River Horse Summer Blonde | River Horse Brewing Co.

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River Horse Summer BlondeRiver Horse Summer Blonde

Brewed by:
River Horse Brewing Co.
New Jersey, United States

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light, refreshing Ale that is easy to drink yet complex. Perfect for the warmer months.

Added by NeroFiddled on 06-01-2003

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Photo of jwc215
2.69/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light gold with a bit of a white head that almost immediately descends to nothing.

The smell is a touch of honey...some lemon. Nothing offensive, but not much there.

The taste is of...water...some honey, maybe a hint of lemon. Nothing offensive, but, well...nothing. Finish? I'll send out the rescue team because I'm not finding it.

Oddly thick considering the blandness of it. I think it's something of a honey thickness added to water. There's a lack of carbonation - sometimes that works, but I think it's needed here.

Bottom line - it doesn't taste "bad" because, for the most part, it doesn't taste. Strange brew. It might almost quench a thist in the heat because of its inoffensiveness, but...not much of a beer.

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Photo of tgbljb
3.83/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as a pale light amber colored beer with moderate white head.
Smell is notable for sweet summer fruits, but only very faintly.
Taste is light and fruity with a nice refreshing character.
A bit thin in the mouth with little taste retention.
A pleasant summer beer, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of mattpetti
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deeper shade of straw in my glass with very little head despite what i thought was a good pour. Smells of some slight fruit, bready yeast and citrus. Drinking the beer i found it to be very bland yet smooth and satisfying yet at the same time you can def chug this beer. But that is about its best quality. There is a noticable lack of carbonation which i found strange too. All in all a great beer for the warmer weather, but thats about it.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a cloudy gold color with a 1/2" white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, yet fruity malt scent that boasts of pale and wheat malts as well as a nice lemony zest. It has a slight bisquity aroma. The taste is pretty good. It has a light, pale and wheat malt flavor that goes down smooth and finishes earthy and dry with a slight lemon zest. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is an easy drinking summer ale, but nothing to write home about. It's perfect for those hot afternoons.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.49/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Although there's still snow on the ground, I'm still going to give this summer blonde a shot since it was the final addition to the River Horse mixed twelve.
Appearanceis boring and basic, with little head and a bubbly light color with lots of carbonation. Nose is surprisingly rich and sweet with spices and chocolate malt. Not so likely with such a light color but good all the same.
The taste is slightly watery but still well balanced and clean, with residual hoppiness and smooth texture for a lighter beer. Still too much carbonation but the refeshing body carries as well.
Another fun but uninspiring beer from River Horse.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.86/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It tastes just on the verge of going south, of course that could be the flavor of this beer. There is an odd smell from this that I cannot explain. A little sour, but mostly wheat. Yes, I bought this from the clearence section but I'm not going to hang on that. A nice orange with minimal head and a little cloudy, pretty good.

Mouth was like any other ale, but with a twinge of sour.

Taste, fruity notes, good , light wheat flavor was dominant with an ever so slight juicy fruit taste and above average hopping, but still, nothing really took center stage.

Drinkablity would be average. As mentioned before , there was a slight sour and a slight cardboard taste that means I caught this beer at the end of it's life, still, fresh, this would be an average beer with low ABV to drink in the summer while doing stuff in the yard.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2.23/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Thought I would try this beer as summer's end is knocking on my door. Unfortunately, not a whole lot to this beer. Pours incredibly pale yellow in color. Also, appears slightly tinged green. Slightly hazy. Only a thin and filmy head on top. Nose is amlts, but they come across as corn. In terms of flavor, tis beer reminds me of long nights working my way through too many macros adjuncts. Lots of light malts plus corn and other adjunct flavors, plus the hops are essentially non-existent. Perhaps could make a suitable picnic beer.

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Photo of whartontallboy
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a hazy orange-gold with a thin white head of fizz that quickly fades.

Smell has a lot of malt in it with a thin, metallic hop character in there as well on top of some orange scents.

Flavor is light and a tad thin with some heavy maltiness and again more citric flavors. One thing I'm noticing about all of the River Horse beers I've had is a common metallic flavor among all of them. I don't know what's going on, but it's definitely present here.

