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UnderDog Atlantic Lager - Flying Dog Brewery

UnderDog Atlantic LagerUnderDog Atlantic Lager

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467 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 137
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.43%

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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Jason on 04-09-2012)
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Photo of UCLABrewN84


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a murky orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some herbal and grassy aromas. Taste is of malt, grain, and some herbal hop flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that is drinkable but nothing all that exciting in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2012 04:22:07 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of BeerFMAndy


4.33/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
4.7% ABV, 256A12 on label

A - A tall white head is spawned from a moderately vigorous pour, crowning the crystal clear pale golden beer for quite some time. Small, delicate specks of lace cling to the glass as the foam lowers.

S - UnderDog smells crisp and refreshing, flourishing with husky, grainy pale malt and a strong herbal hop bite that mate for an inviting, clean aroma.

T - Husky pale malt has a bit of a bite to it, providing a sharpness upfront that's continued through to the back end by the herbal, most likely noble hops. Lingering floral attributes leave some depth to consider, keeping this otherwise rather simple lager interesting.

M - Sparkling carbonation dances on the tongue feverishly as this crisp, clean, and smooth lager goes down. Very well balanced and without flaw, UnderDog finishes with that same herbal hoppiness in the flavor; dry and mildly bitter with a pinch of sodium.

O - Flying Dog has always seemed like somewhat of an underdog, underestimated and under-appreciated in many ways, but this beer is damn good. Crisp and refreshing, it's an easy drinker that can be a thoughtless slammer but still provides enough subtlety to be interesting when you want to kick back with a good lager. It's very German Pilsner-like.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 17:34:37 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of jjboesen


3.58/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

"There's no need to fear, Underdog is here..." said the heroic supercanine of the 1960's cartoon - with voice supplied by Wally Cox. (Yeh, I guess I should get out more often.) This beer comes from a can decorated with the unique artwork of Ralph Steadman; the lager pours out a cloudy froth: there is a spongy, glistening, head atop a translucent pool of light amber that is home to a furious school of carbonation bubbles racing to the top.

The nose emits a whiff of grass, followed by a lemony feint. The palate is treated with a crispy layer of mild hoppiness - very mild, since the 28 IBU rating won't appease the lust of the hophead. C'mon, this is a lager! That said, it is one that I found airy, crisp and refreshing - a superlative option on any given hot day. It is your basic low maintenence lager style. Nothing complex; no need for any furious debate among beer geeks: simply put, a worthy lager from a damn fine brewery. Not every Flying Dog beer need be a raging bitch.

Serving type: can

08-11-2012 23:07:10 | More by jjboesen
Photo of thain709


3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a bright, golden yellow body that had a lot of carbonation bubbles...the head was foamy, pillowy, and white in color as it stood about one finger tall...decent retention with decent lacing

S - Nothing exciting here...there is a faint citrus hop presence, but it fades quickly to a big bready aroma

T - There is a little more going on with the flavors...the citrus aspect stands out more than the nose suggested...it never becomes bitter, it's just more of an accent to the lager base...the lager base is a good one, with a small touch of caramel, a big dose of bread, grainy and grassy, all with a crisp finish

M - Light bodied...crisp, some citrus still lingers through

O - I opted for the can over the bottled version, just because...this was what you would expect from a lager, just with a nice addition of flavoring, citric hops

Serving type: can

08-08-2012 11:59:01 | More by thain709
Photo of CHickman

New York

3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear yellow color like a 7-Up with a small foamy white head that faded quickly and left spotty lacing. Very basic looking beer, typical of a lager.

Smells clean with a light whiff of lemon, floral hops, grains, bread and herbs; very soft, but better than most macro and Euro lager aroma’s.

The flavor is also mellow, with lemon zest, citrus hops, grains, floral hops, wet white bread, light caramel, grass and herbs; a touch of husk, but surprisingly tasty for such a subdued beer with a low ABV.

Mouthfeel is very light and crisp, almost watery and quite thin, with a very light body and extremely high drinkability. Chill this bad boy up and crack it open on a sunny afternoon and this is a great session beer.

Not the most flavorful beer, but for a pale lager this was on the mark, refreshing and easy to drink. Take it for what it is, a craft beer in the macro lager space that beats out the competition due to its taste.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 03:40:23 | More by CHickman
Photo of StaveHooks


3.83/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A - Pours a clear golden body with 1 finger of solid white head. Pretty solid lacing.

