UnderDog Atlantic Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

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UnderDog Atlantic LagerUnderDog Atlantic Lager

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BA SCORE
79
okay

589 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 589
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 9
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Jason on 04-09-2012

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Great lacing, clear pale gold and bubbly

SMELL: Floral, hop oil, leafy, bready, crackers, clean, faint spiciness, Asian pear

TASTE: Crisp snap, lighter body, hop oil, soft herb, dried grass, walnut skin, moderate bitterness, spicy; grainy, dry finish

Pretty easy to drink, though the finish does become a bit too grainy and bitter without anything to accompany it. We applaud them for brewing something that is yellow and fizzy in a sense, something “craft beer” needs a bit more of, as it should not be forgotten.

Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a clear light golden with a large fluffy crown that settled ever so slowly leaving multiple broken chunks of lace behind.Mild toasted grain,iron,and lightly sweet caramel malts in the nose,it's not a clean nose wich to me is a good thing.Toasted bready malt with some herbal hop notes on the palate,again mild caramle and iron finish out the flavor profile.This is a damn nice lager here,Iam gonna be drinking this on Monday while out grilling.

Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear light golden with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malts and noble hops and a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready toffee malts with a medium spicy noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, a decent fairly well balanced lager - still a little sweet for me.

Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up some time ago from Trembling Madness in York. I love Ralph Steadman's art, though the label on this brew is a trifle disturbing. Is the dog attempting to suckle at a giant pair of tits, or a different part of the anatomy?

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden colour with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of noble hops, grass, very mild pine and earthy yeast. Dry and rather subtle.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of grass, peppery noble hops, earthy yeast and a whisper of pine. Surprisingly dry, with a moderate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and unusually tingly. Nice carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter noble hops and yeast.

Pretty good. Not the best craft lager I've tried, but a distinct cut above any macro crap. The noble hops and earthy yeast add depth to the aroma/flavour, but both seem too restrained. In particular, the flavour doesn't linger and falls flat as you finish a mouthful. A decent brew - worth trying if you come across it.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled served in nonical glass

A - Clear pale straw with 2 finger with bubbly head with good retention and good lacing.

S - Grapefruit, lemon, fruity yeast, crackers

T - Follows the nose, light, wheaty, with a bit of fruit and touch of bitter

M - Light body, moderate-high carbonation, smooth

O - Nice session beer, not too complex, but refreshing and better than your average lager.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant pale golden color with a bright white thicket of head forming so nicely. Aroma has a nice citric nose with biscuit malt character weighing with a nice bread dough appeal. Flavor has a nice grassiness evident hop backend with citric peel and grassy herbal qualities amongst a pale malt breadiness this is the best summer beer around right now. Light refreshing about the same alcohol content as a Bud Light, with actual hop flavor and bready grains. I fully approve of the sessionable alcohol level the label is a bit weird as smaller dog sitting on a barrel trying to bite some balls hanging down from a bigger dog. What the hell is Ralph Steadman drawing? I don't know about the art on the label but the art in the bottle is working just fine. Excellent beer pounding out much drinkability blended with enough citric hops to keep anybody interested in the good stuff. Carbonation is sturdy carries the lighter bodied beer very well, extremely sessionable and keeps you wanting another and another beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured clear amber with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles, covered by o small but durable white head.
The aroma is pleasant, with surprising floral and fruity aspects. The malt is evident in tasting, where a sweet, caramel malt arrives before the beer becomes increasingly bitter, with earthy and spicy hops kicking in early on. The finish is good, but the aftertaste has too much bitter grapefruit rind for this style.

M: medium-light body with medium+ carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
O: In the acceptable/average range for this style.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear lemon yellow with a snow white creamy head that pushes above the glass and is supported by a violent swirling of carbonation.

S- The slightly sulfury Noble hops aroma is dry with a slight woody character to it.

T- The green dry pithy hops has a slight green sulfur mellow hint to the dry finish with more green pith flavor lingering after each sip.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The light crisp pithy flavor gets a bit bitey and not very drinkable without other flavors to cut into that bitterness.

Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Underdog is a lightly clouded but very bright gold color. A creamy pure white head sticks around at just over a finger in height, never fading from a sturdy foam and leaving patches with auxiliary spotty lacing well down the glass.
There's a nice floral hoppiness in the smell alongside a dry, crackery malt with just a touch of sweetness underneath. It's got a good, leafy sort of grassiness to it.
Even more comes out in the flavor, from the added herbal edge and strength of the hops to a more bready character alongside the crackery dryness off the malts, to the mildly and appropriately moderate mineral note. There's an added earthy element rolling into the finish. This has fantastic depth, strength and complexity for the style and, like Victory's Summer Love, is thus far the best I've ever had of a group that's typically too light and bland.
Given the overly thin nature beers of this style tend to have, this is downright heavy (though it's not, and it doesn't sit in your stomach). It's almost medium-bodied with a cleanness and a bright crispness that remains even as it gets creamy and goes down smooth.
Is it a good style? Not per se. This beer surpasses others like it, and as such must be rated with other pale lagers in mind. That it's good beer by itself is one thing, but compare this to any of its kind and this is head and shoulders above them.

Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was at an afternoon BBQ in rural Maryland and this beer was there; also, there was Yuengling Lager. I made others at the event do a blind taste test between the two beers. They poured exactly the same furniture brown/amber color. Moderate carbonation. There wansn't much originality to this beer but a standard if you are looking for a session lager. No different than other classic lagers out there.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that reduces to a thin cap on top. Nice lacing.

S: Very biscuity with some grassy hops mixed in. It has a heavy lager yeast aroma.

T: A good bit of citrus, lemon and and lemon rind, with some more biscuit and grainy malt.

M: Light to medium bodied, easy drinking. Crisp and refreshing.

O: A pretty good lager actually. Hits the spot on a hot day.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white finger width head. Decent retention. Leaves a fair amount lacing with good stick.

Smell - Caramel malt aroma rushes out from the bottle when first poured, but dies down rather quickly. Lesser notes of honey and floral hop begin to pop up as the beer warms. Slightly citric.

Taste - Subtle flavor from start to finish, hitting on caramel, honey, and slight grassy bitterness on the back end. A very underwhelming flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Light, near watery body. Carbonation is light, though what's there is fizzy. Easy to drink, due to it's watery character.

Overall - One of the more underwhelming offerings from Flying Dog. Lacks flavor, even for a pale lager. Consider this an outside summer brew, and only if better options aren't available.

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pale golden yellow with a quarter of an inch of loose, bubbly, soap-like head that has decent retention

S - grassy, herbal hops and faint lemon

T - grassy, herbal, a bit bitter, faint lemon

M - medium bodied, crisp, smooth

This is a rather hoppy lager. They're a bit intense for the light malt character. Otherwise, this is a decent, easy to drink pale lager with good flavor. It's worth a try if you're looking for something lighter.

Photo of secondtooth
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean, light golden, with a nice white head and intricate, detailed lace.

Aroma is toasty grains. Nice, and very faithful for a German-style lager.

Taste is pleasant, with a sharp hop character in there among the grainy, toasty malt backdrop.

Atlantic Lager isn't outstanding, but it is a solid, well-done, and enjoyable lager.

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flying Dog "UnderDog Atlantic Lager"
12 oz. bottle
No apparent freshness dating on the bottle but the case is marked "7 2 13"

Appearance: A clear golden body rests lazily beneath a short head of white foam, steadily releasing small bubbles that dart upwards, eventually reaching the surface and helping to maintain the finger-thick cap. As is characteristic of th drops but then maintains a solid surface covering and thicker ring along the edge of the glass. The lacing left behind is better than average for the style.

Aroma: The bright, clean aroma offers a combination of malt and hops that's lightly grainy, grassy, surprisingly spicy, and softly floral. It's not overdone, and it's pleasant and welcoming.

Taste: Not surprisingly, the flavor mirrors the aroma. The spiciness is quite unique. There's just enough that you are well aware of it without it going overboard; and it helps to balance it alongside the median bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body. Crisp with a median carbonation.

Overall: A clean, balanced, and crisp lager with unique character. Although it doesn't quite have the strength at just 4.7%, and the malt isn't exactly "pilsner" in character, I think I would compare it mainly to a Dortmunder-export style lager. Enjoyable and refreshing; and well-brewed. I've noticed an improvement at Flying Dog as of late, and this is no exception.

