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Smuttynose Frankenlager - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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117 Ratings
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Ratings: 117
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 10.9%
Wants: 2
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Jason on 04-30-2014

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Ratings: 117 | Reviews: 28
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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/08/14.Pours into a becker a clear light to medium golden with a fluffy white head that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass as it settles very slowly into a soapy-like mass.Aromas have some real sweetness to them alot like alcohol dipped fruit,a bit of toasted malt thrown in.Sweet honeyed malt flavors with a bit of toasted bread and a good shot of leafy hops in the finish,quite dry and spicy in the finish.Not a citric hop bomb more Euro in nature with it's hop profile,not bad.

Photo of alexbutler
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice pour of a orange/amber body with a creamy head. Very nice lacing as the head dissipates.

S - Really sweet smelling, a nice aroma of fruits but it's not overbearing. Pretty subtle and clean.

T - Smooth as anything. There's a light carbonation that lingers in the background, while the fruity hops and crisp malt balance out extremely well. Very refreshing.

M - Not too heavy on the palate and a very clean aftertaste. Very balanced lager.

O - One of the finest things I've had by Smuttynose. I bought this one on a whim, having never heard of their BIG BEER series, and this one sold me on the first sip. Very well balanced and I'd recommend it to anyone. The price is a bit steep, but it's worth it.

Photo of mjstacker
4.26/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been slightly into the recent lager rebirth. Jacks Abbey is making some great beer. This Smutty is actually fantastic. Great copper color, lots of puffy white head and lacing. The nose is a little weak as IMO all lagers are. The taste and mouthfeel and pretty solid, lots of citrusy fruit, carbonation and a hint of bitter. Overall, i'm very surprised by how much I like this. It was also brewed about 2 miles from my house at Smutty's new brewery so, Cheers.

Photo of CrazyLarry
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: head is solid and fades rapidly. Straw murky color.

Smell: first smell was sour apples like Granny Smith, deep delves citrus fruits and wet pine. Sweet fruits.

Taste: hops, funky hops, bitter but not over powering. Faint water line (taste is not completely held together) I do not know what to call this.

Mouthfeel: lighter than I was expecting. Bitters hang around outside of tongue and side cheeks.


Overall very good but not smutty's best beer.

Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the Big Bottle series with an expiration date of 11/08/14. Sampled on May 28, 2014.

The pour is golden yellow with a white head and a slight hazy opaqueness. Maybe a chill haze but it is a but foggy.

The aroma is of toasted grains, pale malts, citrus, and a smooth yeast character.

Light and refreshing body and smooth.

This is an IPL but it seems to have a more pilsener quality to it with those grainy malts, sweetness, and an added bonus of orange and/or citrus with a crisp, clean finish.

Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 5/20/14

Appearance: Somewhere between pale orange and deep, robust gold - nice clarity - pours with a medium, off-white head - retains a nearly solid cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy with a great lager base - great hop profile with some fruit and a nice array of citrus - juicy with some nice tropical fruit flesh, orange, tangerine, grapefruit - fruity but not aggressively hoppy - bready, crackery malts - some hints of lager yeast - lightly sweet and nicely clean

Taste: Hoppy and consistently interesting - nicely fruity with some citrus and tropical notes - apple, pear, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and maybe some hints of pineapple - moderately bitter - bready, crackery, pale malt base with some light spiciness and earthiness from the lager yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, nicely carbonated, finishes mostly dry

Overall: Definitely tastier than a reanimated corpse

This is a great hoppy lager. It's very flavorful without being particularly aggressive or bitter (not that there is anything wrong with aggressively hoppy lagers). It's definitely worth a try. I'll probably buy a bottle or two of this.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spicy hops are present in the nose along with notes of bready malts.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of spicy hops, which dominate the underlying malts and hints of alcohol and also linger in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice amount of hops for an imperial pilsener, which really balance out the malts and makes the mouthfeel seem lighter than it actually is.

Photo of rlee1390
4/5  rDev +9%

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation and two finger head that leaves nice lacing.

S-Lemon, orange, banana, mild hops and wheat.

T-Starts with some citrus and grass, some wheat and lemon. Mild bitterness.

M-Lighter to medium bodied, nice carbonation.

O-For a style I am not fond of, I though this was a good beer.

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy gold, small white head leaves wonderful lacing.

S - Tropical fruits, slight pine, light barley/grains.

