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Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Portsmouth LagerSmuttynose Portsmouth Lager

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BA SCORE
83
good

250 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 250
Reviews: 226
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Vienna Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001)
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Reviews by JackStraw22:
Photo of JackStraw22
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden amber body, slightly hazy. Nice big white head, with pretty good retention and nice lacing. Nice big spicy nose and a light citrusy sweetness. The taste is dominated by the spicy hops making it refreshing. It tastes a little one dimensional though, it needs some more balance in my opinion. I like the toasty aftertaste. Slightly slick mouthfeel. Good lager, definately worth a try.

JackStraw22, Jul 26, 2005
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this down here in NC.Nice straw-color didnt get much head but thjats ok.Had a little sweetness to it wich I kinda liked,went down pretty easy.Good beer like Great Lakes style a little better,a nice change though from the dark ales Ihave been drinking this winter.Good beer no frills just good.

oberon, Feb 02, 2003
Photo of kaimcm
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

bottle poured into a Smutty pint glass.

A: Beautiful deep gold body. Head retention is minimal however.

S: Toasty malt, slight hops...im just not getting much. A little citrus as well.

T: Malt up front, slightly sweet but well balanced. More toast/roast character. A small hop profile, just pricks the back of the tongue on the way down and then comes through in the finish. Again, a little more citrus.

M: Good weight, nice carbonation.

D: Goes down easy, low ABV, but not interesting enough for me to want another.

Overall a nice example of the style, which to me, is boring. I feel they have better examples of simpler styles (i.e. brown ale, pale ale, etc..not big beer), like the Brown Dog, which are much more interesting.

kaimcm, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good, everyday beer. Orange color, small head. Floral aroma, a little sweet. It had a hoppy, citrus taste, very good. Fairly full-bodied, a pleasant beer to drink. I usually keep some Geary's around for "relaxed" drinking, but this will have to fit in my fridge also.

lordofthewiens, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep yet pale mahogany amber hue, sweet malty aroma that is close to candy like until the toasted grain aroma pushes its way into the nostrils. Very malty but with an ample bitterness to tame the sweetness a bit, toasted malt flavours are quite predominant throughout. A tasty lager just a bit too much of the toasted malt flavour for my liking, I’d still go back to this beer once in a while.

Jason, Apr 15, 2002
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, the label has a notch for July as being the month this was brewed in, 2005??? I hope so, but no real idea if this is so. Anyway, I'll give good ole' Smutty the benefit of the doubt, This one pours light orangy amber, quite clear with a moderatly dense white head. Thick lacing left on the glass. Nose is of cloves and a bit soapy. This a light and easy drinking lager. Malty for the most part, light hops dry out the finish, but only slightly. Decent everyday/warm weather brew. Fine thirst quencher. Good beer to wash down a summer sandwedge

Billolick, Jul 14, 2005
Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Cavanaghty, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of bpfrush
3/5  rDev -18%

bpfrush, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Thrasher
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deep golden orange with good head, medicinal aroma. Lots of thick sweet malts, surprising for this style of lager. Ends up being quite salty and very New England. Hops compensate for this by finishing the beer extraordinarily bitterly. Bitterness lingers well through the finish and skews any balance, knocking down drinkability a bit. Still there is a good brew lurking under here, would go well with all kinds of food, particularly roast chicken I'm guessing. It just overshoots the mark a little bit.

Thrasher, Jul 17, 2002
Photo of yankeeheel
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow with the usual two finger white head. Slight retention and a little bit of lacing. Smells slightly sweet, almost a little honey to it, and of course, slightly hoppy.

Tastes quite nice. Yeasty sweet intro is followed by a nice moderately bodied middle. A little bit of buttery dicetyl in the middle and a nicely hopped ending that has just a scant essence of rye in the aftertaste. Nice solid lager.

yankeeheel, Jan 24, 2004
Photo of BadBadger
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a very pleasant lager. It pours a nice dark gold/amber color. There is pleanty of head on this beer. The carbonation is nicely done, the head continued to grew throughout. Tasty: nice malts. Enjoy one of these fine beers, they are pleasantly drinkable.

