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 | website

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 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 oriolesfan4
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The worst beer of the mixed 12 pack by this brewery but still not too, too bad overall. Nice hoppy aroma and slight bitterness to the taste, but had a bit of a funky aftertaste that didn't sit too well with me. I've definitely had better euro pale's but this one is a decent shot at one... drinkable, but not the best tasting thing you'll try.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh batch delivered from the brewery 1 week ago. Quite hazy, but it does not appear to have been bottle conditioned. No yeast particulate can be found in either the bottle or the glass - this is some serious chill-haze! Yellow golden in color with a creamy white head that drops quickly but keeps a good collar and light surface coating. The aroma is not off-putting, but somewhat odd. No real malt character is noticeable, and there are no hops to speak of. The body is medium with a fine, moderate carbonation that is somewhat dull in the mouth. The flavor is of a quasi-dryish maltiness supported by an underlying bitterness. No hop flavor is discernable. It's well balanced but lacking in finesse as neither the malt or the hops come through. It's also kind of soapy which may explain things. I'm guessing that this is a bad batch due to insufficient rinsing following a caustic cleaning leaving an abundance of fatty acids and an increase in pH due to residual caustic residue. I'll have to revisit this beer, but it is fresh and it was delivered to the distributor by one of the owners. The packaging is in perfect condition, so I have to assume that there's nothing unusual about this (not an old or returned case going back out to the public) - it's just a bad batch. However, since I hate to put this up I will make an extra effort to re-review it this week.

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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 woodychandler
2.48/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This poured with a thin, white head that seemed to evaporate as quickly as I could pour. It turned out to be a pale yellow color with some floating yeasties in evidence. The nose was sweet, but not neccesarily of all malt. I thought that I may have detected some corn in there. The mouthfeel was thin and grainy with a light sweetness on the palate. The finish was also mildly sweet, but lacking a really good lager flavor. This would be good as a summer beer; with an outdoor barbecue and friends; as a session beer; but I'm not going to reach for it as a matter of habit.

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Photo of jwc215
2.63/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a thin white head that soon becomes barely a covering.

The smell is faint, but what's there is mainly sweet grass. It has something of a typical macro-like aroma.

Not much of a taste here. There is a bland, mildly hay-like sweetness. The watered-down hops are undetectable. The only real advantage of this flavor over most typical macros is the lack of adjuct-taste. But, it's lacking because, even though it's pretty inoffensive other than a bit too sweet, it almost lacks a flavor completely.

The feel is mostly watery thinness with just a hint of malt. One of the most watery micros I've tasted. There is a smoothness to it, but it seems to come from the water more than anything else. A pretty clean aftertaste is left.

It's somewhat drinkable if you are looking for a no-frills beer. It might be average-at-best if it were a macro, but as a craft beer, it's a miss.

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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 tempest
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single from Abe's in Bethlehem.

Basically a decent, inoffensive lager. The malts are a little similar to an export lager for the sweet grains. I also get a yeast character that reminds me of apple pie filling. So while this isn't a terribly complex beer, it's something a little different for the style and tasty.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a grainy pale malt scent along with a rice aroma. It is light on hops and seems quite dry. The taste is decent. It has a grainy pale malt flavor that is weak and watery, but at least it tastes like beer unlike most macros. It goes down easy and finishes sweet and slightly dry. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent lager. It has pretty good flavor, but the appearance and aroma need to be tweaked a little. All in all, it's a good drinker.

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

Appearance: pours a gold color with a 1/2" head. The head quickly falls to surface foam with a few bubbles. No lacing develops.

Smell: the aroma is bland as only some hints of caramel are present.

Taste: the flavor leans towards the sweeter side, even though the malt levels are light in this brew. Some soft caramel, ripe fruits, and graininess are detectable. Soft bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: mildly crisp at the start and finish. The finish is quick as the sweetness lingers for a second or two.

Drinkability: lower than good in my book as this is just not an exciting beer on the flavor and aroma front.

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Photo of tone77
3.63/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a brown 12 oz. bottle. Pours a cloudy brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Has a mild, sweet aroma. Taste is crisp with, somewhat malty with a bit of hops. Feels good in the mouth and goes down very smooth. Overall this is a quality lager and worth checking out.

