River Horse Lager | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse LagerRiver Horse Lager

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River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp, refreshing Lager. Bready notes and a subtle maltiness are balanced with just enough hops.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-20-2002

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, no freshness date... poured into an Innis & Gunn fluted goblet)

L: pretty darn clear first half of bottle, toward bottom being poured in, liquid takes on a relatively mild haze... pearly white, fluffy-frothy pad of foam... liquid color a light, but not pale, sunny gold with yellow highlight... some wide bands of lace

S: surprisingly fruity aromas, almost like red grapes, maybe a little bubblegum mixed in... mild-moderate musty phenol and dry spicy grass... floral petal and green-stemmy highlights... grist powder... overall intensity excellent, but definition and dimension a bit muddy

T: rich, almost doughy malt flavor hits up front right away, with some lightly bitter, mildly spicy grassy hop fluttering out on the perimeters... back end has some toasty, semi-sweet, somewhat nutty grainy flavors... the malt flavors are excellent, but this is missing some of the almost citrus-zest fruitiness of some of Germany's best examples

F: light-bodied, buoyant, pliable, softly-smooth, with a little fine-grainy gummy viscosity... doesn't leave much of a trail on the back of the palate, but it's not quite crisp... the flow is fleecy

O: well, this was a pleasant surprise - essentially a kellerbier... I do love unfiltered pale lagers and they did a find job putting this one together... might not have guessed immediately it wasn't a German import... the taste is dimensional, rich, and layered... balanced nicely...

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Photo of hopsputin
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

a: super clear amber color with a 1.5 finger solid white head. a few bubbles streaming up from the bottom

s: it has a super clean lager smell. dough, slight sweet malt, and a grassy/earthy note

t: taste follows the line of what i was expecting. big dough notes upfront. i'm definitely tasting some grassy grainy notes as well

m: mouthfeel is a bit bigger than i expected actually. i thought it would be pretty light, but is a solid medium. not much carbonation

o: it is what it is. it tastes of a light lager, and doesn't branch out much from there. easy to drink, super smooth, but its average at best

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Photo of Urk1127
2.72/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

-very hazy copper, almost no head
-Bread crusts, little citrus, maybe some corn smell
-White bread, all crusts, toasted, tiny bit of alcohol
-Semi dry, medium feel, medium carbonation

-on par with Yuengling, but less carbonation. Thats about it.

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Photo of ARoman
2.97/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle, poured into a shaker. The aroma is a sweet honey and caramel combination with a very light nutty touch. Later in the drink, peaches and bread start to come through along with a light spice. The beer is an orange-gold color with some haze, and is topped by a white head that retains well and leaves a good amount of messy lace. The taste is a medium sweet and light bitter. It's a thin oily texture with a light buzziness and a medium light body with fruity notes of orange and peach as well as supporting notes of bread. It finishes spice with a honey sweetnes and a grassy quality. The aftertaste is fairly strong, but short, with bread crust and a light metallic hint as well as a waxy, bitter citrus and grass texture.

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Photo of klkatz
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

depends what' you're looking for but this wasn't bad...probably on tap in a few places in new hope and lambertville - don't know if I'd go out of my way to get it... or recommend it, but alas... it has been conquered... details below

Color 3orange like a wheat beer
Taste nutty crisp corn 3
Mf 4 enjoyable
Overall 3.5
Smell floral 3

Chug able

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Photo of Dougal
4.8/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance is cloudy, pure unfiltered beer... amazing

smell and taste both have notes of hefeweizen. smell is nice lager scent of grass and hops

taste is smooth, full and unique. It is a lager with all the natural characteristics of real beer from it's natural state.

The brewery is discontinuing the beer! There are NO lagers that exist, to my knowledge, that are unfiltered. This beer is so unfiltered it looks just like a genuine German HEFE.... but tastes like a lager with some of those natural notes from the yeast.

This is a LIVE Cultured beer - Very Unique - if you get the chance you have to try as it is NOT being brewed any longer

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a dirty yellow color with a 1/2 inch of head. Not too appealing why not simply filter your lager?

S - Smell is mild lager yeast, vinegar, and a touch of corn. Man I hope the taste isn't too sour.

T - "Dirty" that is the first impression I had of this lager. The combination of lager yeasts and sour malts give it this impression for the first few sips. As it warms it becomes more bearable but I shouldn't have to "adjust" to a lager.

M - Pretty close to what I expecting.

Overall this is one of the worst lagers I have ever had. It's sour then as you drink becomes more drinkable. Almost as bad as BMC yet crafted?

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bright gold color with good clarity for being unfiltered, big fluffy bright white head. Dry grain and biscuit on the nose with touches of floral hops.

