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

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76 Ratings

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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.52
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 1
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 01-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.8/5  rDev +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.

Photo of mralphabet
2.58/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Golden in color... very clear... about 1 fingers worth of head that disappears quickly.... Leaves little to now lacing,

S: Strangely I'm smelling some agave, but I'm getting a smell like guacamole or maybe baby food green beans.... very strange....

T: Thank god it does not taste how it smells... very bitter right up front... then comes the poppy flavors with a lot of pepper in it... the aftertaste has a hint of green bean in it... not very pleasant tasting overall.

M: Pretty light, carbonation is not to heavy.. so the mouthfeel is pretty good...

D: Not a big fan of this one.... I love me some Magic Hat, but I can live without this one....

Thanks Magic Hat for pushing the boundaries.... I may not like this one... but I have to give it to you for trying different things.

Photo of MrCaptain
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a rich golden color with a fingers width of head that thinned out and lightly laced as I drank.

Grassy smell, but not really too much of a discernible aroma. Had a thin but clean crisp mouthfeel, no lingering after tastes. Tasted hopsy with a little twang of bitterness from the poppy seeds. Starts off bitter and just tasting a bit off.

It was okay, but not really something I'd drink regularly.

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.09/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

Photo of billybob
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a ligth golden yellow color and a short white head and minimal lace. fruity bubble gum slightly sweet smelling nose. a light taste of green apples, pepper, spice, i really liked the taste. light to medium body with a crisp carbonation. easy to drink, i could have this beer all summer it just tasted right for me.

Photo of glid02
3.38/5  rDev -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.

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.

Photo of BeerSox
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of DannyS
3.15/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a pint glass, poured from a 12 oz. bottle.

A - crystal clear light amber with a thin, soapy head. Dissipates quick and leaves little lacing

S - The first time I smelled it, I got the distinct odor of horse manure. But further olfactory investigation yielded a spicy, skunky hop aroma. Still not great, but bearable.

T - Tastes like it was brewed with vegetables. The poppy is a tad kicky and the agave is apparent, but there's no definite direction to the beer's taste.

M - Watery body, slightly fizzy. Meh.

D - The ABV is low enough and the body is light enough, but the finish is unpleasantly bitter, which made this far less drinkable. Sure, i could finish this one, but I would not want more.

Overall - I'm not sold on it. But alas, it was trying something new. It didn't exactly work, but it was a unique idea, and could potentially be a better beer with more tinkering.

Photo of dborginis
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited to try this based on the description of poppy and agave. Lid says "Be true be you." Ok then. Poured into pint glass.

Pleasing sweet floral smell. Almost like a triple would smell. Good start. Appearance is very clear, BMC yellow.

First tastes are offensive. Bitter but hard to get any other flavor.

But a few more and I keep wanting to drink more to figure out what that taste is I'm getting. 20 minutes and 12 oz later, still can't figure it out, but maybe clove flavor, something sweet. I could drink this for a session. A fair pilsner.

Photo of BringusKilkenney
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a nice looking golden yellow with a small white head

Has a very floral smell with some hops and citrus mixed IN

The taste is also very floral with a bitterness mixed in the end kinda tastes like if you fermented roses and tulips not real impressed

The mouthfeel was fizzy and light the taste kinda ruined the drinkability of the beer just not a very good floral taste.

Photo of currysage1
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow similar to macro, fluffy white two finger head, sinks halfway then refuses to leave, awesome lacing.

Smell is of light sweet malt extract, lager yeast, the agave does shine through but it is a pretty nondescript sort of honey/chlorophyll smell anyways. Slight spice to the nose.

Taste is of lager yeast mixed with slightly acrid bitter plant esters, not all that impressed overall, very lacking for something that seems to be a odd ball sort of brew, seems to me like they just wanted to use the two ingredients and thats where the actual planning stopped.

Photo of jmfc8237
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured a light bodied yellow sun color. Thin line of carbonation in the head. Not much lacing but had a slight haze to it.

S- I noticed a very present woody aroma mixed with what I have to guess was agave and poppy seed. But since I dont know what either of them smell like alone its just a educated guess on my part thanks to the label.

