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River Horse Hefe-ryzen (Brewer's Reserve) - River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Hefe-ryzen (Brewer's Reserve)River Horse Hefe-ryzen (Brewer's Reserve)

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BA SCORE
83
good

13 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

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Ratings: 13
Reviews: 11
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  ABV ?

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: rfgetz on 10-06-2009)
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Ratings: 13 | Reviews: 11 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by StJamesGate:
Photo of StJamesGate
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy burnt orange with a thin white head that fades with no lace. Nose is waxy yeast and an underlying earthiness. Tropical fruit, some prickly spice and sour rye tang at the end plus some orange rind. Dry leave. Medium, lively, a bit of cling.

Can't find any info on this one, so don't know how much rye (or alcohol!) is in it. I understand some German brewers do this too, and it adds a nice twist - rye could even step up more. For all the mixed flavors, very drinkable.

StJamesGate, Apr 12, 2010
More User Reviews:
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse- Hefe-Ryzen

A- Dark hazy orange with a small foamy white head. Mild lacing.
S- Ripe bananas, clove, rye, and doughy malt.
T- Sweet banana and clove with a touch of rye. Wheat, bubblegum, and buttery malt make up a nice body and a thick banana rye finish.
M- Thick body with a light spicy touch. Juicy fruity body and a slight dry spicy finish.

Overall- Tasty and sessionable, could use more rye but very drinkable and another good Brewer's Reserve beer from River Horse.

NJpadreFan, Oct 09, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes taken yesterday.

A: Very cloudy orange with a small white head. Lacing was just ok.

S: Lots of bubble gum, banana, and a touch of rye spiciness.

T: Bubblegum up front with some banana notes. I found this one to get much better and more towards the rye as it got slightly warmer.

M: Full mouthfeel with plenty of body.

D: When I started drinking this beer, I did not enjoy it, but the further along I got the better it got. I preferred it a bit warmer and would go back to it again, even though hefe is not one of my preferres styles

mikey711, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of bonbini26
3/5  rDev -18.7%

bonbini26, Jan 12, 2012
Photo of Chugs13
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

Chugs13, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of jwc215
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded deep golden with a thin white head. Some trailing lace sticks.

The smell is of banana/clove - accent on clove, touch of rye might be power of suggestion...

The taste is of banana/clove...banana clearly ahead on the taste...A light touch of rye gives a minty twist to the finish, which still keeps a banana character. Nicely balanced - sweetish turning dry in the finish.

It has a creamy, light-to-medium body with effervescent carbonation.

Very drinkable. Very thirst-quenching. A solid interpretation of a traditional HW, with a touch of minty rye in the finish. My suggestion - Put this in a 6-pack and make it a year-round offering!

jwc215, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

River Horse's new Rye Hefeweizen, just released and on tap at Capone's...

Cloudy and hazy dark coppery orange in color. Frothy and fluffy white head, decent retention but lacing suffers. Smell is bready and yeasty, hay and straw, earth. Taste follows scent but in a more assertive yet balanced profile... the yeasty bready flavors balance well with the earthy and straw-like rye. Slight hints of pepper and even fainter hints of lemon. Medium bodied, ample carbonation, slightly grainy and chewey. Pretty refreshing. Another decent beer from River Horse, this time with a more assertive and uniquie flavor.

rfgetz, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Gavage
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: cloudy yellowish orange in color with a short 1" head that falls to a thick surface foam.

Smell: banana and wheat tones are easily detectable.

Taste: bready profile with lots of wheat and rye, along with some banana, yeast spiciness, and some soft bubblegum flavors. Bitterness is mild.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp throughout. Aftertaste is short lived.

Drinkability: easy drinking beer. Nice flavors and refreshing qualities makes this one worth a try.

Gavage, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of hwwty4
2.88/5  rDev -22%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jwc215 for this one.

