River Horse Summer Blonde - River Horse Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 72
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 16.41%
Wants: 3
Gots: 37 | 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

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Ratings: 210 | Reviews: 72
Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev +10.3%
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.

Photo of daliandragon
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Photo of MuddyFeet
2.23/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

Photo of mikeg67
3/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy-golden with a long lasting, small white head. Aroma is of citrus fruit, some apples and cookies. Body is medium and crisp. Flavors are of biscuit malt, citrus fruit and hints of musty yeast. Finish is very short. On the whole it is tasty, refreshing lawn mower brew.

Photo of jtierney89
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Photo of ATPete
3.4/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
2.16/5  rDev -34.3%
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...

Photo of FickleBeast
2.8/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

Photo of donnebaby
3.07/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Ricochet
2.86/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It tastes just on the verge of going south, of course that could be the flavor of this beer. There is an odd smell from this that I cannot explain. A little sour, but mostly wheat. Yes, I bought this from the clearence section but I'm not going to hang on that. A nice orange with minimal head and a little cloudy, pretty good.

Mouth was like any other ale, but with a twinge of sour.

Taste, fruity notes, good , light wheat flavor was dominant with an ever so slight juicy fruit taste and above average hopping, but still, nothing really took center stage.

Drinkablity would be average. As mentioned before , there was a slight sour and a slight cardboard taste that means I caught this beer at the end of it's life, still, fresh, this would be an average beer with low ABV to drink in the summer while doing stuff in the yard.

Photo of goz
3.08/5  rDev -6.4%
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 jakester
2.03/5  rDev -38.3%
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 Wiffler27
3.87/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

one of my go to summer beers, especially because it's brewed very close to my house

Photo of techdiver
3.04/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A light summer ale.
Easy drinking and refreshing makes up for the lack of flavor.

Photo of tjd112
4.58/5  rDev +39.2%
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

Photo of magnj
3.82/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of irishking1977
2.95/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Photo of drcarver
3.06/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of LPorter33
2.46/5  rDev -25.2%
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 Antc2382
4.29/5  rDev +30.4%
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.

Photo of TopherBreski
3.77/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

Photo of hungryghost
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
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 theozag
2.75/5  rDev -16.4%
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 50marathons
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Nice blonde. Good summer beer.

River Horse Summer Blonde from River Horse Brewing Co.
76 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.