I love dark lager. A good schwarzbier is a nice alternative to a traditional blonde lager on a sunny day so I tend to be optimistic when I get my hand on one and King Brewery have a reputation for making good beer, so on paper this has the makings of being a very promising brew. Unfortunately beer isn't brewed on paper so this didn't exactly live up to expectations, but is still a decently tasty beverage.
Now don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad beer, it just isn't all that great either. The intro is nice and malty, but it has a really odd sour taste. I am not sure what to make of it, and it is hard to describe but it is definitely interesting. This sour taste is followed by a clean and smooth finish, slightly watery but perfectly drinkable. King Brewery Dark is definitely different from most black lagers which tend to be heavier, in fact this is actually quite light for a dark beer (which seems like a weird thing to say). It is definitely not the worst black lager I have ever had, but it isn't the best either. The weird malty flavour will probably be a bit off-putting to some, but I think it adds an interesting aspect to the beer that most other black lagers don't offer. I am definitely willing to give it another try, some beers need multiple samplings in order to fully appreciate them, and this is one of them.
It's available at the LCBO, the Beer Store, and at their brewery in Nobleton, ON. I had it in a bottle, but their website says it is on draught in some parts of Ontario.
Alc 4.7% Rating: 3 Steins
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