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 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 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
buckybeer (666) - Eau Claire, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 2, 2007
Aquired from shigadeyo in a trade. Pours medium amber with a small frothy white head. Aroma is malts, corn, wheat. Flavor has a little spice zip to it along with caramel, light malts, touches of hops and citrus. Actually is pretty tasty. Thanks again Craig.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 12, 2008
Amber color with a short head that fades and leaves only a ring of bubbles at the edge of the glass. The aroma is warm and malty. Caramel and a hint of spice come through. The flavor is very malty sweet. Caramel, sugar and a bit of buttery flavor shows. This is quite nice actually.

   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 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
smoosh (536) - New Albany, Indiana, USA - MAY 12, 2005
Bottle - possibly old. The aroma really surprised me - it had some! I am not really a lager guy, if you couldnt tell. Nice, toasty malt aroma. Dirty gold body with next to no head. Just based on experience my guess would be that it was white. There was still some fizz - surprisingly - and this does hint it the typical lager. The flavor was quite complex for a lager. It started with the toastiness and through the swallow the sweetness comes through and really overpowers - too much.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
TheOrange (479) - Kent, Ohio, USA - JUL 13, 2008
I received some of this as a Christmas present. and Just re-unearthed from the unused garage fridge...I fear spoiled beer. The pour is a cloudy orange-ish color, with a small fast dissipating white head. The pour has a pretty good number of bubbles raising up from the glass. the Aroma is sweet mild hops with some fruity overtones. The flavor is bitter, and earthy. Lighter body. An interesting beer. I would like to try it on tap somewhere.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - JAN 9, 2007
Clean, clear amber brew with thick sea-foam like head. Strong bread-like aroma a burnt toast like maltness, finishes with a slight citrus warmth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Fantomas23 (463) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 23, 2007
Hazy golden body, which surprised me as I was expecting something clearer and more copper in color. Poached pear drizzled with caramel sauce. Bit of a dry finish. I think much better than what the average score suggests.

   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 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

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