Thin crisp mouthfeel and an overall pleasant enough character makes this one an easy drinker on a hot day, but it's not my favorite.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
3.09/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This summer ale pours a bit cloudy with a thin white head. An evident nose of sweet malt was appealing but the brew itself was somewhat thin and mostly sweet, ie, it lacked balance. The body was there, due to the sweetness I presume, but overall would not have me coming back for more. Overall a fair summer ale, which might fit the taste of your average "lite" drinker, but I'll stay away.

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Photo of jakester
2.03/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is from a sampler case I got at Shelbourne Beer Dist. near Reading. No friggin' date on the label, bottle, or case. C'mon, guys! A little help!!

Pours a cloudy straw yellow with a 1/2 finger of white bubbles. The head quickly drops to tiny islands and a ring, with no lacing. Looks highly effervescent.

This has a faint, sour like aroma (from wheat?), not unpleasant, though I'm not sure it's supposed to be there. Very faint light malt smell, if you work a little bit. Not much there.

The first flavor is slightly tart, kind of like a wheat beer. Flavor is pretty thin, with no discernable hop taste. Very slight hop bitterness detected.

The mouthfeel is thin and watery. A pretty long tartness is the finish.

Not a very good beer. This was my first River Horse beer, and if all the other beers in this sampler are like this, they won't be in business too much longer. At least date the fucking things!

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Photo of LPorter33
2.46/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

On tap at Bukowski's

Appearance = Clear, golden blonde with tinges of amber. Great looking 1/2 inch head of creamy froth that refused to go away.

Smell = Malty with barely a hop presence. A bit sour with a strong grain presence, not a huge amount of spice or flavor.

Taste = Don't know if the keg was bad or what but the beer was completely flat. All malt here. No hops presence or spice/flavor. Extremely disappointing.

Overall = A very bland, uninspiring beer with a taste not much different from macro crap. Not recommended.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.65/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Medium golden amber with quite a bit of fine yeast. The cap is off-white and is fair-to-middlin' in terms of its appearance. It looks to be somewhat soft with a nearly featureless surface, so it's surprising that it doesn't immediately collapse into nothingness. While there's very little lace to start with, a decent amount appears when the beer reaches midglass.

Summer Blonde smells like a cross between a macro lager and a pilsener. It has none of the adjuncty nastiness of the former (it is, after all, all-malt) and very little of the noble hoppiness of the latter. Still, I think the comparisons are valid. It smells like sweetish, fresh grain with just a touch of hops.

The flavor is interesting and is different from most so-called summer beers. For one thing, there's no discernable citrus; which has almost come to be a requirement of the summer beer 'style'. The beer is predominantly malty and is a little honeyish. Although that might not sound so good on paper (so to speak), it is pretty good in actuality.

This River Horse seasonal tastes like an all-malt beer in which the brewers haven't stinted on the malt. Hop contribute little, further showcasing the grain. It's different and I like it just fine. The body/mouthfeel, as one might expect, is firmly medium due to the generous amount of ingredients. I'm a little confused about the brewery's claim that it's 'lower' (not 'low') in carbs. It sure doesn't taste like it.

This is pretty good beer. It's one of the first blonde ales that I've had that actually tastes blonde. River Horse may not have a Derby winner here, but Summer Blonde is definitely no nag.

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Photo of ggroller
2.4/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Light straw yellow in color, no head.

Faintly malty nose with distance hints of grassy hops.

Sadly, this beer reminds me of a Budweiser. Slightly malty, weak grassy hops, super thin mouthfeel, and wasn't refreshing in the least bit.

I think I'd rather drink a Coke than this beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.05/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

River Horse- Summer Blonde

Now that I live 10-15 minutes from River Horse I can finally sample what they have to offer.

Appearance- cloudy fizzy yellow with a thin white soapy head.
Smell- grassy, wheat, and sweet.
Taste- sweet, almost sugery. Light wheat/ grain flavor.
Mouthfeel- watery.refreshing. goes down smooth. A definite lawn-mowing beer.

Overall- a decent/mediorce summer blonde,won't offend.

