Aud Blonde | Russian River Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 408
Photo of funkydelic
4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
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.

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Photo of karst
4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

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Photo of Offa
4.36/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of coriswrasse
4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

very nice blonde all. big head, true to color. hops presence is wonderful. mouthfeel is blonde yeastyness followed by nice drying out hop feel. beer 2 of flight of all at the brewery.

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Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

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Photo of mjl21
4.18/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

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Photo of drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of GJ40
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.

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Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: Recently sampled at the Russian River Brewing Company during a visit over the New Years Eve weekend.

Listed as:
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 didn’t 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.

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Photo of objectivemonkey
4.07/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

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Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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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Photo of illidurit
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the brewpub during the RR 4th anniversary.

Pours a clear gold color with a sticky white head. Aroma is soft and citric. Flavor is lightly grainy with a lemony zing and a hoppy finish. Mouthfeel is semi-dry and the drinkability is off the charts. One of the most refreshing beers I've had.

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Photo of willjschmidt
3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at my buddy's wedding.

A: Pours a pale golden color with a nice white head.

S: Some light malts and grains along with quite a bit of lemony citrus.

T: Light bodied yet quite flavorful. A very assertive hop presence throughout coming across the most stongly at the end. The middle is full of lemon and other citrus. I think that the fruits came across a little too sweet. All in all, a very tasty blonde.

M: Light bodied, very smooth and well balanced along with active carbonation.

D: Very high on the drinkability scale. I put down a bunch of these at my buddy's wedding with ease. This isn't the best beer that Russian River makes but it's quite good, especially for the style.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.96/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

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Photo of connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Part of the most wonderful beer sampler I have ever had, at the brewpub. Well worth the trip to Santa Rosa, and if I ever go out west again to visit my girlfriend's family, I am DEFINATELY going again. Just hope to go when Pliny the Younger is on tap.

This beer had almost no head, and a clear pale yellow body. I tried to go from what I expected to be milder flavors to stronger flavors, and this was one of the first I tried.

Aroma was of light pale malts, and a slight hint of hops. Couldn't tell which way the hops were leaning.

Taste started out with grapefruit hops, much more than the aroma led me to expect. A welcome surprise. Malts were present, but were very light.

Mouthfeel was smooth and creamy. Nice indeed.

Drinkability - hell, this was so easy drinking, I was done before I knew it. Quite excellent.

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Photo of scottfrie
3.94/5  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.

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Photo of NapaClancy
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First RR beer I was underwhelmed with. Light body, good balance still solid beer. Maybe not enough of anything vs the rest of their lineup. Your odd blonde girlfriend will love it. Perfectly named.

For those who like light airy beer!

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.92/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River.

A - Served a light yellow with a nic bubbly almost-white head.

S - Very lagerish and yeasty.

T - Corn, wheat, yeasty and ligh malts.

D - Lighter body, average carbonation.

O - Very solid. I just had to try it when I could.

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Photo of madtowndmb1
3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery.

Poured a clear gold with very little head. A very nice blonde with a nice clean hop scent. Not overlydone though. It was a pleasant surprise for a blonde. Great flavor throughout and a nice hop finish! I could easlily want more of these as a everyday drinker, if the rest of there brews weren't so great.

Very drinkable blonde!

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Photo of GClarkage
3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of rand
3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

On tap at obrien's, left over from their "tion" weekend.

Probably the most basic and 'boring' beer Russian River brews, this is as advertised. Malty grains at the front, with crisp drying hops midsip. Grassy, a little citrusy and eminently drinkable if you're looking for a good old-fashioned 'beer'.

This should be graded on the curve, the scores here are way too low. Unfortunately this category, like Irish Reds, don't reflect a true mean, like IPA's and stouts and wild ales.

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Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.64 out of 5 with 408 ratings