Aud Blonde - Russian River Brewing Company

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Aud Blonde
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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.67%
Wants: 6
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2005)
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Photo of Sammy
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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 t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of spycow
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of GRG1313
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of SocalKicks
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of largadeer
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 emerge077
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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 StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +10.2%

i am surprised to see this one rated so low. of all the non sour beers at russian river, this was one of my favorites. its a very light but flavorful blonde ale, more hoppy than most with a great citrus finish and enough body to not come through watered down at all. there appears to be some wheat in here too, a nice base for the higher hop dose. carbonation is happy and the finish is pretty clean. touch of sweetness there makes it stick. i dont get the low marks, its a great blonde ale. while i was in some ways unimpressed by the base beer offerings at russian river, i though this one was a success. definitely different from the crowd.

Photo of JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of kojevergas
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
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 GClarkage
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
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 orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of yourefragile
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at brewpub in Santa Rosa. As expected, nothing remarkable, just wanted something light to start off the day before getting into the big beers.

A: Perfect clear golden, straw color with a large amount of carbonation and tons of small rising bubbles and a massive, frothy white head that is very retentive and leaves plenty of lacing
S: Light nose of grain and hops. Stronger citrus tones.
T: Similar to a good pils, hops are present, but not bitter and body has a citrusy/lemon flavor. Nothing remarkable, but very refreshing.
M: Light bodied, could have been a little more heavily carbonated for my taste.
D: Served purpose of starting off the day. Very easy drinking and refreshing. Nice balance between slight sweetness and hop taste but nothing overwhelming.

Photo of weeare138
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
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 LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the brewpub in Santa Rosa.

Pours a clear yellow colour, very light-bodied, with a fine mild head of white. It looks really light overall, leaving no lace, but forming tight and fine carbonation, especially when tilted. Looks good.

Not much on the aroma. There's some mild grain notes and a touch of phenolics, but it's very light overall. Not unpleasant, just... mild.

The palate is better: light entry with decent grain notes, before a smoother sweetness on the mid-palate, balanced with a husky, coarser grain character. Bitterness comes through on the back, but the finish is spectacularly clean, meaning it ends up feeling really light and drinkable.

Light but very clear feel all over.

It's dull, but very solid. I guess Russian River can't be all oak-aged Wilds and hopped-up Insanity.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale golden with a light head.

Smell is of light hops and a metallic bite.

Pretty light taste, but very balanced. Slight spicy hop taste along with a malt sweetness. Very hollow flavor similar to a small beer.

Very light body and relatively high carbonation makes this quite crisp, a little too much so- not enough substance here.

Drinkability on a hot day is pretty good, but not lot to keep your interest.

Photo of brandoman63
4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

Photo of biegaman
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Zeitgeist, in San Francisco.

A beer's head, like a diamond, is beautiful and if crafted well can improve the beauty of the beer that wears it; just as a diamond’s beauty contributes to its price, so too a head’s does to a beer’s score. And given this thick, foamy pearly white capping it'd be unfair to give this clear-bodied, golden-blonde beer anything less than a 4.5. It looks good.

Blonde Ale is a very no frills style of beer, one that not even the Americans have succeeded at souping up (and if anyone could do it it'd probably be Russian River). To even think about souping up a blonde ale runs contrary to what the style's all about: easy-drinking and moderate sweet malt. And indeed that's all you'll find here. Nothing less, nothing more.

I'm impressed that Mr. Cilurzo could demonstrate such restraint; such a clean, indistinct maltiness is the perfect canvas on which you can paint vividly bright citric and piny hop flavours. But you won't find any of those here. While they contribute a grounding bitterness, the hops are otherwise undetectable. (If you're looking for hops see Pliny the Elder.)

Blonde Ales - if done right, if made without adjunct and with high-quality ingredients, as this one has been - are among the most approachable of all beer styles. Somewhere between a lager and a pale ale (much like a kölsch, in fact), it's a very clean, agreeable beer that should displease no one and likely prove a good gateway to more full-flavoured offerings.

With blonde ales you can expect a creative coma (even apparently from the world's most creative brewers). Blonde ales are nothing more than clean, moderately malty, and easy-going. There are far more interesting offerings at Russian River, and this is one that could stand to be spared, but if you like the style it's one of the best examples you'll find.

Photo of Viggo
4.03/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.