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Thirsty Dog Balto Heroic Lager



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RATINGS: 119   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.9/5   SEASONAL: Winter   EST. CALORIES: 162   ABV: 5.4%
This smooth golden lager has a sweet, caramel-like flavor with a delicate, toasty malt aroma.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 10, 2006
Golden-urine colored body. Grainy aroma, light malts... nothing much beyond normal mass-market swill. Far better taste, nice floral accents, some light hops and malts. Clean, sweet ending, better than mass-market swill.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2006
Clear pale yellow color with a thin white head. Sweet grain aroma. Light caramel aroma with a background of grain.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - APR 9, 2006
Pours out a yellow color with a white head. Flavor is not much more than a your run of the mill lager. Aroma is a little sweet and fruity.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 8, 2006
Yellow color, not much of a head. Sweet, fruity, easy to enjoy. Something I would drink alot of, but not something I would buy again. A nice alternative to BMC though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bubbleflubber (2167) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 25, 2006
Hugely sweet and earthy nose; pours clear light oak into the glass, with a diminished head, leaving soft spider lace. Very invested in caramel malt, with a swift bitter back that leaves the palate not thin, but also not full. I don’t find it initally cloying at all, as some other raters have inferred. This could change, however, if I made it a session beer. For me, it’s good, and definitely one to remember again in the future... Good brew overall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Kinz (3737) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Frederick Brewing version. Pleasant gold, slowly fading head. Big grassy aroma, underpinnings of malt sweetness. Caramel with grassy hops. Sort of a cross between a Vienna and a Bohemian Pils. Not bad, but I would have preferred a drier profile.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dkoonce (911) - People’s Republic of Athens, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2006
Bottle. Yeasty, fruity almost a molasses aroma. Cloudy brown with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Has flavors of corn and molasses. Finishes a little heavy. Not what I expected, I usually like Vienna Lagers.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
themadmumis (347) - Westminster, Maryland, USA - JAN 25, 2006
Another Thirsty Dog offering with a distinct caramel flavor. Not what I expected from a ’Golden Lager’, but worth a try. Only my second taste from Thirsy Dog, and will continue with a strong tradition of a recommended beer. Balto is something more than the regular and expected and, with that in mind, definately welcome.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Kevster (344) - Bradenton, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2005
UPDATED: DEC 25, 2005 I found this beer to be sweet but yet very smooth to drink since it’s like a typical watery lager. The carbonation was lively and the aftertaste was not bad.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
raymow (1443) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 19, 2005
Not as good as I expected. Too sweet (in a stale-sitting-around-too-long sort of way). Not my cup of tea, but I have 2 of their other brews sitting in the fridge and I’m hoping that they’re a bit better.

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