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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
70
okay

42 Reviews
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Reviews: 42
Hads: 64
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 16.49%
Wants: 0
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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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: 64
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. (1,351 characters)

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. (825 characters)

Photo of Jason
2.46/5  rDev -13.7%
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. (678 characters)

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. (997 characters)

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. (811 characters)

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. (842 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
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. (548 characters)

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. (493 characters)

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. (701 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.22/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a reddish blonde ale with decent carbonation and a very nice head of foam. Aroma is nice and malty, somewhat sweet with the hops upfront and malt in the nose. Taste is very sweet, almost too sweet. No date code so I can't tell if that's intended or not. Mostly malt that shows through but the sweetness is almost too much for me. No balance. (347 characters)

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. (303 characters)

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. (1,133 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.43/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from Albertson’s in Tehachapi, CA. The beer is a clear pale amber color with a medium off-white head that dissipates steadily. Spotty lacing. Aroma of sweet malt and bread. Light, smooth body with a metallic character and overly saccharine sweet malt flavor. Touches of fruit as well. The finish is cloyingly sweet malt and mercifully short. Not very enjoyable overall. (377 characters)

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. (576 characters)

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. (304 characters)

Photo of DogFood11
2.17/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I was impressed with the wingwalker pale ale so this naturally made its way into the stockpile to check out. Poured into a tall pils glass it forms a small white head that fades to a thin cover w/ minimal lace. Light copper body.

Missing alot of characteristics I would associate with a red or an amber. The label states its a marzen and I would lean that way as well. Very soft malts without any backend wooded qualities. Similar to the spaten oktoberfest but this has more of a spicey hop presence. Mouthfeel doesn't clean up much, its creamy and stays that way for some time taking a hit to the drinkability as well.

Notes: Slightly roasted malts are nice and the hops subtle zip is just in time. The downside was the long lasting creamy, oily mouth makes this tough to drink more than a couple. Lack of depth. If you don't like this one from Lacrosse you still might want to try the pale. (899 characters)

Photo of jwinship83
2.55/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle drank from an american pint glass.

A- this has got to be the lightest colored amber beer ive ever come across. very pale and translucent. a small eggshell colored head lasts for a while and leaves behind small spots of lacing.

S- very light nose on this one. semi sweet caramel and toffee malt and a tiny bit of earthy hops are all i can come up with.

T- the taste is rather light as well. caramel and toffee like malts. a little bit of sweetness. very light in the hop department.

M- light bodied and highly carbonated.

D- i think my buddy is going to have trouble getting through the rest of this 12 pack. (629 characters)

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 (830 characters)

Photo of Bendurgin
1.66/5  rDev -41.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Somehow this ended up in my refrigerator. Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a light amber color with a small pillow of white foam with a little bit of soapy lace.

The aroma has a faint grainy toasty malts with a little bit of sweetness rounding it out. Seems to have a little bit of caramel in the background with no real hop presence. Ugh, that's bad. Kind of tastes like cough syrup. Actually, this tastes exactly like cough syrup.

Heavy body with low carbonation. Pretty syrupy flavor. Overall, this sucks. Not even close to enjoyable. (548 characters)

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.85/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Not really an amber color; more of just orangey-yellow.

Smell: Corny and bitter (not a good hoppy bitter; more of a stale bitter).

Taste: Reminds me of Michelob Amberbock. A very "cheap" taste, especially for an amber. No real tastes of note.

Mouthfeel: Thin and flat.

Drinkability: I guess it's an easy beer, but maybe the worst amber I've had. (361 characters)

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. (336 characters)

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. (324 characters)

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. (635 characters)

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... (724 characters)

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???? (568 characters)

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