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60 Winks - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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59 Ratings
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Ratings: 59
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 3.2
pDev: 17.81%
Wants: 0
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

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

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: tgbljb on 01-27-2007)
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Reviews by kelticblood:
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4.1/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had alot of lacing but not much of a head. The color is a clear straw yellow. Very average apperance with not much going on there. The smell is great with all sort of differnet aroma's ranging from hops, wheat,and malts. Light bodied with just the right balance of malts,hops, and carbonation. Magic Hat defiantely makes some well-balanced beers in all categories. This is a Pilsner I can finally drink and enjoy. Nice crispness balanced with just the right amount of bitterness and faint phenolic compounds. Extremely drinkable beer that I wish I had more than 3 of. Found in the Magic Hat Spring Variety pack. I have had bad luck with Pilsners with most being poor with no taste and cheap ingredients. It's also great to see a Pilsner with a higher abv, instead of low 5's and 4's. Crisp, clean,and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2007 17:02:55 | More by kelticblood
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3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review is from the February 2007 issue of Beeradvocate Magazine.

Yet another Mystery Beer from Magic Hat, delivered via one of their variety 12-packs. The label sports an odd and somewhat less-than-flattering picture of owner Alan Newman taking a nap. Underside of the cap reads, "The Unreal is the Real deal."

The yellow-golden brew shows a tinge of haze; great head retention; the lace has no problem sticking to the glass. Smooth, moderate body. Lemony citric and light floral and herbal aromas, with a doughy malt nose. A tad nutty in the middle, with some pear-like fruitiness. Soft, oily, lemon hop twang adds a lot to the beer's refreshing quality. Lots of soft hop flavor. Finishes dry, with a full but delicate floral aftertaste.

What an amazing session beer. One of the tastiest offerings from the Mystery Beer series yet, it paired well with roast beef and Boursin cheese on a baguette. Naps or no naps, Alan, brew more of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2008 18:41:05 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.13/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From my limited notes.

Pours a golden yellow color with little head.

Smell is mostly grain, slight sweetness, not much going on.

Taste is more hoppy than I imagined, but has a very raw taste to it for a pilsener, clean finish, rather plain for a Magic Hat brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2008 19:55:06 | More by deltatauhobbit
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2.05/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This poured with a great bone-white head with decent retention. The color was a very pale yellow. The nose had a light sweetness. Mouthfeel was very light. I experienced a slight lemon taste on the tongue. The finish had that same light lemon flavor. Too light for this kid.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2008 11:55:42 | More by woodychandler
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3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Let me preface this by saying that on various occasions (i.e staining my deck) I liked this beer a lot more. It is hot in PA (80+) this week so I decided to drink this beer.

A - Darker yellow, verging on the top end of orange
S- Piney, with a lighter watered - down hops aroma
T - Pretty much the same as the smell. Crisper hops profile, but not very bitter, more flavoring. Not as good as Sunshine Pils from Troegs, but pretty good.
M - Fairly thin mouthfeel, crisper summery feel
D - As I said before, depending on what I was doing, I could drink seeral of these, but just sitting and drinking, one would definitely be enough.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2007 19:16:21 | More by BravoTwo
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2.55/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

out of the joe's garage 12 pack, the only beer i really liked was the HiPA. under the cap for this 60 winks read "better luck next time" haha go figure.

A- very bright hazy almost mt. dew yellow with rising bubbles. pure white active bubbly head settles quickly to next to nothing with minimal lace.

S- very macro. apple, raw malt, race, grass clippings, corn, maybe some pear and citrus...maybe.

T- sweet and slightly tart like if you mixed budweiser with a fruity white wine. odd. slight hop presence up front fades quickly. grainy, grassy, and awkwardly out of balance. bland, anheuser bush type aftertaste. i suspect it was possibly beechwood aged (joke-joke).

MF- like a thin syrup, i'd like more carbonation in a pilsner.

D- kinda refreshing, but i don't really wanna finish this glass. when it's gone i'm gonna have magic hat's HiPA. straight 2 tha grave, folks.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2007 04:56:42 | More by hustlesworth
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2.73/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Part of a variety pack - the "Mystery Beer":

Pours straw yellow with a thin head that soon becomes a thin patch.

The smell is of sweet grain - something about it not far from an average macro brew.

