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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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Reviews: 67 | Ratings: 81
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 BringusKilkenney
2.46/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a nice looking golden yellow with a small white head

Has a very floral smell with some hops and citrus mixed IN

The taste is also very floral with a bitterness mixed in the end kinda tastes like if you fermented roses and tulips not real impressed

The mouthfeel was fizzy and light the taste kinda ruined the drinkability of the beer just not a very good floral taste.

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Photo of currysage1
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a pale yellow similar to macro, fluffy white two finger head, sinks halfway then refuses to leave, awesome lacing.

Smell is of light sweet malt extract, lager yeast, the agave does shine through but it is a pretty nondescript sort of honey/chlorophyll smell anyways. Slight spice to the nose.

Taste is of lager yeast mixed with slightly acrid bitter plant esters, not all that impressed overall, very lacking for something that seems to be a odd ball sort of brew, seems to me like they just wanted to use the two ingredients and thats where the actual planning stopped.

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Photo of jmfc8237
2.96/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Poured a light bodied yellow sun color. Thin line of carbonation in the head. Not much lacing but had a slight haze to it.

S- I noticed a very present woody aroma mixed with what I have to guess was agave and poppy seed. But since I dont know what either of them smell like alone its just a educated guess on my part thanks to the label.

T- Had a spicy tang in the first sip. I say spicy because im not sure how to explain what happened to my taste buds. I clean freshening bite of hops and reminded me of pine trees.

M/D- Good sipper but faded as I continued to drink it. Not going to be a repeat for me.

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Photo of u2carew
3.23/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A) Golden color. Pours with a quarter inch head then settles to the outside of the glass. Active and visible carbonation. Some haze to the body.
S) Not very aromatic. Has a slight pilsner-esque smell.
T) Yeasty, just a slight orange taste. Mild sweetness. A little bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Crisp and refreshing.
D) A decent beer. This would make a nice summer's day brew.

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Photo of alpinebryant
3.54/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium pale ale color, clear through to the other side,

Smells good, nice faint fruit hoppy smell with the definite aroma of poppy seed.

Taste is different from what I had expected the first time I drank it. There is a strong bitter bite, with poppy present. Nice change of mood beer if you are tired of drinking overly hoppy ipas and darker beers. Very unique

Mouthfeel is pretty light, medium carbonation .

Drinkability not bad, to round this beer out.

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Photo of deereless
3.72/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A pale yellow that reminds me of dry grass, thin layer of head, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Crisp and dry, very lagerish, some very interesting but very subtle aromas, I smell the agave but if it didn't say agave on the label I would have never have figured it out - 4.25, T: Loads of bitterness that seems to be beyond the bounds of hops alone, some sharp almost astringent flavors, a little on the side of pine - 3.50, M: Light-bodied - 3.50, D: A surprisingly enjoyable beer, always nice to see brewers out there trying some new things - 4.00

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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 bluejacket74
2.19/5  rDev -37.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle, 5% ABV, best before end of June 2009. Served in a snifter, the beer pours a clear golden/orange color with a small off-white head that went away pretty quickly. Not much lacing, either. To me the beer smells like a typical macro lager, like sweet malt, adjuncts/grain, and also has a slight vegetal aroma. It doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell appealing either. Unfortunately the taste is much worse. It tastes like a bad pilsner beer, it tastes very bitter (and not in a good way). That's it, it's just a weird bitter flavor that's not appealing at all. Actually, I can taste a little bit of grassy/spicy hops, but the beer in general just doesn't taste good to me. Mouthfeel/body is light, but it's not watery at all and it is crisp. Drinkability isn't good, but then that's mostly because I don't like the taste of the beer. For every good beer like Roxy Rolles that Magic Hat makes, they make 3-4 beers like this that I just don't like. I wouldn't drink this again. I'm lucky I only bought a single bottle, I couldn't imagine having to drink more than one bottle of this.

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Photo of Lambstrong
1.72/5  rDev -51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Pours a pale golden color with a frothy white head. Actually decent lacing compared to most Magic Hat offerings. Thumbs up.

Aroma: Pardon my French, but my initial reaction was that it smells like cat piss. I'm trying to put my finger on it, reminds my of my green beans I grow in the summer, a sort of green vegetable (peas) aroma.

Taste: Somewhat like cardboard with a stale bitterness aftertaste. Not at all pleasing. I'd rather lick stamps for an hour.

Mouthfeel: Pretty good carbonation and not overly done.

So, to sum it up, very nice appearance and mouthfeel but the taste and aroma are a completely different story. I applaud Magic Hat for trying different things with their Odd Notion series, but did they actually taste this one prior to sending it out to the public? This may be the first time I've actually thought about pouring a beer down the drain. I'm not going to and will finish it but buyer beware!

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Photo of CrellMoset
3.26/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle courtesy of dkachur - thanks! Poured into a footed pilsner glass. Agave and poppy seeds!? Here goes nothin'.

Appearance: Pours a transparent golden body, bright and full of lively, quick effervescence, all streaming upwards towards a foamy, soapy-looking two-fingers of pure white but still a little dull head. The retention is about average - it's initially very sticky and clingy, but fades a little quicker than I'd have liked, eventually settling into an equilibrium with the replenishing carbonation at about three-quarters of a finger. A good start.

Aroma: Light and herbal, slightly fruity. Unripe bananas, a green, earthy undertone, slightly leafy. Agave doesn't come through nearly as strongly here as it does in the mouth (more on that below).

