Humdinger Series: Over The Pils | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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
Ratings:
120
Reviews:
32
Avg:
3.63
pDev:
12.4%
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 120 |  Reviews: 32
Photo of pathman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of DrDemento456
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

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Photo of ppoitras
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

750ml bottle purchased as a single from Savemore Discount Beverage, Clifton Park, NY. Corked and caged.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" blonde head over the cloudy almost opaque golden amber brew. Head holds on very nicely, with lace that lasts until the cows come home. Aroma is sweet and fruity.

Taste starts sweet, moderate citrus in the middle, bitterness comes on through the close, but not as much as I would expect for an "imperial pilsner". Mouthfeel is way smooth, and drinkability is superb. While I question the style tag, I can't deny I like this brew.

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Photo of Brad007
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

About 8 oz. poured into a Kostritzer pilsner glass.

A: Pours a golden amber color with medium clarity - less than I expect from a typical pils, but more than I expect from an IPA. The head is a one finger offwhite color with decent texturing and okay retention. This leaves a nice film of lacing on the glass.

S: Smells kind of sweet, with a combination of brown sugar and carapils malts. The hops try to manifest as hints of pine and grapefruit, but this is otherwise malty.

T: The front end has a nice bit of caramel and toffee sweetness, but the finish is too bitter - not in a hoppy way, but rather in an imbalanced "hey, IPA = bitterness amirite?" way. Not balanced at all, but it cuts through the spicy food I'm having along side this in a solid manner.

M: Heavy, syrupy, and hard to drink, which is a death knell for any kind of pilsner. There is a touch of dryness on the finish, but a LOT more would be appreciated. At least the carbonation is pleasant.

O: Meh. Imperial pilsners make absolutely no sense, unless they're little more than IPAs with lager yeast. This is not that kind of brew, as its just too hard to drink. It's acceptable enough, but I don't care if I ever have this again.

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Photo of hilgart1
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of skaboom420
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of DaPan
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of deapokid
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of DIPAFAN
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of rydev24
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Kendo
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from the caged & corked 750 ml bottle into a pilsner glass. Body is golden-colored with a 1+ finger foamy white head that retains well.

S: Sweet malt - cereal grains (corn?) and modest perfumey hops.

T: Husky grains, sweeter malts and a touch of lemony hop bitterness at the finish. Overall impression is one of sweetness. However, I just had a Uinta Tilted Smile (also an Imperial Pilsner) before this, and this one is not as sweet. Hops and spiciness provide balance. Finishes with a nice lingering grassy bitterness.

M: Medium in heft with a slightly slick feel to it.

O: Decent. Not a style I love (my feeling is that pilsners by definition need to be light and imperializing them detracts more than adds), but. . . this is a decent beer.

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Photo of Mikeypnh
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of JohnK17
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of SawDog505
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of wisrarebeer
2.74/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: yellow, straw-colored, slight haze, tiny compact bubbles, nice lacing
S: mild, grassy with some spicy hops, EtOH
T: wow, not at all what I was expecting, strong astringent taste up front, metallic, very malty and not well attenuated
M: astringent with metallic bitter taste

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Photo of mikeburd1128
3/5  rDev -17.4%

Photo of GrindFatherBob
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Gregwa
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

Photo of rbrefbeerman
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of Gww1864
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of powdersoldier
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Humdinger Series: Over The Pils from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.63 out of 5 based on 120 ratings.
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