River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 224
Avg: 3.26
pDev: 28.83%
Wants: 3
Gots: 42 | 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

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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 tjd112
4.58/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - Poured into same brewery's pint glass

Appearance - Very golden colour with white head, good retention, some lacing

Smell - Faint apricots, some malts and hops

Taste - Apricots, cherries, maybe a little bit of citrus, a somewhat sweet, but not too cloying beer

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied

Drinkability - Smooth

Overall - A great summmertime brew

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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 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 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 BeerLover48Fan
3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts as well as a nice lemony zest. It has a slight bisquity aroma. The taste is pretty good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes earthy and dry with a slight lemon zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking summer ale, but not a beer you will go to lengths to obtain It's perfect for those hot afternoons.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body is capped by a creamy head of bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and some whispy surface foam. Lacing, however, is limited. The nose is intriguing with a soft, wheat-tinged grainy malt that's smoothed by a light touch of buttery diacetyl and backed by a subtle fruitiness. The body is medium and it appears creamy and smooth in the mouth due to a fine, moderate carbonation. The buttery diacetyl found in the nose is a bit stronger in the flavor, yet it actually seems to work for the beer by combining with a grainy maltiness that's gently balanced by mildly spicy hops. There's a malty sweet flavor to it that I associate with the dextrins delivered by cara-pils malt; but it's not overdone and it retains a refreshing quality. It finishes with a lingering note of sweet malt that slowly receeds to reveal some gentle background hop flavor and delicate bitterness. Overall, a very decent summer beer that might not be really refreshing right after mowing the lawn, but has a little bit more malt flavor to it for when you're relaxing after a late evening cookout. Enjoyable!

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Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a pale light amber colored beer with moderate white head.
Smell is notable for sweet summer fruits, but only very faintly.
Taste is light and fruity with a nice refreshing character.
A bit thin in the mouth with little taste retention.
A pleasant summer beer, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of magnj
3.82/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a - light yellow body, somewhat hazy, appears to have some extra yeast in solution.

s - grainy nose, a little sweet.

t - light grainy body with a slight fruitness but overall clean. hop bitterness and flavor are both low.

m/d- body is thin but compliments the delicate flavor. very easy drinker, despite low alcohol there is plenty of flavor and it was priced well.

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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 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 Schmidts
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the bottle Golden yellow Sun color with about a 1/2 inch creamy Head.
Smells of Citrus and sweet malts.
Taste is of citrus grapfruit and malt, sweet and very refreshing to drink. Mouth feel is very nice and smooth goes down nice and leaves your mouth refreshed.
This Beer is a very refreshing very Drinkable Beer and once I tried it I bought a case. A very nice summer Blond beer give it a try.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden amber with quite a bit of fine yeast. The cap is off-white and is fair-to-middlin' in terms of its appearance. It looks to be somewhat soft with a nearly featureless surface, so it's surprising that it doesn't immediately collapse into nothingness. While there's very little lace to start with, a decent amount appears when the beer reaches midglass.

Summer Blonde smells like a cross between a macro lager and a pilsener. It has none of the adjuncty nastiness of the former (it is, after all, all-malt) and very little of the noble hoppiness of the latter. Still, I think the comparisons are valid. It smells like sweetish, fresh grain with just a touch of hops.

The flavor is interesting and is different from most so-called summer beers. For one thing, there's no discernable citrus; which has almost come to be a requirement of the summer beer 'style'. The beer is predominantly malty and is a little honeyish. Although that might not sound so good on paper (so to speak), it is pretty good in actuality.

This River Horse seasonal tastes like an all-malt beer in which the brewers haven't stinted on the malt. Hop contribute little, further showcasing the grain. It's different and I like it just fine. The body/mouthfeel, as one might expect, is firmly medium due to the generous amount of ingredients. I'm a little confused about the brewery's claim that it's 'lower' (not 'low') in carbs. It sure doesn't taste like it.

This is pretty good beer. It's one of the first blonde ales that I've had that actually tastes blonde. River Horse may not have a Derby winner here, but Summer Blonde is definitely no nag.

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

The beer pours a clear flaxen yellow, topped with a dense pure white head. The head quickly dissipates into a light mist. Spiraling carbonation bubbles rise to the top in a lazy summertime fashion.
The aroma is slightly fruit estery, with a floral and pear quality. Apparent hops, american, with perhaps a bit of hallertau or perle. Hops have an herbal grassy quality. Slight woody nuttiness as the beer warms. Very pleasant.
The flavor is smooth and malty, with a spicy, carbonated mouthfeel. Hops take up the rear, providing a mildly bitter herbal finish. A little muddy tasting, but still finish the beer nicely. No dryness, yet crisp. Malts are fairly clean, with a slight pear esteriness. Some nuttiness towards the end, just before the hops slide in. Very slight soapy aftertaste, but all told, this is surprisingly tasty. Not terribly complex, but flavorful and quenching. Very true to the blonde ale style. Summer beers seem to be getting better and better.

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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 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 Phillyduke
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, golden, loads of active carbonation. 2-3 finger head with decent retention. Minimal soapy lacing

S: clean, vegetal, crisp. Mildly faint hop character.

T/M: Smooth, slightly sweet, crisp. Nice tingle from the carbonation. Short, dry finish with not much aftertaste.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a hazy, golden body with an explosive, huge head. River Horse certainly doesn't cheat in the carbonation department.

Smell: Sugary-smelling aroma of crackers, a hint of pepper, and a slight pear-like fruitiness.

Taste: Wheaty, crackery flavor with a medium level of sweetness. Citrusy. Light pear esters. Pinch of spice. Not much in the way of bitterness. Dry, zesty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Well carbonated.

Drinkability: Y'know, it's not so terrible once all of that damnable carbonation settles down.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.53/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a clear, bright golden-orange with a dull white head that was 2 fingers in height, creamy soft, and exhibited great retention. Visible carbonation was medium.

S: light in nature, with fresh flowers, grains, apple/cinnamon spiciness, and some fresh cookie dough.

T: The flavor was soft, smooth and semi-sweet, with some glazed pastry sweetness and apple/cinnamon spiciness. Light honey flowers, pale grains, lemon bread, and some apple dough are detected as well. The beer finishes with a light tartness of citrus.

M: light, buttery slick and effortlessly slides off the tongue leaving faint lemon and orange hints behind.

D: nice drinkability, and unique flavor makes this worthy of a try. I would buy a sixer of this.

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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 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 WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts as well as a nice lemony zest. It has a slight bisquity aroma. The taste is pretty good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes earthy and dry with a slight lemon zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking summer ale, but nothing to write home about. It's perfect for those hot afternoons.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Although there's still snow on the ground, I'm still going to give this summer blonde a shot since it was the final addition to the River Horse mixed twelve.
Appearanceis boring and basic, with little head and a bubbly light color with lots of carbonation. Nose is surprisingly rich and sweet with spices and chocolate malt. Not so likely with such a light color but good all the same.
The taste is slightly watery but still well balanced and clean, with residual hoppiness and smooth texture for a lighter beer. Still too much carbonation but the refeshing body carries as well.
Another fun but uninspiring beer from River Horse.

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