UnderDog Atlantic Lager | Flying Dog Brewery

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UnderDog Atlantic LagerUnderDog Atlantic Lager

Brewed by:
Flying Dog Brewery
Maryland, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Brenden
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
4.35/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
4.27/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Grassy with faint mineral notes, some perfumy hops show up late along with bready notes

T: Grassy, crackery, with mineral hop edge up front, some lemony & soapy notes, plus nice biscuitty flavor. More crackeryness, some dryness & grassy/lemon-grass notes as this warms. Finishes, soapy, crisp, crackery & refreshing

MF: Light/medium bodied, soft carbonation. good balance

Very drinkable. I will get this again for summertime drinking, highly quaffable! Great example of what this style can be, most are adjuct laden messes...

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Photo of dfillius
4.25/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint
A: Aggressive pour yields 2/3 finger of white head with good retention. Clear, just slightly hazy straw-gold. Haze is the only negative. Great head!
S: Crisp, slightly citrus herbal hop. Delightful. No off-aromas. Nice biscuit balance.
T: Clean malt backbone with puckeringly grapefruity hops. No off-flavors, just a hoppy lager. Maybe a bit more malt character would be nice.
M: Quite dry. Prickly and puckering.
O: Pure warm day enjoyment. I love it. I'd love another and would buy 6. Great session beer - full-flavored for being so light at 4.7%

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Photo of nofalltoofar
4.19/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into imperial pint glass

A: Fluffy white head about an inch thick slowly dissipates over a translucent golden color.

S: Sharp, immediate citrus presence

T: Slight sweetness, a little bitter after a moment and in the aftertaste. Definite citrus presence, medium hop presence. Not much grain presence compared to the two.

M: Perfect carbonation level. Just a little tingle. Not too runny, but very smooth

This is a great summer beer. Pour a couple out by the pool and watch clouds go by. Refreshing, enjoyable, and an abv level that won't have you too full if you bring it to a barbecue. It's a great enjoyable beer and it will do you right.

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Photo of billsmorrison
4.18/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A very even lager with nice hop complexion, its smell is a light citrus and its body is perfectly light mostly clear with a thin line hew of yeast. The taste and mouth feel are where this beer excels. a perfect delivery of the expectations set by the nose and look of this beer excellen!

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Photo of Arithmeticus
4.17/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.14/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You've probably heard the one about the guy who walks into a bar. No? He says, "Ouch!" Bro. Woody went to Ardmore last Saturday to see what he could see and walked into a bottle shop. He said, "Yay! Look at all of these new CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (TM)!" It is called The Beer Shoppe in Ardmore Plaza and for those that do not live in PA, you have no idea what a rare bird it is to find a quality bottle shop, especially one that provided me with no less than five (5) new CANned beers on my first visit. This is one of those beers.

From the CAN: "Don't be an underdog in this crazy game called life. Now is no time to be a pawn. The kings and queens rule the board, so that's who you've gotta be. Keep your head up, stand tall, and carry on. We're pulling for you."

Oh, man. Ralph Steadman art on a CAN!?! Marketing is all and even if the beer is schiesse (it shouldn't be), it goes in my cooler. Then, the spent CAN goes on my Shelf of Cool-Looking CANs.

Another brimful craft CAN on the Crack! I love my life. The inverted Glug garnered a finger of dense bone-white head that held up in defiance of gravity, my desire and everything and everyone. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy lemon-yellow. Nose smelled of grassy hops. I was sent! Talk about a lawnmower beer - this would pair perfectly with the scent of newly mown grass. Mouthfeel was medium-to full, with a great Saaz hops bite on the tongue. Finish was dry and refreshing, just the way I like my lagers. Get the unwanted adjuncts out of the way and gimme dem Czech hops, grrr. Woof! I'm doing it doggie style! Get outta my way!

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant pale golden color with a bright white thicket of head forming so nicely. Aroma has a nice citric nose with biscuit malt character weighing with a nice bread dough appeal. Flavor has a nice grassiness evident hop backend with citric peel and grassy herbal qualities amongst a pale malt breadiness this is the best summer beer around right now. Light refreshing about the same alcohol content as a Bud Light, with actual hop flavor and bready grains. I fully approve of the sessionable alcohol level the label is a bit weird as smaller dog sitting on a barrel trying to bite some balls hanging down from a bigger dog. What the hell is Ralph Steadman drawing? I don't know about the art on the label but the art in the bottle is working just fine. Excellent beer pounding out much drinkability blended with enough citric hops to keep anybody interested in the good stuff. Carbonation is sturdy carries the lighter bodied beer very well, extremely sessionable and keeps you wanting another and another beer.

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Photo of Beer4Baltimore
4.13/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - foamy three fingered head atop a pale golden clear bubbly brew.
S - lightly malty and slightly hoppy. Everything is pretty mellow.
T - the wheat jumps out at me and the mild hops follow in a pleasant and satisfying way. Much better than I was expecting. Even the rye has an easy going showing.
M - silky smooth with moderate carbonation and no alcohol at 4.7% abv.
D - fantastically easy drinker for a session accompanied by a nice meal.
If your in Baltimore you need to have this with steamed crabs.

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Photo of bum732
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

S: Bready malt with lingering spicy, slightly herbal hops. Slight dankness. Slightly floral.

L: Crystal clear straw yellow. Little white head.

T: Clean, light malt with a spicy hoppy backbone. Medium low spicy bitterness. Hoppiness lingers to the finish. Dry, clean finish, some lemongrass as it warms.

M: Light bodied, but appropriate mouthfeel. Medium high, slightly effervescent carbonation.

