Deschutes River Ale
Deschutes Brewery

Deschutes River AleDeschutes River Ale
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Style:
American Blonde Ale
Ranked #117
ABV:
4%
Score:
84
Ranked #36,283
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 11.05%
Reviews:
133
Ratings:
711
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Deschutes Brewery
 
Oregon, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
84
Good
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Photo of Libeertarian
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From notes taken 05/01/17:

Clear but hazy orange honey amber capped with cream colored dense but fluffy head of decent retention. Grass, faint grain, bread, and even caramel aromas. Palate is a little more malty tart and biscuity though still loaded with caramel and grass, some honey and a crisp, herbal, floral and sappy to almost piney hop finish. Good balance, extra drinkable. Lighter medium mouthfeel of watery substance but suds of velvety to tingly texture.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.23/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reviewed from notes. The appearance was a light hazy golden orange colored body with a two finger white foamy head that rises a bit and falls to a half finger coating the top of the body (nice show), foamy clingy spider web lacing graces the sides of the glass. The smell was herbal, but spicy peppery citrus/lemon. The taste was basically the same, but adds a decent malt presence, smooth sweet sticky aftertaste and finish. The palate was light, sessionable. Carbonation is good for the style and decent to me, nothing lacking and nothing really standing out. Overall, many blonde ales on the market with more outstanding qualities. This one, well, not exactly sure, but maybe again.

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Photo of andrewh995
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

All I can think when I drink this is how crisp it is. The flavors are mild and I get plenty of piney notes, but oh my god is it crisp. Seriously, try it and you'll see what I mean.

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Photo of gandres
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured to wine glass
Sight: Amber, hazy small off white foam
Smell: Hoppy
Taste: medium bitterness
Feel: lively carbonation, sudden drop with long finish
Overall: very good lager, repeat: yes, look for: No
Drank: 10/21/2016 9:14 PM

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Photo of stevoj
3.05/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark golden body with thin off white head. Light aroma of malt, touch of hops. Taste is also light, malt, honey, hay. Short finish with dry malt palate. Expected better from Deschutes.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

2/20...an absolute winner. Bright copper pour, darker on top. Fluffy descending white foamy cap. English pale nose, breads, fruits, toffee. Subtle sprucey pine. Loaded malty flavor, sneaky hidden bitter bite behind the toffee/caramel layers. Smooth and loaded with flavor. Hard down to gulp down. Delicious.

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Photo of kitch
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A 12 fl oz bottle with a best by date of 19th April 2016. Poured into a Moonzen teku glass.

Appearance: It poured a clear golden copper colour with a one finger slightly off white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a little lacing.

Aroma: Bready and biscuit malt with a hint of caramel, fruity pineapple and apricot.

Taste: A strong bready malt backbone with some nice light apricot, grapefruit, pine and grass.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall: It’s easy to drink and nice and fruity. A decent beer but nothing spectacular.

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Photo of BWED
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a willibecher.

A- Copper, semi-hazy. Cream colored head. Retains at 1/4" and little bits of lacing.

S- Earthy hop, and fruity. Toasty, sweet malt.

T- Earthy, a little floral, and slight toast. Mild but flavorful.

M- Light, very clean. Floral, semi-dry finish. Really nice.

O- Nice. Mild, but flavorful. Really clean, and a great drink.

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Photo of Catholic_Beer_Guild
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Tastes and smells like a Northwest beer. Probably a bit heavy for some taste buds, but if your a fan of beer from Washington and Oregon this will rank high with your favorite Ale's.

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Photo of Troy-Hawaii
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 6 pack from Don Quiojte $7.77. Amber color, light mouthfeel, smooth clean taste, no aftertaste, overall a great beer for when you want to drink a lot. Surprised that the alcohol is not higher give the amount of taste.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A little darker than straw yellow, a little less than one inch of head on her. Absent aroma.

Taste was nothing to write home about, good or bad. Little bits of malt and hops, agreeable to most palates. Unadventurous to ours. Nothing flawed with the beer. Your buddy will prolly like it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a dimpled mug.

Appearance: medium orange hue with a dash of haze and a thin layer of frothy ivory foam. Pretty nice.

Smell: sweet malt with a lightly floral, lightly fruity hop aroma. A bit low in intensity, but enticing nonetheless.

Taste: floral and a little bit fruity with a slightly toasty malt base. Quite good for a session ale.

Mouthfeel: medium body with a decent carbonation and creaminess.

Overall: this beer really is fantastic for such a low-ABV session ale. It's one of the most massively drinkable beers I've ever had.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a clear golden amber color.

Overall: This is a clean refreshing beer. It is fully graced with a hop aroma but has a lot of malt too. The combination makes a crisp sessionable beer. Very Good.

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Photo of TheWiltChamberlainofipas
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of bottle pours nice golden color. Nose is grass slight citrus hop aromas. Taste is crisp clean pilsner qualities with a nice pine finish. Not overly bitter, thin, or watery like most sessional beers.

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Photo of raiderandbeerfan
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was one of those palate cleansers that show up to the mega bottle share in March.

Pours a straw yellow, 7/8" head on it, pretty faint, a very neutral aroma, there isn't anything to really speak about, nothing off, nothing in your face.

