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River Horse Double Wit - River Horse Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
84
good

196 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 196
Reviews: 98
rAvg: 3.7
pDev: 14.59%
Wants: 10
Gots: 9 | 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:
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.

(Beer added by: dsa7783 on 03-21-2008)
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-03-2012 15:09:47 | More by RoryOMoore
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AndrewMichael

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

02-03-2012 01:20:50 | More by AndrewMichael
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 01:30:00 | More by DrDemento456
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jsisko01

Michigan

2.9/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very hazy, yellow-orange color with a centimeter thick white head that dissipates instantly. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet with clove and a strong whiskey/alcohol aroma.

Taste - Very sweet with a strong honey flavor.. Orange zest, clove, coriander, pepper, and maybe some other spices. Has a less than pleasant whiskey/alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Medium carbonation.

Overall - After a while the alcohol flavor started making me gag... The flavor was great but not the aftertaste. I couldn't even finish the beer. Maybe this just isn't my style of brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2012 05:54:27 | More by jsisko01
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 23:32:44 | More by johnnnniee
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -32.4%

01-15-2012 23:20:04 | More by acurtis
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LookingToLearn

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

01-13-2012 01:02:39 | More by LookingToLearn
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Sharkophile

New York

4.22/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2012 05:40:38 | More by Sharkophile
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

01-03-2012 06:50:31 | More by shockrocker65
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smithmd4

New York

4/5  rDev +8.1%

12-31-2011 08:03:46 | More by smithmd4
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thatdirtymick

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.9%

12-28-2011 19:07:08 | More by thatdirtymick
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pavpav12

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

12-24-2011 21:34:09 | More by pavpav12
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jtierney89

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2011 03:42:12 | More by jtierney89
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rab53

Washington

5/5  rDev +35.1%

12-02-2011 06:00:09 | More by rab53
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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-30-2011 20:28:35 | More by djrn2
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claspada

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

11-29-2011 17:06:43 | More by claspada
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nmann08

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-28-2011 22:39:19 | More by nmann08
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-25-2011 17:32:00 | More by mdillon86
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

11-23-2011 05:11:31 | More by deapokid
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MerkurKing16

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-17-2011 16:07:45 | More by MerkurKing16
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patm1986

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.1%

11-15-2011 06:19:32 | More by patm1986
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2011 16:43:47 | More by woodychandler
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
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,.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2011 12:40:28 | More by mikesgroove
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mocktm

Virginia

3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 16:45:49 | More by mocktm
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MONKandTUCK

Pennsylvania

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

Very cool beer! Maybe not a new style, but definitely pushing the limits of a resurrected one!

A- pours a deep golden shade. Hazy. Decent head. Expected more.

A- some eaters POP out, but nothing punchy. It's clearly a Wit yeast, but I think they meant for it to be tempered. I don't mind that since it usually the estery flavors are also tempered. banana, lots of lemon zest.

T- mild Wit flavor, lots of chewy malt. It's faintly sweet and much more flavorful than a Hoegarden. A bite of lemon in the finish.

M- medium bodied. Chewy compared to a standard Witbier.

O- I prefer OT on draught, but even in bottle this is a dangerously drinkable ale with bite. It's like the "Manswer" to Witbier, if I may speak vulgarly.

Not out-standing, but creative. RH is making moves in the right direction. I won't deal it out again, but I can compare it to a Summer Blockbuster: It's big and helps you get thru a hot afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 01:38:18 | More by MONKandTUCK
River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 196 ratings.