Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008)
Magic Hat Brewing Company

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American Adjunct Lager
3.53 | pDev: 13.6%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008)Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008)
Notes: A Pre-Prohibition Lager brewed with corn.
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Reviews: 50 | Ratings: 61
Photo of Knapp85
2.85/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I remember drinking this right before I went to go vote in the 2008 election. I felt that it was fitting for the event about to take place. This beer is pale yellow and has a pretty good head on it. The flavors had some pretty decent hops in it but in the long run it was still a bland adjunct lager. The smell was a bit off to me, kinda smelled a little sour or something. Either way I think this beer could have been a little better but it was still drinkable.

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Photo of TheBierBand
4.02/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Purchased this as part of a mixed 12 pack of Magic Hat offerings. Seems that this one is an urge to get the live music fans out to vote (hence: Participation). The bottle is brown with a red, white and blue label. Freshness date notched: "Enjoy by end of month notched": Dec. '08.... I'm about 20 days late on this... but here goes:

Poured into the pint glass to form a 1" head of semi-dense, pure white foam. The beer itself is just a touch hazy... and a light orangy yellow. A touch darker than your run-of-the-mill macro lager.

Smell: This beer has a much more pronounced smell than an average macro. You can pick up a grassy scent like fresh mown hay and a hint of sweetness... very nice.

Taste: So much better than the "STANDARDS" of this category. Much more flavor. Starts with a little sweetness from the malt but it quickly fades to a bitter, grassy bite from the hops. This is not my favorite style of beer, but it is GREAT when compared to Bud or any of the other macros that exhibit a marked absence of flavor. The beer has a lingering hops aftertaste.

MF: Nice.... a lot more body and a bit of creaminess. So much better than the "norm" for this style.

Drinkability: OK... if you're looking for an easy beer to drink.... this is good. This is what the macros should aspire to. This would be a good "cross-over" beer for someone to try to get them interested in craft beer. Not my favorite style... but a good beer none-the-less.

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Photo of ccrida
3.17/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into my Church Brew Works shaker, Participation Lager is a clear gold with lots of lazy streamers forming a large, fluffy off-white head with impressive last that leaves heavy lace. Man, I've really had some nice looking beers tonight, for the style, I can ask for nothing better.

Smell is grainy and sweet, with some fresh, herbal hops.

Taste is ok, a bit metallic and sharp, there is a hint of corn pops cereal flavor that frankly I wish was more developed, rather then the corn sugar flavor that dominates (e.g. I'd like a tad more depth). Fairly bitter, with a vanishingly clean finish. Not a style I enjoy or drink hardly ever, but something about the smell/taste as it first hit's my lips incites a gag reflex, reminding me of guzzling cheap lager in college. I'm not really sure if it's just this beer or the style, but after the first few sips it went away.

Mouthfeel is dry, some what crisp, but with a bit of a slickness too it, not the lightest body per se though.

Drinkability is ok, it is what it is, seems rather run of the mill, perhaps a step above cheap swill, but it still reminds me of such. I would not be able to drink this to fast, the taste would back up on me, even through there's really not a lot of flavor.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.66/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Original Rating Date:
September 28, 2008

Pours what you expect from a pilsener, but with a better head than expected. I've never been a big fan of the pilsener but Magic Hat does well with this. Subtle fruit notes, I think some citrus (lemon, grapefruit). Super drinkable. Not my style but a good effort.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.31/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Quick six in West York PA sampled Decmber 1st - taken from notes
Poured chill into my Stein
A - A hazy golden w/ a snowy cap of 2 fingers w/ lots of streaming bubbles

S - somewhat metallic aroma w/ subtle cooked veggie(dms) and mildly grainy aroma.

M - A very effervescent feel - fizzy and almost sharp w/ nice grain elments and touches of hop spice for balance.

T - The hop flavors are up front w/ hints of floral and spice notes, the next taste is a biscuit-like malt w/ mild sweetness. Slight hoppy citrus tastes are lemony w/ suitable malt accompaniement. The malt flavor is enhanced by the yeast and there is a hint of woodiness. The flavor doesn't seem affected by any adjunct.

D - a very tasty magic hat brew. I could drink several of these without the need to switch gears. The refreshing quality and flavorful hops add interest to overall drinking ability factor. I enjoyed this lager.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.87/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

AN interesting beer for sure.. this was part of the summer seasonal mixed 12 pack on clearance (only $6.99 and it's best by date is January '09!!!)

Tastes like an American Pale Ale to me.. not sure if putting it in the same style category as Bud/Coors/Busch does it justice. Pretty hoppy and very drinkable, also pours very cloudy which is kinda interesting. Smooth and enjoyable, would definitely have again.

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Photo of ZAP
2.74/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Interesting beer for sure...pours a cloudy bright yellow with a nice fuffy white head..aroma lends some bready notes...taste is big on a lemon like flavor (hops?)...adds a sourish (not in a bad way) flavor and feel.

Not really what I was expecting (which is not unusual with MH)...feels more like an american wheat ale strong on the lemon drop elments..