The taste is of sweet grain with some vague fruitiness. Rather bland with an abrupt finish.

It's light-bodied with a fizzy feel. Slightly soapy aftertaste is there, but fleeting, like the taste as a whole.

It's a step or so above an average macro - bland. I would expect more from a craft brewery. It is listed here as a pilsener, though it says ale on the label. Maybe it's supposed to be a blonde ale. Whatever the case it is bland and forgettable. It says "A rave or the grave?" Bury it. There's a man sleeping on the label? Is it out of boredom? Probably.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 04:18:39 | More by jwc215
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Rhode Island

3.1/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance - Clear straw color, and a nice white head that fades out.

smell - Hint of hops in the smell.

taste - Clean, fresh taste, with some hop taste, but not overwellming.

mouthfeel - Light body.

drinkability - Not a bad beer, kinda on the side of a light lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2007 14:41:56 | More by auxiliary
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3.88/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a great, thirst-quenching beer. I love the name and the artwork on the bottle! The beer is a standard yellow. Smell is hoppy and creamy. Actually, this reminds me of a cream ale. The taste is a very clean, low-hopped beer. The mouthfeel is wet and bubbly. Drinkability is great...mow on!

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 02:52:30 | More by Maestro
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New Jersey

3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy looking light golden colour wit ha mid sized frothy head that dissolves quickly but leaves more residue on the glass than expected. This one basically looks like a hazy Heineken.

The aroma is light, a bit sweet and a bit hoppy, with grassy notes and some floral notes coming through. Very grainy indeed but pretty good in the end.

The flavour is low-key hoppy, with the grass and floral notes coming through again. There's a bit more noticeable malt here and a bit less sweetness than is present in the nose. Also picked up a slight metallic taste at the finish of some sips. Weird, but not out of place and I can't pick up on what it really is (it's not metallic per se but that's the best way I can describe it). Mouthfeel is light bodied and crisp.

Overall this one isn't bad but is certainly nothing memorable. I'm not a big pilsener guy so I don't know how quickly I'd seek this one out again. It's got it's good points but is run of the mill overall. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2007 01:20:12 | More by guinness33
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2.63/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours quietly and captures very little head which disappears within a minute or so. Very fine bubbles are lively throughout, the color a yellow gold, quite thin. The aroma seems to jump out at first opening the bottle but isn't so strong after pouring. A sour apple, almost of vinegar. A mouthful is pleasant enough, mild but tangy at the tip of the tongue. Feels a bit more watery at the finish. The back of the mouth catches some hoppiness and I sense some grape qualities but it is subtle. Generally this is not the beer to drink if you want to sink your teeth into something. It's dominant quality seems to be that it is mild and watery, closer to some mass produced lager. Not something I would have expected from MH but probably fills a need from some market segment. Not my cup of ale, but drinkable enough for a try.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2007 02:54:38 | More by Durge
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3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

One of the offerings in the "Joe's Garage" mixed 12 pack.

Pours a semi-cloudy golden yellow. Very thin white head quickly fades to a ring. Lacing is nonexistent.

The smell is of grainy corn. It's a bit husky as well, with some light hops in the background.

Flavor is, again, a bit husky with a pale malt backbone. Some hop bitterness is noticed, but not a lot of hop flavor. Not overly impressed by the taste.

Slightly dry, but crisp, mouthfeel. Aftertaste is a little grainy. This isn't a bad beer to maybe hand to some BMC drinkers, but I wouldn't buy it if I wanted a good pilsener.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2007 15:15:56 | More by Imstillthegman
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3.4/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat 60 Winks Ale
12 oz brown bottle
Freshness date is notched for July
Served in a 20 oz tulip pint glass

Pours a hazy bronze yellow with a decent head on top leaving random trails of sticky lace.

The nose is fairly weak with a whiff of canned corn and a hint of hops in the background.

Sugary sweet flavors with a strong grainy kick. Hints of grass, vegetables and herbs with a distinct hop presence (German Noble Hops?).

