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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

178 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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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!”

Prost!

15 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-23-2010)
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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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
Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -7.7%
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
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Deep Ellum, Alston MA

Served in a .4L pils glass. Liquid gold with a medium white cap...I think. It's always so dark in Deep Ellum. Head slimmed then vanished by mid glass leaving nary a trace of lace.

Aroma is light malt and grass. Taste is similarly light malt and a grassy/soapy character. James tried a sip and said golden raisins but I don't taste'em.

The highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel. It's plush, silky and luxurious. I'm guessing this was decocted with love.

donkeyrunner, May 10, 2011
Photo of ryantaussig
3.48/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Growler from Potsdam Big M on 23 May 2011.

Color is deeply golden. The head was about one finger but stayed longer than expected. Crisp refreshing nose with a bit of floral hop aroma and some warmth from hoppy spice notes. Very refreshing taste on this one. Cool and not very aggressive. It is definitely sessionable. Rather thin feel. Needs more carbonation, but could be from the growler being a day old. Good beer for lounging out in the sun.

ryantaussig, May 24, 2011
Photo of csmartin6
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

csmartin6, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of Ralphs66
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Ralphs66, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of LCannon4
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

LCannon4, Jul 04, 2013
Photo of Mikecap
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Mikecap, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Boone757, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of UltimateLivewire
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
Photo of travishardy929
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

travishardy929, Aug 22, 2013
Photo of paulys55
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

paulys55, Oct 06, 2014
Photo of ascags
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ascags, May 10, 2014
Photo of redfox405
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

redfox405, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Celtics76
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Celtics76, Apr 04, 2013
Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Kelp, Apr 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

djrn2, Mar 30, 2013
Photo of ZEB89
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ZEB89, Jun 05, 2013
Photo of THECPJ
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

THECPJ, Feb 18, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dizzy242, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of tpauer
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

tpauer, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of BobKieffer
3.51/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

BobKieffer, Jan 15, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

lordofthewiens, Oct 24, 2012
Photo of dexterk1
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%

dexterk1, Sep 28, 2014
Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.