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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - VunderbarSmuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar

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172 Ratings

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 3
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
Made for taking a break from the Sturm und Drang of modern life, this elegantly refreshing pilsner was created with German malt balanced with the spicy tang of Czech Saaz hops. The bread and biscuit flavors of the grain are topped with the floral character of the Noble hop, which may just get you to shimmy into your favorite lederhosen, bust into a quick schuhplattler and loudly proclaim, “Das ist Vunderbar!”


15 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-23-2010)
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Reviews by Johnnyfacelift:
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New York

4.48/5  rDev +19.1%

Great looking beer when poured. Light straw color with just a touch of haze. Good head that's in it for the long haul. The smell is a pleasant mix of light malt, spicy hops and that lager yeast that is so refreshing in the heat. The hops are up front in flavor, but not strong, just present. This fades into the light malt and lager yeast notes. Crisp and refreshing!

06-20-2012 16:42:52 | More by Johnnyfacelift
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%

Best by 11/13/13.Poured into a pilsner dulled lemon tinged lighter golden with a sticky half finger white head atop,a decent amount of broken lace left behind as it settled.I get a whiff of floral and herbal hops right up front with a tinge of iron and bread dough,northern German hopped up pilsner is what Iam thinking.Pretty dry and crisp on the palate with a mineral tinge,leafy and floral hop profile,and a firm bready base although not over done in the doughy department.A clean hoppy pils but with real flavor,it's gonna go good with the sausage and sauerkraut in the slow cooker.

08-07-2013 20:06:01 | More by oberon
Photo of MadScientist

New York

3.76/5  rDev 0%

A: A straw colored beer with excellent clarity. The rocky white head fades to a ring of foam and a thin film of bubbles.

S: Hello Saaz hops! Lots of spicy and floral Saaz with some light grassy notes and moderately-strong Pilsner malt. There is a bit of biscuit and bread to malt aroma.

T: A medium, spicy hops flavor and bitterness with the moderate honey, malt flavor of the Pilsner malt. There are some secondary malt characters of biscuit and bread but the balance of this beer is fairly bitter. There balance of flavors is pretty good but it falls apart a bit with a little harshness in the finish.

O: A crisp, hop focused, bitter beer that is slightly unbalanced but to be fair the brew suggested an enjoy by date about six weeks back. It's still a pretty decent beer but I can imagine this is a very good beer when it's fresh and I'll keep an eye out for next years release. I greatly appreciate a brewer that will put an bottle on or enjoy by date; when you're getting a hoppy beer you want to know that sort of thing.

03-27-2013 00:09:39 | More by MadScientist
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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%

As most pilsners are, to me at least, this was a nice-looking beer. Golden color, medium-sized white head, a bit of lace.

Floral hops aroma. A lot of sweet malt.

The taste had more of a malt character, sweet and sugary. The hops were still there, but in a more secondary position.

More sweet than crisp, but still a nice mouthfeel. I would drink more of these.

10-24-2012 20:48:01 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of csmartin6

New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

07-31-2013 01:12:58 | More by csmartin6
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

07-14-2013 01:10:43 | More by Todd
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%

12 ounce bottle with best before dating (11/14/12) purchased just the other day from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours very light and very clear. Near white head, shows moderate retention, before going to a thicker film and leaving just some quickly departing bits of lacing.

Sniff of some light sweet malts.

Light and easy drinking, hints of rye and lime. Dangerously sessionable. Clean and straight forward. Decent pilsner.

06-27-2012 01:35:11 | More by Billolick
Photo of acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-30-2013 23:48:13 | More by acurtis
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-29-2013 22:35:14 | More by dcbeers
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-29-2012 20:37:23 | More by alamode
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-05-2012 16:20:57 | More by Ralphs66
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New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

10-14-2013 13:28:26 | More by ChrisL24481
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

08-02-2013 23:11:30 | More by Lanstrum
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a light golden yellow with a one finger fluffy pure white head. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit (bananas mostly), and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, bananas, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mid carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad, nor was it that great. This one did have some nice flavors going on, but they were just too bundled together and didn't stand out on their own. This one is worth trying at least once, but that would be about it (for me at least).

11-17-2010 12:32:21 | More by thagr81us
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

07-01-2013 12:34:49 | More by somelikehops
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New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-27-2013 10:10:43 | More by Snellgg5
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-13-2012 01:26:57 | More by trevorpost
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New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%

From the bottle stamped with an expiration date of 11/14/12. Sampled on June 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow and slightly murky with an excitable carbonation that turns to a ring and sticks around. When I check out the aroma I really get that traditional German bready malt characteristic with a vague hop note on the backside. The body is mostly light with a keen creamy sensation. The taste is also rather malty but with a vague citrus twist and a soft but bitter hop finale. It works well on a hot day.

06-15-2012 00:11:31 | More by puboflyons
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New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -19.4%

A: Pale lemony-straw, good clarity with a strong visible sense of carbonation. 1 finger off white head holds rather nicely with a fair show of lacing on the demise.

S: Nose is neutral, no hops nor grainy character that im picking up on. Damp and disappointing.

T: Damp and grainy character, but more like a pseudo-craft blonde style flavoring. A pinch dry, bready with some floral hops, not at all spicy with some lemon peels coming on the close out.

M: Light bodied, good tingle of carbonation, slippery smooth texture with a floral bite of hops.Again wishing for some distinct rough grainiess.

O: Overall a bit dry, lacks that distinct grainy and czech hop character, some bitterness but the proof is in the malting and this misses out per style.

11-20-2012 02:08:25 | More by beerthulhu
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

07-29-2013 20:30:50 | More by Dcunicelli
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-07-2012 00:32:32 | More by hoppymcgee
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4.28/5  rDev +13.8%

Poured on tap into a polkal glass at Churchkey DC.

A nice lemon orange body, unfiltered it seems, with a real nice creamy white head about a finger presented. Some small carbonation does rise but hard to see. Some minor lacing also but not much.

Nose is soapy at first, with a grass like hop. Good bit of earth and dirt to it, clean pretty straightforward and alright.

Chewy grainy malt on the taste palate with a floral and chewy earthiness it seems. This feels like a wheat beer in the mouth, dense and bold. Nice tight carbonation with good earthy hop bent and angle. Bold, and very crisp, even creamy as well.

Overall a real great mix of lingering bitterness and sweetness on the swallow too, with a sweet bread finish. Great tasting beer.

07-31-2012 23:52:59 | More by smakawhat
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-03-2013 02:53:12 | More by Chugs13
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

01-18-2013 00:06:33 | More by ScaryEd
Photo of metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down and left lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit and bready malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste has a mixture of bready, biscuit and grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer makes for a good aperitif or a drink to pair with a meal. It’s rather drinkable.

07-16-2012 01:05:57 | More by metter98
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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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