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King Dark Lager - King Brewery

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King Dark LagerKing Dark Lager

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83
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41 Ratings
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Ratings: 41
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Munich Dunkel Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our authentic brewing technique, using only the finest imported Dark Munich Malt and Noble German Hops, gives this beer King’s trademark “true to style” aroma and flavour. This deliciously dark lager is red-brown in colour, with a thick tan coloured head and a rich, full palate. It delivers a complex yet clean bready taste with a hint of toasted chocolate, and leaves elegant lace lines to the bottom of the glass.

Extremely flavourful, balanced and refreshing, our Dark Lager can be truly appreciated from the very first taste.

(Beer added by: TerryW on 04-27-2004)
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Reviews by TheHammer:
Photo of TheHammer
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: A rich dark red and brown body that shows ample carbonation earns the points on this one. The downside, even after a somewhat aggressive pour, only a finger of head that did not lace or retain very well.

Smell: Rich, and I mean rich. Chocolatly malt, toffee and with a raisin bread hint and a touch of floral hops. It also did not take a lot of warming for it to come out.

Taste: It starts with an excellent does of perfectly roasted chocolate malt with a slight woodsy taste to it, as it continues the sweet toffee flavour comes out with a slight raisin sweetness and ends with a touch of smokiness, a more toast-like malt and a light dusting of floral hops with the slightest of acidic twangs that help to cleanse the palate.

Mouthfeel: Point do get deducted for the lack of head, but the transistioning of this beer is well done, the carbonation is very even handed and the aftertaste of mixed malt is very well reigned in by the acidic note at the end of the. beer, as to not cling.

Drinkability: Slightly on the light end of medium bodied, it's certain not an all night drinker but is excellent with a meal or a end of the day pint. The carbonation stays where it should be and the all in all it's very easy to drink and has a very nice smoothness to it, that you'd expect to be harsher from a darker beer.

Final Thoughts: I received this as a gift from my boss as part of their "Three Kings" pack which has their Vienna Lager, Pilsner and this beer. The Vienna Lager was great, this is exceptional and I'm eagerly looking forward to the Pilsner. Thumbs up, best Dunkel in Ontario.

TheHammer, Jan 04, 2014
More User Reviews:
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of Sammy
3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

on dark side of amber, an average microbrew. Hint of malty brown sugar aroma. Mid-sip hint of carmel and nuts and chocolate. Some toasting. Malt more than hops. Dry and sweet oil aftertaste. Medium mouthfeel. Less hints and more aggressive flavour,and more hops. At beer bistro summer tasting.

Sammy, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of randallpink
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

randallpink, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a medium clear brown color beer with a small foamy off-white head with OK retention. Aroma of light roasted malt is a bit boring. Taste has a portion of banana malt, which is interesting, but it also hides some weird dry malt, which don’t match-up very well with the rest of the beer. Body is light and carbonation is about average. Not sure this is a beer I would seek again.

Phyl21ca, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +8.7%

WillAndSarah, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of ritzkiss
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pint at The Only. Pours a dark hazelnut with ruby highlights, thin covering of khaki head.

Nose has caramel and nutty notes, toffee and dark fruits. Perhaps a hint of coffee as well. Light bodied lager, perhaps a little over carbed which hurts the perception of body and flavor. Nuts, toffee, plum, fruit bread, light cocoa, caramelized sugars, light toastiness, dry slightly grassy finish, thin sweetness in the body, slight mineral character. Not a particularly glamorous style but done well enough. Simple and well suited for a session.Quite fruity as it warms and more nuances come out, probably served too cold.

ritzkiss, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

patre_tim, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml Bottle from the Winter OCB sampler 6 pack for 13$

Appearance - Brown colour with with a large size fizzy/frothy beige head. It's hard to make out the amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for 5-6 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, chocolate, herbal/grassy, metallic

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and the beer feels a little thin. I can taste malts, chocolate, and some herbal grassy notes. It ends with a grainy malty aftertaste.

Overall - A little too watery/thin but very drinkable. Not a whole lot of taste going on.. just a bit of malt/chocolate that stands out. Okay to try but not something I'd buy again.

spinrsx, Nov 15, 2012
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of SebD
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: It has a nice amber/brown color to it. It has a nice beige head that dies down somewhat fast and leaves next to no acing.

Smell: The aromas definitely give out hints of sweet roasted malts, chocolate, caramel and some nuttiness.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has some roasted malts, nuts, some caramel, faint chocolate and some light hops.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a nice overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a very smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

SebD, Dec 12, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle; no freshness date. Courtesy of this year's OCB Holiday Sampler.

Pours a deep ruby-brown colour, not quite opaque, topped with half a finger of dense, creamy off-white head that doesn't linger around long. Mild aroma with notes of toasted nuts, bready malts, caramel and a bit of milk chocolate. Enticing enough, I suppose, but it could stand to be a little less meek.

The flavour is similarly agreeable, with a good mix of caramel sweetness and toasted malts, with some undertones of roasted hazelnut, chocolate, molasses and some vaguely fruity notes that I can't quite put my finger on. Slightly grassy, leafy hops come forward near the finish, but the aftertaste is mostly sweet malts, which wears on the palate after a while. Kind of thin-bodied, and extremely smooth owing largely to the very mild carbonation levels. Fairly drinkable, and relatively interesting by OCB lager standards, but not something I'd want to session all night.

