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Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008) - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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60 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 60
Reviews: 50
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 13.92%
Wants: 7
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A Pre-Prohibition Lager brewed with corn.

(Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-08-2008)
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Photo of glid02


3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed sixer from Whole Foods on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not much as far as lacing.

Smells of grass and sweet malt with a small amount of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts up front with a slight grassy flavor. The hops come through a bit at the end with a small amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and active carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I wouldn't want a drink a whole lot of these but one is pretty refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty solid lager in my book, nothing overly exciting but pretty well done. Worth a shot.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2008 01:22:58 | More by glid02
Photo of watkins

South Carolina

3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a a hazy gold with a 1 finger head that hangs around for a good while for a lager. Nice lacing

S: Smells of grains and slightly sour malt, though aroma as a whole is somewhat lacking.

T: Mildly hoppy at the end, but nothing challenging. Overall flavor leaves the pallette rather quickly. After all, its a lager.

M: A little too carbonated, sort of thick bodied for a lager.

D; It drinks easy, but its not my favorite lager. Actually, my fave is probably High Life, and I wouldn't pay lots of money for this either.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2008 22:34:41 | More by watkins
Photo of dgallina


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottled notched best-before January 2009.

Pours transparent pale gold. A huge 2-inch white head slowly recedes to a film and light lace. The initial fresh grassy aroma is somewhat upset by the sharp tang of oxidized metal. The flavor is more rounded and mellow than suggested by the smell. Lightly toasted grain dominates the palate. Honey and grass notes linger at the edges. The finish develops light hop bitterness, but that is eventually overshadowed by copper and cloying cooked corn. All available carbonation was apparently consumed in the initial pour. The resulting body is overly thick, unnaturally syrupy and listless.

Meh. It came in a Magic Hat sample pack. I wouldn't make an effort otherwise.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2008 23:44:33 | More by dgallina
Photo of danielharper


3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What other beer should I drink for election day?

Appearance: Clear, orange-yellow body, ever-so-slightly hazy, with a thin white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, malty. Strong "American Lager" corn aroma. Not complex, but decent.

Taste: Malty beginning, sweet middle, dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Slight notes of hops. It's mostly clean but a bit cloying.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than expected, but still goes down smooth. Low (but not nonexistent) carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent American Macro, but like all American Macros, it suffers from a lack of complexity and just a general "sameness" inherent to the style. Drinkable, but I'd go for a good Brooklyn Lager over this one every time. (Of course, I can't currently get those in Kalamazoo, so....)

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 04:43:41 | More by danielharper
Photo of mralphabet


3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Autumn Box...12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow with a thick white head, about 2 fingers... Nice lacing.

S - Sweet malty smell. Citrus smell, Hint of Hops

T - Wow! There is a lot of hops. This brew could pass as a Pale Ale not a Lager, sorry to say I'm not a Pale Ale or Hoppy Beer kind of guy and this beer to me is very hoppy.

M - Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

D - Not my type of brew, but it is Magic Hat, I have to give them all a try...

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 04:12:12 | More by mralphabet
Photo of Stinkypuss


4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

try to impress.. And you make a Mess

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Murky yellow with a soapy head with little craters on it. Recedes to nothing.

S. Smells of musty yeast and some grain. Reminds me of a wheat beer in the nose.

T. A very tasty macro here. In fact, possibly the most tastiest ive come accross. Let me delve into this. The first attribute I must point out is the flavor. A lovely flavor in this beer. Some sweet malts and slightly mild but citric hop character. Little to no astringency, a mild corn sweetness is barely noticable. Hints of brown sugar. Excellent.

M. On the heavy side of light bodied. Full bodied for a macro style beer. Chalky finish leaves me wanting more.

D. This is an amazing take on a macro lager. Ive had very few macros if any this good. I hope this becomes a regular release.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2008 18:48:01 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of WVbeergeek

West Virginia

3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surpisingly hazed golden hue almost hefe like in nature, large billowing thick chunky head forms above the rim of my Sam Adams half liter krug. Aroma full of herbal hops, mineral water, and light toasted malts with ample amounts of flaked corn standing out. Flavor has enough hops to keep the mild corn sweetness at bay, solid strong hop bitterness with herbal and citrus highlights. Almost like kettle cooked popcorn in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied bubbly carbonation that does tickle the back of the throat pretty well. Overall a tasty beer that doesn't redefinte anything but has enought hop bitterness in a pre prohibition lager to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2008 18:02:06 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of BEERchitect


