River Horse Double Wit - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 9
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  7.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: dsa7783 on 03-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

This beer was originally released in our Brewer's Reserve Series as Double White, but is now a permanent part of the line-up in its own package. Now known as Double Wit.
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Double this, double that, marketing or an actual style? The brewers differ as they say they're taking a traditional beer and are doing it American style, and we are fine with that. Pours out a hazy beige-amber hue, in tradition we swirled the yeast into the glass. Not recommend with this beer unless you don't mind big chunks of yeast swimming in your glass. We opted to pour a sample sans yeast. The lacing is good enough to get by and sticks here and there. Fresh ground coriander and some citric peel in the nose, mild plum fruitiness from the alcohol and a neutral yeastiness. Slick and crisp with a somewhat full body. Sweet maltiness meets the first half of the coriander and mellow citric peel. The alcohol comes in with some warmth and spice and pairs up with the second bitter half of the coriander and a modest hop bitterness. Maltiness stays strong as does all of the other flavors, some plum and apple fruitiness with a mild yeast flavor middle to end. Finishes slightly dry.

We were worried this one was going to come off soapy as many American brewed White Ales and Double White Ales do, but not here. Balance is this beer's middle name, drinkability does not suffer either. Well done guys!

More User Reviews:
Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info, bottling date etc. Pours clouded medium apricot amber, the head is loosely knit, longlasting and leaves behind a thick collar and sliding sheeting of lace. The sniff reminds me of a creamsicle ice cream pop along with some coriander. Typical yeasty and slightly peppery wit notes. The problem I have with this one is the sharp bite in the mouthfeel, which I suppose is the bittering hop crunch...For some reason this is not doing it for this hep heads taste buds. I've never been overly impressed with the River Horse offerings and this one only add to the feeling.

Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: gold in color, medium head, high carbonation, cloudy with sediment

Smell: lemon, cardamom, and wheat

Taste: wheat, orange, cardamom, coriander, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle due to the alcohol, and a sweet finish, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: This one is ok to drink. It tastes like a high ABV Blue Moon. The alcohol is a bit overpowering in places. Not bad, not great. I might have another.

Photo of lostandwandering
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Poured as a cloudy orange gold with a light head that quickly dissipated. Smell is of citrus. Taste is citrus-y with mild spice notes. Medium feel, neither creamy or overly carbonated. Overall, a solid effort from a solid local company. I would recommend others to give this one a shot. It may not be the best in this category, but it's certainly not bad.

Photo of Kraken
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yielded a a massive white 3 finger head. Head diminishes quite quickly. Color is a slightly orange amber. Smell is of yeast and orange doughy citrus. This is a very nice beer. Taste is absolutly lovely. Doughy yeast, with hints of orange, corriander and various spices. Very fine carbonation, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is nice some what thick, but not syrupy. Drinkablity is high, even at 7%. This is a nice summer beverage.

Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had heard of this brewery, but a mean lookin' Hippo caught my attention in the single bottles section. Snagged a 12oz for $2 and change. American Belgian Wits have a tendency to fall short in the category, but I'm hoping this one can stand up to the style's reputation.

Poured into a Belgian glass, this appears a hazy orange hue with a marginal head that soon reduces into a thin white film floating atop the beer.

Pungent citrus aromas invade my senses immediately, with a strong emphasis on orange and lemon. Common Belgian peppery spiciness is distinct and detectable.

Taste follows the lead of the nose. Orange, coriander and white pepper takes the front end, fading into some wheat and yeast funkiness. Alcohol shows a bit more presence in the back end as the beer warms. Not too shabby.

Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. Seems a little heavier than most other wits; has a bit more bite to it.

Overall, not the greatest representation of the style, but pretty tasty stuff. I liked it well enough, and definitely worth a try if you're into the style.

Photo of WCBCFrank
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow-white. Not as much head as I anticipated, it being a Belgian Wit. Some muted citrus and lemon zest notes....a little flat in the back of the throat.

For the novice: Tastes like a homebrew version of Hoegaarden.

Personally: River Horse Double Wit is a bit of misnomer...there is nothing inherently "double" about it. Overall, I'm neither here not there with this beer. It's average.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

River Horse- Double White (Brewer's Reserve)

A- Hazy golden yellowish orange with a huge thick frothy white head. Big chunky lacing!
S- Sweet whiskey sour mix. Citrus (lemon and orange) with a touch of clove.
T- Sweet lemon and orange rind, sour mix, belgian yeast, clove, and pinapple.
M- Spicy sweet up front followed by a yeasty sour finish.