Taste comes off minimal/neutral as well. Makes sense they call it River Ale, water is the most prevalent aspect of the beer. Softly hits the tongue. Carbonation high. No yeast esters. The beer has nothing wrong with it. It is a good beer to check out in between more flavorful beers or when you need to sober up, but not at as fast of a pace as if you were drinking str8 h20.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampled also last night on 9/5/15 while watching college football. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle and chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "OMAHA-BUD LIGHT" pilsner glass.

Brew pours a medium-honey amber in color with close to a 2-finger creamy off-white head that stayed around for a bit, like a good German brew. The lacing was moderate and stuck to the sides of the glass, like a good German brew does as well. Very surprised by this one. Aroma is of malts with a hint of some fruit and yeast. More going on with the taste as there is some grass/hay with a hint of the citrus zest right near the finish. Goes down easy with no harsh or bitter aftertaste at all. Once again very surprised by this one as I have only liked a few brews of this style so far. Lighter-to medium bodied with good carbonation. Overall a very tasty brew.

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Photo of RVerduin
3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I drank this beer from a standard pint glass. Looks are not too special. It has a golden color, is slightly hazy, and has a nice and firm white head.

The smell is not very strong, and dominated by fruity malts.

With just 4% ABV this is not a heavy beer. It drinks smoothly, is well carbonated and refreshing, but a bit too watery for my taste.

As the smell suggests, this beer is fruity. I tasted stone fruit, as well as citrusy hops. The aftertaste is pleasant.

Subtle, and easily drinkable, it makes a decent beer overall. With it being this fruity, I tried pairing it with a summer salad with nuts and strawberries, and this turned out to be a great idea.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.26/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

pours a little dark for a blonde ale but great smell. good taste but nothing fantastic.

i would not have guessed this at only 4%. i would have guessed higher, i've had much more refreshing blonde ales but this is pretty solid.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.69/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden amber color with a big billowy white head. The head fades rather fast, leaving a light level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the brew is rather strong of a bready and yeasty smell mixed with a rather lighter citrus and apricot smell. Along with these aromas comes some lighter notes of a hay and grassy smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly cracker like taste mixed with a bit of yeast. Right from the start there is also very light hay and grassy taste, which create a nice hop base for the taste for the brew. As the taste advances a lighter grapefruit and grassy hop as well as a little bit of a lemon taste come to the tongue. With a hint of pine at the very end, one is left with a somewhat drier cracker malt and lighter soured citrus taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather light and thin with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. For the lighter abv., the bit of sourness, and the drier tastes the feel is rather nice and makes for a more refreshing and crisp brew overall.

Overall- A rather easy drinking ale with a little bit of sourness and hop flavor, keeping it lively, but not overwhelming. Not a bad one to go to on a warm summer day as a nice session brew.

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Photo of ARoman
3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap, poured into a plastic cup at Deschutes Street Pub Chicago. The aroma is a muted caramel with a touch of citrus and a prevalent grassiness. By mid cup, the sweet citrus aroma strengthens. It pours a clear amber orange topped by a dense white foam that has a mild retention and lace, The taste is a nicely balanced medium light citrus and grain bittersweet. It's a watery thin texture with a fizzy carbonation and a light body. Flavors of bread and muted caramel are dominant with a citrus undertone. It finishes crisp with a citrus zest leaving an aftertaste of bread crust and caramel. It's lightly cloying and a bit sticky, but overall, a nice malt forward session ale

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Photo of love2ride
4.83/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

just picked this up at HyVee. it's delicious. not sure if there's a hint of mint or ginger or what's going on. or is it fruit or something I can't place? it is truly a beer with a great taste, thus compelling me to write my first beer review on any site. I even bookmarked this website a year ago and finally today I leave ths review.

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Photo of breadwinner
3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Deschutes exudes quality for me, so I was surprised to find a rather off-putting nose on this one, a touch vegetal, not quite textbook DMS, but something off to be sure. Palate improved things a touch, with a sort of light bittering hop note working alongside some crackery malt. Body is thin, which makes sense for the low ABV take on the style, I suppose, but still wasn't really endearing. I don't know...the whole time I just kept thinking, "Why bother with this -- just spend the extra .5 - 1% ABV and have a Mirror Pond or Twilight Ale."

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Photo of schoolboy
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a style that is hard for me to get excited about, but this particular one is an excellent example.

It's dark yellow with a bit of fizz. The aroma is fresh yet slightly hops and yeast skunky and skanky. Just slightly, not blonde slut level. A complex odor.

The taste is characteristically mild yet interesting. It does bitter and malt all balanced together. Nice.

The aftertaste is mostly sweet, with less bitter. This is a well endowed blonde.

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Photo of jwc215
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Best by 10/09/15:

Pours deep golden with a lasting creamy head. Lacing sticks down the glass.

The taste is of slight honey - some cracker - subtle floral touch.

The taste is of a hint of honey with a hint of orange in the finish. Rather bland, even for the style, though there is enough flavor that it grew on me a bit as it progressed. Keeping style in mind I bumped up the score I was going to give it.

:Light-bodied, smooth, crisp.

Easy to drink. Pretty much a run-of-the mill inoffensive blonde ale. It does have a nice, though short-lived, aftertaste.

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Photo of iCica
3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a few of these and went to the river with a some friends. It was a great session, everyone enjoyed the beer, with a modest 4.0% abv it was perfect for the setting. The taste is very mild, delicate almost in a floral kind of way. There wasn't anything too exciting going on with it it, just pleasant to drink without leaving much of an aftertaste.

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Deschutes River Ale from Deschutes Brewery
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 711 ratings