River Horse Lager - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 108
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.79%
Wants: 2
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2002

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Reviews by Finn:
Photo of Finn
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

Photo of jakester
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is from a sampler case I bought at Shelbourne Beer Dist. I drank this in a pilsner glass. No date on the case, bottle, or label. Get with it or die!

Pours a clear light gold, with just a hint of orange. A thin white head if foam forms on top, but quickly dissipates to a ring and some islands. Carbonation looks medium. Minute splotches of lacing are on the glass.

Aroma is a pleasant pale malt smell, coupled with a spicy hop presence. Smells a little sweet, according to style. Maybe a very slight DMS is also there.

Flavor is pale malt sweetness, with just enough bittering hops to counter it somewhat. You can pick up some noble hop flavor in the background. Aftertaste is fairly short and malty.

Mouthfeel is smooth and fairly sweet, but not too sweet. A decent level of carbonation hits your tongue late. Finish is short and sweet.

This is the second Euro Pale Lager I've had in two days, and they are pretty similar. On the sweet side, but not cloying, kind of effervescent, with some detectable hop presence. This one is on style, if my understanding is correct. Maybe not my cup of tea, but it is a well made beer.

Photo of dacrza1
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid is the word I begin and end with... interesting citric aroma--clove and softer hops present a welcoming fragrance... golden effervescent body in a pilsner glass, head is thick, creamy lingering with a finger of depth... full-bodied, easily drinkable, with slight carbonation engaging the throat... banana notes lead the tastebuds of this generally roundedm malty lager...as a sampler filler, serviceable... as a stand-alone, not worthy mentioning in the same breath as any of the major lager players...not watered down, but not lively or intriguing enough to warrant another bottle unless circumstance forced it so... solid.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

River horse- Lager

Finally decided to review this beer.

A- Bright yellow with a good moderate size frothy white head. Decent lacing along the top half.
S- Very sweet lemony hay/ straw with hints of caramel malt.
T- Big sweet wet hay/ straw with a dry grainy touch. Bits of sweet shortbread malt appear.
M- Very sweet up front with a grainy body and a buttery slick touch in the end. Mild earthy hops give off a dry ever so slight bitter finish.

Overall- Better than I recall. Decent lager that won't offend. A good light beer!

Photo of tweeder263
2.88/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a hazy gold yellow with minmal head.Smells grainy smells like a light beer.Has a sweet taste with minimal to no hop flavor.Mouthfeel thin typical adjunct nothing special. Drinkability is ok, theres better lagers out there,nothing special. probably wouldnt go out of my way to buy again.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh batch delivered from the brewery 1 week ago. Quite hazy, but it does not appear to have been bottle conditioned. No yeast particulate can be found in either the bottle or the glass - this is some serious chill-haze! Yellow golden in color with a creamy white head that drops quickly but keeps a good collar and light surface coating. The aroma is not off-putting, but somewhat odd. No real malt character is noticeable, and there are no hops to speak of. The body is medium with a fine, moderate carbonation that is somewhat dull in the mouth. The flavor is of a quasi-dryish maltiness supported by an underlying bitterness. No hop flavor is discernable. It's well balanced but lacking in finesse as neither the malt or the hops come through. It's also kind of soapy which may explain things. I'm guessing that this is a bad batch due to insufficient rinsing following a caustic cleaning leaving an abundance of fatty acids and an increase in pH due to residual caustic residue. I'll have to revisit this beer, but it is fresh and it was delivered to the distributor by one of the owners. The packaging is in perfect condition, so I have to assume that there's nothing unusual about this (not an old or returned case going back out to the public) - it's just a bad batch. However, since I hate to put this up I will make an extra effort to re-review it this week.

Photo of tempest
3.41/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Abe's in Bethlehem.

Basically a decent, inoffensive lager. The malts are a little similar to an export lager for the sweet grains. I also get a yeast character that reminds me of apple pie filling. So while this isn't a terribly complex beer, it's something a little different for the style and tasty.

Photo of andjusticeforale
4.05/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of this and poured it before I read the bottle and saw it was an Irish lager style. I was not overly impressed with the look or smell; though they weren't bad.

The. first impression of taste really impressed me. There was just the right amount of carbonation. There was a really nice refreshingly slick feel. There was also some actual taste in this Irish Lager. I'm sorry to say this but I just had some Smithwicks the other day and I prefer this beer(I know thats an Irish red Ale, I just wanted the comparison of Irish products/style lines). Lots of zesty grains and malt flavor; some nice balance. This would go really well with a burger or hot dog with spicy mustard.

Photo of benmiliron
2.58/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Paid $1.49 for a bottle. A very lazy slightly almond/amber brown with a hint of orange. The most noticeable smell is like under converted malt. The taste is similar - like i'm drinking right out of the mash tun. Low carbonation and mouthfeel is quite wimpy and weak.

Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.46/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color from the bottle into the pint glass. Pillowy white head took a long time to recede, leaving nice lacing behind.

Earthy smells of grass or straw, with some spiciness.

Tastes of biscuity malt with some sweet graininess. Almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Very easy to drink.

Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small tight white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of light hay, some green apple and lemon. The taste is sweet, not cloying or anything close to that but kind of a sugar sweetness. Some hay or grass flavor, perhaps a touch of grain. A light body with plenty of carbonation, quite fizzy, maybe too much carbonation. Starts and finishes sweet. Quite a unique lager, IMO not a Euro lager in any regards. I don't know much about this brew but I would say that it has some wheat malt in it. The back of the label seems to suggest this. A sweet lager, though not that sweet. Different but easily drinkable.

Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.38/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The liquid is orange and cloudy, with good carbonation. The head is 1 finger white and leaves good lace.

The smell is sweet and grainy.

The taste is not so good, Grainy but with a slight sour citrus after taste I do not like.

The Mouthfeel is not so good, thin body but good carbonation. Watery beer and lots of carbonation is not a good mix

The drinkability just is not there for me as I don't like this beer at all. MK

Photo of tjd112
4.56/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - I am one of the few people who poured this in a pilsener glass, which is the appropriate glassware for an EPL.

Appearance - Poured a translucent gold color with rich white head and awesome lacing.

Smell - Smells a bit doughy, dare I say, almost reminiscent of the fried oreos you get on the boardwalk

Taste - Doughy, bready, sweet, a hint of vanilla, with some citric hops balancing it out

Mouthfeel - Medium to light and lots of carbonation

Drinkability - I could drink these all day

Overall - This could be the state beer of NJ; could be the SABL of New Jersey and a shore fixture.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +22.7%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, sweet aroma. Taste is crisp with, somewhat malty with a bit of hops. Feels good in the mouth and goes down very smooth. Overall this is a quality lager and worth checking out.

Photo of beerthulhu
3.19/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Translucent tarnished orange coloring with a steady, quick paced effervesce factor. Milky white head is frothy, whipped, one inch with a lasting retention. Full sheet lacing covers the glass.

S: Light lemon grains, fresh wet scent, hops are are a bit above the norm per style, toasted dry sweetness, fairly clean, touch of sour orange.

T: The flavor was sweet upfront, a dry sweetness, toasted bread, dry caramel with fresh flowery hops. The speciality grains add a sweetness above the norm per style. Some honey flowery, wet lemony toffee flair.

M: Dry toasted caramel with a slippery, syrupy fullness, wet granular and medium body. Mid-range carbonation factor with a dry bready finish.

O: Overall a dry, sweet lager that sits somewhere between a boston lager and a yeungling. Its been years since ive had this so decided to update review. Has a bit more flavor and sweetness then a yuengling, but a bit rough around the edges at times, and not as smooth or polished as a sam adams.

Photo of philbe311
3.13/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half of fizzy snow white foam... Head quickly fizzes away leaving a delicate by full thick lacing that is quite appealing... Dark golden straw color... Slightly hazy... Moderate amount of fast paced carbonation...

S - Loads of pale malts... Slightl fruity citrus aroma... Not much else going on...

T - True to the nose, the pale malt dominates... Some grainy notes... Weak caramel... Orange...

M - Creamy... Lush... Medium bodied... Smooth... Moderate amount of delicate carbonation....

D - Quite sessionable at 4.5% ABV... Not outstanding nor disappointing in any particular area, just a nice brew overall...

Photo of BeerSox
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Hazy deep goldenrod hue with a one finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Little bits of sediment floating around.

Very light and sweet malt aromas, along with a slight creaminess. The flavor has a light sweet grain flavor mixed with a bit of orange peel. Light bodied.

This is a very basic beer, and on the better side of the style. Not quite like Budweiser but more like a Heineken.

Photo of Philabeerphia
3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle poured into a pint glass. Big pillowy two finger dome, takes about 2 minutes to recede into a minimal cream cap. Bright golden honey colored, cloudy and hazy. I'm a big fan of this appearance for the style. SWEET!

S> Raw grain feed. but thats not all...tomatoes, corn, and lettuce, all wrapped up in a nice biscuity package delivered into my nostrils. Hmm, wait... some rotting tree leaves, black tea leaves and probably some other light earthy herbal smells. More going on than typical for the style - above average.

T> My sensory modules are still going with the salad thing. Sour spinach, and the same bitterness I get eating raw broccoli, this is swarming on the front of my tongue, quickly dissipates and is overcome with a taste of sweet corn backed by biscuity malt. It is opening up now, the finish completes the trip with a semi sharp saazer style hop. My mouth is left full of broccoli bitterness and english biscuitness in the aftertaste. again, above average.

MF> much fuller body than most "euro" lagers I've had in the past.. but a bit too buttery in the finish, and this brew could use a little more carbonation to pep things up and play around with the hops.

D> definitely a summer beer I'm downing in the middle of winter, I'd be lying if that didn't impact my thoughts a bit. But overall a very solid example of the style in my eyes.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -22.4%
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

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.23/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a cloudy gold with a weird haze and some tiny floaters all about. Its got a middle of the road sized head that dissolves leaving virtually no residue on the glass.

The aroma is of sweet malt and caramel with some floral/fruit notes as well.

Flavour is basically the same as the aroma but there's a bit more boldness to it (but not much). Sweetness is the main thing here, with even a bit of a fruit like juiciness at times. It was actually a bit better than expected. Mouthfeel is light bodied and a bit watery and average at best.

This was essentially anotehr underwhelming brew from River Horse. Seems the special and/or seasonal brews are the ones to try and the regulars are fairly average at best.

Photo of cubedbee
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow w/ a finger of bright white head. Some small dark particles visible. No lacing to speak of. Very little aroma--just a small bit of grainy malt, a small bit of grassy hops. Taste is a husky pale malt with some caramel flavor coming through, a slight hop bitterness at the finish. Medium body with a medium carbonation level. There's nothing really great about this beer, but it's a decent lager that's a step above the macros.

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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.