Labrador Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

184 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 184
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 16.85%
Wants: 16
Gots: 27 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Dortmunder / Export Lager |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-28-2008

A Traditional German Lager brewed with all German grain & yeast. Very drinkable.
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #42 (Jul 2010):

This has a glimmering golden color and a lacing that most beers would be jealous of. This beer has a malty nose and a hint of fruit and herbs from the hops. Smooth lagers with a clean medium body win us over ... this is one of those. It's malty, but mostly on the dry side. The hops are well rounded with a sizable bitterness and a drawn out, somewhat subtle flavor. This beer is bready and yeasty with some alcohol in the finish. A very impressive lager. It stands bigger and more complex than expected.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden body with an off white head, lacing is even speckled variety. Aroma has a bit of stale cardboard notes, minimal bright cereal tones with a touch of background hops. Flavor has sour apple, malt driven pale malts. Non cohesive there's no way this stuff is fresh. Ideally this is why the brewer should date his bottle, I would have never touched this knowingly old product...it came from a reputable beer store in Ohio but this is evidently old stock pulled from a cooler at least. As I push on a nice cereal sweetness takes root a touch of soggy wet cardboard and stale herbal hops. I will retry this offering I heard it's on par with Dortmunder Gold from Great Lakes, not in the current state sadly. Mouthfeel is light but not thin carbonation is ample even a bit much at times, will look for a fresh version possibly in the Burgh this time around. Now I see code on the bottom of the bottle it says 0056, if that's the 56th day of 2010 then I can see why I'm questioning freshness. Drinkability isn't bad, again I plan to revisit but there's aspects I'm frowning on here.

Update: Fresh variety pack sample of this beer increased freshness equates to increased enjoyment. Pours a bright golden hue with a slightly hazed body maybe a bit of yeast left unfiltered it's like a Dortmunder/kellerbier. Aromatics offer up a liquid bread combination of malts and floral hops, I'm a fan for sure. 6% abv well hidden for a golden lager, ample hops at 22 IBUs fits the style guidelines without any issues. I love the bright white flowing head, leaves even layered lines of speckled textured lacing. Each gulp takes you into a very refreshing crisp combination of rich layered biscuit malts, a bit of honey sweetness balanced with herbal grassy German hops, not too pungent or bitter but very fresh and balanced which is key in this style of lager. Mouthfeel overall is as pleasant as it gets, and as hot as it was working outside today the beer tastes that much better. Ample natural feeling carbonation crisp inviting finish makes you want to take the next sip that much faster. Overall a highly drinkable skillfully brewed, and meant to be enjoyed in number go seek some out if your in Ohio or some of the limited distribution of this brewery.

Photo of chinchill
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Pours with good clarity and a large creamy head.
Set aside your preconceptions of lagers as fizzy yellow brews with little character. This is a creamy brew with a refined, if rather subtle, aroma and taste. Sure, it is neither rich nor bold, but very pleasing nonetheless. It is above average in all respects, but the perfectly carbonated, lively but soft mouthfeel may be its strongest point.

Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

from Half Time cooler,Pours mid-yellow body with some white foamish head. Aroma is a bit of strong yeast, some malts. Middling mouthfeel. Tastes so-so,minerally, somewhat apple,grassy hops though 20 IBU, not overally drinkable.You have to be in the mood for this, maybe that's not having a beer all week and it's hot.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

In Cleveland and tried the Labrador from Thirsty Dog. The beer poured clear golden color with some white foamish head that left some lace. The smell is a bit of strong yeast, some malts. The taste is typical of most Dortmunders, some fruit, grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light in body and good carbonation. Overall it is a decent beer and can be sessioned easily.

Photo of RickS95
3.09/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A very light copper, very clear, with little head that has no short retention.

Nice smell, some flowery scents, but also some orange undertones.

No one taste jumps out at you, just the flowery, earthy hops.

Despite the minimal head retention, this beer has good lacing. The feeling in the mouth is more medium-bodied than you'd expect from the color. It's got a crisp, refreshing feel, and ends with a touch of bitter in the swallow.

A very indifferent beer. Not bad, not great, just middle of the road. Reasonably drinkable.

Photo of tempest
3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a single from Abe's Cold Beer. Pours a clear gold amber with a short white head that leaves a bit of lacing. The malt is disappointingly plain with a mild bready cake taste and aroma. The hops do a little better and bring both floral citrus and a little grassy herb forward and long into the aftertaste. Smooth and drinkable, but unremarkable aside from some pleasant hop character.

Photo of DerekP
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pseudo opaque amber with an egg white head. Sticky lacing. Looks good.

