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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of fallopia
2.41/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Appearance: Pale, straw yellow color with thick, lacy head that persists for several minutes.

Aroma: Underwhelming with slight hints of floral aromas.

Flavor: Somewhat bland hops with grass and straw flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, minimal bitterness with lots of carbonation. The carbonation lingers more than the flavors.

Overall, this lager is not very distinctive from the domestic mass-produced standards. It's easily drinkable, but probably should come in 30 pack cans.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.53/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can. Pours clear light golden with a medium pillowy white head that retains well and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is sweet bready caramel malts and noble hops and a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready toffee malts with a medium spicy noble hop finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with some spritzy carbonation and a little watery.

Overall, a decent fairly well balanced lager - still a little sweet for me.

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Photo of Jimmys
2.61/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle into Flying Dog chalice. some date on the label states 01xx13. I assume its a best before...?

A: a blond brew. a bit hazy for a lager. unless this was their intention...bubbly bright white head. retention is good, with some frothy lacing left behind.

S: cardboard. smells stale. lots of oxidation going on here. virtually no hop aroma. let's see how this translates to the flavor.

T: as suspected, very oxidized. lots of stale flavors, cardboard, spent hop flavor, there is some chewy pilsner-like grain, but unfortunately the oxidation is the main player.

M: average amount of carb. light bodied.

D: I suspect this thing was close to its expiration date, however I don't thing this oxidation happened overnight. come on flying dog, you're better than this. pass.

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Photo of BeerYoss
2.78/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - Pale gold in color. Very clear. Almost pure white one finger head quickly dissipates to a thin layer which is there till the end. Lacing is present but does not cling for long.

Smell - Sour apple

Taste - Hit of carbonation accompanies sour apple which quickly gives way to bitter hops. Aftertaste of that bitterness lingers.

Mouthfeel - Light and watery. Pretty heavy on the carbonation.

Overall - It is a pale lager, but still... too light for my taste. Too bitter for my taste if I'm reaching for a lager. And seriously lacking in body, depth and flavors, let alone balance. From what I've had from Flying Dog, this was the weakest offering.

served in a goblet

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Photo of DefenCorps
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.87/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a white head on top. The retention is decent and but leaves no lacing. The smell of the beer is grainy, its got a touch of grass in there too. The taste of the beer is earthy, subtle sweetness and more grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light bodied, easy drinking very sessionable with a decent carbonation. Overall this beer is pretty good for what it is. Nothing too special but if you like the style it's a good choice.

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Photo of rangerred
2.91/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

My thirst thoughts after pouring this was this is infected. Pours with a huge billowy three finger head that I have only seen in some Belgians. Also tons of sediment in the glass.

The aroma is a little tart but doesn't scream infection. Some noble hops and light citrus along with a touch of hay. Nothing spectacular but ok.

More spicyness in the flavor along with a tiny bit of bready malt but everything is very faint. A little tartness leading to a moderate bitterness and a very dry finish. Tons of carbonation.

Overall, this beer is far from impressive. I did notice the best before date was about three months ago and I can tell this beer was on its last legs. Still I can't imagine it being too impressive even fresh.

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Photo of mactrail
2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

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Photo of brewdude1982
2.94/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was a 12 oz bottle poured into a mug.

It pours very clear yellow. Excellent clarity. Smells like a lager... What can I say. The taste is very crisp and refreshing and this would be great beer for the summer. I am not a huge lager fan so please don't take this review too seriously. As far as the style of beer the body is good but I actually prefer beers that are bigger bodied. Overall I would probably go for other lagers and save some $$.

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Photo of Sipchue
2.95/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Atlantic Lager looks beautiful on the pour. Clean and straw colored just like a lager should.

When I put my nose to my pilsener glass, I took a few sniffs and came up with minimum results. The flavor was unassuming. It was plain, nothing special, yet easy to drink.

The serving temp was that of an ale, as that's where the fridge is set so I'm thinking, next time I'll chill it hard and treat it like the lawnmower beer it seems to be.

I probably was a little hard with the rating numbers here as this is an okay brew. I won't turn down another, but won't be buying it again either.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 fl oz can.

Appearance: First things first, I am not a big fan of Flying Dog's label artwork. I take that back, I like the artwork, just not on a beer. It's distracting in my opinion. Beer pours a cloudy pale lager yellow with a thick head and lots of carbonation.

Smell: Delicious lemon smelling hop aroma. Unusual for a pale lager. Very nice!

Taste: This where the beer loses it for me. The smell is great, but the flavor is too muted and earthy for me. Almost like an English IPA. The hops seem to die on the vine (or is it bine?)

Mouthfeel: Not bad, a little too creamy if anything. I like my lagers crisp!

Overall: Not a fan of UnderDog. All bark and no bite.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.98/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Always glad to give another Flying Dog beer a go.

A- Underdog looks like a pale lager alright, it's bright yellow with a hint of gold in there and clear as a whistle, a nice bright white head leaves some nice marks.

S- And this one is a malt bomb in scent, just picking up some trace whiffs of lemon but all in all [pale malt out the wahzoo. A biscuit presence comes up with some caramel towards the end.

T- Very straight forward and to the point. Most that will try this will just write it off as BMC tasting because it is rather light, but it's a step up from that stuff i swear. Pale biscuit malt, the lightest of fruits juice squeezed, but you cant hide from the malt it's there, no extract though, that's the rub! Earthy hops, a lot of straw

M- Light and grassy, light carb

D- One and done.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3/5  rDev -16%

P- Thanks to keith for this one.

