King Vienna Lager | King Brewery

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King Vienna LagerKing Vienna Lager

Brewed by:
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 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 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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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -9.7%

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 Sammy
3.45/5  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.

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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 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 ThinkAgain
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

Photo of Brendan10
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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 timiskin
3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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3.5/5  rDev -2.8%

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