Smuttynose Vunderbar | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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! 33 IBU (AKA - Short Batch #11)

Added by Bierman9 on 08-23-2010

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Reviews:
108
Ratings:
493
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
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13
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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 DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Not much carbonation yet I got an overflowing bottle top that foamed over. In the glass just a 1/4 inch of sticky head that settles to a thick lace ring. Color is a rather hazy bright yellow rather than your typical bright yellow Pils.
S - Smell is rather light, some hops and a bit of pilsner malt. Maybe some corn but also faint.
T - One of the better pilsner's I had in a while, some corn, some hops, balanced sugary body that hides the skunky yeasts well. Tasty.
M - Light to medium easy to drink.
Overall I am not sure how old this is but it tastes great. Nice short batch series I wish I could find more.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.12/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Long time want. Best by 15 Feb 2015. Bottle from Julio's.

Pouring a clear golden yellow with a dense, white head with excellent retention and lacing, this looks awesome. The nose is great. Bright, snappy , crisp and refreshing, there's a blend of lemony Saaz hops, doughy pils malt , mildly earthy and mildly perfumey hops and a touch of cotton candy. The lemon character is so pure, so deep and yet so complex and so subtle. Magnificent.

The palate opens crisp and clean with a blend of pleasant lemony Saaz bitterness, earthy hops and a mild doughy sweetness. Despite the pronounced hop character, it is lacking in that snap that the best German pilsners have. A very faint butterscotch character is present on the mid palate. Drying on the finish with a blend of lemony bitterness, earthy, woodsy hop flavor and a sweet dough flavor, this beer is crisply carbonated and quite excellent on the palate. Excellent stuff.

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Photo of Brad007
4.68/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a golden yellow with a two-finger head into my glass. Very good color-wise.

Aroma is chock full of grainy malt with a decent touch of hops. Simple and elegant at the same time.

Taste is full of crisp malt, reminiscent of fresh-baked buterry bread. Very pleasing.

Mouthfeel is just right and not as harsh as it can be in other examples of the style that I've sampled. Warms the stomach too.

Move over Prima Pils. Smuttynose has crafted a worthy contender to thy throne!

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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +3.4%
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 Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle served in a pilsener glass. Best before 3/17/2013 indicated on the bottle. Pours a bright, translucent yellow with a fluffy, two inch bright white head and copious tiny bubbles effervescing in solution. Head eventually settles into a solid 1/8th inch cap with small, textured clusters of lacing revealed during the tasting. Nose expresses a clean grassy character as well as a trace of bright citrus in the background and a suggestion of noble hops. Taste consistent with nose; however, citrus is a little more forward in the flavor profile and there's a bit more of a malt presence in the background. Mouthfeel is light-medium with a slight acidity and a lively carbonation. Overall, a nice representation of the style and definitely a beer that I would purchase on a regular basis if it was added as a summer seasonal. That said, If the flavor was a little cleaner and crisper this beer would really excel for the style. Another great beer from Smutty.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, 4.9% abv, best by 12/05/14
L - hazed pale golden-yellow body with a creamt white head that slowly fades to a foam
S - pilsener malt, grass
T - sharp and crisp with grass, pilsener malt, spicy noble hop, faint nuttiness
F - creamy, lighter side of medium for body, finishes fairly dry and clean
O - nice, easy drinking American brewed German Pilsener.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, one finger head, some carbonation along with some lacing.

S-Strong malt, bread, straw and wheat. Tad bit of grass.

T-Starts sweet with a good deal of bread and straw, tad bit of lemon and grass.

M-Light to medium bodied, nicely carbonated.

O-A decent pilsner, still not a style I enjoy but this is a better one.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As most pilsners are, to me at least, this was a nice-looking beer. Golden color, medium-sized white head, a bit of lace.

Floral hops aroma. A lot of sweet malt.

The taste had more of a malt character, sweet and sugary. The hops were still there, but in a more secondary position.

More sweet than crisp, but still a nice mouthfeel. I would drink more of these.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 5.2% indicated on bottle.

A: Pours a lightly hazy straw color and a two fingers high white head. Its retention is good for the style, settling at one finger, and leaves spotty lacing on the glass. Even better is its creamy, frothy texture.

S: There are some nice zesty, grassy, even mildly sulphury hops here. Behind that lies a bit of cracker-like malt and even some sweetness. Typical but likable.

T: At first, I pick up touches of mild grassy hops, and later on the finish. Sandwiched between the two is a vaguely sweet malt backbone and even some citrusy qualities. Though the flavor profile doesn't stick out, it's certainly a well made and enjoyable version of the style. I could use even more hoppiness, though.

M: The dry finish helps balance its sweetness some, and is generally very easy to drink. I'd also call the carbonation level 'spot on'.

