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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

172 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 172
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 10.11%
Wants: 4
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Ralphs66, Apr 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

doof116, Apr 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

smutty33, Mar 22, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

johnnnniee, Mar 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

UltimateLivewire, Mar 12, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +5.1%

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.

GarthDanielson, Feb 26, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

tjeppaint, Feb 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -20.2%

chrispoint, Feb 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

11millsown113, Jan 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

nathanjohnson, Nov 18, 2011
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4/5  rDev +6.4%

HopStoopid120, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of ryantaussig
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

Growler from Potsdam Big M on 23 May 2011.

Color is deeply golden. The head was about one finger but stayed longer than expected. Crisp refreshing nose with a bit of floral hop aroma and some warmth from hoppy spice notes. Very refreshing taste on this one. Cool and not very aggressive. It is definitely sessionable. Rather thin feel. Needs more carbonation, but could be from the growler being a day old. Good beer for lounging out in the sun.

ryantaussig, May 24, 2011
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

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.

John_M, May 18, 2011
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3.48/5  rDev -7.4%

@ Deep Ellum, Alston MA

Served in a .4L pils glass. Liquid gold with a medium white cap...I think. It's always so dark in Deep Ellum. Head slimmed then vanished by mid glass leaving nary a trace of lace.

Aroma is light malt and grass. Taste is similarly light malt and a grassy/soapy character. James tried a sip and said golden raisins but I don't taste'em.

The highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel. It's plush, silky and luxurious. I'm guessing this was decocted with love.

donkeyrunner, May 10, 2011
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3.33/5  rDev -11.4%

Sampled on-tap at the Cloverleaf tavern. I wasn't too impressed with this German depiction. Spritzy, light, with a dash of lemon and honey zest but overall nothing to brag about. A good warm-weather, Summertime beer to say the least; otherwise not one of Smuttyose's best depictions.

dsa7783, May 01, 2011
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4.15/5  rDev +10.4%

Pours a light golden yellow, almost see through. Bright white one-finger head. Aroma of grass, light toasted grain. Very light, crisp, compact flavor. Light sweet grass flavor. Toasty grains, yeast and sweet pale malt. Hint of spice, but like the general flavor, nothing overpowering or dominating. Very cohesive, drinkable, crisp and dry.

uustal, Apr 23, 2011
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4.35/5  rDev +15.7%

I spent last weekend visiting a buddy who works for Smuttynose and he had just picked up a case of Vunderbahr. Good timing for me.

Beer pours a bright, clean, clear golden color with a finger of bright white head. Nose is very kolsch-like. It's slightly bready with a nice helping of sweet malts.

The taste is grassy and hearty with some caramel malt sweetness. It's an amazing crisp and smooth tasting pilsener.

It's light-bodied and eminently drinkable lager. As for drinkability, it's amazing. Smooth, crisp, easy to drink. I wish Smutty would release Vunderbahr as a regular release as this it would be a great, gateway craft beer for non-beer geeks.

pburland23, Mar 14, 2011
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4.63/5  rDev +23.1%

I am reviewing this with notes, and yes I had it from a bottle in October. I was fooling around with the smutty brewers saying they were trying to one up Tod Mott on this one, after the great Pills Tod brewed. So they slipped me a bottle to try. I poured this into a Pills glass and I was greeted with a two finger head on top of a clear golden yellow brew.

The bready aromas of yeast starts this one off followed with some nice lemon citrus hops. I did get a slight, I mean slight toast or roast in the nose as well.

I love lagers I wish my local breweries' did more. The subtle sweet bready malts along with the delicate grassy hops are delightful. I think the clean and crisp aspect of the brew make this an awesome drinking brew. The slightly drying hop finish completes it. This brew would be way to easy to drink mass quantities of. I hope to see more of this next year.

joepais, Dec 27, 2010
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4.72/5  rDev +25.5%

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!

Brad007, Dec 03, 2010
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3.73/5  rDev -0.8%

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a light golden yellow with a one finger fluffy pure white head. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit (bananas mostly), and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, bananas, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mid carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad, nor was it that great. This one did have some nice flavors going on, but they were just too bundled together and didn't stand out on their own. This one is worth trying at least once, but that would be about it (for me at least).

thagr81us, Nov 17, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +14.4%

On tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth. Served in a Smuttynose Big Beer snifter glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color and completely clear. Served with a two finger, white and pillowy head with good retention.

Aroma: Herbal hop notes everywhere. A little bit of bubblegum sweetness comes in there too. Very clean and fresh.

Taste: Bitter, herbal hop character asserts itself first. Nicely balanced by some sweetness from the pale malt. A little herbal and rustic toward the end. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and crisp. Light bodied. Just floats through your mouth. Definitely the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: The clean flavors and really smooth mouthfeel make this incredibly easy to drink. Definitely an ideal lawnmower beer.

Overall, an extremely crisp and refreshing beer that really is perfect for a warm summner day. Easily accessible yet complex. Definitely worth seeking out.

Gosox8787, Sep 21, 2010
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Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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