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River Horse Lager - River Horse Brewing Co.

River Horse LagerRiver Horse Lager

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173 Ratings
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Ratings: 173
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 17.23%

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Euro Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2002)
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Photo of klkatz


3.2/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

depends what' you're looking for but this wasn't bad...probably on tap in a few places in new hope and lambertville - don't know if I'd go out of my way to get it... or recommend it, but alas... it has been conquered... details below

Color 3orange like a wheat beer
Taste nutty crisp corn 3
Mf 4 enjoyable
Overall 3.5
Smell floral 3

Chug able

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 03:02:35 | More by klkatz
Photo of Dougal

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy, pure unfiltered beer... amazing

smell and taste both have notes of hefeweizen. smell is nice lager scent of grass and hops

taste is smooth, full and unique. It is a lager with all the natural characteristics of real beer from it's natural state.

The brewery is discontinuing the beer! There are NO lagers that exist, to my knowledge, that are unfiltered. This beer is so unfiltered it looks just like a genuine German HEFE.... but tastes like a lager with some of those natural notes from the yeast.

This is a LIVE Cultured beer - Very Unique - if you get the chance you have to try as it is NOT being brewed any longer

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 01:49:27 | More by Dougal
Photo of DrDemento456


3.05/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dirty yellow color with a 1/2 inch of head. Not too appealing why not simply filter your lager?

S - Smell is mild lager yeast, vinegar, and a touch of corn. Man I hope the taste isn't too sour.

T - "Dirty" that is the first impression I had of this lager. The combination of lager yeasts and sour malts give it this impression for the first few sips. As it warms it becomes more bearable but I shouldn't have to "adjust" to a lager.

M - Pretty close to what I expecting.

Overall this is one of the worst lagers I have ever had. It's sour then as you drink becomes more drinkable. Almost as bad as BMC yet crafted?

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 06:02:25 | More by DrDemento456
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold color with good clarity for being unfiltered, big fluffy bright white head. Dry grain and biscuit on the nose with touches of floral hops.

"Wow" was the first word out of my mouth after tasting this. Incredible clean and smooth. Bit of sweet apple and dry cereal on the front end with a very dry finish. Bit of nuttiness through out. Balance is impeccable. Well blended with a body that's on the heavy side of light. The body really makes this beer, being well carbonated but well held together as well. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 23:00:39 | More by jtierney89
Photo of Dodo2step


3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this one.

A- a hazy wheat color look with a 3 finger frothy head. Lacing is spiderweb all the way up.

S- biscuit malt and some grassiness comes out.

T- vinegar biscuit malt that is quite sour. A lil much for a lager but i have def had worse

M- the sourness lingers on the palate. It is a ligt-medium bodied beer

O- the Yuengling Lager is still one of my favorite lagers. this isnt awful but it is a decent go to if there is nothing else around. A middle of the road lager.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 17:17:08 | More by Dodo2step
Photo of mikeg67

New Jersey

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours slightly hazy-golden with a medium lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit malt and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt balanced on the palate by herbal, grassy hops. Finish is medium lasting, semidry. Nice lager, I would definitely buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2012 00:46:56 | More by mikeg67
Photo of bogus564

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

Sometimes, I think I should have been born British – I absolutely love the feel of a good, solid pint glass in my hand. I love pouring a great beer into it. I love its heft, its shape, the way a beer tastes in it – it’s a truly wondrous thing. And now, it’s time to taste and review a beer…

A: Good color, not outstanding, but good. It’s a reasonable mix of gold and orange, produces a 2 cm wheat-colored head with a reasonable pour. The head doesn’t even last a minute before dissolving, leaving almost nothing on the sides.

S: Okay – I’m picking up hops, a bit of lemon, a little grassiness – I’m trying to catch something from the malt side, but am experiencing no joy. It’s making me wonder what I’m in for during the tasting.

T: It’s an interesting taste – I’m getting hops, grass, orange, lemon, and a very subdued sweetness from the malt. Nothing is overpowering, everything plays well together. I’d have expected a watery taste to it, but not really. I have to give it props.

M: Good, I could be talked into really good, but not quite very good. It’s light-bodied, but it’s well-carbonated, and it goes well over the palate, leaving a light hop finish. It’s even slightly chewy, if that makes sense.

O: It’s a good beer, makes for a good session beer. I could see enjoying a few of these bad boys, hanging out with my beer geek buddies while grilling meat. It’s perfect with a nice salty piece of food. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2012 23:59:01 | More by bogus564
Photo of CuteZombieDoll

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden, with a tinge of amber.

