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River Horse Double Wit - River Horse Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

98 Reviews
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 205
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 8.56%
Wants: 9
Gots: 13 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 205
Photo of Sammy
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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. (254 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It's cloudy yellow and came with a very big head.
S: The aroma is rather faint but smells of citrus and some spices are detectable.
T: The taste is mainly dominated by spices and some of the wheat; if there is any citrus or hops flavors they are barely noticeable.
M: The beer feels light-bodied on the palate and a little raw because of the amount of spices clashing with the wheat.
D: It's drinkable but not as light and refreshing as other types of wit beers. The amount of spices and underlying alcohol also probably play a role with this. (546 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a pretty tame head for a Wit; mediocre retention and just a little bit of lace

Smell: Yeasty spice, with a massive coriander/orange peel aspect; the alcohol is present on the nose

Taste: Orange bready flavors up front, with a big orange peel and coriander profile developing by mid-palate; after the swallow, the flavors fade and are replaced by quite a bit of fusel alcohol and some phenolics, although the orange peel lingers at the end

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: This beer has considerable promise but also some faults, although I would have to say I have run into these problems before with Imperial Wits (see Bell's, Batch 8000) (725 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse. It was average at best but no worse then that,. (546 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (1,558 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (1,407 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Available around here, but thanks to Juliusseizure (Reddit) for send me this as an extra.

Pours a lighter looking fizzy almost 1 finger head fades at med pace with little lacing, typical for a double wit though, fairly hazy golden tan Orange color.

Nose plenty of wheat, lots of wheat and wit beer base malts, then wit spices, light coriander clove like, orange peel zest, etc. Then lots of Belgian esters, fruity esters, hint of green apple and light booze with phenols.

Taste similar, fluffy airy malt with lots of carbonation, plenty of wheat and wit flavors, light grassy like malt, touch of banana, spices like clove, coriander, and other spices, light Clementine like citrus rind, etc. Belgian yeast takes over, light fruity esters, hint of booze with phenols and hint of green apple and fruity esters. Finish is drier but sticky sweet at the same time, lingering wheat and esters with light booze phenols.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy with lots of carb, light warming booze

Overall not bad, not a big fan of the style and usually not the brewery either but this was pretty decent for a double wit. Nice lighter end spices, nice wheat flavors, nice Belgian yeast additions esters and booze phenols, and fairly drinkable. (1,230 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber in the glass; really more orange than any I've seen in this style. Less of a wit and more of an American Wheat with some flavorings. Nicely carbonated with rather fine bubbles. Not much aroma but some malt in the nose and something floral, like violets.

Alcohol is more in your face than I would like. Has kind of a malt liquor taste. Still, there is a delicate orange flavor that is nice. Tangy and sprightly. There are some fruity flavors, quite mild, pear cider and even a hint of cranberry. Very slight bitterness. This comes together with some sipping. Definitely not a beer to gulp.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Food and Friends in Philadelphia. (670 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a mixed 12 pack... pretty solid witbier, not nearly strong enough to be named a "double wit" but pretty good none the less. Nice clovey aroma, smooth yeasty taste to it, very smooth. Finishes clean... really not much to complain about here, a nice beer from a not yet well known brewery. (307 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed yellowish golden with a huge white head that descends.  After bottom is swirled and poured, it becomes unevenly cloudy.The smell is of coriander (really stands out) with some grainy wheat and a hint of orange zest.The taste is of coriander (a bit heavy-handed), banana, clove.  Sweet and sour (don't know that I really like the sour component here.  Alcohol pretty well-covered at first, but it creeps in, adding dryness.Light-to-medium bodied.Drinkable on a warm day.  A bit heavy with the coriander and had almost the sweet/sour towards certain Flemish ales, but not quite.  Decent for sure, but a bit odd. (625 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicey pale and wheat malt scent along with an appropriate amount of coriander and yeast esters. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor with a really nice spice element and a wonderfully fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed d-wit. It's tastey and brewed to style. (489 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of tone77's drop-offs from the other night. It is great to have a local trader! Thanks, man.

I am going to try this beer two ways - the Bros' review recommends AGAINST agitation prior to pouring while that is the standard serving style.

Slow, gentle pour: A quarter-finger of fizzy bone-white head that quickly dropped to wisps. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was heavily spiced, resulting in a black pepper smell (coriander?) along with a slight mustiness. Mouthfeel was big and full, lots of carbonation on the tongue. Taste was kind of odd with an admixture of lemony citrus, black pepper spiciness and yeasty mustiness. Finish was super dry, perfect for an afternoon that is slowly ramping up to be another scorcher.

Post-agitation pour: Never one to shy away from the lees, it was now a hazy fresh squeezed grapefruit color. Nose remained constant. Wisps for head as the heat of the day increased. No change in flavor, either. Same with its finish.