BadBadger, Jun 02, 2004
Photo of mcarroll10177
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A- light amber color with some tight white lacing

S- some hops, a clean smell of grass

T- solid taste of some malted hops with a clean crisp finish. It does not taste like a vienna lager, but it does taste very good.

M- balanced with just the right amount of carbination

D- an easy drinking clean finishing beer that tastes nothing like the style suggests, but more like a BMC done right. Drink on!

mcarroll10177, Jun 03, 2007
Photo of dacrza1
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fourth of the Smuttynose winter sampler--and a while since I've had a true lager! Full white head that settles to uneven cirrus clouds on an effervescent orange body...has a strong look about it... light malts... the nostril presence is balanced and a bit fruity--pleasant...soft presence...not active but relaxed and drinkable in a positive way... a bit crunchy in the teeth, but only when chewed... malt is obvious... esther lays soft on the back of the mouth--flirts like a pilsner but holds with a lager backbone... hops are slight but noticeable...as lagers go, pleasant and easy--medium-bodied but probably a good beer for a six-pack evening...

dacrza1, Apr 15, 2008
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Portsmouth Lager by Smuttynose

poured a cloudy orange with a decent white head that held up nicely.
The aroma was malty and sweet, maybe a touch of honey and slighty citrusy/fruity.
The taste was nice, a little sweet with an ever so slight bitterness. Malts present along with a hint of orange peel. Very smooth otherwise and goes down well.

A very nice light lager that would go great with a meal. Chicken!
Easily drinkable.

NJpadreFan, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before 11/07 consumed on 6/22/07

AP: A robust pour provides us with a sparkling, vibrant gold color with tiny bubbles and good carbonation making a two-finger, frothy and cotton-white head color and texture. There is some minimal lacing left around the glass for a bit.

nose: sour, musty yeast, herbal hops, butterscotch and caramel malted wheat and vanilla. The malt aroma is very buttery and sweet smelling. Oooh yeah!

flavor: Mildly sweet caramalized malted wheat with a pleasant butterscotch-like flavor that is balanced with a mildly sour yeast and hops. Overall the balance is good with every element recieving a noticable "tip o the hat" to the flavanoid receptors on the palate. As time goes by the sweetness of the malt and the butterscotch effect becomes more prominant. Overall, the big, smooth buttery malt is balanced perfectly with a sour-dough and bready yeast and zesty-herbal hop that is right on.

Feel: Medium bodied, crisp and lively on the tongue going down smooth with a mild dry effect. Did I mention this lager is smooth and pretty heady!!?? cuz...it is.

DA: This is a highly drinkable lager. O.k that's an understatement, this is one of the most enjoyable lagers I've ever had. Period.

GratefulBeerGuy, Jun 29, 2007
Photo of jmz62565
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a nice looking lager.Darker than most and a nice two finger lacey head.This has a pretty strong smell for a lager.You can smell lemon,hops,and yeast.This has a nice flavor.I'm not a big fan of this brewer,but this is very refreshing and tasty.A nice summer beer for a BBQ.Good job Smuttynose.

jmz62565, Sep 30, 2005
Photo of QXSTER1
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange brew with wispy white quickly dissapating head. Initial taste is noble hops over a clean malt background. Hops cuts the sweetness and gives a full bodied mouthfeel and a pleasant, refreshing bite. I really liked this as a thirst quencher after a hot day at work. Not a wimpy lager and one I can recommend for summer refreshment.

QXSTER1, Jul 23, 2002
Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A golden hue with slight amber undertones poking through the body. The head I thought would fade quickly but is now staying healthily above the brew. Some spotty white lacing remains as I drink.

Smell: A nice balance of sweet malt and hops with some strength to each but not unbalanced. A little bit of toasted graininess in there also.

Taste: There's a pleasant but unexpected sourness to this brew that I really like, which takes it up a notch for me. It ends up being pretty lip smacking in that sense. There's a nice malt sweetness with enough hops there--possibly adding that sourness with the bitterness--to curb everything nicely to a fine and lingering finish ending with some sweetness, sourness, and the slightest of bitterness. The sourness seems to get more prevalent as it warms also.

