Thirsty Dog Balto Heroic Lager

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

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2.6
cheap (5858) - 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 I’m 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.

3.1
Cybercat (5834) - Georgia, USA - JUL 21, 2009
Retired? Guess it’s a good thing I found a bottle when I did! Aroma is strong, malty and fruity. It pours a clear golden amber with a thick off-white head that does not stick around too long. Flavor does not quite match the aroma, being malty with a hint of fruit and a touch of hops but mostly unremarkable; still, it satisfies. Texture is smooth and tingly, rather typical.

2.9
Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 6, 2006 The aroma isn’t "delicate" as advertised, it’s a strong, sweet caramel with some hot buttered toast - a bit overbearing, actually. Nice look, a clear bronze with heavy beading and a a frothy white head. The taste is tamer than the nose, crispy toast with with a daub of caramel. The caramel returns too strongly in the finish, causing my teeth to ache.

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2.8
heemer77 (5358) - 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.

3.4
Aurelius (5335) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 17, 2006
Dry malty, buttery, sandalwood aroma. Homebrewy at times and unusual. Hazy light tea color. Diacetyls - butter, caramel. Easy drinking. Some cereal and straw, sweet on the lips. Mouthy.

2.9
hotstuff (5158) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2003
The Rathskeller Wine & Beer Fest:When poured, this beer had a small sized tan head with a clear body and no carbonation.The hue was yellow-gold and the nose was malty as was the flavor.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth.Not much to expand on with this one.

2
IndianaRed (4619) - Boise, Idaho, USA - AUG 12, 2006
Bottle pours a sllightly hazy light yellow amber with a medium off white head. Aroma is a typical light laget with some sweet corn and other light grains. Flavor is similar but a bit sharp and bitter. LIngering sweet honey and slightly bitter grain bitterness. Thanks Buckeyeboy again for this one.

3
jsquire (4489) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 9, 2004
Deep golden color out of the bottle with a thin foamy white head that went away quickly. Some malt and citrus in the nose. There is some maltiness in the flavor with sublte citrus mixed with butterscotch, caramel and a little green pepper. This is a decent beer with a sandwich but is so much worst that the Elliot Ness as to barely seem in the same class. Nothing very interesting.

2.1
Nate (4279) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 6, 2005
Wheat and honey aroma. Sweet and kinda thick; close to cooked corn. Hazy orange amber with thin white foamy head. Light watery body with medium carbonation. Start with a fake caramel corn sweetness. Mild malt and honey. Watery on flavor. Mild to medium bitterness in the finish. Mild caramel toasted flavor, too. After is a bit chalky and sweet. Cooked corn, mainly. Not a repeater.

2.5
Frank (4194) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 27, 2004
Heroic golden lager, as per the description on the bottle. Definitely golden as opposed to yellow in color, actually almost orange. It’s certainly not heroic in terms of hopping with only nine IBU, less than Budweiser. Perhaps it is the strong malt profile that is heroic. Lightly sweet, almost edging toward (but not quite) cloying. Notes of honey and caramel with a nice toasty edge. Lack of carbonation along with the slight excess in sweetness leave the palate a little dead and sticky. I’m always happy to see quality micros attempting lager styles but that just makes me all the more dissapointed when they turn out lackluster.


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