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River Horse Double Wit - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 10 | 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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Ratings: 205 | Reviews: 98
Photo of maximum12
4.13/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second-to-last bottle from the Summer Beer BIF package I rec'd from MrBURTON55. Seeing how it's going to below zero again tonight, this is my farewell toast to summer (yes, I'm clinging).

And damn! This is good! I'm not generally a fan of Wits due to their Kate Moss-type bodies & generally boring taste profiles. This is an exception &, if typical, I'd frankly just as soon "double" up every Wit on the market.

This actually has some character; the wheatisity complements the sweetness that kicks in to the aftertaste. The taste is full, without that annoying "I'm drinking grass-water" character I despise about so many Wits. This is actually beer. Which is great.

I've already had 1/3 of the glass in about two minutes, so, drinkability would be high, right? This brew appealed to my sweet tooth, my love of new beers, & that someone put a really, really appealing twist on a style I'm not too fond of. What's not to like? Salut to River Horse!

Photo of micahgoldfus
3.7/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy, orange color, with a healthy, 1-finer white head. Generally looks like a witbier should. The smell was malty, full of wheat and yeast, plus a handful of additional spices, a little banana, and a little orange peel. Again, everything was as it should be for a good beer of this style. The taste was fine, but only a bit above average. The dominant taste was wheat and yeast, of course. It started fairly smooth, then went onto a crisp, spicy kick, full of coriander. Unfortunately, it ended with a long, sweet lingering aftertaste that I didn't much care for. The last taste I had from each sip was fruity (especially with orange peel flavor) and a little bit syrupy. If it weren't for this last step at the end, I would have liked the beer a lot more. I did like the fact that the bubbly texture emphasized the taste. All in all, decent enough, I'm glad I tried it, but there are better examples out there.

Photo of wheelinshirt
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck bottle from blue dog in lansdale for $2.50 or so, poured into a dimple mug.

Cloudy with a decent size fluffy white head, okay retention and some lacing. Somewhat standard if a bit tame.

Smell seems a bit bitter or maybe just abrasive but as it warms a little bit it comes into its own, not great but the orange peel and yeast spiciness stand out well against a bit of booziness which I don't really appreciate in a wit. Taste is like a good wit with a little bit of everclear added. I'm not really sure what imperializing witbeirs is supposed to add to them exactly, but I don't think it works--in this one at least. Not bad, just unnecessary.

Mouthfeel is light, lively carbonation. No alcohol burn. No complaints.

Drinkability is high for a doubled beer. If you are in the market for a bigger belgian white than go ahead and grab one. I picked this up pretty cheap as a single bottle and it is definately worth trying but not worth seeking out.

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 brentk56
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
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)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.48/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice looking cloudy golden colour with a big frothy white head that puffs ever so slightly over the top of the glass. Residue left on the glass after each sip is kept to a minimum.

The aroma is a pleasant blend of wheat, hints of spice, yeast, floral hops, perfume and a touch of alcohol.

Flavour is more of the same, except a bit of juicy, citrus flavour comes through here that was surprisingly not picked up on in the aroma. Spice notes are toned down a bit as well, but the subtle hints of alcohol still linger here and there. Finish is a bit dry and a bit tart. Mouthfeel is light bodied and perhaps the slightest bit under carbonated, but not bad.

This is a pretty nice brew overall. I'd like to see more stuff like this out of River Horse than most of their every day brews. Definitely worth a try and one that has me interested in other potential Brewer's Reserve offerings from River Horse.

Photo of LunaChick
4.7/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of JRed
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of SeanRedd
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of ATPete
3.42/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.22/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -14.9%
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 :-(

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 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 ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of paulthebeerguru
3.8/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of garcia2a
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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 fishtownhxc
4.8/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Photo of marcpal
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of DrJay
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!

Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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