Labrador Lager | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

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3.7/5
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Ohio, United States
thirstydog.com

Style: European Export / Dortmunder

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Traditional German Lager brewed with all German grain & yeast. Very drinkable.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 12-28-2008

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,532
Reviews:
76
Ratings:
227
pDev:
15.68%
 
 
Wants:
24
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Trade:
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Ratings: 227 |  Reviews: 76
Photo of travelguy
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jt_thomas18
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gajo74
3.93/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color, visible carbonation and a modest head that retains well as a creamy film throughout.
In the nose there is initially a light apple like aroma. This is followed by a biscuity malt aroma that dominates throughout. A light trace of DMS towards the end is subtle and acceptable for style.
Well balanced taste with the sweetness of the pilsner malts shining through at first, bready, biscuity, and slightly nutty. Yeast flavors hint at apples. A modest noble hops presence adds a nice spice. The finish is on the sweet side, dry and with a mild lingering bitterness.
Medium bodied, moderately carbonated and smooth. Nicely balanced, malt forward but with a nice touch of spice.
Tasty and easy to drink. I would definitely have this again.

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Photo of hels2
4.04/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Wow, love this beer! Great smell and feel on the pallet. Can't wait to have another one

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Photo of Dmac99
2.7/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Big fan of Thirsty Dog, but this brew misses the mark for me. Not really a Lager in my view. Tastes like something was over-roasted. Not a Dortmunder style like the label says.

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Photo of YoungMtn52
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked this up at my new Total Wine outlet that just opened where you can out mixed six packs....Good looking lager from Akron, Ohio (home of Lebron James) pours from the bottle with beautiful golden hue but the head dissipated a little too quickly...crisp and smooth, from a traditional German hops recipe. Worth a try!

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Photo of ScottyB515
4.1/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lagerlivesmatter
4.08/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great beer. Great example of the style. Horribly overpriced. Why would i pay 12 dollars for six of these when I can get six Dortmunder Gold for 8 and some change? Their prices have put me off trying their other offerings which I'm sure are great as well. Either way I wish them well, maybe one day they can get to a point of competitive pricing.

Rant aside, this is exceptional beer. Everything you would want from a Dort. Clean, big malt balanced perfectly by grassy hops. Despite the higher ABV i found this to be slightly "lighter" than Dortmunder Gold.

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Photo of Zylod
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Marzen_Fan
3.92/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mister_moose
4.55/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I like this a lot. It pours crystal clear golden amber, smells great of nothing but malt, half sweet but nowhere near too sweet, perfect finish, and never waivers. No off notes at all. 22 IBU on the label, but tastes like less. Plus a cute yellow Lab smiling at you. Great break from all the IPA I'm drinking.

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Photo of Brian_L-2056
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear yellow color with a thin bright head. Smells of straw, more pilsner like. Initial taste is very straw like with very little aftertaste. Light feeling brew, could see myself drinking several of these on a hot summer day after work . Glad I tried it.

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Photo of thoglund
3.63/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of smithj4
3.62/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBucks
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Madasyn
4.31/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Yeldarb92
4.24/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of WOLFGANG
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CTHomer
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger ivory head that receded slowly to a very thin cap; nice lacing; a lot of bubbles rising;

S: grainy; a hint of DMS;

T: follows the nose; a little grassy as well; mildly bitter finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: refreshing, but not especially enjoyable;

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Photo of rypkr
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Maybe the breadiest beer I've ever drank. Delicious.

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Photo of logicalparadox
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Lightman
3.76/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce bottle - $2.49 at Total Wine & More in Greenville, South Carolina.

Appearance: Dispensed a gold body displaying good clarity with about an inch of white suds.

Smell: A light touch of softly bready, cereal sweet maltiness. Even lighter in the hop department, just a faint bit of lemon and dried herb. Subdued yeasty vibe throughout.

Taste: Sweetish tasting cereal malts. Very modest hops expressing a little lemon and light florals. Near nil bitterness. A bit of sweetness remains on the somewhat languid finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Uninspired. Not so great in the flavor department, could use more crispness and it's overpriced to boot.

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Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 227 ratings