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River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Summer BlondeRiver Horse Summer Blonde

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BA SCORE
76
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186 Ratings
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Ratings: 186
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 16.77%
Wants: 3
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co. visit their website
New Jersey, United States

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 06-01-2003)
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Photo of Ashia
1/5  rDev -69.5%

Ashia, Aug 27, 2014
Photo of craigowens
1.48/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really hope I got a bad batch of this. I can't imagine the carbonation level in this bottle could possibly be representative of the beer, however it has got to be the fizziest darn beer I've ever set my lips on. Absolutely undrinkable carbonation levels. I tried to pour it into a glass, but it immediately fizzed to the rim. Burp. Wasn't impressed with it otherwise, with the pungent citris flavor making it taste more like a 7-up than a beer.

craigowens, Apr 06, 2008
Photo of callmeclemens
1.9/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was strange to say the least, the expierience I mean. Got this on tap at a local Inn. First off and friend and I struggled to pick up on any scent particullarly with this beer, secondly this beer hit my pallet and felt and tasted like water, in all honestly my best describtion would be Coors only more water. I'm going to have to try this beer in a different format, this is to surprising, perhaps something was wrong with the keg. Regardless be forwardned.

callmeclemens, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of jakester
2.03/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is from a sampler case I got at Shelbourne Beer Dist. near Reading. No friggin' date on the label, bottle, or case. C'mon, guys! A little help!!

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a 1/2 finger of white bubbles. The head quickly drops to tiny islands and a ring, with no lacing. Looks highly effervescent.

This has a faint, sour like aroma (from wheat?), not unpleasant, though I'm not sure it's supposed to be there. Very faint light malt smell, if you work a little bit. Not much there.

The first flavor is slightly tart, kind of like a wheat beer. Flavor is pretty thin, with no discernable hop taste. Very slight hop bitterness detected.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery. A pretty long tartness is the finish.

Not a very good beer. This was my first River Horse beer, and if all the other beers in this sampler are like this, they won't be in business too much longer. At least date the fucking things!

jakester, Aug 15, 2005
Photo of dacrza1
2.1/5  rDev -36%
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...

dacrza1, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thought I would try this beer as summer's end is knocking on my door. Unfortunately, not a whole lot to this beer. Pours incredibly pale yellow in color. Also, appears slightly tinged green. Slightly hazy. Only a thin and filmy head on top. Nose is amlts, but they come across as corn. In terms of flavor, tis beer reminds me of long nights working my way through too many macros adjuncts. Lots of light malts plus corn and other adjunct flavors, plus the hops are essentially non-existent. Perhaps could make a suitable picnic beer.

MuddyFeet, Sep 06, 2005
Photo of TheBigBoy
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

TheBigBoy, Jul 25, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

LoveStout, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of TheFightfan1
2.38/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

pours a clear golden color with a fluffy white heading that settles to a thin lacing that sticks around for about 3/4 of the tasting.

Smell is very sweet with a buttery honey type aroma.

Taste is sweet and bitter,with a funky yeasty aftertaste.

Mouth just went completley wrong for me it was overcarbonated extremely light bodied almost like a drinking carbonated water. Also it left a film covering in my mouth for dissatisfying.

Drinkability besides being light and a low ABV I really couldn't stomach to have another one of these.

TheFightfan1, May 22, 2009
Photo of LPorter33
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Bukowski's

Appearance = Clear, golden blonde with tinges of amber. Great looking 1/2 inch head of creamy froth that refused to go away.

Smell = Malty with barely a hop presence. A bit sour with a strong grain presence, not a huge amount of spice or flavor.

Taste = Don't know if the keg was bad or what but the beer was completely flat. All malt here. No hops presence or spice/flavor. Extremely disappointing.

Overall = A very bland, uninspiring beer with a taste not much different from macro crap. Not recommended.

LPorter33, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of ggroller
2.4/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow in color, no head.

Faintly malty nose with distance hints of grassy hops.

Sadly, this beer reminds me of a Budweiser. Slightly malty, weak grassy hops, super thin mouthfeel, and wasn't refreshing in the least bit.

I think I'd rather drink a Coke than this beer.

ggroller, Jun 06, 2005
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

acurtis, Apr 25, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of Mudawg
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

Mudawg, Apr 03, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

rorjets, Jan 11, 2014
Photo of corby112
2.53/5  rDev -22.9%
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.

corby112, Jul 10, 2011
Photo of Veejer
2.55/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. A nice golden color. A fairly light aroma of faint malt and hops. The taste is more faint hops than malt. This is a light-weight fairly charcterless brew. Fine to drink after a lawn-mowing excursion, or to quench a summer thirst, but overall not a very interesting beer.

Veejer, May 20, 2010
Photo of jwc215
2.68/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light gold with a bit of a white head that almost immediately descends to nothing.

The smell is a touch of honey...some lemon. Nothing offensive, but not much there.

The taste is of...water...some honey, maybe a hint of lemon. Nothing offensive, but, well...nothing. Finish? I'll send out the rescue team because I'm not finding it.

Oddly thick considering the blandness of it. I think it's something of a honey thickness added to water. There's a lack of carbonation - sometimes that works, but I think it's needed here.

Bottom line - it doesn't taste "bad" because, for the most part, it doesn't taste. Strange brew. It might almost quench a thist in the heat because of its inoffensiveness, but...not much of a beer.

jwc215, May 31, 2007
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

BklynTerp, Jul 13, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

DS31, Apr 25, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

John_Crozier, May 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

jnardone235, Sep 03, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

mcsauter82, Jun 15, 2014
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River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.