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Aud Blonde - Russian River Brewing Company

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Aud Blonde
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83
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245 Ratings
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Ratings: 245
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.88%
Wants: 6
Gots: 8 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2010 05:35:02 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

12-26-2012 17:49:07 | More by t0rin0
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-04-2009 15:26:42 | More by Thorpe429
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spycow

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9.6%

12-13-2011 23:43:57 | More by spycow
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

06-13-2013 19:56:08 | More by Texasfan549
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GRG1313

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

02-02-2014 06:15:55 | More by GRG1313
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emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-12-2011 05:37:36 | More by emerge077
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

04-29-2012 16:25:56 | More by JAHMUR
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largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 01:34:03 | More by largadeer
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-14-2011 17:45:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2010 18:39:04 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

12-15-2013 05:59:22 | More by SocalKicks
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GClarkage

California

3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2006 02:16:36 | More by GClarkage
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kojevergas

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-24-2011 20:53:21 | More by kojevergas
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -11%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2007 20:40:37 | More by weeare138
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lacqueredmouse

Australia

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-04-2012 22:18:59 | More by lacqueredmouse
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2008 20:40:06 | More by yourefragile
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

02-14-2014 05:17:35 | More by orangesol
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2006 19:07:18 | More by Georgiabeer
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-14-2011 18:00:20 | More by biegaman
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +16.4%

01-16-2013 23:15:01 | More by brandoman63
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2008 20:25:12 | More by Viggo
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 20:49:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the Russian River brewpub. Pilsner-colored, clear blond ale. Neutral aroma, I had a tough time picking out anything. Maybe a subtle interpretation of a subtle style...

The flavor was more malty than hoppy, again faint. Easy to drink and could be sessionable, but mostly forgettable to me compared to the other beers from Russian River. Interestingly there was no sour component despite a lack of hops to cover up said flavor. So I guess they have good control over their Brett.

Serving type: on-tap

07-23-2006 13:24:11 | More by TurdFurgison
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harpus

Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%

03-27-2014 04:27:30 | More by harpus
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Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.