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Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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! 15 IBU (AKA - Short Batch #11)

Added by Bierman9 on 08-23-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
104
Ratings:
470
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
25.39%
 
 
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13
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44
For Trade:
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Photo of TheBullsHorn
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a delightfully flavorful representation of a pilsner that pours slightly cloudy. The nose permeates the senses with noble hops and a slight bit of maltiness. The herbaceous minty hops sweep though the palate coating the inside of my mouth while an almost unlikely sweetness subdues the initial impact of the hops. This sweetness dissipates and gives way to a pleasantly dry finish.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Good Life, Massapequa Park, NY.

Poured a hazy straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured round pilsner malts and a subtle herbal hop.

The taste consisted of soft malts and a moderate noble hop.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable pils.

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

12oz bottle in a pilsner glass. It may not be made with Bohemian water but this is a darn good pilsner. This pours a nice straw golden with appropriate carbonation. Smell is slightly breadlike. Taste is crisp, clean, appropriately bitter, and with just the appropriate hint of earthy flavor. I really like this, hopefully to the approval of my many German and German-American ancestors.

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

On tap at the Amesbury Ale House.
Pours a light and slightly cloudy straw color with a smallish bone white head that shows some great determination. Smells of sweet malts and lots of spicy earthy hops. Hints of honey and sweet malts with a bit of a lemony tartness. Taste follows the smell fairly well. Lots of earthy floral hops piled on top of a mild sweet malty base. Medium body and level of carbonation with a sweet almost tart mouthfeel. Nice pilsener I really enjoyed this. Light refreshing and a bit hoppy.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: light silvery-yellow hue with a shimmery haze. There's plenty of effervescence in this brew, and the head pours two fingers of frothy white foam. Nice.

Smell: sweet aroma with lots of lager-yeast character. Smooth with a nice finisher of slightly spicy noble hops. Maybe not as clean as a lot of Pilsners, but there's lots of character here which I'm really liking.

Taste: sweet malt flavor with a good hop character right up front. There are hops all the way through this from beginning to end, with a fresh noble taste. Bitterness is pretty low considering all the hop character, which just makes this beer all the smoother.

Mouthfeel: medium-light body with a good level of carbonation and a nice, smooth creaminess. Good stuff.

Overall: a quite refreshing and quaffable Pilsner. Maybe not 100% stylistically accurate, but quite tasty nonetheless.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear, dull straw yellow. Highly effervescent. Big rocky white head shows no intention of leaving. Clumps of lacing cling to the glass here and there.

S: Floral and grassy hops with a spike of citrus. Malt base smells of grain and freshly baked bread. Simple but pleasing, and on point for the style.

T: Hop bitterness is stronger than the nose suggests. Grassy, slightly herbal with a leafy edge, a touch oily, and sharply citric. Lime leaf and hints of spritzy lemon. Bitterness is firm and even throughout. Malt tastes are dry with slight grain and biscuit undertones. Dry finish with a hint of grain and a lingering oily, citric hop bitterness.

M: Light in body with a light but smooth and creamy feel. Crisp carbonation.

O: Tasty and an easy quaff. Can't ask for much more on a hot summer day. The sharp hop bitterness adds some acidity that, when taken in tandem with the crisp carbonation, make this beer even more thirst-quenching and drinkable.

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

A: Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass. Slightly hazy pale yellow - lighter than I'm used to for the average craft beer, it almost looks like aan American Adjunct Lager. Lots of very-fine bubbles rising, and on top is a 1-finger white head. Some foamy lace after each sip, but no real clinging power to it.

S: Grassy hops over cereal grains and straw.

T: Cereal grains up front, but finishes with perfumey and grassy hops. Bitterness is muted at first - hops come across more as slightly fruity - but then in the aftertaste I get a good lemony, drying bitterness lingering on the palate.

M: Lightish in heft, carbonation is soft.

O: Good stuff. An easy drinking, yet flavorful, pilsner. I could quaff down a few of these on a hot day and be happy.

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

12oz bottle served in a pilsner glass.

L - hazed yellow color with a fluffy white head that thinned but still left some waves of lacing.

S - grassy Euro-hops with light malt in the background.

T - well balanced flavor of sweet malt and lightly bitter hops.

