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 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Seymour, Tennessee, USA - JUL 19, 2006
Bottle - Poured a golden amber n color with a very thin white head that faded very quickly to almost nothing. Aroma is sweet and malty with notes of caramel and hops; although nerither is very pronounced. Flavor is slightly hoppy with also some malty sweetness. Finish is lightly bitter with some lingering sourness. An OK beer, but certainly nt my favorite

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
Ernest (7591) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Bottle. Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing. Body is dark yellow to light amber. Aroma is moderately malty (toasted grain), trace hops (herbs). Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter. Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Dull.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JUL 1, 2006
Beer is a clear medium orange-amber color with a small, frothy, beige, mostly and rapidly diminishing head. The aroma is malty with light-to-moderate notes of toasted grain, toasted nuts, light cookie and caramel; Hoppy with a moderate note of herb, light-to-moderate note of resin/pine. The flavor is moderately-to-heavily sweet, lightly bitter, lightly acidic with a long, slighly warm, moderately sweet, moderately acidic, lightly bitter finish. The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Mirage52 (147) - New Market, Maryland, USA - JUN 19, 2006
Poured from the bottle with a decent sized tan colored head. Medium sized body, with a hoppy bitter aftertaste. Surprised this was a Vienna. Thought it was a hoppy lager. Not bad, nothing special though.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
JFURYCAT (1078) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 20, 2006
People are smoking too much crack with this one which is one of the best golden lagers Ive sampled. The hoppiness was at a good level but I recognized its golden malty qualities. I had this on tap at Coopers and can see how it might not make such a good bottled beer but I found it quite tasty.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - MAY 18, 2006
Dark gold body with a thin slightly off white head. The aroa had some light apple cider with some notes of old hay. The taste had some peanuts with a little bit of green beans. There is also some slight paper in the finish. An ok bee,r but a little too sweet for me.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CMUBEERMAN (427) - - APR 26, 2006
Once in awhile you find a beer that is grossly underated...this is such a case. Maybe my palate is ass backwards...but a 2.86...WTF. Honestly this is one of the better lagers Ive had. Pours a light clear gold and has a two finger white head. Aroma is lagering yeast and sweet bread/fruit. Flavor is sweet malt and caramel...with lagering yeast, but there is a bit of bitterness as well. I think it is incredibly well balanced. Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit oily. Dont get why people dont like this. To me, it is the biggest upset Ive to st ambroise oatmeal being a top 50...WTF is with that.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - APR 25, 2006
Pours gold with a one-finger white head. Sweet aroma with a good dose of nuts and dough. Theres a sharp caramel smell that hits me hard once every few whiffs. Flavor starts out like a fine Vienna--smooth, nutty, and malty--but soon turns harsh, with a lingering caramelly metallic taste. The aftertaste is a tad buttery and too sharp to make this as drinkable as it should be.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
bethmatt0421 (337) - Covington, Kentucky, USA - APR 22, 2006
Color is golden, and cloudy. Aroma is lightly sweet chocolate, with a lager softness. Flavor is pretty much the same. Abrupt finish. Not very refreshing though. A decent, run of the mill lager.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2006
Hazy, deep golden body with a substantial yeast load and a pure white, loose soapy head. Aroma is syrupy sweet and smells like pale wort. Has notes of buttery nuts, flowers and biscuit dough. Flavor has sweet, nutty honey tones and seems a little underattenuated. Grain husks seem evident. Maybe the husky notes are for Balto. A lightly tart aspect lends some balance as does a spicy finish with some stealthy hop bitterness. Not something I would really care to revisit.

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