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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

207 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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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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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 OBIrish24
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

OBIrish24, Dec 27, 2011
Photo of alamode
4/5  rDev +1.3%

alamode, Dec 15, 2011
Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Yabev15, Dec 13, 2011
Photo of ChesterHop
4/5  rDev +1.3%

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

BrewinHeadBanger, Nov 27, 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 mctizzz
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

mctizzz, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Burt, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jrutigs, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Lawnboy33
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 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
Photo of perrymarcus
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber served in a pilsner glass.
best by date 10/13/11. (year is a bit smudged, at least i think/hope that's an "11")

pours a translucent, dark amber tone while yielding a finger and a half of a creamy/foamy beige head. decent retention and lacing; overall a beautiful looking beer.

nose is appetizing. very wheaty with a big sweet malty presence to it.

taste is exceeds the nose. bold notes of wheat, caramel, brown sugar, and a underlying fruitiness i can quite pin down. pretty damn fantastic. medium bodied mouthfeel with average carbonation.

overall, a real pleasant surprise. did not expect to enjoy this beer as much as i am. just really flavorful and tasty. hands down my favorite offering to date from berkshire.

perrymarcus, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of puboflyons
4.08/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From the bottle marked Best By 9/15/11. Sampled on July 12, 2011.The pour is an extremely heady medium amber. The aroma is alive with sweet caramel malts but not a lot of wheat, spice, or hops. It is single hopped so that might make it more subtle. The taste is also quite sweet and malty. Overall a malty beer with a tickle of hops on the tail end. Great for a hot day.

puboflyons, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of davey101
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz. bomber poured into a tall pilsner glass. Never heard of this beer style before, and I was a bit shocked to see that it was the #1 beer under the style. It says its similar to a dunkel weisse, I'm soldl!

A - Deep brownish red. A good sized white head formed that is still sitting high ten minutes later. This beer looks perfect in this glass.

S - Sweet malts and a certain honey/candy quality. There is a bit of faint hops in there as well. Really great aromas.

T - Sweet malts. I hate to copy the aroma, but there is just this great honey sweetness to it. The hops leave a nice little bitterness in the end that balances out the sweetness. Smooth carbonation and medium mouth feel. 7% abv? Ya right!

O - This is my first american dark wheat ale and I'm in love. I was gonna either grab this or the coffee house porter which I've had numerous times. I made the right decision. BBC is a real gem of a brewery. Always amazingly fresh and well crafted beers, and I can find bombers everywhere for under $4. Seek this out!!

davey101, Jun 26, 2011
Photo of abgba121
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light brown with about an inch of white head that recedes slowly and leaves a light lacing over the top of the entire brew.

S: wheat and sweet, reminds of toffee

T: A sweet beer, but well balanced with the hop additions, which leave a good crisp finish. Very tasty.

M: Medium body and good carbonation, easy to drink.

O: I was pleasantly surprised by this dark wheat, a great job by BBC and at a great price of 3.99 a bomber. I will surely have more of these.

abgba121, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of jamescain
3.83/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tasting glass, thanks texasclimber for sharing this one

Appearance: Light brown with a white head about 2 centimeters thick that faded into a thin lacing on the top of the beer.

Aroma: Slightly hoppy, pine and citrus, with sweet toffee malt coming though.

Taste: Slight bitterness but mostly malty. A little sweet for my taste, but balanced with a nice addition of hops.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation and a light to medium body, easy to drink, with a lingering bitterness.

Overall: I thought it was good, having not knowing anything about this beer before I drank it, I enjoyed it.

jamescain, Jun 16, 2011
Photo of SeussMD
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i have liked just about everything BBC has put out. And my brother-in-law spoke highly of this beer. So it already had quite a bit going for it. But you can't write about beer you never drank. Let's open this 22 oz. bomber and address that problem.

Poured into: A Yuengling pint glass. Whatever you might think of the beer, Yuengling's label KICKS ASS. Classy script lettering and a BAMF bald eagle (really, is there any other kind?) with a barrel of beer. Timeless.