Not bad but nothing I would buy again..

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Photo of TheTrevor
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured a slightly-cloudy copper with a lingering single-finger head. The smell is malty with some hops that hint at what's to come. The taste both starts and ends with some piney hops with a little bit of malt in the middle and a surprisingly clean finish. The mouthfeel is a little slick with some find carbonation. Not sure I would grab another one, but I shouldn't have a problem finishing this one off.

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Photo of alexskovan
3.48/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy gold with a substantial sudsy head that settled slowly to a film. Mild aroma, tea-like hops with a corny undertone. Taste is crisp, clean, surprisingly bitter. I wouldn't call this an "American Macro" -- it has too much character.

I don't get what the hell it has to do with politics, and I'm not a big fan of encouraging the ignorant to "get out and vote". I think they should stay home.

But like I said, that has nothing to do with this brew, which is pretty good.

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Photo of almychristopher
3.72/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this beer doesn't look much like a macro lager, it pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a frothy off white head that recedes to patchy lace. much prettier than any macro lager I've seen. the smell is good with a bit of sweet malt and hops to compliment the decent lager aroma. the taste is nothing to write home about, a bit of sweet malt up front, and some floral hop bitterness at the end, nice crisp carbonation, but a bit heavier than you'd expect. the beer's decent, but i'm glad it's the seasonal.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Glowing golden color. Huge puffy white head. Hazy, not clear. Lots of upfloating tiny bubbles. Good frosty lace.

Crisp lager smell, with lots of real barley. Some woody, oaky East Coast hops. So competent you'd think it's an ale.

The taste of the hops have seriously oily pine, like a friggin' Christmas tree. Sharp and pungent. Malt is overwhelmed. Could use more balance. Hops are really heavy, bitter.

The feel is fizzy but creamy. Not the thin lager I'm used to. It's a hoppy lager, could be a pils with different hops. A piney, creamy lager. Malt is overshadowed, but it's a real lager.

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Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light pilsner malt scent along with some fruity yeast esters. It's dry with a clean lager aroma; low hops. The taste is decent as well. It has a smooth pilsner malt flavor with quite the bitter finish. It goes down easy and finishes clean with a residual bitterness. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer, although they should cut the hops back some. It throws off the balance of what would be a good drinking lager.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.6/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, with about 1/4 inch of white fluffy head that stays throughout the beer.

The nose is of sweet malts and some toasty floral hopps.

The taste is mostly the floral hopps and some grain. There is a slight alcohol taste.

This is light-bodied, crisp, with good carbonation.

Very easy drinker, this is a very good macro, one of the better ones I've had.

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

A: Hazy light gold color

S: The only thing I can pick up is a little floral hops.

T: The smell doesn't prepare you for the wonderful taste. A light malty start that finishes with hops. A nice little bitter finish at the end. Not too much though.

D: This beer was quite yummy though. It reminds me more of an APA than a lager. The hops is noticeable, but it doesn't affect the drinkability for me.

Although this was a good brew, I probably would buy a case of these. I have other favorite lagers that would beat this one out.

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Photo of thain709
3.4/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A golden yellow...almost a little hazy...white head that disappeared quickly

S - Hard to describe...I get a malty smell...but maybe a little bit of hops as well

T - Very surprised after the smell...I got a nice flavor of hops...almost an APA taste...a little bitter after taste

M - Went down smooth...well carbonated

D - As I said I was surprised with this beer...I enjoyed it but I wouldn't go as far as saying it's a favorite

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Photo of glid02
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed sixer from Whole Foods on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a clear gold color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates quickly into a wispy layer of bubbles on top and a thin ring around the glass. Not much as far as lacing.

Smells of grass and sweet malt with a small amount of floral hops.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Sweet malts up front with a slight grassy flavor. The hops come through a bit at the end with a small amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a good thickness and active carbonation that makes this go down smoothly.

Drinkability is good. I wouldn't want a drink a whole lot of these but one is pretty refreshing.

Overall this is a pretty solid lager in my book, nothing overly exciting but pretty well done. Worth a shot.

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Photo of watkins
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a a hazy gold with a 1 finger head that hangs around for a good while for a lager. Nice lacing

S: Smells of grains and slightly sour malt, though aroma as a whole is somewhat lacking.

T: Mildly hoppy at the end, but nothing challenging. Overall flavor leaves the pallette rather quickly. After all, its a lager.

M: A little too carbonated, sort of thick bodied for a lager.

D; It drinks easy, but its not my favorite lager. Actually, my fave is probably High Life, and I wouldn't pay lots of money for this either.

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Photo of dgallina
3.36/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottled notched best-before January 2009.

Pours transparent pale gold. A huge 2-inch white head slowly recedes to a film and light lace. The initial fresh grassy aroma is somewhat upset by the sharp tang of oxidized metal. The flavor is more rounded and mellow than suggested by the smell. Lightly toasted grain dominates the palate. Honey and grass notes linger at the edges. The finish develops light hop bitterness, but that is eventually overshadowed by copper and cloying cooked corn. All available carbonation was apparently consumed in the initial pour. The resulting body is overly thick, unnaturally syrupy and listless.

