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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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very good

178 Ratings

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
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!”


15 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-23-2010)
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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

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

T: The taste starts out bready with lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then a decent hops presence comes in followed by a mild malt and citrus sweetness creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

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

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer to session with for a long time.

TheManiacalOne, Dec 23, 2012
Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best before 3/17/2013 indicated on the bottle. Pours a bright, translucent yellow with a fluffy, two inch bright white head and copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch cap with small, textured clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a clean grassy character as well as a trace of bright citrus in the background and a suggestion of noble hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, citrus is a little more forward in the flavor profile and there's a bit more of a malt presence in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slight acidity and a lively carbonation. Overall, a nice representation of the style and definitely a beer that I would purchase on a regular basis if it was added as a summer seasonal. That said, If the flavor was a little cleaner and crisper this beer would really excel for the style. Another great beer from Smutty.

Jwale73, Dec 26, 2012
Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This pours a hazy pale straw color with two fingers of frothy white head. A little bit of sparse lace.

Mild grassy hops on the aroma with hints of lemon and some toasty malts. The pallet has a nice biscuit malt character with some hints of grassy hops in the finish.

Nice light body with good carbonation. Overall this one is real good. I'll be sure to grab some four packs of this often.

Bendurgin, May 31, 2012
Photo of Todd
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Todd, Jul 14, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Snellgg5, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of Chugs13
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
Photo of NickBeery
4/5  rDev +6.7%

NickBeery, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured round pilsner malts and a subtle herbal hop.

The taste consisted of soft malts and a moderate noble hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable pils.

plaid75, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of JMUbrewz
4/5  rDev +6.7%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of 11millsown113
4/5  rDev +6.7%

11millsown113, Jan 28, 2012
Photo of jaxon53
4/5  rDev +6.7%

jaxon53, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of goodonezach
4/5  rDev +6.7%

goodonezach, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Thomas_Picton
4/5  rDev +6.7%

Thomas_Picton, May 29, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the Amesbury Ale House.
Pours a light and slightly cloudy straw color with a smallish bone white head that shows some great determination. Smells of sweet malts and lots of spicy earthy hops. Hints of honey and sweet malts with a bit of a lemony tartness. Taste follows the smell fairly well. Lots of earthy floral hops piled on top of a mild sweet malty base. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet almost tart mouthfeel. Nice pilsener I really enjoyed this. Light refreshing and a bit hoppy.

johnnnniee, Mar 18, 2012
Photo of doof116
4/5  rDev +6.7%

doof116, Apr 01, 2012
Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light silvery-yellow hue with a shimmery haze. There's plenty of effervescence in this brew, and the head pours two fingers of frothy white foam. Nice.

Smell: sweet aroma with lots of lager-yeast character. Smooth with a nice finisher of slightly spicy noble hops. Maybe not as clean as a lot of Pilsners, but there's lots of character here which I'm really liking.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a good hop character right up front. There are hops all the way through this from beginning to end, with a fresh noble taste. Bitterness is pretty low considering all the hop character, which just makes this beer all the smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: a quite refreshing and quaffable Pilsner. Maybe not 100% stylistically accurate, but quite tasty nonetheless.

flagmantho, Dec 22, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

dalepryor, Aug 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of LambicKing
4/5  rDev +6.7%

LambicKing, Oct 22, 2012
Photo of seplo
4/5  rDev +6.7%

seplo, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear, dull straw yellow. Highly effervescent. Big rocky white head shows no intention of leaving. Clumps of lacing cling to the glass here and there.

S: Floral and grassy hops with a spike of citrus. Malt base smells of grain and freshly baked bread. Simple but pleasing, and on point for the style.

T: Hop bitterness is stronger than the nose suggests. Grassy, slightly herbal with a leafy edge, a touch oily, and sharply citric. Lime leaf and hints of spritzy lemon. Bitterness is firm and even throughout. Malt tastes are dry with slight grain and biscuit undertones. Dry finish with a hint of grain and a lingering oily, citric hop bitterness.

M: Light in body with a light but smooth and creamy feel. Crisp carbonation.

O: Tasty and an easy quaff. Can't ask for much more on a hot summer day. The sharp hop bitterness adds some acidity that, when taken in tandem with the crisp carbonation, make this beer even more thirst-quenching and drinkable.

ryan1788a5, Jul 08, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

iatethecloudsfor, Dec 28, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

claytong, Mar 26, 2013
Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.