Final Grade: 3.4, which is in B minus territory. King's Dark Lager isn't really up my alley, but it makes for a decent glass. This is technically the first "Munich Dunkel Lager" I've ever reviewed, so this is based more on subjective opinion than any sort of previous experience - but the balance is a bit off in my opinion, with the malty sweetness overpowering the comparatively weak noble hop profile. A little more balance and this would easily be one of the best domestic dark lagers available in Ontario, of the ones I've tried - for now, though, I'll be content sticking with their Vienna lager. A refreshing, drinkable dark lager that is worth at least one try, but probably not something to be sought out.

thehyperduck, Nov 17, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of funkengruven
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked up a 6 of this out of intrigue of a "Dark Lager" and I'm glad I did.

This poured a nice dark amber with a slightly tan head that subsides to a slight ring. Smell is very malty with some hop character in the nose.

This stuff tastes really good, some nutty aromas with a slightly chocolate-like finish. with an assertive but not lingering bitterness. That in itself makes this relatively smooth and easy to drink.

This is the first I've had from this brewery, and it won't be the last.

funkengruven, Aug 10, 2006
Photo of Derek
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Dark mohogany; off-white, almost tan head; very little retention, but it leaves some lace.

S: Very malty. Dark bread with a little caramel and nut.

T: Malty (bread, nut & a little chocolate). The sweetness is nicely balanced by the roasted malt and hop bitterness.

M: Chewy, moderate-to-full body (surprising for its strength). Low to moderate carbonation. Silky smooth. Drier than expected. Very nice.

D: Easily approached, nice depth of flavour, not overly strong, but it's almost a meal.

Derek, May 31, 2006
Photo of Noxious26
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

341ml bottle poured in a pint glass. Thanks to Pootz for the brewski.

Chestnut brown and clear. Impressive 1 inch tan head on the pour recedes to a thin cap.

Sweet aroma of malt, chocolate, dried fruit (figs?) and toffee. Just a faint whiff of noble hops.

Solid malt profile right from the start. Malty and woody off the start. Not as sweet as the aroma would have you believe. Hops cut through nicely in the middle to provide balance. Woody-malty finish that is a touch metallic. After taste is mildly bitter malt.

Medium bodied with moderate small bubble carbonation.

A nice relaxing, full flavoured dunkel. Goes down easy, but you'll want to savour this one instead.

Noxious26, May 18, 2007
Photo of RevCraig
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of crwills
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at beerbistro in Toronto. Recommended as an alternative to Denison's Dunkel.

Poured a nice dark brown colour, but a little thin-looking, like Coke. Mostly opaque, and well-poured with a good 1 cm head.

Aroma was a little bit grainy, but decently sweet and appropriate for the style. The wet earth stinkiness I usually detect in dunkels was there, but not too prominent. It showed up again in the flavour, along with caramel and roasted malts, a little bit of dark fruit, and that grainy flavour again (would greatly improve the beer to get rid of that!). Good, smooth mouthfeel, and very little carbonation. I feel like this would make a good session beer.

crwills, Jan 30, 2007
Photo of Viggo
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had the cask conditioned style version of this at Volo, was quite nice. Slightly cloudy brown with red edges, small off white head, retention and some spotty lace. Smell is roasty coffee/chocolate, vanilla, and molasses. Taste is roasty chocolate and coffee as well, quite rich, some yeast, nice clean finish. Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied, with low carb, worth a shot.

Viggo, Jan 22, 2006
Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another from the OCB Holiday 2012 mixer pack.

A - Pours a nice amber colour with a finger of head which quickly dissipates and leaves no real lacing.

S - Scent is dominated by chocolate and musty cocoa, hints of espresso and a solid dose of caramel and toffee.

T - The flavour is more balanced offering up a nice roasted malt flavour with caramel, toffee, hints of milk chocolate and toasted nuts. The finish brings out a leafy green hop profile and some sweet candied sugar.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a little sticky.

O - A tasty take on the style, surprising amount of flavour and a pleasant and worthy dark lager. Glad they included this in the mixer, it's easy drinking and surprisingly satisfying.

andrenaline, Nov 10, 2012
Photo of leaddog
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance - Pours a dark chestnut brown with a finger of bubbly white head.

Smell - bready caramel malts, hint of chocolate, nuttiness, hint of earthy hops.

Taste - Nice punch right away from the bready caramel malts followed by the hint of chocolate nuttiness and hint of earthy hops to finish.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium bodied with light carbonation. Finishes with a pleasant malty sweetness.

Overall - A pleasant Munich dunkel lager. The richness of the malt sweetness was spot on for the style. The chocolate, nuttiness, and earthy hops are nice supporting casts to this well executed brew.

leaddog, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +8.7%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of pootz
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re reviewed after the brewer told me he made a few tweeks to the process on this beer. It is now double decocted to coax more toasty carmelized sugars from the munich mash.

The color is a tad darker a deep brown with beautiful ruby highlights...sticky rocky cap lasts and laces.

The malts seem more pronounced in this version yet it retains the toasty-cocao character...also a bit smoother with the longer cold conditioning cycle.

Without doubt Canada's best dunkel.

pootz, Mar 14, 2007
Photo of CAMRAhardliner
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark amber color with a small off white head and a massive web of lacework. The Aroma is of fresh bread, honey, and spicey hops. The taste is mostly a grainy, slightly burnt, maltiness. Theres also hints of dark chocolate, esspresso and delicate hops. The hop profile is definitely secondary. The mouthfeel is slick with high carbonation. The finish is a mix of dark malt and noble hops and it lasts a long time.

This is a fine lager, its amazingly complex and full flavored. Im a huge fan of this brewery.

CAMRAhardliner, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of DrJay
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazy chocolate brown with a creamy light tan head. Nice head retention and lacing. Chocolate malt, caramel and a faint hop crispness come through in the aroma. Chocolate and nuttiness in the flavour with some hop bitterness that becomes more dominant at the finish. Malty and sweet with some grain husk flavour. Medium body.

DrJay, Jul 07, 2004
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King Dark Lager from King Brewery
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.