F - light/medium bodied, crisp and refreshing.

O - a fine example of the style.

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Photo of SawDog505
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a straw yellow with a half inch of white head, that leaves some lace. Smell is grass, lemon, biscuit, and grains of Paradise. Taste is very much that, balanced wonderfully, nothing really dominant. Body is medium thin, great amount of life, not too dry, and easy drinking. This is a excellent pilsner, could hammer the 4 pack really fast on a hot day.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I enjoyed this on tap served chilled in a pint at Warwick Hotel.

The color is golden with good clarity and lasting snowy white head with thick lace. The smell has lots of herbal/floral hop aroma with earthy/woody character and very nice fragrance of hops in general with light yeast ester . The feel is mild hop bitterness wise with medium light body and slight sweetness and gentle bready smooth yeast quality wiht semi-dry finish.

The taste is excellent with light initial hop flavor with more herbal and light mineral yeast with slightly dry malt flavor with subtle earthy and light fruity flavor of hops with gentle dry yeast element in the finish. Overall this is a solid pils for the style it lacks a little crispness but is nicely flavored with relatively high drinkable quality I would love to have a bottle to compare to this draft

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Photo of lostinfla
3.99/5  rDev +4.5%
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!

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Photo of selecter70
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Picked this up last week at Buy Rite in Jersey City, with a sell by date of 3/17/13. I hadn't had a Czech Pilsener in a long time and usually find them to be crisp, clean, and a bit bland. Thankfully, this beer was quite bright and enjoyable, to the point where I found it to be a pleasant surprise. This has Saaz written all over it and was much brighter and tastier than I expected it to be, with a nice crisp finish. Even the translucent hue made me think that this was just a hair short of being a Hefeweizen, since there was so much to enjoy here.

The pour to this was a pale yellow with some cloudiness to it and small, but vibrant head that faded somewhat quickly. Not a lot of lacing to be seen but there was a bit after each sip that faded down the sides of my pint glass. If there was a textbook example of a Czech Pilsener that was brewed here in the States, this would be it, as the grass and straw that characterize a beer of the style were in full force. Some lemon and banana were also to be found, along with a Saison-like sourness that slowly grew in the aftertaste. There even seemed to be a hint of wheat here, adding to fullness of the flavor that I never had in a Pilsener before. The finish was so clean that I felt like there was a hint of mint in this, that went well with the light but ever-present carbonation.

I only bought one of these but I could have easily downed all of a 4-pack in a session had I bought them. It's not often that a beer catches me by surprise or that something this light in hue and taste can match up with darker beers that are higher-rated on here, but this could certainly fit that bill. No doubt that this is a winner from Smuttynose and about a good a session beer that's on the shelf right now, to the point that I wish I had another here at home to crack open.

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Photo of shand
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vunderbar pours a clear white-yellow with a small head. The aroma and taste are both big on bready malts and noble Saaz hops. It's a very simple and tasty pilsner that doesn't offer up much more than slightly breadier than normal malts and zesty Saaz hops. It's tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Darn, first time I've seen this in my bottle shop (visit every week) and on 3/2 it has a best buy date of 12/19/13. I thought I didn't have to check label for a pilsner but guess I do.

For a pilsner this beer looks more like a pale wheat ale. Cloudy yellow instead of the usual golden clear crispness. Decent head and ok retention but fizzy like a soda.

Has some noble hop presence but perhaps its a little subdued do to the oldness of this sample.

This is a very well balanced and pleasant pilsner. Good authentic flavoring, light, not too over hopped (I'm talking to you Victory Prima). Fizzy in the mouth which is a little off putting but minor.

I'll revisit this one again if I can find a fresh one. Nice pilsner none the less.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best Before 02/08/12 (Bottled On 08/08/12)

A: Pours a clear light yellow color with a tiny head

S: A good grassy and lightly spicy hop aroma really stands out, along with some light malts

T: Again, grassy and slightly spicy hops stand out, which go along great with a light lemon note and bready malts. Very flavorful

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice pils that is very easy to drink as well as being flavorful. It would be very easy to drink the 4-pack in a sitting. If you're not so into lagers and are questioning whether or not this is worth picking up, I say give it a shot. There aren't too many lager characteristics that really make themselves known, including the yeast which is nice

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tried this at the brewery last year, just noticed it on shelves again and it has a nice fresh date.
Between price and quality, Smuttynose always seems to deliver nicely.

