Summer Rental Radler
Flying Dog Brewery

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #748
Ranked #44,995
3.39 | pDev: 15.63%
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States
Notes: We opted for a light lager brewed with grapefruit and passionfruit to create this refreshing, very low (4.5%) ABV offering. Slightly sweet and slightly tart with a crisp dry finish, this beer is a perfect starting point for any holdouts who have been waiting for the right beverage to get them into craft beer.

10 IBU
Reviews: 22 | Ratings: 56 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
Photo of buschbeer
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 FL. OZ. can
Served in a Cleveland Browns nonic glass

This beer pours a brilliant golden color. It is topped with a couple inches of fluffy, eggshell colored head that leaves decent lacing.

It has a refreshing grapefruit aroma. It reminds me of a quality soda like Squirt.

The flavor is exactly as expected, grapefruit soda and beer. It starts out like a grapefruit soda. Then the beer flavor kicks in. The finish is clean.

Thin bodied with a watery mouthfeel

It is a chuggable summer beer. Hell, I'm chugging it on a wintry, fall evening.

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Photo of Vetbidder
3.79/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

See through golden brew with a decent white head. Decent looking radler. I like the strait up grapefruit nose on this beer. Sweet but just slightly tart, what some call dry I’d call watery. Don’t get me wrong, there’s nothing offensive with the flavor but it almost starts with a wine cooler flavor without the high carbonation but then ends mainly sweet and faintly bready with an ever so faint tang to it.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.26/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

120z can into a pint glass last night. Best by 10/29/19, so I'm thinking it's plenty fresh.

Nice golden yellow body with decent carbonation. small white head dissipates to a ring and covering, leaving only a little lacing initially.

Malty, faintly floral and hay aroma. There is no grapefruit smell.

...and upon tasting, there is zero grapefruit flavor. There is a lightly sour bitterness which I take to be from the passion fruit. It has a solid malt background, but if you are going to call a beer a grapefruit radler and have a best by date of 10/29/19, there had better be some grapefruit!

Mouth is a solid medium. finish is malty with a very light sour bitterness.

Overall, I like grapefruit, so this beer was a major letdown. Doesn't have much going for it, and I doubt you can really call it a fruit & field beer. Have always supported Flying Dog, and would try anything they put out, but I'm getting a little tired of this long line of lightweight offerings.

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Photo of good_to_sea
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Look: Pale yellow/amber with a big, foamy white head that gradually recedes to a thin line.
Smell: Grapefruit, orange. Hints of strawberry, cherry, lime, and salt. A bit of a cherry Kool-Aid aroma. Very light and fruity.
Taste: Grapefruit, orange. Hints of cherry. Some light herbal/plant flavors. Nice malt sweetness. Mild.
Feel: Thin-bodied and crisp.
Overall: Tasty, refreshing, and drinkable. Don't expect any overpowering flavors -- this is a balanced, mild beer with just enough complexity to be interesting.

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Photo of MUTINY
3.64/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz can into a willi-style pint.

A: Aggressive pour yields a clear, dull-ish straw hue with 1 3/4" loose white head that recedes somewhat quickly. Retention and lacing are both slightly better than expected.

S: Not very beery. Sweet orange pulp and grapefruit with a sugary note. Not much on the nose to distinguish this from a juice or cocktail.

T: Opens bright and off-sweet with a slightly doughy malt note underneath. The mid palate is more distinctly fruit-sweet with a good balance between sweet, tart and a little malt. Lots of citrus and acidity lead into the finish which is dry and mild with lingering grapefruit. Actually pretty refreshing, manages not to be a sugar bomb and even develops some complexity as it goes.

M: Extremely light and crisp with surprisingly mild carb. Fairly appropriate for the style, but I think a bit more density would help to better articulate this flavor profile.

O: Surprisingly thoughtful in the way that it avoids the one-dimensionality that can occasionally plague other Radlers. Citrus fruitiness is front and center without being overpowering. The malt character really does elevate this brew on the palate, even though it's a non-factor for the beer's "feel".

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Photo of DrBeergood
3.57/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours clear deep yellow. Not much head or lacing, but you can coax it out if you're rough. A rind smell on the nose--Perhaps thats passionfruit?--followed by faint grapefruit. Reminds me of peeling fruit.

Tastes watery and extremely light bodied. The flavor is... good. I don't feel inclined to chug it, it would be a good beer to be productive with. I'd take it over a Bud Light. Instead of the beer taste you get grapefruit and passionfruit.

