Vunderbar
Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #147
ABV:
4.9%
Score:
85
Ranked #30,788
Avg:
3.77 | pDev: 11.41%
Reviews:
126
Ratings:
540
From:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
  16
Gots
  63
SCORE
85
Very Good
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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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Reviews by neliam24:
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neliam24 from New York

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

Dec 02, 2019
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lostinfla from Florida

3.99/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smuttynose is right on the money with both name and taste on this pilsner!
Poured from bottle to Sam Adams glass.
Nice bright white head that settled quickly, leaving some lacing behind. Very light yellow color that was slightly opaque.
Smell was on the sweeter side, with just a hint of the hop fragrance.
Taste was smooth and refreshing with very little bitterness left behind.
I could chug quite a few of these!
Prost!

Aug 18, 2013
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HipCzech from Texas

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle poured into a stemmed Pilsner (beer tulip) glass (stamped "best by 03/02/15").

Appearance: Bright but hazy yellow gold, crowned by a frothy head of white bubbles. Spotty lacing and a fringe of white foam linger.

Smell: Pleasant doughy malt, very light yeasty bread, lemon zest and floral hops.

Taste: Full but delicate malt; fresh white bread. Hints of lemon, even berries, as well as light hop spice and just enough balancing bitterness.

Feel: Light to medium body and carbonation with an overall smooth feel.

Overall: Light, crisp, balanced and refreshing.

Feb 08, 2015
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TheManiacalOne from Rhode Island

4.02/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then a decent hops presence comes in followed by a mild malt and citrus sweetness creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer to session with for a long time.

Dec 23, 2012
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DefenCorps from Oregon

4.12/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long time want. Best by 15 Feb 2015. Bottle from Julio's.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks awesome. The nose is great. Bright, snappy , crisp and refreshing, there's a blend of lemony Saaz hops, doughy pils malt , mildly earthy and mildly perfumey hops and a touch of cotton candy. The lemon character is so pure, so deep and yet so complex and so subtle. Magnificent.

The palate opens crisp and clean with a blend of pleasant lemony Saaz bitterness, earthy hops and a mild doughy sweetness. Despite the pronounced hop character, it is lacking in that snap that the best German pilsners have. A very faint butterscotch character is present on the mid palate. Drying on the finish with a blend of lemony bitterness, earthy, woodsy hop flavor and a sweet dough flavor, this beer is crisply carbonated and quite excellent on the palate. Excellent stuff.

Dec 03, 2014
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utopiajane from New York

3.93/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw colored and with a slight haze. White foam to crown this beer that lasts and hugs the glass to the very end. Nose is soft pils malt, with a a cheeky little peppery herbal from hops. Some spice to tickle the nose. Taste is vibrant. That soft and graceful malt rolls over the palate with a light touch of fine golden sweetness. The hops are leafy and herbal, peppery and lean onto the palate only whimsically with a very slight bitterness to take you in to a clean and dry finish. Pils malt is a wry touch breaddy at the swallow and this beer was VUNDERBAR!

Mar 15, 2015
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BigCheese from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Pretty solid pilsner. Could be a tad hoppier for my liking, but its certainly within style. Definitely got some "real" malt flavor, vs the cheap macro lagers. Its nothing mind blowing, but its what you'd expect from Smutty.

Sep 09, 2014
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EmptyPockets from Illinois

4.26/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Aug 17, 2015
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BB1313 from Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Best by 12/19/13. 12oz bottle poured into a flute. Pours a hazy straw-yellow; huge fluffy white head that fades slowly and leaves nice lacing and retention. The aromas are subtle and full of malts. There's a decent breadiness to this one. Flavors match the nose. It's really not that flashy and more straight forward. Lots of grass and hints of lemon peel. This one isn't spicy either. It's a little more on the sweeter side. It's crisp and refreshing though. The mouthfeel is nice; it's pretty fluffy and creamy; moderate carbonation. Easy drinking.

This isn't bad, but it's almost boring for a style that alot of people find boring to begin with. I personally love a good pilsener, and I can appreciate this one, but it didn't truly grab my attention. It's just okay.

Jul 21, 2013
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TheBeerdedCharmer from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Aug 02, 2014
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krome from Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Nov 18, 2014
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Gkruszewski from New York

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

Jul 20, 2016
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uustal from Rhode Island

4.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden yellow, almost see through. Bright white one-finger head. Aroma of grass, light toasted grain. Very light, crisp, compact flavor. Light sweet grass flavor. Toasty grains, yeast and sweet pale malt. Hint of spice, but like the general flavor, nothing overpowering or dominating. Very cohesive, drinkable, crisp and dry.

Apr 23, 2011
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d_brommer_nh from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Oct 26, 2014
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Jun 13, 2013
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Srecko from Serbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Oct 11, 2015
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seplo from Connecticut

4/5  rDev +6.1%

Jul 07, 2012
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T-34-85 from New York

3.72/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Apr 20, 2016
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brewme from Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked-up as part of a mixed twelve-pack at Kappy's in Norwell for about fifteen dollars. Have had many brews from these guys before. Not my favorite style, but this is good.

Feb 15, 2020
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ElGallo from New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

May 26, 2012
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lushes22 from New Jersey

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

Real nice refreshing beer. A light pilsner with bready and lemon hints. Great sessionable warm weather grilling beer.

Jun 06, 2015
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nathanmiller from New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Feb 07, 2016
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byronic from Canada

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

Dec 04, 2017
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chrispoint from Connecticut

3/5  rDev -20.4%

Feb 20, 2012
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SnifterLifter from New York

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

Apr 19, 2014
Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 540 ratings