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Beer review: Lake of Bays River Walker Summer Ale, Ontario Add to ...

  • Rating 89
  • Food Pairing Grilled seafood, grilled chicken
  • Price $9.95/750 ml

“Lake,” “river,” “summer” – the name sure sounds refreshing. And the ale delivers on the promise. Brewed with toasted wheat flakes as well as barley, it’s flavoured with lemon peel and ginger root, evoking a river lumberjack from Brazil or Thailand rather than its Northern Ontario namesake. It pours clear pale-golden, with moderate carbonation. Compared with a typical Belgian-style wheat beer, it’s on the dry side, with pronounced ginger and lemon (of course) but also hints of spicy clove, toast, apricot and a whisper of banana. Refreshing is the word (though the 6-per-cent alcohol would demand respect in the hot outdoors). Suitable for grilled seafood or grilled chicken.

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