T- Had a spicy tang in the first sip. I say spicy because im not sure how to explain what happened to my taste buds. I clean freshening bite of hops and reminded me of pine trees.

M/D- Good sipper but faded as I continued to drink it. Not going to be a repeat for me.

Photo of u2carew
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Golden color. Pours with a quarter inch head then settles to the outside of the glass. Active and visible carbonation. Some haze to the body.
S) Not very aromatic. Has a slight pilsner-esque smell.
T) Yeasty, just a slight orange taste. Mild sweetness. A little bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Crisp and refreshing.
D) A decent beer. This would make a nice summer's day brew.

Photo of alpinebryant
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium pale ale color, clear through to the other side,

Smells good, nice faint fruit hoppy smell with the definite aroma of poppy seed.

Taste is different from what I had expected the first time I drank it. There is a strong bitter bite, with poppy present. Nice change of mood beer if you are tired of drinking overly hoppy ipas and darker beers. Very unique

Mouthfeel is pretty light, medium carbonation .

Drinkability not bad, to round this beer out.

Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale yellow that reminds me of dry grass, thin layer of head, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Crisp and dry, very lagerish, some very interesting but very subtle aromas, I smell the agave but if it didn't say agave on the label I would have never have figured it out - 4.25, T: Loads of bitterness that seems to be beyond the bounds of hops alone, some sharp almost astringent flavors, a little on the side of pine - 3.50, M: Light-bodied - 3.50, D: A surprisingly enjoyable beer, always nice to see brewers out there trying some new things - 4.00

Photo of psulovesbeer
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A-clear with a good head...poured next too a #9 it looks similar in color but with much better head and lacing

S-light and crisp a hint of the poppy/agave combo very clean

T-poppy hits hard imo fiance thought hops in a blind taste but when told it had poppy it becomes apparent...good overall refreshing and unique

M- the lingering poppy aftertaste hurts the feel of the beer as you drink it..initially good...ends just ok

D-great for a summer day or to sip at an outside bar in the heat
refreshing and different from your average taste

Photo of bluejacket74
2.19/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Photo of Lambstrong
1.72/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with a frothy white head. Actually decent lacing compared to most Magic Hat offerings. Thumbs up.

Aroma: Pardon my French, but my initial reaction was that it smells like cat piss. I'm trying to put my finger on it, reminds my of my green beans I grow in the summer, a sort of green vegetable (peas) aroma.

Taste: Somewhat like cardboard with a stale bitterness aftertaste. Not at all pleasing. I'd rather lick stamps for an hour.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good carbonation and not overly done.

So, to sum it up, very nice appearance and mouthfeel but the taste and aroma are a completely different story. I applaud Magic Hat for trying different things with their Odd Notion series, but did they actually taste this one prior to sending it out to the public? This may be the first time I've actually thought about pouring a beer down the drain. I'm not going to and will finish it but buyer beware!

Photo of CrellMoset
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Photo of bakeller
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A: crisp golden color. Very apple juice esque. Completely transparent. Small amount of bubbles cascade towards the top. Thin white head dissipates into a small ring around the glass.

S: Very floral nose. Slight hints of spice, pine, and citrus

T: sweet & clean pilsner malt up front with a little peppery taste. Has a funky after taste most likely from the agave or poppies . Has a slight tequila type taste. Very interesting.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, body is thin

D: Could not drink a bunch of these but think it would be a great refreshing brew after being outside on a hot summer day. Not my favorite beer from Magic Hat but still an interesting offering.

Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in a goblet

Pours a light, very clear gold color with a white head. There was slight lacing and kept a thin head for a few minutes.

I could not pick up much of an aroma, perhaps some bitterness and spice.

The carbonation was nice, but the flavor was just not there for me. The bitterness in the after taste was most pronounced. Reminds me of a German pilsner. I sensed some of the spice, but could not pick up the poppy seed.

Overall this is very light bodied. It is easy to drink as far as mouthfeel, okay for summer. I just don't get the taste.

Photo of dickieb
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden in color, very macro esque. The smell is slightly floral and sweet with some light spice hints. The flavor is a tad bitter with a pretty big shot of the poppy seeds some light malts and a lingering hop bite, pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy from all the carbonation, and I could drink a few of these. An interesting offering from the Hat

Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
80 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.