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Smuttynose Vunderbar - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 420
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 9.09%
Wants: 10
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
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Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Bierman9 on 08-23-2010

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 (AKA - Short Batch #11)
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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (645 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -10.1%
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. (1,659 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

It's taken me long enough, but I've finally gotten around to trying out this semi-heralded pils. It pours a clear straw topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises strong grass, greens, mild biscuit, and a touch of what may or may not be wintergreen way in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, noble-style hops really taking the fore without overdoing things. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a straightforwardly crisp finish. Overall, a nice pils, nothing special, but something I could easily drink again. (626 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (1,094 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (739 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap served chilled in a pint at Warwick Hotel.

The color is golden with good clarity and lasting snowy white head with thick lace. The smell has lots of herbal/floral hop aroma with earthy/woody character and very nice fragrance of hops in general with light yeast ester . The feel is mild hop bitterness wise with medium light body and slight sweetness and gentle bready smooth yeast quality wiht semi-dry finish.

The taste is excellent with light initial hop flavor with more herbal and light mineral yeast with slightly dry malt flavor with subtle earthy and light fruity flavor of hops with gentle dry yeast element in the finish. Overall this is a solid pils for the style it lacks a little crispness but is nicely flavored with relatively high drinkable quality I would love to have a bottle to compare to this draft (842 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As usual, always happy to try something new from Smuttynose.

Nice looking beer. Nose is very bready, yeasty, and somewhat sweet. Crisp tangy flavor. Full and consistent. Very German in execution. It's going quite nicely with my sausages that I'm having for lunch. Another good one from Smuttynose. (298 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (300 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
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. (737 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.85/5  rDev 0%
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. (426 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (747 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (514 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured as part of a barrel tasting event, the beer is in a tulip. Bright, hazy honey gold color with a tall, frothy, light, white head. Clean aromas, with hints of butter and biscuit, and a light floral essence, also. Flavors are bold on an extremely light, almost sharp body. Toasted grains, butter rich, and a kiss of orange zest. Very tasty and bold. The aftertaste showcases the subtle, dry, and tangy hops. Quick and amazingly clean finish. Very good. (456 characters)

Photo of John_M
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly light yellow gold color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. Nose is a bit light, though I get some nice honey, light pepper and bread dough. Flavor profile replicates the nose, except the beer delivers a bit more flavor on the palate. The light honey sweetness is balanced nicely by some modest hoppy bitterness, leading to a clean, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the beer has a thirst quenching property that is attractive.

I doubt I'll give up on German or local pils for this beer any time soon, but this is a decent, easy to appreciate beer from Smuttynose. (640 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -7%
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. (275 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (354 characters)

Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (299 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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. (755 characters)

Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (910 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy, bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light grains. Taste is malts, lemons, some hops at the finish, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer that I could easily drink several of. (360 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (507 characters)

Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a two-finger head into my glass. Very good color-wise.

Aroma is chock full of grainy malt with a decent touch of hops. Simple and elegant at the same time.

Taste is full of crisp malt, reminiscent of fresh-baked buterry bread. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel is just right and not as harsh as it can be in other examples of the style that I've sampled. Warms the stomach too.

Move over Prima Pils. Smuttynose has crafted a worthy contender to thy throne! (479 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (614 characters)

Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long time want. Best by 15 Feb 2015. Bottle from Julio's.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks awesome. The nose is great. Bright, snappy , crisp and refreshing, there's a blend of lemony Saaz hops, doughy pils malt , mildly earthy and mildly perfumey hops and a touch of cotton candy. The lemon character is so pure, so deep and yet so complex and so subtle. Magnificent.

The palate opens crisp and clean with a blend of pleasant lemony Saaz bitterness, earthy hops and a mild doughy sweetness. Despite the pronounced hop character, it is lacking in that snap that the best German pilsners have. A very faint butterscotch character is present on the mid palate. Drying on the finish with a blend of lemony bitterness, earthy, woodsy hop flavor and a sweet dough flavor, this beer is crisply carbonated and quite excellent on the palate. Excellent stuff. (925 characters)

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Smuttynose Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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