Bottom line: Decide on your preferred presentation. When I think of a Wit, I am expecting cloudy with a chance of spice. If you dig clarity, go for it, but decant slowly so as to have some to experiment with, especially if you have to buy in bulk (like here in PA with our case laws). One way may be preferable to another ...

Finally, back to the Bros: "Double"?, indeed. I don't understand the designation and it only served to diminish my enjoyment of it based on my expectation.

I know from a recent thread that we are not supposed to read others' reviews ahead of time, but I often find other people's input to be helpful (especially WRT presentation) and I try very hard not to let anyone else cloud my judgment. (1,717 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly cloudy yellowish orange color. A short 1/2" head falls to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: orange, spice, and some grains are easily detectable.

Taste: mildly grainy malt base. The spiciness up front with some orange and lemon zest. Pears and golden apples are softer in the profile. Bitterness is mellow and alcohol is mildly noticable.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Crisp to start, lightly crisp and a touch dry at the finish. Aftertaste is long as the spiciness lingers a while.

Drinkability: slow drinking witbier since the alcohol levels are up a bit. One or two in a session is about all I would want. (633 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (601 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a white head that barely ever forms and quickly disintegrates. Smells floral and yeasty with twinges of pomme and pitted fruit. I'm definitely getting a berry type aroma that is quite pleasant. Taste is malty almost sugary sweet with hints of bread and light pitted fruits. A bit of spice like nutmeg or allspice shows up and plays a supporting role. Medium body with a bit too little carbonation and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Decent flavorful wit, maybe a bit sweet and under carbonated, but it worked pretty well for me. (635 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this brew.

Pours a cloudy golden yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger foamy white head, lots of nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, lots of yeast tones, spice, banannas, with some caramel notes. The taste is malty/yeast, nice touch of coriander/banannas, spice, caramel. Medium body. Can't believe this is a 7% ABV brew. Drinkable, this is a nice one, thanks Joe. (416 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
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. (1,085 characters)

Photo of tone77
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon yellow with a fine, off-white head. Some sticky lacing, good retention. The aroma was quite nice, with spicy coriander, wheat and lemony character. Solid bitterness that wasn't out of balance, plus a lemony (almost lemongrass) fruit flavour. Wheat was apparent, along with a bit of spicy alcohol and light coriander in the finish. Medium bodied, crisp carbonation, slightly dry. Overall, pretty solid. One of my favs from River Horse so far. (454 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice hazy dark amber brown, almost orange with a half an inch of head.

S - Smells like a decent Witbier I get strong clove and mild yeast tones with some tart lemons and alcohol.

T - Not as cloying with alcohol as others stated but not really very enjoyable. The spices of clove and coriander are kind of muted so I question the age of the bottle. Yeast is mild but the overall beverage is kind of lackluster.

M - Medium bodied I had no trouble finishing it.

Overall again yet another beer from these guys I didn't really like. I plan on trying their triple horse and oatmeal milk stout soon so hopefully they will not suck. (634 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into my Russian River pint glass

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. Pretty good!

T: Overly spicy - back off on the coriander, there! Starts off spicy and is followed by an orange zest flavor that's almost astringent. Over the top. Dry finish

M: Overly carbonated - it literally foams up in my mouth. Pleasing finish, though

D: Don't think I'd drink another. In fact, I poured this down the drain :-( (547 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.09/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint

Clear soft golden glow with a thin topping of white head. Fades out completely without retention or lacing.

Notes of cracked pepper and spice with a formidable sweetness. Touches of honey and yeast with fruity esters and light warmth.

Yeasty and sweet up front with honey. Cracked pepper, assorted spice, wheat and straw. Thicker backbone, touch of citrus and fruit. Slightly cloying on the back end with a boozy spike.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation level, sticky and bubbly on the tongue. Fairly average, too sweet and unnecessary alcohol level. I usually look for refreshing, snappy flavors in witbiers, but this doesn't really do it for me. (698 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev -7.2%
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. (1,042 characters)

Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden straw tones with ample carbonation and quickly diminishing white fluffy head

S - Belgian yeast and citrus. Faint hints of pepper and spice.

T - Citrus, belgian yeast with hints of spice and dough.

M - Smooth, bright and perfectly carbonates

D - Excellent due to its smoothness, decent ABV and no boozey taste (330 characters)

Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a cloudy, golden straw yellow with strings of bubbles moving quickly north. A two finger bone white head faded in due time and had good staying power. Little tiny bits of yeast suspended in the body.

Smells of belgian yeast, biscuits, coriander, lemon, bubble gum, and booze. Classic smells of a wit but much more bright and bold.

I was expected something a little unwieldy and unbalanced, but boy was I wrong. Everything is in its place. A spicy floral character with yeast and citrus. Pretty much a bolder, well-balanced version of a standard wit.

A light medium body with a citrus--spice finish. A slight alcohol warmth hangs for a while.

The alcohol makes itself known after a while. Not your typical session wit. (768 characters)

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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.