Grand Ridge Natural Blonde | Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

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Grand Ridge Natural BlondeGrand Ridge Natural Blonde

Brewed by:
Grand Ridge Brewing Co.

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 05-28-2002

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Photo of life_of_agony
3.71/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of doktorhops
2.32/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

I'm dreading this - another poorly done Witbier from an Aussie brewer. Is it that hard to make a good Witbier? Evidentially yes, however if that is the case then maybe brewers over here in Aus should focus on easier brews.

Poured from a 330ml bottle into a nonic pint.

A: Slight cloudy goldenrod body with a near non-existent white head. Appearance-wise for this style a major disappointment with the lack of a head.

S: The aroma is very much like the other Grand Ridge brews; cut grass and malted barley base with a sweet honey-like aroma over the top... I'm starting to wonder if their beers are all brewed in a large single vat and then mixed in to other smaller vats for flourishes at the end to separate them. In any case it doesn't have the aroma of a Witbier at all apart from a hint of Orange blossom and a wheat note, no spices can be detected at all (a major Wit characteristic).

T: Flavour is at least a pleasant surprise with the above expected flavours and a ramped up Orange blossom hit in the middle. It is reminiscent of Orange blossom honey more than anything, at least they got one Witbier trait across.

M: Possibly the flattest beer I've ever had, even compared to the other Grand Ridge brews. Body is mid to light, however that (lack of) carbonation is quite distracting.

D: If I can think of one positive thing to say for this beer is that it does the Witbier style differently... the negatives are too long to list in detail but here are a few; bad appearance, boring aroma, average taste, terrible mouthfeel, low ABV, too expensive... in other words: just don't buy it.

Food match: Honeyed ham with roast vegetables (potato, pumpkin), squash and snow peas.

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Photo of bastardsonofkyus
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of SmashPants
2.74/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle: good 330mL brown bottle, decent label - refined and somewhat classy.

Appearance: mid-straw yellow in colour with a decent haze - not bad at all.

Aroma: quite weak. Definitely the wheat and grains though. Not so much in the way of cloves - not much spice at all, actually.

Taste: quite different to most wits, but I'm not sure that it's such a good thing. Interesting mixture of grains, however I for one find it a bit too light in flavour.

Aftertaste: the aftertaste lingers reasonably well, but there isn't enough flavour to start.

Mouth feel: good carbonation if a little too high, with a mid-heavy body that unfortunately doesn't have the power to transfer flavour to the mouth.

Overall: not a bad beer, but by no means a good one. Seriously, just get a German wheat beer. They're better.

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Photo of soju6
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours A hazy golden color with a huge thick head that fades quite slowly to lots of lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain, some malt sweetness and bit of citrus in the background.

T: taste is fairly mild with a bit of citrus then a mixture of wheat and malt sweetness. Mild bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp, smooth and somewhat refreshing. Decent balance.

O: Not a great witbier but still enjoyable. Not a bad example of the style.

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Photo of heygeebee
1.92/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2


Aggresive pour yields no head. Zero. Straw coloured hazy body. Yuk.

Aromas are dull - lemon, yeast, honey, with hint of orange rind.

Taste is lemon driven, yeast, lemonade. Dull. It kinda gets less bad as you get used to it tho, which isn't saying much. Lemon flavour grows.

Mouthfeel is harsh, and very lightly carbonated.

Truly dreadful beer. And even worse when compared to what a Witbier should be, style-wise.

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Photo of shambeano
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle poured into a pint glass, although mine was 4.5% instead of 4.9%

A- Pours a cloudy golden orange, a little bit of head that subsides to not much. looks alright.

S- some clove and citrus, a little wheat these are all nice, but also something a little unpleasant in the background that i cant put my finger on.

T- much like the smell, clove and citrus straight up, a touch of spice, a little banana. the unpleasant flavours on the nose have gone. nice.

M- nice, slight carbonation. a nice mid bodied feel. good length of flavour

O- a bit up and down, but i thought it was a nice, above average witbier that i would have again.

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Photo of dansmcd
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A - Cloudy and pale, a typical wit shade with a finger of creamy white head and lace rings backing up.

S - Subtle wheat and citrus, a hint of clove and some stale wet straw.

T - Pretty mild, tame witbier flavours of wheat and lemon. Slightly funky with wet hay feel in there.

M - Watery thin and hardly any carbonation.

O - Far from a top witbier. Disappointing.

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Photo of DrNo
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LittleCreature
3.49/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - 2.5
A firm pour yields a thin white head which quickly dissipates over a hazy body with a colour you could call dirty dishwater blonde.

Smell - 3.5
Pleasant aroma of doughy malt, spicy yeast, lemon, bitter orange and coriander.

Taste - 3.5
Perhaps a little more bitter than the best examples of the style, but this aside - a pretty damn tasty witbier. Bready malt backbone, big yeasty kick provides a soft spiciness, orange and lemon flavours followed by coriander in the finish.

Mouthfeel - 4.0
Small carbonation lends to a smooth and full mouthfeel.

