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River Ale - Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

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River AleRiver Ale

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very good

203 Ratings

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Ratings: 203
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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Photo of Duff27
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Half inch white head recedes to a cap. Brown red body. Lotsa lacing going on.

Not a whole lot going on with the smell. Slight sweet wheat perhaps.

Some banana sweetness but not overpowering. Very drinkable.

Medium mouthfeel, adequate carbonation.

Drinkability is the name of River Ales game. No flavor is over eatin which I feel is an asset here. Recommended for fan is the style. Thanks ru94conn.

Duff27, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of BostonHops
4.35/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber in a pilsner glass.
served two months from best by date.

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. ordinarily not a style i seek out, but this is just really flavorful and tasty. hands down my favorite offering to date from berkshire, a somewhat under-the-radar local brewery that continues to impress me.

(originally reviewed: 07-19-2011)

BostonHops, Jun 19, 2012
Photo of Rook162
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Rook162, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of FosterJM
4/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

1342nd Review on BA
Bottle to Spiegelau Wheat glass

Thanks to BA RudZud for this one

App- Has a lot of color in the glass. A mix of browns and yellows and crimsons. A small cascading look to it with the falling colors. A very good two finger head with a small cling.

Smell- A good bit of wheat with a caramel candy note flavor. A bit sweet and malty. Like a smaller roggenbier. Nice small aromatics that blend nicely.

Taste- Flavorful little beer. A good sweetness meets a small wheat and fruit flavor but for 7% hits you on the finish. A nice bit of what seems like a rye/spice note. Seemingly prickly but not like A barrel aged prickly.

Mouth- A nice medium body with a creamy medium carbonation. Residual wheat and spice remain with a touch of malts and candy esque flavors.

Drink- A nice beer. Nice layers, good flavors and a unique style. Better than an average wheat. I wouldn't mind another bottle to sip on.

FosterJM, Jun 11, 2012
Photo of 40451
4/5  rDev +1.3%

40451, May 19, 2012
Photo of codon2004
4/5  rDev +1.3%

codon2004, May 08, 2012
Photo of jbertsch
3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

jbertsch, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of rhabdovirus
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

rhabdovirus, Apr 21, 2012
Photo of Ajlvt
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Ajlvt, Apr 20, 2012
Photo of Sailracer
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Sailracer, Apr 13, 2012
Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +1.3%

sailorastro, Apr 02, 2012
Photo of WhitmansNiece
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

WhitmansNiece, Mar 31, 2012
Photo of jsboates
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jsboates, Mar 11, 2012
Photo of durkle
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

durkle, Mar 05, 2012
Photo of asafarc2
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

asafarc2, Feb 06, 2012
Photo of chrispoint
3/5  rDev -24.1%

chrispoint, Feb 03, 2012
Photo of bbeerman
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A..Nice amber hue on the pour. Decent head.

S..Above average malt notes.

T..Malty. Syrupy caramel flavors. Slight chocolate, though faint. Almost a smoked flavor near the end (but only on some sips I found). Quite tasty.

M..Medium bodied despite the 7% ABV.

O..Very excellent beer overall. Really enjoyed this much more than I was expecting and look forward to getting another round of bombers in the near future.

bbeerman, Jan 26, 2012
Photo of jbrumberg
4/5  rDev +1.3%

jbrumberg, Jan 21, 2012
Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Dope, Jan 06, 2012
Photo of mltobin
3.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle purchased in CT, split w/ a friend.

Appearance is brown with one finger of head. Its` nose contains malt, caramel, nuts and some fruit. River Ale tastes of wheat, more caramel, syrup, caramel, but also some hops in there. A pleasant mouthfeel, smooth, balanced for its` characteristics. This is one of the better options from this brewery out of Western Mass.

mltobin, Jan 05, 2012
Photo of jilly425
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

jilly425, Jan 02, 2012
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
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.