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R.J. King Wingwalker Amber Ale - World Brews

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R.J. King Wingwalker Amber AleR.J. King Wingwalker Amber Ale

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BA SCORE
69
poor

64 Ratings
THE BROS
59
awful

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Ratings: 64
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 20.85%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: scruffwhor on 07-12-2006)
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Reviews by BeerRun13:
Photo of BeerRun13
3.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear deep amber. A very small just off white head leaves a little something to be desired.
Lightly malty and hoppy aroma.
Crisp tasting beer. Hop bitterness and flavor atop a light malty body.
Light bodied. Okay carbonation that doesn't show itself in the pour. A little airy.
Still a quite drinkable beer, as it has a decent refreshing quality to it.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Tiderion
2.23/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I was drawn to this by the label.

A: Definitely a deep copper color but not as much trace red to the color as I would expect. Not much head nor head retention.

S: Light malty smell. Lagerish in aroma.

T: Sugar and malt. This seemed to me to be neither an amber nor an ale but instead a lager. Tasted watery and reminiscent of certain macros.

M: Very bubbly. I would not have expected it considering the head issues.

D: If you are not ready for a heavy toasted malt flavor, try this. This is just not an amber ale to me.

Photo of Jason
2.45/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz brown bottle with no freshness date.

Not sure why they call it Amber Ale ... pretty damn light for it but whatever, I'll chalk it up as the extreme light end of Amber Ales. Good clarity and a half decent head. A little carbonic, citric and grassy grain in the aroma. A little smooth as the crispness has dropped out quick, creamy medium body. Residuals throw a sweetness at the palate and the hops have a tough time balancing but at least keeps it from being cloying but still a little bothersome. Residuals stick around in the finish, odd sweetness.

I'm not too fond of this beer at all, so many top notch Amber Ales out there ... even on the cheap I would not buy this.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clean weak amber and yellow color, lots of clarity, mild head. Aroma was that usual bland red thing going for it.

Taste, nondescript mildness. Not much in the way of hoppiness, some bitterness, some sweetness. Lots of carbonation. What started out as mild sweetness seems to increase throughout the drinking experience. I'm not a fan of this style, but I can recognize this is definitely a subpar representation of style.

Given the cheap ass guy who brought this around, I should have known its quality, but you have to drink it to know I guess.

Photo of robthepenguin
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of biboergosum
3.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, yet another pithy offering from this pseudo-brewer, one which has the temerity to avoid my attempts at communication for a while now, which of course calls into question the legitimacy of their existence.

This beer pours a clear, medium golden amber colour, with two fingers of foamy, mildly bubbly dirty white head, which leaves a few thin streaks of bridge-like lace around the glass as it quickly bleeds into the ether.

It smells of musty caramel malt, semi-sweet orchard fruit, a bit of overripe black berries, and some mildly funky earthy, leafy hops. The taste is grainy caramel malt, a touch of sour breadiness, bland earthy fruitiness - peaches and apples, mostly - and dead-eyed (anthropomorphized, apparently) leafy hops.

The carbonation is quite neutered, and barely noticeable, the body a so-so medium weight, and too pithy and cloying to be deemed all that smooth. It finishes on the sweet side, the grainy caramel malt still buoyed by a stale fruitiness, as the hops seem to be truly absent by this point, replaced by a small, finally evolved plastic twinge.

I'm not getting that unpleasant from the get-go impression that its colleagues seem to engender, so colour me surprised, I suppose, but its overall essence still gives me the minor willies, only if there's really nothing else on offer to make me change my mind.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle

Pours a relatively nice amber color with a thin white head.

Not much of a smell. A little bit of hops but very light.

The taste is pretty close to water. It's got a little bit of flavor hinted at by the malt and very weak hops but is over all just a pretty bland brew.

The mouthfeel is quite nice and smooth, mainly following the fact that it is virtually tasteless and lets face it, water has a nice mouthfeel too.

The drinkability of this beer is very high due to the fact that this is a lawnmower beer and something you can knock down all day long until the cows come home.

In all fairness, I do like this beer and find it a good "any day reach for" kind of brew. Something to drink after yard work or something involved.

Photo of WestValleyIPA
1.78/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Look is run of the mill, anticlimactic amber swill. Nose of artificial malt and Splenda. Artificial sweetener taste. Overly carbonated mouthfeel. One of the worst beers I've had in years. The label says it's made in Rochester, but it seems from the Advocate that it's made in LaCrosse. Given the taste, no surprise. The version I had was 4.5% abv.

Photo of puboflyons
3.53/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 355 ml. bottle with no obvious date or lot number. I sampled it on January 14, 2009. The color is a handsome copper tone with decent clarity. There is a small bit of off-white head but little to no lingering lacing.

