Today’s beer review, a summer ale, comes from Widmer Brothers Brewing Company out of Portland, OR. When I originally saw this beer in the store I thought twice about purchasing it. The “citra” in the name made me think that they added some extra citrus flavor to the beer which can be a good or bad thing. I grabbed it anyway and decided to give it a chance.
Citra Blonde Summer Brew pours an orange color unlike what the name indicates. It has a white head and I halfway expected this beer to be hazy, but it was perfectly clear. The nose gives off some super citrus notes, with a touch of sweetness. It smells more like a health drink than a beer, but then again you could argue that beer is a healthy drink.
On my first taste I was kind of confused on what just went over my taste buds. There isn’t a lot of flavor upfront but then the citrus kicks in on the back-end. The flavor is not light like you would have in a Blue Moon or something of the like, but it felt more like an orange juice. Do you know what your mouth feels like just after you take a drink of orange juice? Well this beer will leave you with the same feeling. I honestly wasn’t expecting it to be as strong as it was.
I didn’t really care for this beer all that much. The citrus kicks in so oddly for a beer that it threw me off. I could only handle a bottle of this one per sitting, and at that, I was burping citrus all night long. If you like that kind of flavor in your beer I suggest you try it. I think there are other summer selections that are more refreshing out there.