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 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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Photo of msubulldog25
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 oz. bottle, picked up as part of mixed 6-pack at Brew/Ultimo in Philadelphia a few weeks back. Grabbed because: a) River Horse is a new brewery for me; b) a 'Double Wit' sounds interesting c) I like hippos (the brewery's moniker and logo: the Greek's called them 'river horses'). Poured to a pint glass.

A: Starts bright and golden before a compulsive 'witbier' swirl of the last couple ounces results in a milky wheat/amber. Fairly strong, if brief white head fizzles down to a ringing cream and wispy film.

S: Big aroma, full of sweet orange and sweeter spice. Dessert-like fruitiness, a citrus syrup or candied sugariness over a bready scone. Strong enough, just not entirely to my liking.

T: Huh, pulls off the 'wit' well...make that the 'double wit': bigger bread, sweeter citrus, more coriander and zestier ginger hints. An orange-centric wit, loads of sweet-fruity spiced citrus, then drier and heavier 'dough' (cottony?) in the finish. A little ridiculous, but that's kinda what happens when you 'imperialize' a traditional style like this...for what it is, not bad at all.

M: Creamy feel, yeasty and 'full' (if you're comparing to a 'regular' witbier). Spices rest and wriggle a while on the tongue. A cheek-sticking, tooth-coating starchiness/pastiness to finish...it is A mouthfeel, but not THE mouthfeel I like to linger over.

D: Less drinkable than your 'standard' wit, but only because with double the wit comes 50% more of the booze; 7% has its way of warming this traditionally light and session-able style. Still, tasty and worth grabbing if you see it - a good introduction to this brewery. Denial: it ain't just a river in Egypt (where hippos happen to live), it's what you WOULDN'T catch me doing if offered another.

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

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

Double this, double that, marketing or an actual style? The brewers differ as they say they're taking a traditional beer and are doing it American style, and we are fine with that. Pours out a hazy beige-amber hue, in tradition we swirled the yeast into the glass. Not recommend with this beer unless you don't mind big chunks of yeast swimming in your glass. We opted to pour a sample sans yeast. The lacing is good enough to get by and sticks here and there. Fresh ground coriander and some citric peel in the nose, mild plum fruitiness from the alcohol and a neutral yeastiness. Slick and crisp with a somewhat full body. Sweet maltiness meets the first half of the coriander and mellow citric peel. The alcohol comes in with some warmth and spice and pairs up with the second bitter half of the coriander and a modest hop bitterness. Maltiness stays strong as does all of the other flavors, some plum and apple fruitiness with a mild yeast flavor middle to end. Finishes slightly dry.

We were worried this one was going to come off soapy as many American brewed White Ales and Double White Ales do, but not here. Balance is this beer's middle name, drinkability does not suffer either. Well done guys!

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

12 oz. bottle poured into tall pilsner glass. the result is a somewhat hazy straw colored brew with a little orange highlights and a thin white head. bubbles continuously stream towards the surface. the smell is our doughy wheat, lemon zest, and pepper. the taste is wheat and more wheat, but a little sweetness on the back end. the highly carbonated beer coats the mouth with a lingering aftertaste. I like this beer most that most Wits. But its not my favorite style, as the only reason I have it is due to its inclusion in the brewer's variety case.

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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 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 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 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 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 allergictomacros
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy yellow-oranage with a solid white foam.

S - Nose is medicinal with a citrus undertone and hints of butter.

T - Medicinal flavour comes through, but not as strongly as in the nose. Hints of spices and light citrus and a lightly bitter hop as an afterthought. Little hints of butter and tartness as well.

M - Medium with a strong carbonation.

D - OK drinking but a bit too much bandaid for me.

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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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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
3.73 out of 5 based on 209 ratings.
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