Mouthfeel: Lots of carbonation makes this full without being spritzy, which is good enough to contribute to making this a session brew.

Drinkability: A solid lager from Smuttynose and light enough to be pretty thirst quenching in this nasty heat. I could see a few of these going amazingly well with some burgers at a cookout at this point in the summer.

asabreed, Jul 13, 2006
Photo of Metalmonk
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a toasty golden color with a head that was large at first but settled extremely fast, nothing but a thin skim in less than a minute.

Clean, subtle smell of cracked wheat, super-light lemon and Honeycombs cereal (more grain than honey).

Taste is delicate, mild lemon and honey notes at the forefront, relatively strong malt character, and obvious bittering from the hops, neither too piney nor too citrusy. Well-balanced, refreshing, light and crisp in the mouth, not too dry. Bit of a papery flatness in the finish, but nothing that screams "this beer is expired" (it was in fact bottled only a month ago).

True to style, and of a decent quality, enjoyable and very drinkable, but it doesn't exactly stand out in the lager field and it's not what Smuttynose is best at.

Metalmonk, Feb 04, 2007
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With my flight out of New Hampshire for over two hours I had nothing to do but try all of the Smuttynose beers on tap. From notes scribbled on the back of a coaster...

Slightly hazy golden amber with a short/creamy white head. Holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar and whispy surface covering. Some nice lace at the outset.

Clean, mild malt and hops in the nose.

Crisp, medium bodied, standard carb.

Very nice bready and toasty malt backed by a solid backbone of drying bitterness and accented with grassy & lightly spicy hops. Finishes dry with some lingering toasted malt and grassy hops.

Clean. Well brewed. Nicely balanced. Quite drinkable.

NeroFiddled, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of tempest
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a cool beer, my first instinct was that it was an awesome take on the Macro lager style. This came from the light malt flavors akin to a BMC but sans adjunct funk. There was a nice hops kick, about on par with a good pilsner. It doesn't really compare with Sam Adams as a vienna lager, or even the Mexican counterparts. If I had to call it anything, I'd say "american pils."

tempest, May 14, 2007
Photo of mangledorf
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured this after having tried the Smuttynose IPA and APA the night before. Came into the glass with brief with fluff above a clean gold mass.

Although my first sensation was not taste rather how smooth and refreshing this beer is cold, I picked up on a non-simple array of taste landings.

Smells like light, but not airy. An enjoyable and accessible beer for sure. Another good selection from this brewery.

mangledorf, Sep 06, 2008
Photo of cliff1066
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

cliff1066, Dec 16, 2012
Photo of UncleFrank
3.3/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle confused me. It says bottled on date = November. Does this mean best drink by date since we are not in November, or do I have a really old beer? Let taste and see.

Color is orange/amber with a thin white head. It leaves a bit of bubbles rather than lace on the glass. The aroma is biscut/bread malty, not sweet, with no hops present at all. Taste reminds me of an Oktoberfest. Clean lager with more pronounced maltyness gives way to earthy hops to balance then finishes clean.

I like this beer. It’s a combination I’m not used to. Old or not, I will be back to the store to purchase more. Have you ever had a beer where the number score is less than you expected? I have had one. I have to rank by what I think when breaking it down, but again, I like this beer. Cheers!

UncleFrank, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of kenito799
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle from Sumttynose variety 12-pack, best before Jan 07, poured into tall lager glass.

Pours a light amber color, not a lot of head formation, but fairly nice lacing.

Aroma fully hop-forward, floral, with caramelly-roasted malt beneath. Is this a lager?

Mouthfeel light, strong carbonation. Crisp dry malt with hoppy bitterness, start to finish...a long, bitter, puckeringly hoppy finish. A lager-IPA hybrid...the light lager malt can't really handle this much hop attack. Probably the best use of this bitter, dry knife is for cutting through sweet, spicy Thai food like a laser. Certainly crisp, certainly aromatic, but balanced it is not!

kenito799, Nov 14, 2006
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Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.