Overall - 3.5
Most importantly, this is a refreshing, sessionable beer - a must for a wit. Marks off for poor head retention and a little too much hop bitterness, but these things aside, a good Belgian style wheat beer that I would buy again, especially in summer.

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Photo of bearish
3.16/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Second beer this evening at The Prince of Wales bar in Boat Quay, Singapore.

This one is a cloudy yellow, not much head.

Strong citrus character, with malts and yeast towards the end. A little spice, but can't pick up what that is.

A mouthful, heavy carbonation. A little too much for my liking. But still, the creaminess came through, along with the citrus. A hint of pepper at the end.

Quite an easy drink given the blazing heat and the 90% upwards humidity in Singapore =)

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle sampled at a Gold Coast restaurant. Served in a fluted pilsner glass.

Light golden, slightly hazy, and lacking that billowy head the bottle label had so bragged about. Might have been the glass, however.

Nose is orange, pale white malts, ginger and spices.

A sweet witbier, heavy with the orange and coriander, with hops and malted wheat playing second and third fiddles, respectively. Because of this it tastes a great deal like a macro "wheat beer" like Rickards white or Blue Moon than the real deal. Still, easy to quaff, quite refreshing.

A decent witbier, but gets a bit cloying after a while, and lacks much of anything to set itself apart from the macro white fare.

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Photo of CrazyDavros
3.04/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy pale amber with a small head.
Nose shows doughy wheat, lemon, soft phenols, subtle spicy hops and coriander.
Hints of banana surface as a flavour alongside the doughy wheat. Finishes with a slightly metallic bitterness. Underwhelming.
Carbonation is perhaps a little on the high side. Body feels a little watery.

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Photo of madvoice
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a cloudy yellow with a fair bit of sediment at the bottom. There was some head but it dissipated pretty quickly and left minimal lacing on the glass

Smelled quite sweet and citrussy.

Tasted quite fruity and tart but with a bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was semi light and reasonably carbonated. Not what I was expecting though.

Overall it is drinkable but not something I'd purposefully seek out to drink.

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Photo of bala747
3.37/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer promised a lot. It looked decent enough, and promised of great things, but somehow failed to deliver.

I had this on tap at the only place in Singapore that stocks this beer on tap: Prince of Wales Bar and Backpackers.

A: Straw-gold colour, with a small head because of the way it was poured. Cloudy appearance gave it the look of a good German Weissbier.

S: Smelt some straw, rose, butter and mild berries in the aroma, the key word being mild. There were some complex esters there too, and on the whole, smelt a lot like Hoegaarden.

T: This is where the beer was a let down. It tasted almost like an American macro adjunct at first. Quite bland considering how much the smell promised. To be fair, it didn't taste all bland and there were some nice flavours there (rose being predominant) but nothing fantastic.

M: Again somewhat average, had the mouthfeel of a GOOD macro. Crisp taste with a mild hoppy bite.

D: Quite satisfying to drink on a very hot day (and we get a lot of those here in Singapore), and one can easily down a few of these without noticing.

Overall, a beer that promised great things, but somehow did not match up to the "hype" in terms of looks and smell.

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Photo of BlackHaddock
2.18/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Never had an Aussie Wheat beer before. Brown 330ml bottle from Booth's Supermarket chain, best before June 2011, drank and reviewed June 2010. Poured, sediment and all into Hoegaarden Grand Cru glass.

The beer was a clear blonde until I allowed the sediment to gush out into the glass, it then turned into the cloudy murky off orange colour I was half expecting. Next to no head, just a wisp or two and a thin collar.

The smell was wheaty and orangey, the taste a dry orange flavour, and flat almost, poor condition in my eyes anyway.

Lacked sparkle and life in general to be honest, not impressed at all. It has travelled a long way to be slated, but this didn't do the business
at all for me.

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Photo of Macca
3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This pours a very cloudy light orange colour. A centimetre or two of head which drops quickly away to light covering. Looks good.

The normal aromas that I would associate with wheats are there - banana, lemon - but they don't dominate. It is a bit messy.

Very short on the palate. Some spiciness but only a hint. Same with banana. I can't pick anything standing out. A bit weird.

Not helped by the the high carbonation which seems to make the beer extremely frothy in the mouth and then disappears leaving just some bitterness around the edge of the tongue and a strange sherbet sensation on the mid palate.

What a weird beer. I really don't understand it.

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Photo of juju7
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is pretty decent. Much better than I expected. Looks great, radiant pale yellow with a small but clean white head. Nose is subtle but still delivers the right characters. The orange is in line very nicely which is what I usually find to be the problem with these beers, the orange is all out of whack. But not here. Taste is very pleasant with coriander making it's appearance, but maybe just not quite assertive enough. Finish drops away very quickly. I'd be happy to have a few of these, one of the better Aussie wits I've had.

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Photo of dgilks
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw yellow. Head is white is bubbles that appear almost artificial. The head dissipates over about a minute to a thin film over the beer.

The aroma here is a bit messy with musty wheat, orange and coriander all present but fighting rather than working together.

Quite a fruity orange presence with a tartness that lingers through the beer. Hints of coriander spiciness and refreshing wheat. Not bad but a bit one dimensional.

