Smuttynose Vunderbar | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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
Reviews:
108
Ratings:
493
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
13
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57
For Trade:
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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 493
Photo of xxxcjbcxxx
4.75/5  rDev +24%

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 +23%
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 +22.2%
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 +20.9%
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 +19.3%
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 +18%
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 Johnnyfacelift
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
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 pburland23
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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 HorseheadsHopHead
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
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 Gosox8787
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
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 CNoj012
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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 Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow with a frothy white head that hangs around for the duration and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, bitter herbs, and yeasty dough with some slight floral notes.

A bitter and zesty lemon punch up front backed by a smooth biscuity middle. Ends on a bitter herb note with a clean dry finish. This is an excellent pilsner.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured on tap into a polkal glass at Churchkey DC.

A nice lemon orange body, unfiltered it seems, with a real nice creamy white head about a finger presented. Some small carbonation does rise but hard to see. Some minor lacing also but not much.

Nose is soapy at first, with a grass like hop. Good bit of earth and dirt to it, clean pretty straightforward and alright.

Chewy grainy malt on the taste palate with a floral and chewy earthiness it seems. This feels like a wheat beer in the mouth, dense and bold. Nice tight carbonation with good earthy hop bent and angle. Bold, and very crisp, even creamy as well.

Overall a real great mix of lingering bitterness and sweetness on the swallow too, with a sweet bread finish. Great tasting beer.

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Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
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 manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
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 Duhast500
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams stang glass.

The color is a cloudy yellow with two fingers of foamy white head with some nice thick lacing left on the glass.

The smell is has a malty aroma with some grains here in the nose. There is pronounced barely aroma here that makes me picture cereal grains. There is some teases at wheat here but then eases into a slight citrus aroma with some lemon and hints or coriander.

The taste is citrus fruit flavor that is the staple here. There is a slight grainy flavor that is pushed aside before there is a great lemon flavor that comes out with a touch of tangerine and some slight pear. The end of this beer has a slight push of bitterness but is mostly wrapped in some dry bready flavor.

The feel of this beer is light and is crisp with a nice drinkable feel that goes down easy. There is a real smoothness to this beer that drinks like a session beer but leans a little over the line into a heavier beer.

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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 uustal
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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Photo of tastybeer
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pale straw, clear with visible rising carbonation bubbles. Head, large at first, fades rather quickly. Aroma is zesty, bright and crisp. Clean cracker malt with lemon. Taste matches with lemon pepper and fresh grainy malt. A well done pils that I'm sure I'll return to again and again.

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Photo of seedyone
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

08/01/13 On tap At Rattle N Hum, NYC. Bready/biscuity hits you in the face as you approach this brew. Merges w/citrus over the tongue but leaves as a guest one would invite back. Dry finish can't be ignored yet doesn't overwhelm. The Smutty crew allude to the old world. I'm not one to qualify that, but will say this can stand on it's own.

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Photo of alexgash
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best by 10/24/13. ABV 5.2%.

Brilliantly clear and clean light golden to lemon yellow body. Tall, two fingers of frothy, whipped, bright white head. Very lively carbonation. Great lacing. Grainy, biscuity, bready malt notes blend with sea air funk noble hops and fresh cut grass.

Slightly nutty, toasted grain bite up front. Bready, biscuity malts fill in. Touch of honey sweetness. Snappy, peppery, moderately bitter hops back it all up. Dry finish, with lingering sweetish bread malts and grassy, herbal hop bitterness. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. A great addition to the summer beer lineup.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

The color is clear and yellow like a pilsner should be with a big head.

The aroma is of grassy hops.

The flavor is addictive. It has great German hops pilsner characteristics. There's a good malt backbone along with it.It has an amazing carbonation and a fine dry finish.

It's a quite addictive beer. The dry finish and good hops makes this a really good beer. Unfortunately, I had a bottle that was too old. However, it still stood out as one of the best America made pilsners I have had. I would love to get this fresh with more hops.

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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best before 3/17/2013 indicated on the bottle. Pours a bright, translucent yellow with a fluffy, two inch bright white head and copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch cap with small, textured clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a clean grassy character as well as a trace of bright citrus in the background and a suggestion of noble hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, citrus is a little more forward in the flavor profile and there's a bit more of a malt presence in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slight acidity and a lively carbonation. Overall, a nice representation of the style and definitely a beer that I would purchase on a regular basis if it was added as a summer seasonal. That said, If the flavor was a little cleaner and crisper this beer would really excel for the style. Another great beer from Smutty.

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Photo of Bendurgin
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass. This pours a hazy pale straw color with two fingers of frothy white head. A little bit of sparse lace.

Mild grassy hops on the aroma with hints of lemon and some toasty malts. The pallet has a nice biscuit malt character with some hints of grassy hops in the finish.

Nice light body with good carbonation. Overall this one is real good. I'll be sure to grab some four packs of this often.

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