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Photo of donnebaby
3.07/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mostly clear gold blond color, just a thin white rim of foam. Nose is the only interesting part of this otherwise boring brew. Sweet, creamy wheat, mixed in with some vanilla. Taste is very sweet. Some light wheat taste, too. Real shallow feel, nothing. Light, off mineral aftertaste.

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Photo of goz
3.08/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly hazy pale straw with a medium sized white head that quickly diminishes and barely laces the glass. Aroma is very light, mostly just a faint graininess. Flavor is somewhat sweet, lightly bready/grainy, with a hint of lemon. Thin-medium in body, fairly bland and boring.

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Photo of theozag
2.75/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a pale yellow color, with a bit of a wax-like translucency. The head forming over this brew is white and thin; it does not effect taste or mouthfeel in any noticable way. Faint smells from my glass were very hard to pin-point. Of course, it doesn't help that i have a poor sense of smell, but nonetheless... i believe the smells were white grape and apple. This beer starts smooth and almost undetectable. It is light-bodied with a sweetened apple or fruit flavor. There are other mild, thin flavors present in the beer, but they are very tough for me to discern. The finish is a bit of caramel (which overtakes the brew's sweetness) mixed with a little bitter edge.

This beer was not really to my liking, though I have no problem finishing the six pack i have already purchased. i would suggest it to someone who likes flavorful, smooth, light-bodied beers... but i found it too thin to be enjoyable.

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Photo of hungryghost
3.25/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, lazy, golden yellow. Light head does not linger, spotty lacing.
Bubbles continue to rise rapidly, even after a few tastes.
Smells faintly of citrus and yeast.
Tastes slightly of citrus, carbonation gives it a crispness, there is a tiny hop bite just before it goes down.
I could sit back and drink some of these on a summer afternoon/evening. It sort of sparkles. Nothing spectacular about this beer, and certainly nothing offensive.

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Photo of Gavage
3.43/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The beer poured a hazy yellow color with a small head that quickly disappated. The aroma was of slight citrus. The malt come through on the tongue with slight bitterness. The bitterness lasted a bit after swallowing. Very dry, and light carbonation. Definitely drinkable since it has a lighter body, but not overly exciting.

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Photo of oberon
3.4/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazey light golden color with a light head that leaves some light lacing,aroma is definently malty and grainy with some light sweetness.The taste has a nice malty backbone but nothing really gives it some umph.This a solid brew easy to drink quite a few of these not very complex.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.63/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a clear flaxen yellow, topped with a dense pure white head. The head quickly dissipates into a light mist. Spiraling carbonation bubbles rise to the top in a lazy summertime fashion.
The aroma is slightly fruit estery, with a floral and pear quality. Apparent hops, american, with perhaps a bit of hallertau or perle. Hops have an herbal grassy quality. Slight woody nuttiness as the beer warms. Very pleasant.
The flavor is smooth and malty, with a spicy, carbonated mouthfeel. Hops take up the rear, providing a mildly bitter herbal finish. A little muddy tasting, but still finish the beer nicely. No dryness, yet crisp. Malts are fairly clean, with a slight pear esteriness. Some nuttiness towards the end, just before the hops slide in. Very slight soapy aftertaste, but all told, this is surprisingly tasty. Not terribly complex, but flavorful and quenching. Very true to the blonde ale style. Summer beers seem to be getting better and better.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A hazy golden body is capped by a creamy head of bright-white foam that holds fairly well before dropping to a creamy collar and some whispy surface foam. Lacing, however, is limited. The nose is intriguing with a soft, wheat-tinged grainy malt that's smoothed by a light touch of buttery diacetyl and backed by a subtle fruitiness. The body is medium and it appears creamy and smooth in the mouth due to a fine, moderate carbonation. The buttery diacetyl found in the nose is a bit stronger in the flavor, yet it actually seems to work for the beer by combining with a grainy maltiness that's gently balanced by mildly spicy hops. There's a malty sweet flavor to it that I associate with the dextrins delivered by cara-pils malt; but it's not overdone and it retains a refreshing quality. It finishes with a lingering note of sweet malt that slowly receeds to reveal some gentle background hop flavor and delicate bitterness. Overall, a very decent summer beer that might not be really refreshing right after mowing the lawn, but has a little bit more malt flavor to it for when you're relaxing after a late evening cookout. Enjoyable!

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