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Citra Blonde Summer Brew | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

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3.62/5
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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
Ranking:
#36,632
Reviews:
129
Ratings:
489
pDev:
13.26%
Bros Score:
3.82
 
 
Wants:
20
Gots:
41
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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BucannonXC5
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Color was a clear gold, almost looked like urine from a dehydrated person. Maybe ¾ inches of head that dissipated pretty quickly and was completely gone 10-12 minutes into the beer.

Smell was strong and citrusy and full of fruits with extra vitamin C. From oranges to orange peels to tangerines to grapefruit. The smell stuck in your senses for an unusually long time.

First thing I noticed about the taste was how clean and refreshing it was. It was full of flavors, mostly fruits. Really citrusy that cleans out your nose. Orange peels reign supreme with the taste. The aftertaste was fairly strong on the alcohol, not as good as the initial taste.

Carbonation seems to be just above average. Really light and refreshing. Definitely a good summer brew that would be great by the pool or at the beach. The taste stayed on the tongue for a long time.

Overall I enjoyed this beer. I don’t know if I could drink it all the time, but in the heat I’d be good for two or three. It’s light, refreshing and the smells and flavors really seem to mix well.

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Photo of Lovely85
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.9/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.19/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow straw colored ale. Fantastic clarity. Moderate head retention. Great carbonation bubbles. Eggshell white foam. Great citra hop nose . A bit of lemon on the nose,but mainly those lovely citra hops are very inviting. Very light,smooth mouthfeel is extremely refreshing. This is AA very refreshing summer ale but I would have enjoyed abut more go flavor. Of course it would have then been an IPA.

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a semi-clear, golden yellow with a finger width head, average retention, leaving behind a sparse lace.

Smell - Really faint but citrus notes are at the forefront.

Taste - Light citrus, from start to finish. Ends with a mellow lemon bitterness. Really simple, but good.

Mouthfeel - Light in body. Solid carbonation lends to a lively, crisp mouthfeel, and leaves the lips feeling tingled.

Overall - Really, the name says it all. Nice citrus summer brew. Nothing off-putting about this beer. Just a simple, straight-forward, light and completely drinkable citrus blonde.

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BB1313
3.74/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a flute. Pours a crystal clear light golden, completely transparent. There's a small white head which fades pretty quickly, decent retention and lacing. The citra hops are present in the nose. Lots of grassy aromas with a touch of wheat and malts. The flavors seem to fall off considerably compared the nose. There's a nice hop bite in the beginning. Lots of earthy flavors and subtle spices. I can pick up some orange zest and lemon juice. The malts are present, maybe too present. Carbonation is high, but in a good way. Spritzy, but smooth. Very light and easy drinking. Alcohol clearly goes absolutely unnoticed. This is one you can drink all day, if you choose. Refreshing on a summer day.

This beer has alot of qualities I like, but something isn't hitting right. I feel this could've been something very special, but instead it's just "good".

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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3.68/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck with freshness dating, poured into my SA perfect pint. The beer is a light gold with a bone white head. It has better than average lacing.

It has an aroma of grains and a bit of citrus rind.

Taste leads with citrus, some mild grains and a bit of Wrigley gum. It is not overpowering, but is balanced and fits the bill for a summer beer. It becomes slightly more bitter mid glass and the hops add more citrus and tropical fruit bite.

The mouth is medium with a touch of slickness. Easy beer to pair with grilled chicken or a fresh tomato salad. I have really liked the last two seasonal offerings from Widmer.

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3/5  rDev -17.1%

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pint glass. Body is yellow - not golden, light yellow - with a 1-finger, bubbly white head. No lace.

S: Nice - florally hops, citrus (grapefruit & lemon) and tropical fruit. Not overwhelmingly strong, but pleasantly hoppy. Underlying bready malt is there too.

T: Some bread-doughy malt underneath, followed by citrus and tropical fruity hop notes with some floral hops as well. Finishes fairly clean.

M: Body is light in heft. Carbonation is gentle but present.

O: A good drinking beer on a hot summer day - I put down 5 of these on Saturday this past weekend without even noticing. The low ABV helps, while the nice flavor imparted from those Citra hops keeps it flavorful enough to be interesting.

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Citra Blonde Summer Brew from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.62 out of 5 with 489 ratings
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