3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not real sure about the characterization for this beer. It seems to have a strong pilsner malt backbone similar to a German Lager or Bohemian Pilsner- not with the emptiness that rice or corn riddeled American Micros have. So the beer fares pretty well with me. A strong straw color with a mild haze, froathy white head that endured the session. Aromas of pilsner malts are overtaken by American hops-- I generally think that pilsner-type beers are under hopped anyway. Flowery and perfumy with the hop character with a mild citrus note and agressive bitterness. A touch of sulfer and vegitalbes come through as the beer warms, but didn't seem to deter too much from the taste. Firm in the body with a crisp hop finish. A fairly good beer that seemed to come out one season too late.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 17:17:15 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of UnionMade


2.5/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pint on tap at Eli Cannon's. Listed as Magic Hat Pre-Prohibition Lager.
Clear gold, with a light dusting of head. Good clarity and color, I thought. Spattered lace on the glass.
Not much aroma aside from lightly floral, spicy hops. Maybe a little doughy malt sweetness, but pretty light in the scent overall.
The flavor opens with an empty vacancy, feels cold and spritzy, but nothing else. Light malt presence as it sits on the tongue for a moment, doughy more than anything else, moving into floral, citrusy hop bitterness with a bit of a sour taste in the end. Not sure how well the hops work with the vapid maltiness. Their presence feels blunt, obtuse if you will, compared to the Jessica Simpson-esque mouthbreather maltiness. Relatively light overall. I didn't go for a second glass.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 07:05:46 | More by UnionMade
Photo of Bighuge


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange. Looks like a hefe. Ha, leave it to Magic Hat and their "elixirs"...a marco style lager that looks like a german hefe. Dirty white head graces the surface and drops sporadic patches of lace behind. Aroma is sweet and slightly grainy. Cereal grains type of feel on the nose. Spicy taste to it. I get the feel that some extra element was added to this potion. Ginger?? In any case, it's a flavorful beer with hints of weizen and lager. Peppery and herbal. Doughy malts. A soft lingering bitterness. Meidium bodied and fairly spritzy with the carbonation. This is certainly an agreeable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-23-2008 02:31:50 | More by Bighuge
Photo of tempest


3.4/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out of a variety case.

Well if Magic Hat set out to make a craft-brewed macro-style lager (and I think they have), they succeeded. The aroma has pale barley and cooked corn, while the flavor has a bit of yeast-driven sweetness and light bready malts. The flavor is full, the body is still thin enough to make this a throwback beer, and it's clearly an adjunct lager. I guess it's good beer. I might say it's like PBR, but cleaner. You can really taste the ingredients here.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2008 18:27:07 | More by tempest
Photo of dedrinker


3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Deep gold color with a white head that dies down, but clings to the glass. Mild aroma of clean malt and faint hops. The flavor trades off slight sulfur, soapy hops, and grassy notes. I wish the flavors would stay in place here - sort of take a place in line and wait their turn; only because it's a lager I guess. On the lighter side of medium bodied, and the hops persist on the finish. This is a pretty good effort from a brewery I periodically malign.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2008 04:21:25 | More by dedrinker
Photo of pwoods


3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a decent sized sample at the Clifton Beerfest at Fries Cafe.

A: Light amber pour. Nice head, thick and creamy, pearl white. Great retention and decent lacing.

S: Grainy lager aroma. Light floral hops. Not much.

T/M: Tastes close to a Vienna lager with Munich malts and a healthy dose of hops. It's similar to Smooth Hoperator but much lighter. Good citrus notes, mostly lemon. Reasonable bitterness level.. especially for Magic Hat(and a lager). Medium light bodied with smoothing carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and pretty interesting.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 03:45:04 | More by pwoods
Photo of deltatauhobbit


3.75/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, tinge of orange.

Smell has a strong bready aroma, malty, slight citrus presence as well as some yeast, certainly more interesting than most macro lagers in the smell department.

Taste is light and crisp, malty with a bready/yeasty aftertaste, almost surprises me since this doesn't quite taste like a macro lager.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 23:40:37 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of kels


3.9/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 3 oz sample of this in a tiny little cup at the 2008 Fries Cafe BeerFest in Clifton.

