River Walker Summer Ale | Lake of Bays Brewing Company

River Walker Summer AleRiver Walker Summer Ale
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River Walker Summer AleRiver Walker Summer Ale

Brewed by:
Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Ontario, Canada

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Sammy on 06-09-2013

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 9
Photo of DaveBar
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased at the LCBO for around that $3.00 mark or so for a 473ml can. Served at 4deg C in a draught glass

A- Opens well and pours a 1" high white head that lasts for a couple of minutes before film out. Nice light to medium gold colour and unfiltered. Translucent

S- Nice funky scent

T- Has a bitter bite to it. Nice fruity base. Light yet full bodied. Has a nice depth to it but not complex. Interesting to say the least

M- Dry

O- Nice brew. I like the refreshing nature of the brew. Will buy again

Food Pairing

This nice little brew went well with...... Light flavored sushi. Not spicy but savory


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Photo of Cycle69
3.66/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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3.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of mmurphy525
2.75/5  rDev -22.3%

Photo of TheHammer
3.26/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of Stoutmeister
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of ToddMopps
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of leaddog
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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 -22.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.2%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.51/5  rDev -0.8%
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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Photo of Bf_89
3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of BeerClubNiagara
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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3/5  rDev -15.3%

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4/5  rDev +13%

Photo of TerryW
3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
3.32/5  rDev -6.2%
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 -1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +5.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.1%

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4/5  rDev +13%

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River Walker Summer Ale from Lake of Bays Brewing Company
Beer rating: 41.7% out of 100 with 36 ratings
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