Citra Blonde Summer Brew | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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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

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Added by MADhombrewer on 05-02-2011

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490
pDev:
13.26%
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3.82
 
 
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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
4.04/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear gold color with a 1 inch bubbly white head that settles to a thin cap. Decent rings of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is delicious with lots of citrus and tropical fruit aromas mixed with a spicy herbal scent. Taste is of the citrus and tropical fruits up front with a solid malty backbone on the finish. Little bitterness on the palate after each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a crisp and smooth mouthfeel. Overall, this is a good solid blonde ale with very nice fruity aromas and tastes.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.97/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i really liked this one. it surprised me quite a bit, this is a major step up from the legions of watery summer brews. pours a radiant orange color with a tall white head and some haze. smells fruity and yeasty. fresh oranges for sure, possibly some tangerines in there as well, and a floral hop aroma. taste is sort of similar to new belgium's biere de mars, spicy and refreshing. they citrus flavor is great, not at all bitter, and a perfect complement to the yeast. im very impressed with this beer. the feel works well too, spunky carbonation and a medium body. there is a crispness to this that makes it an excellent warm weather beer, but i think it could be great in all seasons. a winner for sure.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.2/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm becomming of the mindset that if a hoppy beer is being brewed with any hop other than the Citra variety, then that brewer is doing it wrong. This seriously seductive hop is good enough to salvage this otherwise bland and reckless ale.

Pouring a medium straw color with bright clarity, the beer releases a wave of carbonation that fuels an initial airy head of white foam, which falls rather quickly to a lace about the glass. No lacing and slight on retention, the lack of substance is taking a toll on its appearance.

The musty fruit aromas of ripe red grapefruit, pineapple, oranges, mangos, and appricots are sharp, vibrant and give the beer its saving identity. Lightly vegital with the essence of tea leaves, light corn, green tobacco, and raw barley all make their way into the relatively simplified scent.

The Citra flavor continues with is saving graces by delivering the same musty fruit flavor of dry hops along with fresh grassy notes, vegital character, and a grainy taste mixed with bruised oranges and tangerines. Slightly resiny with the fruity hop flavor that morphs into a mild balanced bitterness late, the balance remains with the hop flavor and eventual bitterenss. The thin grain flavor offers little in supporting the hops and leave the beer overly simplistic and lacking any rounded character other than hops.

Light throughout, the early carbonation proves fleeting and leaves the beer thin far sooner than it should. Grainy textures interfere with the hop dryness and give an lightly astringent bite that accompany the otherwise pleasantly bitter finish. Simply a watery texture for the majority of the session.

A linger of hop flavor and light bitterness remain in aftertaste, outlasing the vegital and grain flavors and encoraging the next drink. If any normal hop additions were made, this beer would struggle for respect, but it's saved by the rich citrusy flavor of the Citra hop.

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3.18/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

33cl brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a Hefeweizen glass in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. I actually ended up opening a second bottle in June 2013 to review this in more detail; I liked it much more after growing accustomed to it. Served into a conical pint glass the second go around.

A: One finger head of slight cream, fair thickness, and average retention. Semitransparent orange-yellow colour. Appealing. Clear and translucent. No yeast particles are visible. No buble show.

Sm: Pale malts, cream, citra hops. Orange peel and light citrus notes.

T: Orange peel citrus ester hops, cream, a moderately full barley foundation, and unwelcome light pleasant bittering/citra hops on the climax. Not horribly complex. It's built well for what is and is trying new things. Good balance and build. Cracking open another cold one, I find myself quickly adjusting to the biting juicy citra hops. Gets more and more refreshing the more I drink it. Pleasantly balanced and very enjoyable. Lovely pale malt foundation. I like this a lot.

Mf: Nicely crisp. Good thickness. Smooth and wet, but a bit sharp alongside the bittering hops. Doesn't complement the flavour profile ideally, but it's pleasant and approachable. Refreshing. Biting.

Dr: Drinkable and enjoyable. I'd try it on draught. I could see this becoming quite a success in 6 packs. One of Widmer's more interesting beers, and certainly one of their most drinkable. Hides its ABV well. I think my initial review in 2011 may have been an old bottle. I'd recommend this to friends; it's interesting work.

High C+

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.85/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a clear, golden-orange color with a one-finger, off-white head of bubbly foam. It left sudsy trails of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled of citrus and tropical fruits.

T - Big citrus flavor with a tropical fruit kick - mango and pineapple. Light caramel sweetness for a backbone.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is a really tasty blonde ale. Love the citra hops!

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of mothman
2.75/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours 1/2 finger of white head that fades down fast. Color is a clear autumn golden orange.

Aroma: Reminds me a bit of a wheat. A lot of fruit and citrus flavors. Lemons and oranges with some earthy hops. Fairly light.

