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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

199 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 199
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 51
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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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

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]

Thanks Thorpe!

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
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billybob

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-13-2013 22:51:24 | More by billybob
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JTomczak

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-04-2013 07:38:07 | More by JTomczak
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philaduffia

New York

4/5  rDev +1.3%

08-03-2013 07:38:08 | More by philaduffia
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DerekMorgan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

08-03-2013 01:53:02 | More by DerekMorgan
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justme

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

07-27-2013 18:33:11 | More by justme
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dangermusic

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-29-2013 02:54:37 | More by dangermusic
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jwps214

Massachusetts

4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

06-13-2013 18:36:41 | More by jwps214
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flagmantho

Washington

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
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wburch1967

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

06-03-2013 11:40:24 | More by wburch1967
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hockeyfighter19

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +1.3%

06-02-2013 15:51:58 | More by hockeyfighter19
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trevorpost

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

06-01-2013 02:02:44 | More by trevorpost
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BigOldOaf

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

04-28-2013 20:06:02 | More by BigOldOaf
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shigg85

Japan

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

04-24-2013 23:41:20 | More by shigg85
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His_Royal_Hoppiness

United Kingdom (England)

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

03-31-2013 19:23:42 | More by His_Royal_Hoppiness
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hopley

Massachusetts

4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

03-30-2013 00:05:10 | More by hopley
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bluerabbit

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

03-10-2013 01:39:37 | More by bluerabbit
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Gatch

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

03-02-2013 02:17:33 | More by Gatch
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DrewBest

Massachusetts

2.5/5  rDev -36.7%

02-24-2013 00:20:41 | More by DrewBest
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AnitaBrewski

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +1.3%

02-03-2013 02:40:23 | More by AnitaBrewski
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sommersb

Tennessee

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
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Thorivan

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

01-04-2013 19:06:07 | More by Thorivan
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Rusty_Pabst

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

12-20-2012 05:06:51 | More by Rusty_Pabst
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jski

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

12-02-2012 00:17:04 | More by jski
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RichD

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +1.3%

11-17-2012 16:57:36 | More by RichD
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.