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King Vienna Lager - King Brewery

King Vienna LagerKing Vienna Lager

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Ratings: 40
Reviews: 24
rAvg: 3.62
pDev: 8.84%

Brewed by:
King Brewery visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This true to style Vienna Lager, brewed with Vienna malt, noble hops and classic European brewing methods, delivers an authentic taste and complex flavour profile. King Vienna is an amber coloured, medium bodied beer with an exquisite palate, complimented by a gentle creaminess and slight malt sweetness. The enticing toasted malt nose and gentle hop flavour rival the world’s very best Vienna Lagers.

It finishes with amazing toffee malt flavour and crisp bitterness that dries smoothly on your palate without becoming too sweet.

(Beer added by: pootz on 08-22-2010)
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Reviews by MeisterBurger:
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

431 ml bottle from the LCBO decanted into a Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.

A modest head of large bubbles sits atop a clear, light mahogany liquid. Countless streaming lines of tiny bubbles rise to the top. Head retains well.

The aroma is sweet toasty caramel with a quiet note of bread and noble hops.

The taste is toasted malts and grassy, herbal, woody bitterness, some caramel, grains and cereal with a light, light note of nutty smokiness. Very light and approachable.

The body is lacking a little. Medium-light body. Decent carbonation.

Overall a fairly text book example of the style that aims for greatness but falls just short for me. I wish it had a little more oomph and body. It's incredibly drinkable though.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 01:20:48 | More by MeisterBurger
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3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

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Ontario (Canada)

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Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%

12-24-2012 02:10:35 | More by Natureguy12
Photo of decimator

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle poured into a goblet. ABV 4.8%.

A - Poured a clear copper with a thin white head. Head vanished pretty quick and no lacing.

S - Malts (grains with some caramel) and a hint of hops in the background.

T - Caramel, grains, mild bitterness with a metallic finish.

M - Average body, average carbonation, clean finish.

O - Just above average for a lager and it's good enough to easily session.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2012 03:15:57 | More by decimator
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Quebec (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a light clear copper color Vienna with a medium foamy head with good carbonation and some light lacing. Aroma of biscuit malt with light caramel malt is good. Taste is dominated by light dry caramel malt with light gain notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Nothing really special here.

Serving type: bottle

11-21-2012 21:12:50 | More by Phyl21ca
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -17.1%

11-06-2012 18:55:47 | More by cfalovo97
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Ontario (Canada)

3.7/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

6 Pack, LCBO, freshness date of 12/12/2012, served into an Upper Canada Pint glass that i found at Value Village ( good place to find glassware ).

A- Nice clear bronze color with a fluffy layer of foam that diminishes quickly to a thin layer, lots of big lively bubbles.
S- Very malty with good aromas of fresh bread, caramel, maybe a little toffee, slightly fruity with a touch of hops subdued in the background, good nose.
T- The nice malt flavors are what makes this beer good. Smooth, with good malty backbone, caramel, a touch of sugar, and bakery fresh bran muffins come to mind. Hops are present, but on the sidelines, bitterness is slight and adds good balance.
M- creamy and medium bodied. Carbonation is excellent.
D- A good session beer and something that i could see being a regular in my fridge.

Overall - ive only tried a few vienna lagers but Kings Vienna Lager is by far the best ive tried so far. Solid all around beer, and im glad i have 5 more in my fridge!

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2012 02:04:14 | More by drinkininthewood
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Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -3.3%

10-06-2012 05:25:52 | More by ThinkAgain
Photo of Kremlock

Ontario (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice 1/4 inch head and then decreases to a thin film on top. head is white and beer has a medium copper colour to it.

S: malty and a bit bready, you can smell a bit of the bittering hops

T: Some sweetness at the front, followed with some bread flavours, then near finish a bit of caramel sweetness and then a nice short bitter finish.

M: Well carbonated. I would not say thin but it's on the end of it. It does have a certain silkyness to it too.

O: A great go to beer. Full of hints of caramel, bread and bitterness.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2012 16:40:26 | More by Kremlock
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Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +10.5%

09-16-2012 17:57:32 | More by Vyronian
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Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev -10.2%

08-20-2012 02:51:42 | More by kelvarnsen
Photo of mick303

Ontario (Canada)

3.8/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Picked up 6-pack at the LCBO. Pours an off-white tan head of foam, which leaves a nice film and good lacing. Colour is a nice medium caramel brown, visible carbonation.

Nose has caramel malts, faint grassiness. honey. Pleasant and balanced, has nice foresty and strong dry caramel notes.

Taste immediately has full caramelized malt, good balance of caramel, dry roast malts. Hops are not very present, slight bitter tang later. Good flavour intensity and balance, bit of sweetness toward end. Finish is dry, malty, and slightly warming.

Mouthfeel is smooth and rounded. Carbonation is at a good level to balance the malts. Drinkable, with a light-medium body.