Taste: Lemon citrus and orange slices. Earthy and floral. Wheat flavors. Light.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends a bit dry.

Overall, it was a fairly average beer. It drank easy, but there wasn't a lot of flavor here.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Widmer Citra Summer Blonde Brew
Code: Apr 26 11 07:41 NH (50 days old)
12 oz. $1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Claymont, DE

Now here's a Widmer beer I can really get behind! And in case you weren't aware of it, Citra hops were cultivated by Sierra Nevada and Widmer in 2008/2009.

It's a crystal-clear, deep-golden color with yellow and orange highlights beneath a fluffy head of bright-white foam. The head retention is pretty good although the lacing could be better.

The Citra hops hit you right up-front in the nose with soft notes of grapefruit, pineapple, mango, and maybe even some papaya. It's fresh and summery with just enough juicy hop fruitiness that it's not raspy, resinous, or overwhelming.

The rest of the beer follows in the same way. There's just enough malt to keep it interesting while still staying on the lighter side (as it is a summer beer); and the hop flavor is just enough to liven it up. It's moderately bitter and it finishes mostly dry with just a touch of residual maltiness, some lingering floral character, and a spritz of citrusy hop flavor.

It's not a beer that's mean to be complex, but the hops are interesting; and overall it's easy to drink and quite refreshing. The label reads "satisfyingly sessionable" and that's certainly true!

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of chinchill
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle dated 16 April 2011.

Pours a hazy yellow gold with a short but near creamy head that has good retention.

Aroma: highly citrus with hints of malt.

T - follows nose although the strong hop aroma is accompanied by plenty of hop/citrus flavor but little bitterness. Nicely tart. IBU = 20.

M - medium-light body; dry finish; excellent carbonation.

O - excellent summer seasonal. Neither rich nor complex, but very tasty, aromatic and refreshing. Citra hops dominate but Alchemy hops are also used.

(Lightly editted with May 2013 bottle consumed June 2013; and again in July 2014).

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3.38/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 5/27/2011 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains floral hops, citrus, light caramelized malts but there’s also a bit of an odd funk to it that I cannot place.

T: The taste starts with a sweet citrus flavor. Then a strong grassy hops bitterness comes in. the malt character is about where it should be for this type of beer which is a bit on the thin side but it doesn’t create much balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, light-to-medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, very mild kick, decent representation of style, it’s not a bad beer but there are several others in the style that I would pick first.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of mactrail
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It's a great concept-- add some hops to a Blonde Ale. Pale golden in the glass. The head does seem to dissipate more than you'd like, but quite spritzy on the tongue. A pleasant hoppy spiciness with a hint of tangerine. Somehow the bitterness is still within the Blonde range. Aroma is light but very flowery. Borders on the acidic with kind of a club soda taste with the beeriness. All very light and quaffable.

Certainly a gem in an unworthy category. Glad to see someone creating some new light yet flavorful beers. Label dated July 19 11.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of russpowell
3.12/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 1 Jun 11

Pours a sparkling hay color with2 + fingers of fluffy cream colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Grassyness & lemon, some dustyness

T: Follows the nose, light bready notes, some dryness & crisp apple notes up front. More apple & some hay notes as this warms, some faint lemony hops as well as this warms. Finishes grassy with a touch of hay & lemon

MF: A touch thin, almost watery, decent carbonation level

A decent lawn-mower beer, but that's all I'll give it...

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3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Once more, my thanks go out to my local, in-person trader, tone77. There are just so many beers available now that I would probably gloss over a large portion of them, but he keeps me grounded.

From the bottle: "Citra hops lend their name, aroma and striking citrus flavor to the soft malt notes of this uniquely refreshing golden ale."; "It's a perfect pairing that's perfectly refreshing from the first sip to the last. Prost! to summer [undersigned] Kent [? &] Rob".

My anxious pour netted me just over two fingers of dense, bone-white head with very good retention. Color was a slightly-hazy sunshine yellow (SRM = 4) and I found myself wishing for the return of warmer weather. I just attended my 30-year high school reunion last night and by the end, my feet and right knee caused me to have to sit down. Today, the arthritis in my hands is kicking it. Warmth would be good right about now. The foam fell as I typed, leaving beautiful lacing in its wake. I plan on running the dishwasher later today so it all works out. The jackhammer can remain in the basement as a result. Nose was citrusy, evocative of tangerines or mandarin oranges. Mouthfeel was light, not thin per se, but not big, either. Upon tasting it, I definitely stand behind tangerines in terms of taste. A nice breakfast beer, although I have already eaten breakfast. Finish was semi-dry and this would make an excellent lawnmower beer during the summertime.

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2.89/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 490 ratings