Citra Blonde Summer Brew | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
489 Ratings
Citra Blonde Summer BrewCitra Blonde Summer Brew
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States
widmer.com

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by MADhombrewer on 05-02-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
489
Reviews:
129
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
13.15%
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
41
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of HalfFull
3.27/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of delta490
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pouring a deeper, slightly cloudy gold, it has a short-lasting fizzy white head. A miniscule amount hangs on and leaves some lacing. The aroma is almost non-existent with a slight funky earthy hops and malt sweetness to it. The taste is little more complex than the aroma. There is a light hint more robust malt on the finish I can't quite identify. The body is a little watery and thin. It's definitely an easy drinker but it just hasn't have much oomph behind it in the flavor department.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I'm more of a Citra brunette kind o' guy... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises spicy greens, light sweet biscuit, light grapefruit zest, and a few drops of honey. The taste holds notes of mild and funky grapefruit zest, biscuit, and some mixed greens all up in the finish and whatnot. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, an okay little blonde, nothing close to spectacular, but something drinkable enough for a lazy afternoon.

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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Poured into DFH signature glass; clear bright yellow-orange with lots of bubbles and a moderate fizzy white head that falls quickly into a ring of foam with lively carbonation peeking through.
Smells lightly of dank herbal hops, with lesser notes of tropical fruit and citrus, as well as some grassy scents and light, slightly metallic clear malt.
Taste is wide-open and clean; extremely light clear malt gives way to...nothing. This is probably an old bottle, but there's just no hop flavor here. There's a slightly leafy crispness, and perhaps the ancient ghost of what may have been some sort of fruit at one point, but that's it.
Mouthfeel is thin and fizzy, finishes crisp.
Overall, this is probably a lot better fresh. Citra doesn't seem to hold up very well under too many months on the shelf, but if you could find this fresh, it'd probably be one hell of a tasty session beer.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, gold color, clear and bright. Poured a 3 finger cloudy white head with fair retention to a thick skim. Laced the glass in random spots.

S: Sweet and citrussy. Biscuity malt character, but muted and in the background. Some grapefruit notes as well.

T: Sweet citrus and malt up front. Middle transitions quickly to a mild, earthy bitter that doesn't quite match the initial sweet citrus. Sweet malt and citrus flavors linger through the finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Light and crisp though there is sweet citrus coating on the palate.

O: Citrus and malt are the hallmark of this beer. A little shy on balance, but not cloyingingly so.

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3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Freshcraft in Denver, CO.

Citra arrives with a brilliant straw body and a dense bone head. The foam sticks well and leaves a good amount of lace.

Past the look, the beer is a pretty mild experience. Dry straw malts do the work up front. Bitterness is light and slightly lemony. The beer finishes dry and a little tart. Its light body and low ABV make it go down easily.

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3.32/5  rDev -9%
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.

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Photo of MADhombrewer
3.32/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very clear and light. Nice white head.

Smell- Floral hops and a little bit of malt. Some grassy note as well.

Taste- Floral and grassy taste. Some bitterness.

Mouthfeel- For a beer this light it has a good mouthfeel.

Overall- This is a good summer bbq beer, but lacks some depth. I am glad to try it but don't know if I will buy another 6er. My wife on the other hand is all over this beer.

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3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a plain tumbler pint glass at Eli Cannon's in Middletown, Conn.

A: Clean, pale golden color with a two-finger head of tight carbonation bubbles that retains pretty well and leaves a bit of sticky lace. Clarity is quite good.

S: Toasted grains, bits of zesty spices and metal with a skunky, citrusy hop aroma.

T: Light, thirst-quenching toasted malt flavor throws a bit o cracker into the mix with spicy, herbal hops that impart some of that skunky, all spice and coriander flavor. Semisweet malts dry out really quickly for a bone-dry finish.

M: Light-bodied and refreshing citrus notes all but disappear in the very dry hop finish.

O: Not a bad blonde and a summer ale for hop fans. I'm pretty unfamiliar with Citra, but on this impression, I'm not a huge fan. The 4.3% ABV means you can session til the cows come home, but there may not be enough to hold the attention of most. Worth a shot this summer.

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Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 489 ratings.
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