Wacko - Magic Hat Brewing Company
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Reviews by stevenseg:
3.55/5 rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5
Another seasonal beer from Magic Hat based in South Burlington, Vermont, Wacko is purported to be a brew to quench thirst and indulge in en masse. I relatively low ABV for small batch brews (4.5%), this beer is intended to stick with you for the long haul throughout the dog days of summer.
Contrary to popular belief, this brew is not brewed with beets, but rather it sports the COLOR of beet juice. I really like the visual appeal of this beer. It's one drawback is its one-finger head that settled to a thin film within minutes. This indicates a very light body (not Bud Light light, but more Killians light). The lighter the body the less filling, which is ideal for consumption. I really like the Wacko heart label marketing paired with the blood, or beet red color of the ale. It has character.
The smell was not that of a very rich craft brew. Instead it has a blunt and average hoppy malt combination. Many brew noses are overwhelmed with one thing or another, and some are completely unrelated to its taste. Wacko is a what-you-smell-is-what-you-get type of brew.
Its taste is short and sweet...literally. Very sweet malt flavors with a large residual sugar is characteristic of Magic Hat's intent for a unoffensive brew. Very little bitterness follows. The taste rolls over my tongue and passes into the darkness urging another sip.
It's thinness is apparent upon tasting its course carbonation (thin head). Plan to burp, not bloat. Wacko has the feel of an island lager...designed to be enjoyed cold with not much else to think about.
As beer enthusiasts, we often establish certain prejudices and fail to realize the intent of a brew. If every beer was a trippel, we wouldn't be having as much fun, would we? I'm not here to tell you any beer is good or bad because everyone has different tastes. Wacko is not a thick beer. It's not bitter. In fact, it's very sweet, barely hopped and not very filling. The sun shining through its red color is beautiful. I get it. Beers can be black, so why not red? I am a huge fan of much higher-quality characteristics, but to say this is a low-quality beer would undermine Magic Hat's intent. Wacko can be enjoyed as a beer of choice throughout the day with no regard to its richness. It's a simple summer seasonal, nothing more.
Serving type: bottle
07-17-2009 19:37:15 | More by stevenseg
More User Reviews:
2.8/5 rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
A: Reddish gold with a thin short-lived white head that leaves no lacing behind.
S: Fruity beet & spicy aromas.
T: Light body with beet sugar flavors and slight grass presence.
M: Light bodied, refreshing and sweet.
O: Not overly impressive but somewhat decent fruit beer. I would not go out of my way to drink this one again.
Serving type: bottle
01-26-2014 19:52:32 | More by Paincane
Wacko from Magic Hat Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 727 ratings.