Odd Notion - Green Apple Wit (Fall 2010) - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 82
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 3.27
pDev: 18.35%
Wants: 1
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Witbier |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Brad007 on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

Green Apple, Coriander and Orange Peel come together for one wicked Wit.

10 IBU
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Ratings: 82 | Reviews: 57
Reviews by silver0rlead:
Photo of silver0rlead
3.33/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden color with a wispy white head that leaves nice lacing. The aroma has green apple rind and cotton candy notes upfront, along with some hay and wheat, fruity esters, a little soap, and some alcohol. The flavor also starts out with some green apple jolly rancher notes, along with hay and wheat, cotton candy sweetness, fruity esters, white pepper and citrus peel and some alcohol. Mouthfeel is appropriately light and drinkability is decent. An OK wit, the apple is a little fake tasting though.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Going Belgian with the taste of green apples. Yellow haze with a sufficient beery lace on top. Spicing of orange peel and coriander, with some candy-like tart apple aroma. Slick light body with some crispness. Odd apple flavor, a bit muted but tastes like candy. Spicing is there, though a musty yeast tone dulls it. Dried grass maltiness does little to hold the beer together. Finish falls flat with a lingering yeast and bitterness from the coriander. A bit of a gimmick beer for the fall, they should have gone all the way and come up with a caramel apple beer; this sadly ends mediocre.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In a pint glass the beer was a pale yellow color with a thin white head.
Tart apple and sweet malt aroma. A little spice. Fairly subtle aroma.
It tasted like an apple pie: apples, spice, and crust. Again, the taste was pretty subtle and understated.
Not much either way in mouthfeel. This might be a nice, thirst-quenching, summer beer.

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has a best by date and lists the ABV at 4.5%.

Appearance: The body has a very pale and very light yellow with good clarity. The head on top is tall and bright white in color. It hangs on very well and makes some slick lace on the glass.

Smell: I get some modest notes of sour green apple and green apple candy in the nose over a slight hint of bready wheat and dry yeast.

Taste/Palate: It has a light body with sour green apple candy notes over a light white bready maltiness. Hop bitterness is very light as well but adds an almost minty herbal touch. The finish is fairly quick and clean with sour fruity notes quickly fading off the tongue.

Notes: This was part of their fall "Night of the Living Dead" mixed 12-pack but it is way out of place here. This should be in a summer pack with its light easy drinking character.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

had this on tap at pizza plant.

pours straw yellow with a decent looking white head, nice lace. fairly clear for a wit.

the aroma reveals green apple with bits of belgian yeast. no overpowering fruit. not bad.

again with green apple and a little belgian yeast. moderate tartness. grains also noticeable. no overpowering fruit

very light bodied and crisp in the mouthfeel.

a very easy drinker, not a bad choice for a session beer. id seek this out again, but i fear my girlfriend would drink them up before i could seeing as thats what happen to my pint.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.53/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad at all and one of the more creative fall offerings I've had thus far. Appears a slightly hazed pale blonde body with a thin white head leaving behind scattered lacing around the sides of my glass. Aromas has some green apple notes with coriander and other spices, flavor is nice not overly sweet with the green apple flavor it comes together nicely a spicy wit with a green apple finish, somebody said it's like apple pie and I have a hard time disagreeing. Light bodied sturdy carbonation works for this bastardized witbier but I actually enjoyed the three bottles I had a good bit.

Photo of chinchill
3.12/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours a nearly clear, very light golden hue with a short-lived, 1 finger white head. Moderate carbonation.

A The initial impact is that of spicy green apples and wheat beer. The apples dominate.

M - a bit watery

T - fruity, spicy, wheaty. Nothing bold other than the strong apple flavoring

O- a smooth witbier that goes down easy and has an odd, but not objectionable flavor. Result: a refreshing brew with good drinkability.