Appearance: The most notable thing about this beer is the tall, frothy, creamy white head. It's so thick and fluffy that it almost looks marshmallowy. The color of the beer is a light golden. Light lacing is left behind as I drink.

Smell: The smell is hard to detect despite the gigantic head - light grainy scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The contrast of the creamy head and the light, crisp liquid is really enjoyable. It adds depth the the well-carbonated beer. At first this tastes like a pretty typical lager enhanced by a spicy hop note. The more I have though, the better it gets. The aftertaste is very good and well-balanced with a slight maltiness evening out the hoppiness. The aftertaste also holds nicely for a little while, which is the reason I think it tastes better as it goes.

Drinkability: Very high - could definitely drink several of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2008 02:45:26 | More by kels
Photo of iceball585

New York

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow color, semi-cloudy, white thin fluffy layer that faded to a thin ring

S- Corn, toasted grains, pale malts, citrus, light hops

T- Pale malts, corn, lemons, earthy hops bite near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, slightly dry finish

D- Definitely worth buying again

I really wish they would brew this one more than once every 4 years. Pick up some before it's all gone.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2008 23:52:19 | More by iceball585
Photo of soupyman10

District of Columbia

3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it out of a MH taster a friend picked up for the debate (seemed appropriate to be drinking a beer with Uncle Sam on it). I will say it was better than I expected, although that's not really a hugely ringing endorsement. Not terrible to look at, although the head was weak and there was no lacing. Aromas were light and malty. Flavor's are really fruity - I got a fair bit of apricot and some citrus in there (and there was an occasional, off, peanut butter flavor as well - it fortunately only peaked through every once in a while). Body was medium, good carbonation. Overall, not too bad, and an easy one for drinking.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 16:49:35 | More by soupyman10
Photo of jwc215


4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by November "08:

Part of Autumn '08 variety pack (though I got as a single from a friend):

Pours hazed golden with a thin, but lasting, white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy and grassy with floral and citric notes.

The taste is of lightly carmelized graininess with a lime-like citrus backing. There's a touch of apricot with a grassy/floral bitterness in the finish. Pretty hoppy.

It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with a smooth creaminess.

Quite a bit of subtle complexities for a lager, with a nice bitterish finish. I would certainly pick up a 6-pack of this if it were available that way!

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 23:11:50 | More by jwc215
Photo of jeffmonarch


4.03/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow with a thick white head.

S - Sweet malty smell. Light fruit.

T - Wow! There is a lot of hops. I was not expecting this much hops. This could pass as a Pale Ale not a Lager. It's good but I find it hard to believe that this is a Lager.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I really like this beer but again, is this not an Pale Ale?

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 03:09:48 | More by jeffmonarch
Photo of semihobo


3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Bottle from the fall participation 12-pack.

Body is a nice hazy straw color, pours with a petite white head that is dense and has average staying power.

Smells of corn and (even though the website lists Columbus hops) fresh noble hops.

Taste is very crisp, herbal hops, with a firm, dry malt base. I believe the 35 IBUs. Slightly ashy with some pepper. Finish is very clean with lingering bitterness.

Thick mouthfeel for the style, the syrupy body and prickly carbonation complement the hops.

I don't know why they added corn, but this is pretty interesting. The hops profile makes this worth tasting, although I'd prefer more a little more sweetness and don't really feel like another one. A hoppy macro lager?

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2008 01:39:27 | More by semihobo
Photo of becktone


4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From notes 9-9-08

Eye: Deep gold coin in color, very nice. Carbonation looks lively as it ascends to the pillowy off white head that holds strong at 3/4 of a finger. Lacing almost forms sheets along the sides of the glass, rather it forms rings-thicker in the center, thinning out at top and bottom and separated by spotty clear glass between the next ring.

Nose: A hoppy lager! It makes me happy. Hop aroma is very much akin to that of a Czech Pils, that grassy, earthy, spicy, floral aroma. Under that I get cascade hops, or at least some variety of American hop often used in APAs. Very nice hop aroma, I'm impressed with this one. Malt doesn't come through too much, this one seems more about the hops.

