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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Ratings: 37 |  Reviews: 34
Reviews by doktorhops:
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Weizenmensch
2.64/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

330mL brown bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Not promising. Disturbingly pale, ginger ale-colour, with an appalling head for a wheat beer. Cloudy, lots of small bubbles.

Smell: Lemon, coriander... Hoegaarden, but not very strong. I'm starting to see where they're going with this. An ok smell but nothing magical.

Taste: Fruity, a nice combination of fruity hops and refreshing witbier freshness. Can taste stone fruit, lemon and raw sugar. Quite refreshing, and more pleasing than I would have expected.

Mouthfeel is lousy though. Thin, I suppose for easy summer quaffing, but no real bite to it.

Drinkability is all right for a 33C day in late December. But I wouldn't have more than a few of these, no matter what the heat. Might as well drink water for refreshment.

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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 rastaman
3.18/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An excellent appearance and aroma for a wit, very similiar to those from belgium. But it doesn't do enough on the palate to justify a excellent score, but a great little beer to sit down and chug anyway, and good to see and aussie wit.

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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 Kulrak
3.84/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very light and somewhat cloudy straw color with bubbly white head that fades away fairly quickly. Smells spicy and floral, very nice. The taste is surprisingly clean with some spicy bitterness, but not too much. Finishes very cleanly. The mouthfeel is somewhat thin with some fizzy carbonation, true to style. Overall, it's very drinkable and for the price, a great beer. I'll be getting this again.

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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 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 joecast
4.03/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the last of the grand ridge beers i have yet to try. wasnt really seeking this one out, but i stopped by the bottleshop and it looked like it needed drinking.

front label just calls it a wheat beer, but the back goes into a bit more detail. bottle conditioned with no dating.

first pour is a lightly cloudy pale yellow showing lively carbonation and a seriously stable foamy white head.

nice light aroma. strong lemon zest, citrus, coriander(??), and yeast notes. nothing too heavy, but very full and inviting. makes the mouth water.

taste reveals much of the same. sharp, light, refreshing, and a touch of mouth puckering tartness. the last pour oddly turns the beer an almost white (wit?) color from the yeast. not the usual clumpy yeast bits, but just a very fine cloud.

very surprised by this. glad i picked it up and wouldnt hesitate to try it again.

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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 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 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 bastardsonofkyus
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of sulldaddy
3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am sampling a cold bottle in a small tumbler again. The beer pours a hazy gold color with a fizzy bleached white head of 1 cm fading quickly to an edge layer.
Aroma is mild with lemon and biscuity yeast. The first sip reveals a lite body with fine tingly carbonation, the bubbles seem to increase dramatically as the beer rests in my mouth.
Flavor is tangy wheat with lemon notes and just a bit tart as well. I find just a hint of bready yeast too. The tart citrus dominates and makes for a refreshing beer.

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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 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 hefevice
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle. Pours hazy light lemony yellow with a small white head that sticks around fairly well. Aroma was sweet overlaid with citrus with some unexpected sulphurous tones. Not as estery as expected. Taste was fairly well balanced tart citrusy with very low bitterness with a bit of a toasty finish. Nothing evil except a very subtle sulphurous note. Fairly light mouth feel, complementing the taste fairly well. Not quite up there with Hoegaarden in depth and complexity of flavour, but not bad either.

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Photo of koolk
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light pale orange colour with nice cloudiness.

The aroma is light and fluffy and contains mainly orange and citrus wiffs. A slight green/herbal tinge is also apparant with traces of candy bananna.

Taste is somewhat dissapointing in comparison to its overseas companions. Tight, dry and good mouthfeel, however has an unappelling yeasty character that is ever present. This could also be the corriander as again I noticed some slight herbal/green notes.

A good effort, would be great in hot weather, otherwise its just nice.

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

Poured a hazy pale apricot.... thin white head that didn't stay the course....
Typical aromas of citrus & spice... plus some lychee-like tropical notes.
Flavour includes a "fruit tingle" and spice, plus a gluey/wheaty element.
Not a bad summer quaffer....

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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 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 lacqueredmouse
4.15/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very nice looking beer this one, a very pale lemon-yellow, less cloudy than I expected for a witbier. Just a little haze and a good frothy pure-white head.

This is a very unusual beer, quite different even to other wits I've tried. A strong white wine aroma is prevalent, with hints of citrus and spice. Subtle, but quite different to some other wits like Hoegaarden.

The flavour is also quite interesting, very biting and sour, almost cider-like with its citrus tartness. It doesn't have the fruity undertones I've come to associate with witbiers, and it's a little less refreshing on the mouth.

An interesting beer no doubt, and certainly enjoyable. It's just so different it's difficult to know how to rate it.

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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 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 diablo14
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a decent aussie wit! can you believe it? doesnt compare with the expert wit beers, but its still pretty handy nonetheless. has interresting elements which give it some character.

cloudy beer, light yellow, almost white, with a foamy head that has more staying power than a lot of other grand ridge beers. having said that, its still not huge for a wit. bananas and spice on the nose, which also reveal themselves in the flavor, with coriander and clove spiciness, dried orange peel and a healthy dose of yeast. thing i really liked about this beer was its crispness. very zesty, and was also backed with a firm hop bitterness you dont often find in wits. not dry, but complimented the sweetness of the brew in style. very very drinkable. you could sink these all night without any argument.

eric walters, the head brewer at grand ridge, rates this their best. while i dont agree with him there, as i feel gippy gold is far superior, this is still the best wit going around in oz. so he can claim some bragging rites there. wouldnt drink this all the time, but its still a damn good aussie wit.

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