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
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 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 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 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 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 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 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 jarmby1711
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smokey and pale , it wouldn't holda head of any kind.The smell ,is as expected , wheat and slightly acrid.
the label says they use coriander , but the major spice on my palate was cloves and it was fairly prominent
The beer feels a little oily in the mouh but has just the right amount of carbonation.
I much prefer the other beers of this brewer that I have tried m however it may be that Wheat beer just doesnt really excite me

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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 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 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 bastardsonofkyus
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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 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 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 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 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 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 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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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 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 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 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 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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