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River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 70
Hads: 227
Avg: 3.26
pDev: 29.14%
Wants: 3
Gots: 45 | 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:
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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Reviews: 70 | Hads: 227
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 callmeclemens
1.88/5  rDev -42.3%
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.

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Photo of FickleBeast
2.8/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle lists 4.5% ABV.

Pours a bright yellow color with a very thin scraggly head that dissipates very quickly. Aroma is bit of spicy citrus, some cooked corn, and honey like sweetness.

First impression is a wave of corn graininess. Not good. Kind of musty tasting. There is a kiss of bitterness on the end, followed by a lingering cooked corn flavor. Disappointing.

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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 HeroicDoses
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me first say that I have not been a fan of River Horse beers in the past. That said, I actually don't think this is that bad of a brew. Is it great? Absolutly not, but it has a very laid back texture and understated drinkability which results in an average beer that can be quite tremendous when enjoyed in the proper setting (ie hot summer day). It's strength lies in it's ability to avoid the pitfalls that too many summer brews fall victim too (ie excessive citrus, overstated flavors, etc.). River Horse tones it down nicely (unlike their liquid cement monstrosity Hop-A-Lot-A-Mus), and make a very solid (albeit not great) summer beer that I might not go out of my way to purchase, but will enjoy if I come across it.

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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 irishking1977
2.95/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

American summer ales: the quintessential hit or miss beer.

A: Bright clear golden hue with a moderate head that leaves slight lacing. Fairly appealing.

S: Reminds me of two beers: Honey Moon ale, and Sam Adams Summer ale. Both descriptions are good and bad. Hints of sugar and malt, mild hops, and a somewhat potent honey aroma.

T: Egads. This is cloyingly sweet. It's okay for a beer to be somewhat sweet, (milk stouts, belgians etc) but this is way over the top. Sugary sweetness seems to also stem from some kind of artificial tasting honey (flavor). Odd. Reminds me more of Honey Moon summer ale, in that they both have artificial honey flavors, and aren't exactly bursting with drinkability. Sam Adams Summer ale is a little more manageable.

M: Good carbonation, kind of syrupy. Loads of sweetness linger on the palate, in addition to faint hops, which is off putting.

D: Not something I will drink again in succession. I could barely finish two. Maybe one of these, if it's all I have, but I doubt I'd purchase this again. Flavors are all over the place, sweet, artificial honey flavor is over the top, which cripples drinkability. Really off balanced.

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Photo of Veejer
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some malts. Taste is crisp, light, some malts and slightly sweet. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and is highly drinkable. Overall this makes for a good quality brew.

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Photo of oopewan
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Label says: ABV: 4.5%, not 4.00%

This is my first review ever
This beer had a cool cap and logo but if you're looking for a good blonde, keep looking. I liked that it didn't have the citric taste you can find in a blonde but it didn't have anything else to compensate for it either. just tasted like a light sam summer but not as tasty as that actually sounds. Thanks for the cap, but that's about it.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.3/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden straw with hints of amber. Ample, creamy, frothy head.

S- Roasted malts and bread, faint hops and pepper and orange.

T- Matly and bready like many River Horse beers. Hops on the trail end with faint spicing.

M- not a heck of a lot of carbonation. left a little aftertaste.

D- Average, light ale. Drinkable yes, flavorful, no.

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Photo of drcarver
3.06/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - A slightly hazy yellow body with a small white head.

S - Peas. It smells like peas. I'd say sweet peas, like the kind you find in your freezer section. A little citrus in the front, but its all peas after that. I gave it a 2 because I don't like peas, but if you like peas by gum this is your beer.

T - Light and crisp with a sweet malty aftertaste. And what a shock, it tastes like peas, but not nearly as strong as the smell.

M - Clean and crisp. Light bodied.

D - Goes down nicely once you get rid of the pea flavor.

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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 TheFightfan1
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at Mile Square in Hoboken...
Presented as a golden, light-blonde, sun-colored beer with a minimal head and hardly any lacing...
Faint, mild aroma - sweet with hints of malts...
Taste was very crisp, clear, and refreshing... Hints of candied sugars abound, although the flavor was overall more subdued and less assertive than other samples from River Horse... Slick, watered-down, light mouthfeel, although the drinkability was fairly good due to the low ABV and refreshing factor...
Nothing special...

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Photo of ATPete
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz capped sample bottle

A- Into a pint glass the 2008 River Horse Summer Blonde pours a a very transparent yellow/orange/brown. The color and visible carbonation reminds me of ginger ale. A big fat 2 finger white net of a head tops this one off.

S- Smells like a weak pale ale. Definitely a recognizable malt character, hops are more present, some lemon and grass as well.

T- Very lager-like, a little bit nutty, malt dominates the taste, a little blast of citrus and some subtle bitterness on the finish.

M- There is nothing to this one. Very light body, the carbonation makes this one a gulper.

D- Session beer? I like Power Hour better. This is an extremely drinkable summer offering from River Horse.

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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 craigowens
1.5/5  rDev -54%
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.

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Photo of jpweisel
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good summer beer. I tried it at the brewey over the summer. It is a nice golden color and very drinkable. Not to sweet and a nice head.

I would recommend for a hot summer day. Not a year round champ, but a good drinkable summer beer.

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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 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 techdiver
3.04/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy gold and virtually headless.

Nose is it's only promising point. Smells like a beer with just a touch of lemon.

Taste is pretty non-committal. Very average taste for a summer ale.

Mouthfeel is light with a distinct lack of carbonation.

Average drinkability. Easy to drink, non filling; but there are so many more that are so much better.

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Photo of drjim34
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with out much of a head.
Seems almost flat with little carbonation (needs more).
Easy drinking summer beer, maybe at the beach or sitting around during a hot day, not at the top of my list, but it would be refreshing.
No finishing touches, it just disappears.
I like the faint lemon, very nice in summer.
I wouldn’t go out of my way to get it, but I would pick it up again.

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Photo of jwc215
2.69/5  rDev -17.5%
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.

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