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River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 225
Avg: 3.26
pDev: 28.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 43 | FT: 0
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River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 06-01-2003

A light, refreshing Ale that is easy to drink yet complex. Perfect for the warmer months.
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Photo of 57md
3.42/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark straw color with little head. The nose is typically funky. The body is light and the central component of the flavor profile is wheat.

Average and not very interesting.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I had this on draft at a restaurant not far from the brewery. There was very little smell or taste. Maybe they accidentally served me a Coors Light.

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Photo of Tirpak
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice yeast flavor in the taste. Relatively low abv for the outdoor summer months. The flavor i can't exactly put my finger on. Can only describe it as a sweet pretzel or polish/slavic pastry. Either way it's enjoyable and makes you think more than other lower abv summer beers.

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Photo of TopherBreski
3.77/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy blonde with a ton of carbonation. And a big thick head that doesn't dissipate. Beautiful lemon smell, a little bit of wheat, but some thing a bit off. Some weird funk I keep getting. Nice lemon taste but very, very light without being watered down but good taste.

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Photo of bmeehan
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This beer doesn't do anything in spectacular fashion, but it's light, it's easy on the eyes, and it sits well on the tongue. You can do a lot worse than this beer as summer ales go.

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Photo of Antc2382
4.29/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

This really is a go-to beer of the summer. Cape May, Congress Hall. Such a nice, flavorful blonde ale. Reviews are not as enthusiastic of mine, but I care not...It hits home for me.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.16/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

DATE REVIEWED: June 27, 2014... GLASSWARE: Ayinger willibecker... OCCASION: a ton of yard work done today--time for a reward...APPEARANCE: cloudy, slightly murky yellow-orange body; good effervescence; white, thick, soapy head; sporadic whips of lacing... AROMA: some lemon zest, some dishwasher detergent as well; faint wheat and clove... PALATE: slightly lively; easily drinkable, as the style would suggest; light in body and not fizzy--flat?... TASTE: instantly off-putting funk that doesn't subside with the next sip (wet cardboard?); malt is somewhat abrasive as well; this is NOT what summer tastes like to me... OVERALLL: sadly, a second chance at a first impression, and yet the same result: a bafflingly unsatisfying flavor married to a thirst-quenching body; plenty of other summer ales deliver more taste and harmonious experiences...

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

unfairly low ratings for this beer here. i admit, a lot of their strong and belgian styles have been lackluster, but this is a pretty good summer ale, certainly a good one to buy a case of in a box state like PA for hot weather mass consumption. pale blonde in color, bubbly, and emitting aromas of orange peel and extremely lightly toasted barley. the flavor is quite simple and straightforward, with a real soft grain front end and then a clean, slightly citrusy balanced finish, crispy clean drinking, supremely refreshing, and with the low abv, its a good summer slammer right from the bottle. i think it probably deserves a little more credit than it has on here, i mean, there are no off flavors, and the feel is great. i guess folks may be looking for a bit more hop character, or even just more robust flavors throughout, but this beer is for the light beer drinker looking to go craft. i think it works, and aside from being awfully light, I've got no real critiques. i like the biscuity front end and the hint of orange zest as it closes out.

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Photo of jlux21
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good summer Beer, lite and refreshing. Will not fill you up or weigh you down. My first choice in the summer months. If you see it grab a six and enjoy.

will not go over the flavors as it seems to have been done by other already. Good luck finding it at least in hunterdon county are in NJ seems to be on and off with availability in the summer months, sells out quick.

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Photo of BlackDog
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer Blonde pours a slightly cloudy gold with a shade of orange. A large off-white head holds with good retention and good lacing.

The nose is a grainy malt up front, followed by a sweet, inviting touch of fruit, and maybe just a hint of yeast.

The taste follows the aroma in the best way possible. Again, there's a decent taste of sweet malts, and this is complimented with some lemon and orange notes. The taste is crisp and clean, with a slightly sweet finish. Medium carbonation and the light body combine to make that crispness, which is perfect for these hot summer days.

If you're looking for a light, summer beer to enjoy this weekend, River Horse Summer Blonde is it. At 4.5% ABV, it's light and quenching but doesn't sacrifice any taste, making it a must-have this summer.

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Photo of jamesg60
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice tasting right off the bat not over bearing like some micro brews who over kill with citrus. Little foggy small head but I good tasting this a drinking ale unlike others where you can only drink one because there are to heavy.

One of the better Summer Ales and it helps that it is a local NJ brewery..

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Photo of KTCamm
3.64/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Served on tap at the Pub in Mendham NJ.

River horse summer. Clear bright gold some foam to start. Light citrus nose. Smooth citrus taste light wheat. Crisp summer beer that is quite refreshing. May not be complicated but I'm enjoying. 375 35 375 325 375

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.2/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served on tap at Texas Arizona in Hoboken, NJ

A: Pours a clear to very lightly hazy light yellow in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a half finger tall bright white head that quickly reduces to a thin film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of grainy malts with some honey sweetness, lemon/citrus, grassy hops, and light fruits (maybe apricot or peach).

T: The beer starts out with a grainy malt body that includes soem notes of honey sweetness and lemon/citrus. This beer has a light amount of bitterness from the grassy hops which lingers slightly.

