Smuttynose Vunderbar | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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)

Added by Bierman9 on 08-23-2010

BEER STATS
Ratings:
501
Reviews:
112
Avg:
3.84
pDev:
11.72%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
58
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 501 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of CraftyChuck
5/5  rDev +30.2%

Photo of Randomblitz
4.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

A very good almost German Pils! Das ist Vunderbar!” Prost!

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Photo of pathman
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
4.75/5  rDev +23.7%

Tastes great. It pours as pale yellow, with normal head. The only issue is that my bottle reads the ABV as 4.9%, not 5.10%, as stated in the beers description.

The light citrus flavor compounded with the bitterness of the hops are overall reminiscent of grapefruit. Very simple; very refreshing.

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Photo of HopsForBrains
4.71/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Look - Overly cloudy for a pilsner.
Smell - Slight fruit aroma on the nose of which I have NEVER smelt (extremely good and unique)
Taste - Although the presence of pilsner is obvious, the addition of a pear-like essence tops this (in my opinion) as one of the BEST American style pilsners on the market! Beyond the achievement of Dogfish Head Brewing's Piercing Pils by far for pear addition.
Feel - As great as, if not better than, the taste.
Overall - Exquisitely crafted pilsner which both refreshes and satisfies the pallet!

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a two-finger head into my glass. Very good color-wise.

Aroma is chock full of grainy malt with a decent touch of hops. Simple and elegant at the same time.

Taste is full of crisp malt, reminiscent of fresh-baked buterry bread. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel is just right and not as harsh as it can be in other examples of the style that I've sampled. Warms the stomach too.

Move over Prima Pils. Smuttynose has crafted a worthy contender to thy throne!

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Photo of joepais
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am reviewing this with notes, and yes I had it from a bottle in October. I was fooling around with the smutty brewers saying they were trying to one up Tod Mott on this one, after the great Pills Tod brewed. So they slipped me a bottle to try. I poured this into a Pills glass and I was greeted with a two finger head on top of a clear golden yellow brew.

The bready aromas of yeast starts this one off followed with some nice lemon citrus hops. I did get a slight, I mean slight toast or roast in the nose as well.

I love lagers I wish my local breweries' did more. The subtle sweet bready malts along with the delicate grassy hops are delightful. I think the clean and crisp aspect of the brew make this an awesome drinking brew. The slightly drying hop finish completes it. This brew would be way to easy to drink mass quantities of. I hope to see more of this next year.

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Photo of Im4jojo
4.57/5  rDev +19%
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 bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon color lager with a weakish head. Good clarity and lots of visible bubbles.

Fresh citric, leafy aroma with mild bread grains. Simple and satisfying.

Light malt character with bread and cereal grains. Perfect hop balance with lemon, grass and spinach leaves. Crisp, hoppy finish.

Light bodied and very well carbonated. Just enough malty texture to excite the palate and bring the flavors to life. Smooth in the middle with a satisfying dryness in the end.

This beer embodies everything I love about pilsners.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of jsh420
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of HattedClassic
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of erogers
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of ILiveOffHops
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%

Photo of Johnnyfacelift
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great looking beer when poured. Light straw color with just a touch of haze. Good head that's in it for the long haul. The smell is a pleasant mix of light malt, spicy hops and that lager yeast that is so refreshing in the heat. The hops are up front in flavor, but not strong, just present. This fades into the light malt and lager yeast notes. Crisp and refreshing!

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Photo of BJasny
4.44/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was pretty good

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Photo of Resuin
4.43/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of JaySat
4.4/5  rDev +14.6%

Photo of BoomKentucky
4.35/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of pburland23
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I spent last weekend visiting a buddy who works for Smuttynose and he had just picked up a case of Vunderbahr. Good timing for me.

Beer pours a bright, clean, clear golden color with a finger of bright white head. Nose is very kolsch-like. It's slightly bready with a nice helping of sweet malts.

The taste is grassy and hearty with some caramel malt sweetness. It's an amazing crisp and smooth tasting pilsener.

It's light-bodied and eminently drinkable lager. As for drinkability, it's amazing. Smooth, crisp, easy to drink. I wish Smutty would release Vunderbahr as a regular release as this it would be a great, gateway craft beer for non-beer geeks.

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Photo of EdgarGerik
4.32/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
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 brutalist
4.31/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the Blue Mermaid in Portsmouth. Served in a Smuttynose Big Beer snifter glass.

Appearance: Golden yellow in color and completely clear. Served with a two finger, white and pillowy head with good retention.

Aroma: Herbal hop notes everywhere. A little bit of bubblegum sweetness comes in there too. Very clean and fresh.

Taste: Bitter, herbal hop character asserts itself first. Nicely balanced by some sweetness from the pale malt. A little herbal and rustic toward the end. Clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Incredibly smooth and crisp. Light bodied. Just floats through your mouth. Definitely the best part of this beer.

Drinkability: The clean flavors and really smooth mouthfeel make this incredibly easy to drink. Definitely an ideal lawnmower beer.

Overall, an extremely crisp and refreshing beer that really is perfect for a warm summner day. Easily accessible yet complex. Definitely worth seeking out.

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Photo of hop_junkie
4.29/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Smuttynose Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.84 out of 5 based on 501 ratings.
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