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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
84
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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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +1.1%

Appearance: clear, amber color, with a short, fizzy head.
Aroma: soft, mellow, sweet, and even a tiny bit fruity.
Nice and even, good malt, light to medium in body, short finish, but still tasty.
Hops are light, malt is thick, and the taste? Just right.
A really smooth, tasty, easy-going lager.
I liked it, and gave thanks to Bierman9 for providing.

10-29-2003 23:04:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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IrishRedRock

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

For a lager, this one get high marks for appearance. Comparing it to other lagers, that is. Very appealing deep golden color with a head that starts rather large, settles down, but still stays a good quarter inch thick with a lot of lacing. The aromas are quite interesting, or rather not what I expected. Very strong toasted malt nose with a lot of bread.

Maltiness follows in the flavor. The cooked, almost burnt maltiness is not much to my liking. I've had this beer straight from the bottle and pouring it into a glass definitely intensifies this characteristic, as it should. More flavorful this way, but it's a flavor I don't like all that much. It certainly is not bad however, I can easily finish my glass. The mouthfeel is quite pleasant. Smooth and not over-carbonated as many lagers are. For those who like toasted malts, this if for you. Not a bad lager, but one I don't see myself coming back to.

10-08-2003 21:26:07 | More by IrishRedRock
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goz

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Pours a light amber, with a smallish-white head that quickly recedes to a small ring that laces nicely. Aroma has some caramel, apple, light grape, and a bit of spice from the hops. Flavor is mostly sweet, good amounts of peach and apple, light ammounts of caramel, and a nice spicy hop finish. Medium body, clean, crisp, and refreshing...exactly what a lager should be.

10-08-2003 01:19:40 | More by goz
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Stopper

Connecticut

2.98/5  rDev -18.6%

Starts with a very modest beige head topping a bright, clear orange. The head fades quickly to just a thin sheet of tiny bubbles across the top. The aroma is of a surprisingly full and very slightly sweet maltiness. A first sip reveals a body that is fuller than I would have expected as well. Most of the initial flavor is of light malt and little hops, but enough to be decently balanced. The finish is not overly dry and a slight hop bitterness remains, with very little hop flavor.

Overall, this is a bit maltier than I expected it to be, but not impressively so. And not overly impressively anything else either. It's a decent refresher and, in my opinion, something you can drink without feeling guilty about not thinking too hard about what you're tasting.

09-18-2003 03:37:30 | More by Stopper
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UncleFrank

Connecticut

3.3/5  rDev -9.8%

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!

09-12-2003 23:47:15 | More by UncleFrank
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UnionMade

New York

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

Pours a pretty average amber color. I think almost every craft brewed "lager" looks like this. Thick white head with some lasting qualities.
Aroma is distictly lager-ish clean, with a bit of dryness and extra malty goodness. Hops are subdued, with a light herbal aroma.
Flavor is rich and malty, with a fuller body than I was expecting. Clean, with a bit of graininess. Pronounced toasted malt flavor. Somewhat dry in the finish, with little aftertaste, just a touch of breadiness. Hops take a back seat, which is ok with me, and I'm enjoying this, bro. Try it sometime.

08-29-2003 17:55:54 | More by UnionMade
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hotstuff

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -7.7%

Dayton, OH AleFest:A very smooth and very drinkable beer that was light bodied.It formed a small sized tan head with fine sized bubbles.It had a clear and uncarbonated body with a reddish-gold hue.The nose was malty and mildly hoppy.The flavor was hoppy which left an aftertaste.The lacing was fair with this beer.

08-28-2003 13:12:43 | More by hotstuff
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ElGuapo

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Golden orange color brew with a nice medium sized white head that will die slowly leaving your glass coated in foam. Grassy hops come to the nose giving you an awakening with spice. Pale malts hit next to give you a feeling of balance.

There is a nice floral earthy arrangement of hops that gives this beer a very interesting flavor. It is medium to light bodied, but it does not lack any flavor. A huge grainy blast comes in after the initial hop kick, and then the hops are back to finish before the two combine to make the aftertaste. It is great for the summer, and an unbeleiveable session brew. This was definitely my pleasant surprise brew of the summer.

08-25-2003 22:09:25 | More by ElGuapo
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SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -14.5%

mearly a slightly above average lager from smuttynose. nothing more, nothing less. pours a nice amber colour with virtually no head. smells and tastes of toasted grains and malts. a bit heavy on the toasted taste for my liking, but certainly not overbearing. unexpectedly, a bit watery as well, but it's a pretty smooth brew that has potential for a session beer. again, not amongst my favourite lagers but i've had many, many other worse ones. i'd go back to this one on occasion.

08-02-2003 01:14:46 | More by SixpointJMH
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WesWes

New York

4.03/5  rDev +10.1%

The beer pours a pale golden color with virtually no head. There's just a bit of lacing. The nose is of pale malts and lager yeast. It's actually a pretty good smell considering I hate the smell of most lager beers. The taste is good also, although I thought the carbonation was a tad light for this style. The mouthfeel is low, but I feel it should be a little less. Lagers are supposed to be thrown down like water. This one drank well, but it tasted too good and went down slower than most.

07-11-2003 18:51:02 | More by WesWes
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +10.7%

Sampled on tap at Portsmouth Brewery, Portsmouth, NH.

This lager poured a clear, amber color with thin, white foam that left some lace. The smell was malty and biscuity, but mild. The taste was malty and biscuity with a hint of sweetness and fruitiness. The hop presence was low. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with a nice, lingering malt and biscuit flavor. The body was medium and the carbonation was low. This was a rather nice, easy to drink lager.

