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

181 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 181
Reviews: 63
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.4%
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:
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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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of alexgash
4.05/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best by 10/24/13. ABV 5.2%.

Brilliantly clear and clean light golden to lemon yellow body. Tall, two fingers of frothy, whipped, bright white head. Very lively carbonation. Great lacing. Grainy, biscuity, bready malt notes blend with sea air funk noble hops and fresh cut grass.

Slightly nutty, toasted grain bite up front. Bready, biscuity malts fill in. Touch of honey sweetness. Snappy, peppery, moderately bitter hops back it all up. Dry finish, with lingering sweetish bread malts and grassy, herbal hop bitterness. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. A great addition to the summer beer lineup.

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours hazy golden with a smaller white fizzy head on top. Carbs are gentile.
Aroma is lightly malty in the lager/pilsner tradition .
Taste is crisp and dry with some grassy notes. Sutle hops toward the end.
Drinks smoother with a dry crispness.
This beer is quite refreshing but all in all is quite boring.

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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3/5  rDev -20%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.43/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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3.75/5  rDev 0%

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2.81/5  rDev -25.1%
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 ...)

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4/5  rDev +6.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 181 ratings.