Humdinger Series: Over The Pils - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

Over the Pils features a smooth malt body that is paired with fruit and floral notes from generous additions of Brewer’s Gold and Crystal hops. Beneath the bold hop aroma hides a subtle warmth sure to take your taste buds Over the Pils and far away.

75 IBU

(Beer added by: SawDog505 on 04-10-2012)
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Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer poured out as a slightly hazy yellow color. The head was big and white on top. Very nice retention and lacing also, rather impressed honestly. The smell of the beer was sweet and grainy with a slight hops aroma in there also. The taste of the beer is sweet up front, minimal hops bitterness I the finish, subtle grassy note to it. The mouthfeel was thick, which I was impressed with, good carbonation and goes down really smooth. Overall it's got a good amount of flavor. It's better in my opinion than some beers of this style. Worth trying for sure!

Photo of oberon
4.23/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

is this the first of this humdinger series? its the first ive seen or drank. pours nearly clear lighter than golden color with an average white head and lots of tiny rising bubbles. smells like a booze pils, which i guess it is, lots of fresh grass and hay notes in the nose, some toasted bready malt in there too, but subtle. flavor is quite basic really, just a good, strong pils. the grassy notes go well with the czech style malt profile. this big pils style really seems to be catching on, and i like this one more than others ive has. to me though it feels weird to make a stronger beer of a session style. the point (at least for me) is to have quite a few when i drink a pilsner, this kind of defeats that purpose. lighter body, fine carbonation, clean finish. overall pretty clever, well made, but not my favorite.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.81/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On-tap 5/26/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a bright gold color, with a short dense off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains lager yeast, citrus, caramelized malts and some hops.

T: The taste starts out with sweet flavors of citrus and caramel. Then some breadiness comes in from lager yeast and a thin malt character. The hops presence starts out weak but strengthens greatly as you continue to drink the beer and creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, good kick, good representation of style, it’s a solid beer worth drinking for a while but there are better alternatives within the style.

Photo of jlindros
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of mdfb79
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of wrightst
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of orangesol
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into pilsener glass, bottled in Spring 2012. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, biscuit, nuttiness, orange zest, herbal, floral, light pepper, grass, and earthy spiciness. Some nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, pepper, bread, cracker, floral, pine, light nuttiness, light citrus zest, grass, and herbal spiciness. Good amount of spicy pine bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, light nuttiness, pine, citrus, pepper, floral, grass, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Good balance and complexity of flavors with big hoppiness; fair amount of malt balance; and a fair amount of cloying spicy pine bitterness after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a fairly creamy, slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Definitely a sipper with all of the intense hop flavors. Overall this is a nice imperial pilsner. Good flavor complexity and solid balance; and quite smooth to sip on. I enjoyed this quite a bit, despite the cloying hop bitterness.

Photo of weeare138
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of jdhilt
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a two finger white head that fades slowly leaving a good lace. Crystal clear golden amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Grassy nose and flavor is sweet grapefruit and peach but finish is lingering bitter hops. Higher ABV is hidden. $8.29 for a caged and corked 750ml (I think, the label also has 26oz which is 769ml) bottle from Beverage Warehouse Winooski, VT.

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On tap at Sawmill Taproom in Raleigh

A - gold with a big, soft, white, foamy head that has great retention

S - funky with a sour milky character and an underlying grassy hop character

T - very bitter, a bit of toasty malts, grassy, herbal

M - medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is overly bitter and unbalanced. The nose was sour and definitely unpleasant. None of the off aromas carried into the flavor, but the flavor itself was disappointing. I'll pass in the future.

Photo of ppoitras
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Kelp
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of Latarnik
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of tobelerone
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Lightly clouded orange colored brew with a nice sized cap of white foam. Decent retention, good lacing. Aroma of pilsner malt, some booziness, sweet honey note, grassy hops.

Taste has all the same components of the nose but doesn’t hang together all that well for me. Maybe I’m biased but pilsners are an odd style for imperialization and this treatment detracts rather than adds to the style. There’s a bit too much booze noticeable and overly assertive honey sweetness on top of a somewhat undistinguished pilsner malt flavor and some moderately grassy hop notes. Grainy and bitter, with the latter lingering in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied with lively, crisp carbonation. Feel is decent enough, finish is clean and fairly dry. I just can’t say I found this one to be all that tasty, just more odd than anything else. Give me a traditional, well-crafted German or Czech pils any day of the week.

Photo of Brad007
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Very light as far as aroma goes. I couldn't detect much and I do not have a cold at this point.

Ditto on the taste...at first. Eventually, a strong, grainy, chewy bitterness engulfs the mouth. Not overly spectacular but well-hidden.

Lingering bitterness that fills the mouth, followed by grain and an unexpected alcohol kick.

While it's not the best effort for the style, it is more of an effort than Magic Hat has made lately. Bringing back the Humdinger series in bottles for retail makes more sense than some of the beers I've seen on tap lately.

Dear Magic Hat: It's about the beer and nothing more.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local shop has this on tap and I was able to get a 32oz growler fill for 6.50.

A - Fairly good carbonation at leas a 1/2 inch of sticky white goodness and a nice clear bright yellow hue of beer.

S - Smells mostly of mild hops, a dash of lemongrass, and maybe some pills malt in there. Smells good.

T - A fairly hoppy Pills with some mild yeasts and pills malt in the flavor but overall it taste much lighter than 8%. Hoppy finish gives it a nice crisp finish.

M - Medium bodied and a bit bitter but somewhat enjoyable.

Overall worth the price I paid for it on tap and it seems easy enough to get down despite the hoppy finish (or grainy even). Not worth the bomber prices which in PA are 11-15 dollars. If I paid that much I guess I would bash the review too...

Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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Humdinger Series: Over The Pils from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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