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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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BA SCORE
85
very good

172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 4
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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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Lanstrum, Aug 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Carpentiere, Jun 02, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

tjeppaint, Feb 24, 2012
Photo of LCB_Hostage
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 ...)

LCB_Hostage, Jun 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

acurtis, Mar 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Timmy13T, Jun 23, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

nmann08, Apr 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

rderedin, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

beerthulhu, Nov 20, 2012
Photo of BB1313
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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.

BB1313, Jul 21, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

somelikehops, Jul 01, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ScaryEd, Jan 18, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

lisahope27, Jun 07, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ZOSO2192, Mar 30, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

ms11781, Jul 28, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

infi, Jul 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Lare453, Aug 05, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Gehrig13, Nov 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Kahlstrom, Jul 20, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

mfrigon, May 27, 2012
Photo of dsa7783
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the Cloverleaf tavern. I wasn't too impressed with this German depiction. Spritzy, light, with a dash of lemon and honey zest but overall nothing to brag about. A good warm-weather, Summertime beer to say the least; otherwise not one of Smuttyose's best depictions.

dsa7783, May 01, 2011
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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.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 08, 2013
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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.

BEERchitect, Aug 01, 2013
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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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