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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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

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BA SCORE
85
very good

168 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 168
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%


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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patpbr

Ohio

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured into a pint glass with a light hazy straw color and a quick to disappear head.
S - Grain, light malt like most pilsner
T - mild grassy and a hint of citrus. Herbal, a little lemon. A nice hop character
M - Light body and mild carbonation. A dry finish.
O - Easy to drink, light and refreshing. A good Pilsner worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2013 23:43:28 | More by patpbr
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lostinfla

Florida

4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose is right on the money with both name and taste on this pilsner!
Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.
Nice bright white head that settled quickly, leaving some lacing behind. Very light yellow color that was slightly opaque.
Smell was on the sweeter side, with just a hint of the hop fragrance.
Taste was smooth and refreshing with very little bitterness left behind.
I could chug quite a few of these!
Prost!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 02:06:19 | More by lostinfla
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oberon

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 20:06:01 | More by oberon
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barczar

Kentucky

3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a pillowy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Grain, cracker-like pilsner malt, and floral hops form the initial aroma. Grain and perfumey notes are in good balance.

Flavor reveals an underlying citrus character, followed by strong graininess mid palate, finishing slightly dry and spicy. Notes of lemon peel and a touch of earthy minerals add complexity. The finish is fairly bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high, spritzy carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. Though atypical of the style, the lemony note is refreshing and a nice complement to the graininess and bitter hops.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 19:15:08 | More by barczar
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.46/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In today's craft beer world, it takes a lot of guts to make a boring beer- one that's light, historic, and refreshing; and can still evade any perceived note of off flavor.

Yet keeping with all of the well-built lagers out there, this one similarly pours with the standard yellow color and exuberant carbonation. As it builds a creamy white head, the ale laces artistically with each sip. What's unexpected is its hazy "keller-like" unfiltered character.

Grainy sweet aromas bounce into the nose with light bread and doughy sweetness. A counterpart of hops chime in the middle with floral honey, herbal lemongrass and apple peels. The fruit notes weave into sulfury scents for a crisp and earthy tone. It simplified nose favors a straight forward sensibility over complexity and variety.

Its taste is of part-malt and part-grain as there's a taste of grain husk nuttiness and confectioners maltiness. As the bread and cracker taste begins to fade, the middle palate is fruity and sulfury to reinforce the taste of lemons, apples and grassy straw-like herbal earthiness. Finishing with a spicy bitterness the taste balances beautifully.

Mid-light on the palate, its unfiltered body leaves a fuller malty weight to lean on the palate. Its abundant carbonation keeps the beer creamy but shy of sprite. Its finish is crisp, clean and refreshing even if a little sweet and grainy.

Though the pilsner is nearly ideal, it suffers the same fate as olympic divers who choose less complex routines. Even if they score perfectly, they top-out with only a portion of the available points. This lager's simplified palate is as much to its determent as it is an asset.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2013 05:27:47 | More by BEERchitect
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shand

Florida

3.98/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vunderbar pours a clear white-yellow with a small head. The aroma and taste are both big on bready malts and noble Saaz hops. It's a very simple and tasty pilsner that doesn't offer up much more than slightly breadier than normal malts and zesty Saaz hops. It's tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2013 23:36:03 | More by shand
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BB1313

Ohio

3.14/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Best by 12/19/13. 12oz bottle poured into a flute. Pours a hazy straw-yellow; huge fluffy white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are subtle and full of malts. There's a decent breadiness to this one. Flavors match the nose. It's really not that flashy and more straight forward. Lots of grass and hints of lemon peel. This one isn't spicy either. It's a little more on the sweeter side. It's crisp and refreshing though. The mouthfeel is nice; it's pretty fluffy and creamy; moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

This isn't bad, but it's almost boring for a style that alot of people find boring to begin with. I personally love a good pilsener, and I can appreciate this one, but it didn't truly grab my attention. It's just okay.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2013 22:56:23 | More by BB1313
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Jever Pilsner glass.

