Hocus Pocus - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 597
Reviews: 253
rAvg: 3.35
pDev: 14.93%
Wants: 6
Gots: 76 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 01-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A toast to weeds, rays, and summer haze. It was a light, crisp ale for mowing lawns, hitting lazy fly balls and communing with nature, Hocus Pocus was offered up as a summer sacrifice to cloudless days. Its malty sweetness finished tart and crisp and was best appreciated with a wedge of orange.

13 IBU
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Ratings: 597 | Reviews: 253
Reviews by GeckoPunk:
Photo of GeckoPunk
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly a Summer beer in my opinion. Its' crisp and light mouthfeel reflect what I'm looking for in something to cool me off and keep my mouth feeling fresh and dry without any lingering heavy notes. The look is also quite similar... A light golden-honey appearance sports a short 1-finger head that dissipates quickly shows a good amount of tiny champagne bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The carbonation feels just how it looks, perhaps just a little thicker, but not by much.

The smell is delicate and expresses the wheat backbone of the beer. There is not a strong malty presence in the taste. It has a little pucker (not much), but enough to let you know that there is a dash of zesty lemon or citrus peel in the beer.

Overall - It's not my typical style of beer that I prefer. I would definitely choose my go-to Hefeweizens over it. In fact, I would probably say that it tastes like a mix between a good HW and a BMC beer, but without the wonderful Banana aromas I most desire from my favorite Hefeweizens. I don't see myself buying singles of this beer in the future. The variety pack, however, has many others I would choose of this beer. It rates "average" to my taste...

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this once while living up there,poured a nice orange/gold color with lemon zest smell to it.Very balanced ale,malt was the backbone to this with a grainy fruity ending to this.Would be good in summer,I think real good down here where the summers are stifling.

Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This one poured a yellowish-orange in color with lots of carbonation but a modest head.

Smell – The cheap grain and lack of wheat was disappointing.

Taste – The cheap grain and lack of wheat was disappointing.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied pretender was fizzy and empty.

Drinkability – I actually sent back beer for the first time in my life (at the Tribeca Grand in NYC).

Photo of JMD71
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a straw colored gold. Very light, almost transparent with a very small head that dissipates immediately. Medium carbonation visible.

Aroma: Wheaty, farmy smell common with wheats. Slightly fruity, bubblegum aroma. Light hop profile noted, but mild.

Taste: Mild wehat flavor prevalent. Slight lemony fruity flavor noted. Honey? Not as solid as a good hefe in the usual sense, but a tasty American wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean & crisp. Smooth & refreshing. Very light bodied.

Comments: I liked this when looking for something cold, light & refreshing. Not overly complex or remarkable in terms of flavor, but average.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.95/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a clear yellow color with a medium head (aggressive pour). It had a sweet, citrusy aroma, as well as some grain. Fairly pleasant. It tasted somewhat tart, with a little hoppiness. To me, though, there was something vaguely displeasing about the taste. I'm not able to describe it, I just didn't like it. A little thin in the mouth also. I'll try other beers of this type before hitting this one again.

Photo of Todd
3.84/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color topped with a thin white lace, that settles to a ring.

Appealing fruity aroma (faint esters) of unpeeled soft fruits with grain in the backdrop and a hint of lemony rind and floral/herbal spice.

Crisp upfront, and quite refreshing. Dry-ish. Light-bodied, with an even ripe fruity sweetness and touch of yeasty breadiness. Herbal hops mingle in well, providing great balance and delicate spiced flavor. Some lemony/orangey citric snap. Apple-y and apple peel edge rounds things off, with a raw leafiness following and creating a slight coarseness on the palate. “Wheaty” grain finish with tannins in the linger.

A pretty damn approachable, basic, tasty and refreshing beer.

Photo of Doomcifer
1.4/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden color, with almost no head to mention of.

Smell - honey, very sweet smelling, sugar...

Taste - Tastes like a strong Budweiser. Same skunky finish too. I cant find anything good about this taste.

Mouthfeel - Airy, lots of carbonation, dry finish

Drinkability - I am having a hard enough time forcing down just one of these.

Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label, under the cap it reads "The Truth is Slippery, like Eels".

A- Crystal clear pale yellowish gold, so light it could be mistake for a macro-lager. Thin wispy white lace barely holds together.

S- Mild twang of fermented wheat, lemony aroma ... faint yeasty funk but pretty damn clean in the nose.

T&M- Nice refreshing factor from the ample crispness, moderate body. Pale malted grain and wheat combine for a snappy grain bite with lemony fruity twang in the middle and dry grain in the finish. Just a kiss of hops which help to balance.

D- What can I say, a good pick for a summer beer? Why not but certainly more on the refined side of things ... not a bad thing but this one does not shine past the many other summer beers out there.

Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, freshness dating notched in to the label. Pours medium amber and cloudy. White head nice and tiny bubble style. Leaves better then average amounts of lacing. Nose of wheat and floral hops. Medium bodied brew. fairly dull flavor profile, soft malts and slightly drying hoppy finish. Ehh, nothing too exciting going on here. Just a fairly pleasing light ale, decent for the summer.

Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12oz. bottle from a sampler case. There is a notch on the label for expiration date. Label says summer wheat, and there is a bee on the label, so I assume honey too?

Whenever you review a beer of this type, you must keep it in context with its style.

Pours a clear gold with a one finger head of white foam, which quickly drops to some islands and minimal lacing. Strong carbonation evident.

Aroma is clean pale malt, wheat, fruity, a little sour, with faint floral/herbal hops, and I'll bet Pride of Ringwood yeast. The aroma of this beer stays to the last drop!

Flavor is crisp and clean, pale malt, slightly sour from honey/wheat. A matching level of bitterness, followed by a floral hop flavor. This beer is refreshing as hell. There isn't that much to it, but it's all good. Finish has notes of lemons/tangerines.

The mouthfeel is dry, crisp, with soft carbonation. A dry, lingering finish with a puckering bitterness. A sensation of balance.

This is a summer pounder. Too good to be called a "lawnmower beer", I think you could drink this all day without getting bored. Well done.

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.3/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flared tulip glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a twist-off cap.

Slightly hazy,golden color.White creamy head dissapating quickly into a sudsy,dishwater looking coating. Looked a bit on the flat side with some spotty lacing.

Very perfumy and piney aromas with a phenolic,very funky i would guess yeast aroma. Odd aroma like a hair perm solution.

Clean tastes kind of weak tastes,some peach-like taste,some mild citrus,finishes very clean with slightly tart flavors and fruitiness. The taste was very different from the aroma. No off tastes at all like i would suspect,it was surpizingly pleasing.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.Not a great first impression the beer seemed to get better with each taste. Would like to try again. Easy drinking and refreshing in the end.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was pretty good for a summer ale. I had it as a flashback beer at Magic Hats grand reopening. It was quite light and smooth, and it had a very good head on it. There were a few fruity flavors in the back that came out, although overall I think it wasn't too exciting.

This would be a great beer to drink out at the beach on a warm day, but unfortunately I don't think it's coming back again for a while.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice, grainy/citrus smell, as if a small wedge of lemon had been squeezed over toasted wheat. The nose also speaks of light hops, as there's a hint of flowery bitterness. Much, in fact, light a Corona, but stronger and evidential of better ingredients.

On the tongue, the citrus flavors come out strong and immediate, bringing orange and lemon/lime notes that mix nicely with the grapefruity hops. The hops, though present, don't add a great deal of bitterness, instead providing just the right amount of background bitter fuzz. All of this lies over a base of Grape Nuts cereal-like grains that becomes increasingly strong in the latter half of the mouthful as the citrus flavors fade out.

Overall, this is a solid summer ale, providing just the right amount of light, airy fare that you crave on hot days, but not sacrificing flavor or quality in the process. If you're a fan of Corona, I recommend this as a step up--and you won't even have to add the wedge of lime.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appears a vibrant glowing golden orangish tone with a nice sized cream colored head leaving full patches of lacing in rings down my pint. Aroma fruit tones wrapped in pleasant floral hops slight citrus twang to it very clean smell to it no offness to be detected enough bready yeast and malt notes to blend together in harmony. Flavor is a spritzy rush of citrus I wanna say lemon sweetness no sourness here just the tone is light crisp and refreshing with the malts playing second fiddle to the party and a welcoming bitterness also exists in this great summer brew quite the experience in a bottle. Mouthfeel has a healthy carbonation not cloying in anyway with some texture in the form of watered down syrup not bad at all. Drinkability is pretty good but this bottle is wearing on me, I don't know if I could consume this in mass quantity.

Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light gold/dark yellow with a small head. Head recedes into a ring of bubbles around the glass. A little bit of thin lacing.

Smells grassy. Slightly sweet-smelling.

Tastes the same way it smells. A decent wheat beer taste, kind of tart at the end. Finishes surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. Pretty thin, not much going on.

This is pretty drinkable. It finishes better than I thought it would, which definitely helps out.

There are plenty of better wheat beers out there, give them a shot before you try this one, but I wouldn't turn one of these down.

Photo of pwoods
2.88/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a SA pint. Best before Sept '08.

A: Pours a very pale straw color, very clear. Looks almost watered down. 1 1/2 fingers of pearl white head forms a bit rocky and holds for a minute or 2. A touch of lacing at first.

S: Very grainy. Raw grains and wheat make up the entire nose.

