Humdinger Series: Over The Pils - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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4.45/5 rDev +22.9%
750ml bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Corked and caged.
Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" blonde head over the cloudy almost opaque golden amber brew. Head holds on very nicely, with lace that lasts until the cows come home. Aroma is sweet and fruity.
Taste starts sweet, moderate citrus in the middle, bitterness comes on through the close, but not as much as I would expect for an "imperial pilsner". Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is superb. While I question the style tag, I can't deny I like this brew.
10-22-2012 22:03:11 | More by ppoitras
4.4/5 rDev +21.5%
Poured the 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear and bright orange, with a sticky white one inch head, that leaves lacing everywhere. Smell is grass, floral hops,pine, clove, and passion fruit. Taste is stronger than the nose, but balanced. Floral hops and clove start the party, with grass and some bitter citrus in the end. Body is large for the style, plenty of life, a little on the dry side, and easy going down. This is a very solid beer, a nice surprise, and very pleased to review this first.
04-10-2012 22:46:10 | More by SawDog505
4.3/5 rDev +18.8%
Comes in a champagne style bottle with a cork and looks very appealing on the shelf. Pours out a nice golden straw color with a tight light head. The lacing on this beer is amazingly dense and left marks down the whole glass. It has nice light citrus notes with a touch of acidity balanced well with a light grain body. It had a nice refreshing quality that I really like for a summer time beer. I'll be buying this one again for sure
04-19-2012 02:59:21 | More by Rhynes2
4.23/5 rDev +16.9%
I t's been awhile since I have had a Magic Hat brew so I got this at Tylers in Durham yesterday.Poured a clear medium golden with a thinner frothy white head atop.Honey and alcohol infused sweetness with fresh pilsner malt in the nose.Quite sweet up front on the palate with alot of honey and sweet dough,a tinge of iron with a good shot of leafy drying hop in the finish.A nice new offering from Magic Hat,it's pretty big with a good hop profile.
05-28-2012 15:18:52 | More by oberon
4.15/5 rDev +14.6%
A - Pours a bright golden color with lots of vibrant carbonation and a stick, cotton candy -like foamy white head that looks glued to the glass.
S - Lemon grass, earthy, slightly grainy, lightly floral, biscuity, and some crisp spice aroma.
T - Taste follows the nose. Starts with a nip of sweet biscuity malt followed by a healthy dose of floral and grassy hops, a kiss of lemon, and a piney bite. There's also an alcohol warming in the back of the throat that reminds you this is a big beer.
M - Thick, heavy body compared to many beers, and for a pils, this one tips the scales.
O - Words that come to mind for this beer is "big" and "bold". For a traditional lover of pils, you might not like this one but for the adventerous, it's worth a look. This one strays from every Magic Hat beer I've ever tried in the past, really enjoyed this one.
04-28-2012 02:08:39 | More by jzeilinger
4.1/5 rDev +13.3%
Frosted brown glass I've never seen any of their Humdinger series available, this was a go to when I saw it. Bright green lettering stating their Over the Pils. Corked and caged, it let out some carbonation when released the body is a beautiful clouded golden orange color with bright off white head forming thick rising well above the rim of the glass. Aroma has a perfume like mist of citrus fruit, herbal grassy layers, and pungent ripe fruit. Big alcoholic layer of robust pils comes off with the first sip, extreme herbal grassiness with loads of hop bitterness to get over the pils comes through. Alcohol, ripe fruit, mango maybe, with herbal/grassy bitter layers of hops come abound onto the palate. Mouthfeel is dry with herbal grassy leaf filled bitter notes of hops onto the palate, with an ample fervent of carbonation. Medium bodied with a bit of cloying qualities to ground things down. Overall impression, leaves me with a super sweet note for an imperial pils of bread filled biscuit malts it's actually hard to turn away from.
06-04-2012 20:02:36 | More by WVbeergeek
4.08/5 rDev +12.7%
Pours a huge fluffy 2 finger head, fades slowly with nice lacing when it finally does, hazy coppery peach apricot color.
Nose is fairly light, big light malts, juicy golden malt, sweetness, fruits like apricot and pear, some hops bring light fruity grassy and bit spicy hop, light esters and booze.
Taste brings lots of golden malts, pilsner malts, light esters and stone fruit again, light pear and apricot, juicy. Hops come through with more spicy flavors but not much, fairly bitter, and some light grassy and fruity hops. Slight booze warmth, and late toasty pilsner malts. Finish is quite bitter, long lingering spicy chewy hop, some fruits and big toasty malts.
mouth is med to fuller bodied, lots of carb, light warming booze.
Overall pretty good, one of the best magic hat beers ever, nice malts, fruits, toasty pilsner malts, good hops, and hint of booze. Drinkable and tasty.
06-10-2012 00:08:43 | More by jlindros
4.05/5 rDev +11.9%
Slight haze to this golden orange beer, topped by a big fluffy white head that just won't quit. It does leave big circles of lacing as it goes however, making for a good looking beer. The aromatics don't quite match the look however with not a whole lot of hop presence, maybe just a twinge of citrusy hops. They blend in with a juicy fresh apricot aroma, maybe a bit of lemon and orange zest as well. Mostly a malt presence in the aroma, a bit grainy with an underlying skunkiness. Not the greatest aromatics, but not bad.
The hops come out a good bit more with the taste fortunately, undercutting a lot of the sweeter fruity flavors. Soft apricot does come to mind again, but this time mingled with grapefruit. Also coming through is orange and lemon rind, giving some depth to this beer and its bitterness. Toasty bready notes do come through in the front, even if only mildly as they make for a nice backbone for the other flavors to play off of. The fruity flavors work well together and then play off the hops well. These hops are bitter and flavorful, lots of grapefruit coming through as well as a bit of piney, resiny notes. Subtly, but with a nice bitter depth. The bitterness is subdued until the very end, when it seems to get very intense if only for a moment. A touch of booze is detected, giving a warmth that is pleasant and works really well with the smoothness of the mouthfeel.
Really good taste to this beer, unique enough that it seperates from others, but solid enough that it doesn't depend on its uniqueness to be considered good. The only dilemma I have with this beer is the smell. I'm hoping that its just my nose not picking up on it, but I haven't had too many beers where the taste is far far better than the aroma as it is with this one. Maybe a few more hops in the back end of this boil would make a huge difference, but the aroma is not all that appetizing. But at least the taste is spot on and delicious. I recommend to those who have or haven't had any Magic Hat brews.
06-06-2012 03:46:52 | More by chodinheaven
4/5 rDev +10.5%
Appears as a hazy, amber color topped with a fair head, not so different from steamed milk. The aroma consists of a juicy, 'grapefruit' type of hop character, as well as a very sweet candy-like malt scent. Flavor is a bit bready, and despite what other reviewers have said, I feel that it is balanced fairly well between hoppy and malty. Very full bodied and it also coats the mouth well. Pleasant finish with warming sensation at over 8% ABV. Overall, it is not the best Imperial Pilsner I have ever had - I would prob. give that title to DFH, but still a good beer. Has that distinctive 'Magic Hat' characteristic.
07-02-2012 04:30:02 | More by Neorebel
Humdinger Series: Over The Pils from Magic Hat Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.