Roly Poly Pils
River Horse Brewing Co.

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Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #80
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3.8 | pDev: 11.05%
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
Roly Poly PilsRoly Poly Pils
Notes: A complex balance of malts round out Czech Saaz and German Hallertau hops, followed by a clean and crisp finish. A classic Czech-style Pilsner, our Roly Poly Pils is a super drinkable and tasty year round beer!
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Photo of HellsRanger
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This brew is a pilsner in ever sense of the for the look, it pours a nice hazy gold/orange with fluffy white foam that has fair lacing to it.
The aroma is sweet German Pils all the way...with the bready malts, hops and semi sweetness coming thru. Slendid old factory enjoyment, just what a pils should smell like.
As for the taste, it has all the aroma factors with a nice bit of body, maybe some semi citrus bite to it...can put it down even to write this review.
The feel is full of the body and the semi bite finish, but so well blended thru this whole brew, it makes it so smooth and enjoyable all around, and all day. PROST !!!!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm trying this at the Newark airport during layover to Germany. It poured a clear golden with white head that is leaving a nice lace. The scent had faint grain. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink with subtle bitter finish. The mouthfeel was lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall its a good beer.

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Photo of CanConPhilly
3.94/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - massive, billowing yellowish white head atop a translucent orange body.

S - grass, pine, herb, a touch of citrus.

T - surprising dankness for a pils. Grass, oranges, limes, a touch of peppery spice. Very clean middle. Low bitterness. Low sweetness. No booziness.

F - medium body with above-average carb.

O - no ‘wow’ flavors, but everything works together to create an immensely drinkable beer.

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Photo of EMV
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with massive fluffy white head. Great retention and lacing.

S: Light grains and mild lemon citrus.

T.F: Follows the nose. Lightly toasted malts... noble hops and mild lemongrass. Well balanced with gentle bitterness. Zesty carbonation... the finish is clean with light citrus. Crisp.

O: A solid pils... easy drinking, and what I'd expect for the style.

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Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.77/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma was citrus,grain,and malt but overall the aroma wasn't overpowering. Taste was very similar, not extreme in any way but an overall good beer for something light and easy to drink

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Photo of moodenba
4.19/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Bottle of River Horse Roly Poly Pils purchased in February, 2018, cooled to about 48 F and poured into a half pint nonic glass. Big white head over a rich amber body Fine European hop aroma, possibly accompanied by some malt. As the beer is drunk the head dissipates, but leaves a healthy collar.

The flavor is excellent with a good balance of malt body and hop flavor that lingers in the aftertaste. I might wish for a little more malt body and lasting hop bitterness, but I think this is about as good a pilsner as I've had in a long time.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

a: it is a slightly hazy golden amber color with some more vibrant orange notes towards the edge of the glass. head pours white and fluffy. 2 fingers, but fades down to 1/2 head pretty quickly

s: lemongrass, grains, sweet citrus, a slight earthy bitterness, and some sweet malt and crackers as a backbone

t: follows the nose pretty well. sweet citrus, grains and lemongrass on the front of the tongue immediately. some pepper spice and an herbal bitterness right behind that on the sides of the tongue. sweet malt and crackers finish out the flavor. it's amazing how much the aroma and taste mimic each other on this. As it gets a little warmer there is a stronger bitterness that comes through as well as some wet cardboard.

m: lighter-medium mouthfeel. carbonation is pretty high, which is good for the style

o: this is a good beer. don't usually have much from the brewery, so it's a nice surprise. it's drinkable and has a good balance of mild flavors, just what i want from a Pilsner.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The eradication of The Bottle Backlog, while arduous & painful, has had at least one example of The Law of Unintended Consequences. In this case, it has been my ability to conduct a buncha brewery horizontals (same brewery, different beers & styles). This is the next entry in my current horizontal, that of River Horse BC in Ewing, NJ.

From the bottle: "Czech Style Pilsner".

I Pop!ped the cap & began a gentle pour into my latest glass, a squat, bulbous little guy acquired at last month's Hidden Treasures - my neighborhood church's rummage sale. I have bought a lot of glassware over there over the years & it is so handy when guests come by. The in-glass swirl raised two-plus fingers of fizzy, rocky, tawny head with modest retention. Color was an oh-so-slightly-hazy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose had a bready sweetness underlain by a grassy Saaz hoppiness. I would have sworn that this was a GER-style Pils. Hmm. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium, but soft. Incredibly soft, like it was walking across my tongue with little cat feet. I adore Carl Sandburg. The taste was more bready than grassy, which to me means GER PILS, but it was still a very pleasant drink. Man, I sucked it down VERY quickly! Finish was semi-dry, more malty than hoppy, but still quite quaffable.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsner glass.

