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River Horse Lager - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 197
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.04%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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 tigg924:
Photo of tigg924
4.35/5  rDev +33%
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.

tigg924, Dec 01, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of jakester
3.5/5  rDev +7%
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.

jakester, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of ImFlyerThanYou
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

ImFlyerThanYou, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -8.3%

acurtis, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev +7%

JMS1512, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of HollandTunnels
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

HollandTunnels, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of dacrza1
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

dacrza1, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev +4%
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!

NJpadreFan, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Varkias41
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Varkias41, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of tweeder263
2.9/5  rDev -11.3%
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.

tweeder263, May 04, 2005
Photo of BoilerSteve
1.25/5  rDev -61.8%

BoilerSteve, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.88/5  rDev -11.9%
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.

NeroFiddled, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of Damian74Shensky
2.5/5  rDev -23.5%

Damian74Shensky, Dec 08, 2012
Photo of tempest
3.43/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

tempest, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of Hessian257
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Hessian257, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of andjusticeforale
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
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.

andjusticeforale, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of benmiliron
2.58/5  rDev -21.1%
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.

benmiliron, Jun 07, 2006
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker
3.48/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

KOPBeerDrinker, Jan 21, 2009
Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Gmann, May 25, 2009
Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev +22.3%

mikerems, Mar 07, 2012
Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

KTCamm, Oct 24, 2010
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
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

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of Lang44
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Lang44, Jan 16, 2012
Photo of tjd112
4.58/5  rDev +40.1%
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.

tjd112, Feb 02, 2010
Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +22.3%
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.

jtierney89, Apr 04, 2012
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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.