Citrus Maxima
Sesma Brewing Co.

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American Wild Ale
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3.95 | pDev: 8.1%
Sesma Brewing Co.
Retired (no longer brewed)
Citrus MaximaCitrus Maxima
Notes: Witbier with wild yeast, brewed with different citrus fruits, grapefruit, lemon meyer, lemon poncil, yuzu, Budha hand, Limequat, Kumquat, bergamot, citron and lime.
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Reviews by qchic:
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3.62/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Both fruit and spice align on a taste of table beer- one of a wheat and sour bed that provides just enough structure and balance to bring life to the punch of citrus and asian spice. Citrus Maxima certainly lives up to her name.

Pale gold and with a tinge of peach and amber, the hazy ale swirls with a mild mannered froth and light staying power. Its floral and fruity bouquet opens with strong suggestions of lime and ginger- a scent that would play nicely off of Thai cuisine. Its bright flavors hit the tongue with light bready sweetness and a soft lactic acidity.

With the taste opening up on the middle palate, the lime turns to a softer lemon bitterness and sourness as a periphery of green apple, green grape, under-ripened berry and orange skirt the edges of flavor. Its bold ginger crispness brightens the taste as the finish looms with mild hay-like bitterness and citrus peel echoes.

Still, the tethers of whole wheat and fresh-baking bread hold the ale together as the malt breaks apart and leads the light-bodied beer to a crisp, clean and refreshing finish that simply begs for warm weather, sunny patios and light-hearted conversations with friends and family.

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Photo of metter98
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A: The beer is hazy pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a collar consisting of large bubbles around the edge of the glass and a thin layer of bubbles on the surface.
S: Light to moderate aromas of limes are present in the nose along with some hints of lemons. The smell becomes stronger as the beer warms up.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste has lots of flavors of citrus—most notably limes—but with notes of lemons and hints of oranges. It's tough to pinpoint specific flavors because some many varieties of citrus fruits were used in the ingredients.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and would make for a refreshing selection on a summer day. It's almost like drinking a French limonade.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of dbrauneis
3.97/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A: Pours a very hazy medium golden yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of active visible carbonation and faint murky straw yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy sudsy off-white head that quickly reduces to a couple of small patches of very thin film and a very thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of citrus/lemon, citrus/lime, citrus/orange, and ginger over the top of light aromas of slightly sour wheat.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of slightly sour wheat that is quickly overtaken by floral and citrus flavors (lemon, lime, and orange). There is a light to moderate lingering flavor of fresh ginger spiciness.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with light amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of acidic prickliness.

O: A nice citrusy and spicy slightly tart beer (which somewhat reminds me of the flavors in Asian cuisine) and would be perfect to have with a meal out on the patio on a warm spring/summer afternoon or evening. Easy to drink, refreshing, and enjoyable.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.37/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tkdchampxi
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly opaque yellow color, similar to a shandy in character with almost no head whatsoever, even when poured straight down the middle.

Carbonation doesn't reflect appearance, because this has a nice subtle effervescence

Flavor is distinctly lemon-lime, with a good amount of peel/ rind mixed in. Reminds me a bit of sugared lime candy.

All in all, not as sour as I want, but refreshing with an interesting citrus bitterness.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.65/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is an astounding beverage, so glad i picked one up on a whim. the peach one they did was good, but this is next level, one of the best and most interesting beers i have consumed all summer, and there have been a lot of them... apparently brewed with a bunch of heirloom old world citrus fruits, and it certainly smells that way. only very loosely a wit type beer, its pale and easy on the grain, tart but more from fruit than yeast, and quite delicate on the palate with lively carbonation but almost no heft or residuals. the citrus is incredible, different than anything i have had with lemon or lime, and with a huge lemongrass herbal aromatic, almost like a lemonade perfume, it hardly even smells like a beer, but has me absolutely frothing to taste it. the flavor is every bit is alive as the nose, so much cool citrus in here, definitely fruits i am unfamiliar with, and there has to be a ton of it for the flavor to be so dramatic. its refreshing and tangy, dry and super weird, but just absolute magic. i would love to know more about the ingredients and the process, but suffice it to say that this is one of the most interesting citrus beers out there. expert carbonation and a bone dry finish with only my salivating palate keeping something there. this bottle was gone almost instantly, and all of us who tasted it were over the moon on it. leagues better than the peach, which i already liked, but i learned something from this beer, im not sure what, but i am better for having had it. absolutely adore it, and wish i could track down another bottle. its like nothing else in the world. A+

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Photo of dsshuck
3.91/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Citrus Maxima from Sesma Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.95 out of 5 with 9 ratings