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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 Hojaminbag
3.45/5  rDev -6.5%
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 asabreed
3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Golden mildly hazy yellow at first with a huge frothy head that needed a few pours for the bottle to make its way fully into the glass. After the swirl and pour, the beer becomes, of course, nicely cloudy and hazy and Hefe-looking, leaving some bat-wing lacing on the glass sides.

Smell: Sweet coriander, bread dough, mild spices, and a lot of citrus. Kind of screams "domestic," unfortunately, so I'm not sure what yeast was used. Also a little to sweet in favor of nuance and pushing toward the Belgian ideal. Maybe some nutmeg too.

Taste: Not as sweet as the aroma which precedes it, but again, maybe a little too sweet and a little too spiced. It's a Wit, surely, and it's not a bad Wit in the least, especially for the fact that I'd imagine, aside from maybe the sweetness, that this was less than the 7% ABV. A lot of spices and sweetness with mild banana and vanilla. Finishes semi-sweet, a bit yeasty maybe, and lingers with citrus and spices.

Mouthfeel: Big and creamy and luscious and silky all around and a real pleasure to drink.

Drinkability: This seems, more and more, like 1) a hard style to do well, and 2) a style that a lot of breweries are taking on. What exactly is a Double Wit supposed to represent in all its facets? I'm not sure, but I know that this is a solid choice. That said, I'll look elsewhere for something transcendent, or maybe to Southamton, which is one of my favorites of the handful I've had.

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Photo of tone77
4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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 philbe311
2.59/5  rDev -29.8%
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 number1bum
2.39/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Extra from BeerTruth.

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 TheFightfan1
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. Pours a hazy golden color with pale yellow highlight's. Lot's of sediment chunkies in the glass. Thick white top that stick's around a while and leaves some decent lacing.

Smell is mostly of lemon and corriander. Some yeastiness pulls through along with some fruity notes.

Taste is spicey in the throat that leaves a little sting.Finishes with more of a spicy hop flavoring with a kick of yeast.

Mouth is light-medium bodied with some very good carbonation. The spicy hoppiness sting's the tongue.

Drink is good a little heavy than the wit I guess hence the double wit but I think I could enjoy a few more of these.

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Photo of Kwak
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
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 WesWes
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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 WCBCFrank
3/5  rDev -18.7%
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 riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden with a fluffy white head. Great retention and very nice lacing. Aroma is of vanilla, spice and sweet ripe fruit. Body is medium and carbonated. Taste is of fruits,spice with vanilla through out. Smooth but spicy finish. I liked this one a lot!

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Photo of Nickls
3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(From notes)

A - Poured with a thinner purely white head; hazy orange gold color. Head dissipated quickly

S - Bit of banana; citrus; bit of sweetness; touch yeasty

T - Mirrors the aroma the quite well; banana and clove; light spice; pretty sweet actual. Would have liked more spice and tart

M - Medium to thinner; soft carbonation

D - Nice enough, decent flavors and refreshing

Overall, not a bad brew at all. Not the best representation of the style, but an OK brew.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a fairly clear gold (lots of suspended yeast and oils are present but I wouldn't call this hazy), with a big foamy brite-white head. This actually takes a bit to get it all in the glass. Retains with a more weakish and fizzy look, yet the cascade and thick swathes of lacing it leaves back are quite rich. The aroma has a shitload of spicing going on with it. Tons of coriander, a bit of spicy clove, and maybe some other flavors to. Lots of yeast as well. Orange zest and a crisp pang of wheat adds some sweetness. This is quite full and thick in the nose, but it's probably overdoing it with the spices.

The taste starts with a beefy feeling crisp bite of wheat and citrus. Equally strong and assetive mix of coriander, yeast, and spicy clove spreads out along the back in a yeasty bloom. The spicing really lingers hard in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a biting sharpness to the carbonation which really accentuates the crispness and spice of this. Pretty smooth overall despite the heavier flavors and ABV. I didn't have much trouble drinking this at all.

These Double Wits seem to be all the rage now, and this one wasn't too bad. This drank fairly nicely for a 7% beer but the flavor profile just had a few hiccups here and there that just kept this from REALLY impressing me. A few tweaks and this could be some really outstanding stuff.

