Monday, July 20, 2015

Smuttynose Vunderbar!

3.3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1407) - Albany, New York, 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