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): 4.90%

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
Ranking:
#25,965
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
518
pDev:
11.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
61
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1.04/5  rDev -72.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -59.8%

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1.75/5  rDev -53.1%

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1.77/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

watery and tasteless. extremely "blah" even for a pilsner.

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

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2.36/5  rDev -36.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.5/5  rDev -33%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.56/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Some people love Smuttynose but I have yet to drink a quality beer from them. This toasts like a water down MHL with a bit of a Halloween type aroma.

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2.61/5  rDev -30%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

given a single bottle in Feb 2014. Poured into a Pilsener glass, served at fridge temp.

appearance: hazy honeycomb yellow with a thick soft white head.

smell: lemon citrus with sugary notes. The usual spicy hop bouquest which is Pilsener trait is absent.

taste: thick malt with a vegetal funk.

mouthfeel: decent.

overall: maybe a bad bottle or maybe just bad beer.

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2.71/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25

Very drinkable

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

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2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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2.82/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

If I had to sum up my review in a single word, it would be "disappointing."

I am a HUGE fan of Smuttynose and I can't think of another one of their beers I haven't enjoyed immensely. But, despite its name, Vunderbar is an incredibly average brew.

It looks nice -- a lovely pale gold with a big fluffy head. But the aroma and the taste are just ... dull. It's not undrinkable by any means. There's nothing off-putting or offensive about it. But neither is there anything to set it apart. In truth, I found this more or less indistinguishable from any of the mass-market AMC pilsners on the market. Which, coming from a brewery this good, is just plain disappointing.

Give me a Sunshine or a Prima Pils any day. This one I won't be seeking out again.

(Full Disclosure: The "Best Buy" date on the bottle I had was about 6 weeks past, so given the general fragility of pilsners, I suppose that could be the problem. Still ...)

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2.88/5  rDev -22.8%

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2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 518 ratings