Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Portsmouth LagerSmuttynose Portsmouth Lager

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Vienna Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-26-2001

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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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 Donnie2112
4.02/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

amber quickly dissipating head, little to no lacing

smells like toasty, a little sharp, slightly beery

slightly sharp, toasty, bready, light lemony and lemon zest hops very crisp and clean flavor

mouthfeel: not heavy, nor watery, clean astringence on the finish

drinkablity: I could pound these, I think I could drink it with a lot of different foods and might be falling back on this for football season as my favorite is hard to get fresh in my area

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Photo of fitzy84
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the Moan and Dove. The drink had a reddish, clear amber appearance with a thin head. The smells were of a good hoppy balance but nothing too spectacular, just average. Although there was a sweetness to the drink that I would attribute to the hops, I felt the drink had no real specific taste dimension. Good medium body with a decent carbonation. Overall, it was pretty average.

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Photo of tjkurz
3.89/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought a single, bottle dated. Poured into a pint glass, thin head more soapy bubbles disappears rapidly. More yellow/gold than other vienna lagers. Nice fresh and malty smell. Malt taste to match, a little hops/skunk. Nicely carbed decent mouthfeel for a lager. At 4.5 very drinkable tasty but won't overwelm, probably a decent session.

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Photo of dreadnatty08
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, medium light amber color with plentiful just off-white head. Aromas are very hop leaning with touches of floral and spicy saaz hops, lightly toasted bread, and some earthy grain notes. On the palate, the vienna and munich malts make quite a punch with their bready and toasty dominance and the floral hops in the background. It is a wonderfully balanced lager with medium high carbonation, smooth, medium body and a crisp, lightly bitter, dry finish.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fourth of the Smuttynose winter sampler--and a while since I've had a true lager! Full white head that settles to uneven cirrus clouds on an effervescent orange body...has a strong look about it... light malts... the nostril presence is balanced and a bit fruity--pleasant...soft presence...not active but relaxed and drinkable in a positive way... a bit crunchy in the teeth, but only when chewed... malt is obvious... esther lays soft on the back of the mouth--flirts like a pilsner but holds with a lager backbone... hops are slight but lagers go, pleasant and easy--medium-bodied but probably a good beer for a six-pack evening...

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Photo of cameraman
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A light amber color, with shades of gold along the sides of the glass. A small white head forms, that quickly dissolves away. A light citrusy and grassy fragrance comes out at first, that is surpassed by the mild malt scent, with bread and biscuit fragrances the most dominant. Those malty characteristics from the aroma dominate the flavor, till it reaches the back of the palate. This is where a mild bitterness takes over, grassy in flavor, and that stays with you long after each taste is gone. A medium to light feel, medium at the front. Then thinning out as it rolls to the back of the palate. A unique flavored beer, the strong malty flavor and aroma, with the grassy scents and flavors. This is a good lager, great to have after mowing grass.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.17/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, 12 oz bottle copped from Total Wine and More in Union...
Most samples I've tried from Smuttynose are top-notch, so I was hoping for big things from this one...
Nice, bright-orange, light-amber and copper appearance with a minimal foamy head that soon receded and left hardly any lacing...
Great bready aroma with noticeable caramel and vanilla thrown into the mix...
Great, light-bodied, flavorful taste replete with vanilla, caramel, fresh florals, ginger, honey, and slight cloves...
Surprsingly creamy and rich mouthfeel for a low-ABV beer, which was pretty satisfying...
Decent drinkability as well made this a well-rounded, pleasing representation of the style...
Worth a try...

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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 currysage1
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber color, good head off the pour, settled down but stuck around for awhile. Ample sticky lacing.

Smell has a nice crispness to it, somewhat of the hop but mostly the malt.

Taste is slightly musty, with honestly not that much going on, some depth of bitterness and sweet malt.

I could definately have another, but honestly I think I would prefer something with a little more umph...

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow color with lots of bubbling action but only a decent sized head, not much lacing.

Smell is mostly malt with a slight hop aroma, not much else, easily the weakest category.

Taste is crisp like most lagers, decent balance of the hops and malt, little bit of spice for a lager though.

Definitely one of the better lagers available in the area.

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Photo of wheelinshirt
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this one up from Abe's as part of a mixed six pack. 12 oz brown long neck bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

Practically exploded out of the bottle when I started pouring. Filled up the entire glass with head. Had to set it down and wait for the head to fall. This one sports some pretty good head retention, so it took a while. Big fluffy white head that leaves lots of lacing, but it was annoying having to wait more than five minutes to be able to pour and begin drinking a beer.

Smell is fairly non-descript, some malt, not a lot of hops, taste is similar. Nothing offensive in there, just nothing too noteworthy. It doesn't seem to be as refreshing as I like a good lager to be. This might have been better if I had been drinking it with a nice veggie burger and curly fries like the negra modelo that I enjoyed so much.

Mouthfeel was lacking in carbonation. Not completely flat, but it must have lost a lot of bubbles on that stunt it pulled during the pour. I would have this again if it was given to me, but I don't think I would buy this again.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A slightly murky golden blonde, though no real head at all. Leaves a sliver of trim around the edges.

S: Slightly floral, sweet malts, finished with a touch of hops. Light, pretty simple and straight forward.

T: A sweet, malty lager... hops round it out towards the end, and leave a touch of bitter aftertaste behind for added measure.

