Aud Blonde - Russian River Brewing Company

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Ratings: 331
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 12.43%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2005

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Ratings: 331 | Reviews: 53
Reviews by williamjbauer:
Photo of williamjbauer
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in 4 oz sampler

edit after 2nd go with much better experience.

A - Clear bright orange with one finger khaki head, excellent lacing, good head retention.

S - Weak aroma of malt and a hint of honey and coriander spice and a bit of citrus notes.

T - Mainly front and side palate, starts with pine and citrus hops into a malty sweetness. Not as strong as a expected, not very spicy, just a touch of coriander and a nice dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Overall pretty drinkable, but they have some many good beers here this just isn't a standout. Good one to start with on the sampler though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yellow beer, frothy white head. Aroma was almost belgian yeast, some light floral style hopping, not approaching a discernable pine or citrus flavor, but flowery and a little funky.

Taste, full of it, refreshing, lemon, slightly bitter, hoppy, yet easy enough to pass off on the girlfriend. A crowd pleaser probably, beer geek centric or not. A little spicy, as if some rye, but its probably the yeast.

Photo of funkydelic
4.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to daysinthewake for sending this all the way cross country, been wanting to try this a long time!

Out of a Russian River cerviose.

A: Crystal clear gold. Creamy white, lasting head. Beautiful lacing.

S: Floral, almost minty. Blooming flowers. Underneath is subtle, bready malt. White bread.

T: This is a hop driven blonde. The hops add light fruit notes- oranges and other citrus. Pineapple(?) Hop bitterness lasts long into the finish. The malt does emerge mid-palate with a doughy character, but the beer is clearly balanced towards the hops. Complex aftertaste of, again, flowers and citrus.

M: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation.

O: Amazing. This is one of the best, if not the best, blonde ales I've ever had. Though, for a blonde, this is seriously hoppy, almost on the pale ale level (though without the grapefruit/pine character of most APA's). The hops provide a great deal of complexity and the majority of the character. There is a great malt counterpoint, as well. Overall, this beer is very well put together.

Photo of Shane_Gr
2.57/5  rDev -29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Not much of a standout.

Photo of watermelonman
3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as an attractive and glowing shade of gold. The head is minimal but present, and so is the lace.

The smell has an assertive hop presence, mostly in citrus form. Hops also come through strong in the taste, from the front all the way through. Malts are light and barely present in the face of those hops. The mouthfeel is light while drinkability is good.

Photo of Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the brewpub. Surprisingly good flavour for a blond,gppd fpor style, and for the lower a.b.v. A little funky aroma. A good tangy bitterness. Good white lace on yellow. Average mouthfeel. Great points on drinkability, late in the session.

Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub, review from written notes.

Pale gold with bright clarity, creamy white foam on top, generating sheets of lacing with a skim that never breaks apart.

Earthy herbal hop aroma.

Clean and simple, pale malt that lends a little sweetness and grainy qualities., and a lightly bitter hop to balance in the finish. Lightly nutty impression also. Medium bodied with a generally light feel, something easily sessionable and pretty accessible to most beer drinkers.

Photo of largadeer
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub. The color could be described as blond. Clarity is pretty good, and so is head retention. The nose is fairly bland, largely pale malt with a touch of honey sweetness and straw. Tastes pretty good for the style, it had a clean pale malt profile, a little citrus and breadiness. There's a very mild and clean hop bite in the finish. Solid for a blonde, but not standout in Russian River's lineup.

Photo of weeare138
3.27/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewpub...
Appears a transparent, straw gold with a small white head that fades into a mild cap and collar.
Smell is of light hay aromas dominated by pilsner malt and a mild hopping that is mildly herbal with a twist of citrus.
Taste is of pils malt with notes of lemon pledge and dishwasher soap followed by a sugary grapefruit wave that doesn't do much to make me want to like this beer.
Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied with notes of citrus resonating and a touch of wheat malt thrown into the mix that leads to a dry finish.
I wasn't expecting much from this and I'm surprised I even reviewed it. I don't think I would've if it hadn't been made at the beer mecca, Russian River.

Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the most wonderful beer sampler I have ever had, at the brewpub. Well worth the trip to Santa Rosa, and if I ever go out west again to visit my girlfriend's family, I am DEFINATELY going again. Just hope to go when Pliny the Younger is on tap.

This beer had almost no head, and a clear pale yellow body. I tried to go from what I expected to be milder flavors to stronger flavors, and this was one of the first I tried.

