Lumpy Dog Light Lager
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery

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Lager - Light
Ranked #48
Ranked #46,470
3.25 | pDev: 21.85%
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
United States
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Arithmeticus from Maryland

3.58/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: inert; very thin head; no lacing; light yellow
S: beautiful smell--lemony and savory
T: light lemon, banana, very light bottle conditioning; taste lingers nicely; the light alcohol content is very detectable
M: ok feel, but provides no significant buzz
D: very drinkable

Jan 25, 2011
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rfgetz from New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden yellow, minimal head. Scent is mild, fresh and dried grass, some metallic notes. Taste is also very light, same grassy flavors with some minor twangy off notes. Medium bodied and strangely creamy, very light carbonation. Part of a sampler, nothing i would seek out on its own.

Dec 06, 2010
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Thorpe429 from Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the Rock Bottom in Bethesda, MD.

Pours a clear yellow straw color with some visible carbonation. Pretty billowy white head and some good lacing on the way down. The nose brings a bit of light grain along with some light hops. Taste is straw and grain; nothing else. Mouthfeel is light and a tad bit creamy. Nice and nothing artificial or addictive; drinks fairly well.

Oct 24, 2010
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drabmuh from Maryland

3.47/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light lager, 4.3% ABV according to the menu. This is yet another error for beers at this brewery. Light lager style. Beer served in a shaker pint. Beer is yellow and clear. Has a thin white head that break but manages to leave A LOT of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is moderate to low.

Aroma is almost non-existent. Unfortunate.

Beer has an interesting flavor. The first thing I detect is banana esters, strong fruity taste. The beer is really smooth and creamy but it has a slight graininess to it, almost an aftertaste that bites at the back of the mouth with some tannic bitterness.

Jul 13, 2010
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1050Sudz from Colorado

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rock Bottom's Lumpy Dog Light Lager
Loveland, Colorado

I am more into the darker beers and probably would not have ordered one of these had I not tried the sampler first. I was impressed...

At first I tried the 4 oz sampler, it was a little warm, but I could tell it would be a good one so I ordered up!

Not much of a head, but it had a unique color and the glass was ice cold making it look very good.
It smelled average but tasted good. It had a slightly malty flavor with a equally hoppy zing.
It went down smooth leaving a clean fresh taste.
I could have sat there and drank several more.

I heard the buzz on several of the other beers, but was not sold on the hype as much as this one.

Good session beer. Even at 4+%!


Mar 17, 2009
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zach8270 from New York

2.6/5  rDev -20%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

(draft @ Rock Bottom Pittsburgh - Homestead, PA) Very pale yellow with a medium head and lots of bubbles. Light aroma, mostly hops. Initial taste was one of hops. Easy to drink, went down smooth, and left no aftertaste, mainly because of the thin body and watery consistency. Not a bad light beer however. This was the first of my tour of the Rock Bottom Brewery. I had to make it a two part tour or else I wouldn't be able to remember what I tasted.

Nov 20, 2008
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treehugger02010 from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at Rock Bottom Restaurant and Bewery in King of Prussia, Pa.
Appearance: It was poured with a light yellow body and a big frothy white head having poor retention and light lacing.
Smell: Very light malt.
Taste: Very very light malt.
Mouthfeel: Uncaracherstically smooth for a lager, not the typically crisp feel.
Drinkability: Depending on what kind of mood you are in, it wasn't bad. Very refreshing in you are parched, but not much flavor for a dinner beer.
Don't drink and review.

Jun 21, 2007
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

1.4/5  rDev -56.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured a watery straw color, almost straight water. Little head, very thin.
Smelled like old vinegar, some stale malt and rice.
Taste was even less enjoyable. Ugly malt and barley mix. I could not finish this.
Left a filmy finish, not crisp or clean. As it warmed it did not get better.
I do not like this brew.

Feb 22, 2007
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Dogbrick from Ohio

2.1/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from Rock Bottom in Denver: Lightly hazed straw color with a thick and rocky white head that fizzes away quickly. Very little lacing is apparent. The aroma is of weak hops and grass. Light-bodied and fizzy with sweet malt amd slight hops. The finish is bubbly and relatively flavorless. All in all this is pretty typical of the Brewpub Chain Light Lager Style. That is to say: "Eh".

Oct 04, 2006
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TheSarge from Virginia

2.85/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I accidentally got Lumpy Dog Light through the bartender's misunderstanding of what my wife wanted, so I did my part and drank it for her.

Lumpy Dog poured with much carbonation, but didn't produce much of a head at all. Very golden in color, Lumpy Dong produced aroma comparatively to that of a pilsner. This may be produced with pilsner yeast, as apposed to lager, which to me gives it a kind of unripe orange taste. This brew goes down smoothly; it's of course a light beer. I found that putting a lemon in it went well.


Jun 19, 2006
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

3.48/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've never really been impressed with the Lumpy Dog, irregardless of the location it was brewed at, and I find a decent enough been but nothing special. And that's not because of the style; on the contrary, I think it could be a little more refined and even lighter for a light beer. It offers a nice enough color that's more golden than most; and I'll even suggest that the head retention is better than some of the best selling American made macro's. It's clean in the nose and the flavor, and yet it seems as if there's just a little bit too much there. Or perhaps that's a good thing. Overall, it can act as a decent stand-by beer if they run out of everything else (let's hope that never happens!), and even the macro beer drinkers I've taken to Rock Bottom have enjoyed it - and even been impressed that it was good.

