1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Aud Blonde - Russian River Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Aud Blonde
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
82
good

254 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 254
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 48 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of bob727
bob727

Florida

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-22-2011 03:43:31 | More by bob727
Photo of BeerArchivist
BeerArchivist

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-18-2011 06:23:52 | More by BeerArchivist
Photo of litheum94
litheum94

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-16-2011 17:02:38 | More by litheum94
Photo of Mages64
Mages64

Washington

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-16-2011 06:49:52 | More by Mages64
Photo of projhex
projhex

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 21:10:00 | More by projhex
Photo of MrFootstones
MrFootstones

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 17:12:59 | More by MrFootstones
Photo of codynevels
codynevels

California

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

11-15-2011 05:15:43 | More by codynevels
Photo of bombadil
bombadil

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 05:11:54 | More by bombadil
Photo of Booman
Booman

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-15-2011 03:33:18 | More by Booman
Photo of rob133
rob133

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 23:23:14 | More by rob133
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
westcoastbeerlvr

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%

11-14-2011 17:45:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
Photo of avaldivia
avaldivia

California

4/5  rDev +9.9%

11-14-2011 06:55:54 | More by avaldivia
Photo of IronCitySteve
IronCitySteve

Pennsylvania

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brew pub.

A: Pours a clear orangisgh brown color with a small thin foam head that disspates quickly. There is some moderate web lacing down the sides.

S: Some light citrus hops in the form of orange, lime and grapefruit. There is also a sweet malt scent, mostly some honey.

T: The citrus hops hit the palate in the beginning and last throughout the tasting. In the middle there is some honey, caramel and biscuit flavors that come through. On the back end some light coriander and clove spices are there as well.

M: A light bodied beer that could have used a tad more carbonation. Leaves a slightly thin, yet clean taste on the palate.

O: This is not usually a style I seek out, but really enjoyed this brew. Not overly complex but easy to drink and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

10-16-2011 18:01:33 | More by IronCitySteve
Photo of emerge077
emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of GJ40
GJ40

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 13:12:38 | More by GJ40
Photo of dgilks
dgilks

Australia

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

Very clear pale straw colour with a small white head. Good head retention. Nice lacing.

Slightly fruity, herbal aroma with a touch of biscuity malt. Good.

Crisp, pale malt with a firm bitterness. There's some fruity hop character as well. Nice.

Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Fine.

This is a decent Belgian/American Blonde ale. Light, crisp and slightly fruity this is just what the doctor ordered.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2011 11:13:49 | More by dgilks
Photo of ngeunit1
ngeunit1

California

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2011 03:53:06 | More by ngeunit1
Photo of scottfrie
scottfrie

California

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: growler

08-16-2011 02:06:02 | More by scottfrie
Photo of BeerLover99
BeerLover99

Illinois

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: shiny gold/deep yellow, 1 finger head, solid lacing

S: floral, mild malt/fresh bread.

T: light orange peel, fresh bread/malt middle, semi-dry crisp finish

M: Med body, solid carbonation, semi-dry mouth

O: Usually blondes are one of my least favorite
styles, but this one was quite nice. Fine
session/summer beer and excellent gateway brew.
My wife (loves wine, but will have a pint on
rare occasion had this and liked it).

GOOD, NOT A MUST HAVE!

Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 13:25:05 | More by BeerLover99
Photo of biegaman
biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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
Photo of funkydelic
funkydelic

South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +33.2%
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.

Serving type: growler

07-13-2011 02:00:11 | More by funkydelic
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

3.8/5  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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-26-2011 20:49:53 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
BerkeleyBeerMan

California

3.75/5  rDev +3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2011 06:41:12 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of kwjd
kwjd

Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap in a restaurant in Santa Rosa (the name of the place escapes me). Pours a pale yellow colour with thin white head. Smells quite fruity and sweet, with some mild hops. Very sweet flavour, nicely balanced ale. Big carbonation level, would probably prefer it toned down a bit. A pretty nice beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2011 20:25:19 | More by kwjd
Photo of largadeer
largadeer

California

3.75/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-03-2010 01:34:03 | More by largadeer
Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.