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Magic Hat Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 09)

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RATINGS: 65   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.79   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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A Classic European pilsner given a new springtime spin with wild sour accents of organic agave and natural blue poppy seeds planting a sweet, nutty balance. Our Poppy Agave Pilsner is summoned by a strengthening sun from two-row Pilsner malt and Noble hops. It melts snow and thaws souls with 30 IBUs and an ABV of 5%.


1.9
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
dredmond (175) - Long Island, New York, USA - NOV 10, 2013
drank from a 2oz plastic sampling glass at beer fest at Belmont park, not my preference for taste or aroma, but good on the palette ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Imaena (1788) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - JUN 8, 2013
Bottle. This is just not my cup of tea. To much going on for a beer with such a light body and flavor profile.

1.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 4/20
bshep (114) - - MAY 24, 2012
Taste like Vase water. Probably the worst beer Magic Hat has ever brewed.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerbuddha (100) - New Orleans, Louisiana, USA - JUL 5, 2010
Appearance- This beer pours a very clear, golden color with a thin white head which disappates quickly. Smell- Very odd smell. Pilsner malts are present, not much hoppiness that I can tell. A very weird spiciness is noticable which I guess is the agave. Taste- Strong maltiness with an odd spiciness. The hops are more present in the taste than in the aroma. Interesting fruity sweetness accompanied by an odd vegetation taste. Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean with a medium body. Overall- Not a bad beer but an odd beer. The name is fitting. They know it’s odd so I’ll give it too them. At least they’re having fun brewing different stuff.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1126) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: OCT 26, 2012 I’ve never been a fan of the pilsner style of beer because, in my personal experience, they’ve tasted bland and boring. When I heard Magic Hat was issuing a pilsner for their Spring 2009 “Odd Notion,” I was a little discouraged. But then again, this Vermont-based microbrewery has put their eccentric spin on classic styles previously that I had enjoyed, so I had high hopes for Poppy Agave Pilsner. The result is a new slightly unusual, but enjoyable brew.

POUR, COLOR AND AROMA

This beer poured smoothly to a clear, dark gold/amber body with light carbonation. The head was average-sized with a white, fizzy/foamy composition that left some lacing on the glass. The aroma was typical of a Magic Hat beer – strong and sweet, but not to the point of being overtly gimmicky.

TASTE

What would a beer made with blue poppy seeds and organic agave syrup be like? I have no frame of reference for either flavor, so I was assuming it would be either a very spicy or sweet palate, but this Odd Notion beer was neither.

The overall palate is definitely complex with a distinct hop characteristic along with a bitter finish. A variety of spices are present here, although their intensity is rather mild. The generic grainy flavor is not entirely masked, either, but in Poppy Agave Pilsner this is easy to forgive. This beer is much more reminiscent of a very mild American pale ale, rather than a grainy European green bottle macro pilsner.

FINISH

As is often the case of spiced beers, Poppy Agave Pilsner has a rather dry finish that leaves a doughy, almost chalky aftertaste. Still, the mouthfeel itself is mostly mild, although it does have a noticeable hop bite. Most likely, the average beer drinker will find it quite drinkable.

BODY

Weighing in at only 5% ABV, Magic Hat’s Odd Notion for spring 2009 is a beer that is even lighter than its statistics might imply. I drank two bottles in a row a barely felt a buzz at all. Combined with the fairly easy finish, this is a beer that lends itself to large consumption. I’m surprised it’s not a summer seasonal, instead.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I’m still not sure what part of Poppy Agave Pilsner’s palate was poppy and which was agave. But what I do know is this beer is quite different from most pilsners I’ve experienced. Now if only the makers of those other grainy pilsners could take a hint from Magic Hat.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Jayb0 (994) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 4, 2009
This didn’t really work. The flavors don’t integrate well and it comes across a bit confused. Still, the foundation is solid and it had a nice slighty sour spritz.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
MadIndian (2342) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2009
Cloudy yellow pour with mild lemon alcohol aroma. A mild grainy taste with some hop notes present.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerdedone (2567) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2009
Bottle. Pours a pale golden yellow with a thin white head. Aroma was grainy and wheaty with corn and some lemon/grass. Flavor was light pale malts, sweet grains, light fruit and faint hops with a slight bitterness in the finish.

3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Ughsmash (7086) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 14, 2009
Bottled. Poured near-clear medium golden with a short cap of white head. The aroma picked up slightly sour agave character, orange zest, and a pinch of honey-like sweetness over a bready base.. came across as syrupy, and definitely interesting. The flavor opened with sour agave and bitter floral notes, rolling onto a tacky bready core.. bitterness stuck on all facets, sometimes refreshing and sometimes annoying.. warmth brought out more interesting floral and agave, but I only barely caught the poppy a ways after the finish. Light-bodied with a heavier feel than it should have had.. carbonation was tight and assertive.. different, but I’d probably pass on another.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
notalush (4763) - Denver, Colorado, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Growler - I never thought I would be defending Magic Hat, but this is the second beer I’ve had from them lately that was supposed to suck, but I wound up liking (the last was Single Chair) - sure, the agave is a little strange and vegetal at first, and it’s a little sweet up front, but those noble hops come on strong - the sweetness is clean, so the bitterness overcomes it and shines through from the middle onward, leaving a semi-dry, lightly floral finish - the poppy and agave are actually quite subdued - a bit of bready, buttery character through the middle - not as crisp or refreshing as I like my pilsners to be, but it is certainly a tasty beer.


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