Smell: toasty sweet in the nose. Honey, caramel, maybe a splinter of diacetyl, floral moments, and flashes of bitter-sweet fruit tones.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Light, sweet and a touch bitter up front. Honey-like sweetness. Fairly balanced with malts just barely weighing in heavier. Delicate. A peppermint spice hops flavor sits quietly in the middle, almost unannounced. Honey is king of this brew.

Notes: A bit too sweet for my current interest in drier German-style lagers. I was hoping for a little more bittering hops.

Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

Labrador Lager brewed by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company with an ABV of 6.0%. This brew pours out a dark amber color- almost brown- with a small, white head. This is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell of this brew is sweet with some grains. Reminds me of sweet brewed tea. Nothing bad about this brew so far.The taste is clean, sweet, smooth ,and refreshing. You pick up on sweetness of this brew. Labrador Lager is a real nice balanced brew. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Mouthfeel is nice, smooth and sweet. Overall I'm giving this brew 5 out of 5. This is a great brew with a great taste. I will buy this brew again...

Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and malts. Taste is crisp, grains, some malts, a tad sweet, just a touch of hops. Feels light in the mouth and overall is an easy drinking and pretty good beer.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.08/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch off-white head that stayed around a little while. There's a small amount of lacing. The brew smells like bready and sweet malt, and some light grassy hops. It tastes like bready and sweet malt. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy with a moderate amount of carbonation. It goes down easy enough. This certainly isn't one of the better Dortmunder Lagers I've had. It's not a bad beer by any means, but there's nothing about this that would make me want to buy it again.

Photo of Caveworm
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company, my ifrst from this nearby brewer. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's got a 1.5 finger thick, off-white head. Decent lacing for the medium amber body.

Smells like biscuit malt, maybe a slight bit of earthiness . Rich with grains.

Tastes like biscuits quite a bit, yes. The malt is on point here with being not too sweet, but not too bland. Clean finish from Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog.

A very crisp and clean mouthfeel with this brew. This would be very capable of washing down any food greatly during a meal.

Overall, a very respectable 3.75 for Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company. This was very refreshing and clean. I will buy this brew again!

Photo of lbaker
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(a) Pours a light brown/caramel in color into pilsner. Perfect amount of carbonation and head, great lacing. (4/5)

(s) Something sweet in here. Cant put my finger on it but it smells like a flavored grain alcohol. Good amount of corn. (4/5)

(t) This is everything I want in a beer. Suprizing sweet but enought bite to bring you back. (5/5)

(m) A little flat, but enough carbonation to come through for the drinker. Sweet, but great bitter finish (4/5)

(d) I could drink pint after pint of this stuff. Great with food, great just by itself. Overall one of my favorite lagers, handsdown! (4.5/5)

Photo of screamking
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Pours golden straw, with a thin white head which disappears quickly. Seems very carbonated. Aroma has all the typical notes of a lager, light slightly sweet, and bready. The taste is very fruity at the tounge, which turns to a bready bitterness in the finish. This is middle of the road for me, I've had lagers that are better and worse. Overall I would like to see the bready malt kicked up a notch to balance the sweetness.

Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into pint glass. Deep apricot with slight head.

Fresh baked bread is the first scent, a bit of fruit and yeast as well.

Taste is also bready, with some definite grains as well. Nice carbonation. The grains are prominent, probably typical for a lager which I just don't have that much, but this is a nice surprise, good substantive beer, pretty solid, would buy again.

Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.36/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear, gold color with thin head, no lace. The aroma has faint hints of dough and pine. It's flavor is grassy with a bit of citrus with a dry crisp finish. The mouthfeel is light-medium. Thirsty Dog Labrador Lager is an average beer, sessionable and refreshing. Slightly recommended.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really nice and tight looking as white head of maybe an inch and a half came up and settled down, fading slightly but holding its own. Light grains and bready malt notes really pulling through here. Some smattering of hops in there but again nothing really pushing that way, this was a well rounded, and very straight forward lager. As I take the first sip, crisp, clean flavor rolls across the taste buds. Really very well put together. Earthy, nice touches of grain and smooth, mellow caramel notes infiltrate as it warms. Light banana and clove maybe then coming through. I am very pleased here

Photo of buschbeer
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle
Served in a Cleveland Browns pilsner glass

A - It has a golden body with three inches of white head that clings to the sides of the glass. I have never seen so many co2 bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S - I got a snoot full of caramel malt.

T - It has a lot of caramel malt and a bready taste.

M - Surprisingly full for as light as it looks.

O - The only other beer of this style I have had in Great Lakes Dortmunder. This has a different taste to it. Reminds me more of a British style. I am pleasantly surprised by how good it is.