M: Slightly heavier than light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: This beer is easy to drink and light enough (and low enough in alcohol) to be quite sessionable. There is nothing that really stands out about this beer but it is enjoyable.

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Photo of Adrock1011
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice clean beer that would complement a heavy meal as well as a light meal. The after taste is minimal and it finishes clean. This beer has excellent drinkability and is relatively light, but it does not have a huge taste, either upfront or on the finish.

Overall, good clean summer drink. Not a big flavor or at all challenging.

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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and very good lacing.

The smell featured light pale and wheat mats and a faint herbal hop.

The taste consisted of clean malts and a utilitarian herbal hop.

The mouthfeel was light and clean.

Overall a quaffable summer ale.

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Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate to high amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that quickly died down but left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and lacing running down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of fruit in the nose—apricots seem to stand out in particular—along with some notes of grassy hops and lemons plus hints of grainy malts and honey.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some hints of grainy malts in the flavors. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The light body nature of this beer makes it go down easily but there’s nothing special about the smell or taste.

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Photo of claspada
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden, sun-colored beer with minimal head and hardly any lacing.

Aromas are quite faint and mild; lightly bready sweet malts with hints of biscuit and graininess. Light herbal/earthy hops.

The tastes begin very crisp, clean, and refreshing, but not overly flavorful. Hints of pale malt sweetness, light herbal earthy European hops. Mild doughy yeast flavors emerge as it warms.

The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with medium to light carbonation. Could definitely use more for the style. Finish is crisp, clean yet watered-down.

Overall this is a subpar attempt at a Blonde ale. Flavor profile is muted and seems dialed back. Not horrible but there were much better options that I passed up on draft; won't make that mistake again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with a long lasting, small white head. Aroma is of citrus fruit, some apples and cookies. Body is medium and crisp. Flavors are of biscuit malt, citrus fruit and hints of musty yeast. Finish is very short. On the whole it is tasty, refreshing lawn mower brew.

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Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright bright yellow. Not straw or gold, this can only be described as yellow. Fluffy white head. Some haziness in classic riverhorse style. Slightly sweet biscuit and straw malts on the nose. Mild hop character.

Decently sized creamy mouthfeel up front. Bread crusts with a touch of butter, slightly toasty. Carbonation rolls in around mid pallete. Slightly earthy hops present on the end just to round everything out making for a clean sip. Not as crisp as id like this beer to be but it does add a unique twist to things. Nothing crazy but decent for a standard american blonde ale. Flavors are good. Could very well go great with summer evenings by the case.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice looking medium golden amber with a touch of light haze that settles out quickly. large head of white leaves a little side lacing but not much as it settles itself out. aroma is light grains and grasses, a touch of bready malts and a bit of a lingering hop note that is soo faint i dont know how i picked it up. clean, crisp, and light feel and flavor, there is really not much to it, a touch of peach perhaps on the tongue but that was all, nothing to write home about

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Photo of corby112
2.54/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow color with a massive frothy white head that takes forever to subside. Way too much carbonation. It took several minutes to pour twelve oz into a pint glass.

Slightly earthy aroma with lots of bready yeast along with subtle spice and light fruit. Faint peppery presence with hints of grass, straw, apple, lemon peel and banana.

Medium bodied but on the lighter end with some tight carbonation and zesty spice. Dry and earthy with hints of grass, straw and pepper. Bready yeast is the most prominent flavor but it doesn't add much to the palate. Sweetness toward the finish with hints of apple and lemon peel. Kind of bland but somewhat easy to drink.

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Photo of buyBinboaVodka
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy River Horse beer and this is a nice summer light beer for those days down the shore when it is 95 degrees out.

A- Looks like a light beer, golden yellow color with a 2" white head that takes a little time to recede with decent lacing around the glass.

S- I get a faint floral smell with some slight hoppiness and sweet spice such as cloves.

T- Very light and crisp, some nice bitterness and hoppy flavor, but not overpowering. Small amounts of citrus and shine through. This is a light beer after all.

M- very light with decent carbonation.

O- I like this beer for hot summer days and nights. It has just the right amount of flavor without beeing too overpowering.

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Photo of mactrail
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear light amber in the wine glass. Beautiful big head that lasts pretty well. A nice mouthful of foam. That seems to be the way to enjoy this-- pour a frothy half a mug, and slurp it down before it gets at all flat. A decent tang of malt, slight zing of hops, and then it's down the hatch.

Well, this is a watery beer. But representing this benighted style, it's not bad. An enjoyable quaff, I have to admit.

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Photo of tkepx182
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a warm weather beer. It is light in taste, texture, color, and alcohol content; this is what I look for in a warm weather beer. It is straight forward without any need for lemon or lime flavoring. However, the lack of flavoring also leaves you wanting a little more taste in the beer, especially if you like darker beers like I do.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours out like a traditional blonde ale. The coloe is yellow with a minimal haze to it. The small has some grains and citrus in it. The taste follows through with a lot of citrus, almost like grapefruit. The mouthfeel is light and smooth. Overall this brew is a decent summer beer. worth a try.

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River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 70 ratings.