Smuttynose Frankenlager (Big Beer Series) | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Frankenlager (Big Beer Series)Smuttynose Frankenlager (Big Beer Series)

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: American Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by Jason on 04-30-2014

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Ratings: 150 |  Reviews: 36
Reviews by Maxwell:
Photo of Maxwell
3.95/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer pours a paler, straw yellow with golden highlights, forming a lovely, eggshell white head above the beer with nice lasting power. When splashed against the sides of the glass, the beer leaves thin, sheet-like strands of lacing on the glass, reminiscent of Smutty’s Farmhouse Ale. In body, the beer is spotlessly clean and clear, with just a touch of haze. On the nose, the beer smells deliciously spicy, with a nice citrus/white grape character balancing out the spicy hops. Bready malt gives further finesse to the smell, lending it a balanced, Germen-esque twist that separates it from other IPL’s I’ve smelt. This beer has plenty of hops, but they are balanced and deliciously delicate. As it warms, I get a scent of nettles and a cool spring meadow. I like the scent. On the tongue, the beer tastes fruity up front, transitioning into a bready sweetness that is balanced by a healthy, herbal bitter bite that eventually dries out the finish. Slight acidity does begin the sip, and puts a vinous pop to the mouth. In flavor, the beer begins as sweet Riesling, swiftly gaining a bready, nearly rye-like spice that then plunges into grassy citrus with nuances of hay, and a faint kick of pale malt. The spice develops peppery hints, moving from green pepper flesh, to white pepper spice as the beer warms. In the mouth, the beer feels medium bodied, with a crisp-though-heavy mouthfeel and middling carbonation that gives the tongue a nice fluffing, and a slight prickle. When the beer leaves, the tongue is left with a resinous sheen of spittle, while the mouth feels dry and bitter. In all, despite its heavier mouthfeel, the beer goes down bizarrely easy, making it far too easy to drink (I’ve put that to the test…). This is a lovely variation from the IPA’s-with-Lager-Yeast trend that IPL’s have been following as of late, and it actually piques my interest as to continuation of this style. Look at the complexity and subtlety that can be squeezed from milder/non-American hops used in abundance!

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Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/08/14.Pours into a becker a clear light to medium golden with a fluffy white head that sticks nicely to the sides of the glass as it settles very slowly into a soapy-like mass.Aromas have some real sweetness to them alot like alcohol dipped fruit,a bit of toasted malt thrown in.Sweet honeyed malt flavors with a bit of toasted bread and a good shot of leafy hops in the finish,quite dry and spicy in the finish.Not a citric hop bomb more Euro in nature with it's hop profile,not bad.

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Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Billolick
3.94/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of alienlifeforcecube
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of Hairrrrrrrr
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of Joemama304
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of Pinioned
4.5/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of alexbutler
4.33/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

A - Very nice pour of a orange/amber body with a creamy head. Very nice lacing as the head dissipates.

S - Really sweet smelling, a nice aroma of fruits but it's not overbearing. Pretty subtle and clean.

T - Smooth as anything. There's a light carbonation that lingers in the background, while the fruity hops and crisp malt balance out extremely well. Very refreshing.

M - Not too heavy on the palate and a very clean aftertaste. Very balanced lager.

O - One of the finest things I've had by Smuttynose. I bought this one on a whim, having never heard of their BIG BEER series, and this one sold me on the first sip. Very well balanced and I'd recommend it to anyone. The price is a bit steep, but it's worth it.

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Photo of grahuba
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mjstacker
4.26/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I've been slightly into the recent lager rebirth. Jacks Abbey is making some great beer. This Smutty is actually fantastic. Great copper color, lots of puffy white head and lacing. The nose is a little weak as IMO all lagers are. The taste and mouthfeel and pretty solid, lots of citrusy fruit, carbonation and a hint of bitter. Overall, i'm very surprised by how much I like this. It was also brewed about 2 miles from my house at Smutty's new brewery so, Cheers.

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Photo of CrazyLarry
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: head is solid and fades rapidly. Straw murky color.

Smell: first smell was sour apples like Granny Smith, deep delves citrus fruits and wet pine. Sweet fruits.

Taste: hops, funky hops, bitter but not over powering. Faint water line (taste is not completely held together) I do not know what to call this.

Mouthfeel: lighter than I was expecting. Bitters hang around outside of tongue and side cheeks.

Overall very good but not smutty's best beer.

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Photo of Kmlund
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of blatantlocalism
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of mscudder
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of swills
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy, golden/orange color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some citrus. Taste is hoppy, citrus, malts, highly refreshing. Feels medium/full bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer and maybe to easy drinking for the abv.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From the Big Bottle series with an expiration date of 11/08/14. Sampled on May 28, 2014.

The pour is golden yellow with a white head and a slight hazy opaqueness. Maybe a chill haze but it is a but foggy.

The aroma is of toasted grains, pale malts, citrus, and a smooth yeast character.

Light and refreshing body and smooth.

This is an IPL but it seems to have a more pilsener quality to it with those grainy malts, sweetness, and an added bonus of orange and/or citrus with a crisp, clean finish.

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Photo of mikeburd1128
2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of jsh420
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of user785335
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Immortale25
4/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of angrybabboon
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cheers to Goblinmunkey7 for sharing this beer

Consumed 5/20/14

Appearance: Somewhere between pale orange and deep, robust gold - nice clarity - pours with a medium, off-white head - retains a nearly solid cap, leaves some nice spots of lacing

Smell: Nicely hoppy with a great lager base - great hop profile with some fruit and a nice array of citrus - juicy with some nice tropical fruit flesh, orange, tangerine, grapefruit - fruity but not aggressively hoppy - bready, crackery malts - some hints of lager yeast - lightly sweet and nicely clean

Taste: Hoppy and consistently interesting - nicely fruity with some citrus and tropical notes - apple, pear, orange, tangerine, grapefruit, and maybe some hints of pineapple - moderately bitter - bready, crackery, pale malt base with some light spiciness and earthiness from the lager yeast

Mouthfeel: Medium to light body, nicely carbonated, finishes mostly dry

Overall: Definitely tastier than a reanimated corpse

This is a great hoppy lager. It's very flavorful without being particularly aggressive or bitter (not that there is anything wrong with aggressively hoppy lagers). It's definitely worth a try. I'll probably buy a bottle or two of this.

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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving lacing on the surface and a collar around the edge of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of spicy hops are present in the nose along with notes of bready malts.
T: The taste is mostly dominated by flavors of spicy hops, which dominate the underlying malts and hints of alcohol and also linger in the finish. There is a light to moderate amount of bitterness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has a nice amount of hops for an imperial pilsener, which really balance out the malts and makes the mouthfeel seem lighter than it actually is.

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