S - Sweet grain, chalky lager yeast, grassy, orange citrus.

T - A moderate amount of citrus and grassy hops hit the palate first provide a nice crispness. A crackery pale malt adds a stable background. A nice honey sweetness carries through with the hops to the finish. Finishes bitter and clean.

M - Moderate stingy carbonation, medium slick body.

A good dose of hops provides a crisp bitterness and keeps this interesting. For the ABV this packs some punch. A great summertime thirst quencher.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 18:54:33 | More by StaveHooks
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2.93/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This has something of a Pilsener flavor and quality. Sparkly, modest alcohol, light bodied, and distinctly hoppy. Golden color in the Stella Artois glass with a low white foamy cap. Nice lacing along the glass. Not much aroma.

Faint whisper of malt. A touch of lemon-lime. Rather acidic on the tongue. Very light mouthfeel. Something of the club soda flavor. Leafy, herbal, slightly medicinal hop flavor. Surprisingly bitter aftertaste.

From the 12 oz bottle. A summer quaff for sure, though one I will skip next time.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 05:58:03 | More by mactrail
Photo of Hopfenpeter


4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The color of the beer is a clear pale gold, with a white bubbly head building only about half an inch high. Actually left some lacing on the glass.
The smell is surprisingly complex. Lemon, flowery hops, bread.
Tasting this light Lager, this rich complexity remains throughout the tasting. A well balanced, well brewed abd extremly drinkable Lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:55:17 | More by Hopfenpeter
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Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful gold. Minimal head and lacing.

The aroma is filled with citrus and grain. Pleasant but light.

The taste is pretty standard for the style but perhaps more refined. The grain and citrus from the nose make themselves evident in the flavor as well as a bit of biscuit malt.

The body is thin as to be expected with a medium-light weight. Carbonation makes it more filling but comes across a bit aggressive. The finish is fairly dry and slightly sticky.

Overall this was a decent beer, but it doesn't stand out enough to warrant a repurchase.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 03:53:36 | More by BBP
Photo of WastingFreetime


3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from session notes.

Pours out a lightly hazy golden straw color with a brief burst of fizzy head, no lacing. -Really- nice and strong floral / lemon / honeyed bread dough nose and flavor, (the flavor has slightly more breadiness than the nose, though) I'm quite impressed with the richness of the aroma for such a relatively low ABV beer, something I value over the concept of a 'clean' stripped down lager. The texture is light and well-carbonated, as it ought to be. The only major improvement I can think of is that it could use a lot more head.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 20:47:19 | More by WastingFreetime
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3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It's dark in this bar, but it looks gold in color and only slightly hazy. Not much of a head. Average look. 3.0

Quiet nose. Some grain and some earthy/citrusy hops. Very subdued. 3.0

Crisp citrusy hop flavor peaks in the middle and finishes bitter with some husky grain notes. There's a light spice and booze note in the tailend. Borders on astringent with the pushy bitterness. 3.5

High carbonation pushes the feel around. Medium body thins out with all of these bubbles. Aggressive mouthfeel. 3.0

A so-so lager from Flying Dog. Brewed to specs, but I don't regret passing on a sixer. 4.0

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2012 01:19:57 | More by thecheapies
Photo of rlee1390


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, some carbonation, one finger head with some lacing.

S-Straw, malt, not much else. Boring and bland.

T-Straw, grass, spice, lemon. Very sweet, no bitterness. A large improvement from the nose. I was worried about this and the taste made my worries go away.

M-Light, not carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O-A decent summer beer. I'm surprised I liked it as much as I did. Would be a nice beer to give to Macro drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 23:50:31 | More by rlee1390
Photo of jtierney89

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 02:43:14 | More by jtierney89
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New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 12, 2012. It pours a hazy pale yellow with a short-lived fizzy white head. The aroma is of light grains, pale malts, pepper, and a more abundant citrus lemon note. The body is smooth and light to medium with some acidity. The taster has a short pale malt beginning that quickly erupts into pine and citrus zest. The ending is tart but short lasting.