This beer pours a turbid, muddy brown with a small 1 inch white head that leaves just a little bit of lacing. The aroma is pretty stereotypical Hefe. Banana, clove, a little bit of bubble gum and just a bit of a lemon sharpness. The flavor on this one falls pretty flat in my opinion. Up front its banana, bubble gum and a bit of clove but all the flavors seem really muted and watery. It's actually one of the more bland Hefe's I've ever had. The rye is all but non existent. No spice or pepper. The mouthfeel is really light with just a bit of a dry finish. This is really an underwhelming beer. Not impressed.

hwwty4, Dec 09, 2009
Photo of ATPete
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

Pours a dirty orange brown color with a slight haze and a small white head. Toasty wheat, fruity yeast esters, bit of spice and a mild wave of alcohol on the nose. Smooth, creamy and round in body with tongue tingling carbonation. Fruity with banana and tangerine notes, a spicy rye bite rounds out the quaff. Refreshing, easy to drink and complex enough to keep interest. Very good.

ATPete, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of ColForbinBC
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Appears a heavily clouded orange infused gold body with a creamy, fluffy two finger off-white head. Moderate lacing and decent retention.

The nose is of ripe banana and spicy clove with a hearty dose of grainy rye. I am sure the rye lends to the spiciness along with the clove.

The flavor profile is similar to the nose. Ripe banana and spicy clove and some earthy, grainy rye. The rye is strong in flavor, really balancing out the high end fruit sweetness. Unique and interesting.

Medium body with a borderline creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation is spot on. Crisp and dry, refreshing, even this time of year.

I found this to be easy drinking for sure, but was really surprised to see this come out as the cold weather months were getting underway. Much better in the summer, but enjoyable year round.

ColForbinBC, Dec 17, 2009
Photo of COBeerBuff
3.58/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Received from the Clue LIF 5 from NJpadreFan. Thanks!

Appearance: Pours an amazingly cloudy dark orange with slivers of yellowish light slipping around the sides. A finger of bright white head recedes slowly leaving a nice film and some great lacing.

Smell: Based on the pour, I expected some heavy orange and banana notes, but the nose is overwhelmingly sweet and bready. The roasted malts of the rye definitely are present along with some other grains and a twinge of banana sweetness.

Taste: I knew it! There are bananas in this beer. The bubblegum flavors are also there as other reviews have pointed out, but the banana flavors are the most prevalent for me. The back-end brings the roastiness of the rye and other grains as well as some citrus highlights as well.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and coating. This is a very filling beer. The initial drop on the tongue almost melts all over it, and the beer slowly moves through, enveloping every corner of your mouth and throat with sticky and gooey rye banana goodness.

Drinkability: This is a solid brew. The sessionability of this beer stands out, but the sticky mouthfeel provides my only concern. I'm not sure that I could deal with more than 1 or 2 of these brews in a single sitting. Nonetheless, this is definitely a beer worth seeking out if you're in the NJ-area.

COBeerBuff, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly fuzzy apricot with lemony tangerine highlights and a three finger crown of toasted oatmeal colored foam. Large divots and small pits can be seen in the slowly descending surface, while scattered sheets of lace grace the glass.

Since there's virtually no information out there on this new River Horse brew, the name will have to suffice. Hefe-Ryzen smells like a hefeweizen brewed with earthy, slightly spicy rye malt. Imagine that. More power would have been great.

This Brewer's Reserve (Batch 004) ale is pretty good beer that doesn't have what it takes to be really good beer. Since hefeweizens are pretty spicy already (those with a kick-ass yeast strain at least), using rye doesn't work as well as it works in, say, an IPA.

The usual flavors of banana and clove are present, albeit somewhat muted. The banan-o-meter score is just 2.0/5.0. Rye adds something interesting to quite a few styles, just not this one for some reason. Then again, maybe another brewer could do it better. A tart tanginess appears with warming and tastes out of place.

My guess on the ABV is somewhere in the vicinity of 5.5%. The mouthfeel is between light and medium, lacks creaminess, and doesn't have the world's hardest working bubbles. A better than average score is being kind.

River Horse has yet to impress me. Most of their stuff ranges from slightly below average to slightly above, which puts Hefe-Ryzen Ale on the high side of the curve. Bottom line: questionable idea, so-so execution. Thanks to jwc215 for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Apr 13, 2010
River Horse Hefe-ryzen (Brewer's Reserve) from River Horse Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 13 ratings.