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UnderDog Atlantic Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

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UnderDog Atlantic LagerUnderDog Atlantic Lager

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586 Ratings
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Ratings: 586
Reviews: 144
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 13.26%
Wants: 8
Gots: 40 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery visit their website
Maryland, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-09-2012

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Ratings: 586 | Reviews: 144
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 DefenCorps
2.83/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Single from Chevy Chase. I can't remember when I last had two beers from this style in one night.

Light golden yellow (not quite pale straw, but getting close), this beer is capped with a dense, white head with good retention and lacing. The nose has... nothing. A faint whiff of lemon, maybe? Swirling the beer brings out more, with a little earth and some honey/toast malt character. Meh. As it warms up, the nose does improve and gain character, and improves significantly. Smelling mostly clean, with a nice hop character, this actually does morph into an enjoyable beer after about 20 minutes in the glass.

The palate opens mildly bitter, faint, but noticeable with a grainy, husky astringency, a moderate soapy flavor. Again, a light malt flavor that is mildly corn-like and is stale is present. Bitter on the finish, and a little astringent too, this beer is disappointing. Light in body, moderately carbonated, this feels decent (apart from the astringency, of course). A touch of sulfur is also present. Disappointing. A light beer that's so lackluster that it isn't worth the calories is always disappointing.

Photo of Arithmeticus
4.17/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured chilled in flared glass

A: spritzy bright orange yellow; very nice head that dissipates quickly
S: bright, lemony aroma; mostly malt, but a bit of yeast too
T: very good flavor for a pale lager; it's complex, from the strong ensemble of hops; grassy, a bit buttery; even in the aftertaste

An excellent craft-beer version of what in other instantiations is normally dishwater.

Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ejimhof
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

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 SPRichard
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of ryanpj
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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

Can gifted by the other Matt in an in person trade the other day before a beer tasting. At the time of this review, this is #13 on the "Top Beers - American Pale Lager" on beeradvocate.com. Served in a goblet of sorts. Beer is yellow and clear with a thin white head of small bubbles, low retention, some lacing, looks good.

Aroma is yeasty, sweet, and has this hoppiness to it that is pleasing, smells good.

Beer is light and bitter with a mild sweetness and nice finish. I like this beer and it is a wet, easy drinking, summer lager with a nice yeast body and a clean finish. Not enough craft lagers and this is one of the better ones.

Photo of goblue3509
4/5  rDev +15.3%

Photo of asafarc2
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of EStreet20
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz can into a 16 ounce pilsner.

A - A nice golden yellow, white head that stays around and laces a bit.

S - Clean, some bready malt.

T - A nice, subdued, malt forward lager. Hops provide good balance, and then the beer finishes with a bready taste, but stays refreshing.

M - Nice, light body, with just the right carbonation. Mot overboard like some session designed lagers.

O - Flying Dog nailed it here. A session lager, keeping with the old school "no frills" lager beer that remains flavorful and easy drinking, but definitely exhibits quality with every sip.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a pilsner glass. Drank this side by side with Prima Pils.

A: Pours a light golden straw color with a bit of yeast haze muddling the clarity slightly. The head is kind of ugly, a two finger off white color with huge bubbles and poor retention. There's a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

S: Quite fruity for a lager, with notes of pineapple and grapefruit aside the malts. It's kind of subdued and hard to identify, but it's not terrible by any stretch.

T: Compared to how hop driven the Prima Pils I had before this, this one is pleasantly malty. The malts are very biscuity in flavor - it almost drinks like liquid biscuit at times - with some well incorporated diacetyl, and a crisp, grassy finish. Rather simple (as expected), but it's quite pleasant with decent flavor.

M: Slightly heavy, which renders it a little less drinkable than it could be. Heavy carbonation with a slight lingering biscuit aftertaste.

O: Flying Dog has done a good job of stepping their game up lately, and this is a very solid (if not quite exceptional) lager that's a big improvement over Tire Bite (which this replaces). Not my favorite by any means, but I'll gladly chug this one down while picking crabs.

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 JAHMUR
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Onenote81
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a straw gold with a thin white head on top. Minor lace globs left behind. The nose smells cheap, with mild graininess, husk, lemon-lime. Crisply carbonated mouth, but not overdone. Refreshing feel. Nice hop bite at the onset, faint bitter finish. Refreshing mild citrus tones back it up. With the low alcohol on this one, this is the perfect summer beer for me. I’ll be stocking up on some more.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.87/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - As expected for a lager its a clear golden yellow hue with some mild bubbly head.

S - Has some good piney hops and a touch of lager yeast. Simple but nice smelling.

T - Well it's much better than that godawful "tire bite" golden ale. A nice pronounced hop profile, simple next to some lager yeast and mildly sweet malts. Refreshing.

M - Light to medium not a bad lager.

Overall again Flying Dog impressed me with making a pretty nice lager. Those who compare it to BMC have had "one too many"

Photo of therica
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

About the same as my review on the tap-version a few weeks ago.

A= golden yellow with a modest white head, some pooling and lacing.

S= clean, nice hops florals, modest malt nose.

T= watery with far too much bitters, enough to pass as an APA although it's a Lager style. Lacking on malt flavor. Miller's MGD has more malt flavor than this lager-- only the relatively high hops bitters seem to identify this beer as anything other than mediocre lager.

M= watery with light bitters lingering; slight astringency; tart.

O= better than a US macro only because of the hops florals and bitters, and more like a Macro Light with strong hops bitters.

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

I picked up some cans direct from the brewery last night.

The beer is transparent and appears a golden orange color, like a sunset. The head is a half inch thick, and leaves plenty of lacing on the glass.

The aroma offers grass, hops, floral notes, lager malt. Smells nice.

The beer is light in body with plenty of flavor. Not thin, but definitely sessionable. Floral hops come through nicely. A nice balance of lager malt, light citrus, and hop character.

Sitting on my deck in the woods and reviewing beers...somebody pinch me.

Photo of barczar
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with a solid one inch ivory head that lingers indefinitely.

Aroma is grain and pilsner malt, bready and fairly sweet, with an underlying floral and perfumy hop note.

Flavor is somewhat citrus forward, with notes of grapefruit and lemon leading to an herbal hop flavor, carried on a backbone of cracker-like malt into the slightly bitter, dry finish.

Body is moderate to light, with a fairly high amount of carbonation. The finish is somewhat crisp.

Overall, a much more flavorful version of an American lager than most. Good session beer.

Photo of Halcyondays
3.89/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle,

A: Pours gold with a medium white head, solid lace and retention.

S: Sweet bready malt, grass, quite nice.

T: Delicious full malt taste, lemon, with a hint of grapefruit and grass.

M: Crisp, light-bodied, very easy drinking.

O: A very impressive all malt lager, I liked it quite a bit. The best from Flying Dog in a while.

Photo of stephenjmoore
3.22/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw colored body with a thin bone white head.

S- Hops are surprisingly noticeable with some grass, malt and citrus aromas.

T- The taste starts a little hoppy, with some citrus, but finishes more malty and dry.

M- The carbonation tastes a little off and the dry aftertaste is not that pleasant.

O- Better than most light lagers, but is slightly off from being good.

Photo of jcipoletti
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Shrews
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served - bottle into Pint Glass

1/8in head and a golden color.

Hoppy and citrus smell with some dry malts.

Citrus and hoppy. Bitter aftertaste, but not bad.

Good for the brew, some carbonation and solid maltyness throughout the mouth.

A decent brew with some fruity tastes. Enjoyed this one on a summer day.

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UnderDog Atlantic Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
79 out of 100 based on 586 ratings.