S- Hoppy, not very malty, definitely smells like a typical euro lager to me.

T- Tastes better than it smells. Very hoppy and floral initially, followed by a smooth malt quality.

M- Not quite as heavy as I would like, but not bad.

O- A good enough beer as a default. It is definitely a good example of it's style.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2012 05:47:25 | More by CuteZombieDoll
Photo of Finn


3.85/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No visible freshness date.

Slightly hazy dark gold in color, this beer supports a nice frothy white head. It has a pleasant, clean aroma of sweet grain and maybe a hint of hops. It has a fuller body than most euro lagers, and it tastes much how you would expect from the smell: smooth, mellow, and sweet, but with enough balance to keep it drinkable. Overall a tasty lager worth trying if you are in the lager mood, but nothing stands out. Well done.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2012 02:09:04 | More by Finn
Photo of facundoCNB

New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow in color with good amount of fizzinyess rising, 1" crisp white head went do to a foamy 1/4" head which produced nice amounts of lacing

S - lots of yeast, some citrusy hints

T - bitter sweet malts, not much in the hops department

M - very refreshing on the tongue, leaves a nice fizzy feeling reminiscent of sodas

O - overall i believe this is a really nice summer-time beer, or a good "in" for those new to craft beers

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2012 23:14:59 | More by facundoCNB
Photo of JMWEB2

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy orange, almost like a burnt orange colored body. Nice white head on this lager, and some significant lacing.

S: Bready smell, honey, and malts.

T: Suprisingly sweet and plain, very nice lager.

M: Medium to light, well carbonated, refreshing.

O: River Horse has an exceptional lager here, will enjoying this again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2011 20:46:56 | More by JMWEB2
Photo of flagmantho


3.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a touch of haze and tons of effervescence. Head poured two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. Normally I expect this style to be crystal-clear, but since the bottle says this beer is unfiltered, I guess I can cut them a little slack. It actually looks quite appetizing.

Smell: light, slightly grainy malt with some earthy and slightly spicy hops present. Not too bad, if a bit mild.

Taste: light, sweetish malt with some noble hop flavor and a little bit of bitterness. There's a bit of an aftertaste to it which is kind of sour and grainy, but other than that it's a pretty solid tasting pale lager.

Mouthfeel: light body but great carbonation. Pretty creamy for a beer of the style.

Overall: a decent if unspectacular pale lager. The initial flavor is great but the aftertaste takes a bit of the shine off of this beer for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2011 21:57:02 | More by flagmantho
Photo of vfgccp

New York

4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- similar in appearance to blue moon, hazy and light in color. Low head retention, with medium lace.

S- there is a nice sweet ands bready smell, slightly yeasty but very nice. Touches of citrus and lemon zest.

T- it is very interesting, it has the light and melow characteristics of a lager yet a great sweet bready malt flavor from the wheat.

M- great, creamy and smooth. Nice bright intro with a mellow smoothness to the back end.

O- very surprising. I went into this with low expectations, but came out pleasantly surprised. Infinitely drinkable with great smooth and well blended flavors.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2011 05:21:40 | More by vfgccp
Photo of mvanaskie13


3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mini pint glass, color is translucent pale gold, small thin head but a light ring, no lacing.

Smell is nothing to note, mild pale/pilsner malt flavors and just a touch of hop bitterness.

Taste actually somewhat fruity up front, more on the malt sweet type of fruit flavor with a bitter finish. Interesting flavors for lager but a little to sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is actually ok for the fruity taste, i think the hop bitterness comes through to finish of odd flavors.

Overall, a drinkable beer, hinted at a touch of cider in a piles or pale ale.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 00:28:22 | More by mvanaskie13
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

2.53/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pale golden yellow with a huge amount of carbonation inside. Lots of bubbles stretching up toward the surface throughout the session. A small white, fizzy, soda like head formed on the top and hung around for a brief second before finally settling down and leaving nothing across the top, nor any side glass lace.

The aroma was dull, boring, and bland. This was your classic macro lager. Light aroma of grain and rice and that was about it. The taste went nowhere as well. While it was crisp and refreshing, so is water and this was not what I wanted at the time. Very light grain flavor and no depth at all. The finish was non-existent

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 12:41:52 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of micromaniac129


3.63/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored beer that has a slight haziness.
A well carbonated brew and it has a rather large off white head thats long lasting.

Aroma is fresh with malts in the fore front and light hop bouguet in the back.

Tastes good with lots of malts and some hops for balance. Hops are light and I can't really pull out any particular flavor. Finishes with a grainy ending.

Thinner mouthfeel, dry and tart.

