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 ryan1788a5
3.79/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a bright golden color. Chill hazed. Rocky white head settles after a short time. Plenty of web-like, sticky lacing.

S: Soft grassy and floral hop aroma with hints of light fruits. Biscuity and toasty malt base, slightly coarse and a touch wheaty too.

T: Oily hops, very floral. Green grass. Vague fruitiness from the hops as well. Toasted biscuit, coarse wheat. Dry and clean overall. Rye takes hold on the back end. Dry, spicy rye finish with oily, grassy, and modestly bitter hops riding along with it.

M: Lightish medium body. Creamy and full with a bit of that frothy wheat feel. Airy, but with a sense of substance too. Scrubbing carbonation. Very good.

O: Plenty of flavor packed into small, drinkable lager. I like the use of rye and wheat here, it really gives the body a full, multi-dimensional feel. This beer was somewhat of a surprise to me, as it's much more fleshed out and well-rounded than the average American-made 'sessionable' lager.

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

(Served in a strange)
A- This beer pours a crystal clear lemon yellow with a snow white creamy head that pushes above the glass and is supported by a violent swirling of carbonation.

S- The slightly sulfury Noble hops aroma is dry with a slight woody character to it.

T- The green dry pithy hops has a slight green sulfur mellow hint to the dry finish with more green pith flavor lingering after each sip.

M- The light mouthfeel has a crisp fizz and no alcohol heat.

O- The light crisp pithy flavor gets a bit bitey and not very drinkable without other flavors to cut into that bitterness.

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Photo of DeFaz
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

To me, a lager is all about balance. While I'm not sure this delivers on that fully, it's certainly not a bad brew. The hops are out in full force, especially for a lager, with pine, citrus, grain, and general dryness on the nose and mouth. Malt is minimal here. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with average carbonation. Overall, I can't say I'm impressed, as the hops make this a bit too dry and don't give it enough complexity. However, this is an enjoyable beer, a lager that tastes like a beer rather than an adjunct-filled macro brew. Give me a wider malt flavor and I'd be a happy man.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a much better than average American lager, more hoppy than most, but this is still no humulus, nothing is though. clear brassy color on this one, with an inch or so of fizzy white head. its got aromas of citric hops, which surprises and excites me all at once. the grain bill is light here, pale and crystal only, no caramel gimmicks here. very straightforward as far as taste goes, cereal grains up front, crisp fruity hop complex on the back end, a really nice finish on this one. citra hops maybe? definitely some higher alpha C stuff going on. nice carbonation too, very lively, aids drinkability. light on alcohol too, which makes this a heck of a summer session beer. one of flying dogs better offerings I reckon. cleans the palate well too, nice after pizza and wings and the like.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

A- Light gold color, 1-finger white head. Good lacing. Bubblicious.

S- Floral at first, then malts and grains. The aromas are kinda faint.

T- Light malts and grains, some floral hopiness. Slightly spicy.

M-Clean and crisp with abundant carbonation. Very smooth. Pungent finish.

O- Long live the craft lager.

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Photo of tone77
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this one before from a bottle, it seemed much better from the can. That can, by the way, comes from woodychandler. Thanks, man. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, slightly sweet. Taste is malts, grains, a bit of grassiness, some hops are present, very easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Photo of mechamifune
3.44/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean pale straw color with a nice fluffy white head. Bubbles/carbonation immediately evident. Good looking beer for the style. Looks the part of being clean and crisp.

Smell is lightly toasted grains and a bit of noble hop aroma. Overall a bit muted.

Taste is slightly sweet up front followed by a little bit of hoppiness. A little pilsner-like in the finish as it ends on a bit of a dry note. An overall nice enough taste but nothing outstanding.

Nicely carbonated, very crisp, clean and easy to drink. The high point of the beer for me.

Overall this is nothing groudbreaking, but its a nice beer to style. I'm not sure what else i'd really ask for in a craft pale lager. Taste is pretty well balanced and inoffensive and it's easy to drink.

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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 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 CurtFromHershey
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a golden yellow with a fizzy white head. Surprising retention given the fizzy nature of the initial carbonation. A thin white cap lasted the entirety of my drink.

Smell is... citrusy? Well that took my by surprise. Biscuity malts are there, but the hops are prominent.

Taste is more of bitter hops and bready malts, and less of the citrusy aspects of the hops. There initially seemed to be something off, but it must have been something I ate beforehand as this beer definitely grew on me.

Mouthfeel is very watery, the low point of the beer.

Overall a really solid beer. A great addition to the summer lawn mower beer lineup.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

From BeerAdvocate magazine Issue #64 (May 2012):

LOOK: Great lacing, clear pale gold and bubbly

SMELL: Floral, hop oil, leafy, bready, crackers, clean, faint spiciness, Asian pear

TASTE: Crisp snap, lighter body, hop oil, soft herb, dried grass, walnut skin, moderate bitterness, spicy; grainy, dry finish

Pretty easy to drink, though the finish does become a bit too grainy and bitter without anything to accompany it. We applaud them for brewing something that is yellow and fizzy in a sense, something “craft beer” needs a bit more of, as it should not be forgotten.

