Smuttynose Vunderbar | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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497 Ratings
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BEER INFO

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
497
Reviews:
110
Avg:
3.83
pDev:
11.75%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
58
For Trade:
1
User Ratings & Reviews
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Ratings: 497 |  Reviews: 110
Photo of westyrun
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Buddance
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Beejay
3.78/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: A hazy pale yellow in color with a decent sized white head.

S: Slightly herbal and earthy with noble hop aroma. There is a little bit of a straw and light bread aroma. Perhaps just a touch of licorice in there as well.

T: Herbal and spicy with slightly earthy tones. Light malt and a touch of licorice in the finish as well.

M: Light in body, with very aggressive carbonation. Slight bitter cling in the finish.

O: Overall a pretty good beer. Not spectacular, but still very enjoyable.

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

Photo of edward_boumil
3.86/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pils glass
L: Pours a 1 finger frothy white head with great retention. Beer is golden yellow, slightly hazy, tons of carbonation visible. Great lace
S: Sweety, biscuity malts and floral hop notes
T: Pretty light, repeat of the aroma with a very light hop finish, crisp and peppery
F: High carbonation, somewhat heavier body than other pilsners. Quite refreshing and drinkable
O: Enjoyable pils

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Photo of Bendover80
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of billybob
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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

Photo of Im4jojo
4.57/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy golden color with less than a pinky sized head. Lacings are left to coat the glass as I casually sip this refreshing pilsner down. I really cannot smell much of the ingredients, except for a faint lingering of hops. After the third sip, I noticed it becoming more bitter, but nonetheless enjoyable. It coats the tongue (after about the third sip) and leaves surrounding bitter notes. Overall, I enjoyed this beer as much as I enjoyed the atmosphere of the brewery. Refreshing, casual, and just enough ABV to allow me to run a grill! Happy imbibing!

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Photo of PhilsPils
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I am a bit puzzled by the reviews that describe a dark yellow or even burnt orange color. The bottles I had poured a VERY pale yellow and fairly cloudy, almost like a wit. But the flavor was in no way pale. This is a very tasty pilsner. I don't think I would mistake it for a German-made pils but it definitely tastes "German-ish" which not all American versions of German pils do. Some reviews have described this as having a "caramellized malt" character...I didn't get that at all. Seems like pure pilsner malt to me. Grassy and clean with very delicate hops aroma. This was from a Beer of the Month Club selection and I already wish I had more than the three bottles.

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

Nice pilsner. Lacks the bite of a Czech, but a little more going on than a German. Not the most interesting style, but no complaints here.

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Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

You won't find many tastier and well made pilsners than this one, an absolutely superb example of a pretty basic style of beer, this is simply excellent.

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Photo of WhitmansNiece
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Fettpopps
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of wafers
3.63/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sound_Explorer
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sellen
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerMeister8
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of zotzot
3.62/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of outoffocus
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Psg5062
3.57/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Exeggutor
3.14/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Grindelvasdrum
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Bottle poured into glass stein.
A-Beautiful cloudy (especially for a pilsner) burnt golden orange hue, very little head with aggressive pour,
little lacing.
S-Toasted bread, malts, sweet dried peaches or maybe even apple.
T-Toasted, almost burnt malts bring on a bitterness that nicely balances against
the sweet peach & dried apricot that quickly follows, finishes slightly on the bitter side
of center.
M-Nice carbonation & quite creamy for a pilsner
O-Not usually my preferred style but I really like it a lot. Not surprising considering it's from Smuttynose.

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Photo of T-34-85
3.72/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of petewheeler
3.94/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smuttynose Vunderbar from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 497 ratings.
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