Oct 30, 2005
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jaluria from Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer looks more like a pilsener than anything else with it's golden color and white head. The foam quickly dissipates leaving minimal lacing on the pint glass. I detect a bit of dried fruit and a variety of hops in this one, but everything is relatively subtle. The taste is overly crisp and a way too dry; good for the style, I guess...but not very pleasing to me. There is minimal complexity in this brew evidenced by the bitter aftertaste. A decent beer, but not one I would want to have over and over again; worth a try though.

Sep 20, 2005
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ski271 from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pale straw with a small, white, tight head that reduces to a moderate film. Nice lacing.

Smell: Yeast and a light, sweet malt. Very faint floral hop aroma.

Taste: Bready and crisp with a nice lingering sweetness. A good balance for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Light body, watery texture, moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: I tend to go more for the big beers and probably won’t pick this one again over their other offerings, but taking style into account I have to give this favorable marks. For a light lager, this has enough character to keep me interested while staying light, clean and refreshing. One of the better lights I’ve had in a while. Nicely done!

Aug 11, 2005
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GDMFSOB from Massachusetts

2.75/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a light adjunct lager so it obviously can't hold a candle to almost any beer that I would normally drink. If I was to compare it to practically any IPA, stout, porter or Belgian I would have to give it ones across the board. Compared to other beers of it's style though it's pretty impressive. It lacks the skunked odor and old corn flavor of other light beers and though it is a thin, light beer, it doesn't taste watered down. If it didn't come in a sampler with an imperial stout I would have never tried this beer, but it wasn't the terrible experience that I expect from beers of it's kind.

Nov 23, 2004
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mschofield from Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale gold, topped with a thin one finger white head.
Cereal aroma, a bit sweet, cornflakes.
Similar in taste, cornflakes cereal impression, cake frosting. Nutty aftertaste, no bitterness, but a bit of grapefruit taste.
Light and crisp. I inherited it from my girlfriend who didn't like it, it did a good job breaking up 2 of their more flavorful beers and refreshing the palate.

May 26, 2004
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ColoradoBobs from Colorado

4.02/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Brewpub in Denver, CO March 24, 2004. ABV noted there at 4.7%

My wife and daughter really enjoyed this beverage, which is, as they called it, "a chick-beer." The appeal to them was the fruity, carbonated-water nature of the beer. Indeed, as I looked around the restaurant, most of the gals were drinking it!

What do I think of it, from my distinctively testosterone-enhanced point of view? Lower each number in the table by 1.0.

Yet, to each his (or in this case "her") own. Fact is, this light lager had none of the awful features many others in the style have: it wasn't skunky, it wasn't bitter with cheap hops, it wasn't so carbonated you felt full after two swallows. Not too bad.

Mar 25, 2004
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beergeek279 from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served as a sample at the Rock Bottom in Homestead. The color was golden, with a nice white head. The smell was a very light sweet malt. The taste was sweet golden malt, with just the lightest touch of hops. Mouthfeel was average. As for drinkability, not bad.

Though I'm rarely impressed with light lagers, the people who came in and asked for Coors Light seemed to enjoy this one, and that's good enough for me.

Feb 15, 2004
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stirgy from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served as part of a sampler tray at their brewpub. A very enjoyable light lager. This poured a very light yellow, was very clear and had a decent amount of carbonation. The aroma is of sharp and crisp grains and is very appealing – much more so than your average light macro. I guess you could say this just tastes very fresh and has a slight touch of lemon in the flavor. The bitterness is there, but it is low and doesn’t get in the way. A perfect light drinker as light beers go. Actually one of the best in recent memory.

Jan 20, 2004
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Mitchster from Michigan

3.87/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sampled at the brewery in Denver, CO. Clear, straw golden with a thin white head..watery with poor retention and lacing. Mild carbonation. Aroma is surprisingly fruity for a lager. Taste is delicate with distant husken pale malts, mild earthen seetness and herbal, well-balanced bitterness. Clean, smooth, wet, mild mouthfeel. Very drinkable and none of the corn taste that I tasted in the other beers I sampled this night.

Jun 14, 2003
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UncleJimbo from Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on tap at the Harvard Square brewpub.

This lager poured a clear, yellow color with some white foam. The smell was decently malty. The taste was malt, biscuit, and a bit of citrus, but was somewhat thin. The mouthfeel was medium-light bodied with low carbonation. The drinkability was OK. This was better than I expected with a name that included "light lager".

Apr 01, 2003
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Jason from Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear with a very thin white lace, extremely pale in colour. Evident wheat and hop twang in the aroma and flavour. Light in body with a thin malty palate. Mealy, husky and almost powdery malt flavour throughout. An ok beer to wash the meal down but not something I’d order on its own.

Aug 06, 2002
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Todd from California

3.56/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Made with 2-row and wheat, this a clear pale golden beer with thin lace, clean aroma. Even light-bodied sweetness. A bit malty, but leaning towards the grainy/crisp end of the flavour spectrum. Touch of fruity, faint sulfur and a mild citrus hop character. Balanced and easy drinking.

This is a RockBottom staple brew, however the brewers have the freedom to tweak the recipe. Good stuff.

Feb 03, 2002
Lumpy Dog Light Lager from Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 31 ratings