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Labrador Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Labrador LagerLabrador Lager

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68 Reviews

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 195
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 27.61%
Wants: 18
Gots: 33 | 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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Reviews: 68 | Hads: 195
Photo of VncentLIFE
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of AdamGarcia
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of tone77
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
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.

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Photo of tlazaroff
2.97/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of billab914
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of nukem5
3.3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

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Photo of Tone
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of TheHoppiest
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of goldennectar
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy golden color with 1 finger of head that quickly settles down.

Smell: Fragrant Some floral and spicy notes

Taste: Balanced lightly hopped. sweet and slightly malty Full of flavor

Mouthfeel: Crisp fresh Nice & smooth

Overall: A slightly hoppy very drinkable lager. Worthy of another purchase

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Photo of Hoptometrist
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A- Poured a clear golden orange with high streaming carbonation. Had a three finger frothy head that left some droppy lacing.

S- Big floral notes, lemon, German hops and some spice

T- Floral, lemon zest, some indistinct fruitiness, German hops, barley, and some earthiness

M- Very crisp, finishes dry, a little oily on the front, and very refreshing

O- This beer tastes like if Anchor Steam and Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold had a baby. This is very nice Dortmunder style lager from Thirsty Dog, I actually prefer this one to Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold, a little more complex.

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Photo of DAllspaw
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of BeerCon5
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with about one finger of fluffy white head.

The scent is of bready malt and some grains.

The taste is of bready malt and some yeast, notes of fruit are present.

Light bodied, crisp and smooth, moderate carbonation.

This was a nice refreshing lager, more flavor than expected from this style. I wouldn't mind having this again.

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Photo of BrewStoutMagic
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.36/5  rDev -36.7%
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.

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Photo of OnThenIn
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer was poured with a slightly tan half finger of head on top of a crystal clear copper body.

S: The beer has a malty aroma as well as a fruity and hoppy aroma.

T: The taste is rather sweet, but there is a bit of a fruit flavor as well as a bit of hop bitterness.

M: Slightly lower than desired carbonation and a decent body that is thin to medium body.

D: The beer comes of as slightly too sweet and with an almost cloying finish that really ruins the drinkability. Also, the lower than desired carbonation hurts drinkability.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of redzone3120
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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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Photo of david131
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-A slightly hazy toasted orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head.

S- Caramel, toasted grains, and notes of fruits such as apples and pears.

T- Sweet caramel, toasted grains, and light fruit. Simple, clean, and effective.

M- Light, carbonated, with just a bit of lasting flavors. Overall, pretty clean.

D- A nice American take on the style. Nice.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.09/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle with no freshness date: the lager poured a clear, very deep golden to almost amber with a nice, foamy slightly off-white sustained head. This one is about as deep golden as Great Lakes Dortmunder gold.

The disappointment with this beer is the smell. When I removed the cap from the bottle, I could detect no aroma at all. After pouring into a stein, I did detect some perfumy aromas but little else.

This is right on style: heavier than a helles with an emphasis on malt. Overall, a hefty lager with just enough hop to balance the sweetness. There is a little grainy flavor as well. The lager remains refreshing as it warms in the glass.

This lager has a heavier body than most dortmunder style lagers with a slightly thick and sweet mouthfeel. The carbonation is very restrained for a lager.

The malt profile and refreshing flavor is ideal for a hot summer day. I could enjoy this one any time of the year. It is good to see more breweries producing this style.

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Poured from a bottle.

Pours clear light orange, with small head. Lacing stays throughout. Reminds me of a IPA.

Smell is common for the style, very similar to Great Lakes Brewery's offering.

Taste is of Malt and a little hops. I really love this taste.

In the end i love the style and love the beer its great for a light offering. And even better for a lager. I recommend trying this for a great lighter microbrew.

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Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.