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 number1bum
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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Pours a hazed musty golden color with about two fingers of off-white head. Head keeps a decent, thin lace with a solid layer around the rim.

Smell is sweet, syrupy sweet, and very fruity. I do not find it pleasant. It smells as much like fruity pebbles as Leiny Berry Weisse. The fruitiness is all over the place - citrus, passion fruit, Lord knows what else; but none of it is good. Add a dash of armpit and it's just a mess. Bleh.

Taste is not much better. It's not as fruity pebbles like, but it does have a harsh, grainy bite to it that makes it just as unpleasant. It does, however, make it slightly more tolerable. It's also quite spicy which is a redeeming value. The finish is clean, at least, with some lingering earthy yeast and spices. To top it all off I even get a hint of alcohol. This is a confused mess.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with very aggressive, spritzy carbonation. The carbonation is a redeeming value because it does not allow much lingering. The grainy bite makes it a bit harsh.

This is a mess. The more of this 'style' I try, the more I am convinced that Double and Wit do not go together. Give it up brewers, it just doesn't work.

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Photo of Kwak
2.54/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

nice four pack a little pricey would have been happy if it was a six. it poured nice hazy dark straw with a thick head the smell was a little off not the fruit i expected a little strong for this type of beer wasn't all that nice to drink it was a little harsh even for the seven%. i think they over powered the taste with the alcohol.

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Photo of philbe311
2.59/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Actually a very visually appealing witbier... Light bronze coloring with an extreme haze... Extreme amounts of very rapid paced carbonation... A beautiful lush rocky white head reminicent of a snow drift... Loads of foam clings to the sides of the glass...

S - Wet cardboard... Apricot... Honey... Orange... Corriander...

T - Honey... Orange concentrate... Candied lemon cough drops... Faint wheat... Aftertaste is of unripened apricots... The taste seems forced and overly artificial...

M - Slightly sticky... Medium bodied... Moderate carbonation on the tongue...

D - Other than a terrific appearance this brew is very very rough around the edges... A rather disappointing brew from River Horse that I will be avoiding in the future...

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Photo of epicness
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Golden hazy yellow, with a slight head that dissipates fairly quickly. It was actually gone before I was even able to type to this point. You can see quite a bit of bubbles rising to the surface through the pretty cloudy beer.

S: Strong lemon scent, which makes me think the taste might be slightly sour. Pretty much dominates the smell of the beer. There's also a bit of wheat and coriander in the background, but they seem rather faint to me.

T: Lots of lemon up front in the taste, as expected. I'm not a HUGE fan of the taste of lemons, but actually this doesn't bother me too much. It's not sour at all, and actually rather sweet. Along with the lemon, you get spicy notes, which fade into a dry wheat aftertaste. It's not a big taste, but I'm definitely left wanting a little bit more. Maybe I had a different expectation of the taste. I'm definitely let down. Again, it's not a bad taste, but it's just not a large enough variety on the taste.

M: The carbonation is very high. Prickly on the tongue and all the way down, although I'm sure a little bit of that is the alcohol. Light to medium bodied.

D: It's alright. Seems like the more I drink of the beer, the more I start to taste the lemon, and the alcohol. Doesn't seem to be mixed all that well, and it's kind of a turn off the way the lemon and alcohol tastes are overwhelming me. I definitely couldn't see myself drinking more than one of these in a sitting.

I'd give this beer a one thumb down. It's not a beer a would recommend to someone, yet it's not terrible enough to drain pour.

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Photo of mlhall55
2.87/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I am not a big fan of the Belgian brew's, this one was a bit spicy. I found it to be heavy and filling as well with a bit too much sweetness. It was a bit too thick for what it was. I could drink one or two of these and then I would have to move on. too much flavor I suppose.

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

12oz bottle poured into a tulip glass.
First ''double wit'' for me. Not sure what to think about the concept since I love witbier for it's refreshing, delicious and easy drinking nature. Pours nice into the tulip with a fat foamy head. Cloudy and golden with some bubbles. Smell is less intense than I expected with more of a wheat nose while the spices play second fiddle. First taste is a alot of spicy yeast and the sting of fusel alcohol. I let it warm up a bit and some of the subtleties came out. The orange peel, coriander and wheat flavors are present but kind of muted and don't really fit together nicely. Carbonation is high and lively across the tongue. This brew improved as it warmed but was still very rough around the edges. Simply put, not my thing.

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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 WCBCFrank
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy, hazy yellow-white. Not as much head as I anticipated, it being a Belgian Wit. Some muted citrus and lemon zest notes....a little flat in the back of the throat.

For the novice: Tastes like a homebrew version of Hoegaarden.

