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 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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Photo of beerman207
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice light orange with a fluffy white head that dissipates after a shortwhile.

S: Smell is of coriander and maybe some orange peel? Also some strong malt

T: Taste is spicy with coriander, orange, and some zest

M: Mouthfeel is mild. Medium carbonation

D: Not sure how I feel about this one. It's good but the style isn't my favorite.

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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 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 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 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 asabreed
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
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 +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 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 number1bum
2.39/5  rDev -35.9%
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 +4.3%
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 -31.9%
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 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 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 riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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 +1.9%
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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River Horse Double Wit from River Horse Brewing Co.
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