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Labrador Lager - Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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Labrador LagerLabrador Lager

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170 Ratings

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 65
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 17.44%
Wants: 13
Gots: 16 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

hinemk76, Jun 14, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

allenson21, Jun 05, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Glanzman, May 19, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

FilumDee, May 16, 2014
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3/5  rDev -18.3%

civicm87, May 05, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Azpittil57, Apr 30, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant deep golden with a lingering, frothy, cream head.

Grain, sweet corn, and lightly toasted bread form the initial aroma. Earthy, slightly floral hops are subtle.

Flavor reveals more floral hop notes at the forefront, which rest on a grainy, lightly toasted, crackery malt backbone. There's a sour apple note at the base that is offputting. I have no idea how old this beer is, so hopefully it's an age thing.

Body and carbonation are moderate, with a crisp lager finish.

Very sessionable, basic, refreshing lager. The floral hop notes are nice, but that tangy acetaldehyde note kind of ruins it.

barczar, Apr 27, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Banana420Kush, Apr 18, 2014
Photo of superspak
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, no bottle dating. Pours lightly cloudy deep gold color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a large amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of cracker, biscuit, honey, pear, apple, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, biscuit, honey, herbal, floral, light pepper, light pear/apple, and yeast earthiness. No bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, biscuit, honey, herbal, floral, light pepper, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of bready malt, earthy hop, and yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and lightly bready mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a good dortmunder style. Good balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A pleasantly enjoyable offering.

superspak, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

marmstrong1212, Apr 15, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

MilesRaymond, Apr 04, 2014
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

JAKELATE, Mar 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

DrunkinYogi, Mar 06, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

mikepcarney, Feb 07, 2014
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3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

chinchill, Feb 01, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

dogma33, Jan 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

thudean, Jan 13, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

dreichus, Jan 11, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

WesMantooth, Jan 08, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Buckeye982, Jan 07, 2014
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4/5  rDev +9%

Arch-Harris, Jan 06, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

carteravebrew, Dec 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

UltimateLivewire, Dec 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Oldkentman, Dec 14, 2013
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3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Labrador Lager is clearly a yellow lab, not a chocolate one. This golden beer has a good degree of radiance and shimmering highlights into the light. It's not entirely clear, however, and has a somewhat smeared complexion. Its head looks like it came out of a salt shaker.

The aroma bares strong resemblance to soda bread and corn bread; it has an 'oven-fresh' flavour. There's so much grain and breadiness that you'd think it was crafted by a baker, not a brewer. It uses German malt but tastes like it was made in a French cafe. It's like being in a bakery very early in the morning.

All that breadiness carries with it a natural hint of sweetness; it's subtle but it makes the beer that much more delicious. Besides, while Noble hops aren't exactly showed off, they've got enough presence to lend the mouthfeel a lightly grassy texture and a splash of lemon. Its apparent simplicity masks a high degree of skill and mastery of time-honed techniques.

Technically speaking, Dortmunder is an entirely different style from Pilsner. Still, I sometimes see these beers described as "pilsner-style lager". In truth, it is a little like splitting hairs when making the distinction between these two equally clean, quaffable, golden German lagers...

In fact, even some of the most renown beer writers have had difficulty pinning down exactly what distinguishes the style from other pale lagers. One thing we know for sure, Dortmunders originated in an industrial city - not an artsy one. It is a utilitarian beer by design, produced to deliver efficient, thorough refreshment - not contemplative sipping. Thirsty Dog gets it.

biegaman, Dec 08, 2013
Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.