Monday, October 17, 2016

Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Labrador Lager Dortmunder-Style

In the craft beer world lagers get a bad rap. This is due to the fact most BMC (Budweiser, Miller, Coors,) and other national macro bands are generally a lager, the not so good kind. So most craft beer drinkers tend to not go for most lagers. But I think that a well-brewed lager is a sign of a great brewer. You can't hide any imperfections or mistakes in a lager where as in a stout and/or porter you have big bold and robust flavors to hide them. Germans are pros at brewing great lager beers and have been doing so for centuries. Well this Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Labrador Lager, 6.0% ABV isn’t from Germany, but is in the Dortmunder-style and hails from Akron, Ohio. European hops and yes are used as well as a loyal following or the German brewing traditions of lagering (aging). Labrador Lager pours a wonderful light gold color with a one finger fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Aroma is sweet from the malts but not overly sweet and there is a nice dry cracker on the noise. Labrador Lager has a good sold sweeter lager taste with hints of very faint hops, but nothing is at all bitter. The taste is balanced yet very drinkable, goes down easy. The mouth feel is light with a nice easy yet sweeter finish and an aftertaste of faint semi sweet corn. I say this Labrador Lager is an A. Yes this is what a good lager beer is especial one in a German style. I really recommend trying Thirsty Dog Brewing Co. Labrador Lager. Cheers! Please enjoy responsibly!     

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