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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 beerthulhu
3.19/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Translucent tarnished orange coloring with a steady, quick paced effervesce factor. Milky white head is frothy, whipped, one inch with a lasting retention. Full sheet lacing covers the glass.

S: Light lemon grains, fresh wet scent, hops are are a bit above the norm per style, toasted dry sweetness, fairly clean, touch of sour orange.

T: The flavor was sweet upfront, a dry sweetness, toasted bread, dry caramel with fresh flowery hops. The speciality grains add a sweetness above the norm per style. Some honey flowery, wet lemony toffee flair.

M: Dry toasted caramel with a slippery, syrupy fullness, wet granular and medium body. Mid-range carbonation factor with a dry bready finish.

O: Overall a dry, sweet lager that sits somewhere between a boston lager and a yeungling. Its been years since ive had this so decided to update review. Has a bit more flavor and sweetness then a yuengling, but a bit rough around the edges at times, and not as smooth or polished as a sam adams.

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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 tigg924
4.33/5  rDev +31.2%
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 RBorsato
4.05/5  rDev +22.7%
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 Bighuge
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light golden appearance. Small off white head recedes to a bubbly collar quickly. Lace is minimal. Aroma is corn. Definitely corn. And very sweet malt tones. Taste has a little cooked corn quality to it. Quite sweet. But a little bit of a dry finish. Nicely carbonated and medium bodied. To me personally, there's not a lot of difference between this and most Mass Marketed Adjunct Lagers.

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Photo of Gusler
2.66/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The beer pours from the 12-ounce brown bottle a slightly murky gold color with a moderate frothy white head and the residual lace a thin but concealing sheet. Archetypal lager nose, all malt, sweet, crisp and clean with a sweet start that carries to the cadaverously thin top. Finish is stern in its acidity and the hops apropos to the style, drinkable, but a little light for me.

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

Presentation: from a 12 ounce bottle, this is a hazy, straw-colored liquid with a thin, unremarkable white head. Grain and grass are first notable in the aroma, followed by a bit of caramel. Not much hops in the aroma, but they do come through in the taste. It’s a moderately-dry brew, with a lot of graininess. Seems to have a cereal grain and husk-like quality that doesn’t really fit with the flavor. Also, it has a thin, meager body. I wasn’t particularly impressed with this brew, but I’d probably have it again, in a pinch.

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Photo of Gmann
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small tight white head that settles into a light ring. The aroma is of light hay, some green apple and lemon. The taste is sweet, not cloying or anything close to that but kind of a sugar sweetness. Some hay or grass flavor, perhaps a touch of grain. A light body with plenty of carbonation, quite fizzy, maybe too much carbonation. Starts and finishes sweet. Quite a unique lager, IMO not a Euro lager in any regards. I don't know much about this brew but I would say that it has some wheat malt in it. The back of the label seems to suggest this. A sweet lager, though not that sweet. Different but easily drinkable.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy hazy light amber with initial finger of foam that settles. Some lacing.

Mild smell, light hoppy grassy notes.

Taste is clean, crisp and refreshing. Big gulper.

Tasty lager, very smooth.

Could drink a bunch of these. Not overly complex, but an easy going well made lager.

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

Reviewed on 8/27/09. Bottle. Pours a semi-cloudy orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet floral hops, lagery carboardy malt. Flavor is sweet initially with citrus and light fruits and a malty finish. Pretty decent beer and great for a pale lager. Very refreshing.

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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 tgbljb
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a hazy light amber color with scant white head. Smell is slightly sweet, but very minimal. Taste is very sweet and citrusy (lemon) and extremely pleasant. Finish is refreshing, but a slight dryness coming through. Was a very easy drinking beer. Would be a good session beer for a hot summer arfternoon. Nothing complex about it.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single, twelve ounce bottle copped from Sparrow Wine and Liquors in Hoboken...
Pours a dark-gold, light-copper colored hue with a decent sized foamy head that slowly receded and left a thin film of lacing around the edge of the serving glass...
Malt-dominated, nutty aroma with hints of vanilla and honey...
Crisp, medium-bodied, refreshing taste, heavy on the malts, with a touch of honey, vanilla, nuts, bread and butter, and sugars...
Medium-bodied, crisp mouthfeel along with a good level of drinkability to match... Not the company's best brew, but a decent stab at the style nonetheless...

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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
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