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Hocus Pocus | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

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

Added by purplehops on 01-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 599
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours yellow. Pale. Lightly illuminated. Head is off-white and foamy. Leaves light lacing.

S-Light nose. Wheaty and yeasty. A tad bit grassy. Smells a bit watery. Light breadiness.

T-AKin to the nose. Wheat, yeast, mellow spice. An apple flavor. White bread. Minutely grassy.

M-Easy drinking and bubbly with a watery body. Crisp enough to warrant a quick kill via my tasting glass.

O/D-A bland one. Has its high points but it is far from memorable. Just another brew by Magic Hat.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of jcurtis55
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve not been a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is mild enough I found it easy to drink. It started with a couple of fingers of head, but lost the head fairly quickly. A light gold color and fairly clear for a wheat, although there is a bit of cloudiness to it. Mild aroma of wheat with a bit of hops citrus. The mouthfeel is pretty light but the taste was better than the aroma led me to believe it would be. Aftertaste is bitterness.This will never be confused with the bigger heavier beers, but when you’re in the mood for something other than a heavy beer, this works. This might also make a nice gateway beer into the world of craft beers.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got some of this before it was put to death by the brewery. The beer poured as a clean clear yellow colored beer. The head was a little fizzy and white. The smell of the beer had some nice suble wheat aromas with a light honey sweetness to it. The taste of the beer was light and refreshing. Just a touch of sweet honey with some malted wheat. The hops were kept to a minimal amount in this one. The mouthfeel was perfect for a summer brew. Overall I wasn't overly sad to see this beer retired but I know several people who were pretty pissed about it.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very hazy and cloudy amber color, somewhat tinted yellow but actually a decent orange color surounding it. A small white head formed on the top maybe one finger high and quickly dropped down to the surface leaving behind only a trace.

S - Lots of light wheat aromas coming off of this one. thee is a definite hint of hops in there as well with a light lemon sort of smell sitting around in the back. Light grass and some yeast aromas as well.

T - Wow, I was really not expecting that one. Very musky with a much darker flavor then I wold have expected. Lots of grain in this one with a good deal of wheat coming through. Almost has that weird macro corn flavor as well, very strange. Finish is very dry with a nice bitter hoppy finish and a long drawn out flavor of bitter tangerine like.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a somewhat heavier feel then I thought it would have had. It has some nice carbonaton hanging around and lasting, but it did suffer from a bit of the slickness problems you tend to see.

D - A great session beer with almost no alcohol in it you could easily throw down multiples of this with no problem at all. I could see myself having two or three while I mow the lawn with no problem at all.

Overall not bad. I was really not the biggest fan of this one, but to be honest I have had much worse. This was definitly a quality beer and something that I would probably not buy again, but would not snub my nose at it either.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured a really light yellow color with a bit of a white head and some clearly visible carbonation. The nose is some light citrus along with quite a bit of grain. The taste is grainy and has some light lemon notes. Light and crisp, this was a pretty good summer brew.

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Photo of kshankar
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never got around to reviewing this one..had it this past summer, so here are the thoughts I wrote down back then..

Pours hazy and gold, with decent foam.

Typical citrus, wheat, yeast and lemon scent. Tastes tart, citrusy and some wheat is there.

Light, somewhat refreshing, but doesn't stand out in comparison to other summer wheat beers.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Poured from bottle to pint glass a hazy straw color with a frothy white head that diminished to minimal lacing. It has a mild lemony sweet honey aroma. The taste is a mild wheat flavor with hints of lemon. Feel is clean and very drinkable this is a respectable summer session beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while at the brewery for tour. The aroma was light but you could notice certain scents. Bitter citrus like grapefruit and grainy malt aromas. Nice transparent yellow color with good head and lace. It has a balanced sweet and sour taste. Equal parts fruit and malt like flavor. The body is thin and easy to drink.

