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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! 15 IBU (AKA - Short Batch #11)

Added by Bierman9 on 08-23-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
105
Ratings:
478
Avg:
3.82
pDev:
25.39%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
47
For Trade:
1
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Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 478
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Mugs Alehouse, Brooklyn, NY

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has no visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that died down and left lacing covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of biscuit and bready malts in the nose along with some notes of floral hops.
T: The taste has a mixture of bready, biscuit and grainy malts along with a light amount of bitterness that lingers through the finish.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied, smooth and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer makes for a good aperitif or a drink to pair with a meal. It’s rather drinkable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.46/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

In today's craft beer world, it takes a lot of guts to make a boring beer- one that's light, historic, and refreshing; and can still evade any perceived note of off flavor.

Yet keeping with all of the well-built lagers out there, this one similarly pours with the standard yellow color and exuberant carbonation. As it builds a creamy white head, the ale laces artistically with each sip. What's unexpected is its hazy "keller-like" unfiltered character.

Grainy sweet aromas bounce into the nose with light bread and doughy sweetness. A counterpart of hops chime in the middle with floral honey, herbal lemongrass and apple peels. The fruit notes weave into sulfury scents for a crisp and earthy tone. It simplified nose favors a straight forward sensibility over complexity and variety.

Its taste is of part-malt and part-grain as there's a taste of grain husk nuttiness and confectioners maltiness. As the bread and cracker taste begins to fade, the middle palate is fruity and sulfury to reinforce the taste of lemons, apples and grassy straw-like herbal earthiness. Finishing with a spicy bitterness the taste balances beautifully.

Mid-light on the palate, its unfiltered body leaves a fuller malty weight to lean on the palate. Its abundant carbonation keeps the beer creamy but shy of sprite. Its finish is crisp, clean and refreshing even if a little sweet and grainy.

Though the pilsner is nearly ideal, it suffers the same fate as olympic divers who choose less complex routines. Even if they score perfectly, they top-out with only a portion of the available points. This lager's simplified palate is as much to its determent as it is an asset.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Best by 11/13/13.Poured into a pilsner dulled lemon tinged lighter golden with a sticky half finger white head atop,a decent amount of broken lace left behind as it settled.I get a whiff of floral and herbal hops right up front with a tinge of iron and bread dough,northern German hopped up pilsner is what Iam thinking.Pretty dry and crisp on the palate with a mineral tinge,leafy and floral hop profile,and a firm bready base although not over done in the doughy department.A clean hoppy pils but with real flavor,it's gonna go good with the sausage and sauerkraut in the slow cooker.

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Photo of jlindros
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a huge fluffy head of 3 fingers forces me to stop pouring, fades at a med pace with some sticky lacing over hazy lemonade straw color.

Nose has nice pilsner with light toasty straw malt and plenty of pils malts, hint of creamy malt and grainy, and slightest touch of grassy hops.

Taste starts creamy and light but not really toasty, light and barely any toasty pils malt, with light grassy hops that start to get nagging and herbal, light creamy sweetness and not dry enough at first. Finish is drier thankfully, with light lingering creamy malts, and long lingering grassy herbal hops.

Mouth is lighter bodied, lighter carb.

Overall it started nice but went down hill quickly. Too watery, lacking carbonation and more of the toasty pilsner malts, and hops don't suit it well. The bottle is a far cry from the draft version I had a couple years ago, either the bottling didn't help the beer at all, or the recipe changed... or possibly they got too big too fast and couldn't handle the more subtle beers... I'll have to try a few more from them to see how their other beers are doing.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
4.02/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains light caramelized malts, lager yeast and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then a decent hops presence comes in followed by a mild malt and citrus sweetness creating a very good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid lighter beer to session with for a long time.

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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 TMoney2591
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

It's taken me long enough, but I've finally gotten around to trying out this semi-heralded pils. It pours a clear straw topped by a short finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises strong grass, greens, mild biscuit, and a touch of what may or may not be wintergreen way in the distance. The taste brings in more of the same, noble-style hops really taking the fore without overdoing things. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a straightforwardly crisp finish. Overall, a nice pils, nothing special, but something I could easily drink again.

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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 smcolw
3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Modest bar pour head, but it leaves plenty of minute webby lace. Pale gold color with a touch of haze.

The smell is the weak point of this beer with plenty grainy aromas.

Mildly fruity, particularly in the swallow. Light hop throughout. Decent body and carbonation. Good example of a German Pils.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

As usual, always happy to try something new from Smuttynose.

