River Horse Double Wit - River Horse Brewing Co.
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4.72/5 rDev +27.6%
It takes alot for me to score anything a 5. Thanks to the guys from the brewery for bringing samples. I'm always a little skeptical when brewery people tell me how good a beer is. The proof is always in the glass.
Wow. This beer smells of rich spice,some banana, and the wheat. Pours a viscous cloudy rich gold. Sedement is present. Head fizzes to leave lacing on the glass. Flavor is very smooth. Starts with exceptionally well balanced spice--clove, corriander, and fruit orange and some banana. Wheat comes thru in the end. In the mouth this is slick and not at all dry. Highly drinkable because the alcohol is nicely masked. Even at this abv I could easily consume more than one. Totally blows other "double white" styles out of the bottle--at least for me.
08-02-2008 01:57:14 | More by LunaChick
3.93/5 rDev +6.2%
Citrusy, cloudy, apple cider sits in the glass with a weak head. Fruity aroma with thick, juicy flavor and rough carbonation that stings the tongue. Zesty lemon aftertaste mingled with spices makes for a unique brew. This beer is almost chewy with easy-to-see yeast particles floating around. Think of it as mild pulp in fruit juice. This double white does the genre justice while also making a name for itself in a genuine way. Two thumbs up to Riverhorse.
07-31-2008 22:28:34 | More by JRed
4.03/5 rDev +8.9%
So flavorful, oh behave. Oats, honey, orange, and syrupy sweet malt. Frosted, alcoholic mini-wheats. Large bubbles pop like rock candy, not a positive attribute. Dirty, yeasty head...hey, I bee there. Sugar candy snap, double ass slap. New Jersey back on the map.
07-31-2008 21:25:19 | More by SeanRedd
3.45/5 rDev -6.8%
It pours a thick, hazy, yellow/orange color, lots of floaties and a decent one finger white head. The nose consists of mainly citrus fruits, big banana notes and sweet wheat/yeast. The beers got a big body, almost too big for its style. Grainy, wheat texture, big fruit notes, citrus brightness, tons of spices and a big hop bite on the finish, booze is definitely apparent. Its not terrible, the body is really killing this one for me.
07-31-2008 15:44:57 | More by ATPete
3.15/5 rDev -14.9%
A: A hazy straw yellow... a creamy head, receding to a modest quarter finger of creamy white.
S: Sweet and malty... a full aroma, loaded with spicy scents - orange peel / coriander.Nice on the nose
T: .. not so nice I can say on the tongue. Intense spiciness. The coriander flavours are quite big and citrus orange peel adds even more to the mix. A little too overdone for my palate.
M + D: A full body, but enough carbonation to give it a crispy edge. Ultimately a little over the top, and I found myself having trouble with finishing it. I think the last little bit might end up being sacrificed to the drain.
07-26-2008 00:35:28 | More by Proteus93
3.1/5 rDev -16.2%
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 :-(
07-13-2008 18:29:49 | More by DefenCorps
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
3.53/5 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
4.08/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
06-25-2008 02:12:09 | More by ColForbinBC
3.78/5 rDev +2.2%
Acquired from a trade with BigBottle.
Another note, the carbonation must have been really high, because after I got the package from the shipping guy and put it on my floor(gently), I heard a bottle pop. So, I immediately opened the box and poured the bottle into a snifter. I now realize that this was only brewed once. So here is my just woke up review:
River Horse Double White Belgian Style Ale
12oz. brown bottle
A: snifter. The brew pours a cloudy, deep orangish/yellow color with a large amount of sediment floating around. nice white head on top. Decent retention level and a fair amount of lacing.
S: Nice nose on this one. It has that wonderful citrus note that most witbiers have, but with this being a double wit, the aromas are so much more present and overpowering. Solid yeasty tones along with a plethora of spices. Some coriander and tropical fruits as well.
T: Its kind of what I expected, a bigger version of a witbier. Tons of wheat, yeast, and citrus flavors. Tastes a little chalky from the sediment. Nice and spicy, and a light finish of vanilla.
M: a little thick and hearty, which is expected. good carbonation level. A little chalky, but creamy.
D: Very nice drinking beer, eventhough it was right off the shipping truck, so it was rather warm. It kind of took away from the drinkability of the wheat beer with the 7% abv.
06-12-2008 17:40:09 | More by paulthebeerguru
4.28/5 rDev +15.7%
This beer pours a medium amber color, light lacy head, very hazy with some nice particulate matter. Almost no carbonation.
There is lots of sweet, bready yeast on the nose. One the backend there are nice hints of malt, apricots and citrus. This follows nicely to the taste which was nicely heavy on the yeast with a fine sweet malt and vanilla aftertaste.
This beer has excellent mouthfeel and is easy drinking. Lots of good taste, but not heavy. This was refreshing on a 98 degree day.
06-09-2008 03:47:01 | More by garcia2a
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
4.83/5 rDev +30.5%
from the outset this beer looks more like a german hefeweizen than a belgian wit, but i'm pretty sure the color is due to the extra amount of malt they put in this thing to make it a double. tastes a lot like a hefewiezen too, but i'm sure that make sense as well since it's a wheat beer. great brew for sunny afternoon bbqs and sitting around being lazy. hints of banana and other citrus flavors are abundant, especially if it's not server too cold. definitely looking forward to the direction this brewery is going in.