Photo of JohnFatAss
3.85/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was a pleasant surprise.
It poured a bright golden color. Almost clear with a white foamy head.
Pretty lacing was left on the sides of my glass.
This beer is on the lighter side of being medium bodied.
Has a grassy smell, some lemon comes through.
Tastes like a pilsner to me - The citrus hop bitternes is the dominant flavor, and has a crisp dry finish.

This would make for a nice spring time or summer beer.
It went perfectly with my grilled salmon dinner.
This would be a great beer to have with salads or lighter meals.

Photo of pdotsoler
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a shorter white head
lighty grassy aroma
Tastes like a fruity citrusy soda
mouthfeel is great, light bubbly and creamy very refreshing
very tasty and refreshing! would be a great beer to pair with burger or sausage. Poured the last bit to deglaze a pan of hot italian pork sausage and it complimented the flavor very nicely.

Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy with faint mineral notes, some perfumy hops show up late along with bready notes

T: Grassy, crackery, with mineral hop edge up front, some lemony & soapy notes, plus nice biscuitty flavor. More crackeryness, some dryness & grassy/lemon-grass notes as this warms. Finishes, soapy, crisp, crackery & refreshing

MF: Light/medium bodied, soft carbonation. good balance

Very drinkable. I will get this again for summertime drinking, highly quaffable! Great example of what this style can be, most are adjuct laden messes...

Photo of Kegatron
3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear paler gold, with several fingers of thick bright-white head. This retains with a big frothy dollop of foam in the middle of the glass, which hangs heavy swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is fresh and grassy, with a splash of tart lemon and green citric character. The malts sit along the back with a toasted bready presence.

The taste is has a crisp and leafy citric bite the whole way through, with a complimentary splash of lemon flavor and then a tight neutral graininess across the back. This is dry and lightly bitter and spicy on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp up front with more of a smooth and creamy feel as you swallow.

This was a great first beer to put in a can from Flying Dog. It’s fairly hoppy for a Pale Lager but that just gives it some extra crisp quaffability that pairs up nicely with that already smooth Lager body. This is a great one to take on the go with you. Especially in the summertime.

Photo of Cain_Walter
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Drawn to this by the bottle art and the constant hunt for beers to counter balance my friends' love affairs with IPAs

Pours pale yellow with very little head, slight hops in the finish to counter the malt but not enough to blow the back of your head off. Overall a nice beer to have on stock but nothing to write home about.

Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bready malt with lingering spicy, slightly herbal hops. Slight dankness. Slightly floral.

L: Crystal clear straw yellow. Little white head.

T: Clean, light malt with a spicy hoppy backbone. Medium low spicy bitterness. Hoppiness lingers to the finish. Dry, clean finish, some lemongrass as it warms.

M: Light bodied, but appropriate mouthfeel. Medium high, slightly effervescent carbonation.

Solid lager, light, perfect for summer. Spicy as well, really liked this one.

Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden with fluffy white foam. Some lacing. Modest malt nose, some buried below. Small citrus taste backed with a mild hop. Light bitter holds out. Very tasty pilsner flavor. Good beer.

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Faintly hazed bright yellow with about a finger of bright white and lively head. Big hoppy nose even from a distance.

Nice sweet bready nose, rich grains with earthy and spicy hops. Smells like an exotic bakery of some kind.

Clean crisp and light in body. Flavors are a bit more subtle than the smells.Sweet breads up front with rich grains, pungent, spicy hops take hold of the tongue while sweetening spices balance the finish. Pretty well layered with complimentary flavors. Tastes like a spiced piece of pumpernickel but in an easy to drink liquid form. Slightly floral as well. Has a lot going on for a smaller beer. Aggressive yet highly drinkable. Very flying dog.

Photo of KYGunner
3.76/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

The Crystal clear pale yellow color is not particularly fetching but the foamy head was a nice topper.

What's that? Piney hops on the nose? I'm quite surprised with floral piney hop scent on a lager plus I'm catching a little grapefruit and lemon.

As goes the nose so goes the taste as a real piney hop flavor meets the palate. There is some citrusy flavor with bitter grapefruit and sour lemon that melds well with the ever present floral hop flavor.

Very full, for a lager, it's extremely satisfying.

A lager will never get huge scores on a BA ranking board but when I want a tasty and satisfying beer this is my new favorite.

Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one before from a bottle, it seemed much better from the can. That can, by the way, comes from woodychandler. Thanks, man. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is malts, grains, a bit of grassiness, some hops are present, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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