Review: Citra Blonde Summer Brew, Widmer Brothers

Citra Blonde Summer Brew
Widmer Brothers Brewing Co. — Portland, Oregon

  • Style:  Blonde
  • Bitterness:  30 IBU
  • ABV: 4.3% ABV
  • Malts:  Pale, Caramel 10L
  • Hops:  Alchemy, Citra
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle

Description:  "Citra hops lend their name to this interpretation of a golden ale, but that’s not all they bring to the party. Their striking citrus aroma and thirst-quenching flavor are the perfect pairing for soft malt notes. Together they create a beer that’s full in flavor and uniquely refreshing.”  — Widmer Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:    This is Widmer Bros.' new summer seasonal release.  It showcases the Citra hop, just like X-114 IPA, the first in Widmer's Rotator IPA series. This is part of my 2nd series on Summer seasonals.

The tasting:  Gold in color, slightly hazy, with a white head that dissipated slowly.  Aroma of grapefruit hops, orange peel, and bready malt. Very nice!  In Widmer's X-114 IPA (which contains Citra hops), I noticed an amazing tropical fruit aroma, but I didn't notice the same in Citra Summer Blonde. Regardless, it has a great aroma. Bready malt dominates in flavor along with some grassy hops. That's about all I got. It doesn't have a lot of sweetness or hop bitterness. It's light bodied, moderately carbonated, and has a slightly effervescent mouth feel. It finishes with bready malt.  

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I was a bit let down by Citra Summer Blonde.  It started off with an amazing aroma, but those elements didn't carry over into the flavor.  Still, it's a decent summer brew.  Give it a try while you can—fall and winter beers are approaching!

Have you tried Citra Summer Blonde or any other Widmer Bros. beers?

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