Labrador Lager | Thirsty Dog Brewing Company

BA SCORE
84
good
217 Ratings
Labrador LagerLabrador Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Dortmunder / Export Lager

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
Ratings:
217
Reviews:
71
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
15.82%
 
 
Wants:
23
Gots:
45
For Trade:
2
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 217 |  Reviews: 71
Photo of dar482
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer comes in a deep gold color.

The aroma offers grassy, bready malts, lager qualities.

The flavor follows with grassy hops, floral, onto a light bready malt in the middle, a hint of sweetness, onto a kind spicy bitterness. A balanced brew with restrained hops to distinguish from a pilsner.

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Photo of cleve1212
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of OhioLimoncello
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of SaltofOH
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

No date on the bottle! There's one negative mark. Threshold beer glass. Side by side review with Great Lakes Dortmunder Gold in the same glass. Bottle states 22 IBU, and 14 deg. Plato.

S: Generally beery. Some pilsner maltiness, faint noble hop aroma. Much more pronounced malt character on the nose than DG; DG has a bit more earthy hoppiness on the nose. Not really much of a smell, but what it has is perfectly to style.

A: First thing I note, after the absence of a bottle date, is a little sediment in the bottle - odd for a lager. Pours a slightly hazy solid gold, 1/4" white head fades to a little skim on the surface. Very nice lacing. Ample carbonation keeps that sediment swirling. There is very little head, but what is there retains to the very end. Really should be clear, and should have more head.

T: That is really good. Immediate malt complexity on arrival. Layers of malty, grainy, bready sweetness, a somewhat sour grain/white bread character. That is not to say it tastes like adjuncts - it does not; it is just marvelously complex light, sweet malt character. Kind of like a honey graham cracker, but lighter and less sweet. DG is WAY hoppier, and has less of that malt character. This is really well balanced; hops appear at the end and do their job of bittering, but never overpower or linger. A little malty sweetness lingers after.

M: Really fills the mouth with a mid-to-heavy weight, lots of carbonation (not at all excessive), and a little residual slickness. Perhaps slightly heavier than DG, and definitely slicker.

O: I was really impressed with this beer. The lack of a date, and the sediment put me off at first, but compared to my go-to DG, this really stacked up well. DG ended up tasting a lot like GL's Burning River, while Labrador tasted decidedly lager like - which is what I want in a golden lager. Clearly heavier and maltier, and less hoppy than a pilsner, but a great easy drinking craft lager. Perhaps the best pale lager in Ohio. From here on out, I will be going for this before DG when I want a local pale lager.

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Photo of Cobratrooper
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of damndirtyape
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass. No date on the bottle.

Appearance: Dark clear tarnished brassy color. Lots of bubbles coming up through the beer. Thin white skin of foam and thin ring of foam noted. Some fine strands and islands of persistent lacing noted.

Smell: Very faint aroma - just a barest amount of bready malt and some herbal notes.

Taste: Malty - bready and buscuity, balanced with some noble hops, but not a lot. Sweeter than I was expecting. Full flavored malt profile.

Mouthfeel: Initial light carbonation opens up a bit on the tongue, leaving the finish a bit dry, with a tiny bit of stickiness on the teeth.

Overall / Drinkability: A bit sweeter than I was expecting....it's possible my palate is changing lately and I'm wanting more noble hops in my lager. Okay, and I think it might be better with food as by itself I'm okay with it, but not a sipping and savoring beer nor something I would have again. Good, but not a great beer.

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Photo of Gkruszewski
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MPSTARR
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of shanegatter
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice smooth beer, still why pay for this if I could have a bud light

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Photo of JDW4195
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Alexjackson
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of user785335
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of target88
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Atacama_Rain
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Andrewbeardman
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Dicers
3.45/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Wrigfen
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Electros
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of dcbobcat
3.35/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Mrluebcke
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%

Photo of FaradayUncaged
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of djchrismac
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Labrador Lager from Thirsty Dog Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 217 ratings.
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