Odd notion indeed. Perhaps a good choice for a dessert beer.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very believably green apple-infused, as the typically "white" cloudy look of a witbier is here, but it has a interesting cloudly lime-juice tint to it...it's extremely faint, and maybe it's my imagination (or the smell, which is totally green apple), but that's how I see it. Head is a super-fluffy, creamy, long-lasting thing.

Aroma definitely sports some green apple character, along with bready, flowery and herbal elements. Sugar cookie dough, as well. But damn, that green apple is strong--not in an unpleasant way, but you can smell green apple several feet away from the glass.

Flavor is cereal grains, white bread, wildflower, a crisp snap from the hops, and green apple. The green apple is 100% natural tasting, no plastic-y artificiality going on, and that's key here. Lightly doughy (sugar cookie, or sourdough), especially on the finish and with warming. It's not all that complex or anything, but I found it enjoyable with no real pitfalls.

Crisp, zippy, tingly carbonation, but a nice enough roundness to smooth everything out.

A good, enjoyable brew. They should have made this a summer beer, seems a little late-coming just as the temperatures are slowly starting to decrease and the first leaves are turning...but hey, grab it while you can, as it's one of Magic Hat's better Odd Notion offerings as of late.

3.87/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass.
A: A light golden body pours a white head that retreats to a thin layer.
S: Green apple is very present in the aroma, as well as a subtle note of clove. Not an over powering aroma, but nice flavors.
T/M: The green apple aroma does not seem to come through on the taste. A subtle overall taste is light on flavors, but is still enjoyable. Spice notes, give way on the front, and a searching find, shows green apple on the finish. Mouthfeel is a fresh crisp spice, with good lingering tastes of subtle green apple.
D: I think is an Odd Notion that I would recommend to friend looking for a style like this. I have not been to overly impressed with some, but this one is pretty right on for what the attempt was.

Photo of socon67
4.14/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like Magic Hat producing some of these each year.

A: Pours nicely with a yellowish color and mild carbonation.

S: Smells plesant, with a sweet fruity aroma.

T: Tastes like a baked apple pie... seriously. I can make out apple, corriander, cinnamon, and possibly nutmeg. I'm liking this.

M: Not bad; very tame.

D: I had one and went back for #2. This is a brew that I'd like to see year round. I'm not a big hard cider drnkier, so this was a nice alternative.

Photo of alleykatking
3.4/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very light clear yellow color. Almost like a light beer (BMC) color. Half finger white head dies to a cap rather quickly. Sticky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Pale malts with a little grainy sweetness in the front. Lots of green apple in the middle to ending of this with some grassy hops in the ending. It's a interesting aroma as I do and do not like it.

T- Green apple in the front of the beer. Some light wheat in the middle of the beer with hint of yeast. Tons of green apple in the backing which is artifical in flavor...much like a Jolly Rancher. It follows the aroma pretty well.

M- Lighter mouthfeel. Carbonation is high for the style and beer. Green apple with light wheat left on the palate with the green apple and yeasty flavor left in the aftertaste. No palate drying from the alcohol. Flavors were bland with even the green apple not being a huge flavor.

D- This is a beer that I don't know if I like even through whole pint. The ABV on this makes it well drinkable but the flavors or lack there of doesn't do it for me. Good try but not quite odd enough to be called a Odd Notion beer.

Photo of SickGnar
3.35/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Not quite clear pale stray yellow. Almost a crystal wheat beer look. Not much head and minimal lacing.

S: A sort of German wheat beer aroma with pretty slight banana / cloves, but stronger bubblegum and cottoncandy sweetness. Some green apple that seems to come and go. Some kind of Belgima type yeast thing going on and maybe some other mild fruit and or spice hints. A bit grainy sweet too. I don't really get any coriander or orange peel. Seems more german than wit to me.

T: Grainy sweet hefewizen taste. Light banana, heavy bubblegum, spices split the difference but seem more cloves than anything else. Good dose of noble hops. Green apple comes and goes, and can be hard to place if you don't know what the heck the odd notion is. Coriander? Curacao? Seems sort of cobbled together.

M: Medium body with a rather firm level of carbonation. Works really well for what this is, very nicely zippy.