Nice looking beer. Nose is very bready, yeasty, and somewhat sweet. Crisp tangy flavor. Full and consistent. Very German in execution. It's going quite nicely with my sausages that I'm having for lunch. Another good one from Smuttynose.

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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 smakawhat
4.23/5  rDev +10.7%
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 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 Billolick
3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with best before dating (11/14/12) purchased just the other day from DeCicco's in Ardsley, NY.

Pours very light and very clear. Near white head, shows moderate retention, before going to a thicker film and leaving just some quickly departing bits of lacing.

Sniff of some light sweet malts.

Light and easy drinking, hints of rye and lime. Dangerously sessionable. Clean and straight forward. Decent pilsner.

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Photo of tone77
3.59/5  rDev -6%
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 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 John_M
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Max's today.

The beer pours a fairly light yellow gold color with fairly good head retention and decent lacing. Nose is a bit light, though I get some nice honey, light pepper and bread dough. Flavor profile replicates the nose, except the beer delivers a bit more flavor on the palate. The light honey sweetness is balanced nicely by some modest hoppy bitterness, leading to a clean, crisp finish. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and the beer has a thirst quenching property that is attractive.

I doubt I'll give up on German or local pils for this beer any time soon, but this is a decent, easy to appreciate beer from Smuttynose.

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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 puboflyons
3.61/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From the bottle stamped with an expiration date of 11/14/12. Sampled on June 14, 2012. The pour is pale yellow and slightly murky with an excitable carbonation that turns to a ring and sticks around. When I check out the aroma I really get that traditional German bready malt characteristic with a vague hop note on the backside. The body is mostly light with a keen creamy sensation. The taste is also rather malty but with a vague citrus twist and a soft but bitter hop finale. It works well on a hot day.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a three finger thick, pure white head that fades slowly leaving some lace. Hazy straw color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grassy nose and flavor is malty sweetness and lemon with hints of bitterness at finish. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH.

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Photo of dar482
4.05/5  rDev +6%
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 beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale lemony-straw, good clarity with a strong visible sense of carbonation. 1 finger off white head holds rather nicely with a fair show of lacing on the demise.

S: Nose is neutral, no hops nor grainy character that im picking up on. Damp and disappointing.

T: Damp and grainy character, but more like a pseudo-craft blonde style flavoring. A pinch dry, bready with some floral hops, not at all spicy with some lemon peels coming on the close out.

M: Light bodied, good tingle of carbonation, slippery smooth texture with a floral bite of hops.Again wishing for some distinct rough grainiess.

O: Overall a bit dry, lacks that distinct grainy and czech hop character, some bitterness but the proof is in the malting and this misses out per style.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.79/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

on draft at sams in Durham. into a smuttynose shaker.

pours a pale yellow with an inch head. good crisp malty nose. taste is traditional with malts and a tad of lemon zest. good feel, easy drinking with a light body and a tad of carbonation.

overall a very solid pils that's perfect on a hot day.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I enjoy saying "Vunderbar"!

A-Vunderbar pours a foggy straw yellow hue. Head is superb. It has the consistency and color of frothed milk. It's also about a half-inch high and it doesn't die off very much (if at all). Quite an inculpable looking Pils.

S-The hops are lemony and grassy. The malt is of dried biscuit and Saltine cracker. Light honey notes. Pretty candid in the nose. Clearly a Pils, and it doesn't deviate from style guidelines.

T-Hey this is pretty tasty. Buttered bread and graham crackers. Also some lightly spiced honey. Grainy as well. Hops are of the lemony citrus breed. Also some Noble grassy hoppiness. The more I sip, the ore I notice the lemon zest and the honey.

M-The carbonation is animated. Bubbles rush over the tongue. Body is on the light side of medium. Crisp and semi-clean.

O/D-Pretty good, but I am struggling to see why this is in a four pack. It's a pretty standard Pils. Just pack it up like a normal sixer. Anyway, it's pretty enjoyable, but I struggle to find anything truly memorable about this beer. Its very solid, but also unspectacular.

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Photo of barczar
3.64/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw yellow with a pillowy white head that dissipates slowly, leaving spotty lacing.

Grain, cracker-like pilsner malt, and floral hops form the initial aroma. Grain and perfumey notes are in good balance.

Flavor reveals an underlying citrus character, followed by strong graininess mid palate, finishing slightly dry and spicy. Notes of lemon peel and a touch of earthy minerals add complexity. The finish is fairly bitter.

Body is moderate to a touch light, with fairly high, spritzy carbonation.

Very drinkable beer. Though atypical of the style, the lemony note is refreshing and a nice complement to the graininess and bitter hops.

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