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King Vienna Lager - King Brewery

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King Vienna LagerKing Vienna Lager

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81
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45 Ratings
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Ratings: 45
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 10.14%
Wants: 2
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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:
Photo of MeisterBurger
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
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.

MeisterBurger, Jul 20, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a sixer of this at the uptown Waterloo LCBO - I've enjoyed their pilsner on several occasions, so they've got my vote.

Poured into a Stella glass. Deep golden-amber hue, good amount of visible carbonation. Foams up about a half inch before receding to a fine ring and film.

Nose is pretty unremarkable. Sweet malt, a bit of bread, honey.

Sweet at first, with notes of bread and caramel, before cleaning things up with a mild hop bitterness. Nice lager, nothing too exciting, but damned easy to drink. A bit hollow though.

Thin bodied, carbonation is a bit wild. I enjoyed this better straight from the bottle, in fact.

Though not as grand as their pilsner, King's vienna lager is a decent, serviceable brew that would make for a fine patio/bbq sixer to bring along. A bit more assertiveness and more body would have made this a stellar brew (compare with Great Lakes Eliot Ness).

JohnnyBarman, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

MJ63, Oct 26, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

biboergosum, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of mintjellie
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Copper coloured, with a large off-white head. Poor retention and spotty lace. Clean aroma shows bread, toasty, and light floral notes. Bread crust and mild nut flavours up front, with very low hop bitterness in its short short finish. Light-medium bodied with low carbonation - it's mouthfeel is smooth and crisp. A bit delicate, but easily and enjoyably sessionable.

mintjellie, May 31, 2012
Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Beer Bistro. Slightly reddish tinge body with some lace. Great malt aroma. Dryish lager, balanced and easy drinking.A tad sweet. Bang on for the style,as this brewery accomplishes consistently, and likely my more or less average rating for this pleasant style over the years.

Sammy, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of randallpink
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

randallpink, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -30.1%
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.

Phyl21ca, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured in to small pint glass.

A - Light amber colout with half a finger of bubbly white head that quickly disappeared. Slightly murky. A lot of visible carbonation.

S - Bready malts with a touch of caramel sweetness and a faint crisp hop presence.

T - Bready malts with a light sweetness and a faint crisp hop profile to balance it out. The malt flavours are definitely predominant and the hops are in the background.

M - Light body with moderate carbonation.

TheSevenDuffs, Aug 27, 2011
Photo of ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

ThinkAgain, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of StephenRich
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Its blatantly obvious that when considering lager beer everyone inevitably jumps right into a Pilsner. It is the world's most popular beer style after all. Because of this I feel like other light but flavorful lagers get overlooked, and inexcusably so. One such style that deserves much more attention than it receives is the Vienna Lager. These lager beers are brewed with vienna malt (among others), which is kilned slightly more intensely then Pilsner malt imparting soft flavors of toast and bread. The resulting beer is smooth and cleanly malty with a rounder and softer overall mouthfeel compared to the crisper texture of a Pilsner.

Ontario beer lovers have access to a phenomenal example of the style - the King Brewery Vienna Lager. This beer just recently won a gold medal at the 2011 Canadian Brewing Awards in the North American Style Amber Lager category, and rightly so. King has been brewed in Nobelton Ontario since 2002, and is now owned by Beer Barons who have so far continued to push the quality of King's beers forward. The Vienna Lager is available at the LCBO, and King's other two brands, the Pilsner and Dark Lager are at The Beer Store.

I pulled the Vienna Lager from my fridge and let it warm for about 10 minutes. I want this beer to be cool and refreshing, but not palate numbingly cold. I poured it into a tall stemmed flute cool around 8C (45F) gently. The pour was smooth and gentle building a soft and airy white head that lifted itself easily and developed a rich sticky texture as it crept gently over the lip of the glass. Sturdy and eggshell white, it protected a golden yellow beer below that shone with bronze and caramel colors. Its strikingly pretty and held into the light gleams a sunshine yellow and pearl white foam. Easy way to get me excited already.

