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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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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Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.25/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with a best by of June 2009.

Pours a pale straw color with a decent sized head, fades a bit fast.

Smell is a light malt aroma, also picking up some coriander/lemony scent.

Taste is light and crisp but suffers from an odd aftertaste, mostly malty with a strong grassy taste that follows up (mostly the cause of the bad aftertaste), I've had IPA's that are earthy/grassy, but this is just plain grassy.

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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 jwinship83
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass served right out of the fridge. bottle says 5.0% ABV

A- this one pours a beautiful clear golden colored body with a small white head on it. some small bubbles can be seen rushing to the top of the glass. little to no lacing left on the sides of the glass.

S- very mild. sweet grainy malts . something else i cant quite put my finger on. probably the poppy seeds or agave the bottle says its brewed with.

T- sweet and bready upfront with a hoppy bite at the end. again, theres something here i cant quite put my finger on. the hops come across as grassy and maybe a little bit of lemon. nice bitter dry finish.

M- very light and crisp. very refreshing. lots of carbonation, but it works here.

D- not bad. very nice flavorful for something with this low of an ABV. something i could see myself having a few of, if the mood is right. very sessionable.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.58/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12-ounce bottle into a tulip-shaped Duvel glass.

A: Poured a vibrant, golden yellow color with a fizzy, two-finger head of eggshell foam. Carbonation looked moderate and head retention was minimal.

S: Smells slightly sweet and floral, with an herbal, grassy note to it.

T: Taste is light and effervescent, with a hint of lemon zest and honey thrown together with a bit of grass and zesty hop flowers. Don't really taste any of that cactus or poppy seed coming through, but I think only a herbal specialist might be able to pick that up.

M: Mouthfeel is thin-medium bodied and rather crisp.

D: A lower ABV and interesting gimmick to this herbal spiced beer remain it's best qualities. Crisp, relatively smooth with an interesting snap, this brew is good for a one-and-done.

An interesting concoction from the chaotic chemists at Magic Hat. Reminded me of a dumbed down and dryer version of DFH Midas Touch, though I'd recommend picking up the latter.

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Photo of Proteus93
3.46/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Quite a pale blonde/yellow. Great lacing, and retention is quite good as well.

S: Herbal and grassy. It's got a scent of a very strong Czech pils or Vienna lager to my nose. Not too shabby, but a bit intense and overwhelming in some ways.

T: Very bitter... not the most pleasant thing I have experienced. It's interesting, certainly, but just a big, bitter, herbal flavour that I can't quite place.

M + D: The mouthfeel is good for this style... while I may not be a big fan of the flavour, the moderate carbonation and lighter body do it justice while allowing flavours to linger without being too overpowering. At an easygoing 5%, it's sessionable in the sense of alcohol and goes down smooth enough to fit that bill, as well. I wouldn't go for it again, as there is just something in the flavour that I can't quite identify with, but kudos to Magic Hat for going out there with a strange style.

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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 Hibernator
3.68/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Odd Notion - Spring 09
12 oz brown bottle
Best before March 09 notched on the side label
Served in a Smuttynose tulip glass

Pours a golden yellow/orange with a super white head. Nice trails of sticky lace on the side of the glass.

Floral aroma - kinda sweet and flowery.

Grainy and sweet with a very smooth mouthfeel. Hints of syrupy honey sweetness with pilsner-like presence.

An interesting brew that is a mad cross between a pilsner and braggot IMO. For some reason I thought this beer was much stronger. Quite unique, but not sure if I would have more than a few of this beer. A tad too sugary and sweet for my taste this evening.

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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 CrazyMacHarris99
3.6/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a yellow brown, much darker than a normal pilsner. Smell is slightly spicy and floral. The taste is typical of a pilsner with a sweet floral and a slight spice. Nothing spectacular. The mouthfeel is a little thicker and creamier than a regular pilsner and the drinkability is good. I could see me drinking a few of these. Good session beer and more flavorful than a normal pilsner.

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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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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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