M + D: Reasonably smooth and crisp, but nothing mindblowing. Still, it's rather tasty, and I could see myself very easily sessioning this over conversation on a patio. It's a friendly lager that I see myself going back to from time to time.

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Photo of erosier
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice yellow from the bottle with a thick white head with a tint of yellow in it. The smell is of sweet malts and some hoppy bitterness to round out the flavor. It tastes of just that which is nice that it delivers what it smells like it will. Sweet malts underneath a light hoppy bitterness to balance the flavors. It has a nice almost smooth mouthfeel and it is certainly a drinkable beer. It is definately worth a try.

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Photo of Slynger
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours crystal clear and golden with an amber shadow and one finger of fine white bubbles on top. The smell is clean; sweet lemon with some mild toasted malts and light grassy hops. The sweetness comes through in a light lemony form in the taste. Crisp cracker malts dominate, while a mild earthy hop spiciness leaves a very light bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is a crisp, smooth, medium. Overall a very solid offering of the style.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Clear straw yellow.Some bubbles, not much of a head, 1/2 inch maybe.

smell - Wheat, grains, and hops here.

taste - Finished with a tad bitterness, but not much.

mouthfeel - Medium body with carbonation and a bitterness.

drinkability - I have a Vienna lager I like in mind. This one is a grade below that one. This is a easy drinking beer, but doesn't tell me this is gooood. Worth a try though.

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Photo of quasimoto
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A musty, grainy, dry toasty and slightly vinous aroma starts off this beer. As I swirl it the malty sweetness comes out and some diacytel. Malty sweet flavor, some cooked corn, and the dry graininess comes back in the end. The taste as I get it is first diacytel, malty sweet in the middle and finishes with the grainy flavor. The mouthfeel is smooth with not a lot of carbonation, and some slickness in the middle of the tongue from the diacytel. Overall a drinkable beer, but lagers are hard to do.

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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 AltBock
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a plain and simple yellow and blue label with a picture of a white wall covered with hundreds of colorful buoys. To the right of the picture is where they keep the US Government warning and to the left is where they keep their clearly notched best before date of January of 2008. I'm just in the nick of time.

When poured into a simple mug, This Lager is a golden yellowish amber with an initial half an inch head of white foam. This head of foam quickly transformed itself into a small white bubbly skim and a spot or two of lace around the glass. It had a faint, but crispy aroma of toasted malts, a few blades of grass, a dab of juicy fruits, and then the aroma ended with floral hops. It had an average Lager crispy taste of toasted malts, a pinch of citrus fruits, and ended with what appeared to be a mix of floral hops and citrus hops. The mouthfeel was on the light side with medium carbonation and a faint aftertaste toasted malts and floral hops. Basically, I found this to be nothing more than an average not over the top affordable Lager from a great craft brewery. I couldn't see why not why this wouldn't make a nice summer session beer.

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

pours a slightly hazy deep golden color with an average head leaving average lacing. The smell is faint, but appealing with some sweeter malts, and grassy hops. Flavor also is not over powering, but balanced starting with the light malts going into some lemon and grass hops, and lingering a bit with the lemon flavor. Overall a drinkable, and refreshing beer. My first Vienna Style Lager

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Photo of wiseguy142
2.59/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I'm not a huge fan of this beer. It tastes like one of the first lemony-home brews I made where it got contaminated. I expect lagers to be significantly sweeter and drier but this had a harsh aftertaste of hops not fitting for the style, a murky yellow color, and just isn't fun to drink.

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

Poured from a small capped bottle into a pint.

It is a fairly clear dark golden brew, so clear that it looks filtered. The creamy white head is rather thin, and it shows little retention but keeps a decent collar.
Aroma is simple, delicate, some maltiness and citrusy hops.
Light to medium bodied, it has a nice maltiness, somewhat overshadowed by grassy, citrusy hops.
Nice brew, but it is a bit unbalanced for the style; I prefer my Vienna lagers a bit maltier.

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Photo of GFSchwab
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It was a good, full flavored beer. It came out oof the bottle with a bronze hue and good eggshell white head with strong retention.

it smelled of the copious ammount of grains and barley that was used to malt this beer, with notes of ginger, and corn husk.

The taste was very crisp and very matly with stemed corn, and barley dominating the initial taste. The aftertaste offers a moderate hopp bitterness that accents this larger well.

It felt great going down, a very faint flavor stayed on my pallett and it felt very light overall. The hops aftertaste dissipates very quickly with a small elvel of malt left after. Definitley a very good beer to eat BBQ corn, and charcoal burgers. Unfortunatley its very cold out now and I don't think this pairing can easily come to forition.

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Photo of Gmann
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear toasted grain color with an average off-white head that dissipated into a slight cap. The smell is very weak but no off-putting aromas. It just doesn't smell like much. The brew has a nice toasted malt flavor with a grassy hop kick. Some light buttery caramel sweetness pops up every now and again. The feel is light and fairly crisp, finishes with a bitter twang. A decent lager overall, not as good as SABL. A fairly light and easy drinking brew. A good offering from Smuttynose but not their best.

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Photo of madjr80
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was a pretty solid lager. I got this beer in the 12pk sampler and was not disappointed. I often get a beer in the sampler that I wouldn't want. This really surprised me. I liked how it was easy to drink and looked great in my beer stein. Overall decent stuff!

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