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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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Reviews: 42
Hads: 65
Avg: 2.85
pDev: 24.91%
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

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Beer added by: scruffwhor on 07-12-2006

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Reviews: 42 | Hads: 65
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +48.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz brown screwtop bottle found at Shaw's in Augusta of all places. I was rather impressed with the bottle. It was nice looking enough, but on the front it says "Roasted malt and creamy. Marzen style" They obviously know their market. That, and they're trying for an Octoberfest beer but doing it as an ale, but are overtly obvious about it unlike some American brewers who make some worthwhile Octoberfest beers. Anyway...

Orange-red body with rather thin and quickly dissipating head. Smells malty with a definite floral hop presence - a really good smell. Tastes malty but not overly so, with a supporting hop presence. Reminds me somewhat of an Irish red. A little lighter flavored than I thought it would be, but very very well balanced. Very drinkable too. I hope this is a year-round offering. I'll be getting it again

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Photo of Minkybut
3.85/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees which yes is cold. The beer was a wheatish looking color very strange with a off color head. The smell was a little yeasty. The head was nice and the finish of the beer was slightly sweet but not too bad. The beer was not amber but so what? I liked it and would buy it again.

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Photo of PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev +34%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice honey amber color with 2" of head. Good retention.
Smell is citrus, malt, green grapes & hops.
Taste is malt, hops/resin, wood & green grapes.
A dry finish with a hoppy/malt aftertaste with some grape involvement. Light-medium body. A good beer but not great, a decent entry in the field.

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Photo of chetripley
3.57/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A good, red, sweet beer. Its something I look forward to, so I was glad to find this. Its initial pour displayed a high carbonation level, which led to hardly any head, but the reddish orange color was pleasing.
The initial smell was slightly unpleasant, a little old or stale smelling, which is too bad because the sweet taste was refreshing and surprising since this is mostly an unknown brew, as I have been only able to find it in our local Osco.
The caramel taste reminded me of sweet apples, but it is not a fruity beer. The malt characteristics are just strong enough, but there is hardly any hop presence, unfortunately. Aftertaste is pleasantly lasting.
Drinkable, one or two maybe, but not a session beer, just too sweet (and without a little bitterness it won't keep me interested very long).

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Photo of puboflyons
3.55/5  rDev +24.6%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a nice amber with a non retenting head, but leaves a nice lace. Smell has a hint of sweet malt and hops. Taste has an upfront malt sweetness with the hop side rounding it off and having good carbonation going down. Mouthfeel is medium, but having a lighter body. Nothing I would make a habit of buying, but a good drinker.

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Photo of BeerRun13
3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

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Photo of Gueuzedude
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

An Amber ale that is brewed in the Märzen style; how is that for an incongruous beginning. Pours a brilliantly clear, dark amber color and is topped by an initially two-finger thick, tannish cream colored head. The aroma has a nice toasted malt note to it that follows an up front sweetish note that is a mix of caramel and fruit. This has quite a pronounced biscuit like / cracker note to it; in fact it reminds me a lot of freshly crushed malt.

The beer is light feeling up front, but quickly picks up a soft creaminess by the middle, which adds a bit of heft to this beer. This beer has a nice spicy hop note, which morphs into a solid contributing bitterness. The bitterness even bites a little bit just before the beer disappears down my throat. A soft, berry like sweetness is found up front in this beer. The beer's flavor does not quite have the malt depth / vibrancy that I found in the aroma. Well this is certainly not a bad beer, but it is not something to write home about either.

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Photo of jettjon
3.33/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours into the pint glass an amber-reddish clear with a few small bubbles. One-finger head of white foam fades quickly leaving a solid ring and a small amount of lacing. Nose is unremarkable, mainly sweet malt there; it smells decently ale-ish. Taste is pretty straightforward as well: a bit of sweet malt balanced nicely against bittering hops, finishing on a somewhat underwhelming mildly bitter note. Mouth is watery and thin with some carbonation. Drinkability is OK; it would be easy to toss back several, but there are much better amber ales out there, so why bother?

Overall: A decent but unremarkable amber ale. Worth a try.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
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.

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Photo of danielharper
3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Transparent orangeish red body, white soapscum head. Very slight effervescence.

