Citra Blonde Summer Brew | Widmer Brothers Brewing Company

489 Ratings
Citra Blonde Summer BrewCitra Blonde Summer Brew

Brewed by:
Widmer Brothers Brewing Company
Oregon, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by MADhombrewer on 05-02-2011

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2.7/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass. Dude you bought the blonde ale, sheesh... but it is Citra.. so let's see here.

Pretty decent looking brew, with a fluffy three finger bleach white head. and some good staying power. Settles to a simple thin puck and collar. Body is a nice brass yellow with lemon and faint brown edges. Slow rising carbonation.

Nose is odd. Grainy. Very light and dry and powdery. Faint hop angle of powdery lemon. Slightly adjunct like smelling also.

Palate is just a bit jarring and unpleasant. Extremely chalky tasking beer. White chalk and dryness, with virtually no malt presence at all. Hop angle seems to be completely non existent. Chalky and thin mouthfeel with a very grainy steely like aftertaste.

Overall, just another blonde I don't care for.

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Photo of jeffeljefe
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of psmith161
3/5  rDev -17.8%

Photo of artoolemomo
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance- Pours up a fair amount of head which looks as if it will have little retention at all. It certainly won't survive describing the appearance. The head is pure cotton white while the body is a hazy golden straw which glows with hints of orange when held up to the light. Only tiny spots of lacing left behind.

Nose- Pretty much what you should expect from a beer with this name and these hops. Citrus, citrus, citrus. Grapefruit seems to be most dominant aspect (with a nice note of mustiness) followed by orange and then some weak lemon. Faint hints of armpit or dirty sock that compliment the citrus very well. Slight grain notes on the nose as well.

Taste- Lemon is the first note that I get when I taste this beer, followed by some grain notes and then a mild grapefruit bitterness. Ever so light notes of pine and resin on the finish. The lemon is kind of weak tasting and lacks the complexity that the citrus notes of the nose have. There is also a mineral or chalky aspect on the finish that I seem to always get from Widmer's beers. It's not bad but I don't think I've ever had a Widmer beer without it. Some hints of other fruit- a little white grape, some berry. Fairly true to the style but that mineral taste that would usually attributed to Saaz hops cannot be. It is certainly not strong, herbal, or earthy enough to be from noble hops. A little thin tasting. Pretty average to slightly above average beer.

Mouthfeel- A little more than light bodied with faint syrupy characteristics. Carbonation is just right.

Drinkability- This goes down like a tastier version of water. Would be very good introduction for a BMC drinker. Not exactly crisp but goes down very easy.

Overall- Pretty average but would drink it if I were offered it.

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Photo of lcdawg
4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -11%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of OregonGrown7
4/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of DSkilling
3.25/5  rDev -11%

Photo of fishguyac
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of MadWolf
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of zagduck
4.3/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: slightly cloudy, gold color with white head

Smell: delicious, smells like citrusy but not in an overpowering way. If this beer tastes as good as it smells, it will be fantastic.

Taste: citrus with a hoppy bitterness. Very unique.

Mouthfeel: more carbonated than I would prefer not still makes for easy drinkability

Overall: this is a fantastic beer. It is the quintessential summer beer. It is citrusy and refreshing without being too sweet. This is a very well balanced beer. I can't think of a better beer to enjoy on a warm summer evening.

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Photo of ToMakeEndsMeet
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of TheMarkE
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light amber with a decent head and moderate lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and citrus.

Taste: Citrus and malt.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, and refreshing. No bitter aftertaste to speak of, despite the citra hops.

The Verdict: Damn good. If there were more bitterness I would call it an IPA. This could become one of my favorite summer brews.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

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3/5  rDev -17.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

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