T - Best part of this beer. Very complex. Fruity but not citrus as the nose lead me to believe. I want to say the fruity taste is thicker than the smell. Nice light malt backbone.

M - This is where I'm a little confused. It isn't as crisp as I would'v expected. The body is medium. Carbonation is low. Lingers on the palate. I wouldn't have know this is a lager.

O - A very interesting brew, not what I expected, but I enjoyed it nonetheless. Smutty does a fine job with everything. It helps to get ti fresh.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap 6/18/2014 at Track 84, in Warwick, RI served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, citrus, caramelized malts and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out with a good burst of hops bitterness that quickly fades and transitions into some citrus and caramel sweetness. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to drink for a while if you’re in the mood for the style.

Photo of smcolw
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured in a tulip glass. Plenty of starting head but it settles to rim bubbles fairly quickly. Superb ring lace without any chunks. The color is greenish gold with a bit of haze.

Attractive blend of semi-fermented sweet malt and floral pellet hop.

Very lightly toasted pale malt start that quickly succumbs to white pepper bite of the hop. Much richer body than most lagers. Other than the flavor it would rival a Doppelbock. Highly carbonated. Not extreme, but definitely better for the hop heads but still a very easy to drink big beer.

Photo of Gavage
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: pours a yellowish orange color with a one inch head that slowly falls to some large surface bubbles. Some lace develops.

Smell: light citrus, some grass, and a hint of fruit sweetness comes through to the nose.

Taste: grass, light orange citrus, biscuit, golden apples, and a moderate bitterness create a well balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied beer. Crisp to start, less crisp and a touch dry late.

Overall: refreshing beer that is well balanced and hits the spot on the flavor profile. Easy drinking beer.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bright beautiful orange with a frothy white head.
Nice lacing and good retention.

Big sweet orange and bitter pine in the nose.

Taste follows the nose with sweet orange and bitter pine dominating. There is a slight biscuit malt backbone that can almost stand up and be recognized. A very interesting beer.

Photo of Maxwell
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a paler, straw yellow with golden highlights, forming a lovely, eggshell white head above the beer with nice lasting power. When splashed against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves thin, sheet-like strands of lacing on the glass, reminiscent of Smutty’s Farmhouse Ale. In body, the beer is spotlessly clean and clear, with just a touch of haze. On the nose, the beer smells deliciously spicy, with a nice citrus/white grape character balancing out the spicy hops. Bready malt gives further finesse to the smell, lending it a balanced, Germen-esque twist that separates it from other IPL’s I’ve smelt. This beer has plenty of hops, but they are balanced and deliciously delicate. As it warms, I get a scent of nettles and a cool spring meadow. I like the scent. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity up front, transitioning into a bready sweetness that is balanced by a healthy, herbal bitter bite that eventually dries out the finish. Slight acidity does begin the sip, and puts a vinous pop to the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet Riesling, swiftly gaining a bready, nearly rye-like spice that then plunges into grassy citrus with nuances of hay, and a faint kick of pale malt. The spice develops peppery hints, moving from green pepper flesh, to white pepper spice as the beer warms. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a crisp-though-heavy mouthfeel and middling carbonation that gives the tongue a nice fluffing, and a slight prickle. When the beer leaves, the tongue is left with a resinous sheen of spittle, while the mouth feels dry and bitter. In all, despite its heavier mouthfeel, the beer goes down bizarrely easy, making it far too easy to drink (I’ve put that to the test…). This is a lovely variation from the IPA’s-with-Lager-Yeast trend that IPL’s have been following as of late, and it actually piques my interest as to continuation of this style. Look at the complexity and subtlety that can be squeezed from milder/non-American hops used in abundance!

Photo of KFBR392
3.27/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: pours a straw yellow color with accents of orange. Half a finger of frothy head which clung to the sides of the glass. Fitting amount of active carbonation.

Smell: hops on the front with notes of straw, airy tropical fruits, and some slightly soapy armas. Cloves with buttery yeast warm up on the body. Lingering orange peel is picked up sparatically But overall a subdued aroma.

Taste: Soap and tropical hops greet the palate. Buttery yeast, oranges, and prairie grass compose the body. Cloying hops and doughy yeast stick to the palate. Pretty much what you'd expect after the aroma.

Mouthfeel: interesting but not exactly great. Oak, soapy, citrus hops, and buttery yeast leave a cloying texture behind.

