Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Portsmouth LagerSmuttynose Portsmouth Lager
BEER INFO

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

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Reviews:
225
Ratings:
251
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
11.57%
 
 
Wants:
0
Gots:
2
For Trade:
0
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Photo of largadeer
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: 12 oz bottle with a freshness date of Jan '09, into my Trumer glass it goes. It sits a surprisingly hazy tarnished gold color with an inch of white foam that retains nicely and leaves a few rings of lace.

Smell: Very fresh and cereal grainy with a hint of fresh cut grass beneath the grain.

Taste & mouthfeel: Big grainy malt flavors up front, semi-dry and utterly refreshing. Hops are subdued, present only enough to lend a subtle bitterness in the finish. Really tasty stuff, like a rugged, unrefined but infinitely more flavorful macro lager. That's not to say that it isn't clean however - it's just not completely sterile and bland.

Notes: Got this one from Dyan. Thanks man!

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Photo of brentk56
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy light amber color with a decent and long lasting head that leaves some lacing

Smell: Malty aroma with an unfortunate vegetal twinge

Taste: Starts with a modest bready presence that is quickly supplemented, after the swallow, by the noble hops bitterness; the finish is dry and bitter

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A refreshing and flavorful Vienna Lager; easy to drink and a nice change of pace

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

G: Poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: Pours dark and somewhat hazy (not necessarily cloudy, but more opaque than the typical lager). A light copper. Minimal head.

S: Minimal smell; some pale malts and the tiniest bit of hops.

T: Good taste. Solid malt without much of a hop presence. Ever-so-slightly amber in taste.

M: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. No alcohol presence.

D: Quite drinkable. Would be nice during the summer--too bad they won't be making it any longer.

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Photo of oberon
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

found this down here in NC.Nice straw-color didnt get much head but thjats ok.Had a little sweetness to it wich I kinda liked,went down pretty easy.Good beer like Great Lakes style a little better,a nice change though from the dark ales Ihave been drinking this winter.Good beer no frills just good.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

With my flight out of New Hampshire for over two hours I had nothing to do but try all of the Smuttynose beers on tap. From notes scribbled on the back of a coaster...

Slightly hazy golden amber with a short/creamy white head. Holds fairly well before dropping to an average collar and whispy surface covering. Some nice lace at the outset.

Clean, mild malt and hops in the nose.

Crisp, medium bodied, standard carb.

Very nice bready and toasty malt backed by a solid backbone of drying bitterness and accented with grassy & lightly spicy hops. Finishes dry with some lingering toasted malt and grassy hops.

Clean. Well brewed. Nicely balanced. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brassy dark gold with a hint of ripe orange. The head looks magnificent; quality through and through. It's alabaster in color with thousands of tiny pits on a moonscape surface, and melts more quickly at the edges, giving a 'scoop of ice cream' look. Wide bands of thick lace have been deposited for my enjoyment (and have very nearly coated the entire glass by bottle's end).

The nose is straightforward, ultra-clean and very enjoyable. Its principal elements are fresh cereal grain and citric-floral hops. Leave it Smuttynose not to stint on the little green cones, not even in a Vienna lager. I don't love Saaz, but I can't imagine another European hop that would work as well. Perhaps the generous amount of malt rounds off the more pungent aspects of the Saaz personality.

Color me impressed. This is a beautifully balanced beer. The mouthfilling, teasingly sweet, buttered toast flavor of the malt is matched step-for-step by the lighter, brighter, spicy, lemon peel fruitiness of the Saaz. I realize that I use the word 'balanced' a fair amount, but I haven't had a beer this perfectly proportioned in quite some time.

On the tail end of the finish, hops outlast malt so that I'm left with a modestly bitter bite and a hoppy linger. I would have guessed at least double the stated IBUs (15). A quality mouthfeel is the one characteristic that, in my opinion, is most indicative of a top-notch brewery. On that front, these guys rarely disappoint. The beer is full for the style and is exceptionally smooth.

Portsmouth Lager is yet another fabulous beer from the best little brewery in Portsmouth. I'm impressed time and time again by Smuttynose, no matter the style. One of my magic lantern wishes (at the moment anyway, as this fine beer lingers on my tongue) is to live in the shadow of SBC. Since magic lanterns don't exist, I'll settle for distribution this far west.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light amber color with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains caramelized malts, hops and some spice.