"Wow" was the first word out of my mouth after tasting this. Incredible clean and smooth. Bit of sweet apple and dry cereal on the front end with a very dry finish. Bit of nuttiness through out. Balance is impeccable. Well blended with a body that's on the heavy side of light. The body really makes this beer, being well carbonated but well held together as well. Very good.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Matt for this one.

A- a hazy wheat color look with a 3 finger frothy head. Lacing is spiderweb all the way up.

S- biscuit malt and some grassiness comes out.

T- vinegar biscuit malt that is quite sour. A lil much for a lager but i have def had worse

M- the sourness lingers on the palate. It is a ligt-medium bodied beer

O- the Yuengling Lager is still one of my favorite lagers. this isnt awful but it is a decent go to if there is nothing else around. A middle of the road lager.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.58/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from a variety pack. Pours slightly hazy-golden with a medium lasting white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of biscuit malt and grassy hops. Body is medium and crisp. Biscuit malt balanced on the palate by herbal, grassy hops. Finish is medium lasting, semidry. Nice lager, I would definitely buy it again.

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Photo of bogus564
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 fl. oz., poured into a pint glass.

Sometimes, I think I should have been born British – I absolutely love the feel of a good, solid pint glass in my hand. I love pouring a great beer into it. I love its heft, its shape, the way a beer tastes in it – it’s a truly wondrous thing. And now, it’s time to taste and review a beer…

A: Good color, not outstanding, but good. It’s a reasonable mix of gold and orange, produces a 2 cm wheat-colored head with a reasonable pour. The head doesn’t even last a minute before dissolving, leaving almost nothing on the sides.

S: Okay – I’m picking up hops, a bit of lemon, a little grassiness – I’m trying to catch something from the malt side, but am experiencing no joy. It’s making me wonder what I’m in for during the tasting.

T: It’s an interesting taste – I’m getting hops, grass, orange, lemon, and a very subdued sweetness from the malt. Nothing is overpowering, everything plays well together. I’d have expected a watery taste to it, but not really. I have to give it props.

M: Good, I could be talked into really good, but not quite very good. It’s light-bodied, but it’s well-carbonated, and it goes well over the palate, leaving a light hop finish. It’s even slightly chewy, if that makes sense.

O: It’s a good beer, makes for a good session beer. I could see enjoying a few of these bad boys, hanging out with my beer geek buddies while grilling meat. It’s perfect with a nice salty piece of food. Cheers.

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Photo of CuteZombieDoll
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Golden, with a tinge of amber.

S- Hoppy, not very malty, definitely smells like a typical euro lager to me.

T- Tastes better than it smells. Very hoppy and floral initially, followed by a smooth malt quality.

M- Not quite as heavy as I would like, but not bad.

O- A good enough beer as a default. It is definitely a good example of it's style.

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Photo of Finn
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No visible freshness date.

Slightly hazy dark gold in color, this beer supports a nice frothy white head. It has a pleasant, clean aroma of sweet grain and maybe a hint of hops. It has a fuller body than most euro lagers, and it tastes much how you would expect from the smell: smooth, mellow, and sweet, but with enough balance to keep it drinkable. Overall a tasty lager worth trying if you are in the lager mood, but nothing stands out. Well done.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golden yellow in color with good amount of fizzinyess rising, 1" crisp white head went do to a foamy 1/4" head which produced nice amounts of lacing

S - lots of yeast, some citrusy hints

T - bitter sweet malts, not much in the hops department

M - very refreshing on the tongue, leaves a nice fizzy feeling reminiscent of sodas

O - overall i believe this is a really nice summer-time beer, or a good "in" for those new to craft beers

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Very hazy orange, almost like a burnt orange colored body. Nice white head on this lager, and some significant lacing.

S: Bready smell, honey, and malts.

T: Suprisingly sweet and plain, very nice lager.

M: Medium to light, well carbonated, refreshing.

O: River Horse has an exceptional lager here, will enjoying this again for sure.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Appearance: golden hue with a touch of haze and tons of effervescence. Head poured two thick fingers of pillowy white foam. Normally I expect this style to be crystal-clear, but since the bottle says this beer is unfiltered, I guess I can cut them a little slack. It actually looks quite appetizing.

Smell: light, slightly grainy malt with some earthy and slightly spicy hops present. Not too bad, if a bit mild.

Taste: light, sweetish malt with some noble hop flavor and a little bit of bitterness. There's a bit of an aftertaste to it which is kind of sour and grainy, but other than that it's a pretty solid tasting pale lager.

Mouthfeel: light body but great carbonation. Pretty creamy for a beer of the style.

