River Horse Double Wit | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Double WitRiver Horse Double Wit

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

Style: Witbier

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
This beer was originally released in our Brewer's Reserve Series as Double White, but is now a permanent part of the line-up in its own package. Now known as Double Wit.

Added by dsa7783 on 03-21-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of xnicknj
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into pint

Clear soft golden glow with a thin topping of white head. Fades out completely without retention or lacing.

Notes of cracked pepper and spice with a formidable sweetness. Touches of honey and yeast with fruity esters and light warmth.

Yeasty and sweet up front with honey. Cracked pepper, assorted spice, wheat and straw. Thicker backbone, touch of citrus and fruit. Slightly cloying on the back end with a boozy spike.

Fuller medium body, slightly higher carbonation level, sticky and bubbly on the tongue. Fairly average, too sweet and unnecessary alcohol level. I usually look for refreshing, snappy flavors in witbiers, but this doesn't really do it for me.

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Photo of jlindros
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Available around here, but thanks to Juliusseizure (Reddit) for send me this as an extra.

Pours a lighter looking fizzy almost 1 finger head fades at med pace with little lacing, typical for a double wit though, fairly hazy golden tan Orange color.

Nose plenty of wheat, lots of wheat and wit beer base malts, then wit spices, light coriander clove like, orange peel zest, etc. Then lots of Belgian esters, fruity esters, hint of green apple and light booze with phenols.

Taste similar, fluffy airy malt with lots of carbonation, plenty of wheat and wit flavors, light grassy like malt, touch of banana, spices like clove, coriander, and other spices, light Clementine like citrus rind, etc. Belgian yeast takes over, light fruity esters, hint of booze with phenols and hint of green apple and fruity esters. Finish is drier but sticky sweet at the same time, lingering wheat and esters with light booze phenols.

Mouth is med bodied, fluffy with lots of carb, light warming booze

Overall not bad, not a big fan of the style and usually not the brewery either but this was pretty decent for a double wit. Nice lighter end spices, nice wheat flavors, nice Belgian yeast additions esters and booze phenols, and fairly drinkable.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Slightly hazy amber with one-finger, white head that lasted a minute. Not much lacing.

S: Banana and wheat.

T: Moderate sweetness and light bitterness. Banana and spice and grain.

M: Medium bodied with fizzy carbonation. Watery.

O: I wasn't too impressed by this beer. Too much banana and too sweet.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tall pint glass, color is gold to amber with an off white head that presents at 1/2 inch thick then dissipates.

Smell is slight phenolic, with good spice presence - light pepper and other harder to define notes, light lingering wheat notes and hints of biscuit.

Taste is a little on the sweeter side for wheat beers, but it works well, light wheat flavors quickly over taken by some spices, yeastiness and phenolics. An interesting, but tasty blend.

Mouthfeel is very good, not too strong in flavors but the spice and wheats lingering and balance well; the extra sweetness also balances the strength of the this brew.

Overall, an interesting brew, not too wheaty but nicely spicy, a good interesting take on the wit style.

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Photo of mactrail
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy amber in the glass; really more orange than any I've seen in this style. Less of a wit and more of an American Wheat with some flavorings. Nicely carbonated with rather fine bubbles. Not much aroma but some malt in the nose and something floral, like violets.

Alcohol is more in your face than I would like. Has kind of a malt liquor taste. Still, there is a delicate orange flavor that is nice. Tangy and sprightly. There are some fruity flavors, quite mild, pear cider and even a hint of cranberry. Very slight bitterness. This comes together with some sipping. Definitely not a beer to gulp.

From the 12 oz bottle purchased at Food and Friends in Philadelphia.

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Photo of ujsplace
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a dirty, hazy, deep golden burnt orange colored brew with a quickly dissipating white head that leaves minimal lacing.

Smells of yeast, spices, citrus, wheat, coriander and baked bread.

Sweet malts predominate; spicy yeasts, citrus and coriander.

Medium mouthfeel, smooth, descent carbonation.

I can definitely appreciate the fullness from a flavor perspective, but this one just falls short of greatness.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange to gold brew with a small head and no lacing.

S - Banana, bubble gum, apricots, hay, honey and orange zest.

