don't make the beer to bitter to be a summer beer but they add a complexity to it. Grapefruit, orange, lemon, biscuit and caramel. Defiantly different.

MF: medium body, tart, crisp, not refreshing but not dry or heavy on alcohol.

O: the best way to put this beer in a category is to say its a hop heads picnic beer. A great standout from the usual kolsch and wit summer beers. I'll be buying this a lot for a surprise picnic beer no one sees coming.

nickthetick, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of Hopfenpeter
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a summer brew fan, but I thought I might taste this one.
It poured a clear light gold and there was little head, and whatever little there was, dissipated immediately. Very little lacing. Looked very flat.
The smell gave me a better impression, with nice citrus and hop notes.
The taste therefore was a little weak, since we had the citrus fruit notes up front, then some bread and grain in the middle and a weak hop flavor at the end. Good balance, but to faint and weak for my taste. But I know it is supposed to be a summer brew.

Hopfenpeter, Jul 16, 2011
Photo of PicoPapa
3.28/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with a Bottle On Date of Apr 22 2011. Pours a translucent very light golden color with almost no head. Very minimal lacing. Aroma has a nice amount of citrus and tropical fruits. Good amount of hops in the nose. Taste has a lot less hop flavor than I thought there would be. Faint citrus taste. Flavor has more breadiness and malt flavor. Light and watery with a thin mouthfeel. This beer let me down. The aroma was really good but the taste was lacking. Still an alright summer beer, but I would never get it on its own. Alright in the mix 12 pack I got it in but that is where it needs to stay.

PicoPapa, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks like a blonde ale, even has nice head and -lacing to it. Just a great aroma out of this one, definite citra hops, I thought this smelled as good or better than citra dipa from Kern!

Nice light bodied beer, lightly hopped, but refreshing, slick finish, just a nice clean beer. Nothing is heavy (other than the aroma), hopped just right for the minimal heft of the beer. One of my favorite beers of 2011, and easily in the top 3 session beers of the year. You get a mild citrus flavor that is totally complimented by the very lightly toasted malt presence that is kept minimal and in harmony with everything else.

Keep this coming all summer long! A little citra (hop) goes a long way.

Beerandraiderfan, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Even with a vigorous pour, produces little head. Very nice deep golden color. Very minimal lace.

S: Sweet tropical fruits with a nice "C" hop spice. Banana, cherimoya, pineapple.

T: Mmmmm... Full body in the malt profile. Good tropical flavors persist. Light pina colada, orange and banana candy. Hop bitter is understated and hits at exactly the right point in the taste profile. Maybe not overly flavorful but very good.

M: Very viscous and well carbonated. Oily and has a salinity I rarely find in commercial brews.

D: Widmer does it right with this summer offering.

ForWhatAlesYou, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: The pour is a slightly hazed golden straw color with a fluffy white head.

S: Floral hop notes with some subtle citrus and fruity hop aromas. Some light malt notes of bread and biscuit. A light tropical note, but not super fragrant overall.

T: The flavor has a bit more punch to it, but not substantially different. Citrus and tropical fruit hop notes with a lot of floral flavors as well. Some sweet bread and toasted malt, too.

M: Light to medium in body with a medium level of carbonation.

O: While not an amazing beer, this is a good one to drink on a hot day.

womencantsail, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of Nixon
4.93/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I've kinda stayed away from Widmer Bros beers cuz I'm not real big on their Hefeweizen. But recently I checked out their Pale Ale which I like and then this Citra Blonde beer which I REALLY like!
In the category of refreshing type beers, to my taste this one is way above the rest. The gravity of this beer is just right and makes it perfect for warm summer days. It has just the right amount of sweetness and the Citra Hops give it the magic touch that sets it apart from the others. They really do give it a smell like grapefruit and provide an exceptional hop flavor without any trace of sharp bitterness. I have a feeling we're going to start seeing this hop show up in a lot of beers similar to how Cascade hops took over when they were first discovered by the microbrew crowd..
I like to vary my beer choices and buy a different selection on my way home each Friday followed by a 2nd and maybe 3rd over the weekend. I live in Seattle so I have a lot of choices and I try them all. After discovering Citra Summer Blonde I've now brought it home on three of the last four Fridays.
I find Widmer Brothers Citra Blonde Summer Brew--that's a lot of names!--to be very refreshing and highly flavorful. It's darn near a perfect beer!

Nixon, Jul 06, 2011
Photo of Bookseeb
4.28/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance has a light golden yellow color with a fairly crisp thin head leaving spotty lace. Smell of citra hops having a grassy note with mild malt. Taste of the citra hops are blended very well with the malt making it easy to go down. Mouthfeel is light with mild carbonation again making it easy to go down. A very tasty light brew that goes down quick making for a nice session.

Bookseeb, Jul 03, 2011
Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
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