Ehhh...not bad, but nothing worth checking out either. I was hoping for more. Stick with the real deal German Pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2007 22:26:34 | More by Hibernator
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West Virginia

2.58/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Down at Joe's Garage we didn't have no dope or LSD, but a couple of quarts of beer would fix it so the intonation would not offend your ear" - Zappa "Joe's Garage" I just got all of the Zappa albums downloaded on one file so I figured it was time to listen to some Joe's Garage with this variety pack. Appears lightly hazed pale golden tone with a large white egg shell hued head leaves behind minimal sparse lacing as it dwindles at a moderate pace. Aormatics some light sweetness cereal in nautre with some light herbal hops the two row light toasted malts here give off some grainy cooked veggie notes as well with a hint of corn syrup in there. Flavor evenly dispersed light sweetness with a decent amount of hop bitterness seem to blend on my palate all at once although this brew is lacking in flavor overall that grassy herbal hop bite stays with you kinda surprsing but it doesn't blend so well most German pils I love the aftertaste this one however I want to cleanse the ol' palate. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied not watery in any way ample carbonation tickles the back of the throat really stays with you after each sip. Drinkability, a decent crack at a German pils but give me some Troeg's Sunshine or Prima over this stuff any day of the week, a beer the masses might enjoy over and over again.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2007 13:12:41 | More by WVbeergeek
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3/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another ho-hum beer from the Joe’s Garage pack. Poured a nice golden color with snow white head of medium thickness that lingered awhile and dissipated with little lacing,. Aroma was hard to detect, and what was there seemed to be grainy hops, with little else. The flavor of this "mystery" beer was indeed a mystery, not necessarily bad, just hard to pick out any true taste.
Finally, the finish of this thin bodied beer was short and watery.

Leave this one in the garage.

Serving type: bottle

05-20-2007 13:18:58 | More by kimcgolf
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3.28/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From notes:

A: Straw-golden yellow with some head (white).

S: Euro-hoppy. Noticeably floral.

T: Sweet undertones with crisp German hop oils. On the sweeter side of the style. Flavor is of clover honey.

MF. A little heavier weight than most, not really thick but more of a full feel.

D: Good in the sun. Maybe just a little cloying with the oily sweetness in the finish.

Thanks to Granite for this birthday beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2007 03:31:17 | More by froggyfrog
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3.05/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- transparent straw yellow with thin white head. Good Head retention.

S- hard to detect. maybe some sweet malt. very light.

T- sweet sugary malt. almost liked cooked vegetables. Bitter hop and slightly acidic aftertaste. Sugary sweetness lingers.

M- light body and light carbonation. Goes down smooth.

D- this is a pretty drinkable brew. Its smooth and probably easy to session (though the ABV is slightly higher)

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2007 23:15:59 | More by PittBeerGirl
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3.7/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazed pale straw with a fizzy one-finger head. Poor retention and minimal lacing. Pilsener malt and floral noble hop aroma, but timid overall. Sweet dextrins and sharp Pils malt attack the tounge upon first sip, followed by a lemon/citric hop tone and slight grassy taste. Dry aftretaste, with balancing bitterness and mild floral hop notes coming through. Semi-high carbonation and light in body, but has that decoction-mash dextrinous texture to boost the mouthfeel. Finishes a bit tannic from the abundance of dextrin and dryness form the hops, but certainly enjoyable otherwise with lots of German hop notes and Bavarian malt tones. I am reluctant to vote "rave" as the bottle says, but would also not vote "to the grave".

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2007 08:33:55 | More by PBRstreetgang
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North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat shouldn't be calling this an ale. On the label: "3/4 pint of ale". Maybe more naptime is in order? The first one I had, yesterday, I was thinking "Ale...ale...ale????", having read the label. But nope, it's a freakin' German pils, which qualifies as a lager. At least it's a good pils.

Pours an almost hideously pale, light yellow, but it's true to style I suppose. Still, it seems just a little too light in color. Thin head, very fast bubbles. Zero lace.

Smells grainy and sweet, a bit of honey happening. Sweetness rides through, over anything else.

Flavorwise this is a really well-balanced, refreshing pilsner. Light bready malts, a nice hoppy zing, honeyed sweetness and fresh-cut grass. Not overly dry, with a grassy bitter finish, almost like eating fruit that's picked too young.

This is superbly refreshing, a great release for spring/summer...with that typically light and fruity Magic Hat character.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2007 21:43:12 | More by Metalmonk
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60 Winks from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 59 ratings.