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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.

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Photo of leaddog
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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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Photo of TheTrevor
2.87/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The beer poured a clear amber with a big head that didn't last long. The nose is some light breadiness. The taste starts with some slightly piney hops with just a little bit of sweetness to offset it. The hop oils linger on the palate and make for a bit of a cloying aftertaste. The alcohol is present as well, giving it a little bit of warming. The mouthfeel is slightly carbonated with a little thickness. Not a bad beer, by any means. It just doesn't bring a ton to the table and feels a little off-balanced.

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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 decimator
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -31.1%
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.

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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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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 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 SebD
3.57/5  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.

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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 thehyperduck
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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: 3.62, 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.

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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 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 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 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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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 biegaman
3.6/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of papat444
3.47/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.33/5  rDev -7.5%
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).

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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 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 bryehn
3.62/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

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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 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 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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King Vienna Lager from King Brewery
3.6 out of 5 based on 47 ratings.
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