T - Foretaste is fruity - apricots, black cherries, orange rind and bananas, also cloves, honey, wheat and hay. Aftertaste is a lingering fruitiness, sweetness and a bit of mild grainy bitterness.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, very refreshing.

D - Pretty great. A lot of flavor for a wit bier. I'm a fan. I'll certainly have this again.

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Photo of magine
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a cloudy orange yellow. White fluffy creamy head. The head has tons of tight bubbles and lots of bubbles rising to the top. Head settles to a patchy layer. Nice lace cling the whole drink. Good looks.

Brew smells of Belgian yeasts, cloves, spiced, banana and a bit of orange coriander. Smells like a hefeweizen. Good nose.

Brew tastes creamy upfront then the spice in the middle. A little bit dry finish. Good yeasts and orange in the flavors, nice clove and spice as well. Maybe even some spicy hop bitters as well. Warming finish almost reminds me of a triple. Very good balance here. Good stuff.

Cant even pick up the alcohol in this one ('cept for the burn in the end - not the taste) even though it sits in at 7% abv. Good tasty stuff here. Has more complexity then most wits, almost like a hefe. Case worthy and great to session any time of year.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A nice hazy dark amber brown, almost orange with a half an inch of head.

S - Smells like a decent Witbier I get strong clove and mild yeast tones with some tart lemons and alcohol.

T - Not as cloying with alcohol as others stated but not really very enjoyable. The spices of clove and coriander are kind of muted so I question the age of the bottle. Yeast is mild but the overall beverage is kind of lackluster.

M - Medium bodied I had no trouble finishing it.

Overall again yet another beer from these guys I didn't really like. I plan on trying their triple horse and oatmeal milk stout soon so hopefully they will not suck.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.93/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a very hazy, yellow-orange color with a centimeter thick white head that dissipates instantly. Has nice lacing.

Smell - Sweet with clove and a strong whiskey/alcohol aroma.

Taste - Very sweet with a strong honey flavor.. Orange zest, clove, coriander, pepper, and maybe some other spices. Has a less than pleasant whiskey/alcohol aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a creamy texture. Medium carbonation.

Overall - After a while the alcohol flavor started making me gag... The flavor was great but not the aftertaste. I couldn't even finish the beer. Maybe this just isn't my style of brew.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Received in trade from mdaschaf, thanks for the opportunity.
Pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with a white head that barely ever forms and quickly disintegrates. Smells floral and yeasty with twinges of pomme and pitted fruit. I'm definitely getting a berry type aroma that is quite pleasant. Taste is malty almost sugary sweet with hints of bread and light pitted fruits. A bit of spice like nutmeg or allspice shows up and plays a supporting role. Medium body with a bit too little carbonation and a sweet almost sugary mouthfeel. Decent flavorful wit, maybe a bit sweet and under carbonated, but it worked pretty well for me.

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Photo of Sharkophile
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured into a goblet. Pours a cloudy orange with a white head. Looks nice.

S: Smells sweet; wheat with orange and coriander.

T: Tastes sweet, honey-like with some grainy wheat and orange peel/coriander flavor. A little bit of alcohol in the finish. Nice.

M: Creamy mouthfeel.

O: Very enjoyable witbier.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy golden color with some orange hue. Thin white lace for a head. Smell is something different. Some banana bread, bubble gum and Belgian dark fruit yet its brighter smelling than usual. Some sweet candy is present on the nose as well. A very unusual but sweet smelling nose with a bouquet of scents.

Lot of banana bread flavor on this one. Finishes with some nutty Belgian yeast flavors. Some sweet Belgian candied somewhere in the middle. This beer is an enigma, I don't understand it and I love it. The alcohol is high for a wit beer and it tastes fantastic.

Some cloying sweetness after a little bit but nothing unbearable.

Not a touch of alcohol flavor. Extremely drinkable. The sugared candy flavors are balanced extremely well by the dry nut like wheatiness on the end. Very good and unique.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another of tone77's drop-offs from the other night. It is great to have a local trader! Thanks, man.

I am going to try this beer two ways - the Bros' review recommends AGAINST agitation prior to pouring while that is the standard serving style.

