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

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Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008)Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
A Pre-Prohibition Lager brewed with corn.

Added by Brad007 on 08-08-2008

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews by dgallina:
Photo of dgallina
3.36/5  rDev -4.3%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Jason
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date notched. Under the cap reads "Enjoy a Heart, it's A Work of Art." Not sure what that means but I did eat some chicken hearts at a Brazillian BBQ joint. As for the theme, politics and beer should never meet though being a neutral point of telling you to get off your ass and vote comes across well.

Pale yellowish golden color, decent frothing with some sticky lace on the glass. Sweet grainy malt meets a mildly pungent grassy hop in the nose. Just enough crispness to get by, moderate sized body. The malt kicks things off with a toasted husky flavor then quickly lets the light but rough edged corn flavor and finially the hops jump on with a grassy note that just does not want to leave. Finishes dry with lingering grain and hops.

I dig this beer a lot, not as clean as your typical retro lager and not as drinkable either ... it makes up for all of that with the amount of flavor that is throw at the taste buds.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.41/5  rDev -2.8%
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 glid02
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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 pwoods
3.84/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From a decent sized sample at the Clifton Beerfest at Fries Cafe.

A: Light amber pour. Nice head, thick and creamy, pearl white. Great retention and decent lacing.

S: Grainy lager aroma. Light floral hops. Not much.

T/M: Tastes close to a Vienna lager with Munich malts and a healthy dose of hops. It's similar to Smooth Hoperator but much lighter. Good citrus notes, mostly lemon. Reasonable bitterness level.. especially for Magic Hat(and a lager). Medium light bodied with smoothing carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and pretty interesting.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.15/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another Magic Hat mixed pack, another three #9s I don't really want. Glad my wife's okay with them. For the 100th time, Magic Hat: PLEASE ease off the #9 in the mixed packs. Please?? If this year's election buzzword is "change", maybe you could adhere to that too? Y'know, in the spirit of this beer?

Off the soapbox and into the glass goes MH's new Participation Lager. Produces a thick billowy head, creamy on top, slightly rocky (looks like the surface of the moon), typical lager gold with great clarity and big bubbles pushing slow toward the top.

Aroma is boiled veggies with a more musty/basement weirdness and heavier sweetness than most lagers. Some light hops too. Interesting smell, especially considering the style.

Flavor is big and juicy at first, then dries out leaving a peculiar spicy flash in the finish. Caramel, butterscotch, a smidgen of burnt sugar--or maybe brown sugar--and only the mildest hit of that metallic thing you get with many in this style, and even here it's not annoying or cloying. A certain spiciness prevails throughout, damned if I can properly nail it, but if pressed I'd fall back on cinnamon. Pretty assertive texture, not overly carbonated but just a really solid presence and relatively big feel for a lager. If we're supposed to review according to style, then I gotta give this macro lager high marks.

I'm pleasantly surprised. The flavor is completely satisfying, and it doesn't immediately make you think "Magic Hat". It's great when any brewery has its own niche flavor, but Magic Hat stuff sometimes blurs together because of the brewery's unique twist on things. This one stands on its own. I'd buy it again if I didn't have to adopt three more #9s to do it.

Under the cap: "Red Sky at Night, Sailor's Delight"

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Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pulled out of a variety case.

Well if Magic Hat set out to make a craft-brewed macro-style lager (and I think they have), they succeeded. The aroma has pale barley and cooked corn, while the flavor has a bit of yeast-driven sweetness and light bready malts. The flavor is full, the body is still thin enough to make this a throwback beer, and it's clearly an adjunct lager. I guess it's good beer. I might say it's like PBR, but cleaner. You can really taste the ingredients here.

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Photo of windigo32
2.41/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a light amber with roughly a one finger head. There are many strings of fine bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S: Smells lightly of grain and malt with a slight floral hint to it.

T: There is a background of malt, but there is a dominating hops bitterness to the taste. The bitterness is very pronounced in the aftertaste as well.

M: Feels light and a bit airy from the carbonation.

D: I'm generally a lager fan, but the bitterness from the hops was a bit much for me. One and I was done. If you're a fan of hops, this would be a good beer for you.

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Photo of wedge
2.86/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"It's trippy to be a hippie"

Pours yellow with a slight bit of haze and a sticky, frothy head. Sweet corn and veggie aroma with some dry grain and yeast...not the best smelling thing in the world, but acceptable for what it is. Husky grain and rough, spicy hop flavor. A touch of metal. Not really my cup of tea to be honest...it's kind of funky. Crisp, dry, and not watery.

Average in most aspects, but it's not something I'd ever vote for.

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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden yellow, tinge of orange.