Overall: a decent if unspectacular pale lager. The initial flavor is great but the aftertaste takes a bit of the shine off of this beer for me.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- similar in appearance to blue moon, hazy and light in color. Low head retention, with medium lace.

S- there is a nice sweet ands bready smell, slightly yeasty but very nice. Touches of citrus and lemon zest.

T- it is very interesting, it has the light and melow characteristics of a lager yet a great sweet bready malt flavor from the wheat.

M- great, creamy and smooth. Nice bright intro with a mellow smoothness to the back end.

O- very surprising. I went into this with low expectations, but came out pleasantly surprised. Infinitely drinkable with great smooth and well blended flavors.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mini pint glass, color is translucent pale gold, small thin head but a light ring, no lacing.

Smell is nothing to note, mild pale/pilsner malt flavors and just a touch of hop bitterness.

Taste actually somewhat fruity up front, more on the malt sweet type of fruit flavor with a bitter finish. Interesting flavors for lager but a little to sweet for me.

Mouthfeel is actually ok for the fruity taste, i think the hop bitterness comes through to finish of odd flavors.

Overall, a drinkable beer, hinted at a touch of cider in a piles or pale ale.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.53/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pale golden yellow with a huge amount of carbonation inside. Lots of bubbles stretching up toward the surface throughout the session. A small white, fizzy, soda like head formed on the top and hung around for a brief second before finally settling down and leaving nothing across the top, nor any side glass lace.

The aroma was dull, boring, and bland. This was your classic macro lager. Light aroma of grain and rice and that was about it. The taste went nowhere as well. While it was crisp and refreshing, so is water and this was not what I wanted at the time. Very light grain flavor and no depth at all. The finish was non-existent

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Honey colored beer that has a slight haziness.
A well carbonated brew and it has a rather large off white head thats long lasting.

Aroma is fresh with malts in the fore front and light hop bouguet in the back.

Tastes good with lots of malts and some hops for balance. Hops are light and I can't really pull out any particular flavor. Finishes with a grainy ending.

Thinner mouthfeel, dry and tart.

A good tasting beer with lots off flavor well made.

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Photo of metter98
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that quickly died down and left some lacing.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is dominated by flavors of grainy malts and has some hints of initial sweetness and a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is very drinkable and it’s quite flavorful for the style. It would make a good accompaniment to a meal.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
3.11/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

White fluffy head that fades very slowly to a creaminess. Golden hazy body that seems very bubbly. Foamy lacing sticks to the glass.

Grass, grain, buscuits and faint fruit. Nothing too in your face, kind of bland. I hope the taste doesn't follow.

Citrus -- I'm thinking lemon and orange peel, bread, yeast and a faint caramel. Kind of bland but refreshing at the same time. Sadly the blandness followed with the taste but the refreshing feel helps to keep it at average.

Light to approaching medium body. Carbonation is there about medium level. Feels nice and easy going down.

Sadly the taste and aroma is on the bland side but the refreshing feel of the beer helps it out. This is certainly a session beer and is what saves it. I think people who are getting into beer, this is a non-offense beer to try; definitely better than your macro Lagers.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

River Horse Lager…..in a bottle…it notes that it is Unfiltered.

Appearance-golden color in the glass, minimal white head rises up and disappears quickly.

Smell-actually a decent hop aroma dominates, some fruit and malt on the back end, along with the grainy-ness I normally expect.

Taste/Mouthfeel-light to medium mouthfeel, hops upfront with a mix of grain, somewhat muddled but decent smoothness on the way down, light fruit notes as well. Finishes with a last light touch of hops.

Drinkability-muddled flavors but the hoppiness is interesting enough, no major flaws.

Overall-interesting if not entirely successful take on a hoppy lager. Ok but pales in comparison to some others. Worth a try.

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Photo of Tucquan
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2011-04-04 in Columbia, PA.

A - Clear, golden straw with a short, white head and very mild lacing.

S - Not much. Sweet, bisuit malt and maybe a little fruit.

T - GBread, a fair amount of spice and grass. Reminds me a little of a dry apple cider. Clean finish with mild lingering apple/grain taste and mild bitterness.

M - Light body and carbonation. Pretty crisp.

O - Easy to drink. Not a remarkable taste but not boring either.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.95/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a lighter gold color with decent head retention.
Smell: Light malty aroma, mild floral hop presence.
Taste: Lighter malt presence, bready in nature, with a small degree of balancing hops. I can also detect some honey. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel: On par for a euro pale lager, IMO. Smooth and clean.
Drinkability: Quite drinkable. Light and well-balanced.

Overall- nicely done lighter lager. Pleasant brew here.

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