RJ King Wingwalker Winter Brew (-2007)

 
RATINGS: 20   MEAN: 2.92/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.91/5   SEASONAL: Winter   ABV: -
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Flight:6, Malty richness with a crisp hop finish.

Note:Not to be confused with the Wingwalker Winter Brew brewed at Genesee, 6.3%, with spices.

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3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
hogan873 (451) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2008
Clear amber in color with a tan head that leaves decent lacing. Caramel, nuts, malt and hops dominate the aroma. Taste is smooth and malty up front with notes of caramel and nuts. Finishes bright and hoppy with a touch of pine. A pretty good beer...especially for the price.


2.6
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - FEB 23, 2009
clear amber, medium white head, hint of lacing. nose is spicy, caramely, malty. flavor is caramel, bread, some kind of gingerbready spicy thingy. medium bodied, dry finish. touch of bitterness in aftertaste. i enjoyed this beer, even though it is pretty pedestrian. it kinda grew on me as it warmed. thanks to cornfield for the bottle.

2.9
RAYBOY01 (2011) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2009
Amber pour...looking a touch thin. Aroma is caramel malt and bread dough. The flavor is caramel malt, bread dough, touch of some holiday spice (is there cinnamon in there?) and featuring a strange, almost-dusty texture. My wife liked it pretty well. All worldy praise be to Cornfield on high for the sample bottle.

2.7
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - DEC 31, 2008
Pickied this up at the local supermarket - zip code 60452 for any interested since we can no longer use non-beer places for distribution info. It pours a clear orange/amber body with a decent white head that’ssoon reduced to a film. Spotty lacing. The aroma is sweet caramelly malt with a touch of lemon zest. A bit thin, almost watery. The flavor is a bready malt with caramel and a touch of lemony bitterness. Not sure why this is a "Winter Brew." It seems more like a warm weather quaffer.

3.4
puboflyons (3434) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUN 23, 2008
From a 12 fl. oz. bottle. No lot code or date of production. Pours a ruby-brown with a little bit of off-white head. The aroma is heavy in sweet malts and maybe a little hoppy.The flavor is rich in malts with noticeable hops. Not much in the way of spices like other Winter seasonals but I liked this a lot and more than some of the earlier raters.

2.2
naivepegasus (387) - USA - APR 18, 2008
Pours a light amber with a finger of foamy white head. Odor of sweet malts. No real taste of hops in here, instead its more bread and a lingering sweetness in the aftertaste. I really don’t like wingwalker beers, but this is probably the best one of them I’ve had, for what it’s worth.

3
fuyajo (229) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 14, 2008
Pours to a light amber color. Small head with minimal lacing. Aroma of grain and yeast. Thin mouthfeel. Tastes of mild citrus, hops, malt, some bread tastes. Not nearly as hearty as I would expect from a winter beer. However, for $5.75 for six, I can’t complain. With that being said, it’s an easy-to-drink brew, but overall, it’s pretty bland; forgettable..

3.1
DuffMan (10435) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - FEB 10, 2008
Slightly hazy orange, moderate orange-tinted head. No lace. Subtley spicey hop aroma, moderate caramel malt with a nice crisp hop finish as promised. Winter seasonals tend to be dark, especially from places that get snow like Wisconsin, so this was a bit of a surprise.

2.7
bitbucket (2165) - Kirkland, Washington, USA - FEB 1, 2008
Bottle. Pours a hazy, dull copper with a fading white head that produces a bit of lace. Fruit, citrus and dust in the aroma. And there may be a little hint of butter. Light, watery body and medium carbonation. Not a lot in the taste, but it does seem to have a lightly spicy/woody character. It’s very lightly sweet, but I’m not picking up much in the way of "malty richness" however, there is that "crisp hop finish" as promised.

2.6
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - JAN 27, 2008
Bottle: Pours a copper color with light head and some lacing. The nose is lightly spicy with a bit of caramel and yeast, flat and dull though, no grain or hop character. The flavor is metallic with some alcohol and grassy bitter mouthfeel. No love or cohesion.

2.7
muzzlehatch (4959) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 25, 2008
12 ounce bottle from City Market in Burlington VT (January 2008), served a little below cellar temperature from a Unibroue glass. Given the overall quality of this brewery, and the fact that this is an amber ale, it’s not an unfair guess that this would be virtually identical to the RJ King Wingwalker Amber Ale I had the other night....let’s see.....the head isn’t nearly as voluminous; it’s just a finger or two, quickly dying but leaving chunky lacing above a dull light brass body.....the nose is more citric, with some light woody hops; caramelization not really overpowering as it was in the regular Amber....smooth, vaguely bitter and moderately sweet, with some woody-twiggy qualities, a bit of toasted malt, a hint of smoky-burnt character....too thin and watery, a bit overcarbonated, but fairly drinkable and actually significantly better than the regular Amber. So, not the same beer at all. I guess that’s a good thing.


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