Overall- A tasty summer beer. A good sign from River Horse. Hopefully they'll do more "Brewer's Reserve" beers!

Photo of asabreed
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden mildly hazy yellow at first with a huge frothy head that needed a few pours for the bottle to make its way fully into the glass. After the swirl and pour, the beer becomes, of course, nicely cloudy and hazy and Hefe-looking, leaving some bat-wing lacing on the glass sides.

Smell: Sweet coriander, bread dough, mild spices, and a lot of citrus. Kind of screams "domestic," unfortunately, so I'm not sure what yeast was used. Also a little to sweet in favor of nuance and pushing toward the Belgian ideal. Maybe some nutmeg too.

Taste: Not as sweet as the aroma which precedes it, but again, maybe a little too sweet and a little too spiced. It's a Wit, surely, and it's not a bad Wit in the least, especially for the fact that I'd imagine, aside from maybe the sweetness, that this was less than the 7% ABV. A lot of spices and sweetness with mild banana and vanilla. Finishes semi-sweet, a bit yeasty maybe, and lingers with citrus and spices.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy and luscious and silky all around and a real pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: This seems, more and more, like 1) a hard style to do well, and 2) a style that a lot of breweries are taking on. What exactly is a Double Wit supposed to represent in all its facets? I'm not sure, but I know that this is a solid choice. That said, I'll look elsewhere for something transcendent, or maybe to Southamton, which is one of my favorites of the handful I've had.

Photo of emsroth
3.32/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

App: Cloudy gold. Huge 4 finger head with even a gentle pour.

Amell: Sour apples, grape like white wine, faint alcohol, fruity/sour yeast.

Taste: A light taste. A slight sweetness followed by a slight sourness. Ends with a distinct, belgian flavored bitterness. As it warms, the grassy hop character makes itself known. Not enough of the wheat flavor; too much hops for a witbier.

Nice full mouthfeel with great carbonation. Definitely something i'll drink again, but not stellar.

The taste was too light and lacking for me, with an unbalanced hoppy/malty bitter aftertaste.

Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow like grapefruit with white bubbly head and a bit of lace. A bit astringent. Spiciness, cloves and carriander beneath the surface. Understated carbonation. Rather so-so by an average brewery, despite limited reserve edition self-endorsement.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

River Horse Double White pours a slightly hazy yellow gold body with an orange marmalade center. The head rises up full and creamy, and the final drips of yeast off the bottom of the bottle are held within the froth where they dropped. The retention is great, and only after a sip or two does it start to erode at all, always leaving behind creamy walls of lace. Very nice.

The nose is yeasty, and a bit chalky with citrus rind, as well as spicy with coriander (and possibly something else), and fruity (lemon, papaya). The house character is still present, which is a bit odd because this is obviously a different yeast from their regular beers, yet it remains.

In the mouth it's zesty with a delicate, fine bubbled carbonation that helps to keep its medium/medium-full body from becoming a bit much. It rolls across the tongue with a gently tingly, but also creamy, smoothness.

The flavor is as might be expected of a double white.... pretty much a bigger version of a standard witbier. It's wheaty, yeasty, citrusy (lemon, grapefruit, orange), spicy, chalky, and floral. A hint of alcohol is present across the tongue, and becomes clearer in the finish. While cold and crisp it's not bad, but as it warms the added maltiness and body leaves it a tad sticky at the back of the mouth, and the spiciness lingers with a dull quality. Notes of dull vanilla and sweetish bread dough echo for what seems like forever. It really sticks on the palate!

Overall, it's a very decent attempt. Certainly enjoyable, but perhaps with a somewhat limited drinkability.

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear gold (lots of suspended yeast and oils are present but I wouldn't call this hazy), with a big foamy brite-white head. This actually takes a bit to get it all in the glass. Retains with a more weakish and fizzy look, yet the cascade and thick swathes of lacing it leaves back are quite rich. The aroma has a shitload of spicing going on with it. Tons of coriander, a bit of spicy clove, and maybe some other flavors to. Lots of yeast as well. Orange zest and a crisp pang of wheat adds some sweetness. This is quite full and thick in the nose, but it's probably overdoing it with the spices.