Personally: River Horse Double Wit is a bit of misnomer...there is nothing inherently "double" about it. Overall, I'm neither here not there with this beer. It's average.

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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 DefenCorps
3.15/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12oz bottle into my Russian River pint glass

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. Pretty good!

T: Overly spicy - back off on the coriander, there! Starts off spicy and is followed by an orange zest flavor that's almost astringent. Over the top. Dry finish

M: Overly carbonated - it literally foams up in my mouth. Pleasing finish, though

D: Don't think I'd drink another. In fact, I poured this down the drain :-(

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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 Proteus93
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A hazy straw yellow... a creamy head, receding to a modest quarter finger of creamy white.

S: Sweet and malty... a full aroma, loaded with spicy scents - orange peel / coriander.Nice on the nose

T: .. not so nice I can say on the tongue. Intense spiciness. The coriander flavours are quite big and citrus orange peel adds even more to the mix. A little too overdone for my palate.

M + D: A full body, but enough carbonation to give it a crispy edge. Ultimately a little over the top, and I found myself having trouble with finishing it. I think the last little bit might end up being sacrificed to the drain.

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Photo of StJamesGate
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy goldenrod with no head to speak of. Nose is waxy yeast and cooked apples; phenols, too. Sour green apples with some clove spice. Coriander peaks out as it warms. Not altogether pleasant doughiness builds at the end. Fizzy, medium, some burn.

Note: No Brewer's Reserve, just "Double Wit" on the label, but same ABV some I'm assuming same beer.

A wit after a bock is a bad idea, I realize now. Nevertheless, not enough going on here. Definitely not "double" anything.

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Photo of jmalex
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's nice to actually drink a summer style in summer rather than the imperial stouts and big Belgians I'm always opening.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my Allagash tulip a golden orange color with a massive creamy white head. It takes its time dropping to a large rocky cap, eventually settling out at one finger's height.

SMELL: One of the most spiciest witbiers I've ever had. But it's much more than coriander. There's almost a winter spice / nutmeg thing going on in it, and I'm not really sure how I feel about it. The orange and citrus are there as well, along with a pretty aggressive abbey yeast character. Very unique and distinctive.

TASTE: Quite sweet with just as much wheat malt character as yeast esters. The spicing here is much more subdued as is any citrus. This to me is more reminiscent of a tripel than a witbier.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with an average level carbonation. I'd prefer a bit more dryness, but it does advertise itself as a double wit.

DRINKABILITY: Okay for a beer of this size, but it almost seems like it should be even better. For a style that I'd want glass after glass of, I'll be holding myself to one of these only.

A decent execution of a hard-to-grasp version of the style. Worth trying, I suppose, but don't go out of your way.

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Photo of Risser09
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner - fridge - 2009

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden orange and yellow color with plenty of active, fast-moving carbonation. The chalk white head reaches 2" quickly, but recedes at a slow pace. A plateau of foam is created when the edges recede quicker than the rest of the head. Thick foam clings to the glass after all that.

Smell: Fruity aromas of apricot and peaches are very dominant. It's reminiscent of a dried, Turkish apricot, really. Wheat malt and yeast play a subsidiary role to those fruity aromas.

Taste: Yeasty forefront with a strong wheat flavor. Alcohol is noticeable despite the small 7% abv. More of that apricot flavor is sensible with a sourdough bread finish. Weird.

Mouthfeel: Pinchy with hops and alcohol. At the same time this beer is carbonated and sweet. Lots going on.

Drinkability: A very different brew. I wonder how much thought was put into this beer, as it has so many clashing flavors going on. Okay.

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Photo of samie85
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Pours a hazy yellow with the slightest bit of white head.

S-Smells of lemon, wheat, Belgian yeast and coriander.

T-Lemony upfront with some subtle spicy notes and wheat, and finishes with that characteristic dry, spicy Belgian Yeast note.

M-The carbonation is pretty full and prickly, with a medium body.

D-Not a bad beer by any stretch of the imagination, but I know I couldn't finish more than one of these. The yeast and the coriander become too much for me after awhile.

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Photo of emsroth
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

App: Cloudy gold. Huge 4 finger head with even a gentle pour.

Amell: Sour apples, grape like white wine, faint alcohol, fruity/sour yeast.

Taste: A light taste. A slight sweetness followed by a slight sourness. Ends with a distinct, belgian flavored bitterness. As it warms, the grassy hop character makes itself known. Not enough of the wheat flavor; too much hops for a witbier.

Nice full mouthfeel with great carbonation. Definitely something i'll drink again, but not stellar.

