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River Horse Lager - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 182
Reviews: 104
rAvg: 3.26
pDev: 17.18%
Wants: 1
Gots: 3 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2002)
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Photo of jlenik

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +53.4%

06-08-2014 01:23:19 | More by jlenik
Photo of Dougal

New Jersey

4.8/5  rDev +47.2%
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 mrgrinch

New Jersey

4.75/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - River Horse Lager has a nice dark golden orange hue, and more-than-average carbonation. The frothy ¾ inch head lingered around the top of the pint glass after I poured it and took my first sip. This beer has a modest turbidity and looks very tasty

Smell - This one smells sweet. I might call it floral or flowery, but not like a real hoppy beer. Definitely more aromatic than what the word 'lager' brings to mind. An exceptionally nice scent.

Taste - RH Lager tastes really, really good. That sweet scent carries through to the taste. I can't say what the flavors are, but they are lightly sweet without taking away from the refreshment of each sip. It is well balanced and there are no extreme elements. I imagine that this is a much more full-flavored beer than your average "lager."

Mouthfeel - This is a hearty beer. It is smooth and almost creamy. The carbonation is delightful. I would characterize RH Lager as a bit on the heavy side in this category.

Drinkability - This is an awesome beer. I think it is making my list of faves.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 19:30:47 | More by mrgrinch
Photo of tjd112

New Jersey

4.58/5  rDev +40.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2010 14:09:15 | More by tjd112
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4.5/5  rDev +38%

01-10-2012 00:37:50 | More by HollandTunnels
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4.45/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice take on a European pale lager.

Poured from 12oz glass into 22oz Otter Creek glass. Bottle came from a River Horse mix pack. This mix pack showed up on local shelves about two weeks ago.

A beautiful golden color with some brown/bronze in it.

Smells of slightly bready malts with a hint of hop spice. It does have the 'euro funk' I associate with this style, but the scents are more delicate and robust than the imported bottles. A bit grainy.

Taste is to style...breadyBicuity malts with very light finish of earthy hops. The clean finish is wonderful.

Carbonation is quite noticable on the tongue, if not from the bubbles in the glass. A bit too fizzy perhaps. Something seems a bit off on the mouth feel, but still quite nice.

I love this stuff. Lagers, especially pale lagers, are my favorite style. They are woefully underrepresented by American craft brewers in my opinion. Much respect to River Horse for this offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2009 02:06:02 | More by FatSean
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4.35/5  rDev +33.4%
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 palma

New York

4.33/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lable says "don't even try to out geek us". Funny.
One of the best lagers I've had in a while. Meduim hop profile and clean sweet malt flavor. Great balance. Very nice biscut taste towards the end. Finishes pretty clean but still sweeter than other euro lagers. I was itching for another sip again and again. Went great with my buffalo wings. The drinkabillity is exceptional. Ill definately be looking for offerings from this brewery in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 14:09:53 | More by palma
Photo of ryanmcd

New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

03-09-2014 22:54:53 | More by ryanmcd
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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

07-15-2012 00:44:20 | More by kjgum
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4.25/5  rDev +30.4%

06-18-2012 18:27:28 | More by Lette
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4.22/5  rDev +29.4%
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
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4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 12:04:03 | More by andjusticeforale
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New York

4.1/5  rDev +25.8%
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 RBorsato


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

Straw colored with a wispy white head. Leaves a light lace. Light grainy malt aroma and taste with malt character dominating all around (no hop character to speak of). Light bodied (leans medium) and smooth.

Not sure I'd call this a German Style Pilsner but I can't really say ... may also have to go with Helles as mentioned in one of the posts.

Going to have to disagree with some of the previous posts and say this is a decent session beer -- there are times when a beer like this is just what you need when you just need a beer. ;-)

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 07:18:54 | More by RBorsato
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Alberta (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse Lager pours a hazy light gold with a thin and quickly disappearing head. The aroma is sweet pilsner malt with hints of fresh baking break and herbal hops. The flavor is sweet and malty, without being as cloying as I expected from the aroma. There are some herbal hops in the flavor, but the bitterness is light to non-existant. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, not too much to intimidate a BMC drinker, with enough flavor to please a craft beer drinker.

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2010 22:44:50 | More by ericj551
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +22.7%

03-07-2012 06:18:22 | More by mikerems
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2012 23:00:39 | More by jtierney89
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

07-17-2012 19:28:11 | More by TMYerger
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4/5  rDev +22.7%

06-15-2012 08:01:18 | More by Etan
Photo of benz08

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-17-2011 03:12:18 | More by benz08
Photo of KGarrett

New York

4/5  rDev +22.7%

11-19-2011 01:31:22 | More by KGarrett
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3.95/5  rDev +21.2%
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
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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.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2008 02:37:15 | More by Philabeerphia
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3.88/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was of a hazy light golden yellow with a fair acount of white foam and no lace retention.

The smell of mild hops and hint of fruit and citrus was evident in the aroma.

The taste was very pleasant. Not bitter or sour, but, mildly pleasant for a lager. Great summer quincher or just sit back and enjoy this good lager.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2009 02:33:42 | More by BeerManDan
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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
75 out of 100 based on 182 ratings.