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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

203 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 203
Reviews: 119
rAvg: 3.95
pDev: 9.87%
Wants: 52
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 Thorivan
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Thorivan, Jan 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Rusty_Pabst, Dec 20, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

jski, Dec 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

RichD, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
4.05/5  rDev +2.5%

A: Pours a ruddy mahogany color with a fingers worth of head

S: Starts off with a good deal of wheat, spices, and fruit. The hops provide some light fruit and floral notes. Some nuttiness also comes through, mostly almonds that lend a sweet cherry note as well

T: Starts off with a nice fruitiness that combines with the nuttiness. Lightly spicy. Wheat comes through at the end. The nutty almond/cherry notes are the key point with the fruity hops nearly standing up to them

M: Light-medium bodied with a solid level of carbonation

O: A very solid dark wheat, with a good amount of fruitiness and flavor. Very easy to drink, and solidly refreshing. I can see why this is at the top of the style

BEERMILER12, Nov 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

dubdrop, Nov 11, 2012
Photo of garuda
4.13/5  rDev +4.6%

A - Ruby, off white head has nice retention with some lacing.

S - A little light on the nose with fresh baked bread and a touch of floral hops.

T - Depths of malt in this one with baked bread, hints of chocolate, molasses, nuttiness... a little wheat twang. Minimal hop presence, finishes a little sweet with some booze heat. Nice.

M - Medium body, silky smooth carbonation and mouthfeel. Finishes dry with some booze.

O - My first of the style, but I reckon its a pretty good one.

garuda, Nov 03, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

PEIhop, Oct 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +1.3%

pogoowner, Oct 09, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
4.33/5  rDev +9.6%

Picked this up as a pre-dinner drink. Drank it while grilling a whisky-pepper pork tenderloin on the grill.

Pours a nice clear copper with a half inch of bubbly head that reduces quickly. Nice aroma here - sweet caramel. Quite tasty - caramel flavor hits the tongue and eventually gives way to a bready, crisp wheat finish with mild alcohol detection. Lightly carbonated with a good spicy, somewhat herbal kick. Perhaps due to the Willamette hops, as stated on the label. Overall a mild hop profile.

I've had this a few times and I must say it's one of the most unique brews I've had. Flavorful and highly drinkable. The only other American style dark wheat ale I've had was Mayflower's, and that one doesn't touch this.

Celtics76, Oct 06, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

smutty33, Oct 01, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

PatGreer, Sep 16, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

yossarian14, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of match1112
4.15/5  rDev +5.1%

Thanks to davey101 for sending this to me! bomber pours into a mug a dark wheat bread color, weird huh. smells and tastes like warm bread from the oven. full wheat body with hints of yeast a little hops . some burnt sugar and alochol is also detectable. full body, good carbonation, smooth creamy body with a slight hop bite on the finish. really like this beer. after receiving this i realized i needed it to knock out the style and what a solid representation of the style it is.

match1112, Sep 05, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

mattparsons, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of woosterbill
4.3/5  rDev +8.9%

Bomber into a Duvel tulip. The #1-rated American Dark Wheat Ale - one more best-of-style tick down, far too many to go.

A: Clear dark caramel body under two fingers of dense tan foam. Good retention, decent lace. Very good.

S: Breadiness is the first thing I notice, resembling a well-toasted multi-grain bagel. As my nose dips deeper into the glass, I'm met with some major hop notes - lots of earth and spice. Tangy wheat finally shows up on the back end. Quite complex, thoroughly enjoyable, and definitely to style.

T: Follows the nose quite precisely. Nutty, bready malts are up front, spicy wheat and hops show up a bit later, and it ends with a clean, spicy, mildly bitter finish. Slight chalky minerality on the aftertaste. The sweet/spicy/bitter combination of disparate flavors is really pleasant, but the aftertaste is a bit oppressive. Quite good overall, though.

M: Soft, luxurious, creamy medium body. Perfect.

O: Every other beer of this style I've had has been god awful. This is really tasty - it really is like a Weizenbock done with American ale yeast. Great stuff.

Cheers!

woosterbill, Aug 07, 2012
Photo of Darkmagus82
4.45/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured from bomber into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a two finger off white head. The head had great retention, but eventually faded to give a nice level of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet wheat smell. The wheat is of a bready nature with the sweet being of caramel and some dark fruits. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a roasted malt and a very light citrus nature. Overall quite nice.

Taste – The taste begins sweet and roasty with a nice wheat flavor mixed within. The sweet at the front is of a caramel nature, but as the taste goes on some brown sugar and a very light citrus hop come to the tongue. As the taste advances further a subtle boozy flavor comes to the tongue. It overall creates a very nice slightly warming sweet bready aftertaste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium to just above medium side with the carbonation level being on the average side. The body is very nice for the sweeter bready flavors and really allows the boozy flavors to warm the mouth.

Overall – A great sweeter brew. Wonderful flavors and a great warming feel. Fantastic!!

Darkmagus82, Aug 06, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev 0%

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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4/5  rDev +1.3%

kevgod, Jul 22, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

savagepm, Jul 19, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -17.7%

PeteRiz, Jul 15, 2012
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3.73/5  rDev -5.6%

My buddy (Naugros on the website) brought a bottle back from his trip and shared it with me to knock this style off my list. After this review I only have two left (happoshu and kvass).

I drank this beer in a wheat glass. It was deep brown with about two fingers of head that retained really well. It left some decent lacing on the glass. You can see a lot of particulates in the lower third of the glass.

In the nose I get sour, some malt, and a venous presence. The flavor is consistent with the smell. I get a little bit more malt than in the nose. I also pick up more of the sour.

This beer is a little heavy for summer. I would recommend it for the cooler months.

ummswimmin, Jul 08, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev -7.6%

Murky, coppery brown with visible dregs on the bottom. Light tan head that really lasts and coats the side, promising lacing.

Fruity nose from the wheat yeast, something akin to plums with a touch of treacle in the back. Grassy aromas waft up as well.

Taste really follows the smell with the treacle turning more to molasses. Dark fruit (again, could be plum) with a slight wheat tang to it. A little bit of a red wine sense in the aftertaste.

If you're looking for a light, bright wheat beer for a summer day, this is not it. This is right in the medium level for body and is a little sticky on the tongue.

Naugros, Jul 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Yallnumbskulls, Jun 25, 2012
River Ale from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
88 out of 100 based on 203 ratings.