Not a bad everyday drink, has a good flavour to it. Caramel malts dominate and beer has a good texture and flavour profile. Only improvement would be to have the caramel slightly less cloying/sweet. I'd still recommend it, very sessionable, and a good profile of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 21:13:43 | More by mick303
Photo of SebD

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear golden color to it. It has a nice off-white head that dies down moderately fast and leaves little lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of toasted malts, floral hops and some caramel.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a bready/caramelly malt character with some grassy and floral 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. Very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2012 19:13:18 | More by SebD
Photo of TheHammer

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this in an OCB mix pack. I've been meaning to try King for a while, it's just I can't seem to find any singles of what they sell.

Appearance: It produced a finger of head that did not lace but managed to stick around for a while. The body is a nice clear copper colour with decent carbonation.

Smell: Smells clean, as a light toasty aroma with a slight yeast undertone and a light floral touch. It seems to come across as a little moist, but not watered down.

Taste: Starts with a sweet toast like caramel malt that is tamed by a broom sweeping of barley and finished off with a touch of floral hops that makes it a fast, crisp and clean taste.

Mouthfeel: A slight caramel cloying that I could see getting out of control after say three or four, and the transitioning is quite fast. However, the carbonation helps out the entire beer, the aftertaste is nice.

Drinkability: This stuff is incredibly easy to get down and incredibly refreshing. The carbonation is perfect, it's flavourful but still simple enough to quench a summer thirst. There's nothing bad I can say here.

Final Thoughts: If you want a beer to teach you Macro buddies on what beer should be, try them on this. It has a high drinkability but a rich malty flavour that should win people over the generic straw taste of so many lagers. I really have to try more of King's offerings because this was great.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 18:56:30 | More by TheHammer
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.65/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

341 mL bottle from a sixpack. Dated 01/13/12 - I hope that is a packaging date and not an expiry one, because I know for a fact these six-packs haven't been in the store for particularly long.

Pours a translucent copper-orange colour, topped with a modest, off-white coloured head that soon fizzles away, leaving a thin, wispy cap with no lace. Clean, malty aroma with bready, biscuity sweetness, some caramel, brown sugar and a light nuttiness. Some light, floral hop notes as well. Smells like a Vienna lager alright.

I was sitting on the fence until I sipped this - it looks and smells merely decent, but this is a tasty, quality lager. Freshly baked biscuits and toasted bread come to mind, along with a healthy slathering of caramel. There's also a light fruity quality, reminding me of brown pear or perhaps white grapes. Floral, slightly grassy hop bitterness comes forward in the finish, lingering briefly on the palate. Light bodied, a bit watery, with too much carbonation for my liking. Still, it's quite crisp, refreshing and drinkable.

Final Grade: 3.65, an acceptable B grade. The last time I bought a 'Vienna-style lager', I wound up with a can of Trailhead. King Vienna is nothing like that stuff - this is a legitimate, well-made Vienna lager that I really enjoyed. Ridiculously sessionable - finishing this six-pack will be no trouble, and could probably be accomplished even during a slow evening.

This is a style I tend to overlook, as there just aren't very many quality ones available around here. Not being an expert in Vienna lagers, perhaps the only useful information I can offer is this - it's a better choice than Dos Equis Amber. Definitely worth a try, and something I'll probably pick up again some time.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 22:58:25 | More by thehyperduck
Photo of andrenaline

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A surprise b-day gift...

Pours a clear copper colour with an amber hue, finger of head with some retention and sporadic lacing.

S - A leafy green hop note with solid caramel undertones, and hints of toasted biscuit.

T - Much like the nose with a prominent earthy leafy green hop note, grassy flavours, and bready caramel that comes through on the finish. Nothing crazy, but flavourful nonetheless.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dry on the finish.

O - I can't say that I'm overly familiar with the style, but I can certainly say this was a non-offensive, flavourful and easy drinking offering. Worth a try and I would certainly down a 6-er of this, no problem.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 02:53:42 | More by andrenaline
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

341ml bottle. Another Ontario brewery new to the shelves of Alberta stores last week. "Ultra Premium" - sigh.

This beer pours a clear copper-amber colour, with one solid finger of densely foamy off-white head, which leaves a random atoll group dispersal of lace around the glass as it sinks away.

It smells of sweet, almost sugary caramel malt, mediated somewhat by some far-left setting toasted biscuity grain character, a mild orchard fruitiness, and very tame earthy, leafy hops. The taste is mildly toasty bready malt, a now weirdly AWOL (style points!) caramel malt, though its absence gives way to a soft metallic mineral note, amongst a middling, restrained citrus and slowly loosening up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is softly lilting, the body medium weight, and a tad clammy, but otherwise quite smooth. It finishes off-dry, the grainy sweetness not ready to really let go, though the hops do nothing to fill the newly formed flavour void.

Having experienced very few examples of the style, all I can say is that this does a fair job of hitting the majority of the academic laundry list of points, and is enjoyable enough to have more than a few, in addition to conveniently being BBQ and boardgame friendly.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 23:40:40 | More by biboergosum
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King Vienna Lager from King Brewery
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