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River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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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 whartontallboy
3.1/5  rDev -5.5%

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.

whartontallboy, Aug 27, 2005
Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev +1.5%

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.

rfgetz, Jul 20, 2009
Photo of tgbljb
3.85/5  rDev +17.4%

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.

tgbljb, May 06, 2007
Photo of st9647v3
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

st9647v3, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

BeerForMuscle, May 27, 2013
Photo of LoveStout
2.25/5  rDev -31.4%

LoveStout, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of WDJersey
3/5  rDev -8.5%

WDJersey, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -7%

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.

NJpadreFan, May 19, 2005
Photo of SadMachine
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

SadMachine, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of dsa7783
3.45/5  rDev +5.2%

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...

dsa7783, Jul 04, 2008
Photo of JohnK17
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

JohnK17, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of twenty5
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

twenty5, May 15, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +11.3%

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

KTCamm, May 19, 2013
Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -23.8%

bonbini26, Jan 10, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

RoryOMoore, May 27, 2012
Photo of buzzy
3/5  rDev -8.5%

buzzy, Mar 11, 2014
Photo of NJBeer265
2.75/5  rDev -16.2%

NJBeer265, Jun 02, 2014
Photo of mikeburd1128
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

mikeburd1128, May 10, 2013
Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev +10.7%

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.

UnionMade, Aug 26, 2003
Photo of daliandragon
3.48/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

daliandragon, Feb 19, 2006
Photo of DIPAFAN
3.75/5  rDev +14.3%

DIPAFAN, May 04, 2013
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

bacher468, Jul 20, 2013
Photo of campfirebrew
3.25/5  rDev -0.9%

campfirebrew, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of Lehighace06
3.5/5  rDev +6.7%

Lehighace06, Jan 24, 2014
Photo of MuddyFeet
2.2/5  rDev -32.9%

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
River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 186 ratings.