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Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009) - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009)Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009)

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75 Ratings

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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.63%

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 01-22-2009)
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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.18/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed both the new twelve packs the other day as I had realized that there were 5 of the 7 beers in there that I have not had, and that was good enough for me. Went on an epic magic hat tasting last night and went through them all. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/05/2009.

Golden straw in color with a big fizzy white head on top. Light peach look to it left me a bit concerned from the start. Then I reach in to get a whiff and there is almost nothing there. Light citrus maybe, hint of grain, but really rather light and dull, a bit dissapointing if I am being honest. Light flavor as well, light fruit, touch of spice, but really rather too light and overcarbonated leaves me lost and looking for much bigger flavors here. Goes down like water, but the taste is far too light to really be enjoyable.

Overall not terrible, but forgettable, I am not sure where they were going with this, but it missed the mark for me.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 14:58:00 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of BEERchitect


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

This poppy agave pilsner give a range of sensations to the taste and mouthfeel that are both intriguing and challenging.

The beer begins with a standard Pilsner look. Strong straw to medium golden in color, but the initial froathy head falls quickly to nil. Bright clarity throughout.

The classic Pilsner aroma is decorated with perfumy, floral, herbal hops and raw, musty fruits like papaya and mangos.

Again, the well-known pilsner flavors welcome a sharp, acidic fruitiness, floral hops, and a lot of peppery, spicy flavors that increase in intensity and push the beer into stronger, sharper tastes. Very nice, but a challenge.

The initial cream-ale maltiness is quickly swallowed by bold, intense hop bitterness and a sharp, warm, peppery sensation. Acidic late and hangs up in the back of the throat.

I like the beer quite well. The simple Pilsner has taked a few complex twists with this one. The agave fruits give a sweetness, sharpness, and light vegitable character, while the poppy character adds spiciness and bite to compliment the hops. Quite refreshing even if a bit bitey. I consider it a happy experiment!

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2009 00:29:31 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

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, it's 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 it's the poppy seed, maybe it's 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. I'm always down for experimental brewing undertakings. Always.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2009 19:02:56 | More by ChainGangGuy
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4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poppy Agave Pilsner

Pours a slightly fogged yellow with a white head. Nose is very sweet in tone. Also a grain aspect to it. Flavor is extremely earthy. And I mean a lot. Aftertaste is clearly poppies at first. Theres also that inky aftertaste too. A sweet tone hits almost like a fruit. I assume that is the agave (I just learned agave is part of the lily family by the way.) Feel is smooth on liquid. Vibrant carbonation. This is a nice one and I like it. It might be too far on the earthy side for some people to appreciate though.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2009 05:15:14 | More by RblWthACoz
Photo of WVbeergeek


2.35/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale golden, very macro esque hue forms a large fizzy head that dwindles down quickle, I don't know what killed the head retention the agave or the poppy seeds. Aroma has a mild chemical twang with light biscuit malt nose surrounded by agave juice which comes of slightly citric in nature with a good amount of acidity. Not really picking up any poppy seed nose maybe it adds a little nuttiness to the malt profile. Flavor wise though starts out with creamy sweet biscuit malts and quickly transcends through the unique agave flavor and forms a bitter earthy edge that is pretty unrelenting on the palate, slightly roasted burnt bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight cloying bad aftertaste, a touch oily textures with bubbly carbonation and strong resilient sugar content. Drinability is weak hope this never makes it into regular production, they do many other fine brews to have to make and Agave Poppy seed psychedelic experience.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2009 03:07:27 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.13/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a shaker glass.
Golden in color, clear and a decent head retention.

Smells of nothing. Very light floral nose as it warms.

Tastes rather bitter mostly, with a bit of light fruit at times. Mild and reminiscent of a lager. The poppy element adds to the bitterness, and just a tad of sweetness at times. Some malt and yeastiness is noted.

Easy drinking and light. Not much here to dislike but lacks a solid character.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2009 01:33:23 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of glid02


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

Picked this up in a mixed 12 pack from Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear light copper color with a one-finger white head that recedes quickly into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of pilsner malt with grassy hops. As it warms it sweetens up a bit. I'm not 100% sure I could identify poppy aromas, but I'm fairly certain I'm not getting any.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Pilsner malt with grassy hops up front that carry on to a crisp bitter ending. The hop flavors linger a bit too long. As it warms I feel like I get a hint of agave, but I may just be looking too hard.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's got a good thickness, though the carbonation is a bit off and isn't as clean as I'd like in a pilsner.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass without much problem, but I'm not necessarily excited about the prospect of another.