4.0 A: Clear straw colored. Two fingers of fluffy, pillowy white head. Retention is very good and spotty irregular lacing is left.

4.25 S: Lemony tang with grassy hops. A mix of graininess with a touch of breadiness. On the back end there's a very pleasant flowery aroma.

4.0 T: Breadiness with a stronger that predicted bitterness. Hints of lager yeast. The hops are more earthy than in the nose, but there's still grassiness. Underneath the breadiness, there's grainy malts with a lingering, but soft bitterness.

3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Lacking creaminess, but no real issues.

3.75: D: Solid brew. Nice flavor with an unexpected twist in the nose.

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Photo of rclangk
4.62/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

What a pilsner ought to be. Pours a crystal golden with a generous white head. Tatsty malts, a touch of caramel, and smooth subtle hops. A pleasure to drink paired with any food.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden with a thin white head.

Smell: Light hops, cloves, and wheat.

Mouthfeel/ Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops and grassy notes.

Overall: Good beer. I would have this one again.

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Photo of colts9016
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A hazy straw color with some light golden yellow beer. A good amount of carbonation still visible despite the beer being hazy. A creamy white head with good retention that left some lacing on the glass.
A sweet toasty malty aroma, crackers, herbal, floral, touch of citrus, and a little bready.
A sweet bready toasty malty flavor with herbal, floral, touch of citrus, and hint of sulfur.
Medium, carbonation, and finish, light body, a touch of astringency, and crisp.
A good pils, but lack some depth and character to the beer. I was yearning for more flavor from the beer.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Wanderlust Burger Bar, Terminal C, Newark.
Dark gold with scum of white. 3.75
Honey granola. 3.75
Full sweet grain, some tingly spice, a touch of lager tartness, scratchy linger and a bit of bubblegum. 3.5
Almost medium, round, chew. 3.75

Big malts for a pils and missing the aroma, though it gets the IBUs. Drinkable, if too heavy. 10 years on, River Horse has not improved. 3.75

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.65/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

River Horse Brewing Co. "Roly Poly Pils"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, no apparent freshness dating
$2 @ Giant, St. Davids, PA

A rocky head of off-white rises majestically as you pour River Horse's Roly Poly Pils, and then it holds like meringue, not dropping. Eventually however it does give in, compacting into a smaller, dense mountain surrounded by broken streaks of lace that look like clouds in the distant sky. It's a very nice appearance, except that the deep golden body beneath is fairly hazy. As a pilsner that's a negative, but I think we can cut them a bit of slack. Perhaps it's unfiltered?

The aroma expresses a bready/toasty, almost caramelish maltiness backed by grassy, piney, spicy, floral, and gently herbal hops.

The malt found in the aroma is a little confusing as it doesn't directly express pilsner malt, and that carries over into the flavor. It's more of what you'd expect to find in an American blonde ale than a Czech style pilsner (as it's labeled). That throws it off badly, but then there's also a note of pine that appears in the finish which takes it in another direction as well. It works with the floral, herbal, and spicy hops but it's not common; and that would be OK except that when you combine it with the unusual maltiness it becomes anything but a "Czech style pilsner".

In the mouth it's medium bodied and crisp with a standard carbonation.

Overall... not bad, but certainly not to style, and in all honesty, a bit blocky. The malt seems to want to offer more character, and it does, but it doesn't lead anywhere, and seems rather confused; and given that, the piney hops follow. If they worked it would be one thing, but they really don't; and then I have to ask why are they there? They're not to style and they don't add anything to the beer (regardless of style). Perhaps this is an example of trying too hard, or just overcomplicating something that really works best through simplicity.

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Photo of BFCarr
3.81/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Looks good, light amber with a thick white head. Smell is citrus and mild. Taste echoes the aroma light with citrus notes. Crisp finish. Easy to drink, a solid pilsner.

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Photo of q33jeff
3.89/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75


LOOK: big white head, fades to a small white head. Bright Golden color with just a hint cloudier than clear.

AROMA: grass, wheat, Amber Waves of Grain! An Intoxicating breath of fresh air. (is that an oxymoron?)

TASTE: equal blend of light malt and hops. Fruittiness up front, some hay, thicker grass-like flavors late.

FEEL: bubbly, medium body, a creaminess that lasts and harmonizes with the carbonation.

High Quality. This is a great pleasant surprise considering the brewery is only 10 miles away. Nice Job River Horse.