Sure, why not?

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden hued with a light haziness and vibrant carbonation bubble. There's a fingernail of off white around a little over half of the rim and covering three quarters of the top. The aroma is of grapefruit, passion fruit, and just a suggestion of grassy German bittering hops. I'm tasting passion fruit, grapefruit, and a bit of lemon lime at the back of the palate. The mouth is moderately carbonated, crisp, and refreshing.

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Photo of EMV
3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

L: Clear fizzy light golden pour. 2 fingers of foamy white head. Falls fast... minimal lacing.

S: Mild citrus... light beer.

T/F: Light grains... not much of a radler. Minimal citrus/grapefruit presence. Mostly just generic light beer taste. Not BAD per se... no really off flavors or anything. Well carbonated and light.

O: A pretty poor radler. Not much in the way of flavor. Wouldn't get it again.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 10/26/2017. Pours slightly hazy pale golden yellow color with a 1-2 finger fairly foamy and fluffy white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of juicy/lightly tart grapefruit, passion fruit, citrus zest, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of fruit and pale malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of juicy/lightly tart grapefruit, passion fruit, citrus zest, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and mild herbal/grassy earthiness. Mild herbal/grassy/citrus peel bitterness and fruit tartness on the finish. Lingering notes of juicy/lightly tart grapefruit, passion fruit, citrus zest, wheat, cracker, white bread dough, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice robustness and balance of fruit and pale malt flavors; with a nice malt/bitter/tartness balance, and zero cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Lightly increasing dryness from bitter/tartness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, fairly bready/grainy, and lightly acidic/sticky balanced mouthfeel that is nice. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice radler. All around nice robustness and balance of fruit and pale malt flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink. Nicely flavorful and not watery feeling for the ABV. Balanced fruit and pale lager flavors; with just enough earthy hop balance. Unique in that it does not use any soda, so more of a regular fruit beer overall. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a light to moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly settled down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of grapefruit and passionfruit are present in the nose along with notes of nondescript malts.
T: The taste follows the smell and is rather fruity, which mostly masks the flavors of the underlying malts.
M: It feels light-bodied and slightly watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The addition of the grapefruit and passionfruit definitely elevated the smell and taste of the underlying lager. I found it interesting to have a Radler that didn't use lemonade.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of pat61
4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: bright straw gold with streams of rapidly rising bubbles under a thin off-white to cream cap

S: Grapefruit and passion fruit aromas are about equal with some light grain and bread crumb in the background

T: The flavors strike a balance between passion fruit, grapefruit, and bread crumb

F: The body is medium to medium light and the carbonation is above average.

O: Summer Rental Radler is surprisingly refreshing and strikes a balance between the beer and the added fruit.

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Photo of BethanyB
2.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just a touch of chill haze disrupts the deep golden clarity, through which caviar-sized bubbles cling together, swim upwards, and burst before even forming a cohesive head. Under-ripe nectarines and a shovel of pils-like malt make for an unfortunate warning of an aroma: This otherwise citrusy beer is overtaken by stale cracker malt, the kind that tastes like day-old Pillsbury dough arapped around an unsalted Triscuit. Not a bad bottle, not a bad batch, just a bad beer. Sessionable as far as the ABV goes, but lacking the lightness, crispness, and amount of carbonation needed to make this remotely refreshing. May I never forget this beer, so that I may never buy it again.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

L: Clear straw with a big foamy white head. Medium retention, and blotchy lacing.

S: Generic citrus peel with a touch of the passion fruit tartness. Sort of metallic and mineral smelling. A little bit of cracker as well.

T: A big pop of passion fruit upfront, complimented by a touch of pink grapefruit and grapefruit peel. Slightly sweet, yet slightly tart. Very refreshing. A touch of cracker malt and crisp yeast. A metallic sensation, but it's not as offensive as the juicy fruit character covers it up. Finishes well-balanced and clean.

F: Light-bodied, with lots of snappy carbonation. Crisp and clean, well balanced between sweet and dry. A great mouthfeel, actually.

O: An interesting take on a radler. Very refreshing, great for summer.

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Photo of VeganUndead
3.59/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The fruit dominates the beer with the tropical flavors. Not my personal favorite style, but I guess if my electrolytes were down this is one I wouldn't mind reaching for

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Photo of Knapp85
3.89/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rated this one kid of high but I did enjoy it. Most of the time Radlers aren't my favorite due to the use of lemon. However this one has Grapefruit and Passionfruit which I think work very well together. The beer looks good when it's poured, the smell is Fruity but not perfumey, the fruit is well balanced in the flavor, overall I though this was pretty enjoyable.

