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King Dark Lager - King Brewery

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King Dark LagerKing Dark Lager

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82
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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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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 WillAndSarah
4/5  rDev +8.7%

WillAndSarah, Aug 14, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

patre_tim, Aug 10, 2014
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

this is not a style a drink a whole lot of, european dark lagers, but this one is fantastic, loosely in the german tradition, at least on the malt front, and a pretty sessionable brew as well. deep caramel to mahogany in color, clear and radiant, and heady, holding onto a good inch of buttery looking foam. the nose is a bit sweet from the dark grain, smells like unfermented wort just coming out of the mash tun, fresh and new and full of sugar. the flavor is a bit sweet, but the grain takes on more of a fresh baked dessert flavor, like a cobbler or muffin or something, rich but still real drinkable with all the tickling carbonation and round medium body with very soft edges on the palate. i get an almost blackberry or some other dark berry flavor in the middle of this beer among the caramel and toffee malt flavors. a nice complexion that i have only ever got from the same style made by moa in new zealand. i think this is just as good, but i dont get much lager yeast character, not a quick enough finish i dont think, but a very tasty first beer from king brewery for me.

StonedTrippin, May 16, 2014
Photo of RyanPollock
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

RyanPollock, May 06, 2014
Photo of randallpink
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

randallpink, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of RevCraig
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%

RevCraig, Jan 21, 2014
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
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of mick303
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a darkish brown colour with some initial head and lace that faded away.

S - some of the roasty chocolate malt comes through, bitterness and a bit of honey sweetness, grainy character, coffee cake. Earthy notes, cardomen, corriander, full.

T - a mild floral in front of the heavier chocolate malt, bready, oily lemon, dark chocolate and some grassy character. Doesn't seem that well integrated and the flavour compete more than blend together, a bit messy, especially on the finish, drying.

M - light, a coffee espresso oiliness but a lot of grassy floral crispness, moderate carbonation, with a decent amount of malty body and a bit of a spice on the end.

Probably a bit better than I expected it to be, still not a headturner tho. An enjoyable lager with a strong chocolate malt component and some more bitterness. Easy to drink but flavours a bit out of sorts and unbalanced.

mick303, Jul 10, 2013
Photo of timiskin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

timiskin, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of BigGruntyThirst
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

BigGruntyThirst, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DaPan, Feb 13, 2013
Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -18.5%

kelvarnsen, Jan 18, 2013
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 Picaroon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Picaroon, Dec 05, 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 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 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 cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of shamus
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

the label says "Ultra Premium". Which is far better than 10 it's 11. No hype there. It looks dark, not much head, very watery, but tastes okay if you disregard the metallic aftertaste. Neither offensive nor brilliant. I other words if you buy it I'll drink it, but I won't be purchasing this again.

shamus, Mar 06, 2012
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +8.7%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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 cratez
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Purchased from the Spadina Beer Store in Toronto. I enjoyed the Pilsner on my last trip to the city and was excited to try this offering. Thankfully it does not disappoint.

Pours a dark ruby red, bordering on brown, with a white cap and a few spots of lace. Smell is gorgeous Munich malts, very aromatic, with strong yeast, fresh cereal grains, and bread dough on the nose. Taste is light chocolate malt, a trace of nuts, and some sweetness. A mildly spicy hop bitterness evens things out, with a subtle dryness to end. Mouthfeel is soft, almost velvety. Finishes with a bit of wheat in the aftertaste, only somewhat dry. The flavour is maltier than I would prefer, but for a lager this is quite satisfying. A rare style in Ontario and King pulls it off well.

cratez, Dec 24, 2009
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King Dark Lager from King Brewery
82 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.