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Labrador Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Labrador LagerLabrador Lager

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160 Ratings

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Ratings: 160
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 16.53%
Wants: 11
Gots: 12 | 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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Photo of TuffNut87


3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

Lager is one of my favorite styles and this is a good one. Some craft brews are just overpowering. Golden color, yeasty nose and a thin head. Nicely hopped and a slightly sweet finish. I enjoyed it as much or more as other Ohio craft lagers. Enjoyable by itself and washing down some nachos as I watch hockey.

04-20-2012 00:43:47 | More by TuffNut87
Photo of DerekP


3.58/5  rDev -3%

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.

04-05-2012 21:21:24 | More by DerekP
Photo of StoutHunter


2.2/5  rDev -40.4%

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.

03-03-2012 04:34:39 | More by StoutHunter
Photo of rcatalano

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-19-2012 21:24:22 | More by rcatalano
Photo of Tyrawlings


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

02-16-2012 16:16:41 | More by Tyrawlings
Photo of meanmutt


4.5/5  rDev +22%

02-05-2012 20:43:24 | More by meanmutt
Photo of jheberle


4.5/5  rDev +22%

01-31-2012 23:32:24 | More by jheberle
Photo of slimntubbs


2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

01-31-2012 03:19:50 | More by slimntubbs
Photo of ejimhof


4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-29-2012 20:32:42 | More by ejimhof
Photo of Blueribbon666


3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-29-2012 12:27:17 | More by Blueribbon666
Photo of WoodBrew


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

01-22-2012 15:49:30 | More by WoodBrew
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3/5  rDev -18.7%

01-04-2012 14:11:43 | More by ohtheguilt
Photo of tclapper

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-21-2011 18:59:01 | More by tclapper
Photo of Gregwa


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

12-18-2011 22:57:28 | More by Gregwa
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-14-2011 01:41:54 | More by lumpy1126
Photo of VncentLIFE

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%

Had at Spotted Dog in Carrboro, NC.

Pours a bright yellow color. Small white head. Decent carbonation.

Smell is very light. Hints of adjunct grains, and floral, grassy, herbal, earthy hops.

Taste is very light. The biggest difference is the hops. Its got a bit of light, sweet caramel malt. The underneath flavors of the herbal hops are fantastic. Hints of full cone grassy hops, and huge earthy presence. A crisp feeling keeps the sweetness in check.

One hell of a yellow lager that competes with GLBC Dortmunder Gold.

12-11-2011 19:55:59 | More by VncentLIFE
Photo of AdamGarcia


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

12oz bottle served in shaker pint

A: Bright golden color. Mostly clear. Decent sized ivory head displays fair retention.

S: Very mild. Sweet malt, a little grain, and faint hops.

T: Crisp and rather sweet, in a moreish way. Very approachable flavors. Not much by way of hops, but enough to prevent imbalance.

M: Light bodied with a slightly creamy feel. Carbonation is appropriate.

O: Pretty accurate to style. Quite quaffable.

12-07-2011 00:51:10 | More by AdamGarcia
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-27-2011 22:42:36 | More by amstelcat
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North Dakota

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-19-2011 17:11:55 | More by athouve1
Photo of tone77


3.45/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

11-05-2011 14:55:17 | More by tone77
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3.05/5  rDev -17.3%

A: Beer pours a straw color topped by a nice white head that dissipates into a thin layer and leaves nice lacing.

S: Grainy, no hops at all. Unfortunately, that's it.

T: Tastes a little grainy with a touch of carbonation bite. Hops are little to none of a somewhat floral flavor. Despite my descriptors, it doesn't taste half bad.

M: Mouthfeel is not bad, light bodied and moderately-high carbonation.

D: It goes down easily, and it quite quaffable. I like it.

10-27-2011 01:38:03 | More by tlazaroff
Photo of billab914


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

12oz bottle given to me in a mix of beers from a family friend from Ohio. It poured amber in color with a thick and foamy white head filling the top two inches of the glass. Nice head retention and lacing as I drank it as well.

The aroma mixes toasty malts with some sweeter and grainy malty flavors. I get a little zesty, slightly citrusy hops to it as well. Very nice aroma overall, the toasty malts especially stood out to me.

The taste shows a little more of the sweeter, grainy malts throughout it. I get more of the toasty flavors coming out in the finish mixing with a touch of caramel.

The mouthfeel is on the lighter side with carbonation being moderate. Overall it was a pretty good beer of the style. It was both easy drinking and flavorful and pretty enjoyable overall.

10-21-2011 22:28:15 | More by billab914
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3.28/5  rDev -11.1%

A: Pours a crisp clear golden color with light thin head.Sadly no retention.

S: Aroma is of malt, sweet grassy,and a bit of Earthyness.

T: First thing you get is a wash of sweet buttery flavor,followed by light earthy taste then the malts hit. Followed by some hops.

M: Medium bodied with little carbonation.

O: Overall a very easy, drinkable beer, would have more of these ... Thirst Dog. Mmmm

09-18-2011 00:58:29 | More by nukem5
Photo of Tone


3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

Pours a clear, golden/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and decent lacing. Smells of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of earthy malt, slight citrus hops, and hint of dough. Fits the style of a Dortmunder / Export Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, pale malt, hint of dough, slight citrus hops, and hint of earthy malt. Overall, poor appearance, but good aroma, blend, and body.

08-30-2011 18:59:11 | More by Tone
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +11.9%

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

08-29-2011 02:23:38 | More by mikesgroove
Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.