a: Translucent straw yellow topped by a big white head which receded to a finger thickness. Perfect!

s: Mild malt.

t: Light hints of fruit. Hop presence on the lighter side, perhaps a bit stronger than some pilseners but appealing.

m: Light and smooth. Highly refreshing.

o: Excellent pilsener! Just right for what will probably be the hottest day of the year where I hang out. 98 today.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2013 03:24:20 | More by scotorum
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Axnjxn

North Carolina

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

on draft at sams in Durham. into a smuttynose shaker.

pours a pale yellow with an inch head. good crisp malty nose. taste is traditional with malts and a tad of lemon zest. good feel, easy drinking with a light body and a tad of carbonation.

overall a very solid pils that's perfect on a hot day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2013 18:32:38 | More by Axnjxn
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy greenish yellow with a nice white head. Smells of light grain, not much else, but not too surprising for a pilsner. Tastes of sweet grain, but definitely not aided by adjuncts. Crisp and clean taste. Beer is light bodied, good carbonation, overall a very good beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2013 00:53:09 | More by cyclonece09
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bnes09

Illinois

4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 02:22:00 | More by bnes09
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2013 21:18:00 | More by alexgash
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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours hazy golden with a smaller white fizzy head on top. Carbs are gentile.
Aroma is lightly malty in the lager/pilsner tradition .
Taste is crisp and dry with some grassy notes. Sutle hops toward the end.
Drinks smoother with a dry crispness.
This beer is quite refreshing but all in all is quite boring.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 14:07:50 | More by micromaniac129
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 5.2% indicated on bottle.

A: Pours a lightly hazy straw color and a two fingers high white head. Its retention is good for the style, settling at one finger, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Even better is its creamy, frothy texture.

S: There are some nice zesty, grassy, even mildly sulphury hops here. Behind that lies a bit of cracker-like malt and even some sweetness. Typical but likable.

T: At first, I pick up touches of mild grassy hops, and later on the finish. Sandwiched between the two is a vaguely sweet malt backbone and even some citrusy qualities. Though the flavor profile doesn't stick out, it's certainly a well made and enjoyable version of the style. I could use even more hoppiness, though.

M: The dry finish helps balance its sweetness some, and is generally very easy to drink. I'd also call the carbonation level 'spot on'.

O: A solid pilsner. Hops could be more pronounced, but otherwise there's little to complain about other than the lack of uniqueness - which isn't a big deal, either.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:04:17 | More by ThisWangsChung
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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

If I had to sum up my review in a single word, it would be "disappointing."

I am a HUGE fan of Smuttynose and I can't think of another one of their beers I haven't enjoyed immensely. But, despite its name, Vunderbar is an incredibly average brew.

It looks nice -- a lovely pale gold with a big fluffy head. But the aroma and the taste are just ... dull. It's not undrinkable by any means. There's nothing off-putting or offensive about it. But neither is there anything to set it apart. In truth, I found this more or less indistinguishable from any of the mass-market AMC pilsners on the market. Which, coming from a brewery this good, is just plain disappointing.

Give me a Sunshine or a Prima Pils any day. This one I won't be seeking out again.

(Full Disclosure: The "Best Buy" date on the bottle I had was about 6 weeks past, so given the general fragility of pilsners, I suppose that could be the problem. Still ...)

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 17:16:32 | More by LCB_Hostage
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the brewery last year, just noticed it on shelves again and it has a nice fresh date.
Between price and quality, Smuttynose always seems to deliver nicely.

A- Poured into a slim, tall glass from the 12oz bottle. Comes out super clear and uber pale with a very faint yellow hue to it. Can see completely through the body of the beer. A tall white head forms with a foamy texture and sticks around for a pretty nice period of time. Lace begins as soon as the head falls and follows the beer down the glass in thick pillows.

S- Overall it has a clean but faint aroma. I pick up some light malt sweetness and a distinct spicy, flowery hop presence in the foreground.

