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Aud Blonde - Russian River Brewing Company

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Aud Blonde
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Ratings: 246
Reviews: 48
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 12.6%
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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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-15-2011 03:33:18 | More by Booman
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-14-2011 23:23:14 | More by rob133
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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%

11-14-2011 17:45:20 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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4/5  rDev +9.6%

11-14-2011 06:55:54 | More by avaldivia
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3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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
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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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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
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
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3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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
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4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
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
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3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
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
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3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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).


Serving type: on-tap

08-01-2011 13:25:05 | More by BeerLover99
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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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South Carolina

4.85/5  rDev +32.9%
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
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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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3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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Ontario (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
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
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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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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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3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-05-2010 07:36:15 | More by 4000qtrap
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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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4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Draught at the brewpub. Light yellow with a creamy white head. Clean doughy, bready malt aroma. Light bready malt profile with a surprisingly ample, spicy hop balance. Light bodied and crisp with smooth carbonation. Considering that this was the "lightly hopped" of their two blond ales, I was surprised at the nice, spicy hop flavor. Great balance, and somewhat reminiscent of a pilsener. Top notch choice for a session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-10-2009 07:51:14 | More by bulletrain76
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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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4.18/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-27-2009 02:53:43 | More by mjl21
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3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at City Beer.

I'm not sure how to judge this one, as I'm not familiar with the style. I just compared it to a pilsner.

A: Pours a clear pale straw color with an inch of off-white head. Leaves thick clumps of lacing down the glass.

S: Honey, grassy and lemony hops, and a little bit of grain. A broad and rich scent, but it's a bit weak in pungency.

T: A refreshing lemon-honey flavor with grassy and floral hops. Some grain and earthiness is found toward the end of the flavor. A clean and inoffensive flavor, really good for the hot day that I walked into the store.

M: Light-bodied. Nicely crisp carbonation.

D: Kind of a conundrum. This is a pretty good summer beer, but I've only seen it on tap, and I don't go to bars to drink light stuff. I guess if I saw it on a really hot day, I'd get it. But for my usual pub crawls, this is going to be skipped.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2009 08:29:11 | More by Arbitrator
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4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-25-2009 14:12:52 | More by karst
Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 246 ratings.