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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BA SCORE
85
very good

181 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
Wants: 5
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!”

Prost!

15 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-23-2010)
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Photo of Brad007
4.72/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a two-finger head into my glass. Very good color-wise.

Aroma is chock full of grainy malt with a decent touch of hops. Simple and elegant at the same time.

Taste is full of crisp malt, reminiscent of fresh-baked buterry bread. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel is just right and not as harsh as it can be in other examples of the style that I've sampled. Warms the stomach too.

Move over Prima Pils. Smuttynose has crafted a worthy contender to thy throne!

Photo of joepais
4.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this with notes, and yes I had it from a bottle in October. I was fooling around with the smutty brewers saying they were trying to one up Tod Mott on this one, after the great Pills Tod brewed. So they slipped me a bottle to try. I poured this into a Pills glass and I was greeted with a two finger head on top of a clear golden yellow brew.

The bready aromas of yeast starts this one off followed with some nice lemon citrus hops. I did get a slight, I mean slight toast or roast in the nose as well.

I love lagers I wish my local breweries' did more. The subtle sweet bready malts along with the delicate grassy hops are delightful. I think the clean and crisp aspect of the brew make this an awesome drinking brew. The slightly drying hop finish completes it. This brew would be way to easy to drink mass quantities of. I hope to see more of this next year.

Photo of bnes09
4.51/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon color lager with a weakish head. Good clarity and lots of visible bubbles.

Fresh citric, leafy aroma with mild bread grains. Simple and satisfying.

Light malt character with bread and cereal grains. Perfect hop balance with lemon, grass and spinach leaves. Crisp, hoppy finish.

Light bodied and very well carbonated. Just enough malty texture to excite the palate and bring the flavors to life. Smooth in the middle with a satisfying dryness in the end.

This beer embodies everything I love about pilsners.

Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of erogers
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.5/5  rDev +20%

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.48/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of pburland23
4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I spent last weekend visiting a buddy who works for Smuttynose and he had just picked up a case of Vunderbahr. Good timing for me.

Beer pours a bright, clean, clear golden color with a finger of bright white head. Nose is very kolsch-like. It's slightly bready with a nice helping of sweet malts.

The taste is grassy and hearty with some caramel malt sweetness. It's an amazing crisp and smooth tasting pilsener.

It's light-bodied and eminently drinkable lager. As for drinkability, it's amazing. Smooth, crisp, easy to drink. I wish Smutty would release Vunderbahr as a regular release as this it would be a great, gateway craft beer for non-beer geeks.

Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth. Served in a Smuttynose Big Beer snifter glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color and completely clear. Served with a two finger, white and pillowy head with good retention.

Aroma: Herbal hop notes everywhere. A little bit of bubblegum sweetness comes in there too. Very clean and fresh.

Taste: Bitter, herbal hop character asserts itself first. Nicely balanced by some sweetness from the pale malt. A little herbal and rustic toward the end. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and crisp. Light bodied. Just floats through your mouth. Definitely the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: The clean flavors and really smooth mouthfeel make this incredibly easy to drink. Definitely an ideal lawnmower beer.

Overall, an extremely crisp and refreshing beer that really is perfect for a warm summner day. Easily accessible yet complex. Definitely worth seeking out.

Photo of smakawhat
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.28/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow with a frothy white head that hangs around for the duration and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, bitter herbs, and yeasty dough with some slight floral notes.

A bitter and zesty lemon punch up front backed by a smooth biscuity middle. Ends on a bitter herb note with a clean dry finish. This is an excellent pilsner.

Photo of anewlanguage
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Lukebell15
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of zprzysie
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of Gregwa
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of jbertsch
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of AlcahueteJ
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of BeerBouncer
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of timothybarney
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of riy3rd
4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Photo of uustal
4.15/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow, almost see through. Bright white one-finger head. Aroma of grass, light toasted grain. Very light, crisp, compact flavor. Light sweet grass flavor. Toasty grains, yeast and sweet pale malt. Hint of spice, but like the general flavor, nothing overpowering or dominating. Very cohesive, drinkable, crisp and dry.

Photo of dar482
4.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is clear and yellow like a pilsner should be with a big head.

The aroma is of grassy hops.

The flavor is addictive. It has great German hops pilsner characteristics. There's a good malt backbone along with it.It has an amazing carbonation and a fine dry finish.

It's a quite addictive beer. The dry finish and good hops makes this a really good beer. Unfortunately, I had a bottle that was too old. However, it still stood out as one of the best America made pilsners I have had. I would love to get this fresh with more hops.

Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best by 10/24/13. ABV 5.2%.

Brilliantly clear and clean light golden to lemon yellow body. Tall, two fingers of frothy, whipped, bright white head. Very lively carbonation. Great lacing. Grainy, biscuity, bready malt notes blend with sea air funk noble hops and fresh cut grass.

Slightly nutty, toasted grain bite up front. Bready, biscuity malts fill in. Touch of honey sweetness. Snappy, peppery, moderately bitter hops back it all up. Dry finish, with lingering sweetish bread malts and grassy, herbal hop bitterness. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. A great addition to the summer beer lineup.

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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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