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River North White - River North Brewery

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57 Ratings
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Ratings: 57
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.85%
Wants: 4
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
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River North Brewery visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: hopfacebrew on 03-12-2012

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Beer: Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 57 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by StoneTSR:
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4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.25

APPEARANCE: Hazy and straw yellow in color, the White pours with a stark-white, precarious, half inch head on top. The head quickly collapses into a thick ring around the edge of the glass while hundreds of bubbles leisurely float to the top trying to rescue the dying layer of foam on top.

SMELL: Banana and bubble gum greet the nose with a little lemon and spice (clove, a hint of black pepper) lurking beneath it. The aroma is very pleasant, but could be stronger.

TASTE: There is a lot of fruit up front on this one. A big wave of citrus crashes into the palate up front, but instantly is overtaken by sweet, bready malt. The tail end is a spicy and, once again, citrusy conclusion.

MOUTHFEEL: This is a very well balanced beer and the mouthfeel is outstanding. It’s sweet to start, but has a sharp, pronounced, dry finish that hits the middle/back part of the tongue hard enough to almost create a pucker. The body is light overall and a friendly, light carbonation tickles the palate in just the right way.

OVERALL: This is an exceptionally well made beer. Given the style, this is a beer that could easily be overlooked, but after taking some time to sit down and focus on this beer, it really is quite delicious. Plus, the can looks great.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16 oz can. Pours clear straw yellow with a big meringue-like white head that retains well and laces the glass some. The second pour is a bit hazy.

The aroma is sweet wheaty malt and some funky fruit and banana with a bit of coriander and perfume.

The flavor is sweet wheaty malt with musty yeast and very little spice. The finish is pretty bitter for the style. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with very spritzy active carbonation.

Overall, meh for a wit. It's a bit sweet and musty with no spice.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy murky soft golden color. An impressive bright white fluffy head hangs around for a long while, leaving bubbly, airy lacing.

The aroma is sweet and fruity, maybe even tangy somehow. A little bit of banana peel in the finish.

The taste is really sweet and malty up front. A lot of bread and grain notes mix with banana and subtle tropical fruits.

The mouthfeel is somewhat light and carbonated.

Overall, a refreshing witbier with good character. Would be a great deck beer in warmer months.

Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

Very tall head in the narrow Wittekerke glass with a pale lemon-colored brew. Quite sudsy, especially gulped straight from the can, which seems to work better than watching the big head not melt away for minutes and minutes.

Thin body with the distinctive beery spice note of the typical Witbier. The faintest sweet malt taste flees in the face of the yeasty bitterness. Serious cloves and coriander in this stuff. It has a lot of that mineral taste that reminds me of the smell of pencil shavings, but heavy on the graphite. Aftertaste is surprisingly bitter with the yeasty residue.

This hits all the bases on the style but it's not very tasty. Seems kind of harsh, bitter, and acidic for a Wit. The 16 oz can was marked down at Grapevine Liquors in Denver.

Photo of QueerBeer
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I am not a fan of witbiers in general, but I am a fan of River North, so I picked up a four-pack of these on sale to give it a try. Nice foam and effervescence, but the color of a macro beer gave me pause. Subtly spicy and a touch bready in the nose. The beer is not brewed with spices, so the taste is only the spice notes given off by the yeast, which makes it present without being heavy-handed. Finishes crisp for an overall refreshing, clean beer. Would recommend as a session.

Photo of Oxymoron
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Per a sample at the brewery. Pours a cloudy yellowy color with darker straw hues throughout. A persistent rocky white head with good retention and lace.

The nose is soft overall but more noticeable yeasty characters. A hint of malt but more generic than anything. Some hint of lemon and citrus but light. The yeast really comes out with banana note on par with some hefe's. Some minor dirty drains/sock notes but light. Some pepper and coriander but limited.

The taste is similar. The malt comes out more with a soft biscuit almost flour-esk. Some hop notes as well, more earthy. The spices are limited and would like a bit more for balance. Some white peppery notes and a touch of coriander but light. The yeast is more in check but still a big banana note that is a bit much for a wit. Good fruity notes linger with orange and lemon notes.

The body is light. Preference wise I would like a bit more depth, but ok for style. Carbonation is big but ok for style. Overall the banana notes are a bit off for me. I would like more of the fruity and spicy notes but still a good easy drinking beer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

the most basic of the beers on offer at river north last night. this one is light and drinkable, but not particularly interesting. pours a hazy bright yellow color, almost unnaturally yellow. it has a good bubbly white head an inch high. smells like fruity belgian yeast, similar to the unified theory imperial wit, biscuity malts, and lemon zest. flavor is well balanced but yeast forward. very refreshing, crisp and fruity on the back end. feel is very good, lighter body and upbeat carbonation makes this a nice session beer. too many other interesting beers on the menu to order this again, but its a well made wit.

Photo of hopfacebrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River North White Ale, ~20 IBUs, ~ 5.0% ABV according to the chalkboard at the brewery. The beer is served in a tulip and arrives a hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head. The nose is a gentle blend of biscuit malt character, earhty hop, and belgian yeast. Perhaps a hint of coriander with a citrus fruit sweetness as well. The flavor is very much the same with a detectable banana fruit flavor from the yeast in the mix. Very easy to drink. Not as much wit character as anticipated, almost tastes like a mild belgian pale. The beer finishes clean and smooth with a lingering banana flavor with hints of pepper spice and a light citrus character. Light bodied and well carbonated. Overall, this is a beer I could drink all day.

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River North White from River North Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.