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Photo of imagineiii
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the brewery today. As its been discontinued, they were pouring it as a flashback brew. (note: this is a new batch, however)

Poured into a pint tumbler. 2-3 fingers of fluffy, airy head. great retention and lace. pale yellow in color and with limited carbonation

smells are subdued but present. grass, some honey sweetness.

flavors, like the smell, are not big, but theyre there. tart honey and alcohol on the sides of the tongue. hoppier than i remember, dry finish from a fair amount of grassy hops.

mouthfeel is light, smooth, but slightly syrupy from the honey.

it is a great summer drink. alot better than i remember primarily because hops are MUCH more present in the beer. beer isnt big in the flavor department but it is very well balanced. a little disappointed that it wont be around anymore.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

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Photo of yesyouam
2.54/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Magic Hat Hocus Pocus is a very sparkling, pale straw-colored beer with a thin white film of a head. The aroma is muted, warm, grassy and a bit resiny. It is light bodied, prickly, a little watery and the finish is a touch gritty. There is not much bitterness. There is maybe a touch of fruit like peach or apple. It is grainy and the grain seems to be straight wheat. There's not too much there. This beer was meant to be slammed at very low temperatures.
(rated May 29, 2008)

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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale gold-amber with vigoruos white head that recedes to a ring; the initial head leaves quite beautiful lacing.

Aroma has Very pleasingly subtle, spicy, lemony twang. Flavor pretty much carries this theme through...palate-tingling, lemony/sour edge, rereshing, fresh. A very good example of an American wheat beer. The best Magic Hat offering I hae tried to date--I was not hopeful after the awful Lucky Kat, this beer is thankfully much better.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hocus Pocus pours a hazy light gold/straw color with a thin white head that sticks around for a bit.

Aromas present are citruisy lemon, wheaty malt, yeast. Overall the dominant smell is a pretty citric fruit character.

The taste is really crisp with a mild sweetness and almost tart like character. The body is light with plenty of carbonation to keep this refreshing. This makes for a great thirst quenching quaffable beer, whether its summer or early October (summer beers are on special!)

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Photo of CrellMoset
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Bottle leftover from a fundraiser I recently helped put on. Poured into a traditional American pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a crystal-clear light straw yellow with a one-and-a-half-finger foamy white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin sheet of white lacing (that I feel won't last long).

Aroma: Pale, faint, sweet and wheaty, citrusy - more lemony than orange, which is always something I don't care for too much - and by and large crisp and clean.

Taste: Huge step down from the nose. This one's thin, grainy, shallow, has too much tart lemon zest, and not enough balancing spice or yeasty notes.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel, on the other hand, is nice, if perhaps a little full. Very crisp and full but still even, smooth, and creamy. Nice balancing act.

Drinkability: Not going to be a summer go-to beer for me. This one just doesn't have too much going on - it's crisp and tart and refreshing, but it's pretty boring, in my opinion. Not recommended.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12'er of this for $11.99.

I had this beer throughout the summer and it never disappointed me. It's easily drinkable, light bodied, highly carbonated, and has a great lemon zest of flavor. It's also low ABV which helps because you can easily knock back a bunch of these.. a very easy drinker.

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Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy straw color with a big bubbly white head. The head fades fast to a ring around the glass. Leaves light lacing on the glass.

Malty aroma with a little lemon.

Tastes pretty good. Didn't taste much wheat, but the wheat smoothness was there. Mostly bready malt with a little citrus. A hint of bitterness in the finish. Everything was very mild...not standout flavors.

Mouthfeel was ok, not too watery. The smoothness is good here.

Good session beer for the summertime. Enough flavor to make it worthwhile and light enough for mass quantities. May not be the best wheat beer in the world, but still an enjoyable drink.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Off tap at their South Burlington brewery this beer was a slightly hazy gold. White head foamed up quickly and then receded again quickly to a thin ring that remained for the rest of the tasting. The nose was mostly lemon peel and grapefruit with some light hops underneath. The tastes were similar but well rounded, dry citrus up front followed by pale malt and green apples. Medium to light body and medium to high carbonation. Quite sessionable, genuinely refreshing and a good summer beer.

