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Smuttynose Vunderbar - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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96 Reviews
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Reviews: 96
Hads: 430
Avg: 3.82
pDev: 25.65%
Wants: 10
Gots: 32 | FT: 1
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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Reviews: 96 | Hads: 430
Photo of Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of MadScientist
3.82/5  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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, one finger head, some carbonation along with some lacing.

S-Strong malt, bread, straw and wheat. Tad bit of grass.

T-Starts sweet with a good deal of bread and straw, tad bit of lemon and grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A decent pilsner, still not a style I enjoy but this is a better one.

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Photo of BobKieffer
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-light golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-grain, light floral and lemon, grassy

T-slightly sweet malt, hints of lemon, floral hops and some light bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-a decent pilsener but not outstanding

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Buy Rite in Jersey City, with a sell by date of 3/17/13. I hadn't had a Czech Pilsener in a long time and usually find them to be crisp, clean, and a bit bland. Thankfully, this beer was quite bright and enjoyable, to the point where I found it to be a pleasant surprise. This has Saaz written all over it and was much brighter and tastier than I expected it to be, with a nice crisp finish. Even the translucent hue made me think that this was just a hair short of being a Hefeweizen, since there was so much to enjoy here.

The pour to this was a pale yellow with some cloudiness to it and small, but vibrant head that faded somewhat quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but there was a bit after each sip that faded down the sides of my pint glass. If there was a textbook example of a Czech Pilsener that was brewed here in the States, this would be it, as the grass and straw that characterize a beer of the style were in full force. Some lemon and banana were also to be found, along with a Saison-like sourness that slowly grew in the aftertaste. There even seemed to be a hint of wheat here, adding to fullness of the flavor that I never had in a Pilsener before. The finish was so clean that I felt like there was a hint of mint in this, that went well with the light but ever-present carbonation.

I only bought one of these but I could have easily downed all of a 4-pack in a session had I bought them. It's not often that a beer catches me by surprise or that something this light in hue and taste can match up with darker beers that are higher-rated on here, but this could certainly fit that bill. No doubt that this is a winner from Smuttynose and about a good a session beer that's on the shelf right now, to the point that I wish I had another here at home to crack open.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of Viciousknishs
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
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

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Smuttynose Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 96 ratings.