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King Dark Lager - King Brewery

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King Dark LagerKing Dark Lager

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84
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42 Ratings
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Ratings: 42
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.68%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
King Brewery visit their website
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 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 fisherman34
2.73/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottled sample from pootz. Dark brown in colour with some hints of red. Aromas of caramel, apple skin, and roasted malt. Medium carbonation, but very light bodied. There are more assertive roasted flavors in the mouth, somewhat akin to some acidic cold coffee. There’s a bit of a fruity molassas note that, although minor, kinda dirties up the whole experience. Drinkable, but nothing too special.

fisherman34, Oct 29, 2006
Photo of TerryW
2.98/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, very attractive dark copper colour. Moderate head that settles down to between one-quarter and one-half inch and stays with the beer. A touch of broken lace.

Nose full of malt and grain. Slight honey sweetness, some grapefruit(?). Pleasant aroma.

Mouthfeel is somewhat dry, a touch acerbic. Hops come across as somehow sour and unpleasantly bitter in this one.

Looks good, smells good, but doesn't quite measure up tastewise. I'm a little let down 'cause I really enjoy this brewery's Pilsner. Too bad, so sad.

TerryW, Apr 27, 2004
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -18.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of kelvarnsen
3/5  rDev -18.5%

kelvarnsen, Jan 18, 2013
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 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 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 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
Photo of randallpink
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

randallpink, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of patre_tim
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

patre_tim, Aug 10, 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 Picaroon
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Picaroon, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of timiskin
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

timiskin, Apr 23, 2013
Photo of DaPan
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

DaPan, Feb 13, 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 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 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 MikeG9teen84
3.68/5  rDev 0%

MikeG9teen84, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of bobsy
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The bottle pours a wonderful chestnut hued liquid with a small creamy off-white head, which laces very well as it fades to a spotted film. The aroma is full on caramel malt, and this carries through faithfully into the flavour. The body is a lot lighter than I would have expected, which makes it easy to drink, yet at the same time not as satisfying as could be hoped. Nonetheless, this is a solid local brew.

bobsy, Mar 01, 2008
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 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
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
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
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King Dark Lager from King Brewery
84 out of 100 based on 42 ratings.