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River Horse Lager | River Horse Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States
riverhorse.com

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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
226
pDev:
17.43%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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3
Gots:
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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of jlenik
5/5  rDev +52.9%

Photo of Dougal
4.8/5  rDev +46.8%
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 mrgrinch
4.77/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance - River Horse Lager has a nice dark golden orange hue, and more-than-average carbonation. The frothy ¾ inch head lingered around the top of the pint glass after I poured it and took my first sip. This beer has a modest turbidity and looks very tasty

Smell - This one smells sweet. I might call it floral or flowery, but not like a real hoppy beer. Definitely more aromatic than what the word 'lager' brings to mind. An exceptionally nice scent.

Taste - RH Lager tastes really, really good. That sweet scent carries through to the taste. I can't say what the flavors are, but they are lightly sweet without taking away from the refreshment of each sip. It is well balanced and there are no extreme elements. I imagine that this is a much more full-flavored beer than your average "lager."

Mouthfeel - This is a hearty beer. It is smooth and almost creamy. The carbonation is delightful. I would characterize RH Lager as a bit on the heavy side in this category.

Drinkability - This is an awesome beer. I think it is making my list of faves.

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Photo of tjd112
4.56/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation - I am one of the few people who poured this in a pilsener glass, which is the appropriate glassware for an EPL.

Appearance - Poured a translucent gold color with rich white head and awesome lacing.

Smell - Smells a bit doughy, dare I say, almost reminiscent of the fried oreos you get on the boardwalk

Taste - Doughy, bready, sweet, a hint of vanilla, with some citric hops balancing it out

Mouthfeel - Medium to light and lots of carbonation

Drinkability - I could drink these all day

Overall - This could be the state beer of NJ; could be the SABL of New Jersey and a shore fixture.

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Photo of HollandTunnels
4.5/5  rDev +37.6%

Photo of FatSean
4.45/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very nice take on a European pale lager.

Poured from 12oz glass into 22oz Otter Creek glass. Bottle came from a River Horse mix pack. This mix pack showed up on local shelves about two weeks ago.

A beautiful golden color with some brown/bronze in it.

Smells of slightly bready malts with a hint of hop spice. It does have the 'euro funk' I associate with this style, but the scents are more delicate and robust than the imported bottles. A bit grainy.

Taste is to style...breadyBicuity malts with very light finish of earthy hops. The clean finish is wonderful.

Carbonation is quite noticable on the tongue, if not from the bubbles in the glass. A bit too fizzy perhaps. Something seems a bit off on the mouth feel, but still quite nice.

I love this stuff. Lagers, especially pale lagers, are my favorite style. They are woefully underrepresented by American craft brewers in my opinion. Much respect to River Horse for this offering.

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Photo of tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: gold in color, 1/4 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, honey, and toasted malt

Taste: grass, honey, and bread

Mouthfeel: light bodied, high carbonation, sweet with a bitter backbone, smooth

Drinkability:Super sessionable. I like the grassy honey combo. River Horse's best so far. For the style, this beer is exceptional.

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Photo of palma
4.3/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lable says "don't even try to out geek us". Funny.
One of the best lagers I've had in a while. Meduim hop profile and clean sweet malt flavor. Great balance. Very nice biscut taste towards the end. Finishes pretty clean but still sweeter than other euro lagers. I was itching for another sip again and again. Went great with my buffalo wings. The drinkabillity is exceptional. Ill definately be looking for offerings from this brewery in the future.

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Photo of ryanmcd
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of kjgum
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of Lette
4.25/5  rDev +30%

Photo of jalto
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%

Photo of cooch69
4.2/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This brew poured into a pint glass a lovely hazy deep yellow. For some reason I could'nt help but think Hefeweizen minus the head. It barely had a head which clung to the glass in tiny gobs.
This Lager smells like crisp pale biscuity malts, fresh grass, and a slight herbal hop hint.
The taste is very bready malts with a slight sweetness. There was also fruity(apple and pear) hint in the finish. A bit of a hoppy biterness in the finish caps things off pretty good. Definetly a clean crisp quality Lager. The beer is medium and a lot fuller than I expected it to be.

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Photo of BTEMP0805
4.16/5  rDev +27.2%

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
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 vfgccp
4.1/5  rDev +25.4%
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 andjusticeforale
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought a six pack of this and poured it before I read the bottle and saw it was an Irish lager style. I was not overly impressed with the look or smell; though they weren't bad.

The. first impression of taste really impressed me. There was just the right amount of carbonation. There was a really nice refreshingly slick feel. There was also some actual taste in this Irish Lager. I'm sorry to say this but I just had some Smithwicks the other day and I prefer this beer(I know thats an Irish red Ale, I just wanted the comparison of Irish products/style lines). Lots of zesty grains and malt flavor; some nice balance. This would go really well with a burger or hot dog with spicy mustard.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Straw colored with a wispy white head. Leaves a light lace. Light grainy malt aroma and taste with malt character dominating all around (no hop character to speak of). Light bodied (leans medium) and smooth.

Not sure I'd call this a German Style Pilsner but I can't really say ... may also have to go with Helles as mentioned in one of the posts.

Going to have to disagree with some of the previous posts and say this is a decent session beer -- there are times when a beer like this is just what you need when you just need a beer. ;-)

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Photo of Dstrenfel
4.04/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of ericj551
4.03/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

River Horse Lager pours a hazy light gold with a thin and quickly disappearing head. The aroma is sweet pilsner malt with hints of fresh baking break and herbal hops. The flavor is sweet and malty, without being as cloying as I expected from the aroma. There are some herbal hops in the flavor, but the bitterness is light to non-existant. Overall, this is a pretty solid beer, not too much to intimidate a BMC drinker, with enough flavor to please a craft beer drinker.

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Photo of mikerems
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +22.3%
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 TMYerger
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Etan
4/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of benz08
4/5  rDev +22.3%

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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.27 out of 5 with 226 ratings
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