Overall: I never hesitate to grab these big beers from smuttynose. This one was a touch off but an interesting ride for sure.

Photo of avalon07
4.04/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a golden yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Excellent lacing.

S: A nice, and not too strong aroma of hops, malt, and citrus.

T: Tasted of light citrus notes (orange, lemon), malt, a good shot of spicy hops, and a slightly bready quality. There are times when brewers make this style overly aggressive, but this isn't one of them. It's a well balanced flavor.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

O: On the whole, this is a solidly made, well thought out beer. Never overpowering and fairly refreshing.

Photo of johnnnniee
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Bert's
Pours a slightly hazy light golden color with a huge bubbly white head that slowly recedes leaving lots of stickies on the glass. Light crackery malt offset with floral, citrus, and peppery notes, with light yeasty esters as well. The flavor is lightly sweet crackery malt that quickly gives way to some odd yeasty phenols that make me think of Belgian yeast. Earthy and spicy hop flavors come in quickly and a moderate amount of hop bitterness finishes us off and lingers long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation. This grew on me towards the end of the pint, but I'm not a huge fan of this beer.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Talkin' about a full flavored lager, Smuttynose pieces and parts together a taste that has the soul of lager, but is sharply hoppy like IPA, pushed in strength but doesn't boast an alcohol flavor, and all the while captures a grand sense of drinkability. One thing's for sure- this isn't your fathers lager beer!

Semi-sweet malt flavors gravitate toward fruit esters and honeysuckle floral notes as the nose is a tantilizing bouquet of citrus and fruit blossom while its taste is bready and honey-sweet. But its quick seduction is short-lived as its earthy and spicy tastes come quick.

The middle blooms with the sweet grain, grassy, and straw flavors of earth and stem. Its rich grain taste and texture is crisp, lemony, grapefruity and orange-like as its hop character catches an herbal and citrusy character. Lemongrass, sassafras and tea round out the bulk of the taste before the beer closes.

And crisply, cleanly and sudden does this beer finish. Its short apple, lemon and pear-type sulfurs give a rise to the spicy bitterness of hops that needle at the mouth with pin-point precision, stinging the mouth with its refreshment. Its dry closure is accessorized with expressive carbonation and an arid creaminess to boot.

Though FrankenLager is indeed a lager at heart, its strength exceedes the normal ranges for such pilsners and its hop character is as experimental as it is refined. All come together to give this golden ale a striking command at both lager brewing and new wave hop usage.

Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Perfectly clear gold. Head is bright-white and bubbly. Drops to a small collar and wispy cap in short order. Moderate carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Decidedly tropical. Lots of mango and peach. Super clean lager yeast. Juicy fruit. Pineapple. Slight biscuity malt with a nice pale sweetness. A touch herbal layered through the back. Super fruity and tropical.

Taste: Snappy lager yeast with some powdery clean elements. Super tropical. Juicy Fruit and pine needles. A bit of bracing bitterness through the finish. Mango and peach in abundance. Pale malty sweetness. A bit of snappy cracker and flaky biscuit. Sweet. Some hint of mint.

Mouthfeel: Light leading to medium body with a moderate carbonation. Creamy on the sip with a nice clean finish.

Overall: Not a monster.

It's Smuttynose and that's a good thing. A bit sweeter than the typical IPL, but it works. Hyper fruity which messes with a bit of the overall drinkability.

Photo of ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle poured into a globe.

A: Brassy in color with great clarity. Bubbly white head hangs around at a half inch in height. Small, spotty lacing.

S: Some earthiness up front with wet leafy hop aromas coming forward. A little yeasty. Whiffs of orange peel, mango, and a touch of pineapple. Very slight whiff of alcohol and a suggestion of grape skin. Sweet bready malts with a hint of toast.

T: Sweet bready malts and toast. Straw and wet grain. Earthy hop tastes of wet leaves and bark; more playful tastes of mango and orange peel underneath. Sweet bud and passion fruit too. Alcohol is stiff and strong, skirting the line over which it would be considered hot and boozy, but never crossing it. Minty. White grape skin and juicy fruit. Bready and toasty finish with a lingering fruity taste.

M: Very full in body with a real sense of substance. It has heft, but it isn't weighty. Firm and creamy. Light prickling carbonation. Light boozy warmth, mild hop astringency.

