Aud Blonde
Russian River Brewing Company

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American Blonde Ale
Ranked #175
Ranked #38,769
3.66 | pDev: 11.75%
Russian River Brewing Company
California, United States
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Reviews: 55 | Ratings: 409
Photo of largadeer
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
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 drabmuh
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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 4000qtrap
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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 Sammy
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

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Photo of bulletrain76
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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 Thorpe429
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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 +14.2%
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 Arbitrator
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
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 karst
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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 NorCalYeti
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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 connecticutpoet
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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 madtowndmb1
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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 paytoplay
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
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 lhaqq
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
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 oakbluff
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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 Viggo
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +8.7%
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 Offa
4.36/5  rDev +19.1%
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 yourefragile
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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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Photo of Natural510
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

RR Aud Blonde is certainly "blonde", with a very bright yellow color. The scent is distinctly cirtus, which leads into a first sip which is immediately bright & lemony...almost brisk. It finishes with a tangyness and slight bitterness from the hops. There is a notable hop presence, which immediately differentiates it from a lager or other pilsner. It wasn't as carbonated as it could've been, which would be nice on a warmer day.
I would probably order it again, but likely as a lead-in to something else.

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Photo of rkuhnel
3.77/5  rDev +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 willjschmidt
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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 bosco7
3.46/5  rDev -5.5%
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 weeare138
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
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 -9%
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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Aud Blonde from Russian River Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 409 ratings