05-25-2008 22:29:48 | More by fishtownhxc
4/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
05-24-2008 01:22:46 | More by Wasatch
4.2/5 rDev +13.5%
12 oz. single bottle picked up, heard good things. Liked the Hop Hazard and not many others.
A: Bubbly head and bubbly carbonation. Sediment yeasty filled light orange body. Tons of sediment and not the most attractive. Hello floaties.
S: Plenty of yeast and spice. Fruitiness present and some detection of hop flavors. Earthy and grassy.
T: Mostly honey and would not have guessed the alcohol content- covered up well and made very nicely. Spices and peppers strongest flavors.
M: Biscuity and dry. More refreshing than it is warming. Can feel the sediment, the abv comes through a little later but a well done wheat.
D: I will immediately get some more of these, probably more appropriate for cooler months but worked on a cold dreary May day here. Sets the bar high for these Brewers Reserve beers.
05-09-2008 23:44:35 | More by marcpal
3.53/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
04-26-2008 15:18:18 | More by DrJay
3.5/5 rDev -5.4%
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.
04-26-2008 14:23:26 | More by jwc215
3.73/5 rDev +0.8%
12 oz. bottle that has a double sided label of some barbed wire on one side and the inside a jail cell on the other. That was a bit odd until I read the slogan on the bottle, "Break out of the ordinary." It makes sense now. It could have used a date somewhere on the bottle, but River Horse doesn't date their bottles.
When I poured this River Horse into a Pilsner glass, a hazy and bright lemon yellow colored beer came pouring out of the bottle. Sitting on top of this beer was a massive 2 inch creamy head of white foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a 1/2 inch head of foam and white spots and streaks of lace. This aroma just loved the banana. It was everywhere in the aroma. Behind the banana was some malted wheat, a dash of black pepper, a hint of lemon, and then it ended with some doughy malts. While the aroma loved the banana, the taste loved the spicy citrus fruits and hops. Below these citrus flavors was yeast, cloves, bready malts, a hint of lemon, and a bite bite of alcohol. I was expecting the alcohol to be a factor in the taste, but there it was. This Wit is medium bodied with an aftertaste of malted wheat, yeast, and loads of alcohol. I've never had Wit before that contained some much alcohol in it. Now this is how River Horse should brew! A little too much alcohol, but a solid Witbier nonetheless. I remember having this on draft before and it's not as eventful as the bottle version is. I stand corrected, this is the must try from River Horse!
04-25-2008 17:41:46 | More by AltBock
4.38/5 rDev +18.4%
It pours a hazy and carbonated lemonade straw yellow. Two fat fingers of fluffy bright white head settle quite slowly. Sunspots of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.
In the aroma, especially tangy wheat is briefly sweet before mildly sour yeast esters up creamy banana and savory clove. A little dab of biscuit melds with a coy air of alcohol.
Upon tasting, the wheat is tangy and duly sweet, and is quickly matched by yeasty esters boasting lemon, banana, cloves, and a muted, almost lactic, sourness. Mild spiciness speaks of a hop presence, crisping and drying on the way to a comfy clutch of alcohol. A late note of candy sugar brushes against uncooked dough. The finish lingers well and cleanly with a moderated dry bitterness that quenches capably. It's blended and notable and damned tasty in an impressive fashion.
Medium bodied, the carbonation is lively and a creaminess on the palate helps comprise a fetching flow.
Well, I'd say this speaks well of a new regime at River Horse. It's a fairly big and quite good wheat delicacy. And despite a credible ABV, it goes down not only ably, but with a refreshing flourish. To me, this is the best beer I've had from the brewery, so I hope it's indicative of a positive trend. Oh, and I hope it goes year round too.
04-21-2008 17:19:29 | More by Foxman
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
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
4.43/5 rDev +19.7%
Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.
The beer poured a hazy, straw color with an ample, white, creamy head into a pint glass. The smell was of banana, cloves, and that wonderful Belgian yeast - just like a witbier should. The taste was of banana, clove, orange, with a pleasant, spicy hop finish. A great example of the style, and their best brew, IMHO. Cheers!
04-05-2008 03:44:49 | More by pershan
4.3/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
03-31-2008 01:18:06 | More by beerthulhu
4.33/5 rDev +17%
12 Oz single bottle purchased for $2.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Limited-Edition, Brewer's Resere - Extra Strength (7% ABV) Witbier...
By far the best beer I've yet sampled from River Horse - I am proud that this beer was produced in my home state because it is an excellent, strong, flavorful depiction of the style...
Pours a light, copper, sunny hue with plenty of sediment visible both at the bottom of the bottle and serving glass... Carbonation also apparent, with a massive, foamy, frothy head...
Great citrus, lemon, and floral aroma... very enticing and sweet...
Taste strongly complements the smell, with a burst of citrus, slight, sweet grapefruit, florals, honey, and vanilla...
Great aftertaste with hardly any sign of the 7% ABV...
Clean, crisp, sweet mouthfeel leads to an outstanding level of drinkability... This one would be great for a hot, Summer day...
03-21-2008 17:00:30 | More by dsa7783
River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 199 ratings.