Slow, gentle pour: A quarter-finger of fizzy bone-white head that quickly dropped to wisps. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was heavily spiced, resulting in a black pepper smell (coriander?) along with a slight mustiness. Mouthfeel was big and full, lots of carbonation on the tongue. Taste was kind of odd with an admixture of lemony citrus, black pepper spiciness and yeasty mustiness. Finish was super dry, perfect for an afternoon that is slowly ramping up to be another scorcher.

Post-agitation pour: Never one to shy away from the lees, it was now a hazy fresh squeezed grapefruit color. Nose remained constant. Wisps for head as the heat of the day increased. No change in flavor, either. Same with its finish.

Bottom line: Decide on your preferred presentation. When I think of a Wit, I am expecting cloudy with a chance of spice. If you dig clarity, go for it, but decant slowly so as to have some to experiment with, especially if you have to buy in bulk (like here in PA with our case laws). One way may be preferable to another ...

Finally, back to the Bros: "Double"?, indeed. I don't understand the designation and it only served to diminish my enjoyment of it based on my expectation.

I know from a recent thread that we are not supposed to read others' reviews ahead of time, but I often find other people's input to be helpful (especially WRT presentation) and I try very hard not to let anyone else cloud my judgment.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bright hazy yellow with a nice two inch or so white head on top. Nice retention gave way to a good amount of lace. Lots of visible carbonation was apparent. Smell was full of wheat and yeast, very light with little in the way of any floral quality to it. The taste was decent enough, light grain mixed in with a touch of yeast, a little bit of a banana or some kind of kick in the in, with a smooth, and well carbonated light body to it. Overall not too bad, I have had better and I have had worse. It was average at best but no worse then that,.

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Photo of mocktm
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Never had heard of this brewery, but a mean lookin' Hippo caught my attention in the single bottles section. Snagged a 12oz for $2 and change. American Belgian Wits have a tendency to fall short in the category, but I'm hoping this one can stand up to the style's reputation.

Poured into a Belgian glass, this appears a hazy orange hue with a marginal head that soon reduces into a thin white film floating atop the beer.

Pungent citrus aromas invade my senses immediately, with a strong emphasis on orange and lemon. Common Belgian peppery spiciness is distinct and detectable.

Taste follows the lead of the nose. Orange, coriander and white pepper takes the front end, fading into some wheat and yeast funkiness. Alcohol shows a bit more presence in the back end as the beer warms. Not too shabby.

Medium bodied with a semi-dry finish. Seems a little heavier than most other wits; has a bit more bite to it.

Overall, not the greatest representation of the style, but pretty tasty stuff. I liked it well enough, and definitely worth a try if you're into the style.

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Photo of MONKandTUCK
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very cool beer! Maybe not a new style, but definitely pushing the limits of a resurrected one!

A- pours a deep golden shade. Hazy. Decent head. Expected more.

A- some eaters POP out, but nothing punchy. It's clearly a Wit yeast, but I think they meant for it to be tempered. I don't mind that since it usually the estery flavors are also tempered. banana, lots of lemon zest.

T- mild Wit flavor, lots of chewy malt. It's faintly sweet and much more flavorful than a Hoegarden. A bite of lemon in the finish.

M- medium bodied. Chewy compared to a standard Witbier.

O- I prefer OT on draught, but even in bottle this is a dangerously drinkable ale with bite. It's like the "Manswer" to Witbier, if I may speak vulgarly.

Not out-standing, but creative. RH is making moves in the right direction. I won't deal it out again, but I can compare it to a Summer Blockbuster: It's big and helps you get thru a hot afternoon.

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Photo of lostandwandering
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass. Poured as a cloudy orange gold with a light head that quickly dissipated. Smell is of citrus. Taste is citrus-y with mild spice notes. Medium feel, neither creamy or overly carbonated. Overall, a solid effort from a solid local company. I would recommend others to give this one a shot. It may not be the best in this category, but it's certainly not bad.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a Ro's Restaurant pint glass.

A: Hazy, deep golden amber color with lots of sediment beneath a two-finger head of dense, bubbly foam which sinks fast and leaves a thin veil of lace.

S: Quite citrusy and herbal with a bit of funky yeast and wheat aroma tucked into the spicy scents of coriander and allspice.

T: Hints of minty, gummy effervescence pull at the palate first before delivering a balanced malt bill boasting toasted biscuit and fruity esters. Drying hops meld seamlessly into the floral sweetness and fruity banana flavors of this 2x wit. Nice, dry, bready finish with hints of alcohol and chalky yeast flavors.

