Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007)Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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Added by blackie on 10-11-2007

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 87 |  Reviews: 79
Reviews by Stinkypuss:
Photo of Stinkypuss
4.92/5  rDev +38.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I must say this was definately the best brew I've had from Magic Hat.

A. Darker than anticipated with a nice off white head.

S. Toasty and dark.

T. The toastiness gives away to a sweet wheat taste, ended with a chocolate coffee ale aftertaste.

M. Coats the palate and leaves a sweet aftertaste.

D. All day. Oh how I miss these.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up in the Feast of Fools winter variety pack today,poured into a standard pint glass a deep ruddy brown with a very thin beige head that was gone quickly.Smoke and spice in the nose with a real noticeable molasses profile quite yeasty for sure,flavors to me could almost be misunderstood for a smokey porter its slighty roasted as well as spicey with undertones of smoke and wood in the finish almost earthy in that finish as well.You honestly would never know this was 7.5% alc. it goes down quite easily,I may be off on the smoked porter reference but it kinda has some of the character one has,hmm just me I guess.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Nov 2007.

Odd Notion is a dark wheat ale that's tagged as an "English Ale," but brewed with 50 percent malted wheat, pale malts, dark-candy sugar, chocolate and Munich malts, and lightly hopped with Hersbrucker.

Pours a dark brown brew with ruby hues and a thick, creamy, tight off-white lace with good stick and retention. Soft fruity and floral aromas with pear, chocolate, a nutty edge, and subtle drop of toffee. Quite smooth on the palate, creamy, and medium-bodied with a rolling even feel on the palate. Up-front there's a slightly tangy raisin-like flavor that introduces a flash of hop bitterness, leafy tannins, a grassy bite, and floral back. Malt pulls through for some balance with roasted nuts, caramel, and raw cookie dough action, plus lingering chocolate cake character. Alcohol becomes noticeable as things warm up, hiding with some spice in the complexities with a slight sugary candy note giving its presence away. Astringent, husky, and tannic towards the finish, leaving behind a bone-dry and wanting-more palate.

Definitely one of the more interesting, complex, and drinkable experimental brews to come out of Magic Hat. It runs from smooth to coarse, from sweet to dry, from light to heavy with changing flavors in each sip. It's a great ride that leaves pairing with food wide open, for instance goat cheese with chocolate drizzle and dried date accompaniment sounds good right about now--wrap it in bacon and bake it, even better.

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Photo of far333
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky reddish orange with specks of flotsam moving around. A vigorous pour is required to kick up a quarter-inch head that settles down quickly.

Aroma of sweet grainy malt, some toffee and faint clove. Flavor starts out caramelly, moves to sweet malt and cocoa, finishes spicy peppery. Might not peg it for wheat if I didn't already know.

Even and smooth mouthfeel, moderate carbonation, wraps with a tingle. Above average, fairly drinkable, but not earthshattering.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appears a deep murky robust mahogany brown hue with a large beige billowing head dwindles at a moderate pace thin scarce lacing sticks to my pint. Aroma has a funky yeast driven note bordering between doughy and sticky in origin, mild caramel malts with start acidic underlying fruit notes. Hops come of herbal but again brewer's yeast reigns dominant, maybe all that sediment could have waited. Flavor comes upright with roasted caramelized malts and subdued fruit tartness, raisin and apple with a strong powdered yeast cake flavor crashing the party. Funky yeast really dominates in a good way with dark chocolate roast bitterness and complex fruit notes pairing up in the finish an interesting Magic Hat experience in progress. Mouthfeel is medium bodied carbonation tickles the throat but finish is really warming and rich in B vitamins so what the hell, yep the finishes dry with yeast. Drinkability is decent upfront yeast funk grows on you with each sip I love bottle conditioned beers from Magic Hat, makes me think of their beers from the past. Part of the winter sampler I'm always sure to support a brewery that thrives of a cult following with little or no marketing.

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Photo of pwoods
3.28/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. single from variety pack purchased at Biggs on Colerain, poured into a pint. Best before Feb '08.

A: Pours a deep tangerine orange with plenty of bronze when away from the light. 1/2 finger pearly white head with about 2 minutes of retention.

S: Sweet and tart green apples along with some yeasty notes. Bread-y maltiness. Smell is very subtle.

T/M: Tastes of tart apples and under-sweetened golden raisins. Has a sour orange juice twang followed up with a bread-y, doughy, grainy malt body. Body is very light but with little carbonation. Finsih is a funky drying sensation.

D: Body makes it easy drinking but it's just not something I'm going to remember. I really doubt I'll seek this out.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was excited when I found out this was an American Dark wheat ale, because honestly, this might be my first.

Pours out a brownish-amber hazy shade of winter, it's pretty murky but I can see a bunch of fast bubbles with obvious lively carbonation that creates a thin, bubbly tan colored head that dissiptes into obscurity.

