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Smuttynose Portsmouth Lager

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RATINGS: 322   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.14/5   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
A full-flavored, medium bodied continental-style beer - deep golden in color, featuring a mouth-pleasing maltiness subtly balanced with spicy Hallertau and Tettnanger hops.
Note: Retired in March 2009.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Smeared pale gold color with a small compact whitish foam sitting atop for a brief stay. Minimal, lonely spotting lace. Aroma is pale and bready with a whole grain cereal/breakfast bar/flour kinda smell to it. Vienna malts are the prevalent feature here underscored with a light dashing fruityness and grassyness. Flavor sits well and long with a Vienna malt bready flavor and fashion. Drying out lightly as it goes into the finish leaving whispy notings of grassy spices, wheat germ, and dusty breadcrust flour. Quite nice actually, it grows on ya with every sip and begins to manufacture itself proudly onward to enduce more sipping and/or gulping. Which this becomes really easy to do as the exceptional drinkability is well handled behind its bold medium body and snappy, yet soft and yielding carbonation which is surrounded in its charming Vienna malt character. Smoothly combined with its effortless craft and solid taste, this beer is world class sessionable stuff for a Vienna lager. Nice stuff!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Gusler (2653) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 21, 2000
I receive 3 beers from this company through a beer club, this was my second favorite compared to Old Brown Dog and Shoals. Good clean and fresh, satisfying, hops and malts well balanced. Just the right carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
canary dog (743) - Rutland, Vermont, USA - MAY 13, 2002
A very robust lager, similar to Sam Adams in color, body and taste. Very crisp and refreshing as a lager should be, but with sharp hoppy finish. Very engaging beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 19/20
BeerRunner (144) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 29, 2004
Delicious Lager! Gotta love any beer from a brewery called "Smuttynose"! But, seriously, this is one excellent lager. Pours a lovely carmel color with a nice, off-white head. Notes of grapes, carmel peaches and prunes (oh, OK, dried plums for the politically correct) in the palate. In other words, this brew is damned good!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
mkgrenwel (606) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - APR 25, 2007
Light toast and cookies, specifically gingersnaps. Sweet and smooth. A little bitterness in the back balancing, but no real hops. Simple, but a perfect vienna.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
meathookjones (245) - Sterling, Virginia, USA - DEC 16, 2004
This poured out a hazy golden orange color with a tall off white rocky head that drops to big foam chunks swimming a top the beer. Decent lace is left as well. Very malty nose with a doughy scent as well as notes of toasted grain and grassy earthy hops. There are also hints of citric hops as well mingling about, very good aroma for a lager. Taste is fairly similar with a big bready malt flavor and a good amount of hops in there to even it out and provide a nice bitter finish. Very clean and delicious taste. Mouthfeel was about what is to be expected, medium with good carbonation. These are definitely easy drinking beers that are clean, crisp and refreshing while providing a great taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaiBockAddict (1497) - Good Beer Bar Deprived, New Jersey, USA - JUN 17, 2005
Bottle at Andy’s. Deep golden, white head, clear. Hoppy nose with some sulfur present. Malty lager with lots of hops for flavor and bitterness. Best description would be that this is a APA lager...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BigBeerPoppa (9) - USA - JUN 26, 2006 does not count
One of my alltime favorites but especially decent on tap - it just seems to appreciate a pint glass out of a keg better than from a bottle - Loaf and Ladel in Exeter tastes as good as Portsmouth Brewery, its a treat to find it on tap - good mouthfeel, the aftertaste is delicious and its well balanced so its a good session beer - now if Fenway Park would put it on tap, then I would be in heaven.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Braudog (6343) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - JUL 23, 2006
Bottle: Poured a bright orange color with a nice big rocky head. Spicy aroma with almost a nutmeg kick. Stark flavor of candied apples; quite yummy.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
StephenWade (28) - Hoover, Alabama, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Bottle. Almost no head with a good pour. Foggy, caramel color and banana hints in the aroma. The taste was fruity, alchoholic, sweet, and complex, with a clean finish. I really enjoy this beer; I rate very few beers higher than a 3.8.

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