R.J. King Wingwalker Amber Ale | World Brews

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

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by scruffwhor on 07-12-2006

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Ratings: 66 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of gpogo
2.92/5  rDev +2.8%
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 Dogbrick
2.43/5  rDev -14.4%
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.

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Photo of czechsaaz
1.88/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Aroma is sweet and malty and gives me what seems like Vienna malt. No hops to speak of. It's also got a pretty strong unmashed malt grain aroma. Unfortunately I also get a buttery diacetyl aroma too which is a problem.

Deep amber colored with just a little bit of head on top. Clear but there's no carbonation bubbles to look at either. It just sits there and looks lifeless in my glass.

Starts sweet and malty. There's just a little bit of hop bitterness in the background but it's mostly sweet. There's some fruity yeast esters. But mostly I get sweet and not necessarily in a barley malt way, kind of syrupy. The bottle says "Roasted malt and Creamy Marzen Style" but I don't get any roast flavors at all.

Body is medium full and the carbonation level is very low. The light carbonation makes it seem much heavier than it really is.

It's pretty rare for me to find a beer I can't say anything good about. I bought a six pack because it was new to me. Drank half of one, dumped it and had another because I thought it might be just the one bottle. Next bottle was the same. I probably won't open the remaining four.

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Photo of Brad007
2.22/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of Bookseeb
3.53/5  rDev +24.3%
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 HochFliegen
3.13/5  rDev +10.2%
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 PorterLambic
3.82/5  rDev +34.5%
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 Gueuzedude
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
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 +17.3%
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 DogFood11
2.17/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.22/5  rDev +48.6%
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 eballard
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Reidrover
3.3/5  rDev +16.2%
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 Zorro
3.14/5  rDev +10.6%
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 BeerRun13
3.43/5  rDev +20.8%
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 scruffwhor
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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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