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Thursday, January 2nd 2014

River North White
(River North Brewery)

Our first review of 2014! With the impending snow storm headed this way it seems fitting to start the year off with River North Brewery's White. River North is located in Denver, Colorado and their White is the first of their beers to be canned. It was actually one of an astounding 70+ different canned craft beers to come out of Colorado in 2013 - the total from the state is now hovering close to 200! Here's to another great year of beer in 2014! Cheers!

From the River North Brewery site:

“This crisp Belgian-style wit has a subtle spicy, citrus aroma and a delicate, dry finish. Sessionable and refreshing, this represents the evolution of the traditional Belgian-style wheat beer.”

Here we go...

Pour - light straw-colored in appearance with a ghosty white half inch of foam on top. Very clean pour with great carbonation. 

Aroma - plenty of coriander and yeasty spiciness coming from my glass. There are some slight hints of citrus and ground white pepper. A very aromatic brew that smells spot on for the style. 

Taste - one sip and the palate is inundated with the familiar spices that come together so nicely in this particular style of beer. A nice balance of the uniqueness of coriander with a dash of malty sweetness, faint hints of vanilla and oranges, and a dry, lip smacking finish. 

Overall - this style may have become associated with warmer weather but I'd have to say that the spiciness and flavors of a good witbier go just fine with a cold winter evening. River North's White is a crisp, clean tasting wit with plenty of flavor without being sweet like some versions of the style we've come across. This is a great tasting beer that we feel lucky to have had the chance to put in our glass. Cheers to all the folks at River North and all the best in the coming year!

Note -  the name River North is a reference to the River North Art District (or RiNo) just north of Downtown Denver. Along with River North Brewery, the area is also home to Black Shirt Brewing Company (which will begin canning soon) and The Infinite Monkey Theorem - one of the very first urban wineries in the country to can their wines. 


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North River White
Style: Witbier
Brewery: River North Brewery
Denver, Colorado  
United States  
Container: 16 oz. can
Malts: ???
Hops: ???
ABV: 5.0%
IBUs: 20
Date: January 2nd, 2014

Posted by Russ

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