River Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
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4.05/5 rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
22 oz bottle poured into a weizen glass.
7% ABV, Best by 07/12/11
[Review from notes taken on 06-13-11]
A - Hazed through completely, the chocolaty brown beer has golden highlights and a plump tan head. Good retention but little lace is left adorning the glass.
S - Crisp wheat aroma that's soft but full. Chocolate notes immediately set this beer apart. Nice balance of earthy, mulch-like Willamet hops. Yeasty undertones carry through to a caramel malt finish.
T - Much maltier than I had anticipated, this is loaded with chocolate and caramel tones with overlapping yeast and soft wheat. Little balance comes from the earthy hop notes.
M - Medium-bodied and soft with a clean but estery, sweeter finish. Mild spice notes add depth to the feel.
O - A very nice wheat ale with good malt tones and mild hop balance. The yeast qualities add esters and phenols that work well with the brew as a whole.
Serving type: bottle
08-17-2013 14:36:08 | More by BeerFMAndy
4.16/5 rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
I had this beer on-tap in a pint glass at Stone's Public House in Ashland, MA.
Appearance: nutty brown hue with a moderate haze and almost no head as poured. Still pretty attractive.
Smell: light chocolatiness and a hint of wheaty malt that leaves me wanting a taste.
Taste: rich chocolatey flavor with a nice hint of raisins and toffee. It almost reminds me of a mix between a double chocolate stout (without the roast) and a toffee-laden nut brown ale. This beer does dark wheat ales real justice!
Mouthfeel: rich, smooth, soft creaminess that really soothes the soul. Just wonderful.
Overall: this beer absolutely rubs me the right way. More please!!
Serving type: on-tap
06-09-2013 00:50:48 | More by flagmantho
4.4/5 rDev +11.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Tasted On: 01-31-2013
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 22 oz. brown bottle, pry-cap
Glassware: Weizen glass
Purchased: Received in a trade
Reviewing my first in this rare style...
Pours with a huge off-white head, showing excellent lacing and very good head retention. Beer is mostly clear and dark amber in color.
Aromas are very pleasing, with a malty, sweet start, plus typical wheat yeast smells of cloves and bananas. Also has a bready and caramel character from the malts.
The taste is in line with the nose -- sweet and malty with caramel, fruit and spicy flavors. The earthy hops lend a low bitterness. Also has some nutty tastes.
Mouthfeel has a medium body with a moderate amount of carbonation. The finish is smooth, malty and sweet, but in balance.
Overall, this is an exceptional beer that I'm glad I had the opportunity to try. Highly recommended
Thanks to davey101 for this one!
Serving type: bottle
02-01-2013 05:19:50 | More by sommersb
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.