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Photo of Billolick
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, no freshness info, bottling date etc. Pours clouded medium apricot amber, the head is loosely knit, longlasting and leaves behind a thick collar and sliding sheeting of lace. The sniff reminds me of a creamsicle ice cream pop along with some coriander. Typical yeasty and slightly peppery wit notes. The problem I have with this one is the sharp bite in the mouthfeel, which I suppose is the bittering hop crunch...For some reason this is not doing it for this hep heads taste buds. I've never been overly impressed with the River Horse offerings and this one only add to the feeling.

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Photo of rfgetz
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy golden straw tones with ample carbonation and quickly diminishing white fluffy head

S - Belgian yeast and citrus. Faint hints of pepper and spice.

T - Citrus, belgian yeast with hints of spice and dough.

M - Smooth, bright and perfectly carbonates

D - Excellent due to its smoothness, decent ABV and no boozey taste

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Photo of jmalex
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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 m1ked
3.87/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up a growler at Bowery Whole Foods, cheap too.

A- I recently had a Double Wit (South Hampton)for the first time, and while I liked the flavor of it (almost like a sour, or barrel aged), it did not seem like a wit at all to me. So I wanted to try another represenatative from this style. This guy pours with a generous bone white foamy head that recedes leaving a homogenous thin cap with moderate lacing. The obvious to me, is that this beer is a perfectly clear bright golden yellow. This does not look like a Wit to me at all.

S-Sweet coconut, vanilla, spicy pears, candied sugar, some alcohol notes, and a touch of an earthy note.

T- The palate is a bit different- I get sweet pears, some stone fruit....apricot. I do taste some of that vanilla, some coriander notes, and a noticeable EtOH burn on the way down. Miniaml hop bitterness, I struggle to find any. This reminds me of a Green Flash Trippel. I would not have guessed that this was a Wit, or Double Wit.

M- While the body is thin/light, it coats my mouth with a sweet layer. Minimal carbonation. I miss the dry finish with an almost effervescent buubly finish.

D- I had bought this beer to pair with some spicy food. Per Garrett Oliver's recommendation (The Brewmaster's Table), it definetly did not work out as well with spicy food as the Ommegang Wit did with spicy food last week. Overall not a bad beer, but I still don't have a handle on the Double Wit style.

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Photo of CHSLBrew
3.44/5  rDev -6.8%
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 -6.5%
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 Risser09
3.28/5  rDev -11.1%
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 MLasoski
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served: In a bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A: Unfiltered body with a golden color. The head was poured perfectly into the glass with a generous 2 inches. The head stayed with the beer all the way to the finish. Awesome.

S: Smells of wheat, spices, and mild hops.

T: Okay, the taste is sort of weird. My brother tried it and told me it tasted like Windex. I could actually see where he was coming from. He wasn't too far off. It doesn't taste as spicy as it smells. However, I will give it an above average score considering I haven't tasted something like this before. Definitely a different type of witbier.

M: The spices flow out in the beginning and it ends with a wheaty aftertaste. The unfiltered body gives the beer some character.

D: This beer is unique. I would probably have it again, but I am not in a rush. One of these is good enough for me.

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Photo of emsroth
3.32/5  rDev -10%
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 Martin2D
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Hazy golden yellow with a largish head that fades quickly with lacing.

S - Yeasty, spicy, wheaty

T - Wheatish with spicy Belgian yeast. Pretty balanced, quite a yeasty aftertaste.

M - Medium carbonation and light in body. Some alcohol heat.

D - Extremely drinkable due to the light flavors and body. Quite high in ABV, hides very well. Pretty good example of the style.

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Photo of mlhall55
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
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 auxiliary
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance - Cloudy gold color, some lace, and a small head.

smell - Spicy, citrus, and alcohol.

taste - Some orange peel with some alcohol present.

mouthfeel - Medium-light bod.

drinkability - Enjoyed this beer, would buy it again. the 7%ABV is present in this brew.

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Photo of irishking1977
4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
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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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 209 ratings
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