D: It certainly is interesting and has multiple things going on. More a German wheat than a wit. Day of the dead decorations on label. Why a wit (or german wheat) released in the fall. Why is the green apple so flighty and mysterious. It could meld better, but there is nothing really wrong with it. Still it leaves me scratching my head and thinking, "Odd."

(from notes - tasted Sept 2010)

Photo of wingman14
4.12/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow with a thin white head. The smell of apples is obvious and immediate, a nice balance of yeast and apple/sweet notes come through. The flavor has a heavy yeast/witbier flavor, with a sweet undertone, and a nice apple finish with a apple aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and refreshing, a good balance, and a lot of flavor. This is an easy drinker, the flavors are great.

Photo of wcudwight
3.94/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow in color with a fluffy white head. Looks like a witbeir.
Smells like a greenapple scented candle. Not usually my thing but I like it.
Taste like Green Apple candy but the beer keeps enough of the wit characteristics to keep it respectable. Bananna, corander ect...
Thin mouthfeel, easy to drink.
This usually isn't my thing but when the glass was empty I thought to myself. I liked that. I enjoyed that beer and I usually hate fruit beers so that's a testament into itself.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.99/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Underneath the cap it says for me, "bear nor beast can tame this yeast".

Pours a straw yellow color with a thin head that fades fast and leaves nothing behind.

Smell is unsurprisingly apple-like with a bit of yeast and coriander, the apples are actually very dominate and a bit cider-like to the nose.

Taste has a nice crisp carbonation, the apple and coriander meld quite well with the overall malt presence, the yeast is present but doesn't overwhelm, none of the elements are cloying or too artificial, a nice light and refreshing beer.

Pleasantly surprised, I can see this as a nice summer beer over something I'd drink in the fall even when considering apples are a fall thing.

Photo of shand
3.52/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy straw color with a tiny head that doesn't stick around for very long. Kind of winds up looking like apple juice.

Smell: Apples and wheat.

Taste: Wheat hits first, followed up by some fairly synthetic tasting apple. It's pretty decent tasting, but it almost seems like it doesn't mesh quite right.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and high carbonation, works well with the apple.

Drinkability: Very drinkable at first, but the apple can become a bit wearing.

This a pretty interesting beer that works well as an "odd notion." There's really no need to have more than three of these. Not bad, but not worth seeking out.

Photo of superdedooperboy
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle poured into a New Belgium globe tulip.

Pale golden and perfectly clear, displaying a two-fingered capping of bright white foam that recedes rapidly, lingering as a thick crown yet leaving behind only some random splotches of stick on the walls of the glass.

Aroma is quite intriguing. Green apple is very apparent, with a fresh, tart scent of Granny Smith mingling with notes of lemon and orange peel, as well as a faint whiff of grain.

Very light in body and moderate-to-highly carbonated. The palate isn't nearly as interesting as the aroma, with light lemony citrus notes dancing around a solidly grainy, wheaty, oaty malt base, with an every-so-slight bitterness holding things together, all leading into a dry, clean finish with lots of graininess lingering afterward.

Certainly refreshing and drinkable, but outstanding or truly innovative? Not really. Were more green apple character to come through on the palate, this would be a worthy summer seasonal, but as it is, it's barely worth a second thought.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.92/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains apples, bananas, Belgian yeast, spices, light malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of apples, spices and bananas followed by bready flavors of wheat, Belgian yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is decent beer worth drinking for a while.

Photo of beyah
2.96/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bought a Night of the Living Dead Variety 12 pack from Magic Hat when we did the groceries.
I tried the Odd Notion (Fall 2010) 3rd.
Pours a slightly cloudy golden color, 1 finger of head, gone before I knew it. Carbonated pleanty.
The smell and the initial taste of ther Green Apple is right out front. You can sort-of make aout the wheat beer in the background.
This beer is more like a a malt beverage, gonna leave the last 2 for the wife she likes Green Apples, and would probably enjoy this beer much more than I would.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a hazy golden color with a thin white head.

