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 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 metter98
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin, dense white head that has excellent retention properties, consistently covering the surface and leaving a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grassy hops and grainy malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has a nice mix of flavors from the hops and malts as well as a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied and slightly clean and crisp on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This is a great tasting and easy to drink beer for the style. I wouldn’t mind trying it at a summer picnic or as a lawnmower beer, especially since it is also available in cans.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light golden hue with a light haze and a nice effervescence. Head is a thick finger of frothy white foam which is dissipating rather quickly. Not too bad a loo, really.

Smell: big dose of fruity, citrusy and perhaps even noble hop aroma right off the bat. I wonder if this thing has been dry-hopped? It's very appealing.

Taste: light malt flavor, rather like a cream ale. Some of that hop intensity has settled down, but there's still a good flavor of citrus. Bitterness is present but smooth, and not overpowering. I like this quite a lot.

Mouthfeel: light body but with a good level of carbonation which is, if not precisely creamy, just right for this application. I like it.

Overall: I was happily surprised by this beer. I would be glad to quaff it again and again.

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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 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 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 mdaschaf
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pickled Pig. Review from notes.

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a small white head that reduces to a thin cap on top. Nice lacing.

S: Very biscuity with some grassy hops mixed in. It has a heavy lager yeast aroma.

T: A good bit of citrus, lemon and and lemon rind, with some more biscuit and grainy malt.

M: Light to medium bodied, easy drinking. Crisp and refreshing.

O: A pretty good lager actually. Hits the spot on a hot day.

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Photo of bump8628
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love all of the American lagers on the shelves these days. This one is solid. Bitter, grassy hops with some herb and black pepper. Malt is neutral and clean, so is the yeast. Sessionable and great for a summer BBQ with a mixed crowd. I wish we were getting the cans of this...

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, 4.7% abv. Pale straw color, with a thin white head. Retention is pretty pour, but not a shock given the style. A few streaming bubbles give it a bit more excitement.

Pale malts, cracker and cereal grains. Slight suggestion of citrus, along with some grassy hop notes.

Pale malt, cracker-like, along with cereal grain. Faint zesty, citrus feel. Grassy and herbal hop bitterness is well noticed, and lingers for a while.

Lighter body, with carbonation providing a nice lift. Alcohol is hidden well. More character, particularly bitterness than what I thought there would be. Nice,

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.97/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour – light straw color in appearance, extremely clean and clear with a nice thick, tight brainy like white head on top. Very commendable as far as look are concerned. It certainly has the makings of a good beer.

Aroma – some grassy and herbal notes along with faint hints of spicy, earthy and citrusy hops. A little cereal sweetness as well. Not overly aromatic but more so than many other lagers.

Taste – first sip is a mild rush of lemony citrus, graininess and a dry finish. Slightly sweet maltiness with a lasting tangy flavor. This is definitely one to put in the "refreshing" category as its easy drinking, light-bodied and the sharp, dry finish really is nice on a dry palate. Say what you will but this is tasting really good while its really cold.

Overall - crisp and clean with a sharp bite in the finish (not as painful as the bite occurring in the artwork below, see the can on the far left). You've got to hand it to Flying Dog for putting this one in cans. It should be a great summer brew and one that should appeal to the masses. So, if you've got some folks who are lager drinkers and aren't ready for anything else, see if they'll give this one a shot. It's certainly several steps up from some of those industrial cans filling a lot of summertime coolers.

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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 hosehead83
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Pale, clear gold with a bright white head of foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, faint biscuit
Taste-Biscuit, crisp, sharp little bite in the finish. Faint lemon-rind bitterness. More character than your average American macro lagers. Nice, sessionable lager.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow color with a white head that settled down leaving spots of lacing.

S - a little bit wheaty and a little bit grassy.

T - sweet upfront taste with light grassy bitterness on the back end.

F - lighter bodied beer with a crisp easy drinking feel.

O - I think this may be in my fridge/cooler over the summer as I find it not as boring as most other summer beers.

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Photo of Kendo
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is light golden-yellow with a soapy 1.5-finger white head. Leaves splotches of foamy lace.

S: Grainy, perfumey & floral nose. Not too strong, but appropriate for the style.

T: Husky grains and some grassy hops. Finishes clean, with a hint of sweetness lingering in the aftertaste.

M: Light in heft, carbonation is modest and fairly fine.

O: Good stuff for what it is. Good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fairly conservative for the usually brash Flying Dog brewery and marketing team, this non-descript lager carries a moderate and clean balance without offense. So, why has it taken so long to use the name "UnderDog" in one of their brands?

As most well-made lagers do, UnderDog pours with a bright light golden color with brilliant clarity. the cottony white head floats atop the beer with fine persistence and lace.

A consistent aroma and flavor profile starts with a clean and crisp malt flavor of wafer crackers, lightly kilned barley, and fresh bread or bread dough. Followed with a mildly floral, light herbal and grassy hop flavor at mid palate, the finish brings a crisp and earthy bitterness to match the low-lying intensity of malt sweetness and providing a refreshing bite to close the beer.

Medium bodied as that normally reserved for bohemian Czech pilsners with a hearty malt taste and feel, the beer evades the normally empty mid palate that you expect to find in the usual pale lager. A slight slickness of butterscotch and a mildly soapy taste accompany the rich middle portion of taste before the minty-fresh finish kicks in.

UnderDog certainly doesn't boast the hop character than shines in most Flying Dog brands, but it is a nice and refreshing beer that doesn't command attention, force thought, or provoke exploration. As the brewery would likely have it, "Drink the beer and shut up!"

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Photo of bubseymour
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A = very pale/clear yellow. Nice billowy 1 finger head. Lots of carbonation.

S = some faint citrus hop notes. Doens't smell malty/bready like a lager but more like an ale.

Taste - An ok summer beer. Pilsner like. Crisp and light. Some hop bite / lingering bitter dry finish. Somewhat harsh and not quite as refreshing a beer as I'd like for the style.

Mouthfeel - watery, but appropriate for the style to be refreshing.

Overall - Its a somewhat underwhelming beer with that Flying Dog trademark harshness to it. Its ok to drink but lots of better offerings for the style.

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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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