Smuttynose Brewing Company

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German Pilsner
Ranked #114
Ranked #28,199
3.77 | pDev: 11.67%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Very Good
Notes: 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! 33 IBU (AKA - Short Batch #11)
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Photo of Gatch
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Canned 11/01/18. Wish it were more fresh, but it’s still delicious. Has everything you look for in a Pilsner, with a tasty and cereal grain malt bill with a hint of fruity and grassy hops in the finish. Seems like a reliable source for future 4-pack purchases!

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Photo of mike22ne
3.96/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle. I've had it before but never reviewed it.

Looks nice, straw yellow with a slight haze and a coarse white head that fades to a scattered layer of foam.
Smells of herbal earthy hops and biscuity malts.
Tastes of biscuity German pilsner malt, spicy Noble hop tones, sweet honey and bread yeast.
Feels nice, light but full body. Not as bitter and dry as I would expect but a clean smooth finish.

It's a nice solid Pilsner. I'd be happy to drink this again and again!

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Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy Post-Apocalyptic New LeinSmutStarr Coup de Boule Sunday (Week 667)! I have a couple Smuttys for this afternoon's enjoyment.

From the bottle: "Crafting fine beers in NH since 1994"; "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Come visit our brewery and restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. And check us out online at for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

I Pop!ped the cap on this one & began a slow, gentle pour since there was no reason to do anything else. Once decanted into the awaiting glass, an in-glass swirl raised just under three fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with modest retention that left behind some nice lacing. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was more hop-forward than I expect from a GER Pils, very much of grass and hay, but I am not complaining. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft in the mouth. The taste was still hop-forward with the kind of hay-like grassiness that is a hallmark of Noble hops and with a dry biscuity maltiness. Mmm. Finish was semi-dry, but highly refreshing. I could really drink this all of the time in the summer! Any ChANce of putting it in CANs?

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Photo of polloenfuego
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with a small head that breaks quickly leaving nothing behind. Zero in the way of lacing. Smell is sweet malt base with a tiny following of hops. The flavor has bitter up front and then the malts come in strong. A nice blend makes this enjoyable. The feel is lighter with a medium but firm carbonation.

I am admittedly not a fan of pilseners in general, but I have to say this was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.54/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: October 6, 2017... OCCASION: a Friday night with Shan watching TV... GLASSWARE: PSU pilsner... clear, sallow yellow body with large bubbles that rush upward into a thin, uneven head... the power of the Saaz hops cuts through with a sweet malt base... a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel makes each sip swift... the finish is dry, crisp, with a bit of lager to it, rounded and thick... the flavor profile isn't diverse, settling on the noble hops to develop a metallic ping that doesn't hit as sharply as other pilsners do... the malts are light and aromatic, and the overall take is a clean one... a beer I would drink happily, but not one I would seek out...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft

clear, bright yellow in color, white head, good head retention. mild grainy and earthy hop aroma. crisp flavor, moderate hop bit and grainy clean malt. thin bodied.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best by 6/1/17, so 2 months past.

faintly hazy pale yellow body, bubbly white head with light lacing.

clean light malty aroma.

pretty decent taste, even 2 moths past its BB date. faintly bitter/sour taste, good malt background.

medium and somehow foamy on the mouth. faintly bitter and malty on the finish.

overall, a very serviceable light summer pilsener.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a soft hazy burnt yellow with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy rocky head that sustained for a good minute. Delicate lace clung nicely. The aroma starts off with some honey-ed sweet biscuits rolling into some sweet grassy notes. The flavor takes the previously mentioned aromas to boot and slide into the aftertaste with a sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a crisp sweet semi-refreshing sessionability about it. Carbonation rides light in the feel. Semi-sticky smooth to the touch on my tongue. Overall, nice German pilsener, pass me some bratwurst while I put on my lederhosen and want more of this. I’d have definitely have again.

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Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, strong floral, hop, spice, citrus hops, and strong resin. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, strong floral, hop, spice, citrus hops, sight vanilla, apple, and strong resin. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and feel.

