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 jwc215
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazed yellowish golden with a huge white head that descends.  After bottom is swirled and poured, it becomes unevenly cloudy.The smell is of coriander (really stands out) with some grainy wheat and a hint of orange zest.The taste is of coriander (a bit heavy-handed), banana, clove.  Sweet and sour (don't know that I really like the sour component here.  Alcohol pretty well-covered at first, but it creeps in, adding dryness.Light-to-medium bodied.Drinkable on a warm day.  A bit heavy with the coriander and had almost the sweet/sour towards certain Flemish ales, but not quite.  Decent for sure, but a bit odd.

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Photo of AltBock
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle that has a double sided label of some barbed wire on one side and the inside a jail cell on the other. That was a bit odd until I read the slogan on the bottle, "Break out of the ordinary." It makes sense now. It could have used a date somewhere on the bottle, but River Horse doesn't date their bottles.

When I poured this River Horse into a Pilsner glass, a hazy and bright lemon yellow colored beer came pouring out of the bottle. Sitting on top of this beer was a massive 2 inch creamy head of white foam. This head of foam had excellent retention that left behind a 1/2 inch head of foam and white spots and streaks of lace. This aroma just loved the banana. It was everywhere in the aroma. Behind the banana was some malted wheat, a dash of black pepper, a hint of lemon, and then it ended with some doughy malts. While the aroma loved the banana, the taste loved the spicy citrus fruits and hops. Below these citrus flavors was yeast, cloves, bready malts, a hint of lemon, and a bite bite of alcohol. I was expecting the alcohol to be a factor in the taste, but there it was. This Wit is medium bodied with an aftertaste of malted wheat, yeast, and loads of alcohol. I've never had Wit before that contained some much alcohol in it. Now this is how River Horse should brew! A little too much alcohol, but a solid Witbier nonetheless. I remember having this on draft before and it's not as eventful as the bottle version is. I stand corrected, this is the must try from River Horse!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

River Horse- Double White (Brewer's Reserve)

A- Hazy golden yellowish orange with a huge thick frothy white head. Big chunky lacing!
S- Sweet whiskey sour mix. Citrus (lemon and orange) with a touch of clove.
T- Sweet lemon and orange rind, sour mix, belgian yeast, clove, and pinapple.
M- Spicy sweet up front followed by a yeasty sour finish.

Overall- A tasty summer beer. A good sign from River Horse. Hopefully they'll do more "Brewer's Reserve" beers!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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