Appearance: good 1 1/2-inch head receedes to about a half inch. A lovely golden brown, the color of the crust of a freshly-baked loaf of bread, with a yellowish-creamy offwhite head. Very interesting.

Smell: Wheat. Surprise! And honey and caramel.

Taste: Lovely malt sweetness. Wheat bread, and a slight hint of the Willamette hops. A little touch of biscuit. And yet with a crisp finish. Quite tasty. I don't recall any other beer this sweet tasting this good.

Mouthfeel: fairly well carbonated, nice dryness, both of which offset the sweet malted character.

Overall: It's like drinking a loaf of delicious home-baked bread. And who doesn't love home-baked bread? OK, except for people with gluten issues, who doesn't love home-baked bread? Another winner for the folks at BBC. Big ups to Western Mass!

SeussMD, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of BeerMaverick
4.22/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this both on-tap at BBC and in bombers. Both were fantastic, but my review is based on the 22 ounce bottle.

A - Now I see what they mean by a "DARK wheat ale"...very dark indeed for a wheat beer. Similar in shade to a brown ale, but more greyish...I've never seen a beer this color before. I guess it resembles a scotch ale, but with less lively colors. Frothy inch-and-a-half darker head that complements the beer. Good level of lacing on the shaker pint glass...to be expected from BBC. Some sediment present obscuring the clarity which is typical for a wheat beer.

S - The bready/biscuity aromas of a wheat beer are present, but there is also a musty/rustic feel to the esters.

T - Fantastic and perfectly representative of the style with added unexpected kicks. Tastes like a wheat beer (the usual spicy/bitter flavor), but loads and loads of malt to sweeten things up. In terms of fruity notes, I'm getting grapes and raisins mainly. On the sweeter side I'm picking up brown sugar and caramel.

M - Provides the spicyness that wheat-beer-lovers crave. Medium to full-bodied beer that also satisfies the sweet tooth.

O - This is my favorite beer by BBC (the coffee house porter is a close second). The alcohol is detectable, but doesn't deter. I could easily down two of these bad boys in the springtime...and here I go!

BeerMaverick, May 24, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.58/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked this bottle up at Julio's before EBF. Served in my SAVOR snifter at the Jackie O's One Funky Afternoon release.

Pours a light brown color with a light head and just a touch of lacing. Color is like toffee. The nose brings some light caramel and a slight nuttiness. There is a bit of light milk chocolate there as well. The flavor is a bit plain, much like the nose. Not much there really doing great things. Light chocolate, nuttiness, mild caramel, and a bit of lightly-sweet malt. Body is smooth and creamy, the best aspect of the beer. Overall, not bad at all, though not something I would seek out again.

Thorpe429, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of mnrider
3.78/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Brown Bomber--->Pint Glass. No Freshness Date

A: Pours a brownish color with a red hue. Small off white head, with some lacing.

S: Sweet creamy malts with a slight alcohol kick. Mostly malts.

T/M: Medium bodied and smooth. Malts are sweet and have hints of caramel and toasted goodness. The higher alcohol aroma is prevalent right off the bat. A taste of wheat and a light hop bitterness is also mixed in.

O: If malty brews with a kick of wheat is what you like than this one is for you. The malts taste great, however I would have liked a little more hop balance to even it out.

Cheers!!

mnrider, Apr 05, 2011
Photo of Urbancaver
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear brown with a lot of light head. Smells wheaty and fairly nondescript. It's exactly as mild as I expected. Tastes sweet and malty. A nice wheat presence with some fruits of some sort. Raisins perhaps? Overall pretty good for what it is. Nothing crazy but solid

Urbancaver, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of KTCamm
3.85/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber poured into a pint glass. Berkshire beers are always a treat.

Pours dark amber, translucent, good thick creamy foam. Light malty smell, minimal at best. Bready. Taste is nutty (quite) with some underlying dark fruit sweetness. Hints of spices. Strong malt profile. Cinammon notes. Smooth flavor, balanced hop.

Good drinker, really flavorful. Add to the list of wins for BBC.

KTCamm, Mar 20, 2011
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
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 207 ratings.