Serving type: on-tap

07-12-2012 22:09:06 | More by puboflyons
Photo of garymuchow


3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Seems like a good summer brew on a very lovely evening on my deck.
Poured into little 7oz glass, like the lagers I used to drink in my college days.
Very soft and pleasant pale/pils malt aroma. Hints of flower hops. Nice.
Very attractive. Dense white head. Brilliantly clear golden/yellow with lots and lots of active carbonation.
Soft pale malt flavor, but stronger presence of the hops with clear hop flavor and an apparent and moderately long bitterness that adds a thirst quenching quality. Hop qualities increase as warms and airs out. But also as the beer warms the malt flavor show stronger in a very nice manner.
Moderate body and smooth lager carbonation.
A nice lager. Bitterness is more than I can appreciate for style, at the cooler temperature - fortunately balanced out in time by the malt.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 01:10:26 | More by garymuchow
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale lemon pour with a brilliant clarity shows a light mention of effervesce. Eggshell white head is thin and whispy and doesnt care to stick around long nor lace much.

S: The aroma shows some sour lemony funk and grains. Some cold steel, overall strength of aroma is moderately low.

T: The flavor is sour and funky of lemon skins, citrusy flower hops that are rather strong. Some lemon straw rounds things out.

M: Medium body, sour and funky lemony and grain mouthful, small carbonation.

O: Overall a lager with some sour lemony funk edge. a pale lager, crisp, well hopped with a lingering leave of lemon straw. A bit assertive at first but you warm up to this about mid stride.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2012 23:07:13 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of jlindros


3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a big creamy 1.5 finger head that fades fairly slowly, with sticky lacing, over fairly clear tan colored beer.

NOse has some nice lager aromas, hints of light fruit and crispness, a soft toasty malt, light toasty almost pilsner like, hint of floral grassy hops.

Taste comes on stronger than I expected, quite a bit of malt comes in with light toastiness, almost acid malt like taste, little pilsner malt like. Then hops, starting slow at first with mild bitterness and some floral light fruity and grassy hints, and moves more aggressive to a fairly bitter starting to get a little spicy even. Hint of lager fruit underneath all that. Finish is fairly dry with more hops lingering, hint of malty flavor.

Mouth is med to a bit lighter bodied, fluffy with good carb.

Overall OK but not great, hops get a little overbearing, malts are nice at first but turn a bit less tasty after a few seconds, not bad, just not great.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 18:46:38 | More by jlindros
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3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ba Review #183
Served On: 07/05/2012
Glassware: Tumbler Pint
Labeled ABV: 4.7%
Date/ Code: -

This was in the latest year-round mixed 12 pack that Flying Dog puts out.

Look: The beer poured a fairly clear bright yellow. The head was a coating of white foam. Carbonation level was strong. Lacing was sparse, but present.

Smell: Clean aroma with some lemon rind and sweet biscuit notes.

Taste: First was the lemon citrus and then a faint spice note - coriander maybe? The finish was a crisp bitterness that was expected with such a light palate. Mouth feel was thin, but certainly had more substance than a macro-lager.

This was a great offering to enjoy on a hot summer afternoon. Temps have been in the 100's here lately, so I was glad I had some of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 15:11:52 | More by CraftBeerTastic
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 23:29:29 | More by tdm168
Photo of breakofdawn


3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this at a local package store and I had to try it.

Golden hue in color but bolder than most 'lagers' (which this technically is one). Smells of hops, pine notes and some malts. Upon tasting, those flavors are again presented, with a hint of citrus. Highly refreshing. Mouthfeel is crisp and almost (big almost) resembling an APA.

This should be considered the gold standard of APL. Highly enjoyable, and with a low ABU (around 4.7%), easily quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 22:18:05 | More by breakofdawn
Photo of AdamBear


4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-very golden with a very thick white head. Very sticky.

S-very grassy. Fresh grass and some bitterness. Some corn as well. Smells crisp and pretty good!

T-comes in with a crisp taste of corn and grains. It's a little weak but it does have a bit of flavor to it, more so in the after-taste. Has a good bitterness to it. It's pretty good.

M-medium carbonation. A bit watery. Crisp finish.

O-this is a great lager. It's a very easy drinking and tasty beer. I wouldn't mind having a lot of this. 

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 04:00:04 | More by AdamBear
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3.95/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 14:29:32 | More by secondtooth
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2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 02:15:57 | More by DefenCorps
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4.2/5  rDev +20%
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.

Serving type: can

06-20-2012 01:46:41 | More by Arithmeticus
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4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 20:21:09 | More by Brenden
UnderDog Atlantic Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
80 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.