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 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 plaid75
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light copper hue with a one finger frothy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light florsl hop and faint grainy malts.

The taste consisted of a crisp, crackers malt accented with a drying grassy hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a clean, easily quaffable lager.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.98/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Part of the Shock & Awe Variety Pack - $16.99 at Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a light golden body with a slight haze to it and a sufficiently-sized, white head.

Smell: Softly toasted grains and hay, some pilsner-esque hints with a little edge of caramel that doesn't come across for me in the taste. Lightly floral with some citrus akin to lemon zest with some pith taken.

Taste: Light hay-like character to the modest pils maltiness. Floral tones, minor lemon. Acceptably bitter. Minor toasty grains on the back half. Drying, gently bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Thirst: quenched! A taking-it-easy, refreshing, relatively lower alcohol lager.

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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 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 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 PeterIngemi
3.31/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a tulip

A: pours a very light very clean golden, with a finger of white head. A steady stream of carbonation bubbles can be seen rising from the center of the bottom of the glass... Nice lacing.

S: smells perfumey to me at first... Alot of Lager yeasty aroma with a kiss of floral hops.

T: Bready lager yeast, clean crisp bready lager yeast with a bit of sweetness in the middle and a touch of bitterness on the end.

M: on the light side of medium bodied, this one is smooth and lush with creamy carbonation and a crisp finish with a bite of bitterness that lingers for a moment.

O: not a huge fan of this one, I'm not a huge lager guy, and I guess I'm spoiled living near jacks Abby and all, but this was a bit lack luster for me.

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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 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 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 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 401J
3.38/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Variety Pack purchased over Thanksgiving weekend

A- Dark straw. Medium head

S- Very light, not unpleasant

T- Seems hoppy for a lager. Drinks like an ale. Pretty decently balanced, light bitterness and carbonation on the back of the tongue.

O- Pretty above average beer.. not sure if I would seek it out

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Photo of Ryanm1
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was at an afternoon BBQ in rural Maryland and this beer was there; also, there was Yuengling Lager. I made others at the event do a blind taste test between the two beers. They poured exactly the same furniture brown/amber color. Moderate carbonation. There wansn't much originality to this beer but a standard if you are looking for a session lager. No different than other classic lagers out there.

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Photo of gpogo
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Large white head with a slightly hazy yellow golden body. There was a bit of yeast particles floating in the body.

A- Light sweet aroma with some earthy hops.

T- Slightly mute or stale sweet malt with a light bitterness throughout.

M- Light body moderate-high carbonation.

D- Not bad, but slightly disappointing. The flavor is just quite muted, there is no crispness. I hope disappointing isn't too harsh on this beer. It is a very delicious beer, but I feel it went in a different direction and somewhat failed in that respect. I also had a gusher issue with this beer, one other Flying Dog I recently purchased had a similar issue.

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Photo of jazzyjeff13
3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A 355ml bottle with a BB of June 2013. Picked up some time ago from Trembling Madness in York. I love Ralph Steadman's art, though the label on this brew is a trifle disturbing. Is the dog attempting to suckle at a giant pair of tits, or a different part of the anatomy?

Poured into a straight pint glass. A bright golden colour with faint haze and good carbonation. Yields a decent head of white foam that lasts for a few minutes before subsiding. Aroma of light malt with hints of noble hops, grass, very mild pine and earthy yeast. Dry and rather subtle.

Tastes of light malt with a crisp bitter finish. Notes of grass, peppery noble hops, earthy yeast and a whisper of pine. Surprisingly dry, with a moderate bitterness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and unusually tingly. Nice carbonation and decent body. Slightly astringent, with an aftertaste of bitter noble hops and yeast.

Pretty good. Not the best craft lager I've tried, but a distinct cut above any macro crap. The noble hops and earthy yeast add depth to the aroma/flavour, but both seem too restrained. In particular, the flavour doesn't linger and falls flat as you finish a mouthful. A decent brew - worth trying if you come across it.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served in my new Lagunitas mason jar glass.

Y'know, I've been digging on this hoppy lager style since I had one from Cricket Hill a while ago. Good times so far. This one pours a clear golden straw topped by a good amount of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises grass, lemon zest, very light lime zest, flowers, and honey. The taste brings in more of the same, with a solid amount of biscuit in the background for the sake of balance. Frankly, I think this over-balances things (if that even makes sense), but it's still pretty solid. The body straddles the border between hefty light and light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly drying finish. Overall, a solid Atlantic lager (I like that name for the style), one that shows that you can hop up a relatively low-alcohol lager and still make it enjoyable. We need more of these...

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

Appearance: Slightly hazy and peach-colored. A nice layer of sudsy head forms at the top. Good lacing and carbonation present throughout.

Smell: Very clean, fresh smell, light grains and flowery hops.

Taste: Bready malts and some slight lemon peel quickly followed by a spicy, bitter hops that nicely balances everything.

Mouthfeel: Good amount of carbonation, drinks very easily. A bit heavier mouthfeel than the average lager.

Overall: A good beach beer, and one of the last I had leftover from my summer stash. It goes down easy and is perfectly drinkable as a session but isn’t particularly memorable. A solid offering from Flying dog.

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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 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 kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: half finger head on a hazy bright golden body with nice lacing.

S: musty grains, fresh pale malts, earthy notes and a hint of sulfur.

T: a lot of standard pale malt and grains which arent too sour, actually have a nice sweet note in the finish with a hint of almost noble hop bitterness.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: fairly standard for the style. Nothing offensive here but not great.

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

This beer was a pleasant surprise.
It poured a bright golden color. Almost clear with a white foamy head.
Pretty lacing was left on the sides of my glass.
This beer is on the lighter side of being medium bodied.
Has a grassy smell, some lemon comes through.
Tastes like a pilsner to me - The citrus hop bitternes is the dominant flavor, and has a crisp dry finish.

This would make for a nice spring time or summer beer.
It went perfectly with my grilled salmon dinner.
This would be a great beer to have with salads or lighter meals.

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Photo of emerge077
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle with an unintelligible string of numbers printed on the bottom of the label.
Clear pale straw gold with some slow rising carb trails, spotty lacing, rapid champagne streams.

Soft floral aroma, honey, crackers.

Cris flavors of honeyed crackery pilsner malt and lightly grassy noble hops. Clean and easygoing with a moderate carbonic bite to it. Finishes pretty dry and clean, very light residual malt sweetness. Not a bad lager at all, a little more hop presence than its European counterparts.

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UnderDog Atlantic Lager from Flying Dog Brewery
3.57 out of 5 based on 592 ratings.
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