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Photo of mbenthall
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear golden yellow, with light head that settles quickly.

Smell: Lemon citrus with very light notes of malt.

Taste: nice bready taste with fuity lemon at its center. Finished with the same bready quailty.

Mouthfeel: Crisp with medium body and dry finish.

Drinkability: Light and refreshing good summer beer. may not stand out amoung others in the summer series but still a solid, enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tdawgydog
3.89/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this at a BBQ the other night. I drank it straight from the bottle so I can't comment on the appearance. I'm a sucker for the "seasonal" ales so I went straight for this when I saw it in the cooler. The smell was refreshing and the taste was much of the same. A little wheat with something sweet that I couldn't place. It is a real smooth beer and if it wasn't for the fact that I had to drive home I could see myself enjoying the entire 6-pack on a lazy summer evening. I might go and try to procure some of this before the fall beers start pushing these off the shelves.

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Photo of praufs01
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Clear yellow with a creamy white head and excellent lacing.

Aroma - Light floral hop and fresh hay and some peppery smells as well.

Mouthfeel - Moderate fizzy carbonation with a medium body.

taste - Tart and peppery with aome light floral hop in the finish.

Overall - its ok but not great.

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Photo of PiecefulToker
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best by Nov. 08

A: Pale yellow straw color, like dry hay. Hazy, but not near opaque. Little head that rapidly dissipates leaving a fine layer.

S: Wheat, pale malt, yeast, straw, sour apple, slight hop presence.

T&M: Meh. Not impressed on the first swig. Smooth medium-light body with less than ample carbonation. Nothing spectacular on flavor, tastes like a watered down wheat beer with lots of green apple and slight hop kick. Buttery at the end.

D: Pretty high because this is so light on flavor and easy drinking. This is decent, but I have had much better.

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Photo of dedalus
2.2/5  rDev -34.7%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the summer variety show 12-pack.

this beer poured an appetizing bright gold with average head and lacing.

the aromas were very muted: just a light hint of weak grain and a whiff of dry grass. i know this is supposed to be a light, wheaty, drinkable summer ale, but this near dearth of aromas is very disappointing.

the flavors were, amazingly enough, even less perceptible than the smells: a distant, limp, biscuity breadiness with no fruit flavors, hop flavors, or anything else i look for in an ale. if i had been doing a blind taste test, i don't think i could have told the difference between this beer and a macro pilsner. it was honestly like drinking a glass full of carbonated water with a thimblefull of beer poured in for flavor.

the mouthfeel was thin and watery, which isn't really a problem for the category, but it certainly isn't anything special, either.

drinkability? you could guzzle this like water if you wanted to, but when i want water i drink water.

this beer was an almost all-around disappointment. i appreciate restraint and reserve in brewing, but the hocus pocus is like yellow seltzer water. any ale that tastes like watered-down, mass-produced lager is missing the point in my estimation. even for a quaffable summer quencher, this is drastically wanting in the flavor department.

i can't recommend this beer at all.

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Photo of changeup45
2.83/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a cloudy golden look. Poured a decent head and left a bit of lace. Has a sweet type of apricot, lemon taste to it, but not nearly as sweet as the #9. Pretty smooth going down, but tasted watery at times and not a ton of flavor to it. Still it's refreshing and a pretty good beer that I'd probably get again.

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Photo of cvstrickland
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce bottle poured into a pint willi glass yields a clear golden body with a thick, rocky white head atop. The foam retains at a chunky sheet and leaves drooping rings of lacing on the glass.

The smell of the drink is grainy and sweet with a nice bit of toasty malts and lemongrass.

The taste is mild, mellow, and malty with a soft breadiness and a dash of lemon in the finish. The drink becomes more toasty and citrusy as it goes down, and there's just a touch of bitterness in the finish..

Hocus Pocus is a pleasant surprise from Magic Hat. The drink has fine, zesty carbonation that fits the refreshing flavor profile just about perfectly. Crisp and medium bodied with superb drinkability.

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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 251 ratings.