Solid lager, light, perfect for summer. Spicy as well, really liked this one.

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Photo of AdamBear
4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
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. 

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Photo of Sludgeman
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured into a pint glass.

One of the better American style lagers out there. A complexity that is not exhibited in lagers with adjuncts. A nice beer to interject between heavy beers – a palate cleaner. It’s hard to rate these APLs high since they are not my favorite style, but this one is rated high and I will drink it again.

A – Pours a clear light straw/yellow color, well carbonated, two-finger off-white rocky head that quickly dissipates. No lacing to speak of.

S – Crackers, faint lemon, slight baked bread, maybe some green apple.

T – Mild herbal bitterness, pale maltiness, crackers.

MF – Medium light bodied, crisp (due to carbonation), dry finish.

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Photo of Mitchster
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brewed with base malt, rye , carapils, and wheat malt. Hopped with Perle and Goldings. 28 IBU. 4.7% ABV. Fermented with a "proprietary lager yeast" $2.19 for a 12oz bottle @ Oades BigTen.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear very pale golden (must be pils malt and not 2-row/pale) forming a modest white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Medium-light carbonation, ~2.0 carbs. Very interesting nose. It doesn't have a typical Saaz and light DMS/sulfur nose typical of most pils. Instead, I get honey. Very interesting yeast and nose. Smells quite delicious. Mouthfeel is light, crisp and clean finishing dry with a firm well-balanced bitterness. Delicate malts, freshly mown hay, very slight DMS.

A really nice American lager. Easy to drink, clean, crisp and refreshing. A great full-flavored summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of pdotsoler
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color with a shorter white head
lighty grassy aroma
Tastes like a fruity citrusy soda
mouthfeel is great, light bubbly and creamy very refreshing
very tasty and refreshing! would be a great beer to pair with burger or sausage. Poured the last bit to deglaze a pan of hot italian pork sausage and it complimented the flavor very nicely.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Flying Dog "UnderDog Atlantic Lager"
12 oz. bottle
No apparent freshness dating on the bottle but the case is marked "7 2 13"

Appearance: A clear golden body rests lazily beneath a short head of white foam, steadily releasing small bubbles that dart upwards, eventually reaching the surface and helping to maintain the finger-thick cap. As is characteristic of th drops but then maintains a solid surface covering and thicker ring along the edge of the glass. The lacing left behind is better than average for the style.

Aroma: The bright, clean aroma offers a combination of malt and hops that's lightly grainy, grassy, surprisingly spicy, and softly floral. It's not overdone, and it's pleasant and welcoming.

Taste: Not surprisingly, the flavor mirrors the aroma. The spiciness is quite unique. There's just enough that you are well aware of it without it going overboard; and it helps to balance it alongside the median bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light in body. Crisp with a median carbonation.

Overall: A clean, balanced, and crisp lager with unique character. Although it doesn't quite have the strength at just 4.7%, and the malt isn't exactly "pilsner" in character, I think I would compare it mainly to a Dortmunder-export style lager. Enjoyable and refreshing; and well-brewed. I've noticed an improvement at Flying Dog as of late, and this is no exception.

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Photo of Theheroguy
4.04/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

At first glance this beer looks and smells very much like a czech pilsner only slightly dark in color. The aroma of the perle hop is very present, nice and floral smelling.

This beer is crisp but not very dry, it is wonderfully refreshing. This a noticeable hop bite, not too much malty flavor to speak of.

I thoroughly enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of oberon
4.03/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a clear light golden with a large fluffy crown that settled ever so slowly leaving multiple broken chunks of lace behind.Mild toasted grain,iron,and lightly sweet caramel malts in the nose,it's not a clean nose wich to me is a good thing.Toasted bready malt with some herbal hop notes on the palate,again mild caramle and iron finish out the flavor profile.This is a damn nice lager here,Iam gonna be drinking this on Monday while out grilling.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a twelve ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Pours clear golden with fluffy white foam. Some lacing. Modest malt nose, some buried below. Small citrus taste backed with a mild hop. Light bitter holds out. Very tasty pilsner flavor. Good beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a pokal glass.

Faint foamy consistency for the head, a very bright white sits a good solid two fingers, with a real nice butter gold and clear body and lots of rising carbonation. There's some orange color in here too around the edges. Pretty nice.

Nose is a crisp malt, some faint grass like hop, some sweetness of grain there too, with a little fresh lemon. Pretty solid.

Nice crisp and lemon palate mixing with some sweetness. Just the right amount of carbonation to not distract, but give some tangy taste and play. Tangy malt and hop balance nicely without a wet body either.

Overall great solid lager here, nothing that really jumps out but just sort of simple and done well. Quite enjoyable actually, could see myself having many of these.

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Photo of wcintula
4/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Awesome macro-style brew done in smaller batch! This one could be one to win over some macro guys and get their foot in the right door. Pours a very pale yellow, crystal clear with a nice big foamy head that recedes but leaves a film. Moderate activity within, large bubbles.

This is a crisp, hop-forward lager, excellent for hot spring/summer days, BBQ-ing, anything outdoors. Think I saw a picture of it in a can? which would make it even better.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4/5  rDev +12%
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.

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Photo of JMad
3.99/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a clear golden yellow color with a thick solid off white head that clung too the glass on the way down.

The smell is sweet with bready malt, a hint of butter and some fruity hop aroma in the background.

At first, when I took a sip I noticed a hint of citrus flavor, like a madarin orange. Followed up by some light malt and a crisp lager finish.

Light bodied with lots of carbonation and a refreshing finish.

This could be a really good session beer, good taste and light so I could put a hurtin on a case of these.

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