Aroma was of light pale malts, and a slight hint of hops. Couldn't tell which way the hops were leaning.

Taste started out with grapefruit hops, much more than the aroma led me to expect. A welcome surprise. Malts were present, but were very light.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Nice indeed.

Drinkability - hell, this was so easy drinking, I was done before I knew it. Quite excellent.

Photo of rand
3.84/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at obrien's, left over from their "tion" weekend.

Probably the most basic and 'boring' beer Russian River brews, this is as advertised. Malty grains at the front, with crisp drying hops midsip. Grassy, a little citrusy and eminently drinkable if you're looking for a good old-fashioned 'beer'.

This should be graded on the curve, the scores here are way too low. Unfortunately this category, like Irish Reds, don't reflect a true mean, like IPA's and stouts and wild ales.

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +16%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On tap at Russian River in August 2009.

A: Yellow straw with a nice, light white head and a good deal of lacing; carbonation visible in the brew's transparency.

S: Light and refreshing--some pilsner malt with a bit of citrus and is well-hopped for the style.

T: Slightly sweet with some citrus and earthy hops; nothing overpowering, but quite flavorful for the style.

M: Light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D: Excellent. Very sessionable and would love to be able to grab a sixer of this one.

Photo of karst
4.38/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This is the classic example of the style according to BJCP

On tap at the brewpub following AHA-NHA conf @ Oakland, CA
Brilliant straw gold moderate white head falls to cap and collar sustained by carbonation.
A light grassy aroma from pilsner malt and herbal lightly citrus hops.

Flavor mostly pils malt with lemon, grapefruit hop notes.
Light to medium light body with citrus and wheat malt drying the finish.

This easy drinking style is quickly overshadowed and forgotten when you start working your way through the 20+ beers available on tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

Photo of objectivemonkey
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From my notes on recent trip, this beer pours a light golden color with no head as delivered, but spotty lacing here and there. Aroma is of citrussy, lemons and a slight malt floating around there too. Pretty decent. Taste is quite nice, an easily drinkable creamy smooth malt and lemon cirtus thats fresh and refreshing. At 4.5%, I'd drink this all night long.

Photo of bosco7
3.46/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pale straw color with exceptional clarity and nice lacing.

Smells spicy and caramely. Not too complex.

Pilsner malt, minerals, spicy noble hop flavors apparent. Well balanced; not a lot of bitterness nor sweetness.

Very drinkable. This would be very good if it wasn't on the same menu as Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Damnation, Salvation, Perdition, and Compunction.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a light yellow with a nic bubbly almost-white head.

S - Very lagerish and yeasty.

T - Corn, wheat, yeasty and ligh malts.

D - Lighter body, average carbonation.

O - Very solid. I just had to try it when I could.

Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.77/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this on tap at the Russian river brewing co. brewhouse

Appearance: Light straw gold. Some lacing

Smell: Floral. Dry malts. Citric.

Taste: Sweet. Citric. Orange and cinnamon with slight esters.

Mouthfeel: Light with a clean finish.

drinkability: I could drink a few of these with a nice meal.

Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-draught into a nonic pint glass at Russian River in Santa Rosa. Reviewed from notes. Expectations were high given the brewery, but it's hard not to compare it to Redemption.

A: Pours a half finger head of slight cream, bad thickness, and okay retention. Colour is a clear yellow-blonde.

Sm: Lemon esters, fresh barley, and excellent orange peel. A moderate strength aroma.

T: Wonderful orange peel complemented by pleasant brilliantly handled hops over a clean refreshing barley base. Quite complex for a blonde, and wonderful. Nicely balanced and very well built.

Mf: Smooth and wet, suiting the flavours very well. Crisp and clean. Very refreshing. Nearly perfectly complementary of the flavours. Spot on for the style.

Dr: Incredibly drinkable. Very refreshing; well priced for the quality. Among the best blondes I've tried (insert sex joke here). How they get that fresh orange note in there puzzles me.

Photo of NorCalYeti
3.53/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decent hop/malt taste, light-medium body, hoppy bite throughout the entire drink, malt and wood characteristics, straw gold color, very thin white head with delicate lace, malty, medium-long finish, good served cold, clear. not my style but okay for a starter beer on a warm day.

Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler filled at the brewery.

