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River Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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River AleRiver Ale

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BA SCORE
88
very good

202 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 202
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 53
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc. visit their website
Massachusetts, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2002)
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California

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-13-2014 09:25:08 | More by zestar
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Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-04-2014 03:24:59 | More by Stagga_Lee
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-01-2014 15:03:25 | More by Doomcifer
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jfink603

New Hampshire

5/5  rDev +26.6%

07-18-2014 20:28:11 | More by jfink603
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lkokot

Connecticut

5/5  rDev +26.6%

07-16-2014 22:19:59 | More by lkokot
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dustinjkline

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-26-2014 00:09:28 | More by dustinjkline
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.84/5  rDev -2.8%

Drinking a cold 22 oz bottle poured into a snifter.
the beer pours a chestnut and copper hue with some small flakes of precipitate. the beer is also with a soft fluffy beige head of 2 cm foaming up with some larger bubbles in the center of the foam.
Aroma is sweet malt with some brown sugar and caramel, I also get a bit of spicy character, which was unanticipated, but pleasant. Wheat twanginess comes through on the nose as well.
First sip reveals an average body with fine and very tingly carbonation. texture is smooth and easy drinking making for an enjoyable physical experience.
Flavor is some sweet fruity malt with a little red grape and some caramel mixed with wheat twang again as on the nose. Finish brings back the small amount of cinnamon that was on the nose. It is an enjoyable beer and I dont get any hop character nor any real booziness.
The beer is not overly complex, but is certainly not flawed and makes for an enjoyable evening.

06-20-2014 02:30:49 | More by sulldaddy
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doctorjack

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-12-2014 23:23:48 | More by doctorjack
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berkshire413

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-05-2014 21:08:21 | More by berkshire413
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rorjets

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-03-2014 14:45:43 | More by rorjets
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mklisz

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -24.1%

05-19-2014 18:43:34 | More by mklisz
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Stoutmeister

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

05-13-2014 21:08:35 | More by Stoutmeister
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Durge

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-27-2014 23:35:39 | More by Durge
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soxandbeer

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-23-2014 13:11:59 | More by soxandbeer
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ctwybeerguy

Connecticut

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-16-2014 02:02:19 | More by ctwybeerguy
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Fettpopps

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

03-16-2014 01:46:36 | More by Fettpopps
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DBosco

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

02-24-2014 08:01:02 | More by DBosco
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Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

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mlefebvre7

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

11-19-2013 01:04:27 | More by mlefebvre7
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jim_carignan

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-10-2013 20:30:33 | More by jim_carignan
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MikeRusso

Connecticut

4/5  rDev +1.3%

10-23-2013 20:44:52 | More by MikeRusso
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BeerTick

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

10-11-2013 03:28:21 | More by BeerTick
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

best dark wheat beer ive had in ages upon ages. needed this one bad, missing four nights of further at red rocks for an academic conference in western mass. funny they should have a lost sailor and saint of circumstance ipa, but that's for later on. enjoying the live stream though. enough, this pours a decadent caramel color with a lovely but short lived khaki head. the nose assaults me the second I crack the bomber, rich copper and toffee notes from the English malt, and an almost german banana or plantain character from the yeast, a really delicious autumn combination. the taste is just identical to the nose, perfect from one to the other, the banana over the darker wheat malt is just sensational. feel is also exquisite, with a fuller body, soft in feel but still well carbonated. this impressed the hell out of me for less than 5 bucks a bomber. really this is great stuff. dying to crack the ipa I got too, go Berkshire brewing! hell of a first impression! never would guess its 7% abv either, drinks like 4%

09-20-2013 04:33:07 | More by StonedTrippin
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MistahBeah

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Poured into a weizen glass. Clear dark brown amber with a nice finger of borderline kahki head. Lots of carbonation and streaky lacing. Decent retention

Smells of roasted malts. Fresh baked bread. Some dried figs perhaps? Chestnuts. Some faint cocoa

Taste follows the nose. Roasted malts steal the show. Bready, nutty, and slightly earthy. Yeasty doughy bread provides much of the backbone here. Roasted chestnuts. Some dark fruit sweetness throughout. Cocoa again is faint. The finish is earthy with very mild bitterness

Feels medium bodied and crisp with a smooth finish

Overall a very nice beer. Combines the crispness and light body of a wheat beer with the robust malty smoothness of say a dopplebock. One of my favorites from Berkshire

09-18-2013 20:50:58 | More by MistahBeah
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David_C

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

09-16-2013 03:25:31 | More by David_C
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River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 202 ratings.