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Photo of Smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a Flying Dog tulip glass.

Pale, almost urine like yellow body color and mostly clear. Very fine carbonation reaching to a thin half finger bright white top, and a slow settling thin puck.

Aroma isn't that great. Faint malt and hints of bile but not too strong. Just a small touch of lemon, grapefruit and pineapple like quality almost a bit hard candy smelling. Hard to tell that is even a radler let alone what kind of beer style.

Palate is considerably better but barely. Washing watery almost bubblegum like lemon with a touch of flour like wheat. Has a decent amount of beer and malt dough like aftertaste which makes for a pleasant finish. White bread flavors and almost crisp.

A bit odd for a radler, and kind of weak, but there's better to be had.

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.46/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

Pours clear light golden, sogar white head retains as a bit of lacing.

Smells of citrus, passion fruit, and sourdough malt.

Flavor is of light passion fruit and grapefruit zest with a light cracker malt. Slightly tart and slightly grassy finish.

Light body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

Light and refreshing, drinks very easily. Decent flavor. Worth trying as a summer session. Not especially memorable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.37/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Flying Dog Brewery "Summer Rental"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, "FOR OPTIMAL FRESHNESS ENJOY BY: 10.05.17", sampled on 05.29.17
$2 @ Weis Market #231, Conshohocken, PA

Look: Crystal clear yellow gold body beneath a frothy white head that rises then dies but somehow maintains a solid surface covering and leaves nice lacing behind.

Smell: Sweet grapefruit.

Taste: Very much like a lemon-lime soda but with a grapefruit component. There's some recognizable malt to it but it's really more like a malternative, or soda, than it is a beer. No discernable bitterness. Sweet but quickly fading finish.

Feel: Light-medium in body and gently crisp.

Overall: For what it is, it's quite fine.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Guess I expected a nice lemonade beer mix from flying dog when I seen the name Radler. While not terrible it's very forgettable with very little actual tart or "grapefruit" flavors. Mostly getting some mild lager tones and some very mild passion fruit flavors. Would have went so much better with lemonade.

By the way this is my 2,700th review. So sad it was bad.

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Photo of basaywhat
1.73/5  rDev -49%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear yellow color. Smells of skunk and grapefruit. Taste is sour and bitter grapefruit. Something was off about this beer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I keep adding Flying Dog bottles to my inventory! Man, those guys are the dictionary definition of "prolific"! This will be the third or fourth horizontal that I have conducted of their offerings since I embarked on the eradication of the Bottle Backlog here at Chez Woody. Not only that, but this is my first beer of New Beer Sunday (Week 638)! Let's get it on!

From the bottle: "Brewed in the Deep End"; "Ale brewed with Grapefruit and Passion Fruit flavor"; "Ok! Ok! I know I look like a fish, I talk like a fish, but forget it! I don't feel like a fish anymore, things have moved on. I'm a laboratory failure. That's evolution, Honey! It's over - find someone else. - Ralph Steadman".

I Pop!ped the cap, but it was a fresh bottle plus I have had cloudy Radlers in the past, so a heavy-handed pour was not out of order. It kind of startled me when it suddenly puffed up with two-plus fingers of dense, rocky, bone-white head, but it fell away to a more manageable level fairly quickly. Color was Pale-Straw (SRM = 1 - 2) with filament brightness. Jeez-O, man. Nose was heavy with a perfume-y tropical fruitiness that I may or may not have identified as Passion Fruit without their help. Mouthfeel was kind of thin & watery, but it is to be expected. The taste followed the nose with a sweet, tropical fruitiness that left me unsure. The purpose of a Radler was & is to be a refreshing drink for bicyclists on a hot, humid summer's day, hence the inclusion of grapefruit and/or lemonade, but the passion fruit was not making it for me. At 4.5% ABV, it was crushable, but not quaffable, if you know what I mean. I could suck it right down, but I did not want another when I was done. Finish remained too sweet for my taste & could be improved if they would dial up the grapefruit. YMMV.

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Photo of Guppy314
2.56/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a bottle, pours as clear straw with a one-finger white frothy quickly dispersing head. Aroma is vaguely citrusy. Taste is light and wonderfully refreshing with subtle malt and hops plus a lemonade tartness. Body is, sadly, watery without much "sustain" to its flavors.

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Summer Rental Radler from Flying Dog Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 56 ratings