Humdinger Series: Over The Pils - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -3.9%
Golden, wheat colored ale with a thick white head on top. Good lacing.
Rich malt aroma, some boozy heat on the nose. Some grassy hop notes as well.
Grainy and bitter up front. Thick and sweet on the palate with a heavy dose of hop flavor - drinks like a barley wine.
Was pleasantly suprised at the thickness and hop flavor/bitterness delivered by this brew. I wasn't sure what to expect from an Imperial Pils, what I got was a blonde barleywine with restrained characteristics and a focused hop flavor. Truly a sipping beer.
08-03-2012 17:46:21 | More by neophilus
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
A: Poured from the caged & corked 750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is golden-colored with a 1+ finger foamy white head that retains well.
S: Sweet malt - cereal grains (corn?) and modest perfumey hops.
T: Husky grains, sweeter malts and a touch of lemony hop bitterness at the finish. Overall impression is one of sweetness. However, I just had a Uinta Tilted Smile (also an Imperial Pilsner) before this, and this one is not as sweet. Hops and spiciness provide balance. Finishes with a nice lingering grassy bitterness.
M: Medium in heft with a slightly slick feel to it.
O: Decent. Not a style I love (my feeling is that pilsners by definition need to be light and imperializing them detracts more than adds), but. . . this is a decent beer.
07-28-2012 01:41:54 | More by Kendo
3.33/5 rDev -8%
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.
07-07-2012 22:42:40 | More by jdhilt
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
3.08/5 rDev -14.9%
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.
06-17-2012 02:24:54 | More by tdm168
3.5/5 rDev -3.3%
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.
06-16-2012 15:19:11 | More by StonedTrippin
3.15/5 rDev -13%
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.
06-13-2012 18:26:17 | More by tobelerone
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
3.91/5 rDev +8%
Poured from the tap into a pint glass.
The color is a clear yellow/gold with a finger of foamy white and some slight lacing left on the glass.
The smell is Pilsner malt at first, sweet with some tart citrus aroma hints of tangerine and lemongrass.
The taste is a bit sharp with a sweetness that has a juicy hop flavor. Tangerine flavor mixed with some sweet pilsner flavor brings a tangy, bright flavor that pushes things a bit further than the aroma.
The feel of this beer is a light to medium body and is a really drinkable feel. There is a bit of carbonation here that lightens things up and makes it feel smooth and enjoyable.
06-08-2012 18:16:33 | More by Duhast500
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
4.1/5 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
4.23/5 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
3/5 rDev -17.1%
A-Pours a semi-clear deep golden color. Lightly hazed. Forceful pour produces a large, doughy off-white head. Head is stiff and it retains for the beer's entirety. Good looker.
S-Smells like a big, super sweet Pils. Big honey notes. Hops are lacking in the nose. Sweet more than anything else. A bit dusty. The overall intensity of the nose is not very formidable. Not too sure about this beer's aroma; seems to be lacking in a few areas.
T-Bitter, medicinal hops and syrupy sugar. The alcohol is very noticeable. Tastes like a 13% brew instead of an 8%er. Honey and a lot of grains. The bitterness lasts forever but for once, I am not overly impressed by the potency of the bitterness. Rough around the edges..
M-Big and dry. Soft carbonation. Alcohol sucks the moisture out of my tongue. Syrupy and almost chewy.
O/D-Not happy with this $11 purchase. This beer Is too pricey and too harsh. Too coarse and boozy. Some sips I find it to be a bit enjoyable but other sips make me really want my money back. Overall, it's somewhere in between.
05-28-2012 01:07:43 | More by VelvetExtract
3.85/5 rDev +6.4%
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...
05-24-2012 03:54:04 | More by DrDemento456
Humdinger Series: Over The Pils from Magic Hat Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.