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 fishtownhxc
4.8/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

from the outset this beer looks more like a german hefeweizen than a belgian wit, but i'm pretty sure the color is due to the extra amount of malt they put in this thing to make it a double. tastes a lot like a hefewiezen too, but i'm sure that make sense as well since it's a wheat beer. great brew for sunny afternoon bbqs and sitting around being lazy. hints of banana and other citrus flavors are abundant, especially if it's not server too cold. definitely looking forward to the direction this brewery is going in.

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Photo of LunaChick
4.7/5  rDev +26%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It takes alot for me to score anything a 5. Thanks to the guys from the brewery for bringing samples. I'm always a little skeptical when brewery people tell me how good a beer is. The proof is always in the glass.
Wow. This beer smells of rich spice,some banana, and the wheat. Pours a viscous cloudy rich gold. Sedement is present. Head fizzes to leave lacing on the glass. Flavor is very smooth. Starts with exceptionally well balanced spice--clove, corriander, and fruit orange and some banana. Wheat comes thru in the end. In the mouth this is slick and not at all dry. Highly drinkable because the alcohol is nicely masked. Even at this abv I could easily consume more than one. Totally blows other "double white" styles out of the bottle--at least for me.

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Photo of tjd112
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought cold from the River Horse Brewery

Appearance - Golden color with slight head
Smell - Citrusy with a bit of coriander
Taste - See smell, but I can detect a slight banana and spice undertone
Mouthfeel - Very creany and smooth
Drinkability - Worth the $9 a four pack.

New Jersey does some great Belgian style beers, and this is no exception. Try it, especially if you are in the Trenton area.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. single bottle. Picked this one up as I have heard plenty of chatter that River Horse has stepped up their game lately. Time for me to draw my on conclusion.

A- Very hazy dark orange/yellow mix of colors. Huge frothy white head, spiderweb lacing, carbonation bubbles continuously floating to the top of the beer. Some sediment was lingering as well, but nothing abundant.

S- Spices all around. Some nutmeg and clove with a pleasant fruit finish in the nose.

T- Lots of stuff going on here, but it all seems to work. Spicy as hell for a witbier. Citrus flavors upfront with some orange peel and a touch of lemon. Spices. Peppery finish. Extremely well balanced and no hint of the ABV at all for this brew.

M- Tingly, bubbly, and pleasant. Some warming.

D- A real big winner here from River Horse. Interested to chec out the other brews in the Brewer's Reserve series. Serious flavors going on here- I want some more of this stuff!

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Photo of pershan
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at Frisco Grille in Columbia, MD.

The beer poured a hazy, straw color with an ample, white, creamy head into a pint glass. The smell was of banana, cloves, and that wonderful Belgian yeast - just like a witbier should. The taste was of banana, clove, orange, with a pleasant, spicy hop finish. A great example of the style, and their best brew, IMHO. Cheers!

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Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Originally had this double wit on tap at an Uno Grill. From there, I was on a mission to find it in stores. Found it only in a 12 bottle variety pack.

A - Appears as a cloudy gold/apricot wiith a massive bright white head, that calms down and leaves an abundance of lacing. A sight to behold.

S - A combination of creamy vanilla, and some mixed fruit.

T - A cornicopia of flavors are present between candy sugar, vanilla and a hint of orange. Almost like orange sherbet. Fantastic!

M - Good balance between the taste and carbonation. I prefer moderately to highly carbonated beers. Its also quite creamy. This seems to be the basis for all of my observations!

D - The taste is amazing, but like most of my favorite beers such as Duvel and Don De Dieu, too much of a good thing can become a bad thing. After 3 of these, I'd be done. Definitely a sipper, between the complex taste and the higher abv.

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Photo of Foxman
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

It pours a hazy and carbonated lemonade straw yellow. Two fat fingers of fluffy bright white head settle quite slowly. Sunspots of lacing slide down the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, especially tangy wheat is briefly sweet before mildly sour yeast esters up creamy banana and savory clove. A little dab of biscuit melds with a coy air of alcohol.

Upon tasting, the wheat is tangy and duly sweet, and is quickly matched by yeasty esters boasting lemon, banana, cloves, and a muted, almost lactic, sourness. Mild spiciness speaks of a hop presence, crisping and drying on the way to a comfy clutch of alcohol. A late note of candy sugar brushes against uncooked dough. The finish lingers well and cleanly with a moderated dry bitterness that quenches capably. It's blended and notable and damned tasty in an impressive fashion.

Medium bodied, the carbonation is lively and a creaminess on the palate helps comprise a fetching flow.