Photo of metter98
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear deep yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that faded away, leaving only a bit of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are light to moderate aromas of fruity yeast in the nose-apple juice stands out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of apple juice and notes of biscuity malts. There are some slight hints of grassy hops and bitterness towards the finish: these become a bit stronger as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is a bit of dryness in the finish.
O: This beer seems to be a bit heavier compared to other beers in the style but it is still very easy to drink.

Photo of StoutHunter
2.23/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I picked up a bottle of Thirsty Dog's Labrador Lager last week for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. I have been pretty satisfied with all the Thirsty Dog beers I have had so far so I thought I should try the only other beer from them that the store had that I haven't tried before, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks good, but I am Labrador owner so I'm a little biased. It poured a a pale golden yellow color that was fairly clear and it had a half a fingers worth of white head that quickly died down to a very thin ring that stayed till the end. The color was true to style but the head was pretty disappointing.

S- The first thing that I picked up was loads of sweet malts that impart a sweet grainy, and slightly bready aroma. After that comes a light amount of hops that impart a light earthy and grassy aroma. The aroma was somewhat on track for the style then the sweetness came which seemed to be way too sweet for the style.

T- The tastes seems to be almost exactly the same as the aroma. It starts off with loads of very sweet malts that impart an overly sweet grainy and biscuit taste that is a little similar to a Malt Liquor. After that comes a very slight amount of earthy and grassy hops that are easy to miss. The finish seemed to have hardly any bitterness and in it's place was lots of sweetness and a sweet grainy aftertaste. The taste is pretty boring and way too sweet, I'm not digging it.

M- Not too smooth, a little cloying, on the medium side of being light bodied, and it had a high amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel wasn't that impressive and it was a little over carbonated.

Overall I wasn't impressed with this beer and I thought that it wasn't a good example of a Dortmunder, the flavors were bland and there was way too much sweetness that seemed to dominate everything else. This beer doesn't have good drinkability, it doesn't hold my interest and is way too sweet, one is more then enough for me. What I liked most about this beer was the label, it's pretty sad that the label was the best thing about this beer, but that's the truth. What I liked least about this beer was pretty much everything else, there wasn't one part of this beer that didn't have some issues and the sweetness really hurt it. I wouldn't buy this beer again, and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone. This seems to be the first miss that I have had from this brewery, it just missed the mark on what a good Dortmunder should be like, and so far this is my least favorite Dortmunder I have had with Great Lakes Dortmunder gold still being my favorite, and this beer isn't even remotely as good as Great Lakes Dortmunder. I took a chance on this beer and it didn't turn out how I thought it would, oh well you can't win them all, better luck next time Thirsty Dog.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Looks decent a nice amber color but the head is minimal with only a slight ring lace. Lacing is pretty sticky though.

S - Smells of light grains and sweet malts. Very little hop smell surprisingly.

T - Ow not bad! I get a nice level of caramel malt similar to an amber lager but better. It's beside a slight bit of hops and grain taste but it's sweet rather than bitter.

M - Biggest amber lager I had so far clocking in at 6% yet it's medium bodied for sure.

Overall I like this lager it has a very good flavor and is almost in the IPA territory with the ABV. Smooth.

Photo of donkeyrunner
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, golden amber with a pristine pillowy white head. Great retention for a lager. Looks like a happy doggie.

Aroma is grapefruit and floral noble hops. Light toast element to the malt profile. Taste is super clean and super smooth. Lightly toasted compliment to an otherwise biscuit malt and more floral/grassy hop.

One of the better "pale" lagers I've had.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is bready with flavors of grain, lager yeast and a hearty malt character. Then some malt and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is decent and provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, decent kick, good representation of style, this is a decent milder beer to drink for a while, but there are other beers in the style that I would pick first.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. I've had this countless time on tap; I'm curious to see how it is bottled.

Pours a honey gold, with a 1" white head that reduces to a few wisps and ring around the edge of the glass. The beer is very clear, with an obvious filtered appearance to it.

Has a honey malt smell, with undertones of wet grass. A simple, fresh aroma.

Starts sweet and malty, clover and barley hitting the tongue, and a richer creamy finish with a hint of hop nip as it goes down.

Medium-bodied, with a richer mouthfeel than you would think to look at it. Mild bitterness to finish rounds it out.

An easy drinking, pleasant beer, one which you'll enjoy, but also one which, you'll frankly find rather forgettable. A serviceable, yeoman-like brew.

Photo of redzone3120
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours well with a nice cloudy amber color. The carbonation adds a nice head, about 1.5 fingers thick.

S - Reminds me more of an ale than a lager, has a nice hoppy aroma with a hint of sweetness, maybe lemon?

T - Good taste that is very well balanced.

M - Very smooth with good carbonation. Light aftertaste that finishes well.

D - Very drinkable and balanced, would go well with almost anything.

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Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 184 ratings.