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Humdinger Series: Over The Pils - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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115 Ratings
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Ratings: 115
Reviews: 31
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 3
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
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 VelvetExtract
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

VelvetExtract, May 28, 2012
Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -17.4%

deapokid, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of VeganUndead
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

VeganUndead, Jul 22, 2014
Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

JohnK17, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of jzeilinger
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

jzeilinger, Apr 28, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

DaPan, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

About 8 oz. poured into a Kostritzer pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with medium clarity - less than I expect from a typical pils, but more than I expect from an IPA. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent texturing and okay retention. This leaves a nice film of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells kind of sweet, with a combination of brown sugar and carapils malts. The hops try to manifest as hints of pine and grapefruit, but this is otherwise malty.

T: The front end has a nice bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, but the finish is too bitter - not in a hoppy way, but rather in an imbalanced "hey, IPA = bitterness amirite?" way. Not balanced at all, but it cuts through the spicy food I'm having along side this in a solid manner.

M: Heavy, syrupy, and hard to drink, which is a death knell for any kind of pilsner. There is a touch of dryness on the finish, but a LOT more would be appreciated. At least the carbonation is pleasant.

O: Meh. Imperial pilsners make absolutely no sense, unless they're little more than IPAs with lager yeast. This is not that kind of brew, as its just too hard to drink. It's acceptable enough, but I don't care if I ever have this again.

ThisWangsChung, Sep 29, 2012
Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

GrindFatherBob, Jan 24, 2013
Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Kendo, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

RoryOMoore, May 25, 2012
Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -17.4%

mikeburd1128, May 12, 2013
Photo of DIPAFAN
3/5  rDev -17.4%

DIPAFAN, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of PA-Michigander
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

PA-Michigander, Jun 07, 2014
Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

randylangford, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of Gregwa
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Gregwa, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

AnitaBrewski, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of Gww1864
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Gww1864, Jul 22, 2013
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

jaidenjb, Jun 04, 2012
Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

rydev24, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of Zimm
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Zimm, May 15, 2013
Photo of phishbone23
1.75/5  rDev -51.8%

phishbone23, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of wisrarebeer
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: yellow, straw-colored, slight haze, tiny compact bubbles, nice lacing
S: mild, grassy with some spicy hops, EtOH
T: wow, not at all what I was expecting, strong astringent taste up front, metallic, very malty and not well attenuated
M: astringent with metallic bitter taste

wisrarebeer, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of Duhast500
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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.

Duhast500, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of Mikeypnh
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Mikeypnh, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

rbrefbeerman, Apr 25, 2012
Humdinger Series: Over The Pils from Magic Hat Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.