Smuttynose Vunderbar | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose VunderbarSmuttynose Vunderbar

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Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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)

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Reviews: 109 | Ratings: 494
Photo of JRed
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 +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 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 IronLover
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 -6.8%
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 -1.3%
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 +0.8%
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 +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 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 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 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 selecter70
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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 -21.7%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of Slatetank
3.99/5  rDev +4.2%
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 DrMullet
3.67/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very pale gold with a thin head.
Bit of a grassy and floral smell.
A hint of lemon, this is light and balanced.
Excellent example of a pilsner.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the founding father of the canquest, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy, bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, light grains. Taste is malts, lemons, some hops at the finish, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall a good beer that I could easily drink several of.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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 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 goochpunch
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 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 utopiajane
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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 ranger7
3.64/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

L: Hazy gold. Small head of bubbly white. Decent lacing.
S: grassy, floral, slight hop scent.
T: very similar to the smell. Balanced, with an almost floral aftertaste.
F: medium, with some carbonation.
O: very drinkable Pilsner. Nothing super special, but it does a nice job. Would have it again.

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Photo of HipCzech
4.02/5  rDev +5%
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.

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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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