The aroma's are a bit subtle but very effervescent from the mint-chocolate malt, alcohol heat buzz, fruity and zesty hops with tangy-ass yeast to finish it off. Very tangy scent overall.

Oooh...Very crisp medium body, mildly slick with plenty of pop with a very nice butter-scotch and smoked chocolate malt flavor is quickly balanced by a zesty and tangy yeas and mildly bitter hops. The 7 % warming ABV only enhances the depth and balance.

Overall, very nice indeed. I love these one-off Magic hat seasonal's. Perhaps it will become a regular soon?

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.85/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I liked the cap better on my previous Odd Notion: "What could be better than a beer with Eddie Vedder"...but this one is cool: "You're a Winner - call 1-802-658-2739".

Anyway...here we have the 2007 seasonal from Magic Hat. The pours reveals a glowing brown/sienna accented by a ruby shade. The head is woefully thin, which doesn't really prop up the beer's looks at all.

Aroma is toffee, light milk chocolate, maybe some dark fruit if really using the imagination, and mild banana.

Flavor is big on banana bread and toffee, with lighter touches of plum, chocolate and caramel. A bitterness creeps in that reminds of lightly burnt peanut brittle. All delivered pretty well by the fluffy mouthfeel, which reveals the smallest trace of yeast in the otherwise burnt-flavor finish.

It definitely has a holiday vibe, so Magic Hat achieves their aim. I suppose just making a good, enjoyable, drinkable beer, no matter the season, was their general aim, and they achieve that too. I found this got a little more inviting as the chill died off, so maybe letting it sit at room temperature awhile is key.

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Photo of tempest
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Kitty Hoynes in Syracuse.

The bartender said it was an Irish dry stout, and I can see the resemblance. The light was low in the bar, making it appear pitch black with a tan head. The aroma was a wonderful mix of coffee, cocoa powder, and dark bread crust. The flavor gets a little thin at times, but there's still a nice mix of toffee and chocolate with bready malts. The mouthfeel and drinkability were the most sriking aspects of the better. Yeah, it tasted good, but there's a slight sour feel with the aftertaste, a bit like Guinness, but better. It made for a super easy drinking beer in that there's a nice sweet and dry bitter aftertaste, but with a tang that makes you want another pint.

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Photo of 454onbeerss
4.03/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I first had this out of the bottle and was impressed. From a pint glass this beer was just as good but releases a little more of the smokey goodness! If you enjoy a light porter this is for you and if you like the smoke, pour it into a pint. I've only seen this in winter six packs.

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Photo of cliff1066
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of hdofu
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not bad. Nice rich brown ale. The smell is faintly of toast. kind of reminds me of Has a fainter then average bittersweet wheat taste with a decent alcohol burn which seems to be masking some nutty and wood tastes. The finish is sort of a seltzer finish kind of like how an Italian soda finishes, weird but not bad. Mouthfeel is a bit thin. At 7.5% ABV and thin in taste It isn't one I'd go out of my way to drink again, but it also isn't one I'd turn down either.

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Photo of gobias
3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I like to try Magic Hat's seasonal beers, usually they are different and hardly ever bad. Though this is not my favorite it is a drinkable beer.

It pours darkly with little foam.

The smell is very smoky.

There is a lot of flavor, mostly a smokey flavor. I enjoyed a couple but was ready to move onto somethign else after those.

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Photo of Jettanbass9
2.84/5  rDev -20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: HAHA! floaties... reminds me of real ale. I like that in my beer. Im assuming its a bottle conditioned beer for this fact. Beautiful dark brownish red. the light kinda cascades through this one making it look like a sunset.
S: Before knowing this was a dark wheat ale... I could have sworn i picked up on some peat smoked malt, of the scottish variety. Caramel malts shine through on this one.
T: Definitely a weizen beer. a lot of caramel im picking up on, definitely some hops that shine through this one and that damn peat smoked malt!
M: full mouthfeel on this one, seems like a good beer to sip on for a while.
D: one or two at the most for me on this one, nice to know that i have a few in the ice cold garage but there is no way i would want to drink this SOB all night.

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Photo of bonbini26
4/5  rDev +12.7%

Photo of fitzy84
3.65/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very murky, dark amber appearance. Lacing occurred fast from its thin head. Sweet and slightly smoked smells of malt and spice line the medium wintery aromas. The taste is sweet as well with hints of sourish citrus and hops. Good medium body with a thick finish. Overall this was not bad at all.

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Photo of CpnYates
2.88/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of a feast of fools winter 12... the seasonal in the bunch

Pours nice and creamy, a thick head seems to linger longer than expected, lacing is nice and, uh lacy

Smells of malt and fruit and sweetness and malt again... smell and apperance are the best part of this one.