Overall I was hoping for a bit more from this beer, but it's not terrible.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 21:16:59 | More by glid02
Photo of Brad007


4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a two-finger head that recedes down to less than a one-finger head.

Aroma is light and flowery with a hint of citrus (due to the agave) and grainy malt.

Taste is flowery and peppery upfront with a decent amount of hop bitterness, followed by the breadiness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is full of graininess, hop bitterness and faded notes of the agave and poppy. Really not sure how to describe it but it's a very smooth pilsener.

Highly drinkable and I recommend it if you want to try a different take on the style. It's a nice change from the heavier stouts and porters that are typical for this time of the year.

Serving type: growler

01-30-2009 21:12:44 | More by Brad007
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this "Randallized" (over hops) so this affected the flavor; keep this in mind when reading my review.

Pours a clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled and rather persistent white head. Aroma is crisp and rather fruity, with a hoppy undertone that was doubtless due to the added hops. Flavor is crisp and has more than a hint of banana; in this instance it had considerable hoppy flavor and slight bitterness. Texture is a little thicker than other pilsners I have tried, smooth and lively.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2009 00:22:14 | More by Cyberkedi
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2.13/5  rDev -39.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, 5% ABV, best before end of June 2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with a small off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing, either. To me the beer smells like a typical macro lager, like sweet malt, adjuncts/grain, and also has a slight vegetal aroma. It doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell appealing either. Unfortunately the taste is much worse. It tastes like a bad pilsner beer, it tastes very bitter (and not in a good way). That's it, it's just a weird bitter flavor that's not appealing at all. Actually, I can taste a little bit of grassy/spicy hops, but the beer in general just doesn't taste good to me. Mouthfeel/body is light, but it's not watery at all and it is crisp. Drinkability isn't good, but then that's mostly because I don't like the taste of the beer. For every good beer like Roxy Rolles that Magic Hat makes, they make 3-4 beers like this that I just don't like. I wouldn't drink this again. I'm lucky I only bought a single bottle, I couldn't imagine having to drink more than one bottle of this.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2009 01:16:39 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of scruffwhor


3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very clear, light amber hue. Very quick head and no residual foam. Grassy hops, pilsnery malt, and some agave/tequila mash aromas. Very crisp palate with some faint herbal notes here and there. I would never guess this beer had poppy seeds and agave just by the taste. Grainy malts mix very well with the hops and herbs. Very starchy mouthfeel, but refreshing considering.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2009 05:36:22 | More by scruffwhor
Photo of clayrock81


3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear gold with two-finger head that stuck around awhile and left some lace. A grainy, earthy hop smell with minimal malts. Sort of tasted like a bland pale ale. There is a herbal tea-like taste with some veggie astringent tastes that you might in find some cheaper beers. Basic sweet malt are tucked away. A easily drinkable beer and quite relaxing with on a hot day but not my first choice.

Serving type: on-tap

04-29-2009 15:38:30 | More by clayrock81
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clarity in the rust-tinted orange-gold color, with a blinding white head that is never super-thick but never completely dies either.

Predominantly earthy and herbal aroma, though hard to pick out specifics. A little bit of yellow cake batter, wet straw, honey--the typical lager characteristics.

Great mix of grassy bitterness, mango (could that be the agave?), not-all-that-sweet citrus fruit, white & black pepper, butter, and more typical pilsner attributes. Pithy and dry, a little chalky, nice exotic citrus character in the finish, even a bit of lemonade tartness.

Even at a mere 4.2%, this has big character. It's hugely drinkable, too, I really dug it, and there couldn't be a bitter fit for the springtime. They should make this one year-round--and they should also cease with the inclusion of #9 in every single damn variety pack. C'mon, mix it up a little! But this one, this one's a winner.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2009 22:29:27 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Body is completely clear with some very active carbonation and finger width of white head. has a little retention as the head settles to a small ring that is someone splotchy on top.