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Photo of metter98
3.83/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is quite hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving a short head covering the surface and lots of bubbles coating the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of floral and earthy hops are present in the nose along with notes of bready malts.
T: The taste follows the smell, having flavors of floral and earthy hops along with underlying notes of bready malts. There is a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation. The beer is slightly rough around the edges, almost like the type of mouthfeel you get from some grainy or wheat malts.
O: This pilsener isn't as smooth and clean compared to other beers in the style, but it is still rather easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.91/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

(12 oz bottle, no freshness date, never saw this brand before... poured into fluted goblet)

L: very pale gold, mostly bright save for a mild haze... off-white, sticky-gummy foam pasted on glass wall... does toss up quite a bit of foam as if it's still fermenting... label doesn't say unfiltered, but a modest yet dense slug of sediment slops out with the last ounce, clouds things up a little, but the foam is violently rocky, very 3D... points added for foam, deducted for slop

S: pretty textbook on a slow pass... heavy green grass/floral aromas, with a nip of black pepper in the back... bit of doughy yeast and bread crumb underneath... hop aromas could be a bit brighter, maybe lacks a lil lemon edge, overall intensity is moderate, but inviting nonetheless

T: little toastier up front than expected, with a nice (but sort of out of place) flare of spicy phenols and medicinal booze - again, the booze is unexpected, relatively light but still present... the malt seems domestic, brewpub-y... too much yeast soiling the scene, but the bitterness still comes through strong enough... if you like unfiltered pale lagers, then this has got all bases covered

F: even before the sediment, mouthfeel is still a little loose and plush - this isn't so much crisp, though it still flows and finishes rather light...

O: this is a Czech pils? the construct seems pretty similar to their lager, which I thought was billed on BA as a kellerbier... ah, looking at their website, I can see now that their Lager is missing, ostensibly replaced with the Czech pils - well, there ya go... the Lager I had not that long ago wasn't out of date, so this must be a recent move... still a decent lager either way

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Photo of Spindelphia
4.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A very nice, very traditional take on a czech style pilsner. Light, straw colored body, clean and clear, nice foamy head. Slightly on the bitter side, malt is maybe just a touch too light, but still a very nice take on a pilsner.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

4/16...pours dirty bronze with patchy white foam that rings. Strong pils powerful nose. light citrus underneath. Soft straw malt taste, little sweetness, citrus full bitter. Slight buzz on the tongue. Nice summery simple pils.

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Photo of Jacobier10
3.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Gold in color - more deep than light - and very clear with a thick, creamy, white head that shows excellent retention. Bready malt and herbal hops in the aroma. Real nice balance between the two in the flavor as well, with a light spice at the end. Strong bitterness but not harsh at all. At first it seemed under-attenuated to me and I thought it was flawed, until I realized I was comparing it to a German-style pils, which this is very different from. It has a fuller body and stronger malt presence than its German counterpart. Overall, a really nice example of an undervalued style. I'm all in favor or more local lagers. A great job by River Horse on this one!

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.86/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

It was a surprise. The feel and the taste reminded me of almost a hop presence; however, it went away with a wheat flavor. The smell was normal and inviting. It tasted like cereal, wheaties or corn flakes. A must try in my book!!

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Photo of Urk1127
4.29/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Gold, super dense head
Wet hay, booze, fresh cut grass
Wet hay, you can taste the alcohol. Herbal. Not much smell though
Low carbonation, wish there was more. Its kinda of a dense beer for the style

I really like this. I would just say with more carbonation itd be top notch

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.36/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

pours hazy and gold. thick head as well, looks fantastic!

smell is nice, grassy with noble hops. not that skunky pils aroma, thankfully.

taste is fantastic, rounded and grassy flavor. easy drinking, i like this a lot.

this is pretty damn good, definitely see myself getting a case of this during the summer.

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Photo of JMS1512
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On the docket: 12 oz. bottle of River Horse’s Roly Poly Pils (Czech Style Pilsner)

Poured into: Pilsner glass

S: Crystal clear and pale gold, the beer produces a stark white head. It builds and stands proudly, dense and full of air pockets. It sinks eventually, to a small ring around the outside, plus multiple patches of sudsy islands. The bubbles are very nonchalant about rising to the surface. One might describe them as roly-poly. Lacing is inconsistent, but largely due to a dishwasher-clean glass, not hand cleaned.

A: Earthy and slightly spicy noble hops fills the nostrils, coupled with a bready malt. Clean, simple, elegant. Not every beer has to have vanilla, chocolate, rum, bourbon, dragonfruit and green tea in the aroma.

T: Sweetish (as opposed to Swedish) toasted-bread, Pilsner and Vienna malt develops first. The hops are not far behind, providing a snappy, crisp and grassy hoppiness. Dry and bitter on the end, as a pilsner should be.

F: Medium-light body, very fine carbonation. The finish of bitter hops lingers, a medium finish.

O: Crisp, thirst-quenching, sessionable. A close adherence to the style, and for that, I thank the folks down at River Horse.

Suggested food pairing: Cheese pizza, cheeseburgers with lettuce and tomato, Soft pretzels, peanuts, a warm sunny day and a lawn chair

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Roly Poly Pils from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 68 ratings