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River Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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River AleRiver Ale

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very good

207 Ratings

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Ratings: 207
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 54
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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Lawnboy33, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of bobbypaulson
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle thanks for davey101!!!! The beer poured out of a bottle into a townhall cuved pint glass. Nice murky cloudy light redish brown color with a nice froathy white head. The head tapered off quick to a nice white top on the beer. smell is yeasty and sweet. taste is roasty and that same sweetness. This beer is a very nice starting beer, nice on the palate and very smooth. A very enjoyable beer to say the least. Thanks for sharing it Davey101 my buddy and I really enjoyed it!!!

bobbypaulson, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Burt, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from tzieser. Thanks Tom!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a cream colored head that left some thick lacing behind.

S - cocoa powder and roasted malt.

T - roasted malt and chocolate nibs, a little smokey towards the finish which is slightly dry and bittersweet.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - an all around good beer.

JoeyBeerBelly, Nov 27, 2011
Photo of ChesterHop
4/5  rDev +1.3%

ChesterHop, Nov 30, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

hockeyfighter19, Jun 02, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

RichD, Nov 17, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

bluerabbit, Mar 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

Yabev15, Dec 13, 2011
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

sailorastro, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

jbrumberg, Jan 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

soxandbeer, Mar 23, 2014
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

philaduffia, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jim_carignan, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy brown amber with a finger's worth of white fluffy head

S-sweet malts, wheat, caramel

T-much like the nose, sweet malts, bready wheat, caramel, and something a little fruity

M-medium body, medium amount of carbonation, smooth

D-a nice mellow dark wheat beer, very easy to drink

ksimons, Mar 10, 2011
Photo of tempest
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice beer. It reminds me of a weizenbock for the dark fruity notes. The aroma has more malt character with a gentle toast and milk chocolate. The flavor is slightly sweet and the body is a medium weight that rolls down smoothly. Over the cocoa runs figs and a creamy rum spices. While most American wheat beers turn out fairly boring, this is a tasty dark ale that belongs in the same realm as dubbels and weizenbocks.

tempest, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a deep copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a solid cereal grain aroma with elements of sweet caramel.

The taste was also robust and sweet with cereal grains and caramel malt. Hints of dark fruits detected. Some earthy hops kept the sweetness in check.

The mouthfeel was of average fullness for the style, which is, of course, on the fuller side.

Overall a tasty and well balanced strong ale.

plaid75, Nov 20, 2007
Photo of JohnofUpton
3.98/5  rDev +0.8%

JohnofUpton, Oct 17, 2014
Photo of rudzud
3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a bottle at Julio's. Poured into my Duvel tulip.

A - Pours a nice deep crystal clear dark amber with a creamy almost two finger head that disappeared to leave a nice creamy halo and thin wisps.

S - Dark, almost chocolatey malts, some light wheat notes and gentle sweetness.

T - Pretty good flavors. Nice light dark fruits and carmel with some light chocolate and maybe even some coconut shell.

M - Good mouthfeel. Creamy yet sharp. A sipper though.

O - Overall I enjoyed this beer. Not sure if this is something I would like to drink more than one glass of though.

rudzud, Aug 28, 2011
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3.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a superbly clear dark brown color. Head is fluffy and off-white. The head sits in stark contrast to the beer's body and it makes River Ale a beautiful brew. Great lacing too.

S-Smell is wheat and yeasty with notes of banana bread and brown sugar. Light spiciness too. Also there are toffee and butterscotch notes as well.

T-Creamed and bread with plenty of toasted wheat. Quite sweet. Caramel, molasses and toffee. Light tobacco. Finishes with a bubblegum flavor. Tastes a bit like toast with a light caramel glaze. A peppery spice sneaks up on you.

M-Very creamy. Light, tingling carbonation. Alcohol masked incredibly well. Somewhat full in body but it also seems light during some sips.

O/D-One of Berkshire's more unique brews. I think they craft cool beer at a good price and this is no different. Not my favorite in their lineup but I must say that there should be more Dark Wheat Ales out on the market because it is a neat style. Seek this out.

VelvetExtract, Aug 04, 2012
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mahogany brew with nice off-white head. Bunch of rings, and some bubbles in the glass. When you top off, the viscosity shows. Cool.

Rich bruised fruit. Some cherry. Wood, Spice. Booze. Nice complexity.

Nothing over the top. Rich toasted malt with hints of brown sugar and alcohol soaked stone fruit. Light raisin and brown bread elements. The sweetness is offset by some light bitterness that comes and balances the sugar nicely. Some warming alcohol too.

Full bodied, in thee mouth and in the glass. Bubbles wiggle in the pint.

Great beer. Rich and enjoyable without so much alcohol that you notice (but it sneaks up on you too). You could do 2 bombers, but then, well, you'd be bombed. Not extreme, but well balanced. Good fresh beer.,

OtherShoe2, Aug 27, 2010
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The River Ale is one in a series I've drank of this brew, all are very similar, and some are better than others, this is one! poured a rust color, and hazy, smelledhoppy, fruity and complex, tasted, big malt, fruit, mild hops, like most of their beers, not a lot of variation, but, I've never tasted a beer like this before(or since) mouthfeel is malty, creamy, med. carbonated and smooth, drinkability, good, but be carefull!

steinlifter, Aug 28, 2004
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3.9/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark amber-hued body with a big, vast, off-white head.

Smell: Moderately sweet-scented aroma of brown sugar, caramel, and toasted bread crusts, a small note of fruitiness, and the stingiest dash of dried bitter herbs.

Taste: Malty tastes of light-colored caramel and brown sugar with lesser, lighter touches of toasted wheat and cocoa powder. Slight touch of vaguely berry accented fruitiness. Very faint herbal hop traces with a low level of bitterness. Sweetish, nutty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, malty, sweet-leaning beer that goes down with ease. However, at 7%, you might not want to just plow through the bomber, though I couldn't help do so.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 06, 2011
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3.89/5  rDev -1.5%

WoostaBia, Saturday at 09:36 PM
Photo of eberkman
3.88/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep reddish brown with a thick white head that lasts a while before receding into a sheet. Leaves a decent amount of lacing. The nose is dominated by sweet, toasty, caramely malts and some alcohol. The taste is overwhelmingly sweet -- caramel, raisins, toffee, perhaps traces of chocolate and athe slightest hint of fruitiness before giving way to a hoppy twinge in the finish. This is a thick, syrupy, sticky brew with low carbonation. Drinkability is decent, but offset a little by the total richness and sweetness, which can become a little much after a while. No problem finishing a bomber, but definitely looking for something else next.

Overall a very good beer -- I'd be happy to have it again. I actually didn't know what style it was when I bought it and poured it -- actually until I came on here to punch in my comments. Seemed reminiscent of a Scottish Wee Heavy -- or possibly a pretty dark doppelbock -- to tell the truth.

Goes pretty badly with a spicy steak burrito (that was a mistake -- should have found out more about the beer ahead of time), but would certianly be nice to wind down with.

eberkman, Aug 18, 2007
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.