The nose is soft and subtle but elegant and pleasing. It is round with light malt aromas that beacon at toast, baking bread and dough. It does not leap out of the glass, and nor should it. But it does warm your nose with gentle flavors that are mingled perfectly together foreshadowing a lush flavor experience that could be enjoyed for hours on end. At the very end of the nose is a slight whiff of hops showing off light grassy and herbal tones. Very faint though, and just enough to balance.

The first sip allows for pure refreshment as smooth and clean malty flavors gently glide by with subtle and soft bitterness and a clean and lightly carbonated mouthfeel. Right away I knew the beauty of this beer. I could have easily just relaxed and drank the beer without any consideration or focus on the detail of its construction or flavor profile and seriously enjoyed the simplistic nature of its character. At the same time, with a moment of attention came a rush of depth and flavor that instantly triggered my sense of intrigue. Light toast, warm bread, soft malts and a creamy texture balanced of by a floral hint of bitterness - all in gentle and easy fashion. All of a sudden the Vienna Lager shines! And hence its purpose - easy drinking and enjoyable flavors that can be appreciated and enjoyed while not making lots of noise.

A beer of this sort is fit for a wide range beer drinking experiences. It will certainly shine on its own with great company, but will also be a wonderful pairing with soft cheeses, turkey, grilled or roasted chicken, vinaigrette salads, light deserts, spice and hearty fare, as well as classic pub food. My personal favorite is fish and chips.

StephenRich, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of Natureguy12
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Natureguy12, Dec 24, 2012
Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to TheSevenDuffs for this.

Poured from a 355ml. bottle.

Appearance: Color of the body is like iced tea. Colors seeps a little into the modest head but it thins out too much and i'm looking at a bare glass within a minute or two.

Smell: Strong caramel nose, malt with candied fruit.

Taste: Caramel, candy(?), a bit of mineral bite in the back and some fruit notes that linger, notably white grapes.

Mouthfeel: Clean body and the malt rules leaving only a whisper of bitterness. Very active carbonation.

Overall: It's alright actually. A well done lager that is a bit average but overall worthy of attention.

papat444, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

RedAleMan, Nov 21, 2011
Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Volo, served in a tulip.

Pours gold, with hints of orange. Creamy head, nice lacing is left. Some grain, general bready notes. Mild caramel and some light floral hops. Taste has more grain, bread, red apple, caramel, lager yeastiness. Medium mouthfeel and a medium-low carbonation. Simple and another well crafted beer from King. Something "sessionable" I could revisit, and hope this will see bottle distribution at some point.

liamt07, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of drtth
2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

drtth, May 02, 2014
Photo of SebD
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

SebD, Aug 13, 2012
Photo of thehyperduck
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

thehyperduck, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.5%

cfalovo97, Nov 06, 2012
Photo of bryehn
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden-amber colour with a hefty and frothy head that burns off after a few minutes, leaving a small collar and film.

Smells of toasted malts, wild flowers and soapy hops. The malt has a real honey or caramel-like sweetness to it.

The taste is bready, with a nice crisp bite. A sweet caramel flavour with a fresh grain backing comes through on the tongue. Simple, but very clean and well-balanced.

Medium-bodied with a light carbonation, maybe a bit syrupy as it passes the tongue. A bit of a fatty or nutty taste comes through on the back of the tongue.

Another solid entry from King Brewery. I don't like it as much as their pilsner, but this is a really accessible, easy-drinking beer that will likely find its way into my regular rotation for dinner parties.

bryehn, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Brendan10
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Brendan10, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Brewsed, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

andrenaline, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

Appearance - Pours a light copper with a finger width of bubbly white head.

Smell - toasted caramel malts and floral hops.

Taste - A lot of lightly toasted and caramel malts with just a touch of the floral hops for good measure. Floral hops linger with the malts in the aftertaste. Dry finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Crisp finish.

Overall - The malts in this brew are definitely a stand out. Would like to have had just a little more hops to add a little more balance. Otherwise, a tasty Vienna lager.

leaddog, Aug 29, 2014
Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +12.7%

EskimoDave, Nov 28, 2011
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King Vienna Lager from King Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.