Aud Blonde - Russian River Brewing Company
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Ratings: 263 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
4.85/5 rDev +33.6%
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.
07-13-2011 02:00:11 | More by funkydelic
4.38/5 rDev +20.7%
This is a nice, light, yet very tasty, subtle ale that is full of flavour.
It is a bright, sparkling gold with a medium, long-lasting, creamy white head that leaves beautiful, even lace.
The aroma is very fruity with grain, crackers, yeast, and citrus.
The taste is light, crisp, exceedingly refreshing, and very smooth, but full of flavour and subtle complexity. It tastes of grain, fruit, citrus, yeast. It's a nicely balanced bittersweet beer with a faint yeasty sourness lutrking underneath.
04-21-2008 18:25:11 | More by Offa
4.35/5 rDev +19.8%
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.
06-25-2009 14:12:52 | More by karst
4.22/5 rDev +16.3%
A - Served a clear bright copper-orange color with a thin ring of white head around the top. The head fades down quickly but leaves behind some nice lacing.
S - Aroma is a mix of light sweet malts with a touch of honey sweetness and some spice. There is also a touch of hops and floral elements mixed in as well.
T - Starts off with a mix of light citrus hops and some sweetness from both the caramel malts and the honey. Through the middle, some more hops as well as some light spices come through. The finish is a mix of citrus and earthy hops and a touch of bitterness alongside the sweetness from that malts.
M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. The beer felt very smooth and crisp without being watery or too thin.
D - Very drinkable. The balance between all of the various flavors here is very nice with out feeling empty or muddled. It is a great approachable beer for new craft beer drinkers as well as a great way to start off the night.
08-23-2011 03:53:06 | More by ngeunit1
4.2/5 rDev +15.7%
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.
10-04-2009 15:26:42 | More by Thorpe429
4.18/5 rDev +15.2%
On tap at the brewpub. Poured into a RR pint glass. Comes in at 4.5% and 33 IBUs.
A-Nice looking beer. It is a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head that sticks around. Lots of bubbles can be seen rising. Leaves some nice looking lace between sips.
S-It has a mild and clean nose. It smells like there is pilsner malt being used. There is some lemon zest in here also. Earthy hops and grain also can be found.
T-It has a honey like sweetness that hits fast. The lemon, pilsner malt, and earthy hop flavors also are there throughout.
M-Lighter bodied and very crisps and dry.
D-Low abv makes this a great session beer.
This is an easy drinking beer that is perfect for hot days or when you don't want your sour or hop fix at RR. This will please most people.
09-27-2009 02:53:43 | More by mjl21
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
Golden and crystal clear with a small white head. Nice light hop aroma with a mild hop flavor that hints of everything that's packed into the bigger RR IPAs. Simple but very refreshing and enjoyable. This is a great intro beer for those new to craft beer and a fantastic session option.
09-12-2011 13:12:38 | More by GJ40
4.1/5 rDev +12.9%
This is severly underrated in my opinion. A B+, how much better could an American Blonde ale get? I thoroughly enjoyed this beer. Totally.
Beer is yellow with very little haze and a nice white head head of medium bubbles. Looks really good to me! Carbonation moderate to low, head leaves some lacing on the glass.
Mildly hoppy with some graininess to it, overall its like a sweet pilsen malt aroma and some mild earthiness and citrus hops.
Beer is light in body and has a nice presence on the palate, good carbonation. Midpalate is mostly citrus and minimal sweetness up front. It tastes really nice, its light, refreshing its sessionable, its about the easiest drinking beer I've ever had. Obviously not my favorite RR brew, but its totally solid.
11-04-2010 18:39:04 | More by drabmuh
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
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.
04-18-2006 23:10:10 | More by objectivemonkey
4.08/5 rDev +12.4%
Presentation: Recently sampled at the Russian River Brewing Company during a visit over the New Years Eve weekend.
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 didnt 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.
01-10-2006 07:47:38 | More by TheLongBeachBum
Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.