Well, I'd say this speaks well of a new regime at River Horse. It's a fairly big and quite good wheat delicacy. And despite a credible ABV, it goes down not only ably, but with a refreshing flourish. To me, this is the best beer I've had from the brewery, so I hope it's indicative of a positive trend. Oh, and I hope it goes year round too.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 Oz single bottle purchased for $2.99 from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Limited-Edition, Brewer's Resere - Extra Strength (7% ABV) Witbier...
By far the best beer I've yet sampled from River Horse - I am proud that this beer was produced in my home state because it is an excellent, strong, flavorful depiction of the style...
Pours a light, copper, sunny hue with plenty of sediment visible both at the bottom of the bottle and serving glass... Carbonation also apparent, with a massive, foamy, frothy head...
Great citrus, lemon, and floral aroma... very enticing and sweet...
Taste strongly complements the smell, with a burst of citrus, slight, sweet grapefruit, florals, honey, and vanilla...
Great aftertaste with hardly any sign of the 7% ABV...
Clean, crisp, sweet mouthfeel leads to an outstanding level of drinkability... This one would be great for a hot, Summer day...
Great stuff...

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Brewer's Reserve. Limited Edition.
(20 min from brewer)

A: Poured a bright, hazy tangerine orange with a billowy, soft, creamy white head that lasted nearly to the finish of the drink leaving a spotchy lacing behind. There was a generous amount of small, speckled, bran like floaties that danced about vigorously from in suspension from the strong vibrant carbonation streaming upward.

S: The nose was light and very even toned with soft creamy bananas, and a light clove spiciness.

T: The initial flavor was spicy and yeasty with a creamy wheatiness, peppery spiciness, and creamy bananas. There was some cloves but they were well balanced and subtle. The finish was very crisp, citric (oranges) and clean, with a nice carbonation bite that brought things to life. Overall a very good flavor, spicy and definitely one of their best beers.

M: lively with a carbonation tingle, creamy in texture, with a sour citric bite and lacing after the swallow.

D: Very good drinkability, very crisp, refreshing and a dream to drink on a hot summer day. Definitely worthy of a recommend.

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Photo of garcia2a
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a medium amber color, light lacy head, very hazy with some nice particulate matter. Almost no carbonation.

There is lots of sweet, bready yeast on the nose. One the backend there are nice hints of malt, apricots and citrus. This follows nicely to the taste which was nicely heavy on the yeast with a fine sweet malt and vanilla aftertaste.

This beer has excellent mouthfeel and is easy drinking. Lots of good taste, but not heavy. This was refreshing on a 98 degree day.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass. Firm pour yielded a a massive white 3 finger head. Head diminishes quite quickly. Color is a slightly orange amber. Smell is of yeast and orange doughy citrus. This is a very nice beer. Taste is absolutly lovely. Doughy yeast, with hints of orange, corriander and various spices. Very fine carbonation, very refreshing. Mouthfeel is nice some what thick, but not syrupy. Drinkablity is high, even at 7%. This is a nice summer beverage.

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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 oriolesfan4
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of a mixed 12 pack... pretty solid witbier, not nearly strong enough to be named a "double wit" but pretty good none the less. Nice clovey aroma, smooth yeasty taste to it, very smooth. Finishes clean... really not much to complain about here, a nice beer from a not yet well known brewery.

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Photo of marcpal
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. single bottle picked up, heard good things. Liked the Hop Hazard and not many others.

A: Bubbly head and bubbly carbonation. Sediment yeasty filled light orange body. Tons of sediment and not the most attractive. Hello floaties.

S: Plenty of yeast and spice. Fruitiness present and some detection of hop flavors. Earthy and grassy.

T: Mostly honey and would not have guessed the alcohol content- covered up well and made very nicely. Spices and peppers strongest flavors.

M: Biscuity and dry. More refreshing than it is warming. Can feel the sediment, the abv comes through a little later but a well done wheat.

D: I will immediately get some more of these, probably more appropriate for cooler months but worked on a cold dreary May day here. Sets the bar high for these Brewers Reserve beers.

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Photo of bonbini26
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On Tap @ the Brewery

A: Hazy reddish-orange with a dense white head.

S: Orange and coriander dominate the nose with a good dose of wheat thrown in for good measure. Hints of pepper too.

T:Starts off spicy and is followed by an orange zest flavor that's almost astringent. Over the top. Dry finish yet refreshing

M: A lot of carbonation, bubbling in the mouth

D: Very easy drinking especially on a hot summer day, i think this is a very nice stab at a double wit from river horse.

