River Guide | Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.

BA SCORE
88
very good
233 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
Massachusetts, United States
berkshirebrewingcompany.com

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
Formerly River Ale

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-13-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
233
Reviews:
123
Avg:
3.93
pDev:
9.67%
 
 
Wants:
60
Gots:
15
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 233 |  Reviews: 123
Photo of albern
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a treat and one of the better offerings from Berkshire. The beer pours a clear copper mahogany color with a small but creamy off white head, decent retention, some lacing too. The nose is big malt palate in the pale malt variety, a deep caramel aroma, and a sweetish slightly fruitishness. It is primarily a big pale malt nose though, not overly aromatic, but good.

The taste is a deep caramel flavor, with a big malt palate, some roasted notes, and a sweetish almost candied butterscotch flavor maybe a tad brown sugary. The beer is not much carbonated, medium bodied, quite smooth, a slight hop presence more towards the finish, and maybe some warming ABV in the finish as well. For a 7% beer, this hides and masks the alcohol extremely well. This is a solid, big malty beer and is a nice treat. L'Chaim.

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Photo of jrutigs
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of prisdefer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark leathery brown with orange highlights at the edges, topped with a four finger pillowy off-white head. Leaves thick puffy wide rings of lacing, comes close to a full sheet. This actually looks like some rivers around here.
Very malty aroma, lots of nuts, toffee, herbs and an earthy note.
Sweet tasting, nuts, fruits - strawberry?, dark bread, very small touch of butter.
Medium bodied, felt like a strong brown ale.

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Photo of MikeRusso
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Jwale73
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in my BBC pint. Poured the color of unpasteurized apple cider with a one inch dense, off-white cap that eventually dissipates into a consistent skim. Murky clarity with bands of thick lacing that were revealed after each quaff. Nose is caramel and pale malts, as well as some sugar and light fruity esters (perhaps pear). Taste follows nose as well as a bready character. Mouthfeel is light to medium and well-balanced with a nice amount of carbonation to round it all out. Some of the breadiness in the taste lingers at the finish. Easy drinking and flavorful brew. BBC doesn't make a bad beer in my opinion, and this is definitely one of my favorites.

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Photo of Lawnboy33
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bobbypaulson
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle thanks for davey101!!!! The beer poured out of a bottle into a townhall cuved pint glass. Nice murky cloudy light redish brown color with a nice froathy white head. The head tapered off quick to a nice white top on the beer. smell is yeasty and sweet. taste is roasty and that same sweetness. This beer is a very nice starting beer, nice on the palate and very smooth. A very enjoyable beer to say the least. Thanks for sharing it Davey101 my buddy and I really enjoyed it!!!

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Photo of ChrisinRI
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this beer from tzieser. Thanks Tom!

22oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - clear amber color with a cream colored head that left some thick lacing behind.

S - cocoa powder and roasted malt.

T - roasted malt and chocolate nibs, a little smokey towards the finish which is slightly dry and bittersweet.

F - medium bodied with good carbonation.

O - an all around good beer.

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4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of hockeyfighter19
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of RichD
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of Yabev15
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of DMcGirr
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of sailorastro
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jbrumberg
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of soxandbeer
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of philaduffia
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of jim_carignan
4/5  rDev +1.8%

Photo of ksimons
4/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-a cloudy brown amber with a finger's worth of white fluffy head

S-sweet malts, wheat, caramel

T-much like the nose, sweet malts, bready wheat, caramel, and something a little fruity

M-medium body, medium amount of carbonation, smooth

D-a nice mellow dark wheat beer, very easy to drink

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Photo of Duffman79
3.99/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Guide from Berkshire Brewing Company Inc.
3.93 out of 5 based on 233 ratings.
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