A pretty herbal aroma from the agave and poppy I assume. Not a ton going on here though.

The agave and poppy dominate the flavor also, maybe a little too much. Some sweet pilsner malts barely come through. Slight earthy hop presence, but very slight. Agave is the most noticeable flavor with a blast of poppy. This is an interesting beer, but I'm not convinced that it works.

A very dry mouthfeel with a thin body and some medium carbonation.

Pretty average drinkability, I think I will be slow to open a second one of these.

Serving type: bottle

01-24-2009 23:48:40 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of BeerAdvocate


3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Nice! Magic Hat pulled out their supreme extremeness for this one. A Golden Ale with added poppy seeds and agave.

Good white froth to start off with, though it dissipates to a thin lacing. Clear and bright pale golden, a typical lighter color for the spring season. Fruity and nutty aroma with some mildly sweet maltiness in the back. Moderate-sized body is a little chewy and smooth. Nutty and bitter at first, maltiness comes in with a sweet biscuit flavor almost like homemade shortbread. The agave leaves an odd trace of sweetness, and the poppy keeps it nutty along with the malt. Finishes semisweet with a long linger of bitterness.

We really dig this beer--it's a trip, and something we'd love to come back to. Proof again that extreme beer is not just about high levels of alcohol and bitterness that ruins your taste buds. A slice of peaceful beer revolution in a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 12:48:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Agave and poppyseed included in the mix.. Hmmm... Interesting...
Appearance: light-colored, slightly hazy hue...
Smell: Sweet agave(?), lemons, and pepper...
Taste: Surprisingly good, agave, lemons, lime, sugar-sweet water...
Mouthfeel: Certainly light-bodied, and pretty drinkable... Interesting... Not bad

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 04:50:46 | More by dsa7783
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Off the tap at the brewery the day it was released this "Poppy Agave Pilsner" was a golden color. The clarity was very good, the off-white head one-finger thick, the retention good especially as a collar and the lacing in thin bands. The aroma was dry with clear agave nectar notes and some light floral hops and pale malt. The flavors started on the pale malt note with some semi-sweetness before the grainy note of poppy seed showed up. The hops were understated, but floral notes could be detected in the middle. The finish was bitter in a non-hoppy way (the agave) and it lingered on my tongue. The carbonation was soft, the body medium and mouthfeel smooth. Semi-acidic, balanced and though quite drinkable, appropriately odd!

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2009 23:39:38 | More by thekevlarkid
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3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Agave and poppy seeds!? Here goes nothin'.

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden body, bright and full of lively, quick effervescence, all streaming upwards towards a foamy, soapy-looking two-fingers of pure white but still a little dull head. The retention is about average - it's initially very sticky and clingy, but fades a little quicker than I'd have liked, eventually settling into an equilibrium with the replenishing carbonation at about three-quarters of a finger. A good start.

Aroma: Light and herbal, slightly fruity. Unripe bananas, a green, earthy undertone, slightly leafy. Agave doesn't come through nearly as strongly here as it does in the mouth (more on that below).

Taste: The agave comes through strongly here, backed up by the sweet, spicy malts, lending a very honey-like overtone to everything. The spices are a little harsh though, green and slightly bitter, very earthy - definitely poppy seedish, though I'm thinking cloves/coriander would have worked a little better, perhaps. A definite fruit note, akin to bananas, but greener - very unripe bananas, perhaps. An interesting blend.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, and not too sticky, which is nice. Carbonation makes the mouth a little uneven, on the whole

Drinkability: An interesting attempt that falls a little short in my book, though it definitely fits the "odd notion" rubric that Magic Hat has created. A strange beer that pushes the envelope of what it means to be a ... hefeweizen? Pilsner? Glad to have tried it, but I think one was enough for me, even at 4.2% abv.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2009 19:17:56 | More by CrellMoset
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Crystal clear golden hue with a two finger white head that settles to a thick foamy cap. Solid lacing is left behind.

Light crisp grain aromas along with light poppy seed.

The poppy seed is very detectable in the flavor, which are dry and almost have their own toasty characteristic. The malts are light, adding a slightly sweet base. The hops give a mild herbal bitterness.

