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Au Naturale Organic Blonde Ale - Grand Teton Brewing Co.

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Au Naturale Organic Blonde AleAu Naturale Organic Blonde Ale

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BA SCORE
76
okay

59 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Grand Teton Brewing Co. visit their website
Idaho, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Au Naturale is an easy-drinking blonde ale. The ale has a crisp, clean body and a subtle malt sweetness. All organic German Pilsner, Vienna and CaraHell malts and German organic Hallertau hops are used for purity’s sake. The play on words lends itself not only to the organic ingredients in the beer, but also to the lifestyle of those of us who live at one with nature. Grab a bottle and join us in the hot spring!

23 IBU

(Beer added by: Bitterbill on 02-11-2007)
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Reviews by kels:
Photo of kels
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks so much to colts9016 for throwing in this extra.

Pours into my pint glass a hazy apricot shade. There haziness isn't too pronounced - the bubbles of carbonation running throughout are still pretty visible, as is some sediment in suspension. The initial 1 finger white, fizzy head fades quickly to a thin ring that holds up along the walls of the glass.

Smell is a little hard to find. The slightest hints of biscuity malts are accompanied by a brief whiff of lemon.

From the first mouthful, I really enjoy how refreshing this beer is. The feel is well-carbonated, mouthfilling and bright with a very clean and light finish. The predominant flavors are a combination of slightly caramelized toasted malt along with a distinct vegetable-like presence that reminds me of sweet peas. There's a hint of honey and a bit of light lemony tartness.

Really high drinkability. Overall a pretty decent beer to have on hand.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.22/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Aug 2007.

Oddly, this Blonde Ale won a gold medal for Dortmunder/Vienna Lager in 2006 from the North American Brewers Association. Go figure. It's organic and German all the way--or at least, the malts are Organic German Pilsner, Vienna and Carahell, and the hops are Organic German Hallertau.

Following a hard pour, big patches of lace cling to the glass after the head subsides. Pretty dark for a Blonde Ale--dirty Blonde, perhaps? The clarity is here, though. Fresh oily herbal hop aroma with a sweet, grassy malt nose. Very clean, with a broad malt character of bread and toasted grain, which is grassy as well. Not shy, the hops boast a firm but graceful bitterness; the flavor is sublime, with the hopvines' own terroir showing off. Finishes a tad malty-sweet, with a lingering hop flavor.

So damn clean you would never figure this for an ale, but with enough Hallertau character that even trained palates could take it for a lager. Other than being a shade or two darker than the typical Blonde, this is a superb ale to be had.

Photo of R_Kole
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appearance - Slightly hazy golden color and a very minimal foamy head that didn't last long or leave much lacing.

Smell - Sweet and grainy, very little hops presence. Very subtle nose.

Taste - Very sweet, grainy and light. Almost tastes like a thin wheat beer. Not bad if you like lighter and sweeter beers. I prefer a little more body and flavor to my beers, but my wife likes this one.

Mouth feel - Crisp and well carbonated. A very light bodied beer.

Drinkability - This is a decent American blonde ale. Nothing too exciting, but not bad either. A very accessible beer for most. I give it a slight bump up for being an organic beer, which is something my wife prefers in her beers these days.

Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of russpowell
4/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 1 may 2007, Pours an effervescent honey/bronze with 1 finger of fluffed up white head. Good head retention & above average head lacing

S: Straw, floral hops & a little honey

T: Sweet honey malt & lemon hops up front. Grassyness follows as this warms along with some breadyness. Finishes with honey malt, a bit of toffee & a little lemongrass

MF: Medium-bodied with good carbonation & pretty good balance & a little slickness

Drinks fairly easy, blonde is not really my style (beerwise) & I can't see shelling out $8 a sixer, when better grand teton ( their esb, ipa or PA for instance) offerings are availible. A nice summer-sipper/slammer, if you're looking for that type of beer, you are in luck! I liked this a little more than other reviewers, but I'm sipping it on my deck in hot weather, so maybe that's skewing my perception to this beer's favor? I do believe the organic tag will excite some, but must organics I've had don't really float my boat, this is better than most

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.73/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly cloudy medium yellow color ale with a medium foamy head with good retention and no lacing. Aroma of medium sweet malt with light floral notes. Taste is not the most complex with some light sweet malt and limited hops presence. Easily drinkable but not necessarily enjoyable enough to come back to it very often.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.78/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. No date or info.

