Rating: 4.50
Location: St Charles, IL
Founded: 2019
Last visited: February 2022

Located in an industrial park in St Charles, IL, Riverlands has a cozy and spacious taproom, with high-top and regular tables. The patio area has basic picnic tables and is quite nice. They had 16 beers on tap when we visited.

Premium Lager (5.00) – Crisp Helles style beer. Medium body, lightly and appropriately hopped. Very, very drinkable.

Scarecrows in Lederhosen Festbier (4.50) – Big, malty Märzen beer. Malt sweetness a dominant player. Caramel notes provide a complex flavor profile.

Embers and Ashes Grätzer Smoked Wheat Ale (4.00) – Smoky character evident but not overpowering. Medium body, well balanced ale.

Salty Fox Cherry Lime Gose (4.50) – Light, fruity, and refreshing. Cherry hits your palate initially, lime flavor comes in at the finish. All flavors well balanced. Low level of bitterness, as appropriate.

Pastry Power Cherry Cheesecake Sour (4.00) – Presence of lactose provides creamy texture reminiscent of cake. Highly complex combination of flavors. Tremendously well balanced.

Pastry Power Apple Crisp Sour (4.50) – Apple flavor at the start, followed by maple, cinnamon and nuts. Sweet and sour character evident. The flavors are finely layered, rather than a mish-mash of different impressions.

Cooler Gargoyle Imperial Stout (4.50) – Big, bold, malty, savory stout. Coffee character evident in bouquet and first sip. Smooth as silk, 10% ABV concealed well. Malty sweetness a big flavor component.

Murky Waters Hazy IPA (4.75) – Many floral aspects in bouquet. Hearty, full-bodied, rich IPA. Malt sweetness and hop bitterness well balanced. Grapefruit notes evident.

Kayak Pils (4.25) – Crisp, refreshing, malty lager. Nice bite of hop bitterness. Well balanced all around.

Wolfssegen Dunkel (5.00) – Dark, powerful lager. Roasted character front and center. Outstanding example of style. Reminiscent of top German dark lagers.

Cosmic Garage Party Hazy IPA (3.50) – Citrusy and refreshing beer. Citrus notes also evident in bouquet. Not overly bitter and properly balanced. A decent, but unremarkable Hazy IPA.

Juleøl Winter Ale (4.00) – Big and dark Norwegian-style ale. Melange of spices, dominated by ginger. Cinnamon and orange not evident. Hearty beer for winter warming.

Acid Rainbow: Strawberry Rhubarb Fruited Sour (4.25) – Hazy, amber ale. Packed with a variety of flavors, such as sweet, sour, and strawberry. Beer is not excessively sour. Vanilla notes come through significantly.

Fortifier Doppelbock (5.00) – Massively malty bock beer. Roasted flavors dominate, as expected. 7.7% ABV hardly noticeable. Tremendous example of style.

Orbital Velocity Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (4.75) – Complex flavor profile, including peanut butter. Chocolate aspects in bouquet and in first sip. Thick, creamy, milkshake consistency. Sweet character in aftertaste. 14.5% ABV noticeable but not overpowering.

Gravity Void Barrel Aged Imperial Stout (4.75) – Creamy texture. Complex mixture of flavors, dominated by hazelnut. Chocolate character shines through. Somewhat boozy, but 14.5% ABV in check.

Midnight Silence Schwarzbier (5.00) – Huge, rich, sweet, malty character. Powerful roasted aspects. Minimal level of hop bitterness. Ticks every box for the elements of a top Schwarzbier. As good as any Schwarzbier brewed in Germany.

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