Taste is sticky sweet with heavy alchol, nothing to balance it.. the smell of fruit dosn't translate into the taste.. except faint bananna.

Due to the abv and the sticky mouthfeel, drinkability is low.

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Photo of wedge
3.92/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy dark chestnut with a medium off-white head that shrinks to a thin sheet. Toasted nutty aroma...light brown sugar, apples, and banana bread. Toasty caramel malts, light fruity chocolate. Faint ripe banana sweetness with some toffee. Medium, smooth...mildy slick.

Quite tasty overall. Not as bland as many dark wheat beers, especially American varieties...plenty of maltiness to keep it interesting. No indication of its 7%+ strength at all. Good holiday brew.

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Photo of blackie
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: Pour gives a healthy beige head that gradually recedes to a thin ring. The beer is a deep, hazy brown in color.

s: Dark wheats with light clove riding way in the back. Subtle notes of burnt caramel. Very woody and earthy. Strongly citrus and tropical hop aroma of pale ale style.

m: The carbonation rides the border between low and medium, and the body is a full medium. Pretty smooth.

t: Initially seems a bit bland given the expectations of the dark color but there's actually a decent bit of flavor, especially after warming a bit. A mix of light and dark wheats dominates with smaller flavors of toasted barley. Some yeast and maybe earthy bitter chocolate in the background. There's a somewhat harsh piney green hop flavor/bitterness - and I think it kills some of the depth of flavor - but it's enjoyable nonetheless. A touch roasty in the finish with a dusting of cocoa and woody nuts.

d: Alcohol well hidden and a pretty tasty beer, not bad at all. Reminds me of a winter warmer, invoking a lesser Anchor Christmas at times.

Single taken from a Feast of Fools 12-pack at Trader Joe's Cary

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Photo of Amalak
4.1/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I love the bottle art of a Rapunzel castle and snow. It was a dark brown/red in color. Only a slight head. Very opaque. It also had a nice, leafy, nut smell to it.

Tastes like a good nut brown ale. To be honest it had a sourish taste in the back of the throat. It also had a good, mild spicyness to it. Very good brew. Glad I had a chance to try it.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.75/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A great, puffy-cloud head sitting on top of a murky ruby coloured pour. A bit of sediment floating about in there.

S: Sweet, ripe fruits, clove. Interesting, toasty notes. Quite a nice aroma, really.

T: This is quite a tasty brew... a full body of sweet malts, fruit & spices, and a sugary finish.

M: Though mouthfeel was a little unusual. Not quite sticky, but the coating was a touch unpleasant for whatever reason. Perhaps just not a suitable feel for the style.

D: I got a couple more of these in a variety pack (I actually thought I was getting the '08 Spring box, because there was an older winter box there, but this was inside... so I guess not!). Tasty enough, though that feeling is just a little weird. I'll finish them up, and I suppose I'd have it again, but it'll be done pretty soon now - from there, I can't see myself really seeking it out or trying to store for a while.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.68/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the Magic Hat mix pack with a best-by date of April 2008.

Pours a murky amber/brown with a big fluffy off-white head, good amount of lacing.

Smell is mostly malty, strong caramel presence, some other spiciness as well.

Taste has a strong kick of roasted malt with lots of spiciness, a bit sticky in the mouth, decent carbonation level.

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Photo of WeisGuy
3/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a - pours a deep brown with a slight ruby highlight, quite hazy, lots of sediment, one-finger white head with retention only around the edge

s - subtle aroma with lots of caramel malt, a little booze, and not much else

t - maltiness and spiciness up front, big wheat flavors in the midpalate, some smokiness and an intense alcoholic taste overwhelms the palate on the finish

m - light to medium bodied, lots of carbonation, fairly balanced on the palate on the finish

d - alcohol is a bit overwhelming to be too drinkable, on top of that, I just don't care much for the taste

Not very impressed with this offering from Magic Hat. I had high expectation after reading the Brothers' review from the magazine a few months ago. I just didn't find it very interesting on the palate and it seemed pretty hot for a 7.5% beer. I'll give it a pass.

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Photo of auxiliary
3.9/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

appearance - Has a brown color to it, with a head that didn't stick around.

smell - Has a earthy smell to it with some hops.

taste - Has a wheat taste present, with some hops present here.

mouthfeel - Medium body and carbonated.

drinkability - Very tastey beer, was included in the winter pack.

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Photo of erosier
3.55/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a hint of red with a nice big tan head. The aroma is of roasted malts and some spices in there as well. The taste is pretty good with a nice sweet roasted malty base with some nice wintry spices and some fruity flavorings. This beer has a nice mouthfeel and is pretty drinkable. Nice beer and it is worth a try.

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Odd Notion - Dark Wheat Ale (Winter 2007) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.55 out of 5 with 87 ratings