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

A - A very lively brew. It pours quickly from the bottle with plenty of carbonation and head. The white head sits atop a clear golden body and fades quickly. It took two pours to empty the bottle due to the carbonation. The second pour carried some of the sediment from the bottle, but was able to contain most of it.

S - Yeast and citrus hit the nose immediately upon opening the bottle. After a second take there was a definte spice as well.

T - Citrus is the first thing you taste (and the more you drink the more you taste the lemony-orange flavor) followed by a dough flavor. A slight heat comes through with the alcohol. After taste hang with you.

M - Went down smooth like a light bodied beer and the carbonation danced on the tongue. Perfect on this 90' April day.

D - Keep them coming. Ashame it's a double otherwise I could knock a few more back.

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

The bottle itself has good art work and the marketing department should be commended. It caught my eye on the shelf and I figured I'd give it a try.

This beer poured very nice with a sturdy head that quickly went away. Two pours for the entire beer, and the smell was fruity and wit-ish.

I'm always skeptical of non-European Wits, for some reason I've had bad luck with them. But this beer was different and surprisingly so. It had a very good flavor to it and went down remarkably easy for a 7%.

A very good Wit. I found the drinkability on this beer to very high and I would likely buy this beer again along with some Allagash and Duvel.

The only negative, which some would not consider so, might be that it does have a bit of a bite to it. Not sure if that's the spice mix or what, but there is a bit of something. Now, I enjoy such a taste, but some may not.

Time to head to the fridge for another!

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Photo of maximum12
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

My second-to-last bottle from the Summer Beer BIF package I rec'd from MrBURTON55. Seeing how it's going to below zero again tonight, this is my farewell toast to summer (yes, I'm clinging).

And damn! This is good! I'm not generally a fan of Wits due to their Kate Moss-type bodies & generally boring taste profiles. This is an exception &, if typical, I'd frankly just as soon "double" up every Wit on the market.

This actually has some character; the wheatisity complements the sweetness that kicks in to the aftertaste. The taste is full, without that annoying "I'm drinking grass-water" character I despise about so many Wits. This is actually beer. Which is great.

I've already had 1/3 of the glass in about two minutes, so, drinkability would be high, right? This brew appealed to my sweet tooth, my love of new beers, & that someone put a really, really appealing twist on a style I'm not too fond of. What's not to like? Salut to River Horse!

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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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Photo of keanex
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this at a local Canals while checking out the local brew (NJ) section they just added.

I decided to try this as I've loved every Belgian Ale I've had, can't go wrong right? Thankfully I was with this beer! Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Head was thick, white, and fluffy! Looks like it would be very comfortable if it were a pillow. Head does not stick to the side. The beer itself was a light amber, slightly leaning towards yellow. Light goes through, but it's rather cloudy.

The smell is fantastic, a moderate citrus scent, with a slight hint of spices, with a familiar scent recognized as a typical ale. Very pleasant.

Decently carbonated, but not overboard. Has a pleasant mild taste. Citrus based taste blended perfectly with the ale flavor. Very balanced beer!

This is a light tasting beer in the mouth, not malty in the least. Goes down smooth!

At 7% ABR, I could still manage to drink the whole 4 pack it comes in with ease. This is a fantastic beer.

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Photo of WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a spicey pale and wheat malt scent along with an appropriate amount of coriander and yeast esters. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor with a really nice spice element and a wonderfully fruity yeast finish. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a well brewed d-wit. It's tastey and brewed to style.

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Photo of tone77
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy brown color with a 1 inch head. Smells of cloves and spices. Taste is delicous. A great combination of citrus and spices. Feels great in the mouth and is most drinkable. Overall this is a very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of ColForbinBC
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass

Pours a cloudy, golden straw yellow with strings of bubbles moving quickly north. A two finger bone white head faded in due time and had good staying power. Little tiny bits of yeast suspended in the body.

Smells of belgian yeast, biscuits, coriander, lemon, bubble gum, and booze. Classic smells of a wit but much more bright and bold.

I was expected something a little unwieldy and unbalanced, but boy was I wrong. Everything is in its place. A spicy floral character with yeast and citrus. Pretty much a bolder, well-balanced version of a standard wit.

A light medium body with a citrus--spice finish. A slight alcohol warmth hangs for a while.

The alcohol makes itself known after a while. Not your typical session wit.

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Photo of SeanRedd
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So flavorful, oh behave. Oats, honey, orange, and syrupy sweet malt. Frosted, alcoholic mini-wheats. Large bubbles pop like rock candy, not a positive attribute. Dirty, yeasty head...hey, I bee there. Sugar candy snap, double ass slap. New Jersey back on the map.

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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
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