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Hocus Pocus - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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561 Ratings

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 251
rAvg: 3.36
pDev: 15.18%
Wants: 4
Gots: 41 | 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:
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

(Beer added by: purplehops on 01-02-2002)
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Reviews by KajII:
Photo of KajII

North Carolina

2.8/5  rDev -16.7%

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a clear light golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white cottony head that lasted a good while, eventually reducing to a medium film with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light straw malt and a moldy cobweb yeast with notes of citrus (lemon) and wheat.

Taste was mild and lightly sweet with a hint of citrus from the get go, with a nice crisp wheat flavor and a slight citrus peel bitterness towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for a decent duration with a crisp citrus taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with an almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall a Wheat Ale with a light bitterness and a good crisp refreshing taste. Great beer for a hot summer’s day...


10-09-2012 15:10:37 | More by KajII
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Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +16.1%

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.

04-05-2003 14:34:59 | More by oberon
Photo of RoyalT


2.05/5  rDev -39%

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).

06-12-2004 21:21:34 | More by RoyalT
Photo of JMD71


3.18/5  rDev -5.4%

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.

08-03-2006 15:24:16 | More by JMD71
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

09-11-2012 22:18:38 | More by danthehopslamman
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

08-10-2014 18:57:52 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
Photo of kevrob802

New York

3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

08-30-2014 16:01:15 | More by kevrob802
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.9/5  rDev -13.7%

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.

06-09-2006 12:05:42 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of Todd


3.85/5  rDev +14.6%

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.

05-21-2005 19:55:13 | More by Todd
Photo of generallee

New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

09-20-2013 16:02:15 | More by generallee
Photo of Doomcifer

Rhode Island

1.35/5  rDev -59.8%

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.

09-21-2007 23:34:12 | More by Doomcifer
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3.45/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

05-21-2006 23:17:23 | More by Jason
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

07-22-2004 00:12:00 | More by Billolick
Photo of jakester


4.1/5  rDev +22%

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.

06-26-2005 14:42:10 | More by jakester
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New York

2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

03-30-2014 00:34:20 | More by MikePags
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.35/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

05-11-2007 01:52:38 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of kingcrowing


3.68/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

05-16-2009 19:55:23 | More by kingcrowing
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4/5  rDev +19%

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.

08-13-2011 20:18:16 | More by jondeelee
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

11-15-2011 02:39:06 | More by bpfrush
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3.25/5  rDev -3.3%

08-01-2013 03:00:45 | More by Cynic-ale
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3.75/5  rDev +11.6%

11-21-2012 01:48:28 | More by KaitLee
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West Virginia

3.58/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

08-08-2003 22:06:02 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of glid02


3.45/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

08-05-2008 01:09:50 | More by glid02
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3/5  rDev -10.7%

09-12-2012 21:12:24 | More by DarrellK
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New York

5/5  rDev +48.8%

03-13-2013 19:41:34 | More by BrianCuoz
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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.