A - A tall pour gives the hazy blonde yellow beer a massive three-finger white head. The tight bubbles are well retained and leave thick clumps of lace left.

S - Wild grass and dry straw like an open field. Certainly is Au Naturale. A dose of pilsner malts helps bring it to real beer aroma. Hints of floral hops is all I get in the other areas.

T - Pilsner malts are the only thing ground this and unfortunately they take a pretty far back seat to the field of flavors of grass and straw. Also, there's something I can't quite put my finger on but it seems close to mineral-filled water.

M - Light-bodied and a bit thin with a somewhat oily texture and blah finish.

D - Not terrible. It's drinkable I suppose but rather plain and an unnecessary space consumer in the fridge. This'll be the last time I have it.

Photo of u2carew
3.53/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz longneck. Picked up at Brewer's Haven in Boise, ID
A) Pours with a finger thick head that slowly settles to a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Mellow upward carbonation. Transparent body. Gold to bronze in color. Very little lacing when tilted back for a drink.
S) Subtle caramel with hints of honey. Grainy.
T) Floral but on the earthy side. Honey and malt sweetness. Hints of apple and plum. Finishes with a sweet taste with just a touch of hops.
M) Light body. Not too fizzy. Slightly dry.
D) A nice blonde. Great for a hot summer day.

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnGalt1
3.08/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz from the Coop for about $1.40.. shared with Brenda, mine in my New Belgium tulip.

1/2" white head dies quickly leaving behind a little lacing atop a clear straw gold brew.

Aroma is little more than husky pale malts... and quite a bit of yeasty fruitiness.

Flavor mirrors the aroma but with bubbles. Pale malts and a sorta lingering pale malt finish. Little hop flavor or bitterness.

It's bad when the body is the best thing about the brew... good body.. sorta creamy mouthfeel.. Drinkablity is fine, but although I've had this brew a bunch of times, I never want another one... It would probably be a good hot weather lawn mower session.

I hate saying it, but the most redeming quality of this brew is the cool label with the naked woman standing in a hot spring... Grand Teton can do better for sure.

Photo of jneiswender
2.23/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got this beer from a beer of the month club today. Poured a 12oz bottle into a small 8 oz sampler glass.

Pure yellow gold color with a very fast dying head. Kind of surprising since they claim to use CaraHell which retains the head well.

Smells are apple-like. But overall weak.

The taste is like a little bit of apple jolly rancher added to a Bud. Just a little. Very sugary tasting. Weak hop taste.

The mouth feel is thick for such a light beer.

Not the worst I've had in a light ale. But if I want a lightly flavored light colored beer I would choose something with more flavor. The beer just doesn't seem to make any sort of statement. Nothing stands out in particular.

Photo of donkeyrunner
3.48/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Decent white head over a clear gold brew. Scant lace and thin collared retention. Smells like light grains, honey, and mild floral freshness.

Crisp carbonation balances light and fluffy malt with some honey sweetness in back. Medium body with a lemon water aftertaste.

Overall, a good porch drinkin' beer.

via colts9016

Photo of gatornation
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a light orange /yellow color with a small white ring....it smelled of malt first then some hops some floral notes..the taste was malt forward with some crisp hop taste ..reminded me of a pils..the mouthfeel was thin..it pretty drinkable for the summer season..wont buy this to often but wont turn it down either

Photo of jwc215
2.4/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light golden yellow - high on clarity - with a thin fizzy white covering that soon fades to a disappearing patch.

The smell is ...well, not much. Some sweet grain with a touch of sulfur and vague fruitiness.

The taste isn't much either, even for the style. Super filtering job, it seems - filtered just about all the taste, if there was any, out. Almost macro-lagerish. There is some sweetness - I suppose that that is some remnants of malt. Hops? I don't have much of an answer for that...Maybe some were waived over it in the process. A slight chemicalish aftertaste is left. Any vague fruitiness drowned in the water.

Watery, without much going on in the feel. I made it through the 12 ounces more for a search of something going on more than because of enjoying it. Crisp as water.

Even for the style, this one is pretty lame. Rated in style, but really ... don't waste your money...too many other bland beers out there, if that's what you're looking for.

Oh well - at least I got to try it - Thanks to jcwattsrugger for bringing it back from his trip (He brought much better things back from this brewery, so this one is forgivable.)

Photo of RoBotGod
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have only had a handful of USDA certified organic beers and I’m still not sure what I think of them. None of them have really stuck out, but none of them have really been bad. This one is the same way, about the middle of the road. It has a light pilsner grain taste and look. Its refreshing and I can pick up a good amount of yeast taste. If this was a blind taste test, I would have no idea this was an organic beer. I think the whole organic label is just a marketing scheme for all those damn hippies.