S: Honey, banana, wheat, citrus, toasted grains and a touch of apricot and green apple.

T: Citrus, banana, apricot, green apple, wheat, lightly toasted grains and fresh grains.

M: Light body, crisp carbonation and slightly watery.

D: This is a flavorful beer with an interesting twist. It is refreshing and well made with no off flavors. It is refreshing and it has a tartness that does get to be tough to get past after a few of these in a row so it is not a great session beer.

Photo of trf32
3.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Ok this was in the Magic Hat seasonal variety pack and I have no idea what to expect from it. The bottle gives nothing away, so it's a mystery. It's a witbier, that's all I know.

A- Pale, mostly opaque with funk. Not a lot going on with the head.

S- First thought was "Is this beer or cider?" But the apple smell calmed down quite a bit to what reminds me of a saison. Fruity funky, zesty.

T- This is quite an easy-going taste, like a juicy juice mixed with a hard cider (but one that isn't very dry). I don't know if it's just me, but it doesn't seem like there's much "beer" flavor going on. It's like the hops are just there to round it out... there is some yeasty stuff going on if you're into that. Maybe a good one for people who like fruity flavors but not "heavy" beers. Not really for me, but there's nothing particularly wrong with it.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing.

D- If I'm thirsty I could drink it like juice. My qualm might be that it seems more like a summer thing rather than a fall thing. Still gonna give it high marks because it makes up for the lack of interesting taste for me .

Photo of weller1js
3.84/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance: pours a very pale yet bold yellow, lightly hazy and well carbonated.

smell: pleasantly balanced scent between the pale malts and the essence of green apple, under-notes of hops and citrus.

taste: from the start, the flavor of the malts are well-complemented by the green apple, enhancing the effect of the hops, citrus/hop finish leaves a tangy aftertaste. For a Witbier, there is not an over-the-top wheat taste (I'm not a huge fan of wheatie flavor, so that's all right with me).

drinkability: well-balanced and a step above mellow, definitely a successful experiment on Magic Hat's part, very drinkable.

Photo of geryeb624
3.85/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Part 1 of the Magic Hat Night of the Living Dead fall sampler. Poured into a pint glass.

A- Very pale yellow and fairly clear. Lots of foamy white head that dissipates pretty quickly but hangs onto the glass decently enough.

S- Pretty fragrant stuff. Loves of spicy yeast notes, with some banana and some tart green apple. An interesting twist on the standard clove and banana witbier smell.

T- Tastes like a witbier, with the clove, coriander spiciness up front. A little banana as well, with juicy apple in the finish. Again, just a little twist, but nicely done.

M/D- Nice, chewy mouthfeel for a wit, with sufficient carbonation. Very drinkable as well.

Magic Hat doesn't get much love around these parts, but this one is pretty good. I like a little fruit in my witbier (I like SA Blackberry Wit too), and this one doesn't bash you over the head with it. Well done.

Photo of brown2cu
1.93/5  rDev -41%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a bottle with freshness date indicated.

Appearance: Typical white ale appearance, small almost nonexistent head no lacing noticed. Not much to say otherwise there is really nothing extraordinary.

Smell: OK,I work in a produce department and I was struck by a smell that I am all too familiar with. When we get shipments of apples we occasionally get a box that has one or two apples that are way far gone and they leave a very striking odor. What I'm trying to say in this is that it smelled of rotten apples that had been left and forgotten.

Taste: Tasted like really half assed woodchuck cider.

Mouthfeel: It is carbonated well which makes it easy to put down despite the horrid taste.

Drink: Hell, if you have a taste for this sort of thing you could drink these suckers all night.

Photo of Dodt
3.15/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass
appearance a pale cloudy yellow color with a wispy thin head
smell strong smell of tart apples with a light wheat beer
taste apples is the main focus of this beer with some mild wheat beer notes
mouthfeel and drinkability it is a very easy to go down

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Odd Notion - Green Apple Wit (Fall 2010) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 82 ratings.