The aroma is clearly of roasted malts and it is an arome that I am fond of. The mouthfeel is a creamy honey-like texture but the flavor is nothing like honey. The taste is more like a bitter with a strong backwash of malts. Actually I thought it was pretty good.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 4.5% ABV, no date.

Thanks to cjacobsen for the bottle! It's brewed in Wisconsin but I've only seen it in Jewel in Illinois. That saved me from getting a 12 pack of this.

A - Amber? Not so much. It's more of a golden oak color. But it is brilliantly clear and highly carbonated! A quick white head foams up then lowers to a thin coating with very little lace left over on the glass.

S - Husky grains and pale malt soar out of the glass, bland and uninspired. No real hop nose, it's ok. Not good but not bad.

T - Heavily grainy and full of pale malt, nothing about this resembles an Amber beer. No hop flavor either. A little touch of sweet corn enters on the finish.

M - Highly carbonated, bubbles dance on the tongue and cause high volume belches. Light-bodied and slightly oily with a thin feel and mildly adjunct-sweet finish.

D - This is a lawnmower brew for the masses. Not awful but definitely not something I'd go to any sort of heights (pun intended) to get again. Also, how can it be called an amber? A boring beer posing as craft but still drinkable anyway. Meh.

Photo of matjack85
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Noelito76
2/5  rDev -29.3%

Photo of FreshHawk
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Stoffel
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of Zorro
3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber colored ale with a skimpy white head.

Smell is understated. Sweet smelling with some caramel and vanilla in the scent. Hop aroma is completely missing.

Taste is dry and herbal with a slight bitter after taste at the beginning. The flavor stays herbal and a little bit woody through out the glass. After a while fruity and caramel flavors appear. The flavor is a bit like a British Pale Ale including the fruitiness.

Mouthfeel is good.

Despite being a bit lacking in the smell department this is a rather good drinking ale. This disappeared in no time flat as I sipped it reading email. A good choice for a simple regular drinking beer. I could see adding this to the Firestone Pale Ale and Sam Adams Boston Lager and SNPA regular good beer group if this become common in my area.

Photo of beerwithoutpants
1/5  rDev -64.7%

Photo of brewskier
2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fairly loose ivory foam. Very clear medium golden amber beer.

Mild grain aroma with a touch of spicy hops. A bit of macro/Euro lager skunk or bottle aroma, though, too.

Flavor doesn't have that unpleasantness, but not bursting with amazing taste, either. Nice but mild caramel malt sweetness has an ok hop bitterness with notes of hay. A faint dried apple hint, too. Pleasant malty aftertaste lingers surprisingly. Overall, fairly bland, however.

Slightly fizzy mouthfeel in a reasonably bodied beer provides good drinkability. Definitely nothing special here, though.

Photo of JJFordick
3/5  rDev +6%

Photo of KingRascal
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of Reidrover
3.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Albertsons in Keizer.
Quite nice in appearance, amber with a largish off white head.
Again not great in the aroma department, but not unpleasant either.Mostly slightly toasted malts, smal hint of grassy hop, but its fleeting.
Quite a good taste for an amber of course its malt dominated and slightly sweet, a bit of brown sugar sweetness, has a hint of bittering hops mostly in the long lasting after taste.
Pretty much average mouthfeel.
Actually for what I assume is a contract brew not too shabby, lightweight to be sure but a nice simple warm weather amber.

Photo of ONN8
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

Admittedly, I haven't been very impressed with the other Wingwalker brews I've had so far, but I soldier on regardless. This stuff pours a clear bronze topped by a finger of relatively short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises buttery biscuit insouciantly buoyed by the lightest possible touch of candied orange peel. I got a bit light-headed whilst deeply inhaling, searching for something hidden amongst the butter and bread. The taste breathes a bit more citrusy life into the proceedings, but creating a zombie ain't quite crafting life, if you catch my drift: things remain dominated by the buttery biscuits. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick, fluid feel. Overall, a substandard amber at best, one that can't escape its diacetyl-laden roots.

Photo of sparx1100
2.5/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Into a pint glass:

A: slightly golden and not necessarily amber with a fair amount of bubbles and a head that disappears within seconds. It is mostly clear.

S: pale malts with a good amount of sweetness to it, but are not overbearing.

T: pretty grainy has some of the pale malts come out.

M: highly carbonated, and because there is a good amount of bubbles they cause a good amount of burping. It is light bodied with a sweet finish.

O: it is not a bad beer, maybe one to get those friends who drink that malted stuff off of, would I get it again ...., unsure????

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R.J. King Wingwalker Amber Ale from World Brews
69 out of 100 based on 64 ratings.