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RATINGS: 25   MEAN: 3.11/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.04   IBU: 25   EST. CALORIES: 180   ABV: 6%
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Riverwalk is a light refreshing beer brewed with American Barley, American Hops, and fermented with Kolsh-style yeast. A welcoming transition beer for those new to the craft beer. It is great to drink while working in the yard or garage. Also while hanging out with friends and family. Riverwalk is for people that do not like Big Hoppy Beers.


3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Stuedmaster (226) - Vista, California, USA - OCT 13, 2014
22 oz. bomber poured into a tapered pint glass. Rich, clear gold with a slight white head that quickly dissipates, no lacing. Aroma of honey, malt, and bread. Has a well balanced flavor, very quaffable for being 6% abv. Medium to light body, slick texture, soft carbonation, well balanced finish. This is better than average for an American blonde ale, but still rather middle of the road.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
JaKeAFC (570) - ITALY - AUG 21, 2014
66 cl bottle, 6%, 25 IBU, 3.90€.
Intense gold color, clear, big solid creamy white head. Lagery/malty nose.
Aroma is fruity (yellow fruits, essentially ananas, white grapes, dark grapes), malty, syrup, citrus, Marzen-like malts, bready, white bread.
Taste is sour, winegar, sligtly salty, almost no bitterness, neither sugary. Fizzy on the tongue, carbonated, medium bodied. Finish fairly dry. Reminds me of Oktoberfest bier, yes possibly something to do with Kolsh but i’m not expert on the style. Funky.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Zymurgeist2 (1054) - Redwood City, California, USA - MAY 7, 2014
Bomber to glass. Grainy with a slight floral aroma. Hazy light gold with small white head. Taste is moderate biscuit malt. Low bitterness with a little oxidation. Slight spicy hops.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Blairgus (2647) - California, USA - MAR 8, 2014
8 Mar 2014, tap at Manzanita Brewing. Yellow, clear, no bubbles. Nose is straw malt. Thin body, sweet, light golden syrup. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (4053) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAR 3, 2014
22 ounce bottle. Kolsh in taste for sure. Lemon, yeast, slight fruit in the end that lingers. Grass. That whole bit.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
GarrettB (1057) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 27, 2014
May 25th, 2012 - When move moves to San Diego - hopefully by choice - there is something of a long pilgrimage that they slowly become aware of. It doesn’t have any singular path or destination, though there many stops, or shrines. These are the breweries in and around San Diego, and they’re the places one must visit before leaving San Diego again. Occasionally, though, these shrines bring their relics and artifacts out to others to display, and to the convenience of the layman. I had held off visiting Manzanitas in the hopes of seeing all their beer and glory in the context of their faraway brewery. Thus, when faced with a decision between tap handles or bottles, I eschewed Manzanitas in favor of something less proximate. But that doesn’t stop bottles from being shared, and that is why the Manzanita Riverwalk Blonde became the first beer from that brewery I’ve tried, and well after my arrival. The pungency and bite of a dash of white vinegar leads the nose, with intensely acidic notes of pear, asiago cheese, and a nice bright funk, almost as if this blonde has been seasoned with a fruity vinaigrette. The taste would determine whether this was some horrible catastrophe of ingredients, or the brewery’s intention. And indeed, the flavor is utterly fascinating, and probably by design. The flavor is the same, though lacking the sweetness I would have expected from the pear in the nose. Instead, the flavor conjures images of a gourmet, bitter salad, paired with a dressing that is bright and punchy enough to complete with the likes of dandelion greens and mizuna. The dryness is complemented by a baffling profile of other deep, umami-rich flavors like parmesan, dry and unripe pear and maybe even a little arugula. This is a wonderful introduction to Manzanita Brewing, and has pushed it to the top of my pilgrimage list.

2.5
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
DedicatedToFun (2716) - Santa Monica, California, USA - SEP 27, 2013
Not a great blonde, but light and easy to drink, on tap at Commons Ale House in Santa Monica

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (16927) - Malmö, SWEDEN - APR 11, 2013
Draft @ the brewery. Pours a golden color with a white head. Has a fruity malty grainy aroma. Fruity malty grainy flavor with weak hoppy hints. Has a fruity malty grainy finish.

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
J_man (717) - Tustin, California, USA - JAN 9, 2013
Sweet lager-like aroma from a clear yellow body with a wispy white head. Clean toasted malt with a nice cereal/corn sweetness and a touch of hay flavor and dryness. Good balancing grassy bitterness makes this a very refreshing beer to drink. The 6% ABV makes this beer rise above light beer mediocrity and really rounds out the body and taste. Finishes light and smooth with a lingering bitter-sweetness.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - SEP 9, 2012
Aroma was slight hay. Appearance was gold straw color. Taste is clean watery hay and cardboard with malty light grain/. Overall is was refredhing and crisp but pretty good.


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