T: The taste is pretty well-balanced with flavors of hops bitterness and smoky caramelized malts with a hint of spice but not a lot of sweetness. The after-taste is slightly bitter.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, it’s an easy-drinking beer that I could drink a few of, but it’s my least favorite of the 4 beers that came in the Smuttynose Variety 12-pack (Finest Kind IPA, Shoal’s Pale Ale & Old Brown Dog being the other three).

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Photo of Slatetank
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - A liquid similar in color to peach nectar with a fizzy bubbly frothy soda pop pale head.

S - Grassy floral hop aroma w/ light nutty quallities and a dash of spicy pepperiness

M - Malty, creamy, light spice, nutty finish.

T - A sweet nuttiness and and creamy nice citrusy hop with a touch of light pepper and a nice round finish.

D - A fine vienna lager, a bit light for the style, but highly quaffable and worth picking up for repeated tastes.

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Photo of russpowell
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to jwc215 for this one, Cheers Joe!

Pours honey colored with 3+ fingers of cream colored head. Good lacing & average head retention

S:Some herbal & metallic hops& cereal notes. Some perfumy hops late to the party

T: Cereal, metallic hops & lemony hops up front. Honey malts, more lemony hops, plus grainyness as this warms. Finishes with cooked cereal sweetness, crisp & with more grainyness

MF: Light/medium bodied with fairly vigirous carbonation & good balance

Drinks easy, but not enough flavor here for me to session on. An adequate Vienna lager. this may be my least favorite beer, from this fantastic brewery. I could [probably polish a sixer off watching a game or getting my line wet (fishing), no problem

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Photo of Jason
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep yet pale mahogany amber hue, sweet malty aroma that is close to candy like until the toasted grain aroma pushes its way into the nostrils. Very malty but with an ample bitterness to tame the sweetness a bit, toasted malt flavours are quite predominant throughout. A tasty lager just a bit too much of the toasted malt flavour for my liking, I’d still go back to this beer once in a while.

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Photo of smcolw
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reasonably clear, light amber, nice lasting head.

The aroma reminds me of a wheat beer, some citrus, a little yeast, slightly clove-like.

Nice crystal malt flavor, liberal use of bittering hop, crisp with a short lived but positive aftertaste. Excellent body for a lager. Overall, a very pleasant and multi-quaffable beer.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very slightly fogged orange gold. Minimal crème head that does not stick around. Nose is pretty uneventful. Flavor is bodied and slightly bitter. Very earthy. Nothing really interesting I have to say. Though there seems to be a slight inky aftertaste. Feel has a decent carbonation and the liquid has a decent body as well. Definitely drinkable. A nice hearty lager. It just doesn't really hold anything interesting in the character department I think.

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Photo of jwc215
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

According to the bottle, it was brewed about three months ago.
It poured a not-too-impressive hazy, almost cloudy orangish-yellow. The small white bubbly head quickly became a very thin head, that eventually became hardly a lacing. The carbonation was moderate.
Caramelish and floral (a bit too caramelish for style).

The flavor was decent, but nothing spectacular. It had a toasted maltiness - a tad much for a lager, with some hints at a floral fruitiness. As the drink got further along, there was a very slight bitterness to it.

The mouthfeel was fairly decent, being neither too thick nor too thin, which added to its drinkability. Overall, there was nothing complex about it. Just a simple, clean, refreshing brew. I might have it as a session lager once in a while.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: clear, amber color, with a short, fizzy head.
Aroma: soft, mellow, sweet, and even a tiny bit fruity.
Nice and even, good malt, light to medium in body, short finish, but still tasty.
Hops are light, malt is thick, and the taste? Just right.
A really smooth, tasty, easy-going lager.
I liked it, and gave thanks to Bierman9 for providing.

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Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ouncer sampled, the label has a notch for July as being the month this was brewed in, 2005??? I hope so, but no real idea if this is so. Anyway, I'll give good ole' Smutty the benefit of the doubt, This one pours light orangy amber, quite clear with a moderatly dense white head. Thick lacing left on the glass. Nose is of cloves and a bit soapy. This a light and easy drinking lager. Malty for the most part, light hops dry out the finish, but only slightly. Decent everyday/warm weather brew. Fine thirst quencher. Good beer to wash down a summer sandwedge

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Photo of tempest
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Kind of a cool beer, my first instinct was that it was an awesome take on the Macro lager style. This came from the light malt flavors akin to a BMC but sans adjunct funk. There was a nice hops kick, about on par with a good pilsner. It doesn't really compare with Sam Adams as a vienna lager, or even the Mexican counterparts. If I had to call it anything, I'd say "american pils."

