Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009) | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009)Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009)

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by thekevlarkid on 01-22-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +42%

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5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of jnfs
4.35/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a unique beer, it kind of reminds me of a Belgian Wit. The appearance is yellow and almost completely clear. It poured nicely with about 1/4" of head and has moderate carbonation. The aroma is of malt, grain and alcohol. The taste is nice crisp, slightly malty and bears a hint of I believe coriander. There is also a slight sweetness in the taste. The after taste is of alcohol and also what I believe is coriander. This is a highly quaffiable beer that would go perfect on a hot day.

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Photo of billybob
4.32/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

a ligth golden yellow color and a short white head and minimal lace. fruity bubble gum slightly sweet smelling nose. a light taste of green apples, pepper, spice, i really liked the taste. light to medium body with a crisp carbonation. easy to drink, i could have this beer all summer it just tasted right for me.

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Photo of cdizinno
4.27/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden yellow. Almost no head and minimal lacing.

S: Spices and slight hop overtone. Cloves and ginger included in this complex scented beer.

T&M: Very good complex flavors that are not too sweet. Many spices that are mild enough not to be too overpowering. Light and crisp with slightly dry aftertaste. Very good.

Excellent beer and the best that I've had from Magic Hat. Originally tasted on tap at the Flying Saucer. Have not been able to find a 6-pack and was forced to buy a sampler pack in order to get 3 bottles. Magic Hat should consider continued bottling!

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Photo of Brad007
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden color with a two-finger head that recedes down to less than a one-finger head.

Aroma is light and flowery with a hint of citrus (due to the agave) and grainy malt.

Taste is flowery and peppery upfront with a decent amount of hop bitterness, followed by the breadiness of the malt.

Mouthfeel is full of graininess, hop bitterness and faded notes of the agave and poppy. Really not sure how to describe it but it's a very smooth pilsener.

Highly drinkable and I recommend it if you want to try a different take on the style. It's a nice change from the heavier stouts and porters that are typical for this time of the year.

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Photo of beer2day
4.12/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light gold with a two-finger head. Nose is quite strong. Label says brewed with poppy seed and agave and you can pick both of those up in the aroma. Lemon zest hints as well.

A sharp bite on the tongue gives way to a slight creaminess and a smooth finish. Great for those warmer spring days.

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Photo of GeeL
4.07/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hi. Still new to the review thing, but here goes...

Got this as part of a variety pack to drink during a get together on a pretty hot and humid weekend. I drank it while brewing a batch of beer on a 80 degree humid day and my kitchen was all steamy from the 5 gallons of potential yumminess at a rolling boil.

I had no idea what to expect. Because of the brewing, I didn't take the time to read other BA reviews. I wish I did take a minute however...

B: as in bottle... It took me a while even to figure out what the beer was. Magic Hat isn't afraid to get all abstract in their bottle art, not to mention the inspirational sayings on the bottle caps. By the way, much like fortune cookies, the sayings are much more fun if you say "in bed" at the end of them... :)

A: Semi cloudy. Looked very much like a wheat/hefe beer. Some light foam on the top that dissipated very slowly and helped bring the aroma up and out of the glass (tapered pilsner glass)

S: Think wheat/hefe meets Saison/Farmhouse. Some sourness, tree fruit is evident (apples, pear).

T: Hmmm. Odd is certainly an apt description. Think wheat ale meets Saison/Farmhouse ale meets sour style beer (Flemish). Like I said... odd. It took a few sips, but I liked it. It was fruity, kind of musty, and some spice in there as well. It really seemed to be a wheat/hefe style beer. This beer is definitely more complex than the inital appearance and smell leads on and was refreshing.

M: carbonation offered an initial 'bite' on the palate, but had some smoothness to it as it kind of foamed a little in the mouth. It wasn't thin, it coated my mouth, helping the flavor linger a bit.