A- dull yellow color that is clear and has a one finger head with nice lacing.

S- malt smell but nothing else

F- malt lager and that's it.

M- refreshing and crisp but not much there

O- ehh..its a nice fail safe beer meaning if its between this and a BMC brand I would choose this.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -16%

02/06/13 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Pretty standard lager flavor but definitely more substantial body-wise. I look to lagers for a clean crispness that this lacks. Don't get me wrong, it's good, but kind of like a lager on steroids.

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Photo of fpeterpaul
3.06/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

nice amber color. medium bodied. some up front malt aromas. slightly hoppy with some floral and citrus notes. as a side note, im not a huge fan of the packaging. I enjoyed it although was not blown away by it. Next I would like to pair it with specific cuisine. I see it going well with a nice firm white fish, possible chilean sea bass in a lemon white wine sauce. Slight bitter ness with enough body to hold up to a nice firm fish.

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Photo of nickfl
3.09/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours with one finger of white foam on top of a clear, golden body. The foam settles slowly and leaves good lacing on the glass.

S - A somewhat sulphury aroma with grainy malt and herbal hop notes.

T - Dry, grainy malt up front with some herbal hop notes. Some corny sweetness in the middle and a finish of dry, husky grain, harsh bitterness, and a touch of sourness.

M - Medium body, somewhat low carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Kind of bland and one dimensional. When you add in the flaws of sulphur in the nose and harsh bitterness it is not something I would drink again.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.1/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of the few remaining Flying Dog beers I have yet to try; the mainstream ones at least.

This is, okay. At best. Too tangy with a sweet edge that doesn't work. Seem to be a fair amount of malts in there, but the carbonation interrupts the flavor delivery. There really isn't anything showing that is doing it for me. Eh.

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Photo of dgherm
3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Overall fairly mediocre in every department. Nice med gold in color. Fair amount of carbonation in the mouthfeel. Weak in smell and taste. Would be good one to have on a hot day after yard work. Cool artwork on can, consistent with the whole Flying Dog Brewery line.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

What's an Atlantic Lager? To find out , on to the beer:

This is golden straw colored and topped with a semi-soapy head which floats on top and continues to float. Good strings of lace stick around the glass. One whiff, and you would think theat this was European lager, but that's a two way street. While it is clean and brings grassiness to the nose, it does have a stinky aspect (in this case sulfur).

Taste is a little different, and again a two way street. It is on the "plain" side, but it is clean and brings kisses of hops and malts. And it also brings that dreaded sulfur note, which dampens the mood. It still remains drinkable, light, and gentle in the mouth.

It's called UnderDog for a reason; it's not a supreme lager.

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Photo of JimKal
3.16/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A:Poured into a Shaker pint glass. It pretty much looked like what it purported to be - a plea lager. Yellow with a touch of amber. There was a minimal head that dissipated quickly. There was a lot less carbonation than I am used to seeing.

S: Light malt.

T: More taste than an AAL but this one won't lure me away from SA Boston Lager.Yes, a different style but I much prefer the, to me, bigger taste of SABL.

M: Pretty light due to the low level of carbonation.

O: I'm glad I tried it as part of a mix six but this is one I won't be getting again.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white finger width head. Decent retention. Leaves a fair amount lacing with good stick.

Smell - Caramel malt aroma rushes out from the bottle when first poured, but dies down rather quickly. Lesser notes of honey and floral hop begin to pop up as the beer warms. Slightly citric.

Taste - Subtle flavor from start to finish, hitting on caramel, honey, and slight grassy bitterness on the back end. A very underwhelming flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - Light, near watery body. Carbonation is light, though what's there is fizzy. Easy to drink, due to it's watery character.

Overall - One of the more underwhelming offerings from Flying Dog. Lacks flavor, even for a pale lager. Consider this an outside summer brew, and only if better options aren't available.

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Photo of nukem5
3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Part 2 of 4 Shock and Awe

A: Pours a golden straw color with a thick layer of fluffy foam which looks as thick as well beaten egg whites, almost like meringue.

S: Aroma is almost non existent slight malt faint lemony scent and some farmy corn or straw.

T: The taste is more pilsner than a lager crisp and clean very little going but some bittering hops and malt.

M: Mouthfeel is thin and on the lighter side almost watery.

O: Overall a nice session beer and could definitly drink a few watching the Penguins if they ever come back this year (Crossing fingers)

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Photo of CraftBeerTastic
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
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.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pale straw colored body with a thin bone white head.

S- Hops are surprisingly noticeable with some grass, malt and citrus aromas.

T- The taste starts a little hoppy, with some citrus, but finishes more malty and dry.

M- The carbonation tastes a little off and the dry aftertaste is not that pleasant.

O- Better than most light lagers, but is slightly off from being good.

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Photo of chinchill
3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured clear amber with plenty of visible carbonation bubbles, covered by o small but durable white head.
The aroma is pleasant, with surprising floral and fruity aspects. The malt is evident in tasting, where a sweet, caramel malt arrives before the beer becomes increasingly bitter, with earthy and spicy hops kicking in early on. The finish is good, but the aftertaste has too much bitter grapefruit rind for this style.

M: medium-light body with medium+ carbonation and a slightly dry finish.
O: In the acceptable/average range for this style.

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UnderDog Atlantic Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
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