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River Horse Lager - River Horse Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
75
okay

188 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 188
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.25
pDev: 18.15%
Wants: 1
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2002)
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Reviews by Vendetta:
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Vendetta

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange hue. Very little head, a medium to small amount of lacing.

Smells of mild citrus, lots of biscuity malt though and any particularly specific notes are not very present. Doesn't advertise too much.

Initial taste is malt followed by a short burst of sweet fruit. Coliander, a hint of apple. Has a really spicy character to it, some mossy hops ad to it but there's a hint of pepper there as well that really makes this one more enjoyable than ratings on here would indicate.

Mouthfeel is pretty average... A little bit thin with way too much carbonation. Not a good feel but it is easy to drink due to the lack of body.

All in all, the rating on BA is a little bit harsh in my opinion. This is one worth trying but not a world-beater by any means.

02-14-2009 00:17:26 | More by Vendetta
More User Reviews:
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4.35/5  rDev +33.8%

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.

12-01-2010 16:30:46 | More by tigg924
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jakester

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

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.

08-15-2005 17:39:09 | More by jakester
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ImFlyerThanYou

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev 0%

02-23-2014 23:49:43 | More by ImFlyerThanYou
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.7%

01-15-2012 23:19:53 | More by acurtis
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JMS1512

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%

06-02-2014 03:33:43 | More by JMS1512
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HollandTunnels

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +38.5%

01-10-2012 00:37:50 | More by HollandTunnels
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dacrza1

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-11-2009 04:12:23 | More by dacrza1
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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +4.6%

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!

12-05-2008 23:21:23 | More by NJpadreFan
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Varkias41

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.7%

08-22-2013 18:07:56 | More by Varkias41
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tweeder263

Pennsylvania

2.9/5  rDev -10.8%

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.

05-04-2005 22:10:25 | More by tweeder263
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BoilerSteve


1.25/5  rDev -61.5%

08-18-2012 20:56:51 | More by BoilerSteve
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -11.4%

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.

10-12-2002 18:54:34 | More by NeroFiddled
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Damian74Shensky

South Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -23.1%

12-08-2012 16:01:30 | More by Damian74Shensky
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +5.5%

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.

09-09-2008 00:05:26 | More by tempest
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Hessian257

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -7.7%

11-15-2011 04:47:07 | More by Hessian257
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andjusticeforale

Connecticut

4.1/5  rDev +26.2%

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.

08-08-2006 12:04:03 | More by andjusticeforale
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benmiliron

Ohio

2.58/5  rDev -20.6%

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.

06-07-2006 20:44:28 | More by benmiliron
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KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

01-21-2009 02:10:32 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
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Gmann

New York

3.6/5  rDev +10.8%

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.

05-25-2009 03:04:34 | More by Gmann
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mikerems

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +23.1%

03-07-2012 06:18:22 | More by mikerems
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +9.2%

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.

10-24-2010 12:40:47 | More by KTCamm
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MuenchenerKindl

Germany

3.35/5  rDev +3.1%

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

11-28-2006 05:16:39 | More by MuenchenerKindl
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Lang44

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.7%

01-16-2012 18:57:23 | More by Lang44
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tjd112

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +40.9%

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.

02-02-2010 14:09:15 | More by tjd112
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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.