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King Dark Lager - King Brewery

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38 Ratings
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Ratings: 38
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.02%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have had - and enjoyed - on tap before but this review comes via a fresh 341ml bottle.
Pours with a fair amount of head, shaded nicely in a beige/amber hue. A dark body but with considerable clarity - 'firey mahogony' I would describe it as. A very pleasant aroma to which I had a very positive (the "yummm" sound) reaction. A healthy dose of roasted malts, lots of caramel/toffee notes, hints of smoke and peet malt. Well pieced together and not lacking much at all. Light enough that it keeps extremely quaffable, a pleasure to drink. The taste boads a rich caramel flavour with overtones of smoke. Again, well pieced together! Enough malt to keep a strong flavour profile. One really tasty dunkel and a solid lager! This is a big winner on the Ontario craft scene!

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 22:35:39 | More by biegaman
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2007 23:54:17 | More by pootz
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crwills

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-30-2007 18:04:25 | More by crwills
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fisherman34

Manitoba (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -25.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2006 23:04:39 | More by fisherman34
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 19:25:12 | More by Phyl21ca
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funkengruven

Ontario (Canada)

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2006 04:44:58 | More by funkengruven
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Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2006 01:15:34 | More by Derek
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Conrad

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally available in Ottawa!
Pours with a lovely brown-reddish colour, and has a thin foam head that left substantial lacing.
Re the smell and taste: The name Dark Lager says it all. It has an imbalance in that it leans more towards the hoppy bitterness of a lager, but retains a subdued malty earthiness. In spite of the higher hops, it left a slightly sweet malty finish. Very smooth.
The mouthfeel is medium body, not thick and creamy. Excellent drinkability. I would pair this with a substantial meal like a steak dinner. It's not a wimpy beer, but it would not overpower your food flavours.
Good stuff. Now I think I will go have another.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 16:54:51 | More by Conrad
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Serving type: cask

01-22-2006 21:44:02 | More by Viggo
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CAMRAhardliner

Ontario (Canada)

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2004 21:46:32 | More by CAMRAhardliner
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DrJay

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-07-2004 02:36:42 | More by DrJay
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-01-2004 03:40:53 | More by Sammy
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TerryW

Ontario (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2004 02:21:37 | More by TerryW
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King Dark Lager from King Brewery
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