T/M: Again, very grainy and raw. Maybe a touch of peppery hops for a second in the beginning. A little bit of malt sweetness and bubblegum taste. Finishes on the dry side. Light body with plenty of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and low ABV. Not very interesting, though. Mayber Oberon has ruined me.

Photo of watermelonman
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured to a pale and very light gold with a very small head that quickly vanished. There's no lace either.

The small is good, with lemon and wheat malt. The taste isn't as good. Wheat comes though, but the flavor is plain. The mouthfeel is reasonable and the drinkability is decent. It's a fairly refreshing beer but that's about it.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another thankyou to Clint for another great Magic Hat Brew
Pours a pale orange/yellow with a half finger of white on the top that melts to nothing.
Aroma is pale or sweet wheat...like a wheat field rather than just the grain, yet with a slight breadiness and touch of lemon at the end.
Taste is a definate dry pale wheat...little corriander...little banana...little lemon ....biscuity wheat..dry and pale.
Very refreshing...bright and cleansing.
Good summer time brew.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.82/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hocus Pocus is the 3rd beer from Magic Hat that I've tried. #9 being the first and one of my favorites and Blind Faith being the 2nd and being a pretty good beer as well. Hey Magic Hat can't go wrong, right!?

Hocus Pocus poured a pale orange with a fluffy little white head that disappated quickly.
The aroma was a nice mixture of malt, hops, and a slight citrus and floral.
The taste was very good! A nice crisp malt with a slight bitter/dryness at the end- very good!
The mouthfeel was smooth and inviting!

Hocus Pocus has made my Magic Hat experiance 3 for 3! Keep it coming!!

Photo of weasbri
3.1/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another one from the Summer Variety Pack.
Hocus Pocus had a fairly thick white head, that disappeared quickly. A decent amount of bubbles apparent in the pale yellow beer.
Somewhat of a wheaty smell to it, maybe slight hop aroma.
Tasted very light, decent wheat flavor with just a tinge of hops and maybe a little something else.
A crisp summer beer, you could drink a couple of these on a hot day, but I like a bit more flavor in mine.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

It's a nice golden color, big carboantion with gyser-like bubbles that create this dense and foamy, bone-white crown that shows really good retention and sticks around nicely.

The aroma is mild, with citrus and lemmon, pale wheat malt and a slightly fruity hop scent.

The taste is a bit thin even for a pale wheat ale. The dominating flavor's are a thin wheatie malt, lemmon's and corriander. The best part was it's subtle but strange fruity hop effect. The balance seemed a mess and a unpleasant bitter, metallic aftertaste was not what the doctor ordred.

The feel at first is light and crisp but quickly deteriorates into a thin and flat feel.

There are many other summer-style beers to choose from.

Photo of jmz62565
3.03/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This pours a light yellow straw with a large white foamy head. The smell is a nice citrus aroma that's perfect for summer. The taste is weak and watery. The first sip tastes like citrus and floral flavors, but the aftertaste is bland and very watery. The m/f is light with the flavors not being very balanced. This really is nothing but a average to below average summer beer. I would pass on this again.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a very thin head that reduced to almost nothing, and quick. Pale golden urine color, with very few bubbles. From the looks of it I'm not all that excited to drink it.

Smelling this one gives a clearer expectation as to the flavor, being perfumey and clean, a mild but confident melange of fruits and spices, mostly light, airy and breezy, in a good summer-beer way. Let's see how it tastes...

For some reason I'm reminded of Flying Dog's Tire Bite but with a bit more personality. The wheaty essence is well-rounded and carries some mild tropical fruits and spices like clove and honey. Crisp and bready. Very much a spring/summer atmosphere, a good thirst-quencher on this hot June day. A buttery/creamy zing in the mouth adds to its simple pleasure.

A decent thing...so far from legendary. Go for it on a hot day. With that lower ABV you could stand to have a few in a row and hardly feel it. Not a mindblower, just a good simple beer that clearly has a purpose in hot weather.

Photo of Sammy
3.15/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A hoppy wheat beer. Some taste but rather ordinary. On-tap at the brewery. A bit of tartness,and lemon in the aroma. drinkable summer beer but bland. Oh and on the thinner side. Not my favorite, I wouldn't dress it up with a lemon slice.Non-offensive.

Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - yellowy gold with a thin, white, bubbly head that has decent retention

S - straw, lemon, citrusy hop aromas

T - bitter, straw, lemony, mildly earthy and herbal hops, some yeast

M - light bodied, very crisp, overcarbonated

This is a bit disappointing. The flavors seems a bit muddled. I'm impressed that this is only 13 IBUs. The hops to me are evident throughout with a toned down, herbal, spicy note. The overall flavor is a decent wheat beer, but this isn't something that I would drink again. I'll pass.

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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 597 ratings.