Friday, May 20

Beer Review: Widmer Brothers Citra Blonde Summer Brew

Found a 6-pack of this already at the East Vancouver 192nd QFC. They usually roll in some new stuff even before some of the Portland stores oddly.

This brew is apparently brewed with both Alchemy and Citra hops, and weighs in at a very sessionable 4.3% Alcohol by Volume.

Appearance: (3.5)
- Poured almost two bottles in a Widmer imperial pint glass. Nice finger and a half of white foam, pours a very clear light copper color. Foam settles to a nice ring and a floating thin layer on top. Light lace.

Smell: (4.0)
- Big citrus, spicy, and grassy aromas. Light sweetness, sugars, subtle grain. Light bread. Mostly hops dominate the smell of this one. Big grassy hops.

Taste: (3.5)
- Light citrus bite. Grassy touch, light malt sweetness. Zingy lemon, grassy herbs, light spice and floral quality. Quite refreshing and light. Not much malt, but a light clean sweetness is present.

Mouth Feel: (3.0)
- Light zesty touch makes the palate water. Not drying really, and rather light bodied. Well carbonated.

Overall: (3.5)
- Overall this is a great cold drinker for a hot day. It's very light on the malt side, and you can tell they really played with the hops to create this beers flavor. It's light, bubbly, and refreshing. A beer I am sure most anybody would enjoy, or be able to get started on for a path through craftbeerdom. Overall the beers looks are average.. not a huge amount of lace or cloudiness. A little too typical for my liking, but the hops certainly stand out among others. Worth a try.

B / 3.55

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