River Horse Lager | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse LagerRiver Horse Lager

Brewed by:
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

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 226 |  Reviews: 108
Photo of irishking1977
3.12/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dull orange/copper with no head and no lacing. Is this apple juice? Because it sure as hell looks like it.

S: Mild floral accents and some light malt.

T: Surprisingly sweet for a lager. No real discernible characteristics of a euro pale lager, just a basic lager. Though, not to be perceived as a macro. Certainly better than that.

M: Crisp and well carbonated. Probably the best aspect of this brew. Lively on the tongue, but somewhat watered down.

D: Decent drinkability, but not exactly a brew that will wow you. I'd like to think it's probably better for a beer to bore you, than for a beer to make you want to drain pour it. That's where this one resides; it's just plain.

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Photo of tjd112
4.56/5  rDev +38.2%
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 ericj551
4.03/5  rDev +22.1%
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 ToasterChef
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured form a cellar temperature bottle into a pint glass. The beer is a hazy dark star color, with small, but pretty pure white foam head. There is visible carbonation rising in the glass. The beer is unfiltered, so the haziness is expected. There is some earthy yeast is the nose, as well as a hint of citrusy hops. There is some acidic sweetness in the flavor, kind of like lemon, but not quite. You can also taste some bread-dough flavored yeast. There is sweet malt in the aftertaste. The beer has a light body and a lot of carbonation that kind of distracts as you taste the beer. All of the sweetness makes for some mouth coating. This beer looks really promising, until you actually taste it. Don't get me wrong, it's a fine beer, there are just a lot of other pale lagers that I like more.

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Photo of samie85
3.53/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/23.

A-Pours a hazy gold/orange color with a mininal head.

S-Smells of sweet grain and floral hops.

T-Follows the nose exactly with sweet grain and floral hops.

M-Thin bodied with medium to heavy carbonation.

D-This is one that's really quite easy to drink. I could see having quite a few of these in a night, even more so if the taste was a little more complex.

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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 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 magnj
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Hazy yellow body is a few shades darker than an American Light Lager and much cloudier. Head was about 1 finger off white and foamy, not lasting long.

S - Mostly malt, somewhat fruity and a bit sweet. Not too interesting but I don't think it's supposed to be.

T - Starts off with a moderate malt profile that is sweet and somewhat tangy, once that drops out the light grassy hops come through a bit and then it ends bready.

M/D - Somewhat silky body with a full mouthfeel, not shocking for an unfiltered American brew. Flavor lingers at the end of each sip. Easy to drink, went well with Thanksgiving dinner but not something I would look for as a daily drinker.

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Photo of yelterdow
3.87/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

An unfiltered lager, this "Ungespundet Hefetrub" will be served at fridge temperature in the SABL glass. Thanks to S.K.I. in New York for the opportunity to sample this beer.

Appearance- Pours a slightly hazy bright gold color, supporting a rich, creamy two finger head. Some lacing sticks in rings along the inside of the glass. Nice looking beer.

Smell- A very pleasing aroma of marshmallows and vanilla greets the nose immediately, reminding me of how much I loved Charleston Chew back when I was about 10. Sweet and bready, with a terrific yeast profile that reminds me of a German wheat beer... unique and very desirable.

Taste- For a lager, this beer really has an amazing depth of flavor. Spicy and doughy, it delivers huge doses of what tastes like wheat malt and phenols that are typically experienced in a hefeweizen. Quite surprising, to say the least.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The explosive, overactive texture in the mouth is definitely detracting... coupled with the bold flavor, it becomes a bit noisy for the palate to relax and enjoy. However, the overall session was an eye-opener to a very expressive, well done example of an unfiltered lager.

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Photo of BeerManDan
3.85/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When poured, the color was of a hazy light golden yellow with a fair acount of white foam and no lace retention.

The smell of mild hops and hint of fruit and citrus was evident in the aroma.

The taste was very pleasant. Not bitter or sour, but, mildly pleasant for a lager. Great summer quincher or just sit back and enjoy this good lager.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
2.77/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very cloudy honey color with a decent white heading. Leaves little lacing throughout.

Smell is slightly malty,slight earthy tones as well. Not really getting much at all no hop presence whatsoever.

Taste is a bit sweet. Some biscuit. Not really getting much at all here.Almost tasteless to be honest. This might even classify as a light lager.

Mouth light bodied decent carbonation. Some slight hoppiness are apparent on the tongue.

Drink I guess would be good but with the sweetness of this beer it could be much better.

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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 philbe311
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - A finger and a half of fizzy snow white foam... Head quickly fizzes away leaving a delicate by full thick lacing that is quite appealing... Dark golden straw color... Slightly hazy... Moderate amount of fast paced carbonation...

S - Loads of pale malts... Slightl fruity citrus aroma... Not much else going on...