A: Pours a deep golden color with a thick, oily, bone white head that slowly faded into a thick oily head that left great streaks of sticky lacing down the glass.
S: Light notes of grassy hops and a bit of very light malt. Light smelling all around.
T: Follows the nose with extremely watery and light flavors of pilsner malt and just a hint of hops. Overall there is not much to it. There is just a hint of bitterness to the finish.
M: Light bodied with a light mouthfeel that isn’t watery. Refreshing and drinkable all around.
O: There is really not much to this beer, but more importantly, there isn’t anything negative about this beer. I could drink this all day and never get tired of it.

Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Recently sampled at the Russian River Brewing Company during a visit over the New Years Eve weekend.

Listed as:
4.5%ABV / 1.046 O.G / 20 BUs
Aud Blonde may be the lightest colored beer we have ever brewed at Russian River Brewing Company, but don't be fooled into thinking that this beer is light in flavor. It has a refined characteristic, which can be contributed to us blending pilsner malt with a unique hop called crystal. The distinctive characteristic of the crystal hop lends a citrus, almost eucalyptus quality in the aroma and mouth feel of the brew, while leaving the beer with a long dry finish.

Appearance: Pale golden body, a little straw like. Soft white head dispersed quickly and breaks to leave one of those patchy heads. Medium carbonation.

Nose: Soft grain with a sharp refreshing lemon swathe. Feels as crisp as stepping on fresh fallen snow.

Taste: So drinkable that at times it is easy to forget about the tastes. A light bodied but firm tasting Blonde that benefits from a restrained but tangible zingy lemon citric splash and a fruity feel in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Clean, crisp, unfettered and approachable. A soft and creamy texture befits the featherweight body, which punches a few weights higher.

Drinkability: A dependable brew. Stands alone with no problem, but also washes down the RR Pizza and Beer Bites without ever interfering. Another RRBC Session brew.

Overall: I realized that it was an American Blonde Ale, and I didn’t expect a lot (even here!), but I wanted to try it nonetheless. It turns out that this was very good, yet it turned out to be the least favored “return to” of the RRBC beers that I sampled over my weekend visit, simply put, there is just too much competition. Still, this is a solid 3.95 though, almost a 4.0, says a lot that.

Photo of 4000qtrap
3.72/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Source/serving: Draft

Smell: Faint citrus and grassy hops, smooth tastiness.

Taste: I'll admit, I tried this as a lark since this isn't my typical beer style but I wanted to see what RR could do. Crisp, light and fizzy with more graininess than I expected. Some underlying hop flavor, but not much. However it is very drinkable...though I'd likely contend that its too drinkable. The middle is more of the same, very grainy with an underlying rich, moist edge that I often taste in some German lagers. Finishes very clean with faint hops and grain notes to do get more intense as it warms. I'll give this a B since I'm rating to style.... definitely not average but not exciting, at least to me.

Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

07/30/06- On tap at the Russian River Brewery in Santa Rosa, CA...from notes taken earlier in the year.

Presentation- Via the tap into a standard pint plass.

Appearance- Somewhat deeper golden color. Very light cloudyness, otherwise pretty clear. 1/2 inch white fluffy head with nice streaks left behind.

Smell- A bit pils-esque. Has that mild grainy scent with some light fruity scents and a bit of hop tang.

Taste- Seems a tad salty? Otherwise it has a really good lemony flavor. Grainy background with a hoppier than expected flavor...well, maybe not, after all it is Russian River.

Mouthfeel- As stated before, a bit salty. Clean, crisp and refreshing. A bit on the higher side of the carbonation level.

Drinkability- Certainly one of the most flavorful blondes I have ever had, overall pretty tasty and recommended.

Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pours a clear yellow/light gold, thin white head forms, quickly drops down to a thin ring, some spots of lace are left on the glass. Smell is nice, sweet, honey like malts, grass, floral, some grainy and biscuity aroma, not exciting but nice. Taste is similar, some nice malty sweetness at first, grassy hops, some floral, light fruit, bit of a citric bitterness, toasty finish with orange peel. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very light and smooth and easy to drink. As noted, not very exiciting, but an easy drinking blond ale I would be happy to session all summer.

Photo of paytoplay
3.1/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable beer. Tap at O'Briens 15th, golden color, a bit cloudy? A bit of a whit taste to it. Dry finish. A little odd and I'm not a big fan of the style. Fun to try. Texture was a bit weird and not very smooth and or balanced. No Alc noticable so that wasn't an issue.

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Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 331 ratings.