RATINGS: 230   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39/5   IBU: 33   EST. CALORIES: 147   ABV: 4.9%
Take a break from the Sturm und Drang of modern life, with this elegant, refreshing pilsner. Our brewers created Vunderbar! with both feet grounded in tradition, focusing on authentic German pilsner malt and spicy Czech Saaz hops. The result just might get you to shimmy into your favorite lederhosen, bust into a quick schuhplattler and loudly proclaim, “Das ist Vunderbar!” Formerly known as Shortbatch #11

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ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JUL 20, 2015
I doubt anyone other than BJCP sticklers will care, but Smuttynose Vunderbar! Seems to be an attempt at a German/Czech pilsner hybrid. The name and marketing clearly indicates a German heritage, but the use of Saaz hops is indicative of a Bohemian (Czech) style. There’s also American malt in here as well. Whatever it is they’re going for, this is only an okay pilsner by my measure. It’s not that I’m a style purist, just that I don’t find a lot to enjoy here.

I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. It had a best by date of 9/5/15 and cost $2.60 ($0.22 per ounce).

Appearance: Pale gold hue to bright yellow. Cloudy body but fine carbonation is always visible. Pours to an average-sized, white, foamy head which retains and laces fairly well.

Smell: Very faint nose with only trace amount of the usual pilsner scent. Virtually odorless, otherwise.

Taste: Pilsners and pale lagers tend to have a certain base taste to them and that’s mostly what I’m getting here. Try as I might, I cannot find a lot of unique characteristics. A light taste of pale malt throughout the majority of the palette with only a bit of spicy hop sensation on the finish. I pick up minor lemonpeel and other spicy character as well, but again – it’s entirely too faint to appreciate. I will say there are absolutely no off-flavors or flaws and what I do taste is fine, I just need so much more.

Drinkability: Pilsner should be light and refreshing and Smuttynose Vunderbar! is both. The mouthfeel is thin, but not watery; though it did seem just a tad under carbonated to me. At 4.9% ABV it’s easily sessionable for more drinkers as it’s refreshing on the palate and finishes clean. A little more flavor and it would be more than just a thirst quencher.

Score: 5/10

hfmejias (1297) - Marshall, Minnesota, USA - JUL 17, 2015
12 Fl. Oz. Bottle. Pours hazy, yellow with a huge white foamy head that left a nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is grainy, slight hops notes (grassy) and citrus fruit. Taste is bitter, hoppy, but with a nice malt backbone, citrus notes all over. Nice beer very enjoyable.

Quick3Beers (1421) - East Falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2015
Pours a slightly hazy yellow from a bottle, some white head, retains, very fizzy. Aroma of some lemon, grassy biscuit. Nice saaz spiciness, with some good malt characteristics and a faint lemon aspect. Good beer.

damzz (516) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 16, 2015
UPDATED: JAN 8, 2016 Pours a cloudy medium yellow with a long lasting white head. The nose begins with hops that changes to a light orange. The body is medium. The Taste is light dry malt with a slight orange that turns to a slight hop bitterness. The orange taste is not even close to a shandy at all but Interesting in a pilsner. 12 oz can Long Live the Can! That whole traditional can thing always bothered me. Kegs are metal!

Syzzer (736) - Oregon, USA - JUL 4, 2015
Drank from can. 4th of July with family. Light, clearish color with hay yellow tint. Carbonation like carb water. Light wheat, vague flavor. 2.05 bd. 8.5 bry drinkable. 8.8 dad smoothe and light

MarinEvelyn (868) - Wisconsin, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Light citrus straw aroma and taste. Yeast. Light crisp and refreshing, not much to really say about this one.

beerbaaron (2046) - Arizona, USA - JUL 3, 2015
Clear light gold, decent white head. After having a few pilsner lately lacking in hops... finally some adequate hops. Earthy hops. Mineral water. Cracker malt. Light peppery. Sweet but not overly. Nice and crisp. Refreshing and great drinkability.

r464 (2370) - Earth, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 2, 2015
Punchy, lightly malty. A bit of citrus and bread which leads to a nice, dry, hoppy finish. An altogether nice canned pilsener.

gringo332 (645) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 21, 2015
Bottle. The look is clear, white head, and yellow in color. The smell is a grainy floral sweetness and straw. The taste is sweet, grainy, malt, and ok.

snoworsummer (6069) - baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUN 16, 2015
Draft at the new brewery. Pours clear gold with a thin bubbly white head, and light lacing. Smells like pale malt, earthy and spicy hops, and faint corn. Tastes like crisp pale malt, spicy and earthy hops, moderate hop bitterness, and corn. Dry finish. Light body and medium carbonation.

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