Thirsty Dog Balto Heroic Lager

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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
shrubber85 (10932) - Greenville, Indiana, USA - DEC 26, 2007
Bottle. Caramelized malt aroma. Yellow-amber color with small head. Caramelized malt flavor with a light hops finish. Nice drinkable beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 9, 2007
This beer has a clear amber color and a mild hoppy and carmel malt aroma. But there is some thick laceing along the sides of the glass. It has a nice initial bitterness and some sweet malt. But there is no palate duration at all. It fades rather quickly.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
LinusStick (3293) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2007
A wierd Vienna. Aroma was very weak. Could pick up some light malt but not without some serious sniffin. Pour was incredibly light for a vienna. Light orange but with a beautiful 2 finger white head and...what is that....sediment?! In a Vienna? Ill take it! Taste was not very Vienna-like. PIneapple, light fruit and sweet malt. A tad of a bitter aftertaste that goes away quick. Vienna? Not really IMO but pretty good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Dorwart (2562) - Robbinsville, New Jersey, USA - NOV 10, 2007
Thin head of medium sized bubbles which does not last long. Large amount of large chunky floaters in there. Almost look like coffee grounds. Sweet and fruity aroma with some pineapple, light malts and roasted grains. Color is a medium dark orange. Flavor is thin and sort of dry. Light malt presence with some more pineapple and a bit of spice. Finishes pretty clean and rather boring. An ok brew.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
cheap (5538) - Beaver Valley, Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 4, 2007
UPDATED: JAN 1, 2008 Smell is a little sweet. A bit darker than a pale yellow beer. More orangy. Has a surprizingly unexpected haze within. Not clear by any standards. Good non bitter initial flavors. Comes on like a sweeter helles but that morphs into something with an ever so slight bitter bite as the session continues. It says the IBU is 9 and Im glad. This is a lager with personality. However it is not too offensive. Mild bitterness continues to build. Leaves a slight tart of sour linger for a while after each sip. Not as friendly or well mannered as I like for a lager, but it is enjoyable in its own way.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Crafty07 (404) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Misdirection. Is this a golden lager or a Vienna/Marzen? If the brewer doesnt know what kind of beer hes brewing why should I care? Its a tasty beer, caramel and some fruit (though not every fruit in Gods earth as the reviewers here would have you believe. I mean come on, mulberries?) give this lager some complexity but its not quite as heroic as this dog on the label must have been

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
obguthr (5918) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2007
Subtle honey and grain on the nose. Amber color, medium white head. Moderately strong tinny taste of mulberry and yeast. Grass finish. Theres a slightly soapy presence throughout.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2007
Dark hazy orange, thin off white head. Nose held notes of grainy caramel and hints of grassy earthed hops and apple skin. Slight sour flavors balance over light grassy flroals and peppery hops notes. Just a touch of breadiness and toasted sweet malt rounds this out. Light to medium bodied, medium carbonation, dry, bittersweet finish. Not great, not bad.. Thanks for the bottle Aaron.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - SEP 22, 2007
Bottle from argo0. Hazy, golden body with a small white head. The aroma is apple, bread and caramel. The flavor is moderately sweet, cider, dough, caramel and spicy herbal hops. Medium/light body is soft with moderate carbonation. Quaffable for sure.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (13580) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 17, 2007
(12oz bottle) Medium off-white head atop lightly hazed amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, caramel, some apple, bread, light butterscotch. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, some lemon sourness, light nectarine. Light-medium body.

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