Brewed by King Brewery
Style: Dunkel/Tmavý
Nobleton, Canada


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RATINGS: 95   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
Authentic Munich Dunkel Style Lager 4.8% alc./vol. King Brewery's newest addition is this authentic Munich-style Dark Lager. Using only the finest imported Dark Munich Malt and Noble German Hops, combined with brewing in our authentic German decoction brewhouse, gives this beer King's trademark "true to style" aroma and flavour. This delicious beer is red-brown in colour, with a thick tan coloured head. The palate is rich and full, delivering a clean bready taste with a hint of toasted chocolate, while sporting elegant lace lines to the bottom of your glass. This unique Dark Lager is complex yet clean. Enjoy it with all European continental style foods and cheeses, or just as a well deserved cold one. Extremely flavourful, balanced and deliciously refreshing, our Dark Lager has to be tasted to be appreciated!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 9, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2007 341ml bottle, courtesy of VeloVampire - pours clear and dark, a beautiful shade of mahogany, with a nice off-white head on top. Aroma is sweet and malty with a subtle toasty/breadiness backing it up. Flavour is beautifully toasty and sweet, nicely bready with a strong nuttiness all the way through. Eminently sessionable, I could easily drink a lot of this over an evening. Very smooth, and you can tell that King is a brewery that is dedicated to craft and quality. I love to see them try a more daring style (at least for the Ontario market anyways). I’d also love to compare this back-to-back with Denison’s magnificent Dunkel.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
VeloVampire (625) - Parkdale, Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 7, 2007
UPDATED: JUN 3, 2007 341 ml bottle - pours a gorgeous clear dark chestnut/mahogany with a lovely off white head that slowly diminishes leaving delicate lacing all the way down the glass. Aroma sweetly malty with a crisp Noble/Saaz hop character that is similar to the brewer’s pils. Some nice breadiness too, as the glass warms. Flavour is a different thing altogether - some of that sweet maltiness to begin, then a subtle hop bitterness followed by some chocolate and a rich roasty nuttiness that was completely unexpected, but fully welcomed. Finishes with a long mellow mingling of the smooth malt and hop bite. Expertly crafted - perhaps slightly watery, but you can’t really expect a big body in a lager. Beautiful in it’s simplicity and infinitely sessionable. I don’t know why I put off buying this for so long - it’s a mistake I won’t make again. This will definitely become a summer staple in my fridge. King is one of the sleeper brewers in Ontario with a flawless record so far. Keep it up.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
DerWeg (1562) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 24, 2007
UPDATED: APR 9, 2007 One of the nicest surprises I’ve had from the local Micro scene. A sixer I bought was completely OFF, so this is rating it on draught at BeerBistro: Translucent deep coppery brown, fairly active, tall head. Almost a bock aroma, sweetish honeyed malts. which follow suit in the tasting... hops are concealed in the flavor envelope which is balanced, malty, smooth, and lightly crisp. Pleasingly crisp yet malty, the quintessential fresh local session beer if you buy it strictly fresh. A bit light on the palate but that’s exactly what I want sometimes. Well worth buying in a very fresh six-pack.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
JorisPPattyn (8434) - Ursel, BELGIUM - DEC 22, 2006
Small greige head over cola-coloured beer. Green leaves, bay leaf, dark chocolate malts, rather fresh smelling, and faint bready notes. Quite "true to style". Bèènggg! (see above and following). Tastes like a (watered down) stout; burnt grains, little or no sweetness initially. Retronasal some ashes, and at that time, finally some restsugars, if little. Faint burning sensation, generally rather thinnish. Very roasted, stout-like Dunkel, as if they had no idea how a Dunkel really tastes, and they did experiment. Which is also fun.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
TheJester (2168) - Peterborough, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 1, 2006
341 mL bottle. Deep copper brown. No head to speak of. Aroma of malt. Perhaps a little vinegary. What an odd type of beer. The simplicity of a lager, but with some actual flavour. The roast is most prominent, with a bit of fruit on the sides. Not too sweet; very little bitterness. Not much of a finish. Better than expected.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
mnurda (1193) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 30, 2006
Bottled sample from Piscator via Pootz. I am not huge fan of Dark Beer, but this one was decent. Glad I had it before the Half Pints Sweet Nikki Brown. Otherwise it would have tasted awful.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
piscator34 (2128) - Winnipeg, Manitoba, CANADA - OCT 27, 2006
Bottled sample from pootz. Dark brown in colour with some hints of red. Aromas of caramel, apple skin, and roasted malt. Medium carbonation, but very light bodied. There are more assertive roasted flavors in the mouth, somewhat akin to some acidic cold coffee. There’s a bit of a fruity molassas note that, although minor, kinda dirties up the whole experience.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
beergut111 (210) - Berlin, GERMANY - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 26, 2007 Cask@ volo. Poured a clear brown colour. Has a caramel/mild coffeeish taste. Not bad, but a little boring.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Radek Kliber (6681) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - OCT 2, 2006
Brown, with light haze, small creamy top. Soft malty aroma, bready nose with gentle woody character. Soft bodied, light with light acidic character. Neat malty brew, with just light hop touch.
Earlier Rating: 11/9/2003 Total Score: 3.3
It was looking like a dark lager should. Dark golden amber hue. Nice thick white head . Bitter , slightly acidic , some wood and fruits . Very interesting aroma. Sadly it was a bit thin in body, hops played well here.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Boutip (5185) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottle courtesy of Mr_Kimchee: Poured a medium clear brown color beer with a small foamy off-white head with OK retention. Aroma of light roasted malt is a bit boring. Taste has a portion of banana malt, which is interesting, but it also hides some weird dry malt, which don’t match-up very well with the rest of the beer. Body is light and carbonation is about average. Not sure this is a beer I would seek again.

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