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River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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190 Ratings
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Ratings: 190
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.28
pDev: 17.07%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | 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:
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(Beer added by: NeroFiddled on 06-01-2003)
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Photo of whartontallboy
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange-gold with a thin white head of fizz that quickly fades.

Smell has a lot of malt in it with a thin, metallic hop character in there as well on top of some orange scents.

Flavor is light and a tad thin with some heavy maltiness and again more citric flavors. One thing I'm noticing about all of the River Horse beers I've had is a common metallic flavor among all of them. I don't know what's going on, but it's definitely present here.

Thin crisp mouthfeel and an overall pleasant enough character makes this one an easy drinker on a hot day, but it's not my favorite.

Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This summer ale pours a bit cloudy with a thin white head. An evident nose of sweet malt was appealing but the brew itself was somewhat thin and mostly sweet, ie, it lacked balance. The body was there, due to the sweetness I presume, but overall would not have me coming back for more. Overall a fair summer ale, which might fit the taste of your average "lite" drinker, but I'll stay away.

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!

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

River Horse- Summer Blonde

Now that I live 10-15 minutes from River Horse I can finally sample what they have to offer.

Appearance- cloudy fizzy yellow with a thin white soapy head.
Smell- grassy, wheat, and sweet.
Taste- sweet, almost sugery. Light wheat/ grain flavor.
Mouthfeel- watery.refreshing. goes down smooth. A definite lawn-mowing beer.

Overall- a decent/mediorce summer blonde,won't offend.

Photo of donnebaby
3.05/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mostly clear gold blond color, just a thin white rim of foam. Nose is the only interesting part of this otherwise boring brew. Sweet, creamy wheat, mixed in with some vanilla. Taste is very sweet. Some light wheat taste, too. Real shallow feel, nothing. Light, off mineral aftertaste.

Photo of goz
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy pale straw with a medium sized white head that quickly diminishes and barely laces the glass. Aroma is very light, mostly just a faint graininess. Flavor is somewhat sweet, lightly bready/grainy, with a hint of lemon. Thin-medium in body, fairly bland and boring.

Photo of theozag
2.78/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a pale yellow color, with a bit of a wax-like translucency. The head forming over this brew is white and thin; it does not effect taste or mouthfeel in any noticable way. Faint smells from my glass were very hard to pin-point. Of course, it doesn't help that i have a poor sense of smell, but nonetheless... i believe the smells were white grape and apple. This beer starts smooth and almost undetectable. It is light-bodied with a sweetened apple or fruit flavor. There are other mild, thin flavors present in the beer, but they are very tough for me to discern. The finish is a bit of caramel (which overtakes the brew's sweetness) mixed with a little bitter edge.

This beer was not really to my liking, though I have no problem finishing the six pack i have already purchased. i would suggest it to someone who likes flavorful, smooth, light-bodied beers... but i found it too thin to be enjoyable.

Photo of hungryghost
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, lazy, golden yellow. Light head does not linger, spotty lacing.
Bubbles continue to rise rapidly, even after a few tastes.
Smells faintly of citrus and yeast.
Tastes slightly of citrus, carbonation gives it a crispness, there is a tiny hop bite just before it goes down.
I could sit back and drink some of these on a summer afternoon/evening. It sort of sparkles. Nothing spectacular about this beer, and certainly nothing offensive.

Photo of Gavage
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a small head that quickly disappated. The aroma was of slight citrus. The malt come through on the tongue with slight bitterness. The bitterness lasted a bit after swallowing. Very dry, and light carbonation. Definitely drinkable since it has a lighter body, but not overly exciting.

Photo of oberon
3.38/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey light golden color with a light head that leaves some light lacing,aroma is definently malty and grainy with some light sweetness.The taste has a nice malty backbone but nothing really gives it some umph.This a solid brew easy to drink quite a few of these not very complex.

Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +18.3%
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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River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 190 ratings.