King Vienna Lager - King Brewery

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46 Ratings
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 26
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 1
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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Photo of Sammy
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -30.3%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
3.73/5  rDev +4.8%
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.

Photo of biegaman
3.6/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

You might think King Vienna Lager was bottled from a caramel fondue fountain. Not that it tastes anything like caramel, mind you, but it certainly looks it. Dazzling butterscotch-y tones reflect off the light, not compromising clarity in the least. Head level ranges from none to little, making lacing an uncommon sight.

The aroma on this beer isn't likely to entertain your nose for hours; Vienna Lagers as a style rarely ignite fireworks. But this impeccably clean, lightly toasty bouquet provides enough malt so as to put a big grin on my face. This smells like it should be flavourful and satisfying, the kind of lager that will disappear in only a handful of swigs.

The hallmark of a Vienna Lager is rich, toasty Vienna malt. (Makes sense, no?) This particular variety is a joy to drink, but not the easiest thing in the world to describe. It is sweet... except not. There's no caramel flavour and the finish is dry as toast, of which it actually tastes like. Melanoidin levels here, however, aren't full blown but just adequate.

The finish is relatively short-lived due to dryness but also an assertive hop profile that wasn't noticed in the flavour. Indeed, an ample dose of kettle hops cuts through most of the malt, which upon further reflection is actually a bit more grainy than it should be. The chunky toastiness adds more texture than flavour, a full and crisp mouthfeel.

Canada's King Vienna Lager would take backseat to no authentic European offering - it demonstrates every bit the quality and craftsmanship of those original, old-world brands. And it's engineered for German-levels of consumption too! A six pack of this stuff will not last long. Another good King rendition of a Germanic classic.

Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.63/5  rDev +2%
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.

Photo of andrenaline
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Photo of kwjd
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Beer Bistro. Pours an amber-orange colour with white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of mild hops and sweet bready malt. Flavour has a small amount of refreshing bitterness, but the sweetness comes through more. Carbonation was good. This was a good beer to start off a warm Sunday afternoon. I've been impressed with everything I've tried from King.

Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of peensteen
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of cfalovo97
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of papat444
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fresh bottle from brewery:

Decants as a clear deep amber with orange highlights. Creamy 3 finger cap that laces well. Well carbonated.

Nose is rich in toasty-bready Vienna malts, little detectable sweetness, some earthy-woody noble hop tones ,nice fresh aroma and true to style.

Medium bodied smooth mouth feel clean malty character.

Taste profile is on style as well...bready-toasty wiith very light sweeness in front, hops sit back, mid palate the noble hops give off heir earthy woody bittering as the clean finish dries right out and provides a small hop bite in the end.

A very good (true to style) rendition of the Vienna style, the first we have in the Ontario market at least. With a few minor tweeks this would be on par with Great Lakes Eliot Ness.

Satisfying, quenching yet flavorful with a decent malt discernment and hop bite....this is a keeper. Hope it''s not just a one off.

Photo of SebD
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of TerryW
3.66/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Nice rich gold brew under a moderate white head. Settles to a partial film and gives some spotty lace. Nose is light, sweet malt and a touch of hops.

Drinks nice and clean with a crisp bite. Sugary carmel up front, nice grain down the middle, gently bitter malt finish.

Competently made. Drinks nice. Worth a try.

Photo of hopsolutely
3.63/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber with quickly dissipating head, but sufficient carbonation leading to a decent mouthfeel. Malty and bready aroma lead straight into the caramelized malts of the taste. A sweet finish with just a hint of bittering hops at the end.

Overall I think this is a good example of the traditional Vienna Lager beer style. Not my own personal favourite, but would recommend to anyone who enjoys that style.

Photo of mick303
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of thehyperduck
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.35/5  rDev -5.9%
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).

Photo of drtth
2.75/5  rDev -22.8%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of NightINgale
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of kelvarnsen
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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.

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King Vienna Lager from King Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.