O: A solid pilsner. Hops could be more pronounced, but otherwise there's little to complain about other than the lack of uniqueness - which isn't a big deal, either.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.08/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear, pale gold with a thick white head that recedes slowly.

S: Aromas of grain, minerals, crackers, biscuits, lemon, grass, herbs, and honey present themselves on the nose.

T: Notes of lemon, grass, honey, and herbs are fleeting in the mouth, as they are overpowered by flavors of crackers and minerals. The finish is brief and oddly bland-notes of honey, grass, lemon, and biscuit are just barely detectable.

M: On the lighter side of medium in terms of body and not all that dry, especially when compared to traditional examples of the style. Carbonation is far too airy, gentle, and unobtrusive for a lager of this sort. Taken as a whole, this beer feels sort of underpowered.

O: This pilsner was promising to start, but went completely downhill really fast. As far as German pilsners go, this one is seriously lacking in depth and complexity. Smuttynose can do far better and so can fans of this style.

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Photo of thagr81us
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from tap into a shaker. Poured a light golden yellow with a one finger fluffy pure white head. Maintained phenomanol lacing throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, fruit (bananas mostly), and grain. The flavor was of sweet malt, bananas, and spices. It had a light feel on the palate with low-mid carbonation. Overall this one wasn't that bad, nor was it that great. This one did have some nice flavors going on, but they were just too bundled together and didn't stand out on their own. This one is worth trying at least once, but that would be about it (for me at least).

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-light golden color with a decent white head and some lacing

S-grain, light floral and lemon, grassy

T-slightly sweet malt, hints of lemon, floral hops and some light bitterness in the finish

F-light to medium body with moderate carbonation, crisp and clean

O-a decent pilsener but not outstanding

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Photo of bubseymour
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 beergoot
3.47/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tasted in Portsmouth, NH October 17th at the Portsmouth brewery; reviewed from notes...

Partly hazy look with a light straw-yellow body and a foamy white head. Barely perceptible aroma. Very light malt flavors; a little tart and sweet; grapefruit; soft bitterness flavor. Medium body; slightly effervescent.

A good pils overall (if somewhat plain-jane). I had my first glass at the same brewpub several days earlier and, if I recall, I was more overly impressed with the flavor than this glassful, but this is the sample I took notes on. It's still an enjoyable and easy drinking lager.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
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 KYGunner
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The color is cloudy and yellow but interesting. The almost unfiltered look masks the carbonation that bubbles through the body. All this effervescent bubbling and no signs of a head. The pour was true but it amounted to a wispy layer of loosely knit bubbles that just blew away.

The scent is fruity with grainy cereal malts, light barley, fresh bread and tinges of hop bitterness. At first glance, with my nose that is, I caught lemon twist and light banana. It was fleeting but then true Pilsner scent arrived.

The taste and feel are deeply intertwined as a crisp clean refreshing taste ends in a similar feel. Cereal maltiness compliment a bready grain and end in more hops than in typical Pilsners. Very easy on the throat the carbonation is easily visible but barely noticeable. This is a light airy version of a Pilsner and a very good one at that.

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Photo of alexgash
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best by 10/24/13. ABV 5.2%.

Brilliantly clear and clean light golden to lemon yellow body. Tall, two fingers of frothy, whipped, bright white head. Very lively carbonation. Great lacing. Grainy, biscuity, bready malt notes blend with sea air funk noble hops and fresh cut grass.

Slightly nutty, toasted grain bite up front. Bready, biscuity malts fill in. Touch of honey sweetness. Snappy, peppery, moderately bitter hops back it all up. Dry finish, with lingering sweetish bread malts and grassy, herbal hop bitterness. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. A great addition to the summer beer lineup.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 dsa7783
3.37/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on-tap at the Cloverleaf tavern. I wasn't too impressed with this German depiction. Spritzy, light, with a dash of lemon and honey zest but overall nothing to brag about. A good warm-weather, Summertime beer to say the least; otherwise not one of Smuttyose's best depictions.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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 donkeyrunner
3.45/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

@ Deep Ellum, Alston MA

Served in a .4L pils glass. Liquid gold with a medium white cap...I think. It's always so dark in Deep Ellum. Head slimmed then vanished by mid glass leaving nary a trace of lace.

Aroma is light malt and grass. Taste is similarly light malt and a grassy/soapy character. James tried a sip and said golden raisins but I don't taste'em.

The highlight of this beer is the mouthfeel. It's plush, silky and luxurious. I'm guessing this was decocted with love.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Beer pours hazy golden with a smaller white fizzy head on top. Carbs are gentile.
Aroma is lightly malty in the lager/pilsner tradition .
Taste is crisp and dry with some grassy notes. Sutle hops toward the end.
Drinks smoother with a dry crispness.
This beer is quite refreshing but all in all is quite boring.

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Photo of Kendo
4/5  rDev +4.4%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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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