The taste starts with a beefy feeling crisp bite of wheat and citrus. Equally strong and assetive mix of coriander, yeast, and spicy clove spreads out along the back in a yeasty bloom. The spicing really lingers hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a biting sharpness to the carbonation which really accentuates the crispness and spice of this. Pretty smooth overall despite the heavier flavors and ABV. I didn't have much trouble drinking this at all.

These Double Wits seem to be all the rage now, and this one wasn't too bad. This drank fairly nicely for a 7% beer but the flavor profile just had a few hiccups here and there that just kept this from REALLY impressing me. A few tweaks and this could be some really outstanding stuff.

Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. single bottle. Picked this one up as I have heard plenty of chatter that River Horse has stepped up their game lately. Time for me to draw my on conclusion.

A- Very hazy dark orange/yellow mix of colors. Huge frothy white head, spiderweb lacing, carbonation bubbles continuously floating to the top of the beer. Some sediment was lingering as well, but nothing abundant.

S- Spices all around. Some nutmeg and clove with a pleasant fruit finish in the nose.

T- Lots of stuff going on here, but it all seems to work. Spicy as hell for a witbier. Citrus flavors upfront with some orange peel and a touch of lemon. Spices. Peppery finish. Extremely well balanced and no hint of the ABV at all for this brew.

M- Tingly, bubbly, and pleasant. Some warming.

D- A real big winner here from River Horse. Interested to chec out the other brews in the Brewer's Reserve series. Serious flavors going on here- I want some more of this stuff!

Photo of drcarver
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A very lively brew. It pours quickly from the bottle with plenty of carbonation and head. The white head sits atop a clear golden body and fades quickly. It took two pours to empty the bottle due to the carbonation. The second pour carried some of the sediment from the bottle, but was able to contain most of it.

S - Yeast and citrus hit the nose immediately upon opening the bottle. After a second take there was a definte spice as well.

T - Citrus is the first thing you taste (and the more you drink the more you taste the lemony-orange flavor) followed by a dough flavor. A slight heat comes through with the alcohol. After taste hang with you.

M - Went down smooth like a light bodied beer and the carbonation danced on the tongue. Perfect on this 90' April day.

D - Keep them coming. Ashame it's a double otherwise I could knock a few more back.

Photo of tjd112
4.53/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought cold from the River Horse Brewery

Appearance - Golden color with slight head
Smell - Citrusy with a bit of coriander
Taste - See smell, but I can detect a slight banana and spice undertone
Mouthfeel - Very creany and smooth
Drinkability - Worth the $9 a four pack.

New Jersey does some great Belgian style beers, and this is no exception. Try it, especially if you are in the Trenton area.

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden color with some orange hue. Thin white lace for a head. Smell is something different. Some banana bread, bubble gum and Belgian dark fruit yet its brighter smelling than usual. Some sweet candy is present on the nose as well. A very unusual but sweet smelling nose with a bouquet of scents.

Lot of banana bread flavor on this one. Finishes with some nutty Belgian yeast flavors. Some sweet Belgian candied somewhere in the middle. This beer is an enigma, I don't understand it and I love it. The alcohol is high for a wit beer and it tastes fantastic.

Some cloying sweetness after a little bit but nothing unbearable.

Not a touch of alcohol flavor. Extremely drinkable. The sugared candy flavors are balanced extremely well by the dry nut like wheatiness on the end. Very good and unique.

Photo of Sharkophile
4.2/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Looks nice.

S: Smells sweet; wheat with orange and coriander.

T: Tastes sweet, honey-like with some grainy wheat and orange peel/coriander flavor. A little bit of alcohol in the finish. Nice.

M: Creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very enjoyable witbier.

Photo of tone77
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of cloves and spices. Taste is delicous. A great combination of citrus and spices. Feels great in the mouth and is most drinkable. Overall this is a very enjoyable brew.

Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewer's Reserve. Limited Edition.
(20 min from brewer)

A: Poured a bright, hazy tangerine orange with a billowy, soft, creamy white head that lasted nearly to the finish of the drink leaving a spotchy lacing behind. There was a generous amount of small, speckled, bran like floaties that danced about vigorously from in suspension from the strong vibrant carbonation streaming upward.

S: The nose was light and very even toned with soft creamy bananas, and a light clove spiciness.

