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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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very good

168 Ratings

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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!”


15 IBU

(Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-23-2010)
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Photo of 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
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

4.03/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2012 02:03:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of flagmantho


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2012 02:53:20 | More by flagmantho
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2012 02:08:25 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of Chickenhawk9932


4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 00:11:09 | More by Chickenhawk9932
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 20:48:01 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Viciousknishs


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazed straw color with a healthy two fingers of white head. Very good retention.

S- spicy floral noble hop character with notes of lemon meringue hit the nose at first. Biscuity malt with a sugar cookie like character in the finish.

T- sugar cookie like malt flavor fills the palate at first. It transitions into more of a dry biscuity quality mid palate. Subtle hop character on the finish with a spice and floral quality. Clean and refreshing.

MF- round mouthfeel with a light medium body. Average carbonation.

D- very drinkable and wonderfully crafted.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 00:47:52 | More by Viciousknishs
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger thick, pure white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grassy nose and flavor is malty sweetness and lemon with hints of bitterness at finish. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2012 22:15:04 | More by jdhilt
Photo of VelvetExtract


3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy saying "Vunderbar"!

A-Vunderbar pours a foggy straw yellow hue. Head is superb. It has the consistency and color of frothed milk. It's also about a half-inch high and it doesn't die off very much (if at all). Quite an inculpable looking Pils.

S-The hops are lemony and grassy. The malt is of dried biscuit and Saltine cracker. Light honey notes. Pretty candid in the nose. Clearly a Pils, and it doesn't deviate from style guidelines.

T-Hey this is pretty tasty. Buttered bread and graham crackers. Also some lightly spiced honey. Grainy as well. Hops are of the lemony citrus breed. Also some Noble grassy hoppiness. The more I sip, the ore I notice the lemon zest and the honey.

M-The carbonation is animated. Bubbles rush over the tongue. Body is on the light side of medium. Crisp and semi-clean.

O/D-Pretty good, but I am struggling to see why this is in a four pack. It's a pretty standard Pils. Just pack it up like a normal sixer. Anyway, it's pretty enjoyable, but I struggle to find anything truly memorable about this beer. Its very solid, but also unspectacular.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 22:57:52 | More by VelvetExtract
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

Pours a straw pale yellow color, decent sized white fuzzy head which fades fairly quickly, not really any lacing on the glass though.

Smell is quite grassy, very earthy when it comes to the hop aroma yet fairly straightforward.

Taste starts out with a grainy front with a grassy bitter finish, carbonation is very sharp and refreshing, almost thirst quenching and a clean finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 22:26:21 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Kendo

New York

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Slightly hazy pale yellow - lighter than I'm used to for the average craft beer, it almost looks like aan American Adjunct Lager. Lots of very-fine bubbles rising, and on top is a 1-finger white head. Some foamy lace after each sip, but no real clinging power to it.

S: Grassy hops over cereal grains and straw.

T: Cereal grains up front, but finishes with perfumey and grassy hops. Bitterness is muted at first - hops come across more as slightly fruity - but then in the aftertaste I get a good lemony, drying bitterness lingering on the palate.

M: Lightish in heft, carbonation is soft.

O: Good stuff. An easy drinking, yet flavorful, pilsner. I could quaff down a few of these on a hot day and be happy.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 21:26:14 | More by Kendo
Photo of BEERMILER12


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

Best Before 02/08/12 (Bottled On 08/08/12)

A: Pours a clear light yellow color with a tiny head

S: A good grassy and lightly spicy hop aroma really stands out, along with some light malts

T: Again, grassy and slightly spicy hops stand out, which go along great with a light lemon note and bready malts. Very flavorful

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice pils that is very easy to drink as well as being flavorful. It would be very easy to drink the 4-pack in a sitting. If you're not so into lagers and are questioning whether or not this is worth picking up, I say give it a shot. There aren't too many lager characteristics that really make themselves known, including the yeast which is nice

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2012 03:08:00 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2012 23:23:11 | More by plaid75
Photo of smakawhat


4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2012 23:52:59 | More by smakawhat
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color. The beer has a thin layer of white bubbles on the surface that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass (not even going completely around the glass). Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit, cracker, and grainy malts along with grassy and herbal hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is moderate amounts of biscuit, cracker, and grainy malts with just a light amount of bitterness contributed by the grassy and spicy/herbal hops.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day - easily sessionable and quite enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 15:00:59 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of jlindros


3.63/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge fluffy head of 3 fingers forces me to stop pouring, fades at a med pace with some sticky lacing over hazy lemonade straw color.

