Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Widmer Brothers Brewing Company - Citra Summer Blonde Brew

Blondes have more fun.
"For every season there's a beer, for every beer there's a season." ~Some Famous Beer Expert

Psych! That's not a real quote. I just made it up. I was having a hard time getting this review started and decided some obscure pearl of wisdom from some famous beer expert would be the perfect ice breaker. Unfortunately, Google let me down in the perfect quote area and I was left to my own devices. Meh, at least it got me writing.

Tonight's beer review subject is Widmer Brothers Brewing Company's Citra Blonde Summer Brew. Citra Blonde is an American Golden Ale and comes with an ABV of 4.3%. It's brewed with Citra hops and comes with a bright, colorful, brand new label for 2013.

The beer poured from 12 oz. bottle into glass a clear, pale, golden color with a white bubbly head. The head rose up to a 1/2 inch tall and quickly dissipated. A thin, spotty cap of lacing was left behind.

Aroma was citrus up front: grapefruit and lemon. Grassy, floral hops and a mild, bready, yeasty malt smell in the background.

Taste followed the nose pretty much to a tee. The star flavors are in the citrus medley: lemon, grapefruit, orange. Some light tropical fruit in there, too. Hops bitterness and a smooth, bready malt taste rounded everything out quite nicely.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with lively carbonation. The citrus hops flavor was left pleasantly on the palate at the finish. Very crisp and refreshing.

This is a perfect brew to drink out on the deck on a hot, hot afternoon. Very sessionable but highly memorable. This is the odd brew that both my wife and I like, and we have quite different tastes beer--well, mainly, I love beer and she doesn't. But she will drink--and finish--a Citra Blonde. Good stuff and I'm giving this one a respectable BeerGuyPDX rating of 3 crushed cans out of 4. Citra Blonde also earns a Droolie. Merry the Wonder was quite interested in the aroma of those Citra hops.

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