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

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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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2.85/5  rDev -18.8%
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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4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
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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3.17/5  rDev -9.7%
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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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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3.31/5  rDev -5.7%
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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3.87/5  rDev +10.3%
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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2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
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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3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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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3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
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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3.72/5  rDev +6%
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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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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3.58/5  rDev +2%
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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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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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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Odd Notion - Participation Lager (Autumn 2008) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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