Batch 370 - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 28
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.17
pDev: 21.14%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Todd on 05-12-2005)
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Reviews by LucaBrasi:
Photo of LucaBrasi
2.2/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow very transparent. The head is minuscule, barely existent and disappears quickly.
Smell is grassy and hint of citrus.
The taste is light of bananas and even bubble gum flavors.
Mouthfeel is good with a crispness of carbonation.
Drinkability is lower because I really wasn’t all that impressed with this brew from Magic Hat.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
1.85/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12oz brown bottle. Pours an ugly and turbid looking, cloudy as all hell, pale straw colored brew with huge bubbly carbonation that creates a meringue-like white foam head that snaps down to a clingy white foam lace with mediocre retention. Looks lifeless. Now I know it's an unfiltered beer, but its appearance isn't particularly inviting - which many unfiltered offerings can be.

Yeasty, wheaty with a near pungent aroma that you can smell two-feet away of skunky cabbage and phenols.

Very smooth and even on the palate. Flash of citric hop bitterness strikes the palate with a refreshing rind-like bite and tart apple-y edge. Hops are borderline skunky (not skunky as in bad beer skunky). Tangy wheat malt flavor, with a thin malt sweetness, provides some balance and body. Watery phenols attempt to add a splash of depth. Wheat tannins get pronounced as the beer warms and towards the finish, drying the palate and leaving a slightly raw husky flavor and feel. Finish is not enjoyable.

One of Magic Hat’s “Rave” or the “Grave” mystery beers. Made with 65% malted wheat and 35% malted barley, this offering is tagged as a Hefeweizen. A very unusual offering from MH. It doesn’t resemble a traditional Hefeweizen, probably more of an American Wheat, a weak one at that ... and definitely one to send to the “Grave.”

Photo of fdrich29
3.55/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mystery Beer in the Magic Hat mixed 12 pack. First tried this beer at the American Beer Fest, Boston, Massachusetts. The MH table was very close to my volunteering area and I made a few trips for this brew.

Hazy, cloudy orange, apple juice like. No head, wee bit of lace.
Smells sweet, a little sour and of wheat. Tastes of wheat, malt and a sour after taste. I remembered this beer to be a lambic/flemish tart, this offering doesn't quite match up. Goes down smooth and easy. Worth the try, but next time I'd go with a tried and true Heffe instead. Wish I didn't have to buy a 12 pack of MH to get this beer, but I have to hand it to their marketing people, the gimmick worked on me.

Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good wheat aroma. Cloudy with good head. Fresh at the brewery. Biting carbonation. Banana, clove and acid at the mouth. Some sourness. Another good hefeweizen, lemony spicey, needing a bit more full mouth and less spice. shy of a great one. Another great label though.

Photo of bonbini26
2.5/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of LPorter33
2.7/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Purchased Single bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = VERY cloudy, milky yellow-orange. I don't think I've ever seen a Heff this cloudy.

Smell = Fairly average smelling heff. A little sweeter than most which I like.

Taste = Weird, extremely unique taste. Very sour upfront, way more sour than it should be. Sourness dominates the flavor, leaves a watery, sour aftertaste. Tastes like they squeezed a couple lemons into this bottle. It kidn of grows on you but still a bit disappointing.

Overall = Strange brew. It's a bit too sour which leads to the lower drinkability. It's not the worst beer I've drunk although certainly not one I'd willingly go back to.

Photo of weeare138
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle is notched to be good until the end of October...
Appears a cloudy haze of gold with a small white cap that fades in about a minute. No lacing is left behind.
Smell is of funkiness with lemony citrus and clove in a yeasty breadiness.
Taste is also of a slight funk with lemon and clove but there seems to be a slight sourness about it as well.
Mouthfeel is yeasty, bready, slightly sweet & sour, and dry.
I liked this much better on draft.

Photo of arguemaniac
3.43/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really wasn’t in the mood to deal with the other beers that came with the variety 12-pack that this beer came in (don’t care too much for Hocus Pocus or Fat Angel, though #9 Ale isn’t bad), but man am I a sucker for a mystery beer.

The color pours a slightly cloudy golden hay color. A foamy white head forms and then quickly dissipates. The color might have been more cloudy, but I left most of the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. The aroma is very citrusy, and a bit grassy. The taste is that of a fairly straight-foward hefe. Some citrus spice, a light clove flavor with some banana and a bit of bubblegum. But those flavors aren't very strong and the grainy malt flavor comes through more.

Not amazing, but not bad either. Recommended

Photo of connecticutpoet
3/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Like any reasonably good hefe, this was yellow and hazy. The head was huge - the bottle overflowed when I opened it. I have not been having luck with beers like this recently.

Aroma was of wheat malt, and it was doughy. A bit yeasty as well, also no surprise.

Taste was slightly fruity, but it was hard to characterize. Also wheaty and bready. Good, but kind of odd as well.

