River Horse Double Wit - River Horse Brewing Co.
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Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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!
09-10-2010 13:50:15 | More by BeerAdvocate
More User Reviews:
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
07-22-2009 23:51:18 | More by Billolick
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
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.
11-30-2009 17:42:45 | More by tigg924
3.8/5 rDev +2.7%
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.
06-21-2011 01:07:27 | More by lostandwandering
4.22/5 rDev +14.1%
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.
07-06-2008 02:40:03 | More by Kraken
3.98/5 rDev +7.6%
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.
07-06-2011 16:45:49 | More by mocktm
3/5 rDev -18.9%
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.
08-11-2009 18:28:42 | More by WCBCFrank
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
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!
04-13-2008 22:24:41 | More by NJpadreFan
3.63/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
09-25-2009 02:13:17 | More by asabreed
3.3/5 rDev -10.8%
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.
05-23-2009 16:37:53 | More by emsroth
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
07-01-2008 02:51:50 | More by Sammy
3.7/5 rDev 0%
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.
05-26-2008 00:16:40 | More by NeroFiddled
3.65/5 rDev -1.4%
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.
07-29-2009 16:55:25 | More by Kegatron
4.5/5 rDev +21.6%
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!
04-21-2008 00:14:41 | More by DavidSeanNJ
River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.