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Photo of beergoot
3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow body with a lasting, sticky white head. Grass and pine hop aromas; floral. Light malt grain flavor with a prominent hop bitterness throughout. Light bodied, clean and dry, fairly effervescent.

A nice sessionable lager. Looks and aroma are the strong points with flavor good overall if somewhat mundane. The carbonation is a little overdone, too, but hardly a show stopper. Certainly worth a try.

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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 Brad007
3.82/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

I'm glad to see Flying Dog products back on the shelves around here. They're now available in cans too!

Pours a bright gold with a huge frothy head into my glass. Ample carbonation. Must be fresh as it wasn't in the cooler last week.

Crisp, sweet and much like fresh baked bread. No surprises there!

A smorgasboard of flavors pelt the tongue. I pick up a lot of baked bread and the crispness is a marvel to behold.

Leaves a strong baked bread impression at the back of the throat. I think the carbonation could be dialed back a bit. Though it's taboo on here, I do get a nice hop belch after a gulp.

I could see myself buying it more often if the price was lower and/or it was available in 12 packs. It would make an excellent hot day/lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Arborescence
3.52/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very bubbly, yellow/golden, clear. Pours a minimal head.

Aroma: Refreshing hops, grass, hint of caramel malt.

Taste: Surprisingly malty, with some honey-like sweetness and a hoppy finish with a hint of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Plain, mostly bubbles. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: Decent lager, but nothing outstanding.

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Photo of andrenaline
3.81/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a pale golden colour, finger of head with little retention and some sporadic lacing.

S - Grainy malts, hint of grassy hops and citrus rind, hints of sweet corn and faint bready notes on the finish.

T - Mild citrus hop notes, hint of apple juice, sweet caramel, grassy hop notes and a bready malt and toasted cracker finish.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and wet.

O - Easy drinking pale ale, lightly hopped, and incredibly well balanced. I could drink this stuff all day and a 6-er wouldn't stand a chance!

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Photo of WesWes
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy, pale straw color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and refreshing, pilsner malt scent along with a touch of hops and a dry, fruity lager yeast aroma. The taste is good as well. It has a smooth pilsner malt flavor that goes down real easy and finishes dry with some German hops in the finish. It's an easy drinker with excellent malt flavor unlike the fizzy macro lagers. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a very enjoyable American lager. There are no frills, just a tasty beer, perfect for any occasion.

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Photo of Offa
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is a decent American pale lager, but not great.

Pale golden, slightly hazy, it has a medium-big white head steadily shrinking.

Aroma is ripe grain, apples, mint, green grass, and metal, most a bit vague but good.

Taste is grain, white bread, grass (a bit sharp), hint of peppery-grassy bitterness. It has light sweetness but is on the dry and bitter side. It's reasonably good but not great and a bit tiresome, too sharp to be really enjoyable alone as a warm-weather or lighter session beer but good enough to drink with easygoing food.

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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 JG-90
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into glass gives a small pure white head, recedes to a thin film on top with foam around the edges. Color is a light straw that is perfectly clear. Leaves moderate lacing.

Faint aroma consists of hay, stale sourdough bread, and floral, with just a bit of citrus hops. The flavor is stronger than the aroma, with the hay and stale bread throughout, and with a stronger than expected floral finish, with a touch of lemon at the end. Crisp and clean finish. Medium body with above average carbonation.

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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 Jadjunk
3.25/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"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 tall, stand up, and carry on. We're pulling for you. Brewed in the style of an American Pale Lager. Date on bottle is 010413.

Served in a pint glass upwards of 48º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head with an average retention quality. Pale golden yellow body color, very clear. Very mild, limited carbonation. Lacing is medium and clingy. 3.75

(Smell) Clean pale cracker malts with a mild airy sweetness and a mellow grassy bitterness. Aroma is very mild on potency. 3

(Taste) Pale, musty malts with a mild grassy hop character on the very striking dry finish. Sweetness is almost where it should be for the style, as evidenced by the finish. 3.25

(Mouthfeel) Carbonation is rather mild for the style, and the dry finish is very prevalent. Body is light+ for the style and light overall. Alcohol presence is mild. 3.5

(Overall) I find this lager a bit shallow on malt body, despite having a pleasant bitterness. It could have managed a more substantial flavor profile throughout. 3.25

Flying Dog Brewery's
UnderDog Atlantic Lager

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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 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 flyingpig
3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

355ml Can from Peckhams, Glasgow (£2,29):
Light, slightly hazy amber colour with a half centimetre tall and foamy looking, white head that settles to a thin layer on the surface after about a minute.

Pilsner hops aroma with a lot of floral notes and some sweetness on top. There is a definite tropical fruits aroma and some nice, light malts along with a touch of spice.

Floral hops kick things off along with some spice and again the strong tropical fruits make themselves known. There was also a lot of citrus and lemon zest in the taste.

Smooth and a touch spicy with some floral bitterness and a dry yet refreshing beer with a crisp finish.

This one was a nice and pretty refreshing beer that was a good lager with a twist. The tropical fruit flavours were something different and a nice touch with the finish quite a nice and crisp one. This would make a great session lager.

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UnderDog Atlantic Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 593 ratings.
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