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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

170 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 170
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.37%
Wants: 2
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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Phillyz

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-22-2013 01:55:16 | More by Phillyz
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Dizzy242

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-15-2013 01:02:44 | More by Dizzy242
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-13-2013 15:51:48 | More by InspectorBob
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JMUbrewz

Virginia

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-12-2013 17:33:00 | More by JMUbrewz
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GrindFatherBob

New York

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-10-2013 22:56:39 | More by GrindFatherBob
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ThisWangsChung

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2013 21:04:17 | More by ThisWangsChung
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HattedClassic

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

06-07-2013 23:23:20 | More by HattedClassic
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lisahope27

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

06-07-2013 03:20:40 | More by lisahope27
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ZEB89

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

06-05-2013 04:01:53 | More by ZEB89
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ElijahRivera

New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

06-03-2013 18:38:47 | More by ElijahRivera
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LCB_Hostage

Pennsylvania

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 ...)

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2013 17:16:32 | More by LCB_Hostage
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Chugs13

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +6.4%

06-03-2013 02:53:12 | More by Chugs13
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Carpentiere

New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

06-02-2013 21:28:24 | More by Carpentiere
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zprzysie

Massachusetts

4.25/5  rDev +13%

05-21-2013 23:27:02 | More by zprzysie
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cbutova

Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the brewery last year, just noticed it on shelves again and it has a nice fresh date.
Between price and quality, Smuttynose always seems to deliver nicely.

A- Poured into a slim, tall glass from the 12oz bottle. Comes out super clear and uber pale with a very faint yellow hue to it. Can see completely through the body of the beer. A tall white head forms with a foamy texture and sticks around for a pretty nice period of time. Lace begins as soon as the head falls and follows the beer down the glass in thick pillows.

S- Overall it has a clean but faint aroma. I pick up some light malt sweetness and a distinct spicy, flowery hop presence in the foreground.

T- A clean, mellow overall flavor that is hop forward. The hops are floral, herbal, grassy and spicy in nature and are most likely of the "Noble" variety. Malt is noticed with some light cracker sweets. I also get lemon, yeast bread and cracked grain with a nice bitterness throughout the whole experience.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp and fairly dry overall feel. Carbonation comes in a moderately high quantity and feels pretty silky. Moderate but clean, appropriate bitterness.

A well made Pilsener produced right here in New England. Balanced, refreshing and contains all of the elements you would expect in this style. I remember liking it at the brewery, well done.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2013 01:46:42 | More by cbutova
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Dizbro21

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-13-2013 00:25:06 | More by Dizbro21
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Caudalie

Quebec (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

05-08-2013 14:21:27 | More by Caudalie
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.59/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yellow in color but fairly hazy for a pilsner. Small head that clings to the edges of the glass but leaves no lacing behind. Floral hop aroma with strong biscuit malt overtones. Good carbonation but still a little soft for the style and a very dry finish. I am a pilsner fan but something about this one just misses the mark. Perhaps it's not as crisp as I like them to be.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2013 00:32:46 | More by Jacobob10
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madtrixter787

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

04-24-2013 00:41:35 | More by madtrixter787
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-23-2013 05:27:39 | More by Kelp
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Celtics76

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

04-04-2013 13:06:16 | More by Celtics76
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -20.2%

03-30-2013 23:48:13 | More by acurtis
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

03-30-2013 23:47:13 | More by djrn2
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dar482

New York

4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is clear and yellow like a pilsner should be with a big head.

The aroma is of grassy hops.

The flavor is addictive. It has great German hops pilsner characteristics. There's a good malt backbone along with it.It has an amazing carbonation and a fine dry finish.

It's a quite addictive beer. The dry finish and good hops makes this a really good beer. Unfortunately, I had a bottle that was too old. However, it still stood out as one of the best America made pilsners I have had. I would love to get this fresh with more hops.

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2013 06:49:43 | More by dar482
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MadScientist

New York

3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A straw colored beer with excellent clarity. The rocky white head fades to a ring of foam and a thin film of bubbles.

S: Hello Saaz hops! Lots of spicy and floral Saaz with some light grassy notes and moderately-strong Pilsner malt. There is a bit of biscuit and bread to malt aroma.

T: A medium, spicy hops flavor and bitterness with the moderate honey, malt flavor of the Pilsner malt. There are some secondary malt characters of biscuit and bread but the balance of this beer is fairly bitter. There balance of flavors is pretty good but it falls apart a bit with a little harshness in the finish.

O: A crisp, hop focused, bitter beer that is slightly unbalanced but to be fair the brew suggested an enjoy by date about six weeks back. It's still a pretty decent beer but I can imagine this is a very good beer when it's fresh and I'll keep an eye out for next years release. I greatly appreciate a brewer that will put an bottle on or enjoy by date; when you're getting a hoppy beer you want to know that sort of thing.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2013 00:09:39 | More by MadScientist
Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.