Smell: Malty. Corny. Somewhat sweet. Pretty much what an amber is supposed to taste like, but I get the distinct impression of adjuncts used here...

Taste: Sweet on front, some fruity apple flavors. Slightly cloying on the finish and dry on the aftertaste. A bit sweet for my taste, but not terrible.

Mouthfeel: Thin body, but it does coat the palate. Low carbonation.

Drinkability: This beer has a lackluster presentation, but is really fairly drinkable. This is the last of a six-pack I bought in Chicago, and I remember drinking the first five fairly quickly. I was probably just drinking them straight from the bottle...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.17/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

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Photo of Zorro
3.14/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of HochFliegen
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a nice amber red color very clean with a good head that quckly fades to nothing. Smell is mainly malts like. Sweet carmel and biscuit scents in there nothing more unimpressive overall. The flavor is sweet like carmel with a hint of hop bitterness in there as well. Rather watery and overly sweet in my opinion.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up all three of the RJ King Wingwaljer beers at my local Jewel grocery store. Never heard of or seen this beer until I went to Jewel on the Fourth of July. Glad I discovered these beers for sure. Very cool artwork on all three styles of beer they had.

Appearance Pretty regular amber hue with some copper tones. Light bubbling, no real special head or retention.

Smell- Smells like real hop flowers, not pelletized. But other than that. All I can pick out is the usual bread and amber malt aromas.

Taste- Pretty tame except for the hoppy bitterness. This is more akin to a St. Rogue's Red than a red ale from Wisconsin.

Mouthfeel- Like a m,ix of mild American IPA and Killian's.

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Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
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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Photo of eballard
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a bright copper color with a light foamy head. I sweet hops and roasted malt smell. Pungent fruit smell with hints of caramel sugar. The taste is slightly sweet with a light hops note. It is a very light spice with a slightly bitter after taste. A slightly creamy crisp feel with a mildly clean finish. This is a very easy to drink beer but it lacks much flavor. It has a good flavor but it could defiantly be a little better rounded and a little deeper in flavor.

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Photo of cjacobsen
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Photo of jrallen34
3/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I drank this from a bottle into a chalice.

This beer pours a dark clear gold with a white head, slighty carbonated.

Smells light citrus with strong hops.

This beer has a complex palate as it starts light, rough in the middle and a very soft finish of flavor, but overall a very common boring flavor.

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Photo of brewskier
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of riboflavin88
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a copper-bronze with a minimal ivory-white head with virtually no carbonation bubbles. Some lacing, but nothing impressive.

S: Sweet malt with cinnamon and spice

T: Malty and sweet with brown sugar and molasses. Pretty straightforward.

M: Although there was carbonation missing in the pour, it shows itself on the way down. Descent mouthfeel.

D: A drinkable brew that would go great on a fall day. Overall, not bad, but a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of gpogo
2.92/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Clear light copper with small off-white head that dissipates to nothingness.

A- Malty sweetness

T- Sweet malty flavors. The bottle claims "Roasted malt and creamy" I am not noticing any roasted malt flavor. Slight bitterness. There is something about the sweet flavor that tastes/feels different from a malty sweetness

M- Medium light body except a sweet feeling that is left in my mouth. Moderate-high carbonation, though the head has dissipated.

D- This is a popular drink with many workers in the aerospace field in the antelope valley. I don't think it is a great amber ale, but it has more flavor than a lot of bmc that I have seen drank out here.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
2.66/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Shannon C. for finding me one of these. The label on my bottle said that this was a Marzen and brewed in Rochester, NY, not LaCrosse, WI.

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, light amber color with about about an inch of white head that had immediate dissipation and no retention or lacing.

The aroma was on the bland side of typical for the style. Good, full malts, a bit of grain and just the faintest whisper of hops. The flavors were also typicalish, sweet, malty and nothing special.

The body was average for the style and perhaps a bit too sticky. Drinkability was OK, but if you're in the mood for this style you can do better. Overall, perhaps this would be a decent sixer to grab for a situation where you're not focused on beer and it would make a good training wheel beer to introduce someone to better beer.

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R.J. King Wingwalker Amber Ale from World Brews
70 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.