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River Walker Summer Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

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River Walker Summer AleRiver Walker Summer Ale

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Ratings: 34
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 10.23%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Sammy on 06-09-2013

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3.28/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a clear golden straw with two finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - Bready and biscuity malts, lemon, ginger root, spices, grassy hops, and wheat.

Taste - Lemon, ginger and spices lead in, followed by bready/biscuity malts, wheat and grassiness from the hops. Very refreshing combination.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Dry, spicy finish.

Overall - A well-crafted summer ale with some unique flavours. The lemon, ginger and spices are well showcased. Bring on patio season!

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2.75/5  rDev -21.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%

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3.51/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

750 mL bottle picked up at the LCBO; bottled on Apr. 23 2014. This is the only Lake of Bays seasonal that I have not yet tried, as the price tag caused me to shy away from it last year - but with the hot weather beaming down on us right now, a spiced summer ale with ginger and lemon peel sounded like it might really hit the spot. Served slightly chilled.

This ale pours a bright, clear golden-blonde colour, generating one finger of frothy white head that wilts relatively quickly over the next minute or two, leaving a loose collar and a thin ring of lacing behind. Looks like like your typical blonde ale, but the aroma is a little more along the lines of what I was expecting - spicy ginger and lemon-orange citrus are quite noticeable, with some grainy, bready malt sweetness underneath. Somewhat yeasty, with slight suggestions of clove.

Not a bad brew at all, but nothing special in my opinion. Bready malts and toasted wheat sweetness provide the backbone, with more attention-grabbing notes of ginger, lemon and orange citrus soon sweeping across the palate. It's more spicy toward the finish, with clove and pepper alongside some mild ginger heat. Bitter, slightly drying aftertaste that lingers briefly. Medium-bodied, with moderate carbonation and a pleasant overall feel on the palate.

Final Grade: 3.51, a B grade. Lake of Bays' River Walker Summer Ale is a serviceable spiced brew, offering up an enjoyable trio of sweet wheaty malt, Belgian yeast and spicy ginger accents. I don't mind this beer and will have no trouble finishing the bottle off, but in all honesty I think I had this one pinned down accurately last year - overpriced and not all that memorable. I don't think I'd buy this again, and given the unnecessarily high price point, I doubt it would be one of my first recommendations to anyone seeking out a ginger beer for the summer months.

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3/5  rDev -14.8%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.32/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 750ml bottle poured into a small pint glass

Appearance - Pours a bright golden colour...slightly darker than a typical adjunct lager. On top sits about a finger of bright white head with moderate retention. A decent amount of lacing clings to the glass.

Smell - Lots of ginger. Some light citrus...orange and lemon I think. There's also some light grain/lemon bits present as well.

Taste - Following there head, getting mostly ginger and citrus. Lots and lots of ginger. Now I'm not opposed to big flavors and off balanced beers...but this much ginger is producing some off noes which I'm not really enjoying. There's quite a bit of spice present as well.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation, medium body.

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +6.5%

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3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden straw yellow color to it. It has a nice white head that dies down moderately and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of citrus/lemon, ginger, peppery spices and some breadiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a some ginger, lemon/citrus zest, some peppery spices, a slight earthiness and some bready notes.

Mouthfeel: It has a med/high carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas. Very refreshing on a hot summer day.

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River Walker Summer Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 34 ratings.