Meh. It came in a Magic Hat sample pack. I wouldn't make an effort otherwise.

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Photo of danielharper
3.13/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

What other beer should I drink for election day?

Appearance: Clear, orange-yellow body, ever-so-slightly hazy, with a thin white head. Head dissipates quickly, leaves no lacing.

Smell: Very sweet, malty. Strong "American Lager" corn aroma. Not complex, but decent.

Taste: Malty beginning, sweet middle, dry, somewhat bitter aftertaste. Slight notes of hops. It's mostly clean but a bit cloying.

Mouthfeel: Thicker than expected, but still goes down smooth. Low (but not nonexistent) carbonation.

Drinkability: A decent American Macro, but like all American Macros, it suffers from a lack of complexity and just a general "sameness" inherent to the style. Drinkable, but I'd go for a good Brooklyn Lager over this one every time. (Of course, I can't currently get those in Kalamazoo, so....)

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Photo of mralphabet
3.24/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Part of the Autumn Box...12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow with a thick white head, about 2 fingers... Nice lacing.

S - Sweet malty smell. Citrus smell, Hint of Hops

T - Wow! There is a lot of hops. This brew could pass as a Pale Ale not a Lager, sorry to say I'm not a Pale Ale or Hoppy Beer kind of guy and this beer to me is very hoppy.

M - Medium bodied with a good deal of carbonation.

D - Not my type of brew, but it is Magic Hat, I have to give them all a try...

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

try to impress.. And you make a Mess

A. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Murky yellow with a soapy head with little craters on it. Recedes to nothing.

S. Smells of musty yeast and some grain. Reminds me of a wheat beer in the nose.

T. A very tasty macro here. In fact, possibly the most tastiest ive come accross. Let me delve into this. The first attribute I must point out is the flavor. A lovely flavor in this beer. Some sweet malts and slightly mild but citric hop character. Little to no astringency, a mild corn sweetness is barely noticable. Hints of brown sugar. Excellent.

M. On the heavy side of light bodied. Full bodied for a macro style beer. Chalky finish leaves me wanting more.

D. This is an amazing take on a macro lager. Ive had very few macros if any this good. I hope this becomes a regular release.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.41/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a surpisingly hazed golden hue almost hefe like in nature, large billowing thick chunky head forms above the rim of my Sam Adams half liter krug. Aroma full of herbal hops, mineral water, and light toasted malts with ample amounts of flaked corn standing out. Flavor has enough hops to keep the mild corn sweetness at bay, solid strong hop bitterness with herbal and citrus highlights. Almost like kettle cooked popcorn in the finish. Mouthfeel is medium bodied bubbly carbonation that does tickle the back of the throat pretty well. Overall a tasty beer that doesn't redefinte anything but has enought hop bitterness in a pre prohibition lager to keep things interesting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.7/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not real sure about the characterization for this beer. It seems to have a strong pilsner malt backbone similar to a German Lager or Bohemian Pilsner- not with the emptiness that rice or corn riddeled American Micros have. So the beer fares pretty well with me. A strong straw color with a mild haze, froathy white head that endured the session. Aromas of pilsner malts are overtaken by American hops-- I generally think that pilsner-type beers are under hopped anyway. Flowery and perfumy with the hop character with a mild citrus note and agressive bitterness. A touch of sulfer and vegitalbes come through as the beer warms, but didn't seem to deter too much from the taste. Firm in the body with a crisp hop finish. A fairly good beer that seemed to come out one season too late.

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Photo of UnionMade
2.51/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pint on tap at Eli Cannon's. Listed as Magic Hat Pre-Prohibition Lager.
Clear gold, with a light dusting of head. Good clarity and color, I thought. Spattered lace on the glass.
Not much aroma aside from lightly floral, spicy hops. Maybe a little doughy malt sweetness, but pretty light in the scent overall.
The flavor opens with an empty vacancy, feels cold and spritzy, but nothing else. Light malt presence as it sits on the tongue for a moment, doughy more than anything else, moving into floral, citrusy hop bitterness with a bit of a sour taste in the end. Not sure how well the hops work with the vapid maltiness. Their presence feels blunt, obtuse if you will, compared to the Jessica Simpson-esque mouthbreather maltiness. Relatively light overall. I didn't go for a second glass.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.85/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden orange. Looks like a hefe. Ha, leave it to Magic Hat and their "elixirs"...a marco style lager that looks like a german hefe. Dirty white head graces the surface and drops sporadic patches of lace behind. Aroma is sweet and slightly grainy. Cereal grains type of feel on the nose. Spicy taste to it. I get the feel that some extra element was added to this potion. Ginger?? In any case, it's a flavorful beer with hints of weizen and lager. Peppery and herbal. Doughy malts. A soft lingering bitterness. Meidium bodied and fairly spritzy with the carbonation. This is certainly an agreeable beer.

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Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 73 out of 100 with 61 ratings