O: I personally enjoyed this beer, but I'm not sure if the average beer geek will get where this is coming from. These days 'IPL' automatically calls Jack's Abby and their Hoponius Union to mind, at least in this market. For good reason too, they basically created the style. This beer is not really a riff off of that approach though. It isn't boldly hoppy in the vein of a west coast IPA. It comes off more as a great big dortmunder lager with some nice supporting tropical hops. But the average beer aficionado still doesn't know much about the dortmunder style either, so marketing it that way wouldn't be any better really. I guess I'm rambling. Bottom line is that this is a good beer.

Photo of brureview
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light lemon-yellow color in a pilsner glass. 2F head which quickly resolved itself.

Mild citrus aroma.

The mouth feel is mildly carbonated.

The taste is very different. Citrus- but not easy to identify. Perhaps an "off" citrus taste- almost like a "barnyard" taste in a Saison.

The finish is lightly bitter with a strong presence of fruit- the taste carries through to the palate.
I can taste citrus on the back of my tongue.

This is a lager, which I have not tasted from Smuttynose. It's a very different beer- not stylized.
It's truly a hybrid. Quite interesting, but not my type of beer. It seems more experimental.
I like most of the beers I have tasted from the brewery- and although it's a good beer, it's not the aroma/taste profile I enjoy drinking.

Photo of Jwale73
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%

22oz. bottle served in a tulip. Best by 11/2014 indicated on the bottleneck. Pours a slightly hazy, orange-gold with a frothy, 1/2 inch bright white head. Nose expresses pilsner malts and light, fruit esters. Taste consistent with nose with addition of some noble hops bittering, a hint of pine and a slight medicinal quality at the finish. Mouthfeel is light-medium in body with slight oiliness to the texture and a crisp carbonation. A decent brew - body is not too malty; however, the lingering medicinal bitterness in the flavor profile is a bit much.

Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best By 11/08/14

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that slowly fade down to a nice fluffy cap that leaves decent lacing

S: Clean and fruity up front, some definite citrus and pine notes from the hops, as well as some light graininess

T: Starts off with the fruitiness and light graininess which includes the citrusy hop notes. Some lightly bitter pine notes also come through a little later with some bready malts. Finishes with a hint of bitterness and a little bit of the malt/grain

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid IPL with a good balance between the bitterness and fruity notes from the hops and the bready and grainy notes from the malts. Very easy to drink and a great alternative from your typical IPA or pilsner

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-A pretty beer, for sure. Pours a glowing, orange color with a thick, fluffy head. Laces consistently.

S-It doesn't bowl me over with its aromatic hoppiness. It's citrusy and somewhat tropical in terms of hops but I find the pleasant Lager yeastiness and white, malty, breadiness to be the best part of the nose.

T-The mixture of Lager yeastiness and it's odd hoppiness give this beer a very harsh initial bite. In terms of hoppy flavor, I get some sweet floral hops, light tropical flavors and grass. I get apples as well. The Lager yeast tastes almost chalky and the malt is big of biscuit and bread.

M-Medium bodied. It's not intensely bitter. Alcohol hidden well. Flavors don't linger very long.

O-I was pretty excited to try this but I think it didn't really pan out. The first sip wasn't all that fun and even when I became accustomed to the flavor, I still wasn't very impressed. After about half the bomber, it did grow on me a bit; so overall it turned out to be a pretty decent beer.

Photo of Bierman9
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

After the whole Family celebrated Caitlins NEC graduation at the Portsmouth Brewery yesterday (17MAY14), we swung by the new Smutty facility where I picked up my case of Frankenlager... Had one last night, but this one is official....

Poured about half into a Sammy pint glass... It is a bright, hazy, golden yellow color. Carbo is aggressive and plentiful, though the head is fine, white and thin. Lacing, though, is still decent. I find the nose is a bit restrained, with some citrus coming through after a bit. The body just barely gets its nose into medium range, and the feel is mostly smooth on the tongue.

The flavor has some light, crackery malt which imparts some very subtle sweetness. Yet soon after you'll encounter a lot of fruity action. This is a mixed bag, with some green apple and pear plus more tart notes like lemon and grapefruit. It is almost chalkily dry at the finish, where some rindy bitterness comes into play.

An interesting Monster of a bier, which I'm sure can help you get over the hump on a tough day (what 'ump?).

Prosit!

3.74/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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Smuttynose Frankenlager from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 117 ratings.