Mouthfeel seems a bit high for the style and the carbonation, while crisp, is battling with heavy mouthfeel and a good balance isn't reached here.

Overall it is a drinkable beer. It may not be my go to beer and it is certainly not the best of the local witbiers but it isn't bad and it certainly isn't offensive.

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Photo of laituegonflable
2.56/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a pale gold with really incredible busy, hectic carbonation, almost like it's infused with some jet propulsion system. Head is enormous but sparsely bubbled and as a result doesn't hold up too well and sinks pretty fast, leaving very little lacing. Retains at about a finger thick. Appears hazy and unfiltered. Very interesting beer, if not perfect.

Has a thick, tart smell with an acridity reminiscent of raw meat. Hints of lemon, tomato and baked beans, and a light spice, kind of paprika-esque. Maybe just a whisper of banana gives this a wheaty edge, but for the most part it's meaty and slightly rancid. Interesting, but less appealing because of its discordant blend.

Taste is extremely tart with an almost puckering citrus sensation on the major part of the palate. Has an ashy earthiness coming through midway and again a slight tomato, baked beans character, just a note or two in the middle there. The front is kind of lemonadey, but then the very astringent hops take over and really gravel up the finish. Ends up being a bit of a palate killer, very gritty bitterness at the back and a sour citrus clencher at the front.

For all that, it's also a bit simple, with no real nuance to an otherwise robust flavour. Palate is noticeably long, which can only be a good thing. Mouthfeel is of course puckering, and feels a bit like it's sinking in the end, although this blonde holds its body on my tongue.

You know what, this is actually making me feel quite ill; the flavour just doesn't sit right with me. To makes a tired point, it's interesting, but just not enjoyable at all. This is the Eraserhead of beers: as unique and groundbreaking as you may argue it to be, it's excruciating to get through.

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Photo of WHROO
3.57/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Classic belgium wit yellow, slightly couldy...heaps of carbonation, little head.

S: A little cloves, with lemon citrus...definate Belguim feel to the aroma. Some sweet malts evident...& banana!

T: Not too bad, tasted some phenols, little citrus...did get a classic overall begium wit feel, just nowhere near as full & tasty as say a Hoegaarden. Still nothing wrong with this.

M: Not as light as expected, or as carbonated as expected...medium overall, & quite smooth.

D: For an Aussie Wit, this is actually quite alright. Emulated Belgium style quite well, albeit not as full in flavour.

This is a refreshing drop, easily drinkable over a 6 pack...refreshing & summery...

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Photo of rec
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An almost crystal-clear yellow body fills the glass, not dissimilar to a typical pils. The white head is soapy and lack-lustre, failing to stay, lace, or even build in the first place.

The smell reeks of yeast, and some mild spice and citrus. It's quite complex, but on a whole the aroma comes across quite damp and plain, and discourages further investigation.

Crisp wheat flavours are dominant with a hint of corriander and bitter ginger. This may not sound overly appealing, but after a few sips it actually becomes suprisingly enjoyable.

The mouthfeel is fine, even if slightly more carbonated than my liking. It suits the brew, and mixes well with that bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of belgbeerdrinker
3.66/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: gold color, slightly hazy, lots of bubbles, nice lacing and moderate-sized fluffy head
s: mostly coriander and wheat with hints of citrus
t: coriander and wheat again with some hints of banana and spice, clean finish
m: medium, almost creamy body, plenty of carbonation all around, very refreshing
d: a pleasant surprise. very refreshing and good flavor make this a worthwhile return.

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Photo of willjansen
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

4.5% ABV according to the label on this bottle...

Appearance - Cloudy and lemon-colored - not unlike a lemon soda. Spritzy carbonation gives very little head that recedes quite fast even on a very hard pour. Almost no head to speak of after the initial pour recedes. Not so pretty...

Smell - Slightly sour citrus whiffs with notes of coriander predominant. The wheat character presents quite well. Difficult to pick up much else.

Taste - A clean, refreshing wit - reminiscent of some great witbiers (think Hoegaarden). Spices coming through even at colder temperatures, though overall a bit too subtle at temperature range sampled. Subtle orange and coriander fairly evident in the spice mix and the components combine quite well when breathing through the nose after a sip. Tartness left in the plalate for the aftertaste - works well for the style.

Mouthfeel - Light body, with slightly too much carbonation spritziness for the style. Watery, but refreshing.

Drinkability - All in all, not a bad stab at a wit from Grand Ridge. I'm enjoying their line of beers, and while there's nothing to get overly excited about in this beer, it's a decent tribute to the almost-lost style (thanks again, Peter Celis). Would be great for a really hot day (plenty of these to look forward to here in Brisbane).

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Photo of brendan13
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Hazy straw colour with very little head that quickly falls away into nothing.
S - A little citrus, yeasty, was expecting more.
T - A ginger, earthy taste.
M - Quite a bland mouthfeel, almost a little bit flat feeling.
D - This is OK but only just. I did get this at Dan Murphys so that *may* have something to do with. Maybe "best by" and "bottled on" dates were invented for a reason?

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Grand Ridge Natural Blonde from Grand Ridge Brewing Co.
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