Photo of ronniebruner
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

To be honest I only tried this beer because of the half naked woman on the label. I bought it as a curiosity/novelty beer, so I did not expect much anyways. The beer is a pale colored ale, nothing special, and average as can be. It is not bad, but it is neither memorable.

Photo of jmbranum
4.38/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Brought back from Frontier Liquor store in Junction City, KS

Very surprised by this beer. When I see "blonde ale" I assume it will be watery and not that interesting, but this is anything but.

Nice orange amber color. Hazy with white head. Sweet malty aroma. Flavor is well-balanced, fairly sweet without being cloying. Rich. Just a little bit of aromatic hops but mostly malt heavy.

Very easy drinking. Wish they sold these in Oklahoma because it would be a great beer to drink in the summer.

Photo of mtstatebeer
3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pours a light orange, a bit hazy, small off-white head. Smells yeasty with a light citrus. Flavor is sweet, about like it smells. Goes down pretty smooth with a sweet finish. A bit watery, very light body, kinda crisp like a lager. Not great, but not bad at all.

Photo of outoffocus
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of shadow1961
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Grand Teton Brewing Co's Au Naturale organic Blond Ale pours
a finger of lacy white foam over a clear golden brew. Carbonation
is steady, and the nose is light barley malt and barley hull. The
flavor is slightly sweet light barley malt, grain, and spicy noble hops.
Actually, there's really a nice balance here- it didn't seem to have a
lot of depth at first sip, but it really comes into it's own as it warms a bit.
Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with just a bit of herbal aftertaste. Golden
ales are pretty much designed to be mellow, light-bodied lager-like brews.
This one has a little something extra. It's USDA organic, and there's a naked
girl on the label. What more do you need at a summer picnic?

Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.65/5  rDev -18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.. nice label.

A: Mostly clear dull copper body under a finger of white head that lasts about 45 seconds and then recedes to a very sparse layer. Minimal lacing.

S: Oddly, the malts and very minimal hops in the nose mix together and smell distinctly like new paint to me. This isn't necessarily a bad thing because I like the smell of new paint, but in a beer it is rather odd.

T: Nondescript and muted grains and malts form the body of the flavor, with something like hops smeared in the middle. This is sort of a dull mess, with no single flavors stepping up to take the lead. There are no off-flavors detected however, so that at least makes it drinkable.

M: There is nothing significantly wrong here, but nothing outstanding either. Typical balance of carbonation and smoothness. Lighter medium body.

D: Barely average. Barely.

Overall: Not an impressive blonde ale in any way. This can be a very sessionable style if the drinker is looking for something like a lager but with a little less crisp and more rounded taste. This beer is not sessionable, and could only be called "rounded" in a dull sort of way. There are better choices, and it disappoints me to see this from Grand Teton. The label is perhaps the best part of this beer.

Photo of MikeWilson
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Light yellow, very pale, slightly cloudy. Almost no head. The sweet and malty aroma is unusual for a blonde ale but not unpleasant. The aroma does not contain any hint of hops. Mouthfeel is extremely light. Sweet, unusual, one dimensional malt presence dominates too much. There is a weird drying effect on the back of the tongue from carbonic bite. Hops are slightly bitter at the front and dissipate quickly.

A nice looking and smelling beer, but the weird malt flavor is a bit hard to get past. That flavor reminds me of homebrew I've made with stale malt extract. It also needs more hops. Overall the beer is drinkable, but rather shallow in its character.

Photo of Gavage
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a golden yellow color with a short 1/4" head taht breaks down quickly. No lacing develops during the session.

Smell: soft malt sweetness is hard to pull from the glass.

Taste: soft malt base with some light pears, green grapes, and a mellow bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp to start, and bit less prickly at the finish. Relatively clean aftertaste. Mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: despite the mild flavor profile, I can see drinking an extra bottle or two in a session.

Photo of Tone
3.75/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, golden/maize color. 1/6 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of sweet malt, yaest, slight tart malt, hops, and herbs. Fits the style of an American Blonde Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with a low carbonation level and slight wateriness. Tastes of yeast, slight citrus (lemon), slight herb, hops, hint of nuts, and a hint of smoke. Overall, a little watery, but still drinkable, well blended, and nice aroma.

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Au Naturale Organic Blonde Ale from Grand Teton Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.