Smuttynose Frankenlager (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Frankenlager (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Frankenlager (Big Beer Series)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 04-30-2014

BEER STATS
Ratings:
148
Reviews:
35
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
11.02%
 
 
Wants:
2
Gots:
13
For Trade:
0
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Photo of AmitC
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Barleycorn
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Jacobob10
3.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On-tap @ Barcade in New York, NY.

Light amber with a slight haze and a small white head. Biscuit malt aroma with grassy/earthy hops. A bit of sweetness in the flavor backed up by big biscuit malt and a dry bitterness from the hops. Medium-full body, much stronger than I expected. Finishes crisp and clean. A bit of an odd beer that crosses over into several genres, but I'd say the experiment is successful.

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Photo of Klister
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of westyrun
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vencad
2.99/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass: color is straw, hazy, head is bright white, mixture of bubble sizes from fine to medium, some lacing and lingering depth greater than 1 inch.

Smell is pilsen malt, moderate hop citrus and earthy notes.

Taste leans to pilsner, maybe kellerbier like, but then the dryness and hop bitterness come through to swing into the IPL category. Malt is biscuit like, some graininess and earthiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp, carbonated, then dry from the moderate hops.

Overall, a crisp beer that seems to blend styles to create an imperial pilsner, very dry and crisp and pleasant biscuit malts.

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Photo of rderedin
3.3/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of ContentmentDIPA
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the bottle, it pours a light golden amber with a generous head, slowly dissipating. Hops assault the nose, followed by the hop forward taste in the mouth. They call it an IPL, and it is so!

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Photo of prock180
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mamute2007
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of PatGreer
4.18/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of user785335
3.79/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hop_junkie
4.45/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap:
Pours with the slightest haze, as if you were a hair of a second shy of a perfect decanting pour. This pour was to the top, so limited head, but it was small-bubbled and appeared a yellowing white. Decent sustainability and quick to return. Surface reminded me of science class diagram of a single-cellar organism.

Nose definitely had lager characteristics, crisply but lightly bready. A hint of grass and grain growing in the field. Expected a little more hop punch based on other IPLs I've had, but no idea why I feel an IPL has to be IPA-hoppy. After a swirl mid-beer, I start to notice some tart-like fruity notes, but cannot distinguish them.

Taste starts off a little fuller than expected. Biscuity and initially malty, but backed quickly by clean to grassy bitterness. This reminds me yet again of a classic lager, but kicked up. This is constantly making me rethink my impressions of IPL as a style. Light fruit notes add that third note to the chord to make a very enjoyable beer.

A kicked up lager that impresses me by not being outrageous in any aspect, but bring a complete and enjoyable beer. Maybe a little too heavy, considering it's only kicked up to 7%, and not completely crisp and clean, if I were to pick a not or two.

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Photo of LoudRed
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tpauer
3.99/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MUTINY
4.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into a nonic pint.

A: Pours a slightly hazy pure-straw with 1 1/4" fluffy white head that recedes slowly. Retention is ultimately so-so, lacing is above-average.

S: There's not much depth here, but what's going on is nice & tight. It's a very balanced blend of wheaty malt, granola & brown sugar - tempered with tropical fruit expressions, passionfruit being the most noticeable. Hints of lime rind lurk in the back.

T: Comes on with an almost-tart bright citrus quality that leads into a mid palate that features bready malt notes & grapefruit with sugar. The finish flashes a dry bitterness that provides a perfect punctuation to all the flavors that came before it. Citrus rind permeates the entire experience.

M: High-ish (to style) carb married to a slightly heavy malt body. What I really like here is the exceptional dryness that helps to elevate the hoppier elements that are in play on the palate.

O: To my taste, this brew is everything that a hoppy Lager needs to be & then some. It's got a great command of the malt-forward full body Lager stuff & it also has a surprisingly well-done execution of creating a clever hop-profile to provide counterpoint. Rather excellent.

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Photo of smanson56
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An overall good beer in this style not something I tend to lean towards. The nose was crisp and with a nice smooth malt forward smell. There are some citrus and pine flavors that come through in the taste with a nice smooth malt finish. The carbonation was great and a nice mouth feel with no aftertaste.

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Photo of cmq103
3.71/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Flight Sampler at the Blend Bistro poured into a 4-ounce sample glass. Clear off yellow in color with prominent citrus perfume aroma and taste. A pretty good Pilsner nonetheless. The ABV is well hidden. I wouldn't have guessed this tops out at 7.3%.

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Photo of CharlesK
2.48/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DrStiffington
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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