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

Pours from the bottle Golden yellow Sun color with about a 1/2 inch creamy Head.
Smells of Citrus and sweet malts.
Taste is of citrus grapfruit and malt, sweet and very refreshing to drink. Mouth feel is very nice and smooth goes down nice and leaves your mouth refreshed.
This Beer is a very refreshing very Drinkable Beer and once I tried it I bought a case. A very nice summer Blond beer give it a try.

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Photo of Phillyduke
3.56/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: clear, golden, loads of active carbonation. 2-3 finger head with decent retention. Minimal soapy lacing

S: clean, vegetal, crisp. Mildly faint hop character.

T/M: Smooth, slightly sweet, crisp. Nice tingle from the carbonation. Short, dry finish with not much aftertaste.

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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 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 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 callmeclemens
1.88/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This was strange to say the least, the expierience I mean. Got this on tap at a local Inn. First off and friend and I struggled to pick up on any scent particullarly with this beer, secondly this beer hit my pallet and felt and tasted like water, in all honestly my best describtion would be Coors only more water. I'm going to have to try this beer in a different format, this is to surprising, perhaps something was wrong with the keg. Regardless be forwardned.

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

I enjoy River Horse beer and this is a nice summer light beer for those days down the shore when it is 95 degrees out.

A- Looks like a light beer, golden yellow color with a 2" white head that takes a little time to recede with decent lacing around the glass.

S- I get a faint floral smell with some slight hoppiness and sweet spice such as cloves.

T- Very light and crisp, some nice bitterness and hoppy flavor, but not overpowering. Small amounts of citrus and shine through. This is a light beer after all.

M- very light with decent carbonation.

O- I like this beer for hot summer days and nights. It has just the right amount of flavor without beeing too overpowering.

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Photo of BeerLover48Fan
3.89/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | 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 not a beer you will go to lengths to obtain It's perfect for those hot afternoons.

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Photo of jamesg60
3.78/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very nice tasting right off the bat not over bearing like some micro brews who over kill with citrus. Little foggy small head but I good tasting this a drinking ale unlike others where you can only drink one because there are to heavy.

One of the better Summer Ales and it helps that it is a local NJ brewery..

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Photo of tkepx182
3.58/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is definitely a warm weather beer. It is light in taste, texture, color, and alcohol content; this is what I look for in a warm weather beer. It is straight forward without any need for lemon or lime flavoring. However, the lack of flavoring also leaves you wanting a little more taste in the beer, especially if you like darker beers like I do.

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Photo of BlackDog
4.25/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Summer Blonde pours a slightly cloudy gold with a shade of orange. A large off-white head holds with good retention and good lacing.

The nose is a grainy malt up front, followed by a sweet, inviting touch of fruit, and maybe just a hint of yeast.

The taste follows the aroma in the best way possible. Again, there's a decent taste of sweet malts, and this is complimented with some lemon and orange notes. The taste is crisp and clean, with a slightly sweet finish. Medium carbonation and the light body combine to make that crispness, which is perfect for these hot summer days.

If you're looking for a light, summer beer to enjoy this weekend, River Horse Summer Blonde is it. At 4.5% ABV, it's light and quenching but doesn't sacrifice any taste, making it a must-have this summer.

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Photo of jlux21
3.97/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A very good summer Beer, lite and refreshing. Will not fill you up or weigh you down. My first choice in the summer months. If you see it grab a six and enjoy.

will not go over the flavors as it seems to have been done by other already. Good luck finding it at least in hunterdon county are in NJ seems to be on and off with availability in the summer months, sells out quick.

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Photo of HeroicDoses
3.48/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Let me first say that I have not been a fan of River Horse beers in the past. That said, I actually don't think this is that bad of a brew. Is it great? Absolutly not, but it has a very laid back texture and understated drinkability which results in an average beer that can be quite tremendous when enjoyed in the proper setting (ie hot summer day). It's strength lies in it's ability to avoid the pitfalls that too many summer brews fall victim too (ie excessive citrus, overstated flavors, etc.). River Horse tones it down nicely (unlike their liquid cement monstrosity Hop-A-Lot-A-Mus), and make a very solid (albeit not great) summer beer that I might not go out of my way to purchase, but will enjoy if I come across it.

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Photo of jpweisel
3.33/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a pretty good summer beer. I tried it at the brewey over the summer. It is a nice golden color and very drinkable. Not to sweet and a nice head.

I would recommend for a hot summer day. Not a year round champ, but a good drinkable summer beer.

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Photo of craigowens
1.5/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I really hope I got a bad batch of this. I can't imagine the carbonation level in this bottle could possibly be representative of the beer, however it has got to be the fizziest darn beer I've ever set my lips on. Absolutely undrinkable carbonation levels. I tried to pour it into a glass, but it immediately fizzed to the rim. Burp. Wasn't impressed with it otherwise, with the pungent citris flavor making it taste more like a 7-up than a beer.

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Photo of Veejer
2.55/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. A nice golden color. A fairly light aroma of faint malt and hops. The taste is more faint hops than malt. This is a light-weight fairly charcterless brew. Fine to drink after a lawn-mowing excursion, or to quench a summer thirst, but overall not a very interesting beer.

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Photo of Adrock1011
3.62/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice clean beer that would complement a heavy meal as well as a light meal. The after taste is minimal and it finishes clean. This beer has excellent drinkability and is relatively light, but it does not have a huge taste, either upfront or on the finish.

Overall, good clean summer drink. Not a big flavor or at all challenging.

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Photo of drjim34
3.1/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with out much of a head.
Seems almost flat with little carbonation (needs more).
Easy drinking summer beer, maybe at the beach or sitting around during a hot day, not at the top of my list, but it would be refreshing.
No finishing touches, it just disappears.
I like the faint lemon, very nice in summer.
I wouldnÂ’t go out of my way to get it, but I would pick it up again.

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Photo of oopewan
3.02/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Label says: ABV: 4.5%, not 4.00%

This is my first review ever
This beer had a cool cap and logo but if you're looking for a good blonde, keep looking. I liked that it didn't have the citric taste you can find in a blonde but it didn't have anything else to compensate for it either. just tasted like a light sam summer but not as tasty as that actually sounds. Thanks for the cap, but that's about it.

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Photo of Tirpak
3.55/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very nice yeast flavor in the taste. Relatively low abv for the outdoor summer months. The flavor i can't exactly put my finger on. Can only describe it as a sweet pretzel or polish/slavic pastry. Either way it's enjoyable and makes you think more than other lower abv summer beers.

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