The taste was too light and lacking for me, with an unbalanced hoppy/malty bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: It's cloudy yellow and came with a very big head.
S: The aroma is rather faint but smells of citrus and some spices are detectable.
T: The taste is mainly dominated by spices and some of the wheat; if there is any citrus or hops flavors they are barely noticeable.
M: The beer feels light-bodied on the palate and a little raw because of the amount of spices clashing with the wheat.
D: It's drinkable but not as light and refreshing as other types of wit beers. The amount of spices and underlying alcohol also probably play a role with this.

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Photo of ATPete
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3


It pours a thick, hazy, yellow/orange color, lots of floaties and a decent one finger white head. The nose consists of mainly citrus fruits, big banana notes and sweet wheat/yeast. The beers got a big body, almost too big for its style. Grainy, wheat texture, big fruit notes, citrus brightness, tons of spices and a big hop bite on the finish, booze is definitely apparent. Its not terrible, the body is really killing this one for me.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Purchased at the Whole Foods on Houston in Manhattan and smuggled back to Minnesota in my girlfriend's suitcase.

A-Very cloudy dark straw beer; borderline murky, swampy apperance, perhaps partly due to both yeast and haze. On the plus side, the beer was topped with a huge white head, fluffy and attractive, with an approriately strong retention.

S-Aromas are heavy on the spice, thick with yeasty bread. Something crisp, kind of spicy, pleasant and rather unique; I sort of though it remniscent of mint with a hint of vanilla? Citrus aromas are minimal, not really present, that is.

T-Bready, sweet and light malt character with some nice spiciness. The spices seem to have some of the same unique character I picked up in the aroma. (Interestingly, I read a review below that referred to a hint of Windex; after a little reflection, this unique character I picked up had almost a slight taste of cleaner of some sort, bue pleasantly...). Light, refreshing, but somewhat creamy, almost green. Finishes with a slight citrus note, spicy and yeast.

M-Medium body, feels relatively light for a "double" beer, but probably approrpiately heavy for a double witbier. Carbonation is high, keeping in stride with a typical wit.

D-Intriguing brew, though not spectacular. It is quite drinkable, having "doubled" a very drinkable beer. However, its repeat drinkability is low.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got a bottle of this in a River Horse mixer.

A: Pours a dark gold, hazy body with a thick, off-white head that was very silky with very good retention and lacing. Very good for the style.

S: A sweet citrus, malt smell with some banana ester and clove notes. Slight alcohol undertones were also evident. Very nice for the style.

T: A fairly alcoholic taste with some earthy, metallic notes. The sweeter, "wheaty" and banana notes were evident in the aftertaste, but it was mostly the alcohol that commandeered my taste buds.

M: A fairly smooth mouthfeel that was a little overcarbonated. Pretty good overall.

D: A pretty decent mouthfeel and taste combination. A little more banana ester or clove evidence could have made this one smoother by hiding the alcohol a little bit. The appearance, however, was very nice.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A cloudy light golden colored body has a good amount of lazy, slow moving carbonation bubbles. The head is massive, creamy, and bright white. Retention is great, and the head leaves some thick, sticky rings of lacing on my glass.

The aroma is a good one. A bread undertone with a wheat twang along with a bunch of spices. Coriander, maybe chammomile are in there with some orange zest.

The taste isn't bad, but I have to say that the aroma was better. The spices really take over. Coriander is there, and I would still guess chammomile, but I would also say there are other floating around. A hint of orange zest and a little bit of that nice wheat twang and bready flavor.

The mouthfeel is surprising light and well-carbonated. It works ok though.

OK drinkability. Overall, an interesting brew that is some what over spiced.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown longneck bottle from blue dog in lansdale for $2.50 or so, poured into a dimple mug.

Cloudy with a decent size fluffy white head, okay retention and some lacing. Somewhat standard if a bit tame.

Smell seems a bit bitter or maybe just abrasive but as it warms a little bit it comes into its own, not great but the orange peel and yeast spiciness stand out well against a bit of booziness which I don't really appreciate in a wit. Taste is like a good wit with a little bit of everclear added. I'm not really sure what imperializing witbeirs is supposed to add to them exactly, but I don't think it works--in this one at least. Not bad, just unnecessary.

Mouthfeel is light, lively carbonation. No alcohol burn. No complaints.

Drinkability is high for a doubled beer. If you are in the market for a bigger belgian white than go ahead and grab one. I picked this up pretty cheap as a single bottle and it is definately worth trying but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of tigg924
3.46/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: gold in color, medium head, high carbonation, cloudy with sediment

Smell: lemon, cardamom, and wheat

Taste: wheat, orange, cardamom, coriander, and alcohol.

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle due to the alcohol, and a sweet finish, light bodied, high carbonation

Drinkability: This one is ok to drink. It tastes like a high ABV Blue Moon. The alcohol is a bit overpowering in places. Not bad, not great. I might have another.

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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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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
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