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Vunderbar | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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)

Added by Bierman9 on 08-23-2010

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Ratings: 516 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of byronic
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of woodychandler
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Happy Post-Apocalyptic New LeinSmutStarr Coup de Boule Sunday (Week 667)! I have a couple Smuttys for this afternoon's enjoyment.

From the bottle: "Crafting fine beers in NH since 1994"; "Make mine a Smutty!"; "Come visit our brewery and restaurant at Towle Farm in Hampton, NH. And check us out online at smuttynose.com for events, releases and great Smerchandise in our e-store. As always, thanks for saying: Make mine a Smutty!"

I Pop!ped the cap on this one & began a slow, gentle pour since there was no reason to do anything else. Once decanted into the awaiting glass, an in-glass swirl raised just under three fingers of dense, foamy, bone-white head with modest retention that left behind some nice lacing. Color was an oh-so-slightly hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose was more hop-forward than I expect from a GER Pils, very much of grass and hay, but I am not complaining. Mouthfeel was medium, but very soft in the mouth. The taste was still hop-forward with the kind of hay-like grassiness that is a hallmark of Noble hops and with a dry biscuity maltiness. Mmm. Finish was semi-dry, but highly refreshing. I could really drink this all of the time in the summer! Any ChANce of putting it in CANs?

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

Photo of polloenfuego
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a pale gold with a small head that breaks quickly leaving nothing behind. Zero in the way of lacing. Smell is sweet malt base with a tiny following of hops. The flavor has bitter up front and then the malts come in strong. A nice blend makes this enjoyable. The feel is lighter with a medium but firm carbonation.

I am admittedly not a fan of pilseners in general, but I have to say this was an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

DATE: October 6, 2017... OCCASION: a Friday night with Shan watching TV... GLASSWARE: PSU pilsner... clear, sallow yellow body with large bubbles that rush upward into a thin, uneven head... the power of the Saaz hops cuts through with a sweet malt base... a smooth, pleasant mouthfeel makes each sip swift... the finish is dry, crisp, with a bit of lager to it, rounded and thick... the flavor profile isn't diverse, settling on the noble hops to develop a metallic ping that doesn't hit as sharply as other pilsners do... the malts are light and aromatic, and the overall take is a clean one... a beer I would drink happily, but not one I would seek out...

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on draft

clear, bright yellow in color, white head, good head retention. mild grainy and earthy hop aroma. crisp flavor, moderate hop bit and grainy clean malt. thin bodied.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Admiraldinty
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of MikeWard
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a pint glass. best bu 6/1/17, so 2 months past.

faintly hazy pale yellow body, bubbly white head with light lacing.

clean light malty aroma.

pretty decent taste, even 2 moths past its BB date. faintly bitter/sour taste, good malt background.

medium and somehow foamy on the mouth. faintly bitter and malty on the finish.

overall, a very serviceable light summer pilsener.

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Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pilsener glass, the appearance was a soft hazy burnt yellow with a sly transparency about it. Carbonation could be seen rising at a moderate pace to fill a one finger white foamy rocky head that sustained for a good minute. Delicate lace clung nicely. The aroma starts off with some honey-ed sweet biscuits rolling into some sweet grassy notes. The flavor takes the previously mentioned aromas to boot and slide into the aftertaste with a sweet wet finish. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body with a crisp sweet semi-refreshing sessionability about it. Carbonation rides light in the feel. Semi-sticky smooth to the touch on my tongue. Overall, nice German pilsener, pass me some bratwurst while I put on my lederhosen and want more of this. I’d have definitely have again.

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Photo of tdm168
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of talbotjf99
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Paoloboston
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of whatname
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LukeGude
3.55/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle into pint glass. Quick drink before Boston Pops. Solid pilsner.

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Photo of Icemann383
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Tone
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, strong floral, hop, spice, citrus hops, and strong resin. Fits the style of a German Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, strong floral, hop, spice, citrus hops, sight vanilla, apple, and strong resin. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and feel.

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Photo of LoudRed
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of EmeraldMist
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Look - Pours a slightly hazy straw/yellow color, two fingers of foamy white head, no lacing.
Aroma - Lemon rind, herbal, fresh baked bread.
Taste - Zesty up front, puckery hop bitterness, lemon grass, very floral. Malt is smooth, biscuity and semi-sweet. A bit nutty and grainy towards the finish with lingering floral hop oils.
Feel - Light-Medium bodied, very smooth and silky, well carbonated, dry. Perfect.

Overall - Delicious pilsner, a must try if you love the style.

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Photo of FrancisM12
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jzeilinger
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle Best By Date: 8/1/17

A - Pours a semi-hazy straw yellow color, sprightly carbonation, and a delicate creamy white head of foam on top.

S - Grassy, earthy, lemons, straw, and crackery crisp malt, and dry aroma.

T - Follows the nose exactly. Biscuity malt, crisp, delcate honey presence, light lemon, some momentary earthiness, slightly floral, and a little bit of pepper that surfaces on the back end.

M - Lots of prickly carbonation on the tongue, bone dry finish, some mild lingering citrus bitterness.

O - This is a really fine American interpretation of the style. At the current score of (86) => underrated. Will be buying more of this.

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Photo of Stofko1992
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of JRed
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +14.7%
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 nodder
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 516 ratings
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