Smell has a strong bready aroma, malty, slight citrus presence as well as some yeast, certainly more interesting than most macro lagers in the smell department.

Taste is light and crisp, malty with a bready/yeasty aftertaste, almost surprises me since this doesn't quite taste like a macro lager.

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Photo of Vendetta
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
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 jwc215
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best by November "08:

Part of Autumn '08 variety pack (though I got as a single from a friend):

Pours hazed golden with a thin, but lasting, white head. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is grainy and grassy with floral and citric notes.

The taste is of lightly carmelized graininess with a lime-like citrus backing. There's a touch of apricot with a grassy/floral bitterness in the finish. Pretty hoppy.

It's on the lighter side of medium-bodied with a smooth creaminess.

Quite a bit of subtle complexities for a lager, with a nice bitterish finish. I would certainly pick up a 6-pack of this if it were available that way!

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Photo of soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got it out of a MH taster a friend picked up for the debate (seemed appropriate to be drinking a beer with Uncle Sam on it). I will say it was better than I expected, although that's not really a hugely ringing endorsement. Not terrible to look at, although the head was weak and there was no lacing. Aromas were light and malty. Flavor's are really fruity - I got a fair bit of apricot and some citrus in there (and there was an occasional, off, peanut butter flavor as well - it fortunately only peaked through every once in a while). Body was medium, good carbonation. Overall, not too bad, and an easy one for drinking.

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Photo of PatrickJR
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

A - Yellow/golden with a slight haze, darker than most similar lagers. A half inch of head rises and falls quickly, leaving nothing. No lace.

S - Bready, biscuity malt provides the backbone for a huge spicy, grassy hop aroma. Nothing amazing but not bad either.

T - This brew feels like some kind of hybrid between a decent macro lager, an all malt lager, and a bit of German pils. The malt and corn has a very mild, but unique sweetness, likely a direct result of corn being used. Mid to late palate the brew bitters up a little bit, with an indistinct spiciness and slight herbal quality from the hops. Aftertaste is bready and slightly bitter.

M - Lots of carbonation, but not overdone like the typical BMC product. Body is approaching medium.

D - These flavors (or lack of) coupled with a bigger beer character and level of quality aren't my thing; it's an inbetween that I'm not likely to ever crave. Either I need the pale fizzy or I need something altogether different. Still a good beer, but not something I'd seek out again.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
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 iceball585
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pale yellow color, semi-cloudy, white thin fluffy layer that faded to a thin ring

S- Corn, toasted grains, pale malts, citrus, light hops

T- Pale malts, corn, lemons, earthy hops bite near the end

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, slightly dry finish

D- Definitely worth buying again

I really wish they would brew this one more than once every 4 years. Pick up some before it's all gone.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of Buggies
3.58/5  rDev +2%
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 kels
3.86/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a 3 oz sample of this in a tiny little cup at the 2008 Fries Cafe BeerFest in Clifton.

Appearance: The most notable thing about this beer is the tall, frothy, creamy white head. It's so thick and fluffy that it almost looks marshmallowy. The color of the beer is a light golden. Light lacing is left behind as I drink.

Smell: The smell is hard to detect despite the gigantic head - light grainy scent.

Taste/Mouthfeel: The contrast of the creamy head and the light, crisp liquid is really enjoyable. It adds depth the the well-carbonated beer. At first this tastes like a pretty typical lager enhanced by a spicy hop note. The more I have though, the better it gets. The aftertaste is very good and well-balanced with a slight maltiness evening out the hoppiness. The aftertaste also holds nicely for a little while, which is the reason I think it tastes better as it goes.

Drinkability: Very high - could definitely drink several of these.

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Photo of brandoman63
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of mralphabet
3.24/5  rDev -7.7%
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 jeffmonarch
3.96/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle in a pint glass.

A - Golden yellow with a thick white head.

S - Sweet malty smell. Light fruit.

T - Wow! There is a lot of hops. I was not expecting this much hops. This could pass as a Pale Ale not a Lager. It's good but I find it hard to believe that this is a Lager.

M - Light bodied with good carbonation.

D - I really like this beer but again, is this not an Pale Ale?

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Photo of Stinkypuss
4.29/5  rDev +22.2%
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 williamherbert
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
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 scifan
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A great beer from Magic Hat. Picked it up in a variety pack wish you could find it in a sixer. Get some malt and lots of hops with the nose. very nice. Don't know if this is an adjective but smells very magic hatish. Taste is much like the smell. Malt at first then the hops hit you to balance it out, again has that signature magic hat taste to me. Enjoyed this lager and I am normally an ale man.

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Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.51 out of 5 with 61 ratings