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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

178 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 178
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.67%
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

rolltide8425, Jul 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

LCannon4, Jul 04, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

somelikehops, Jul 01, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

dcbeers, Jun 29, 2013
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.

micromaniac129, Jun 29, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Snellgg5, Jun 27, 2013
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3/5  rDev -20%

Timmy13T, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Andrew041180, Jun 23, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Phillyz, Jun 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

Dizzy242, Jun 15, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

InspectorBob, Jun 13, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

JMUbrewz, Jun 12, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

GrindFatherBob, Jun 10, 2013
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.

ThisWangsChung, Jun 08, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +20%

HattedClassic, Jun 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -13.3%

lisahope27, Jun 07, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -6.7%

ZEB89, Jun 05, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

ElijahRivera, Jun 03, 2013
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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 ...)

LCB_Hostage, Jun 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +6.7%

Chugs13, Jun 03, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -33.3%

Carpentiere, Jun 02, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +13.3%

zprzysie, May 22, 2013
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3.96/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

cbutova, May 16, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Dizbro21, May 13, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev 0%

Caudalie, May 08, 2013
Smuttynose Short Batch #11 - Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.