1. Don't miss our 7th annual American Craft Beer Fest featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers this May 30 & 31 in Boston, MA! Buy your tickets now!
  2. BeerAdvocate on your phone?! True story. Try the beta now.

River Walker Summer Ale - Lake of Bays Brewing Company

River Walker Summer Ale
No picture uploaded.
Have one? Upload it now.
BA SCORE
82
good

22 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 22
Reviews: 6
rAvg: 3.58
pDev: 9.78%


Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Sammy on 06-09-2013)
View: Beers (10) |  Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Reviewers
Ratings: 22 | Reviews: 6 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by cfalovo97:
Photo of cfalovo97
cfalovo97

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-18-2013 15:36:54 | More by cfalovo97
More User Reviews:
Photo of beerhunter13
beerhunter13

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

03-12-2014 20:02:49 | More by beerhunter13
Photo of BeerClubNiagara
BeerClubNiagara

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

01-19-2014 18:32:41 | More by BeerClubNiagara
Photo of lwadd
lwadd

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.2%

12-22-2013 13:25:14 | More by lwadd
Photo of Molson2000
Molson2000

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

10-11-2013 22:17:33 | More by Molson2000
Photo of TerryW
TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

09-11-2013 16:52:19 | More by TerryW
Photo of IdeaSpeeder
IdeaSpeeder

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2013 01:39:13 | More by IdeaSpeeder
Photo of GoHabsGo
GoHabsGo

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

08-12-2013 12:39:35 | More by GoHabsGo
Photo of Will12
Will12

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-11-2013 17:57:21 | More by Will12
Photo of WillAndSarah
WillAndSarah

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

08-10-2013 18:11:36 | More by WillAndSarah
Photo of DaPan
DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -2.2%

07-31-2013 02:08:07 | More by DaPan
Photo of bigox420
bigox420

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +11.7%

07-24-2013 02:45:38 | More by bigox420
Photo of andrenaline
andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

07-22-2013 23:10:21 | More by andrenaline
Photo of SebD
SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 00:11:52 | More by SebD
Photo of jmkoscie
jmkoscie

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-25-2013 00:32:34 | More by jmkoscie
Photo of decimator
decimator

Ontario (Canada)

4.01/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml bottle poured into a mug. ABV 6%.

A - Poured a clear gold with a 2cm white head, everlasting cap, very good lacing.

S - Light grains, citrus zest, lots of spice, earthy.

T - Light sweetness, citrus, ginger, other spices, bitter hops in the finish.

M - Medium-heavy carbonation, medium body, slight creaminess, prickly, drying finish.

O - The ginger gives this pale ale a nice kick. Great beer overall.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2013 02:14:12 | More by decimator
Photo of RedAleMan
RedAleMan

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-16-2013 04:14:20 | More by RedAleMan
Photo of peensteen
peensteen

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -16.2%

06-15-2013 11:51:18 | More by peensteen
Photo of ThinkAgain
ThinkAgain

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +4.7%

06-15-2013 02:00:49 | More by ThinkAgain
Photo of Ardon
Ardon

Ontario (Canada)

4.25/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Finally picked this up after seeing it on the shelves many times. It's consider a fruit beer under categorization here but it comes across very much like a wit bier or wheat wine. I poured this at a very cold temperature given the idea that if this is supposed to be a summer beer, it should be quite chilly imho.

Appearance is sort of a hazy amber with light lacing and good head retention.
Nose is a bit muted, probably because of the very cold temperature. Picking up a sort of citrus/apricot thing going on.

Very smooth body, medium bodied but still refreshing.

The ginger comes through strong in flavour but not in bite like many craft ginger beers can be. Lemony citrus. Mild hop presence and bitterness. Apricots again

Overall a very refreshing quality beer that I recommend chilling to the bone for the best experience. Would definitely buy again for a trip to the cottage. Hot weather patio beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2013 01:42:08 | More by Ardon
Photo of biegaman
biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.63/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright and blistered golden, River Walker looks like it's been working in the sun all day and forgot to put on sunscreen. Its complexion is immaculately, sparklingly clear - even condensation on the glass can't blur this beer! It has a well-lathered mousse that looks as though it'd make a good shaving cream. Looks most appropriate for a summer seasonal.

River Walker smells bigger than it actually is (and bolder than you'd expect a summer seasonal to be). It's as if the part of the label listing alcohol percentage was printed upside down (6% instead of 9). Belgian yeast is to blame; normally this brand of spicy, in-your-face potpourri is found in much more aggressive beers, the kinds that teeter along double-digit strength.

On the palate, however, flavours of clove and pepper and the intense notes of dried herbs that accompany them are soothed over by lemon candy, grapefruit and under-ripe pear. Only a trace of ginger root can be found; yeast is this beer's only source of zest. It drinks kind of like a lemon drop martini but without the sweetness. Slightly empty but very suitable for warmer weather.

I can't help but remark how similar this tastes to Lake of Bays' spring seasonal, Spring Maple. So far as I can tell it's the same base beer, or at least the same beer at heart: a simple blonde ale, enlivened by Belgian yeast and slightly accented by a seasonal ingredient (maple syrup in the spring, lemon and ginger in summer). It's a decent formula, though depthless.

River Walker is said to have been inspired by the log drivers who worked the rivers and lakes in the far North of Ontario. Forgive me, but I have some trouble believing that these were the type of men to drink beer infused with ginger and lemon (although they were reportedly great waltzers so then again who's to say). In any case, I'm sure they'd find themselves pleasantly surprised by just how good and refreshing a beer it is.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 19:59:20 | More by biegaman
Photo of Sammy
Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.4/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Passable beer, something different for sure. some taste but I do not know if ginger and lemon went well together. Somewhat astringent and so-so drinkability. Virtually no sign of hops. Light orange with a little head. On tap at Tequilla Bookworm. So-so drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-09-2013 04:54:16 | More by Sammy
River Walker Summer Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 22 ratings.