Thirsty Dog Balto Heroic Lager

 
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RATINGS: 118   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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2.5
Frank (4255) - 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.

1.5
hershiser2 (3821) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2004
paid $7.99 for a 6-pack I bought a 6 pack of this because I'd never seen it before (and it's local... gotta support local breweries!). Very average smell and appearance. At first, I liked the taste quite a bit, but kept wondering what it reminded me of. After my second or third, it came to me: it tastes like baked beans. I've got one left in my refrigerator, free for the taking. This beer gets old awfully quick.

3.3
shigadeyo (3818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JUL 10, 2007
6/26/2007: Balto Heroic Lager is light amber-gold in color with mild carbonation and lots of suspended fine sediment. It has s diminishing beige head that leaves no lasting crown. Toasted malt, light caramel, and a touch of hops are incorporated into the aroma. The flavor is smooth, easy caramel malt with a bit of fruitiness and a good level of hop bitterness. It is also slightly sweet anf floral like honey. The boy is medium-light and smooth on the palate, but a bit thin at times. I like this beer and could really drink a lot of it. It is quite good and well-balanced overall.

12 oz bottle (IBUs = 9, O.G. = 14.5’ P, 5.4% alc./vol.) from The Party Source. Rating #85 for this beer...

2.4
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - APR 10, 2006
Clear pale yellow color with a thin white head. Sweet grain aroma. Light caramel aroma with a background of grain.

3.3
Kinz (3786) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - FEB 5, 2006
Frederick Brewing version. Pleasant gold, slowly fading head. Big grassy aroma, underpinnings of malt sweetness. Caramel with grassy hops. Sort of a cross between a Vienna and a Bohemian Pils. Not bad, but I would have preferred a drier profile.

3.5
Capa (3616) - DC, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2008
Light haze on this copper brew. Sweet caramel malt, light grass, toasty malts, and some floral as well in the aroma. Full bodied and smooth. Nice toasted malt, caramel, and some earth/floral hops in the flavor. Refreshing and flavorful- this brew is well underrated.

2.9
alexanderj (3605) - Branson, Missouri, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Bottle; pours a golden copper with a small to medium white head. Aroma of caramel and citrus, a little sweetness and honey. Flavor is caramel and toasted malt; Some citrus, with a sweet finish. Some breadiness and yeast in the flavor too. Good for the style, and nice on a warm summer day.

3
LinusStick (3530) - 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? I’ll 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.

3.6
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 15, 2005
GABF 05. Pours a rich gold with a sweet malt aroma. Flavor is sweet malt, with hints of caramel hiding in the background. Velvety palate. Good stuff.

2.6
Beerdedone (3480) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 26, 2007
Sampled with stegosaurus. Pours a copper color with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus, caramel, corn, and some wheat. Flavor is light caramel and some toasted malts with a light bitter finish.


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