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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! 15 IBU (AKA - Short Batch #11)

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Photo of scotorum
3.91/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Jever Pilsner glass.

a: Translucent straw yellow topped by a big white head which receded to a finger thickness. Perfect!

s: Mild malt.

t: Light hints of fruit. Hop presence on the lighter side, perhaps a bit stronger than some pilseners but appealing.

m: Light and smooth. Highly refreshing.

o: Excellent pilsener! Just right for what will probably be the hottest day of the year where I hang out. 98 today.

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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 cyclonece09
3.71/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle poured into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a cloudy greenish yellow with a nice white head. Smells of light grain, not much else, but not too surprising for a pilsner. Tastes of sweet grain, but definitely not aided by adjuncts. Crisp and clean taste. Beer is light bodied, good carbonation, overall a very good beer.

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Photo of bnes09
4.52/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Lemon color lager with a weakish head. Good clarity and lots of visible bubbles.

Fresh citric, leafy aroma with mild bread grains. Simple and satisfying.

Light malt character with bread and cereal grains. Perfect hop balance with lemon, grass and spinach leaves. Crisp, hoppy finish.

Light bodied and very well carbonated. Just enough malty texture to excite the palate and bring the flavors to life. Smooth in the middle with a satisfying dryness in the end.

This beer embodies everything I love about pilsners.

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Photo of alexgash
4.06/5  rDev +6.3%
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 micromaniac129
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -9.9%
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 LCB_Hostage
2.82/5  rDev -26.2%
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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Photo of cbutova
3.96/5  rDev +3.7%
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 Jacobob10
3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Yellow in color but fairly hazy for a pilsner. Small head that clings to the edges of the glass but leaves no lacing behind. Floral hop aroma with strong biscuit malt overtones. Good carbonation but still a little soft for the style and a very dry finish. I am a pilsner fan but something about this one just misses the mark. Perhaps it's not as crisp as I like them to be.

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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 MadScientist
3.82/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A: A straw colored beer with excellent clarity. The rocky white head fades to a ring of foam and a thin film of bubbles.

S: Hello Saaz hops! Lots of spicy and floral Saaz with some light grassy notes and moderately-strong Pilsner malt. There is a bit of biscuit and bread to malt aroma.

T: A medium, spicy hops flavor and bitterness with the moderate honey, malt flavor of the Pilsner malt. There are some secondary malt characters of biscuit and bread but the balance of this beer is fairly bitter. There balance of flavors is pretty good but it falls apart a bit with a little harshness in the finish.

O: A crisp, hop focused, bitter beer that is slightly unbalanced but to be fair the brew suggested an enjoy by date about six weeks back. It's still a pretty decent beer but I can imagine this is a very good beer when it's fresh and I'll keep an eye out for next years release. I greatly appreciate a brewer that will put an bottle on or enjoy by date; when you're getting a hoppy beer you want to know that sort of thing.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 rlee1390
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
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 BobKieffer
3.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'm not a pilsner guy (putting it mildly), but I was pleasantly surprised by this. Has a somewhat unique flavor that finishes with (and bear with me) a walnut-like taste. Smell and mouthfeel pretty uninspiring, but other than that, I dig it. Probably be a good session beer.

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Photo of MDDMD
3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
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 JerzDevl2000
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
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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Photo of Jwale73
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
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 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 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 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 Chickenhawk9932
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear pale yellow with a frothy white head that hangs around for the duration and leaves some nice lacing.

Smells of lemon zest, bitter herbs, and yeasty dough with some slight floral notes.

A bitter and zesty lemon punch up front backed by a smooth biscuity middle. Ends on a bitter herb note with a clean dry finish. This is an excellent pilsner.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -7.6%
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 Viciousknishs
3.65/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a hazed straw color with a healthy two fingers of white head. Very good retention.

S- spicy floral noble hop character with notes of lemon meringue hit the nose at first. Biscuity malt with a sugar cookie like character in the finish.

T- sugar cookie like malt flavor fills the palate at first. It transitions into more of a dry biscuity quality mid palate. Subtle hop character on the finish with a spice and floral quality. Clean and refreshing.

MF- round mouthfeel with a light medium body. Average carbonation.

D- very drinkable and wonderfully crafted.

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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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Smuttynose Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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