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Smuttynose Vunderbar - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

329 Ratings
THE BROS
89
very good

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Ratings: 329
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
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:
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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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of beergoot
3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in Portsmouth, NH October 17th at the Portsmouth brewery; reviewed from notes...

Partly hazy look with a light straw-yellow body and a foamy white head. Barely perceptible aroma. Very light malt flavors; a little tart and sweet; grapefruit; soft bitterness flavor. Medium body; slightly effervescent.

A good pils overall (if somewhat plain-jane). I had my first glass at the same brewpub several days earlier and, if I recall, I was more overly impressed with the flavor than this glassful, but this is the sample I took notes on. It's still an enjoyable and easy drinking lager.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.4%

Photo of patpbr
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Act25
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I love when I find a brewer that's willing to experiment, but consistently good. Smutty Nose is up there with Stone and Elysian in this regard.

UPDATE: after I wrote this I discovered one of the best experimenters - Carton - right in my back yard. Again enjoyed this with garden peppers, tomatoes over prima vera pasta (except in Oct!)

A: I agreed that it's an odd pour for a pilsner - being cloudy, straw yellow with a rich foamy white-head. BUT WHO CARES?!?!? It's a beautiful pour with sticky lacing and a pear body. Bravo!

S- big lemony, pear aroma - with crackers and yeast - dry and welcoming. Like a german wine, some fruit, but dry. (But it can be slightly sour) (Not like a wheat beer, no cloves or spice or banana or gum. yay!)

T follows the smell. it is smooth with lemony, up front yeast flavor and a nice shift to malt. Unique. More hops and a beautiful dry finish at the finale. Lovely food beer (fish, sausages, or in my case pirogis with fresh garden peppers and tomatoes and tomato sauce for me)

F: light bodied as it should be, but with a creamy mouthfeel. carbonation gives a zesty kick. Good fruit and lemon lingers on the palate, again like a great German wine.

O This beer is a home run. It's not ilke other pilsners but the carbonation, food pairing, lemon, and lightness make it one. Bravo! I am moving this brewer up another well-deserved notch and so should you!

Returned to taste off Full Sail & other pilsners and it won in my book - 10-17-14.

Photo of jkrich
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a freshness dated 12 oz. bottle: now this is an odd pour for a pilsner - cloudy, yellowish hue with a very nice foamy white-head. This is an unfiltered interpretation that I am not used to seeing. The fizzy and carbonated character reminds me of a wheat beer.

For a pilsner the aroma was quite impressive - big lemony, almost fruity like character that again, reminds me of a wheat.

The flavor is very smooth with lemony, yeasty flavor and a nice refreshing malt aftertaste. It is very enjoyable but not pilsner like. As the lager warms in the glass, some of the European hop flavor is evident. For the style it is very unique and quite quaffable.

Appropriately light bodied for the style with a creamy mouthfeel. The carbonation gives this one a nice, zesty kick. Faintly fruity and lemony flavor lingers on the palate.

This is a great warm weather refresher but not much to style.

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3/5  rDev -19.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

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4/5  rDev +7.8%

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3.99/5  rDev +7.5%
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!

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is cloudy and yellow but interesting. The almost unfiltered look masks the carbonation that bubbles through the body. All this effervescent bubbling and no signs of a head. The pour was true but it amounted to a wispy layer of loosely knit bubbles that just blew away.

The scent is fruity with grainy cereal malts, light barley, fresh bread and tinges of hop bitterness. At first glance, with my nose that is, I caught lemon twist and light banana. It was fleeting but then true Pilsner scent arrived.

The taste and feel are deeply intertwined as a crisp clean refreshing taste ends in a similar feel. Cereal maltiness compliment a bready grain and end in more hops than in typical Pilsners. Very easy on the throat the carbonation is easily visible but barely noticeable. This is a light airy version of a Pilsner and a very good one at that.

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3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Smuttynose Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 329 ratings.