T - True to the nose, the pale malt dominates... Some grainy notes... Weak caramel... Orange...

M - Creamy... Lush... Medium bodied... Smooth... Moderate amount of delicate carbonation....

D - Quite sessionable at 4.5% ABV... Not outstanding nor disappointing in any particular area, just a nice brew overall...

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Photo of dacrza1
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Solid is the word I begin and end with... interesting citric aroma--clove and softer hops present a welcoming fragrance... golden effervescent body in a pilsner glass, head is thick, creamy lingering with a finger of depth... full-bodied, easily drinkable, with slight carbonation engaging the throat... banana notes lead the tastebuds of this generally roundedm malty lager...as a sampler filler, serviceable... as a stand-alone, not worthy mentioning in the same breath as any of the major lager players...not watered down, but not lively or intriguing enough to warrant another bottle unless circumstance forced it so... solid.

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Photo of maddogruss
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Got a bottle of this in a River Horse mixer.

A: Pours a slightly, hazy golden body with a small, white head with decent retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A slightly sweet, malty smell with some sweet, honey notes, but nothing beyond the norm.

T: Not too much of a taste to it overall. Soem sweet malt notes were evident with a slight honey aftertaste. I'd say it was just decent overall.

M: The mouthfeel was very crisp and refreshing; very complimentary of the style.

D: Overall, a fairly nice mouthfeel and taste combination. Nothing to get overly excited about here as the lager finishes smooth, but was a little on the bland side. A little bit more sweet malt backbone and this beer could be much better.

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Photo of originalsin
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Summer Variety: Jersey Style. Should be fun.

A: This one pours a slightly hazy light gold with a small bit of head that quickly forms a ring and laces down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts, flaked oats, and some light grain.
T: Sweet malts are dominant here as well as a slight earthy hop note.
M&D: It's well carbonated with a light mouthfeel and lends itself very well to superb drinkability. Definitely a worthy summer beer.

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Photo of Martin2D
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light golden with heavy carbonation and a semi-lacing, quickly receding head

S - Light malt and mild hops

T - Light malt and mild hops, followed by some floral flavors

M - Heavy carbonation and light in body

D - Very drinkable, but very forgettable.

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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 JRed
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Golden hue with tumultuous body and exceptionally large white foam head. An unpleasant grass, hay, hops in the nose. Tastes of grass, light hops from middle to finish, alcohol, light floral. Mouthfeel is light and flat on the palate. Lacking in notable characteristics that standout. Chalk this one up with Rolling Rock and other macro light fizziness.

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Photo of icefisherman
3.01/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as a freebie in a trade a few months back and well curiosity finaly got to me. Pours a slightly darker shade than most BMC with no haed and no lacing as expected. Smells of slight skunk hit me followed by faint malt. Taste not bad not as bad as it smells but still not great. It is kind of drinkable could totally see myself with this beer on a nice warm summer night easy drinking not offensive heck I bet the neibors might even drink this

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

12oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Hazy deep goldenrod hue with a one finger white head that slowly settles to a thin cap. Little bits of sediment floating around.

Very light and sweet malt aromas, along with a slight creaminess. The flavor has a light sweet grain flavor mixed with a bit of orange peel. Light bodied.

This is a very basic beer, and on the better side of the style. Not quite like Budweiser but more like a Heineken.

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

A - Crystal clear and golden in color with a thin 2cm white head.

S - Typical European pale lager simple malty aroma.

T - Malty with a bit of a fruity citrus flavor. Slightly grainy with a very clean finish.

M - Decent carbonation with a solid body - not thin at all like many other beers in this category.

D - Highly drinkable and decent tasting. Fairly basic, but that with this style you don't really want anything too over the top.

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Photo of Vendetta
3.43/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy yellowish orange hue. Very little head, a medium to small amount of lacing.

Smells of mild citrus, lots of biscuity malt though and any particularly specific notes are not very present. Doesn't advertise too much.

Initial taste is malt followed by a short burst of sweet fruit. Coliander, a hint of apple. Has a really spicy character to it, some mossy hops ad to it but there's a hint of pepper there as well that really makes this one more enjoyable than ratings on here would indicate.

Mouthfeel is pretty average... A little bit thin with way too much carbonation. Not a good feel but it is easy to drink due to the lack of body.

All in all, the rating on BA is a little bit harsh in my opinion. This is one worth trying but not a world-beater by any means.

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Photo of FatSean
4.45/5  rDev +34.8%
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 KOPBeerDrinker
3.46/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a golden straw color from the bottle into the pint glass. Pillowy white head took a long time to recede, leaving nice lacing behind.

Earthy smells of grass or straw, with some spiciness.

Tastes of biscuity malt with some sweet graininess. Almost no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light. Very easy to drink.

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River Horse Lager from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.3 out of 5 based on 226 ratings.
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