Mouthfeel was average.

Drinkability average too. Overall just an average brew.

I got lucky getting this one... someone had opened a mixed pack, and I looked through and found this. It caused a bit of consternation to the cashier, who didn't seem to understand what I was saying about it not being in their inventory. He tried scanning it three times before finally calling the head cashier. Finally they let me have it for $1.25, which wasn't bad. Next time I got to the store, though, the box was empty.

Photo of kmo1030
2.9/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

straw colored and cloudy with no head. good lord... the aroma is skunky and gym sock-like. slight... slight banana/clove underneath. if you don't take a whiff before you taste it's not half bad tasting. tangy citrus lemon with clove and banana flavors with a light graininess, typical wheat. the smell is unfortunately not doing the flavor any favors. light bodied with fairly strong carbonation. if not for the smell this wouldn't be all that bad in my opinion. this first bottle i had i drank straight from the bottle, and i was pretty impressed with MH for trying somehting new. this one i poured in a glass though and with the uh.. benefit of aroma, it falls short of the mark.

Photo of RBorsato
4.5/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pretty clear straw color before the swirl and pour; tons of yeast leave a very cloudy apricot color with a decent creamy white head. Big yeasty banana/apricot aromas and flavor; a virtual slurry of yeast... Medium-full bodied and fluffy.

I found this to be like a traditional Bavarian Hefeweizen on steroids ! Unlike most others here, I liked it .. Big fruity flavors !

Per label: "mysterybeer.magichat.net"

Per MH website: 5% ABV. 18 IBU. 1.048 Gravity. 5.0 SRM.
Malts: Wheat and Pilsner (65% Malted Wheat/35% Malted Barley)
Hops: Tettnang

Drink By (end of): Sep '05'
Tasted: 07/17/05

Photo of WanderingFool
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Batch 370 is a hefeweizen that pours a clear straw yellow in the glass with a fizzy white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly leaving a thick ring around the surface of the beer. An aroma of clove, banana and bread greets you before each sip.

This medium bodied beer has a nice firm fizz on the palate. The flavor is mostly clove and banana with some bubblegum and bread in the background. It finishes dry with a sour grape like taste. Reminded me of a white wine.

I thought Batch 370 was an easy drinking hefeweizen that is similar to the Sam Adams hefe. A decent beer, but it doesn't come close to the imported German hefes.

Photo of HappyHourHero
3.25/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I left the 1/4" layer of sediment in the bottle. Poured a hazy golden orange color with a few specs of white floaties. Streams of briskly bubbles did little to help the white head hold for more then a few seconds. Soft, faint banana notes along with hints of citrus and a bit of strange vegetally macroness. Nice chewy banana and yeast flavors up front are joined by a refreshing lemon zest flavor midway through. Strong carbonation scrubs the flavors from your tongue and leaves a Busch like aftertaste. This is bordering on being a bad beer. It's like they somehow managed to combine the good flavors of hefe weizens with the undesirable qualities of Busch.

Photo of aquatonex
1.78/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Mystery Beer in a 12 pack for summer. Oy I'd rather not have unlocked THIS mystery.

Pours light cloudy amber, not a lot of color to it. Nearly no head, light carbonation, light lacing. Smells of minor wheats but mainly acrid sourness. Taste follows with a weak wheat foundation that is way overpowered by sour yeastiness. There is nothing much else in there to balance out the flavors. It's like they forgot to add something. I don't know. Mouthfeel starts off smooth but the sourness lingers forever.

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a dry, yet sweet wheat malt and yeast scent. It has a banana/clove aroma as well as a slight lemon zest. The taste is good as well. It is an extremely smooth beer with a nice banana/clove flavor and a slightly dry, lemony finish. It goes down easy with awesome mouthfeel. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good hefe. I've had better, but this one drinks well.

Photo of grassrootsVT
2.8/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Definitely an attempt at a hefe-weizen. Unfiltered, as beer should be, with an ok head. A wit like appearance...nice light honey color. A sulfur nose. Tangy citrus, no banana clove - refreshing...but there is almost something unpalatable about it...much dryness in the finish and too much sourlemon. I taste citrus, spice, carbonation bubbles...the lemon lingers a bit too long.
Drinkability? I'd rather not.

I tried this again a few days ago at the Brewery and found it a bit more palatable - however - i do believe that they succeeded moreso with their dark wheat - the 371. a maltier more proficient fermentation... 370 wreaks of an improper pitching rate, too much aeration, or an inadequate ferm. temperature...

Photo of NEhophead
2.65/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Foamy and fully carbonated white head that vanishes way too quickly. Zero lace. Semi-cloudy, yet somewhat watery banana in color.

A very perfumey-sweet, overpowering banana aroma. The typical hefe spices are very subdued here; or at least drowned out by the banana. Faint earthy odors as well.

