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Labrador Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

155 Ratings
THE BROS
94
outstanding

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 64
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.45%
Wants: 11
Gots: 10 | 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:
A Traditional German Lager brewed with all German grain & yeast. Very drinkable.

(Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 12-28-2008)
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StretchZep

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

07-25-2013 21:55:46 | More by StretchZep
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jhop73

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

06-11-2013 01:38:56 | More by jhop73
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mikepcarney

Ohio

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

02-07-2014 02:40:33 | More by mikepcarney
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ExplodingPopTart

North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +28.7%

12-11-2012 01:48:58 | More by ExplodingPopTart
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hustlesworth

Ohio

4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A- clear dark golden amber, dense white head with lots of drippy lace. Settles to thick ring and a thin membrane of foam.

S- sweetly malty with some caramel undertones. Fruity apple, pear, orange, watermelon rind, peach, white grape. Very mice stuff goin on here.

T- aroma transitions nicely to the flavor with a perfect hop flavor and bitterness. White pepper, sandalwood, All the fruity and grain components are here as well with grapefruit and pine from the hops. Sweet bready maltiness fades gracefully into a crisp sprucey And spicy hop finish.

MF- somewhere between light and medium bodied, totally crisp and refreshing with very tight carbonation similar to champagne but without the pricklies. Dries out a little still with a sweetish grain feel.

Postnote: out of the bottle and at a later date it was a bit too sweet so maybe the batch was too sugary or I'm just a nitpicker. Still love the thirsty dogg. Woof.

D- I could definitely knock over a 1/6 barrel of this stuff in a couple days. A Great offering from the boys in akrowdy. It's an agreeable beer for the lighter beer drinkers with enough flavor and complexity to please the real beer drinkers.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2009 19:35:16 | More by hustlesworth
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lbaker

Indiana

4.55/5  rDev +23.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 01:47:58 | More by lbaker
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jheberle

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-31-2012 23:32:24 | More by jheberle
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meanmutt

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22%

02-05-2012 20:43:24 | More by meanmutt
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JRosolen

New York

4.5/5  rDev +22%

06-20-2014 07:17:20 | More by JRosolen
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Mitchster

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6% ABV, 27 IBU's, OG=14 P per the bottle. Brewed with all german grain and yeast.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear deep golden, forming a tall creamy yellow tinged white head with excellent retention and solid lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 carbs. The aroma is great...nice bready biscuity malt, a clean ferment, some delicate floral hops. Mouthfeel is excellent...nice chewy body, crisp and clean with a very smooth finish. The taste is excellent as well...munich and pils malt in wonderful balance with the hops. Mild bitterness, freshly baked bread crust.

Overall, this is just a beautiful example of the dortmunder lager. One of the best I've had. Well balanced, true to style. If you like them a little drier and hoppier, get Great Lakes BC.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 23:37:29 | More by Mitchster
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hunter7989

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Seidel.

A: This beer is a deep gold color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin ring around 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 malt character. Then some malt and caramel sweetness comes in. I can pick up the taste of some fresh citrus fruits.

M: This beer is crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-high carbonation, finishes very clean.

D: This beer goes down easily,and is not filling, and is refreshing. This beer is a decent milder beer to drink, and is light, and not as heavy as others in this style of beer.

Serving type: 12 Fl. oz. bottle

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2010 15:52:31 | More by hunter7989
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Stoshu

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22%

03-18-2013 20:05:41 | More by Stoshu
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ScottR

Ohio

4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-08-2012 21:41:27 | More by ScottR
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

We seem to have a local rivalry going. Great Lakes in Cleveland is clearly a great craft brewery, with almost everything they make being top of the line. I had been enthusiastically consuming Thirsty Dog products for a couple years before I realized they too were local.

I was curious if this would be like the xmas ales were - where each company's products were similar. Would this be like Great Lakes flagship Dortmunder? As it turns out, no, it is different. It is more like a cross between a Great Lakes Dortmunder and Elliott Ness (2/3 dortmunder). The result is better than either. Thems strong words!

If you are not familiar with either of those, it is a full bodied beer of this style. Malty, with just the right hops. Nice finishing aroma. Nothing offensive, but hardly boring. I could drink these all day if they weren't so expensive (don't they know there is a recession going on).

This is a very crafty craft brew here. Distinguished looking, tasting. I just hope we can get this year-round. It would be nice is the night clubs I frequent around here would start selling it. Actually, that would be bad - I would drink too much.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 00:48:15 | More by schoolboy
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horshack7

Massachusetts

4.4/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very golden with light copper hues. The head is a solid two fingers in height.

Aroma: Rather bready and yeasty. Twinges of citrus hop but it's much more towards the floral end of it. Subtle alcohol notes in the end.

Taste: Wow bread in a bottle and a tasty meal as well with a yeasty touch. Malts are bready with a good dry finish. Hops are more floral than citrus.
Did I mention this is quite bready because it is. From the mouthfeel side fairly smooth with a toffee texture.

Notes: Dam this is tasty an amazing meal in a bottle and very drinkable. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2012 01:27:17 | More by horshack7
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searsclone

Arizona

4.3/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

bottle into a globe glass. copper colored, clear with floaters. off white head with lacing starting from the head dissipating.

smell is malt, brown sugar, chocolate, caramel and perfume

taste is hops, pine, malts, cinnamon, dark chocolate, caramel, and spice

mouthfeel is crisp, yet creamy and chewy. leaves a syrupy coating on the tongue

one of the best lagers I have had, and it were available locally, I would make it one of my go to beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:52:37 | More by searsclone
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JAKELATE

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

03-12-2014 03:09:56 | More by JAKELATE
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thudean

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

01-13-2014 21:11:52 | More by thudean
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pathman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

07-13-2013 23:48:39 | More by pathman
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ItsBeer4Me

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-27-2013 15:21:01 | More by ItsBeer4Me
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Kalev13

Delaware

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

02-14-2013 15:14:01 | More by Kalev13
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shockrocker65

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

04-28-2012 05:04:59 | More by shockrocker65
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FilumDee

North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

05-16-2014 01:51:59 | More by FilumDee
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 03:33:51 | More by BeerAdvocate
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BrewStoutMagic

Ohio

4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hey this is a golden hazy lager.It smells sweet and fruity,has a very nice aroma.Next up as far as taste is considered I wish would have bought a six pack instead of a single.O yeah taste really good with hints of bubblegum,fruity sweetness and not really too hopp driven.THis beer is a very smooth and refreshing brew. look foward to buying more.I couldn't tell the abv was 6.0, but its nice to know.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2011 23:32:23 | More by BrewStoutMagic
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Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.