M: Medium-full bodied, slightly tart and dry in the finish.

O: A pretty solid white ale and no noticeable "double-alcohol" flavor. It's not quite Southampton Double White or an Allagash product caliber, but still pretty good.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle split and poured into a New Belgium globe.
7% ABV, no date.

I'm starting to run out of creative ways to thank Beerwolf77 for all the damn beer he shares.

A - The golden color is a bit darker than the usual wit but then again, it's not the usual wit. Hazed over completely, it's got a weak off-white head, no retention and no lace.

S - Notes of spicy coriander and white pepper quickly turn to a funky, off-putting rubber cement nose. Interestingly, that falls away pretty quickly too. Lemon grass, earthy citrus comes out with very earthy yeast notes. Harsh wheat pulls through the background.

T - Soft solvent alcohol notes poke through the wheat and pale malt flavor that's laced with earthy yeast, coriander spice, and white pepper.

M - Medium bodied and generally soft with a spicy, warm alcohol finish. Not intrusive though!

O - Here we have an alright double wit. It started pretty funky in the nose but settled out to a pretty solid, high octane Belgian wit. Not terribly nuanced but there are good spice undertones.

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Photo of montecristo2
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap at the River Horse brewery in Lambertville, NJ.

A nice cloudy pour, nice head, and good wheat/citrus/floral aromas, light golden color. Tastes of traditional wheat beer but with a little more kick, citrus in the back and a bit of cakey/breadiness.

This was my favorite of the three samples I tried.

Totally drinkable. I pictured my back porch on a nice, warm summer day drinking this offering.



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Photo of beerwolf77
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to tx8000shx for tossing in this sweet extra. Love those state ticks. Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

A: Cider brown with golden highlights. Tiny wisp of head and no lace left behind.

S: Initially I'm getting a strange burnt rubber aroma. Once it warms I can pick up belgian yeast, coriander, nutmeg, anise and the usual belgian spice profile.

T: Not a huge flavor blast. I pick up a hint of smoky bacon at first. This slowly fades into belgian yeast and spices. There's a modest alcohol profile in the finish.

M: Medium body with nice and creamy carbonation.

O: Not very good. The only thing that impressed me was the mouth feel.

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Photo of Suds
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Lots of carbonation on this one...a huge, exploding, towering head. The beer is a yellow-gold color, with an appropriate haze...glowing when held to the light. The head quickly fades, however, and it's not as 'white' as it could be. Flowery, sweet, spice-like aroma...'cake-like'? Sweet smelling, soft, and approachable. The taste is a bit more sharp...a touch of alcohol and some more biting spice. Nice beer. The mouthfeel is soft and well rounded, despite the high carbonation (which actually serves to balance it somewhat). Nice beer.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a medium gold color with substantial head that is slow to dissipate. Just a tad cloudy in appearance.
Smell: Wheaty and a bit floral in aroma.
Taste: A deep wheaty flavor is slow to arise from an initial citrus/spice bite, but eventually crests with just a bit of yeasty funkiness. You can also detect banana and light spiciness within the taste. Alcohol warmth is very well-hidden IMO. Little to no hop presence. Finish is very bready in nature, but quite clean.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.
Drinkability: Pretty darn drinkable and well-constructed wit. Not outrageous in nature and fairly well-balanced.

Overall- a pretty good double wit! A well-constructed and interesting beer.

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Photo of cooch69
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This Double Wit poures into a snifter with a lovely two finger head. It was a bright pastel yellow with a nice solid white head floating on top.

The nose on this one was a beauty. It was'nt shy whatsoever. A full on bouqet of flowers predominately Hibiscus, followed by a citrus assault(lemons and oranges). The bready wheat malts made themselves noticed as well. Just a very complex and compelling aroma to this one.

Upon my sip many of floral aromatics opened up into a sweet bouqet of hibiscis and rose petals, followed by a slight dryness in the finish which could have been the Coriander(if there is any in here)? I thougt they did a great job with the malt backbone. It was slightly tangy and very easily drinkable. Then again many double wheats are light for their strength.

I'm getting very good first impressions from this NJ brewery. I've only ever tried one sip of the Hipp o' Lantern before.

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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
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