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Photo of EmeraldMist
4.09/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a slightly hazy straw/yellow color, two fingers of foamy white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Lemon rind, herbal, fresh baked bread.
Taste - Zesty up front, puckery hop bitterness, lemon grass, very floral. Malt is smooth, biscuity and semi-sweet. A bit nutty and grainy towards the finish with lingering floral hop oils.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, very smooth and silky, well carbonated, dry. Perfect.

Overall - Delicious pilsner, a must try if you love the style.

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Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Best By Date: 8/1/17

A - Pours a semi-hazy straw yellow color, sprightly carbonation, and a delicate creamy white head of foam on top.

S - Grassy, earthy, lemons, straw, and crackery crisp malt, and dry aroma.

T - Follows the nose exactly. Biscuity malt, crisp, delcate honey presence, light lemon, some momentary earthiness, slightly floral, and a little bit of pepper that surfaces on the back end.

M - Lots of prickly carbonation on the tongue, bone dry finish, some mild lingering citrus bitterness.

O - This is a really fine American interpretation of the style. At the current score of (86) => underrated. Will be buying more of this.

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Photo of JRed
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours transparent golden in body with white bubbly head. Aroma of grains, cereal, honey, some grass. Tastes of grains, cereal, honey, light grass, light bitterness. Light bodied with active carbonation.

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Photo of CNoj012
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This beer pours a crystal clear light golden yellow color with a one finger, dense, foamy bright white head. Retention is excellent and there are many chunks of hanging lacing.

Smell is very hoppy. Floral hops, fresh cut grass, citrus, peppery spice and a touch of crackery malt are all present.

Taste is the same. A big bouquet of hop flavors with a hint of biscuity and crackery malts.

Feel is light, crisp and super drinkable. The carbonation is very high, which when combined with the slight bitterness from the hops makes for an excellent zing on a dry finish.

Overall a great pilsner. I've never seen this beer in a stand alone 6pk, in fact I've never seen this beer until I bought the Smutty Spring Variety Pack, but I need to keep an eye out. If I can get this in a 6pk I will buy it all summer long.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
4.31/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Translucent, mostly clear, but slightly hazy straw. Solid levels of carbonation streaming up the glass. Big, foamy, white head with excellent retention, and excellent lacing.

S: Yep...this is why I love pilsners. That aroma of crisp, zippy Noble hops is so damn fantastic. It's bright, ripping lemon peel, freshly cut grass, zesty herbs and pepper, and a light cracker malt backbone. But man, the floral, grass, and citrus notes just rip at the nostrils!

T: A little bit more balanced on the palate, but still massively hoppy. Huge amounts of lemon peel, pith, and zest. Cracker malt with dabs of honey. Smooth and well rounded, with a big burst of floral and grassy hoppiness near the finish. Almost a bit of white peach, too, strangely enough. Finishes dry, clean, with more lemon and grass.

F: Medium-ish bodied, but very carbonated, so it feels full on the palate on the whole while. This would pair excellently with food.

O: Another great, hoppy pils. Highly recommend to any other fan of hoppy pilsners!

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Photo of IronLover
4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a murky, hazy appearance. Poured with a moderate, soapy white foam with good retention. Medium pilsner malt aroma with medium light, spicy, peppery and floral hop aromas. Medium bodied with soft medium high carbonation and a creamy smoothness on the back end. Medium pilsner malt flavors with light cracker and bread notes. Medium spicy and floral hop flavors that transition to medium high, tangy, hop bitterness through the middle. Finished crisp and dry with light bitter hop notes. Crisp, fresh, easy drinking, and refreshing.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.57/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Pours pale straw with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and crisp. Herbal hops and pale malt nicely balanced on the palate. Finish is long and dry. Very pleasant Pilz.

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Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy pale yellow in color with a decent sized white head.

S: Slightly herbal and earthy with noble hop aroma. There is a little bit of a straw and light bread aroma. Perhaps just a touch of licorice in there as well.

T: Herbal and spicy with slightly earthy tones. Light malt and a touch of licorice in the finish as well.

