R.J King Brewing Wing Walker Belgian White
By: Benjamin Welton
To walk on the wings of an aeroplane (trust me, the antiquated spelling works here, so just go with it) takes steely fortitude from down below. The act of balancing thousands of feet up in the air for no discernible reason is stupid, yes, but it’s also awesome. The fine folks at R.J. King WingWalker probably know a lot about being both awesome and stupid (they brew beer, but have decided to do it in Rochester, New York), and by labeling their beer with images of old timey derrring-do, they’re certainly trying to tickle the manly market, especially that portion of the market that likes to enjoy a micro brew while reminiscing about the good old days of Neutral Milk Hotel or some other college rock staple from the 1990s.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. No, the stereotype I just composed above does not conform to me, even though I have been known to consort with such criminals. Rather, I purchased R.J. King WingWalker’s Belgian White beer because I had eight bucks to spend and a six pack cost a little over six dollars. Well, you can call me cheap, and after buying this beer, you can call me dumb too. Just don’t call me Johnson.
First Impression: Cool label, unwieldy title. Nice color scheme, but forgettable bottle shape. The R.J. King WingWalker Belgian White never really gets beyond the 50/50 phase. There’s nothing super special about this beer. Even the Belgian White style, which used to be the exclusive properly of, well, Belgium, is frequently used by American breweries these days. So far, not so good for R.J. King WingWalker.
Pour: Most Belgian and Belgian-style beers are delicious, but few can be comfortably enjoyed in public. If unwanted fruit isn’t being forced on you, then you have to hide the fact that a majority of Belgian beers don’t like cool sitting inside of a glass. Belgian Whites in particular usually range somewhere between milk or urine. R.J. King WingWalker falls a little closer to body fluid, and its fast-evaporating head doesn’t do it any further favors. Needless to say, this WingWalker isn’t as pretty as a blue sky.
Taste: Water is good for the body, but the taste of water is bad for beer. The R.J. King WingWalker Belgian White is the very definition of a watery beer. Thin with very little aroma, this beer might only work during the dog days of summer when drinkers just want to get the salty taste of sweat out of their mouths. Outside of that situation, the R.J. King WingWalker Belgian White is better left alone, no matter how little it costs.
ABV: 4.6 %