A decent beer, although the poppy is a slight odd flavor to find in a beer (perfect for the series though), and maybe lowers its drinkability a bit. A decent beer, worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2009 19:49:47 | More by BeerSox
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked up last Saturday at trader Joe's in Cary. Kind of strange season for a spiced beer but I am a bit curious. Pours a light straw color with a foamy head that doesn't last long. The nose is grainy with slight notes of citrus and spice.

Strong crystal malt flavors backed with noble hops and a lot of yeast, reminiscent of a Belgian. A finishing dose of herbs adds some astringency and complexity. Not really my cup of tea here but instresting and consistent with the style as I understand it.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2009 01:19:12 | More by daliandragon
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3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass served right out of the fridge. bottle says 5.0% ABV

A- this one pours a beautiful clear golden colored body with a small white head on it. some small bubbles can be seen rushing to the top of the glass. little to no lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- very mild. sweet grainy malts . something else i cant quite put my finger on. probably the poppy seeds or agave the bottle says its brewed with.

T- sweet and bready upfront with a hoppy bite at the end. again, theres something here i cant quite put my finger on. the hops come across as grassy and maybe a little bit of lemon. nice bitter dry finish.

M- very light and crisp. very refreshing. lots of carbonation, but it works here.

D- not bad. very nice flavorful for something with this low of an ABV. something i could see myself having a few of, if the mood is right. very sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 03:48:02 | More by jwinship83
Photo of Proteus93


3.43/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite a pale blonde/yellow. Great lacing, and retention is quite good as well.

S: Herbal and grassy. It's got a scent of a very strong Czech pils or Vienna lager to my nose. Not too shabby, but a bit intense and overwhelming in some ways.

T: Very bitter... not the most pleasant thing I have experienced. It's interesting, certainly, but just a big, bitter, herbal flavour that I can't quite place.

M + D: The mouthfeel is good for this style... while I may not be a big fan of the flavour, the moderate carbonation and lighter body do it justice while allowing flavours to linger without being too overpowering. At an easygoing 5%, it's sessionable in the sense of alcohol and goes down smooth enough to fit that bill, as well. I wouldn't go for it again, as there is just something in the flavour that I can't quite identify with, but kudos to Magic Hat for going out there with a strange style.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2009 05:08:47 | More by Proteus93
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3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a vibrant, golden yellow color with a fizzy, two-finger head of eggshell foam. Carbonation looked moderate and head retention was minimal.

S: Smells slightly sweet and floral, with an herbal, grassy note to it.

T: Taste is light and effervescent, with a hint of lemon zest and honey thrown together with a bit of grass and zesty hop flowers. Don't really taste any of that cactus or poppy seed coming through, but I think only a herbal specialist might be able to pick that up.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and rather crisp.

D: A lower ABV and interesting gimmick to this herbal spiced beer remain it's best qualities. Crisp, relatively smooth with an interesting snap, this brew is good for a one-and-done.

An interesting concoction from the chaotic chemists at Magic Hat. Reminded me of a dumbed down and dryer version of DFH Midas Touch, though I'd recommend picking up the latter.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2009 06:47:44 | More by Gambrinus1184
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3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best by of June 2009.

Pours a pale straw color with a decent sized head, fades a bit fast.

Smell is a light malt aroma, also picking up some coriander/lemony scent.

Taste is light and crisp but suffers from an odd aftertaste, mostly malty with a strong grassy taste that follows up (mostly the cause of the bad aftertaste), I've had IPA's that are earthy/grassy, but this is just plain grassy.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2009 03:14:57 | More by deltatauhobbit
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3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Odd Notion - Spring 09
12 oz brown bottle
Best before March 09 notched on the side label
Served in a Smuttynose tulip glass

Pours a golden yellow/orange with a super white head. Nice trails of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Floral aroma - kinda sweet and flowery.

Grainy and sweet with a very smooth mouthfeel. Hints of syrupy honey sweetness with pilsner-like presence.

An interesting brew that is a mad cross between a pilsner and braggot IMO. For some reason I thought this beer was much stronger. Quite unique, but not sure if I would have more than a few of this beer. A tad too sugary and sweet for my taste this evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2009 01:26:10 | More by Hibernator
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Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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