D: I could easily drink a few of these, particularly on a hot steamy day and if I wasn't thinking of the typical definition of beer. This is an odd drink. My palate would likely get tired after 2 or so.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poppy Agave Pilsner

Pours a slightly fogged yellow with a white head. Nose is very sweet in tone. Also a grain aspect to it. Flavor is extremely earthy. And I mean a lot. Aftertaste is clearly poppies at first. Theres also that inky aftertaste too. A sweet tone hits almost like a fruit. I assume that is the agave (I just learned agave is part of the lily family by the way.) Feel is smooth on liquid. Vibrant carbonation. This is a nice one and I like it. It might be too far on the earthy side for some people to appreciate though.

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Photo of Burt
4/5  rDev +13.6%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of SammyDavisJrJrJr
3.99/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

ABV on bottle: 5%. Best by end of May 09. Into the Shlitz pilsner glass...

A - Perfect two fingers of soft white head with good retention and lacing. Great clarity in the golden body. Quite beautiful actually.

S - Mild pilsener malt sweetness with balancing grassy hops. Poppies and honey were present and sweet in the aroma. All very mild.

T - Dry pilsener malt to start, with honey sweetness that builds in strength all the way through the finish. Slight poppy sweetness at the swallow, that also gains intensity in the finish. All with ample hops that give the beer spicy and grassy notes.

M - Creamier and fuller than most examples, but still plenty prickley.

D - A fine pilsner that uses the spices very effectivly to highlight the sweetness of the beer without being the focus. Very nice balance of flavors. I really can't think of much wrong with this beer. Worth trying, nice session beer.

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Photo of psulovesbeer
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A-clear with a good head...poured next too a #9 it looks similar in color but with much better head and lacing

S-light and crisp a hint of the poppy/agave combo very clean

T-poppy hits hard imo fiance thought hops in a blind taste but when told it had poppy it becomes apparent...good overall refreshing and unique

M- the lingering poppy aftertaste hurts the feel of the beer as you drink it..initially good...ends just ok

D-great for a summer day or to sip at an outside bar in the heat
refreshing and different from your average taste

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.97/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This poppy agave pilsner give a range of sensations to the taste and mouthfeel that are both intriguing and challenging.

The beer begins with a standard Pilsner look. Strong straw to medium golden in color, but the initial froathy head falls quickly to nil. Bright clarity throughout.

The classic Pilsner aroma is decorated with perfumy, floral, herbal hops and raw, musty fruits like papaya and mangos.

Again, the well-known pilsner flavors welcome a sharp, acidic fruitiness, floral hops, and a lot of peppery, spicy flavors that increase in intensity and push the beer into stronger, sharper tastes. Very nice, but a challenge.

The initial cream-ale maltiness is quickly swallowed by bold, intense hop bitterness and a sharp, warm, peppery sensation. Acidic late and hangs up in the back of the throat.

I like the beer quite well. The simple Pilsner has taked a few complex twists with this one. The agave fruits give a sweetness, sharpness, and light vegitable character, while the poppy character adds spiciness and bite to compliment the hops. Quite refreshing even if a bit bitey. I consider it a happy experiment!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Super clarity in the rust-tinted orange-gold color, with a blinding white head that is never super-thick but never completely dies either.

Predominantly earthy and herbal aroma, though hard to pick out specifics. A little bit of yellow cake batter, wet straw, honey--the typical lager characteristics.

Great mix of grassy bitterness, mango (could that be the agave?), not-all-that-sweet citrus fruit, white & black pepper, butter, and more typical pilsner attributes. Pithy and dry, a little chalky, nice exotic citrus character in the finish, even a bit of lemonade tartness.

Even at a mere 4.2%, this has big character. It's hugely drinkable, too, I really dug it, and there couldn't be a bitter fit for the springtime. They should make this one year-round--and they should also cease with the inclusion of #9 in every single damn variety pack. C'mon, mix it up a little! But this one, this one's a winner.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.95/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A poppy seed and agave flavored pilsner... Magic Hat may not have the top tier beer, but damn are they creative and original. I thought it was pretty tasty.. it is very light bodied but has some nice sweetness to it, and finish is a bit dry. Very drinkable though and the flavors really work well, although Ive never tasted poppy or agave before. I polished of all 3 in the sampler pack easily and enjoyed every drop of them.. nothing to go crazy over but definitely glad I got to try it.