07-07-2003 14:58:15 | More by UncleJimbo
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yen157

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +5.2%

Fluffy, off-white head on top of the clear, light amber beer. Nose is malty sweet. In the mouth there was a bottle for taste superiority. First toasted grains, then bitterness, then sweet, fruity malt, then a spicy hop finish. I’m not sure who won, the malt or the hops, and I really don’t care. This was one tasty beer. Crisp and refreshing yet more complex than the average good lager due to the toasted malt. I will certainly pick this up again, especially when the non-craft beer drinkers come over. This would make a great transitional beer.

05-02-2003 05:01:32 | More by yen157
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

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.

02-02-2003 10:58:29 | More by oberon
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Gusler

Arizona

3.83/5  rDev +4.6%

The beer pours a nice limpid dark amber color, the head average in size, the texture frothy, and the lace a nice fine sheet to coat the glass. Malt is the nose, crisp and clean, the start malt and lightly sweet, the top skimpy in feel, and the finish mildly carbonated, the hops perky in their spicy bite, aftertaste long lasting and hop bitter. A nice drinking Lager that was in the package from Bierman9, thanks yet again, also 848 days since my last sample.

01-17-2003 16:18:28 | More by Gusler
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kunzbrew

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

This brew pours a medium to light straw color with no head or lace left behind. Earthy cherry notes hit the nose as I smell the glass. The palate stings with a lot of carbonation and the cherry notes stay around as an after taste. The hops are not strong in the sense of bitterness but the aroma hops are nice and the nose rather well. This is a pretty good brew from Smutty.

Cheers

01-13-2003 16:00:22 | More by kunzbrew
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MaineBeerMan

Maine

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

Crystal clear amber orange hued beer with a white head that shrinks rapidly to a collar that leaves rings around the glass.
Sweet malt is the major aroma with a bit of fruitiness also. The flavor is quite well balanced between the sweet toasty malt and the bitter slightly earthy hops. Light to medium body with a dry bitter hop finish. Damned tasty beer I would definitely drink again, would make a nice session brew.

11-24-2002 14:23:39 | More by MaineBeerMan
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BillyBrew

Maine

4.33/5  rDev +18.3%

A great bitter lager.

Hazey copper colour with lace and swirls that last. Heavy hop-oil nose. Strong hop-oil bitterness over a thick sweetish malt base. Bitterr-crisp, medium body with lagered smothness and slight carbonated edginess.

Great meeting of bitterness and lager. Strong flavor and nose. A pleasure. Enjoy. Cheers!

11-10-2002 11:49:19 | More by BillyBrew
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

4.43/5  rDev +21%

As lagers go, one of the better ones. Pours well with an Autumn like hue. I could taste the hops, but without any bitterness. An excellent beer when you intend to drink a few.

10-01-2002 10:00:24 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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StevieW

Florida

4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Rated against all beers this is good, rated against other lagers, this is excellent. Copper to rusty orange color, with a smooth, full, nicely formed beige head. Creamy hop bubbles poke through the foam. Very inviting rich malt smell, slightly toasted bread smell. Taste is well balanced, very sweet malty start. Good hop bite slips by the tongue, but doesn't linger. Rich medium bodied lager, no traces of watery finishes of so many others. Could be my new favorite lager.....yep it is. I'm becoming a big fan of the smuttynose beers.

09-20-2002 15:31:23 | More by StevieW
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QXSTER1

Pennsylvania

4.22/5  rDev +15.3%

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.

07-23-2002 13:47:53 | More by QXSTER1
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Thrasher

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

07-17-2002 14:40:58 | More by Thrasher
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beernut7

Massachusetts

4.58/5  rDev +25.1%

I have rarely sample an American lager of this quality. A nice deep amber hue sets this one apart as well as its not-so-light body. Malty sweetness is not overbearing adn is balanced well with mild hopping. Very flavorful brew and very smooth.

05-08-2002 04:28:40 | More by beernut7
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Jason

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

04-15-2002 15:33:36 | More by Jason
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +6%

Bottle review from 14JAN03...
Ports Lager is extremely clear, and is a medium/light copper color. Hard pour gave a small, creamy head at first, yet quickly shrank to a fine, very thin layer. Lacing was minimal. A pleasant aroma wafted up from the glass, emitting some mild, bready type malt as well as suggestions of hops, though not strong at all. Body was decent enough, and it flowed quite smoothly on the tongue so as to not ruffle any taste-bud feathers. Flavor is more to the malt side, with toasty/bready attributes. A subtle floral-hop taste hits the back of the tongue and throat at the finish, with a bit of spiciness. This makes a good session bier. Prosit!!

overall: 3.8
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 4 | drinkability: 4

*** ***

On-tap review from 30JAN02...
On tap at Portsmouth Brewery. Light copper in color, almost straw-like. Hardly any head retention, though. Very mild hoppy nose; a bit too mild, imho. Medium body and tongue....not too bad overall. Hoppy flavor throughout, a bit on the bitter side for me. Not bad. (4.0/3.0/3.5/4.0/3.5 = 3.55).

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01-30-2002 15:22:01 | More by Bierman9
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev -18%

Fairly sweet, with a somewhat grainy background. Holds it own against European imports, but does not really excel beyond them.

01-20-2002 20:42:34 | More by Brent
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Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 250 ratings.