Lightly sweetened banana with a backbone of oats and wheat. A very mild pepper spiciness is detectable at mid-sip along with a prominent dirt-like mustiness. The aftertaste is a touch sour and astringent; most comparable to a floor cleaning product.

Light bodied; prickly, perfume-like, and filmy on the palate.

This one is a downer. It's great to see Magic Hat replacing some of their good brews (i.e., Humble) for this crap. Please send this one to the grave.

Photo of brentk56
2.63/5  rDev -17%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a surprisingly clear pale golden color with a very modest head that quickly disappears and leaves no lacing

Smell: Vague banana aroma, but relatively neutral

Taste: Starts with a banana bread flavor but doesn't deliver after the punch; an aromatic flavor arrives that tastes a bit like the perfume of rotting citrus

Mouthfeel: Far too light bodied but with plenty of carbonation

Drinkability: Not terrible, but not particularly interesting; admittedly, I have an old bottle

Photo of kaszeta
3.78/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Growler from the brewery.

Poors as your basic hefe, with hazy yellow body and a thin white head. Smell is right for a hefe, very yeasty, with a bit of citrus and some grain notes. Taste is mostly wheat, but is more on the banana end of the fruit spectrum than the citrus end, this isn't quite dialed in to what either a classic hefe or one of the better American hefe's taste like. I find myself wanting a lemon, which is defintely not something I like to do to a hefe. Not bad, however. The mouthfeel is right, however, with just enough bite and astringency. It's drinkable, and pleasant, but definitely is more a "first stab at a hefe" sort of beer.

Photo of UnionMade
3.53/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to my neighbor Joel for the bottle!
Hazed gold, with a scant collar of head. Quite a bit of yeast remained clumped in the bottom of the bottle, despite my practically shaking the bottle before opening. Active, larger bubbled carbonation trails. Nice banana and clove "hefe" aroma, with a touch of wheaty sourness. A bit of pear and bubblegum in the mix. Chalky mouthfeel from the beginning, starting out with an airy wheat matl flavor, quickly moving into banana and pear esteriness. Strong phenols in the finish, creating an almost paint thinnner-ish feel in the swallow. Good finish, a sourish, wheaty tang mingling with clove phenols. Moderate carbonation, with a medium body.
Not bad at all. Definitely in the bavarian style, probably in the same class as the milder (blander) german versions, such as Julius Echter and Erdinger. I'd take this over most other american versions of a hefeweizen.

Photo of freed
3.35/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy flat yellow with almost no carbonation and foam. Has an interesting and almost nuclear glow to it.

Aroma is of a cidery wild ale yeast of a Belgian influence.

Taste is of pale malt and yeast affects. Tart and fruity, but nothing unique or definitive.

This could be a more interesting beer if it included some more interesting malts. Some light biscuit might deepen the flavor without damaging the color.

Photo of GCBrewingCo
3.38/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer poured into the glass very slightly hazy pale golden with a white and frothy head which rose medium and fell slowly to lace the glass.

The aroma was light banana and a nice clove coupled with a light wheat aromatic. As the head finally drifted away a slightly medicinal phenolic developed and a light sovent aroma emerged.

The flavor was light, low and downright boring. The flavor contained a light fruit, banana, at a low level. Some wheat flavor was present and a light clove.

The finish was dry with a lasting light banana and low clove well into the afteraste. The body was medium. A decent enough beer, but a bit boring.

12 ounce bottle. Best before end O notched on label.

Photo of Toddv29424
3.7/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tastes like a run-of-the-mill Hefe attempted by a well-respected brewery. For some reason they always have trouble hitting it dead on, but the close-to-its never taste as good. Pours a hazy yellow color with a sweet lemony aroma. The initial taste is like a perfect Hefe blend with the right amount of wheat and citrus, but it leaves you hanging with little or no finish (which is always the hardest part). Great for a summer brew, although be sure to enjoy this COLD!

Photo of brewandbbq
3.88/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours gold with a thick head and a slurry of creamy yeast.
Bavarian nose with bannanas, clove and subdued citrus.
A bit tart with a hint of lemon zest and black pepper.
Thin to medium bodied and smooth on the pallet.
Light malt and big wheat served up Julius style.
Finishes quick on the pallet and from the bottle.
Very enjoyable a longside a ceasar salad with flatiron steak strips and roasted onion and pepper medley.
I'm a sucker for Bavarian Hef's and there is a definate void in New England for domestic versions.

Photo of pentathlete
3.18/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hazy, shiny yellow, minimal head, plenty of carbonation. Smell is grain husks and lemon rind. Taste is lagerish, wheat and corn mix, plenty of flavor, just not flavors I want. No spiciness, no bananas. Hops are mild at best. Mouthfeel is thin toward the end, but never full or the slightest bit creamy. Drinkability is ok...but you gotta like these flavors.

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Batch 370 from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 28 ratings.