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



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RATINGS: 77   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.82/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
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%.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
mrant (330) - New York, USA - MAR 24, 2009
Smells mildly of toasty malts, not much. Taste is crisp and refreshing, light yet enjoyable. Mild malts and weak hops, but very fresh and refreshing. Not terrible.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
basewars (169) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 23, 2009
Pours clear golden with thick white head. Quite aromatic with grassy notes and some fruitiness. Flavor is light hops and some apple and lemon. Nothing special.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nuplastikk (5759) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 21, 2009
UPDATED: MAR 25, 2009 12oz bottle courtesy of SamGamgee. Filtered blonde-yellow color, very light. Alcohol shows itself in the aroma, not unlike a macro Pils. Some fruity sweetness, the agave certainly comes through. Light and tangy, some lemon-lime. Fruity malt backdrop. Ok for what it is.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
alobar (3502) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 20, 2009
Cloudy yellow color with a white soapy head. Minimal aroma of grass and bread. Flavor of yeast, agave, Sweet then sour and a bit bitter... Very unusual for a pilsner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
raradel (343) - Atlanti Beach, Florida, USA - MAR 17, 2009
Odd Notion beers are a great chance to try something different, something off the map. This one is good for that, the aroma is good if you can find it, and the appearance is clean and basic. The flavor is good but finishes a litlle harsh for a pilsner, more like the IPA or a Pale. The palate is nice but not as crisp as I expected. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer for spring and a nice one to try, go for it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - MAR 16, 2009
12oz bottle. Yellow color with a fluffy white head. Grassy, spicy hops is the aroma. Pretty light pale malt flavors with a spicy, almost peppery bitterness. Lightly grassy as well. Light bodied with crisp carbonation. The bitterness has a quality that is hard to explain and could definitely be a poppy-hop interaction. It seems to dominate the malt just a little too much in this case.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
SSSteve (4006) - - MAR 15, 2009
light gold under a fizzy white head. not much in aroma except some light hops. flavor was very bitter(not a hoppy bitterness though....maybe the poppies) and subtle. didnít get much from this one, good idea though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ChainGangGuy (4781) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a small, delicate, white head. Smell: An expectantly odd aroma of pilsner malts, spicy-scented hops, and agave. Taste: Pilsner malts with a brief, very light sweetness starts things off. Spicy Noble hop character with a medium bitterness accentuated by the bright carbonation. The agave gives it a slightly fruity, slightly vegetal taste to it, but, overall, itís fairly light -- this is no Tequiza, thankfully. As the various flavors drop out en route to the finish, a very minor nuttiness perks up. Maybe itís the poppy seed, maybe itís not. Finishes dry and quite crisp. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation. Drinkability: A crisp pilsner brewed up with unconventional flavorings. An odd notion, indeed. Iím always down for experimental brewing undertakings. Always.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - MAR 14, 2009
(bottle - 12 oz) Clear gold color with a fizzy white head. Aroma is very herbal with a light hop crispness. Flavor is sweet for a split second but then moves to a very strong, bitter, and sour middle. Some light grassy hops come through with the lightest touch of malt. The finish is very bitter and lingering.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 14, 2009
Clear yellow body with a white head. Odd herbal aroma, some light cheese. Flavor is lightly sweet with grass and some of the agave coming through. Smooth ending.

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