A good tasting beer with lots off flavor well made.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 14:01:55 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of metter98

New York

3.33/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left some lacing.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of grainy malts and has some hints of initial sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable and it’s quite flavorful for the style. It would make a good accompaniment to a meal.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2011 01:24:16 | More by metter98
Photo of 9InchNails

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White fluffy head that fades very slowly to a creaminess. Golden hazy body that seems very bubbly. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

Grass, grain, buscuits and faint fruit. Nothing too in your face, kind of bland. I hope the taste doesn't follow.

Citrus -- I'm thinking lemon and orange peel, bread, yeast and a faint caramel. Kind of bland but refreshing at the same time. Sadly the blandness followed with the taste but the refreshing feel helps to keep it at average.

Light to approaching medium body. Carbonation is there about medium level. Feels nice and easy going down.

Sadly the taste and aroma is on the bland side but the refreshing feel of the beer helps it out. This is certainly a session beer and is what saves it. I think people who are getting into beer, this is a non-offense beer to try; definitely better than your macro Lagers.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2011 06:35:09 | More by 9InchNails
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

River Horse Lager…..in a bottle…it notes that it is Unfiltered.

Appearance-golden color in the glass, minimal white head rises up and disappears quickly.

Smell-actually a decent hop aroma dominates, some fruit and malt on the back end, along with the grainy-ness I normally expect.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, hops upfront with a mix of grain, somewhat muddled but decent smoothness on the way down, light fruit notes as well. Finishes with a last light touch of hops.

Drinkability-muddled flavors but the hoppiness is interesting enough, no major flaws.

Overall-interesting if not entirely successful take on a hoppy lager. Ok but pales in comparison to some others. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-07-2011 22:22:00 | More by TheDeuce
Photo of Tucquan


3.4/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-04 in Columbia, PA.

A - Clear, golden straw with a short, white head and very mild lacing.

S - Not much. Sweet, bisuit malt and maybe a little fruit.

T - GBread, a fair amount of spice and grass. Reminds me a little of a dry apple cider. Clean finish with mild lingering apple/grain taste and mild bitterness.

M - Light body and carbonation. Pretty crisp.

O - Easy to drink. Not a remarkable taste but not boring either.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2011 22:37:26 | More by Tucquan
Photo of coalcracker


3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lighter gold color with decent head retention.
Smell: Light malty aroma, mild floral hop presence.
Taste: Lighter malt presence, bready in nature, with a small degree of balancing hops. I can also detect some honey. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel: On par for a euro pale lager, IMO. Smooth and clean.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Light and well-balanced.

Overall- nicely done lighter lager. Pleasant brew here.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2011 03:16:25 | More by coalcracker
Photo of Jimmys


2.9/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Rich golden hue w/ fat carbonation bubbles streaming to the surface. Dismal white head died almost instantly. Rather transparent for being unfiltered.

S: Sweet 'monkey-bread' like aroma w/ a real mild hop smell at the tail end.

T: Definitely malty (yeasty perhaps?), bready body to start w/ a bit more of a bitter hop finish then detected in the nose. Definitely leaning more towards the sweet side.

M: A light to medium body w/ an abundance of crisp carbonation.

D: If you are looking for a quick refresher, this is a good beer.

Not really sure what to think of this one. Just seemed way too sweet for a euro pale.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 02:51:45 | More by Jimmys
Photo of tigg924


4.35/5  rDev +33.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, honey, and toasted malt

Taste: grass, honey, and bread

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone, smooth

Drinkability:Super sessionable. I like the grassy honey combo. River Horse's best so far. For the style, this beer is exceptional.

Serving type: bottle

12-01-2010 16:30:46 | More by tigg924
Photo of cooch69


4.22/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured into a pint glass a lovely hazy deep yellow. For some reason I could'nt help but think Hefeweizen minus the head. It barely had a head which clung to the glass in tiny gobs.
This Lager smells like crisp pale biscuity malts, fresh grass, and a slight herbal hop hint.
The taste is very bready malts with a slight sweetness. There was also fruity(apple and pear) hint in the finish. A bit of a hoppy biterness in the finish caps things off pretty good. Definetly a clean crisp quality Lager. The beer is medium and a lot fuller than I expected it to be.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2010 05:57:00 | More by cooch69
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy hazy light amber with initial finger of foam that settles. Some lacing.

Mild smell, light hoppy grassy notes.

Taste is clean, crisp and refreshing. Big gulper.

Tasty lager, very smooth.

Could drink a bunch of these. Not overly complex, but an easy going well made lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 12:40:47 | More by KTCamm
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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 173 ratings.