Aud Blonde | Russian River Brewing Company

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Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-23-2005

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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 394
Photo of paytoplay
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable beer. Tap at O'Briens 15th, golden color, a bit cloudy? A bit of a whit taste to it. Dry finish. A little odd and I'm not a big fan of the style. Fun to try. Texture was a bit weird and not very smooth and or balanced. No Alc noticable so that wasn't an issue.

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Photo of ArrogantB
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery in Santa Rosa. yellow color, I guess this is supposed to be a hoppy blond but I did not find it all that hoppy. In fact it was my least favorite beer at Russian River and was just overall very boring to me. I would not order this again if I saw it.

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Photo of weeare138
3.27/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
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.

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Photo of lhaqq
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear light-pale gold with little to no head.
S: Little smell, some grains maybe.
T: Not much flavor either. Some hoppy bitterness. Maybe I am a bit biased, being around some of RR's much more powerful and flavorful beers.
M: Fine but nothing special; goes down pretty easy.
D: Pretty uninteresting and as such easy to drink. Probably won't get it again, though.

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Photo of bosco7
3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub.

Pale straw color with exceptional clarity and nice lacing.

Smells spicy and caramely. Not too complex.

Pilsner malt, minerals, spicy noble hop flavors apparent. Well balanced; not a lot of bitterness nor sweetness.

Very drinkable. This would be very good if it wasn't on the same menu as Pliny the Elder, Blind Pig, Damnation, Salvation, Perdition, and Compunction.

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Photo of oakbluff
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Russian River brewpub. Pours a very light straw colour, good clarity. Nose- light grassy and citrus. Taste- light bodied, medium carbonation, mild biscuit flavour with a lemon finish. Drinkability is very high given its session nature and its a good chance of pace inbetween big belgians or pints of pliny. Pairs well with the brew pub chow.

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Photo of NorCalYeti
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

decent hop/malt taste, light-medium body, hoppy bite throughout the entire drink, malt and wood characteristics, straw gold color, very thin white head with delicate lace, malty, medium-long finish, good served cold, clear. not my style but okay for a starter beer on a warm day.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of dgilks
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.57/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap as part of a sampler at the brewpub. pours light golden with a creamy white head. the nose is light citrus and peach notes, very fruity, with some accompanying hay aroma. Flavor is light with hay, grass, light citrus, and a wheat-like finish that is just a tad dirty. Light bodied, spritzy carbonation, easy going. Very easy drinking beer that is worth sucking down on a hot day.

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Photo of gandres
3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tap to glass @ Russian River Brewing tap room@ Santa Rosa,CA
Appearance: pale, clear with medium white head, lacing
Aroma: hoppy
T: medium bitterness
MF: abrupt finish, but low bitterness lingers, strong carbonation but drops quickly
OA: Very good beer ok to repeat/buy but not look forward to
Drank April 14, 2016 9pm

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Photo of Arbitrator
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
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).


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Photo of emerge077
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of largadeer
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of 4000qtrap
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of watermelonman
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This arrived as an attractive and glowing shade of gold. The head is minimal but present, and so is the lace.

The smell has an assertive hop presence, mostly in citrus form. Hops also come through strong in the taste, from the front all the way through. Malts are light and barely present in the face of those hops. The mouthfeel is light while drinkability is good.

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Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this on tap at the Brewpub in Santa Rosa. Came in a pint glass and was a clear yellow with a minimal head as are many pub pours. Nose of flowery hops and mild malts. Good clean mouthfeel. Nice flavors with hops sort of like a pils. Nice dry finish. Very drinkable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap served in 4 oz sampler

edit after 2nd go with much better experience.

A - Clear bright orange with one finger khaki head, excellent lacing, good head retention.

S - Weak aroma of malt and a hint of honey and coriander spice and a bit of citrus notes.

T - Mainly front and side palate, starts with pine and citrus hops into a malty sweetness. Not as strong as a expected, not very spicy, just a touch of coriander and a nice dry finish.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation.

O - Overall pretty drinkable, but they have some many good beers here this just isn't a standout. Good one to start with on the sampler though.

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