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Photo of WesWes
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale golden color with virtually no head. There's just a bit of lacing. The nose is of pale malts and lager yeast. It's actually a pretty good smell considering I hate the smell of most lager beers. The taste is good also, although I thought the carbonation was a tad light for this style. The mouthfeel is low, but I feel it should be a little less. Lagers are supposed to be thrown down like water. This one drank well, but it tasted too good and went down slower than most.

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Photo of Gavage
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a orange / light copper color with a thin 1/2" white head. Some very spotty lacing develops and the head quickly receded to the surface. The aroma is of malt. The flavor is simple as sweetness from the malt and some reasonable bitterness round out the flavor. A faint hint of orange or some type of citrus appears while swallowing.

The mouthfeel is mildly crisp with a light dry finish. The malt lingers softly on the tongue after swallowing. This lager has some nice flavor and is quite drinkable.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this brew.

Pours a clean/clear golden yellow color, nice carbonation, little foamy white head, which leaves some nice sticky lacing around the edges. The nose is malty, slight hop, spices, and caramel. The taste is slightly sweet at first, nice malts, slight hop, some spices and caramel. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a very tasty Lager, recommended.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a dark straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a grainy malt, some diacytl and grassy hops.

The taste was very doughy with a spicy earthy hop finish.

The mouthfeel was average for the style and a touch creamy.

Overall a tasty vienna lager. Not the best example of the style, but easy enough to drink.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at the Portsmouth Brewery pub. Poured a dark golden with a light head and spotty lacing. Smells toasty with dry malt and there is a tang of lager yeast. The taste is slightly grainy, light, a bit nutty, and with more pronounced lager yeast. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly sweet. Fairly tasty.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a sunset orange with a thin fizzy white head.

S: sweet caramel and a floral hopping.

T: dry with a dry floral hopping. There was some light dried caramel, toasted malt and woodiness providing a very earthy and dry flavor. Nicely hopped balancing out the semi-sweet toasted caramel with a lingering bitterness in the finish.

M: Nicely carbonated, clean and dry on the tongue.

D: Good drinkability, low abv% makes this good for a few.

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Photo of akorsak
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a 12 oz bottle poured into a DuClaw Celtic Fury tumbler. The lager is cold.

Appearance: The lager has a nice deep yellow color, several shades darker than a BMC. There is a nice ring of head that laces as I drink it.

Smell: The malty biscuit aroma is the first thing that strikes me. Behind that is a pleasant earthy hop aroma.

Taste: The malts add a very full-bodied flavor, a thoroughly good biscuitiness that is not overpoweringly sweet. The hops are earthy, european in flavor that balance nicely against the malts.

Mouthfeel: Very pleasant, almost chewy in the mouth.

Drinkability: Moderate abv and pronounced malt character that melds nicely with the hops conspire to make this a very drinkable lager.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle best before Oct 08

A: Crystal clear amber (and I mean crystal) with a thin white head with solid retention. As the head slowly recedes, it leaves a TON of lace and foam on my Sam Smith glass. Plenty of carbonation. Great!

S: Mild sweetness with a pleasant hint of butterscotch, mild hop earthy and leafy hop character

T: Excellent balance of lightly-toasted malt with a biscuit character to start things off with hint of hops to finish things up

M: Great carbonation but yet wonderfully soft on the palate. The finish is a tad dry

D: This is an excellent session lager, I'd drink it all day.

This is the beer that got me started on craft beer. One sip and I went "Why have I been drinking Yeungling all along?" I'm glad to know that a year and a half down the line, it still impresses me and yet disappointed that this one will be no more.

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Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy golden with a constant low off-white head, decent carbonation, and lace. Nice hoppy aroma at first but fades just a bit. Nice balanced flavor with a solid malt backbone ... lightly sweet. Medium-full bodied.

A solid Lager that I would put in the Dortmunder Export category.

Per Smuttynose website: VITAL STATISTICS:
OG: 1.048, TG: 1.014
Malt: Two-row US pale malt, carastan, special "B."
Hop Selections: Czech Saaz
IBU's: 15, ABV: 4.5%

Brewed in: 08/03
Tasted: 12/20/03

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