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)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
82
Reviews:
68
Avg:
3.52
pDev:
14.77%
 
 
Wants:
1
Gots:
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For Trade:
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Ratings: 82 |  Reviews: 68
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a golden color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Quite a bit of agave sweetness up front with some floral notes and maltiness

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with the agave sweetness and some floral notes and then goes into a light maltiness and some nutty notes from the poppy seeds. Finishes with a very light bitterness and lingering agave notes

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: An easy-drinking and fairly straight-forward brew with a focus on the agave and some poppy influence. Quite easy to drink, but nothing memorable, especially for a pale ale

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Photo of buckyp
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of enelson
3.52/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of digitalflood
3.74/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of zotzot
3.56/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of TWStandley
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Enriquehopnog
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of EvanWilliams
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of imperialking
4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of phrobi
3/5  rDev -14.8%

Photo of Goldfoot
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of dave00100
5/5  rDev +42%

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4/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of Bockrules
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pint glass

A - Pours a medium gold with plenty of tiny bubbles streaming to a two finger, slightly off-white head. Head is gone halfway down the glass, leaves behind marginal lacing.

S - Familiar pilsner malt smell with unfamiliar agave. Interesting - certainly not bad.

T - Pilsner malt upfront. The body is standard pils with a hint of poppy seed flavors while agave plays an slight unusual, sour dance in the background. Malty finish that fades to a noble-hop aftertaste.

M - Between medium and light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Yes, this beer is two years old, but it doesn't seem any worse for the wear. Hell, it's been all over the country with me and I figured tonight was a good night to finally review it. Basically it seems like a pretty standard pilsner with a few oddities thrown in. A far cry from bad, but something a certainly don't regret not being in existence any more.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Nice! Magic Hat pulled out their supreme extremeness for this one. A Golden Ale with added poppy seeds and agave.

Good white froth to start off with, though it dissipates to a thin lacing. Clear and bright pale golden, a typical lighter color for the spring season. Fruity and nutty aroma with some mildly sweet maltiness in the back. Moderate-sized body is a little chewy and smooth. Nutty and bitter at first, maltiness comes in with a sweet biscuit flavor almost like homemade shortbread. The agave leaves an odd trace of sweetness, and the poppy keeps it nutty along with the malt. Finishes semisweet with a long linger of bitterness.

We really dig this beer--it's a trip, and something we'd love to come back to. Proof again that extreme beer is not just about high levels of alcohol and bitterness that ruins your taste buds. A slice of peaceful beer revolution in a bottle.

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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 Beerbuddha
3.33/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- This beer pours a very clear, golden color with a thin white head which disappates quickly.

Smell- Very odd smell. Pilsner malts are present, not much hoppiness that I can tell. A very weird spiciness is noticable which I guess is the agave.

Taste- Strong maltiness with an odd spiciness. The hops are more present in the taste than in the aroma. Interesting fruity sweetness accompanied by an odd vegetation taste.

Mouthfeel- Crisp, clean with a medium body.

Overall- Not a bad beer but an odd beer. The name is fitting. They know it's odd so I'll give it too them. At least they're having fun brewing different stuff.

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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 Briarscratch
3.35/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours gold with small off white head.

Smells of spice, banana, pineapple, and something that reminds me of cookie dough. A bit of grain smell as well.

Tastes interesting. Very subtle flavors of wheat, citrus, and an unfamiliar spice that i guess is the poppy seed. Slight agave flavor comes through with some metallic notes at the after taste.

Very thin bodied and carbonated. Easy to drink and a good flavorful refresher for summer.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.7/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Poured a hazy light yellow with a one finger off white head. Slight lacing on the glass.

S. Hefeweizen, clove, bannana, citrus, flowers

T. Wheat ale, clove, citrus, bannana, hops with a slight sour bitter finish.

M. Light bodied, light carbonation. Good balance sweet and bitter.

D. A pretty decent beer. Tasted kind of like blue moon.

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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 youngblood
3.55/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Pours a very effervescent gold. Lots of carbonation for the kiddies. Not much head to speak of.

Smells kinda bland. Some grains coming through. I'm getting some of the agave adding a strange, but welcome dimension.

The taste is pretty nice. There's a solid grain flavor coming through, the poppy seed is more evident in the flavor than it was in the nose. Agave kinda rounds it out. All of the flavors are pretty subtle though. Nothing out of control.

Super smooth as always.

This is super drinkable and refreshing. Not the most exciting beer on the planet, but pretty decent nonetheless.

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Photo of flexinwext
2.95/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I've had this a few times but this is the first time I'm reviewing it. Color is a pale yellow with very little head retention. Smell is of sweet citrus. Flavor is almost wine like in its sweetness, somewhat refreshing but a little overbearing. Overall pretty average.

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Odd Notion - Poppy Agave Pilsner (Spring 2009) from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.52 out of 5 based on 82 ratings.
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