Nose has nice pilsner with light toasty straw malt and plenty of pils malts, hint of creamy malt and grainy, and slightest touch of grassy hops.

Taste starts creamy and light but not really toasty, light and barely any toasty pils malt, with light grassy hops that start to get nagging and herbal, light creamy sweetness and not dry enough at first. Finish is drier thankfully, with light lingering creamy malts, and long lingering grassy herbal hops.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lighter carb.

Overall it started nice but went down hill quickly. Too watery, lacking carbonation and more of the toasty pilsner malts, and hops don't suit it well. The bottle is a far cry from the draft version I had a couple years ago, either the bottling didn't help the beer at all, or the recipe changed... or possibly they got too big too fast and couldn't handle the more subtle beers... I'll have to try a few more from them to see how their other beers are doing.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 13:18:30 | More by jlindros
Photo of metter98

New York

3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down and left lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit and bready malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste has a mixture of bready, biscuit and grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer makes for a good aperitif or a drink to pair with a meal. It’s rather drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2012 01:05:57 | More by metter98
Photo of ryan1788a5


4/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 21:55:28 | More by ryan1788a5
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head that thinned but still left some waves of lacing.

S - grassy Euro-hops with light malt in the background.

T - well balanced flavor of sweet malt and lightly bitter hops.

F - light/medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - a fine example of the style.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2012 21:26:08 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with best before dating (11/14/12) purchased just the other day from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours very light and very clear. Near white head, shows moderate retention, before going to a thicker film and leaving just some quickly departing bits of lacing.

Sniff of some light sweet malts.

Light and easy drinking, hints of rye and lime. Dangerously sessionable. Clean and straight forward. Decent pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 01:35:11 | More by Billolick
Photo of SawDog505

New Hampshire

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

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a straw yellow with a half inch of white head, that leaves some lace. Smell is grass, lemon, biscuit, and grains of Paradise. Taste is very much that, balanced wonderfully, nothing really dominant. Body is medium thin, great amount of life, not too dry, and easy drinking. This is a excellent pilsner, could hammer the 4 pack really fast on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 21:50:56 | More by SawDog505
Photo of Johnnyfacelift

New York

4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 16:42:52 | More by Johnnyfacelift
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy pale yellow with a white head that has some limited retention. No lace.

Lighter malt, with mineral bitterness in the nose. Some floral sweetness as well.

Not sure how to feel about this one. Decent malt with grassy notes, with some mineral bitterness to round out the flavors. The grassiness works, but something seems to be missing. Strength of flavor? Not sure. Finishes crisp.

Lighter bodied and crisp.

Overall, not a replacement for the German imports, but a decent enough beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 04:21:53 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle stamped with an expiration date of 11/14/12. Sampled on June 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow and slightly murky with an excitable carbonation that turns to a ring and sticks around. When I check out the aroma I really get that traditional German bready malt characteristic with a vague hop note on the backside. The body is mostly light with a keen creamy sensation. The taste is also rather malty but with a vague citrus twist and a soft but bitter hop finale. It works well on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2012 00:11:31 | More by puboflyons
Photo of smcolw


3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest bar pour head, but it leaves plenty of minute webby lace. Pale gold color with a touch of haze.

The smell is the weak point of this beer with plenty grainy aromas.

Mildly fruity, particularly in the swallow. Light hop throughout. Decent body and carbonation. Good example of a German Pils.

Serving type: on-tap

05-31-2012 21:45:57 | More by smcolw
Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 168 ratings.