Taste: The agave comes through strongly here, backed up by the sweet, spicy malts, lending a very honey-like overtone to everything. The spices are a little harsh though, green and slightly bitter, very earthy - definitely poppy seedish, though I'm thinking cloves/coriander would have worked a little better, perhaps. A definite fruit note, akin to bananas, but greener - very unripe bananas, perhaps. An interesting blend.

Mouthfeel: Very light and crisp, and not too sticky, which is nice. Carbonation makes the mouth a little uneven, on the whole

Drinkability: An interesting attempt that falls a little short in my book, though it definitely fits the "odd notion" rubric that Magic Hat has created. A strange beer that pushes the envelope of what it means to be a ... hefeweizen? Pilsner? Glad to have tried it, but I think one was enough for me, even at 4.2% abv.

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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 bakeller
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a chalice.

A: crisp golden color. Very apple juice esque. Completely transparent. Small amount of bubbles cascade towards the top. Thin white head dissipates into a small ring around the glass.

S: Very floral nose. Slight hints of spice, pine, and citrus

T: sweet & clean pilsner malt up front with a little peppery taste. Has a funky after taste most likely from the agave or poppies . Has a slight tequila type taste. Very interesting.

M: Medium body, medium carbonation, body is thin

D: Could not drink a bunch of these but think it would be a great refreshing brew after being outside on a hot summer day. Not my favorite beer from Magic Hat but still an interesting offering.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.62/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Very clear, light amber hue. Very quick head and no residual foam. Grassy hops, pilsnery malt, and some agave/tequila mash aromas. Very crisp palate with some faint herbal notes here and there. I would never guess this beer had poppy seeds and agave just by the taste. Grainy malts mix very well with the hops and herbs. Very starchy mouthfeel, but refreshing considering.

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Photo of PSUBeerman
3.08/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured in a goblet

Pours a light, very clear gold color with a white head. There was slight lacing and kept a thin head for a few minutes.

I could not pick up much of an aroma, perhaps some bitterness and spice.

The carbonation was nice, but the flavor was just not there for me. The bitterness in the after taste was most pronounced. Reminds me of a German pilsner. I sensed some of the spice, but could not pick up the poppy seed.

Overall this is very light bodied. It is easy to drink as far as mouthfeel, okay for summer. I just don't get the taste.

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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 ChainGangGuy
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body with a small, delicate, white head.

Smell: An expectantly odd aroma of pilsner malts, spicy-scented hops, and agave.

Taste: Pilsner malts with a brief, very light sweetness starts things off. Spicy Noble hop character with a medium bitterness accentuated by the bright carbonation. The agave gives it a slightly fruity, slightly vegetal taste to it, but, overall, it's fairly light -- this is no Tequiza, thankfully. As the various flavors drop out en route to the finish, a very minor nuttiness perks up. Maybe it's the poppy seed, maybe it's not. Finishes dry and quite crisp.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A crisp pilsner brewed up with unconventional flavorings. An odd notion, indeed. I'm always down for experimental brewing undertakings. Always.

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Photo of darkhalf
3.01/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Smells and tastes like a typical pilsner. Maybe a little bit more hoppy than a normal pils. Hops are very floral in smell and taste. A little sweetness at the end, but otherwise the malt sweetness is very subtle. I didn't pick up any flavors of poppy or agave even though it is supposed to be brewed with those ingredients. Not a very interesting beer.

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Photo of ATLbeerDog
3.2/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From a twelve ounce brown bottle - Pours a straw yellow color with no haze and not much carbonation or head. Smells of cereal grains and hops that are more floral than fruity dominate the nose. First sip is tasty sweet with a very light malt backbone and not much hops. There is some spice present.

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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 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 introvertedone
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/12/09

The Odd Notion presented a clear, golden appearance with a one finger head. The aroma was flowery, almost perfumish with a sharp, quick hoppy finish. The mouthfeel was smooth but seemed a little heavy. This is not a bad brew but might need some fine tuning. Look forward to drinking it again.

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Photo of bsend
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

The beer pours out into the glass with almost no head at all. It has a deep amber color.

No note worthy fragrance from the beer itself. Very subdued character.

Upon first sip, it tastes similar to other pale ales. Despite being advertised as being brewed with poppy and agave, none were very noticeable. The beer however has a very clean, refreshing taste. Definitely notes of citrus give this beer a genuinely sweet taste.

The beer is very drinkable. It is light, and ripe with flavor. The general sweet character limits you to just a couple however.

Final Thoughts - As part of the mix pack. Spring 2009 Odd Notion is not a terrible beer. I have attempted to detect the advertised flavors, and missed some of these. More so I experienced citrus undertones (whether this is the agave working with my untrained palate remains to be seen). As part of the mix pack for Magic Hat, this brew provides a decent variation from their standard line up and does help to flesh out the mix pack's offerings.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.42/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appears a pale golden, very macro esque hue forms a large fizzy head that dwindles down quickle, I don't know what killed the head retention the agave or the poppy seeds. Aroma has a mild chemical twang with light biscuit malt nose surrounded by agave juice which comes of slightly citric in nature with a good amount of acidity. Not really picking up any poppy seed nose maybe it adds a little nuttiness to the malt profile. Flavor wise though starts out with creamy sweet biscuit malts and quickly transcends through the unique agave flavor and forms a bitter earthy edge that is pretty unrelenting on the palate, slightly roasted burnt bitterness lingers. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight cloying bad aftertaste, a touch oily textures with bubbly carbonation and strong resilient sugar content. Drinability is weak hope this never makes it into regular production, they do many other fine brews to have to make and Agave Poppy seed psychedelic experience.

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