M: Light in body, with very aggressive carbonation. Slight bitter cling in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty good beer. Not spectacular, but still very enjoyable.

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Photo of edward_boumil
3.86/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass
L: Pours a 1 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is golden yellow, slightly hazy, tons of carbonation visible. Great lace
S: Sweety, biscuity malts and floral hop notes
T: Pretty light, repeat of the aroma with a very light hop finish, crisp and peppery
F: High carbonation, somewhat heavier body than other pilsners. Quite refreshing and drinkable
O: Enjoyable pils

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.57/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with less than a pinky sized head. Lacings are left to coat the glass as I casually sip this refreshing pilsner down. I really cannot smell much of the ingredients, except for a faint lingering of hops. After the third sip, I noticed it becoming more bitter, but nonetheless enjoyable. It coats the tongue (after about the third sip) and leaves surrounding bitter notes. Overall, I enjoyed this beer as much as I enjoyed the atmosphere of the brewery. Refreshing, casual, and just enough ABV to allow me to run a grill! Happy imbibing!

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am a bit puzzled by the reviews that describe a dark yellow or even burnt orange color. The bottles I had poured a VERY pale yellow and fairly cloudy, almost like a wit. But the flavor was in no way pale. This is a very tasty pilsner. I don't think I would mistake it for a German-made pils but it definitely tastes "German-ish" which not all American versions of German pils do. Some reviews have described this as having a "caramellized malt" character...I didn't get that at all. Seems like pure pilsner malt to me. Grassy and clean with very delicate hops aroma. This was from a Beer of the Month Club selection and I already wish I had more than the three bottles.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You won't find many tastier and well made pilsners than this one, an absolutely superb example of a pretty basic style of beer, this is simply excellent.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Beautiful cloudy (especially for a pilsner) burnt golden orange hue, very little head with aggressive pour,
little lacing.
S-Toasted bread, malts, sweet dried peaches or maybe even apple.
T-Toasted, almost burnt malts bring on a bitterness that nicely balances against
the sweet peach & dried apricot that quickly follows, finishes slightly on the bitter side
of center.
M-Nice carbonation & quite creamy for a pilsner
O-Not usually my preferred style but I really like it a lot. Not surprising considering it's from Smuttynose.

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Photo of selecter70
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draught. Good basic pilsner nothing fancy, not in the ranks of exact German pilsners but I prefer it to Victory Pils (a bit too hoppy to me-still great beer though). This poured a medium to rich yellow with decent head and lace. The nose was bright and malty, no real hop present. The mouthfeel was light to medium. The taste was clean, bright and malty like the wheat naan they have at Trader Joe's (odd but that's what it evoked). No real spice/hop to it but crisp and bright. The only thing really lacking was the awesome chalkly hints that the German versions often have.

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Photo of TX-Badger
3/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden color with white head. Cereal grains, some light grass, and a little malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with cereal grain, crisp, mostly clean.

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Photo of Beric
3.85/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Serving: On tap at the brewpub tasting rom into a 4oz sampler
Served: 24 August 2015

Appearance: Pours a rich gold color with definite depth- not the pale yellow some might associate with a pilsner-style beer. Great pearl head on the beer which sticks around for a while. No visible carbonation coming up from the bottom though, which I like to see in a good pils.

Smell: Grassy hops and a white-bread malt base. Decent.

Taste: Assertive bitterness across the palate, with a flavor profile that is pretty standard for a too-style pilsener. Nice bready malts, a pinch too sweet for my tastes (more white bread than bread crust), but I like the noble hop flavor and bitterness. The beer uses North American 2-row as a base malt, and I'm curious if changing it to an imported version might kick this one into the upper echelon of US brewed German pilseners.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with strong, sharp carbonation. Really great.

Overall: I'm a lager-head and I'm very peculiar about my pilseners, so my rating might be lower than it would be otherwise. That said, this is a great US brewed German pilsener and one that I really enjoyed. I'd be curious about my aforementioned change in the grain bill, but otherwise, this is one damn good beer.

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