T: The initial flavor was spicy and yeasty with a creamy wheatiness, peppery spiciness, and creamy bananas. There was some cloves but they were well balanced and subtle. The finish was very crisp, citric (oranges) and clean, with a nice carbonation bite that brought things to life. Overall a very good flavor, spicy and definitely one of their best beers.

M: lively with a carbonation tingle, creamy in texture, with a sour citric bite and lacing after the swallow.

D: Very good drinkability, very crisp, refreshing and a dream to drink on a hot summer day. Definitely worthy of a recommend.

Photo of bonbini26
4.15/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ the Brewery

A: Hazy reddish-orange with a dense white head.

S: Orange and coriander dominate the nose with a good dose of wheat thrown in for good measure. Hints of pepper too.

T:Starts off spicy and is followed by an orange zest flavor that's almost astringent. Over the top. Dry finish yet refreshing

M: A lot of carbonation, bubbling in the mouth

D: Very easy drinking especially on a hot summer day, i think this is a very nice stab at a double wit from river horse.

Photo of philbe311
2.59/5  rDev -30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Actually a very visually appealing witbier... Light bronze coloring with an extreme haze... Extreme amounts of very rapid paced carbonation... A beautiful lush rocky white head reminicent of a snow drift... Loads of foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Wet cardboard... Apricot... Honey... Orange... Corriander...

T - Honey... Orange concentrate... Candied lemon cough drops... Faint wheat... Aftertaste is of unripened apricots... The taste seems forced and overly artificial...

M - Slightly sticky... Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation on the tongue...

D - Other than a terrific appearance this brew is very very rough around the edges... A rather disappointing brew from River Horse that I will be avoiding in the future...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
7% ABV, no date.

I'm starting to run out of creative ways to thank Beerwolf77 for all the damn beer he shares.

A - The golden color is a bit darker than the usual wit but then again, it's not the usual wit. Hazed over completely, it's got a weak off-white head, no retention and no lace.

S - Notes of spicy coriander and white pepper quickly turn to a funky, off-putting rubber cement nose. Interestingly, that falls away pretty quickly too. Lemon grass, earthy citrus comes out with very earthy yeast notes. Harsh wheat pulls through the background.

T - Soft solvent alcohol notes poke through the wheat and pale malt flavor that's laced with earthy yeast, coriander spice, and white pepper.

M - Medium bodied and generally soft with a spicy, warm alcohol finish. Not intrusive though!

O - Here we have an alright double wit. It started pretty funky in the nose but settled out to a pretty solid, high octane Belgian wit. Not terribly nuanced but there are good spice undertones.

Photo of MLasoski
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: In a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Unfiltered body with a golden color. The head was poured perfectly into the glass with a generous 2 inches. The head stayed with the beer all the way to the finish. Awesome.

S: Smells of wheat, spices, and mild hops.

T: Okay, the taste is sort of weird. My brother tried it and told me it tasted like Windex. I could actually see where he was coming from. He wasn't too far off. It doesn't taste as spicy as it smells. However, I will give it an above average score considering I haven't tasted something like this before. Definitely a different type of witbier.

M: The spices flow out in the beginning and it ends with a wheaty aftertaste. The unfiltered body gives the beer some character.

D: This beer is unique. I would probably have it again, but I am not in a rush. One of these is good enough for me.

Photo of jmalex
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's nice to actually drink a summer style in summer rather than the imperial stouts and big Belgians I'm always opening.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Allagash tulip a golden orange color with a massive creamy white head. It takes its time dropping to a large rocky cap, eventually settling out at one finger's height.

SMELL: One of the most spiciest witbiers I've ever had. But it's much more than coriander. There's almost a winter spice / nutmeg thing going on in it, and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. The orange and citrus are there as well, along with a pretty aggressive abbey yeast character. Very unique and distinctive.

TASTE: Quite sweet with just as much wheat malt character as yeast esters. The spicing here is much more subdued as is any citrus. This to me is more reminiscent of a tripel than a witbier.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with an average level carbonation. I'd prefer a bit more dryness, but it does advertise itself as a double wit.

DRINKABILITY: Okay for a beer of this size, but it almost seems like it should be even better. For a style that I'd want glass after glass of, I'll be holding myself to one of these only.

A decent execution of a hard-to-grasp version of the style. Worth trying, I suppose, but don't go out of your way.

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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.