RATINGS: 92   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.37/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
A truly unique ale, River is a dark American wheat beer that is single-hopped with Willamette, accenting that variety's signature profile while letting the malts shine through. River Ale's slightly sweet flavor is accented with notes of nuttiness, fresh baked bread and a light spiciness of wheat. A brew that stands alone in the beer landscape.

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thecrazyroach's rating

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
thecrazyroach (8) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 23, 2011
It’s dark, it’s a lot of wheat, and it’s strong. I bought a 22 ouncer and used 6 ounces for a grilled beer can chicken and the other 16 ounces went straight into my gullet. Over dinner, I don’t think my jokes have ever been funnier. Just kidding, of course. I think have a wheat allergy because I only sneezed 22 times; in a row. I blamed it on the chicken dry rub. On a ’professional’ note- this beer is so caramel, you can’t see through the glass, the malt is definitely there, but balanced by some ’real’ german hops, i think that’s what it said on the bottle.

rjplumer (1237) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 8, 2016
Sweet spice nut aroma. Medium dark hazy brown with thin film of a head. Sweet toffee and nut like taste. Medium bodied with a slick feel.

ludhaber (127) - Massachusetts, USA - MAR 18, 2016
A smooth wheat ale. The aroma is slightly winey but the taste is clean with a little sweet after taste.

bigben873 (262) - Virginia, USA - MAR 18, 2016
Medium brown wheat ale,without the wheaty taste. Nice medium smooth malt. Light body, wouldn’t guess it was 7%

malrubius (3086) - Springfield, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2014
Bottle from Table & Vine. Brown with lasting fluffy tan head and lace. Strong bubblegum spice bread aroma with a touch of alcohol. Sweet caramel nuts chocolate and some fruit. Mild woody earthy spicy bitterness with long caramel chocolate fig finish. Medium body very soft carbo (cellar temp). Very good.

Darkmagus82 (2303) - - JUL 25, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 8-6-12- Poured from bomber into pint glass Appearance – Pours a slightly hazy brown color with a two finger off white head. The head had great retention, but eventually faded to give a nice level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet wheat smell. The wheat is of a bready nature with the sweet being of caramel and some dark fruits. Mixed with these aromas are some lighter notes of a roasted malt and a very light citrus nature. Overall quite nice. Taste – The taste begins sweet and roasty with a nice wheat flavor mixed within. The sweet at the front is of a caramel nature, but as the taste goes on some brown sugar and a very light citrus hop come to the tongue. As the taste advances further a subtle boozy flavor comes to the tongue. It overall creates a very nice slightly warming sweet bready aftertaste on the tongue. Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is on the medium to just above medium side with the carbonation level being on the average side. The body is very nice for the sweeter bready flavors and really allows the boozy flavors to warm the mouth. Overall – A great sweeter brew. Wonderful flavors and a great warming feel. Fantastic!!

blipp (9904) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle. Pours orange amber with a thin off white head. Wheaty and lightly sweet malty base, some toffee, light nutty notes, and hints of toasted bread. Good stuff.

Scrapersnbeer (1532) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 16, 2012
Fruity banana split and dirty caramel aroma Hazy copper color. Taste is darker, maybe dates and even vanilla. Hop is present more as a ringing palate presence than flavor. Otherwise an easy drinking beer. Definitely some wheat at play, probably could be classed as dunkelweizen on here.

freeofthoughts (688) - Raytown, Missouri, USA - NOV 29, 2012
Tap pours hazy medium brown with whiteish head. Near chocolatey grain aroma with some earthy tones. The taste is murky with some roasted chocolatey grain, funky mix of fruit and nutty earth. Underwhelming overall but drinkable.

chriso (7536) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - SEP 6, 2012
On tap at Pittsfield Brew Works, 20 April 2010. Amber colour. Very sweet. Didn’t taste too clean. Not a lot else to say. Either something wrong here or this is one of Berkshire Brewing’s weaker efforts. I strongly suggest the former. Flagged for re-rate.

AdamChandler (5206) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 6, 2012
berkshire river ale whine glass burnt orange, dark caramel look bavarian wheat, honey and oranges. hint of peppers and apricot 80% carbonation. light body. sweet but dry finish. It’s pretty good

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