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RATINGS: 185   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.29   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
beastiefan2k (2743) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - JUL 7, 2008
Big thanks to golubj. Pours cyrstal clear golden/yellow with a small but strong head. Aroma is lightly bread-y malts with light earthy hops. Taste is a nicely dry with a nice blend of pils malt and lightly sweet white-bread maltiness. Also has a lightly bitter and very calm hoppy finish. I really like it, easy drinking with a pils/Belgian mix.
Growler form brewpub.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - JUL 6, 2008
Draft at the brewpub. Nice grainy, pale american malt aroma and flavor. A little citrusy. Maybe some mint in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Growler thanks to Beastiefan2k. Poured a clear gold with a white head. Light yeasty notes in the aroma and a toasted malt base. Mild sweetness. The flavor is malty with more of that yeasty character. Moderately bitter finish. Semi-dry finish with a light to medium body.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
notalush (5234) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 5, 2008
Growler shared by beastiefan2k - very light colored beer, with a soapy, lasting head - fairly grainy and grassy aroma, with almost peppery hops, apparent pils malt, and a slightly belgianish yeast character - none of that character in the flavor, though - just clean yet bready pale malts and pleasant grassy bitterness - dries out and gets a bit chalky in the finish, leaving the tongue anxious for more - nice beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
JoeMcPhee (8819) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 5, 2008
Big thanks to golubj for sending this and beastiefan2k for sharing it. Very pale straw coloured beer with a thin white head. Aroma is really nice. Clean fresh hay, straw and a lovely floral/zesty hoppy aroma. Lightly citrusy. A lightly bready maltiness, a little bit flinty and chalky. Really great balance, a little bit of lightly belgian sort of earthiness. Man, this is a very tasty/quaffable summer beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - JUN 30, 2008
On-tap at the brewpub. Pours light amber with a fluffy white head, lots of spider web lace. Smells mellow grassy hoppy with a nice malt backbone. Tastes surprisingly hoppy, grassy, earthy and mellow. Not too bitter at all, sweet and cereal malty. Medium body, good carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
illidurit (2224) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 6, 2008
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 Iíve had.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAY 31, 2008
Light yellow with white head. Crisp and soft with average flavors of yeast, citrus and fruits cmoing though. Pales in comparison to the others on tap.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
can8ianben (1387) - State College, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 5, 2008
Probably the most passive beer we tasted in their sampler at the brewery. Yellow and fizzy, yet packs a solid backbone of flavor as well. Not much there, but this would probably stand up as a refreshing summer thirst quencher.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
GJF (1323) - Mount Vernon, Iowa, USA - APR 22, 2008
Admittedly itís difficult to rate this beer next to all the other RRs. Itís a good crisp Blonde, but it pales a bit standing against those Belgians and IPAs.

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