A- Poured into a slim, tall glass from the 12oz bottle. Comes out super clear and uber pale with a very faint yellow hue to it. Can see completely through the body of the beer. A tall white head forms with a foamy texture and sticks around for a pretty nice period of time. Lace begins as soon as the head falls and follows the beer down the glass in thick pillows.

S- Overall it has a clean but faint aroma. I pick up some light malt sweetness and a distinct spicy, flowery hop presence in the foreground.

T- A clean, mellow overall flavor that is hop forward. The hops are floral, herbal, grassy and spicy in nature and are most likely of the "Noble" variety. Malt is noticed with some light cracker sweets. I also get lemon, yeast bread and cracked grain with a nice bitterness throughout the whole experience.

MF- Light bodied with a crisp and fairly dry overall feel. Carbonation comes in a moderately high quantity and feels pretty silky. Moderate but clean, appropriate bitterness.

A well made Pilsener produced right here in New England. Balanced, refreshing and contains all of the elements you would expect in this style. I remember liking it at the brewery, well done.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap at Mugs Ale House in Brooklyn, NY

A: Pours a clear pale yellow in color. The beer has a thin layer of white bubbles on the surface that quickly reduces to a very thin ring at the edges of the glass (not even going completely around the glass). Very light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light aromas of biscuit, cracker, and grainy malts along with grassy and herbal hops.

T: Like the smell, the taste of this beer is moderate amounts of biscuit, cracker, and grainy malts with just a light amount of bitterness contributed by the grassy and spicy/herbal hops.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp.

O: Refreshing and easy to drink on a hot summer day - easily sessionable and quite enjoyable.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured as part of a barrel tasting event, the beer is in a tulip. Bright, hazy honey gold color with a tall, frothy, light, white head. Clean aromas, with hints of butter and biscuit, and a light floral essence, also. Flavors are bold on an extremely light, almost sharp body. Toasted grains, butter rich, and a kiss of orange zest. Very tasty and bold. The aftertaste showcases the subtle, dry, and tangy hops. Quick and amazingly clean finish. Very good.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: cloudy; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded slowly to a thick cap; nice lacing;

S: pilsner malt; some hop spiciness;

T: hay, grass; from mid-palate on, a little malt sweetness; mild bitterness and a touch of spice on the finish;

M: medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; clean; crisp; medium dry finish;

O: refreshing; cloudiness was a odd, but didn't affect the flavor; needed more bitterness;

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Photo of utopiajane
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
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!

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Photo of goochpunch
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed gold with a barely there head. Smells of huge herbal, grassy hops. Very straight forward pils malt aroma and clean yeast. Subdued hop flavor with hardly any balancing bitterness. Crisp pale malts. Slightly sweet. Very gentle carbonation. Light to medium body. This is tasty and super clean, but it needs more character.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: 4.25 - Bright straw gold with dense head, fading slowly.
S: 3.75 - Good noble hop aroma, but somewhat faint.
T: 4.0 - Very good flavor, with plenty of bitterness, with lots of hop flavor, though the hop flavor seems a little citrusy and flowery for german styles. Malt is flavorful as well. Clean, refreshing.
M: 4.0 - Good carbonation levels
O: 3.75 - Good beer, though the noble hop taste is what I look for most in German pils. This is good, but it's not going to become one of my go-to pilses.

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Photo of scotorum
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Jever Pilsner glass.

a: Translucent straw yellow topped by a big white head which receded to a finger thickness. Perfect!

s: Mild malt.

t: Light hints of fruit. Hop presence on the lighter side, perhaps a bit stronger than some pilseners but appealing.

m: Light and smooth. Highly refreshing.

o: Excellent pilsener! Just right for what will probably be the hottest day of the year where I hang out. 98 today.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A cloudy straw colored beer with a white head.

A faint smell. Sweet floral hops.

Light side of medium bodied.

Watery mouthfeel at first.
Thin malts, with a citrusy lemon flavor and a slightly bitter finish.

Very refreshing.
This would make for a nice summer beer.

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