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King Vienna LagerKing Vienna Lager

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King Brewery
Ontario, Canada

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

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.

Added by pootz on 08-22-2010

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Photo of RyanPollock
4.25/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of StephenRich
4.11/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of TheHammer
4.02/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of EskimoDave
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of pootz
4/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

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Photo of Vyronian
4/5  rDev +11.1%

Photo of mintjellie
3.99/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.8/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

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Photo of kwjd
3.78/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of mick303
3.78/5  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.

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Photo of MJ63
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Natureguy12
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of drtth
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The clear copper color beer is served in a nonic pint glass with a 1/4" ivory head that leaves a bit of lacing on the sides as it recedes to a bit of foam here and there on the surface.

The aromas include the caramel from the malt along with some bready character that are both backed up by the floral earthy hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the bready caramel sweetness up front but moderated by the earthy hops and their light bitterness in the finish.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with the persistent moderate carbonation.

Overall this seems an acceptably well made example of a Vienna Lager that I could drink again.

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Photo of Brewsed
3.75/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of Kremlock
3.73/5  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.

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Photo of drinkininthewood
3.72/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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3.72/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of biboergosum
3.7/5  rDev +2.8%
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, medium 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 gradually 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 and 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 citrusy and slowly loosening up floral hoppiness.

The carbonation is softly lilting, the body a steady middleweight, 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 guarantee that they might be able to fill any 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 the sense of conveniently being backyard BBQ and board-game friendly.

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Photo of liamt07
3.68/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

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Photo of MeisterBurger
3.68/5  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.

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Photo of sherillc
3.66/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of hopsolutely
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of TerryW
3.65/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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