T- A clean, mellow overall flavor that is hop forward. The hops are floral, herbal, grassy and spicy in nature and are most likely of the "Noble" variety. Malt is noticed with some light cracker sweets. I also get lemon, yeast bread and cracked grain with a nice bitterness throughout the whole experience.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp and fairly dry overall feel. Carbonation comes in a moderately high quantity and feels pretty silky. Moderate but clean, appropriate bitterness.

A well made Pilsener produced right here in New England. Balanced, refreshing and contains all of the elements you would expect in this style. I remember liking it at the brewery, well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:46:42 | More by cbutova
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yellow in color but fairly hazy for a pilsner. Small head that clings to the edges of the glass but leaves no lacing behind. Floral hop aroma with strong biscuit malt overtones. Good carbonation but still a little soft for the style and a very dry finish. I am a pilsner fan but something about this one just misses the mark. Perhaps it's not as crisp as I like them to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:32:46 | More by Jacobob10
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dar482

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 06:49:43 | More by dar482
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MadScientist

New York

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:09:39 | More by MadScientist
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Not much carbonation yet I got an overflowing bottle top that foamed over. In the glass just a 1/4 inch of sticky head that settles to a thick lace ring. Color is a rather hazy bright yellow rather than your typical bright yellow Pils.
S - Smell is rather light, some hops and a bit of pilsner malt. Maybe some corn but also faint.
T - One of the better pilsner's I had in a while, some corn, some hops, balanced sugary body that hides the skunky yeasts well. Tasty.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.
Overall I am not sure how old this is but it tastes great. Nice short batch series I wish I could find more.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2013 00:40:42 | More by DrDemento456
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rlee1390

Indiana

3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, one finger head, some carbonation along with some lacing.

S-Strong malt, bread, straw and wheat. Tad bit of grass.

T-Starts sweet with a good deal of bread and straw, tad bit of lemon and grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A decent pilsner, still not a style I enjoy but this is a better one.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 17:25:32 | More by rlee1390
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BobKieffer


3.51/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a pilsner guy (putting it mildly), but I was pleasantly surprised by this. Has a somewhat unique flavor that finishes with (and bear with me) a walnut-like taste. Smell and mouthfeel pretty uninspiring, but other than that, I dig it. Probably be a good session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 01:48:31 | More by BobKieffer
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MDDMD

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-light golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-grain, light floral and lemon, grassy

T-slightly sweet malt, hints of lemon, floral hops and some light bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-a decent pilsener but not outstanding

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 17:12:01 | More by MDDMD
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.99/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Buy Rite in Jersey City, with a sell by date of 3/17/13. I hadn't had a Czech Pilsener in a long time and usually find them to be crisp, clean, and a bit bland. Thankfully, this beer was quite bright and enjoyable, to the point where I found it to be a pleasant surprise. This has Saaz written all over it and was much brighter and tastier than I expected it to be, with a nice crisp finish. Even the translucent hue made me think that this was just a hair short of being a Hefeweizen, since there was so much to enjoy here.

The pour to this was a pale yellow with some cloudiness to it and small, but vibrant head that faded somewhat quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but there was a bit after each sip that faded down the sides of my pint glass. If there was a textbook example of a Czech Pilsener that was brewed here in the States, this would be it, as the grass and straw that characterize a beer of the style were in full force. Some lemon and banana were also to be found, along with a Saison-like sourness that slowly grew in the aftertaste. There even seemed to be a hint of wheat here, adding to fullness of the flavor that I never had in a Pilsener before. The finish was so clean that I felt like there was a hint of mint in this, that went well with the light but ever-present carbonation.

I only bought one of these but I could have easily downed all of a 4-pack in a session had I bought them. It's not often that a beer catches me by surprise or that something this light in hue and taste can match up with darker beers that are higher-rated on here, but this could certainly fit that bill. No doubt that this is a winner from Smuttynose and about a good a session beer that's on the shelf right now, to the point that I wish I had another here at home to crack open.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 21:52:51 | More by JerzDevl2000
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Jwale73

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 23:56:26 | More by Jwale73
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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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