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Photo of jtk21351
3.88/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of stephens101
3.87/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cheers to Cakanator for this extra! A slight and quickly fading dirty white head blankets this murky pale gold brew. Smells of sweet malts, grain, herb and pineapple with a few metallic notes sprinkled in. Big fruity and spicy notes hit the palate up front, followed by some very subtle citrusy hops, and blanketed by some lemon zest. Has a light to medium mouth-feel with brisk carbonation upon a quick shake. Great example of a fun summertime beer.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.82/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle copped from Gary's in Madison...
Agave and poppyseed included in the mix.. Hmmm... Interesting...
Appearance: light-colored, slightly hazy hue...
Smell: Sweet agave(?), lemons, and pepper...
Taste: Surprisingly good, agave, lemons, lime, sugar-sweet water...
Mouthfeel: Certainly light-bodied, and pretty drinkable... Interesting... Not bad

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Photo of stockingcpl
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This brew pours a golden yellow. The head is thick yet hesitant. Plentiful lacing and surface spiderwebbing. Great so far. Liquid is crystal clear.

Smell: Aroma is a slightly sweet Euro Pale Ale style. Malt and citrus abound. Overall strength is a little light. Not bad.

Taste: Sweet malt morphs into a biscuit bread presence. Interesting but not unique. Thye sweetness tends to follow the taste curve until sustain. Hop bitternes is very subtle and detectable only during sustain.

Mouthfeel: This selection is fairly light on the tongue and clean on the palate. Flavor changes during progress of flavor curve. Interesting. I like this brew.

Drinkability: The sweetness can get a little heavy after a while, but generally this is a liht brew that is well suited to females during a summer pool party.


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Photo of Slynger
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours in clear and golden with a slight amber tint to it, and a cap of fluffy white fuzz.

Aromas of slightly sweet pale malts and lemony poppy along with nobley pilsnery hops.

Flavor's got the same stuff and more. Slightly sweet pale malts and sweet lemon with poppy seeds (it's kinda like those portillo's lemon poppy muffins). Spicy and bitter in the finish with some nobly hops. Dry with a good fuzz to the carb, and a bit of sharpness.

Interesting brew. Not super sessionable, but I still like it.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.8/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this "Randallized" (over hops) so this affected the flavor; keep this in mind when reading my review.

Pours a clear golden amber with a fine-bubbled and rather persistent white head. Aroma is crisp and rather fruity, with a hoppy undertone that was doubtless due to the added hops. Flavor is crisp and has more than a hint of banana; in this instance it had considerable hoppy flavor and slight bitterness. Texture is a little thicker than other pilsners I have tried, smooth and lively.

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Photo of dickieb
3.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours crystal clear golden in color, very macro esque. The smell is slightly floral and sweet with some light spice hints. The flavor is a tad bitter with a pretty big shot of the poppy seeds some light malts and a lingering hop bite, pretty tasty. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy from all the carbonation, and I could drink a few of these. An interesting offering from the Hat

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Photo of dborginis
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Was really excited to try this based on the description of poppy and agave. Lid says "Be true be you." Ok then. Poured into pint glass.

Pleasing sweet floral smell. Almost like a triple would smell. Good start. Appearance is very clear, BMC yellow.

First tastes are offensive. Bitter but hard to get any other flavor.

But a few more and I keep wanting to drink more to figure out what that taste is I'm getting. 20 minutes and 12 oz later, still can't figure it out, but maybe clove flavor, something sweet. I could drink this for a session. A fair pilsner.

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Photo of tzieser
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours a golden yellow color with a small fluffy head that settles to a thin lacing with a decent amount of carbonation. pretty average.

doesn't smell too too strong...alot of floral spiciness up front with some hops iin the background maybe

tastes very interesting....a suprisingly bitter taste...almost peppery with a splash of pilsner tasting hops. i like it.

mouthfeel is pretty good....dry in a good way

drinkability is great on a nice spring day

overall- wow....this one was a curveball. i didn't see it comming hahah...so many flavors here...i knew this one tasted like a pilsner, but i couldn't help but cheat a bit and look at the first reviewer..."poppy agave pilsner" is a very novel idea for a brew, and i tip my hat to magic hat (no pun intended) for having the balls to try this....it certainly works.

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Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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