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 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - AUG 24, 2003
Bottle. Somewhat malty sweet, drinkable, finishes clean. Not a lot happening but not offensive.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Birdiebeagle (958) - Perkasie, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 23, 2009
Bottle Pours a hazy amber with an off white head. The head leaves quickly. Lacing is okay. Aroma is malty. Mostly caramel and grass. Has an okay cabonation. The mouthfeel is alright. Theflavor is spicy grass. Which really works for tis beer. Has a good malty endiing. Has a medium body. A thickier texture. The finish is good with a good aftertaste. Not a bad beer from a brewer who makes good beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 30, 2004
(Brewed and bottled by Frederick Brewing) (Best by May 2005) Very sweet and boring. Not even a quaffer. Could be better if it were drier.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dkoonce (911) - Peoples 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 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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
sfontain (851) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - MAY 29, 2005
Surprisingly, somewhat murky; orange with a small, white, disappearing head. Nose is pretty strong, sweet and fruity (apricot?) with malt, and caramel. Flavor is not quite as strong, but also offers notes of malts, caramel, and peach or apricot; really buttery; slightly bitter finish. Surprisingly full body and just barely sticky; I wish it had a longer aftertaste. Unusual for the style, but very tasty and very underrated at 2.81.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 8/20
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - AUG 24, 2003
reversing the trend of thirsty dog's "bad label/good beer" policy, this one features a charming centerpiece on it's label: the photogenic husky "balto", wonder dog-- (tho why balto is letting that creepy ogre near him is not known). the appearance is as golden amber as a fresh krispie cream donut, the head popped like a built in flash bulb, and then left me alone with this artificially festive flat liquid. the aroma is very mild honey on toasted bagel, and a brisk carbonation carrys the whole flavor package to mid tongue and dumps it-- like the sudden ripping of a grocery bag, spilling an illicit shopping list of sticky caramel buns, lipton double-sweet lemon tea, and watery cream soda. i don't like to think i'm a man who is easily cloyed, but this soft drink cloyed me with a vengance: the vague finishing bitterness only served to mimic aspartame. yuck. run balto, run!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 8, 2004
From the bottle - This one poured a tall, white head of foam with a rich (for a lager) aroma and an an decidedly ruddy hue to the liquid (why isnt this called a red beer?). The taste is very caramelly, with a grain adjunct... its a good lager, but nothing too special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
DrHomolka (761) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JAN 18, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours pretty hazy, light golden color with a very small white head with poor retention. Aroma shows fresh barley, cracker, intensely malty. Very grainy, like barley husks. No hops to be found. Flavor is dry, malty, very low bitterness. Tastes the same as it smelled, crackers and barley. Could use a tad more hops. This is all right, not exactly what I think of when I think of Viennas though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
bluemeow76 (693) - Lewis Center, Ohio, USA - MAY 23, 2002
Caramely & smooth. No lacing. An easy drink.

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