Tongue: Wow! This is one interesting lager. Tastes just like an APA. Grainy and husky notes make up the malt profile of this one. Hops are the same as in the aroma-mostly grassy, some woodiness, and hugely floral...however; unlike an APA there are no citrus notes from hops here. Very neutral yeast here, I don't get anything from it, very clean.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Medium light body with light and delicate carbonation that cleanses the tongue once the beer is swallowed. The beer is smooth and well rounded and has an overall round, smooth character to it. Were it not for the bottle stating that this is a lager, and the overall smoothness and roundness to it I'd think it were an ale, and APA to be exact. This is a very interesting beer, get out there and try it....its one that makes a nice session beer. Unfortunately in my locale I can only find this is mixed twelves, don't know if elsewhere its being sold in a sixer...but I'm tempted to buy the mixed 12 just of this one. Get out and try this beer, get out and vote...and don't be stupid and vote McCain, we don't need another four years of Republican stupidity, vote Obama.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2008 22:55:47 | More by becktone
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey-gold body with a bubbly white head, but it soon departs.

Smell: Pale malt aroma with a distinct scent of floral, spicy hops. Distant note of fruit in the background.

Taste: Pale malts with a light hint of toasted grains. A single, solitary drop of honey provides some sweetness. Spicy, floral Saaz hops with a medium bitterness that holds beyond the finish, even. Finishes dry and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Potentially in the pocket of Big Bitterness, the Participation Lager makes as much sense as picking Palin as a running mate.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2008 00:04:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of PatrickJR

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Yellow/golden with a slight haze, darker than most similar lagers. A half inch of head rises and falls quickly, leaving nothing. No lace.

S - Bready, biscuity malt provides the backbone for a huge spicy, grassy hop aroma. Nothing amazing but not bad either.

T - This brew feels like some kind of hybrid between a decent macro lager, an all malt lager, and a bit of German pils. The malt and corn has a very mild, but unique sweetness, likely a direct result of corn being used. Mid to late palate the brew bitters up a little bit, with an indistinct spiciness and slight herbal quality from the hops. Aftertaste is bready and slightly bitter.

M - Lots of carbonation, but not overdone like the typical BMC product. Body is approaching medium.

D - These flavors (or lack of) coupled with a bigger beer character and level of quality aren't my thing; it's an inbetween that I'm not likely to ever crave. Either I need the pale fizzy or I need something altogether different. Still a good beer, but not something I'd seek out again.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 07:05:31 | More by PatrickJR
Photo of wedge

North Carolina

2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"It's trippy to be a hippie"

Pours yellow with a slight bit of haze and a sticky, frothy head. Sweet corn and veggie aroma with some dry grain and yeast...not the best smelling thing in the world, but acceptable for what it is. Husky grain and rough, spicy hop flavor. A touch of metal. Not really my cup of tea to be honest...it's kind of funky. Crisp, dry, and not watery.

Average in most aspects, but it's not something I'd ever vote for.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2008 01:22:01 | More by wedge
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Magic Hat mixed pack, another three #9s I don't really want. Glad my wife's okay with them. For the 100th time, Magic Hat: PLEASE ease off the #9 in the mixed packs. Please?? If this year's election buzzword is "change", maybe you could adhere to that too? Y'know, in the spirit of this beer?

Off the soapbox and into the glass goes MH's new Participation Lager. Produces a thick billowy head, creamy on top, slightly rocky (looks like the surface of the moon), typical lager gold with great clarity and big bubbles pushing slow toward the top.

Aroma is boiled veggies with a more musty/basement weirdness and heavier sweetness than most lagers. Some light hops too. Interesting smell, especially considering the style.

Flavor is big and juicy at first, then dries out leaving a peculiar spicy flash in the finish. Caramel, butterscotch, a smidgen of burnt sugar--or maybe brown sugar--and only the mildest hit of that metallic thing you get with many in this style, and even here it's not annoying or cloying. A certain spiciness prevails throughout, damned if I can properly nail it, but if pressed I'd fall back on cinnamon. Pretty assertive texture, not overly carbonated but just a really solid presence and relatively big feel for a lager. If we're supposed to review according to style, then I gotta give this macro lager high marks.

I'm pleasantly surprised. The flavor is completely satisfying, and it doesn't immediately make you think "Magic Hat". It's great when any brewery has its own niche flavor, but Magic Hat stuff sometimes blurs together because of the brewery's unique twist on things. This one stands on its own. I'd buy it again if I didn't have to adopt three more #9s to do it.

Under the cap: "Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight"

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2008 21:56:48 | More by Metalmonk
Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.