Humdinger Series: Over The Pils | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Humdinger Series: Over The PilsHumdinger Series: Over The Pils
BA SCORE
3.61/5
120 Ratings
Humdinger Series: Over The PilsHumdinger Series: Over The Pils
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes / Commercial Description:
Over the Pils features a smooth malt body that is paired with fruit and floral notes from generous additions of Brewer’s Gold and Crystal hops. Beneath the bold hop aroma hides a subtle warmth sure to take your taste buds Over the Pils and far away.

75 IBU

Added by SawDog505 on 04-10-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
32
Ratings:
120
pDev:
12.47%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
Trade:
0
HISTOGRAM
 
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
firstprev| 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125  | next → last
Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of jaidenjb
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of oberon
4.2/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I t's been awhile since I have had a Magic Hat brew so I got this at Tylers in Durham yesterday.Poured a clear medium golden with a thinner frothy white head atop.Honey and alcohol infused sweetness with fresh pilsner malt in the nose.Quite sweet up front on the palate with alot of honey and sweet dough,a tinge of iron with a good shot of leafy drying hop in the finish.A nice new offering from Magic Hat,it's pretty big with a good hop profile.

 447 characters

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.01/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a semi-clear deep golden color. Lightly hazed. Forceful pour produces a large, doughy off-white head. Head is stiff and it retains for the beer's entirety. Good looker.

S-Smells like a big, super sweet Pils. Big honey notes. Hops are lacking in the nose. Sweet more than anything else. A bit dusty. The overall intensity of the nose is not very formidable. Not too sure about this beer's aroma; seems to be lacking in a few areas.

T-Bitter, medicinal hops and syrupy sugar. The alcohol is very noticeable. Tastes like a 13% brew instead of an 8%er. Honey and a lot of grains. The bitterness lasts forever but for once, I am not overly impressed by the potency of the bitterness. Rough around the edges..

M-Big and dry. Soft carbonation. Alcohol sucks the moisture out of my tongue. Syrupy and almost chewy.

O/D-Not happy with this $11 purchase. This beer Is too pricey and too harsh. Too coarse and boozy. Some sips I find it to be a bit enjoyable but other sips make me really want my money back. Overall, it's somewhere in between.

 1,045 characters

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My local shop has this on tap and I was able to get a 32oz growler fill for 6.50.

A - Fairly good carbonation at leas a 1/2 inch of sticky white goodness and a nice clear bright yellow hue of beer.

S - Smells mostly of mild hops, a dash of lemongrass, and maybe some pills malt in there. Smells good.

T - A fairly hoppy Pills with some mild yeasts and pills malt in the flavor but overall it taste much lighter than 8%. Hoppy finish gives it a nice crisp finish.

M - Medium bodied and a bit bitter but somewhat enjoyable.

Overall worth the price I paid for it on tap and it seems easy enough to get down despite the hoppy finish (or grainy even). Not worth the bomber prices which in PA are 11-15 dollars. If I paid that much I guess I would bash the review too...

 770 characters

Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of SMason
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of jeremy13586
3.34/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pretty cool looking bottle. Let's see what's inside.

The beer was a golden color with a big, fluffy, white head. The head lasted for quite a while and there were plenty of active bubbles crawling up the side of the glass.

Very faint aromas of...nothing. Maybe a little bit of lemongrass? Maybe? There was the tinniest bit of a boozy sting as I drank it, but again, there wasn't too much there.

Grainy and, well, pilsner-y up front. Nice amount grassy hops. Finishes with a little bit of alcohol. There is a lingering bitterness, but it lingers a little bit too long for my liking and it's a bit messy.

Nice bubbly carbonation tries to scrub the palate clean. Pretty drinkable. I'd say this is the redeeming quality of this beer.

While the brew is very drinkable, there just isn't enough going on with it. The nose was lacking and the taste was too messy. I pretty much picked it up because the bottle looked cool. Hopefully the other beers in the series will be more complex.

 982 characters

Photo of cowboy83
4.5/5  rDev +24.7%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of BigPlay1824
3.29/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pilsner glass

A: pours a clear honey golden color with a small amount of carbonation bubbles, pours with a very aggressive head which is creamy white and quite frothy like the head on a latte, lingers nicely and leaves a very nice amount of lacing
S: and interesting yet subdued scent of floral hops as well as a sort of sweet grass like note which i pick up at the very tail end
T: its an overall interesting taste, more of the Czech style than the German style IMO due to the grassy character and slight bitterness, pretty fresh but has a slight alcohol tinge at the end, there is also another element ive noted up front which i cant quite place but it is definitely familiar
M: drinks rather thickly and with a slight alcohol burn at the end, overall smooth enough though
O: its decent enough but definitely not the best imperial or even regular pilsner for that matter that ive ever had, most of the notes are subdued, pretty much what ive come to expect from magic hat, an ok beer but nothing that really pops out at you

 1,039 characters

Photo of shanem
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of jzeilinger
4.11/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright golden color with lots of vibrant carbonation and a stick, cotton candy -like foamy white head that looks glued to the glass.

S - Lemon grass, earthy, slightly grainy, lightly floral, biscuity, and some crisp spice aroma.

T - Taste follows the nose. Starts with a nip of sweet biscuity malt followed by a healthy dose of floral and grassy hops, a kiss of lemon, and a piney bite. There's also an alcohol warming in the back of the throat that reminds you this is a big beer.

M - Thick, heavy body compared to many beers, and for a pils, this one tips the scales.

O - Words that come to mind for this beer is "big" and "bold". For a traditional lover of pils, you might not like this one but for the adventerous, it's worth a look. This one strays from every Magic Hat beer I've ever tried in the past, really enjoyed this one.

 851 characters

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +10.8%

Photo of Mcooly
3.5/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Rhynes2
4.33/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Comes in a champagne style bottle with a cork and looks very appealing on the shelf. Pours out a nice golden straw color with a tight light head. The lacing on this beer is amazingly dense and left marks down the whole glass. It has nice light citrus notes with a touch of acidity balanced well with a light grain body. It had a nice refreshing quality that I really like for a summer time beer. I'll be buying this one again for sure

 434 characters

Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice gold color with a one-finger head into my glass. Nothing out of the ordinary here.

Very light as far as aroma goes. I couldn't detect much and I do not have a cold at this point.

Ditto on the taste...at first. Eventually, a strong, grainy, chewy bitterness engulfs the mouth. Not overly spectacular but well-hidden.

Lingering bitterness that fills the mouth, followed by grain and an unexpected alcohol kick.

While it's not the best effort for the style, it is more of an effort than Magic Hat has made lately. Bringing back the Humdinger series in bottles for retail makes more sense than some of the beers I've seen on tap lately.

Dear Magic Hat: It's about the beer and nothing more.

 708 characters

Photo of djrn2
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Teleweizen2
3.75/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of SawDog505
4.38/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured the 750 ml corked and caged bottle into a 13 oz tulip glass. Pours a clear and bright orange, with a sticky white one inch head, that leaves lacing everywhere. Smell is grass, floral hops,pine, clove, and passion fruit. Taste is stronger than the nose, but balanced. Floral hops and clove start the party, with grass and some bitter citrus in the end. Body is large for the style, plenty of life, a little on the dry side, and easy going down. This is a very solid beer, a nice surprise, and very pleased to review this first.

 533 characters

firstprev| 51-75 | 76-100 | 101-125  | next → last
Humdinger Series: Over The Pils from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.61 out of 5 with 120 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.