Summer Rental Radler | Flying Dog Brewery

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Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: Fruit and Field Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Guppy314 on 05-06-2017

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Reviews by Rammed96:
Photo of Rammed96
3.16/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Photo of alyssa1224
4.75/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Franziskaner
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
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 pat61
4/5  rDev +20.5%
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 WVbeergeek
3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.37/5  rDev +1.5%
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 HorseheadsHophead
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Hockey_Fan
3.32/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of VeganUndead
3.59/5  rDev +8.1%
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 robebo44
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Smakawhat
3.19/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Guppy314
2.56/5  rDev -22.9%
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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Photo of metter98
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
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 dsshuck
2.9/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrDemento456
3.33/5  rDev +0.3%
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 bubseymour
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Definitely a decent light and flavorful summer beer. Dry finish, lemon tartness yet still mostly a light beer. Recommend for summer variety.

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Photo of chiefz1
1.72/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.72/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of curlybird
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
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 The_Beer_Guru
4.1/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of tjmiller718
3.98/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
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 Boone757
3.49/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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