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Wacko - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 752
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Wacko is the liquid song of summer: Crisp like the morning, cool like the evening and quenching all day long. Pop the top and set your summer loose. Wacko is a delicious summer beer with a big malty aroma, a subdued hop bite and a clean, slightly sweet finish.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 02-28-2009)
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Photo of NODAK


4.3/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I definitely get the smell of citrus here...a good deal of lemon. Par for the course for a summer seasonal.

Taste wise, a very refreshing brew. Very drinkable. Very little hop character at all in the front; not a "crisp" beer at all. I get a decent amount of lemon in the body here, but it is definitely not an overpowering taste at all. While some beers go overboard with citrus and end up being tart, this one definitely isn't. The finish is very grainy...definitely some wheat here. No hop bitterness at all in the finish. Aftertaste is pretty clean, a little sweetness remains on my tongue.

The drinkability here is off the charts, I'd say. While the beer isn't likely to please those who are looking for an ultra-complex beer, this style isn't really supposed to be that way. For a summer beer, this is definitely a top choice.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2009 01:39:52 | More by NODAK
Photo of erosier


3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

L: Pours a reddish color with a medium sized and thin bodied light pink colored head that laces a bit down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet malts, an adjunct sweetness to it at the end as well that I can't put my finger on.
T: Tastes of sweet malts, earthy hops and a bit of an adjunct sweetness that I still can't put my finger on.
M: Very crisp, perfect amount of carbonation.
D: OK drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 10:56:04 | More by erosier
Photo of wiseguy142

New York

3.63/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Whoa. This is RED. Did not expect that. I thought someone poured some cranberry juice into my bottle and resealed it as a joke. But no this is pretty cool. Not too much head, but the amazing color makes up for it. I also ran out of beer glasses and poured this into a red wine glass so this is especially fitting.

Light, woody aroma of German/English malts. Deep like a Dunkelweizen, but brisk and malty.

Taste is not fruity at all, like the color would suggest, but mildly floral and grainy/cereal-y. I assume the beet sugar fermented out but there's not a significant increase in alcohol so I'm not sure what it's lending to the beer apart from the color. And there's a lot of malt flavor so I don't think they skipped there. Seems very light but with enough of the lingering malt taste to balance it out.

Very dry and champagne like mouthfeel. Maybe not right for the style but it works. Drinkability is quite good since it's a tasty beer but the lingering cereal taste might get on my nerves after a while.

Definitely a cool beer. Just that first pour out of the bottle was startling and it's a nice take on an English beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 08:08:20 | More by wiseguy142
Photo of Lordbacchus


2.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

I was very disappointed with this one.
After purchasing Magic Hat's variety pack which consists of #9, Circus Boy, HIPA, and Odd Notion a few weeks ago, I was craving some more tasty beverages (except for the Odd Notion which wasn't what I expected but I digress).

Not even Copperfield has enough Magic to save this one (Wacko).

The complete lack of body and virtually no hop taste or aroma made this summer beer a big letdown.

I thought I was drinking a bottle of big commercial American Lager.

Try this side by side comparison at home:



Miller High Life and red food coloring.

Enough said.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 02:45:28 | More by Lordbacchus
Photo of scottbrew4u


3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured from bottle a clear light pink with a pinkish white head. Good lacing with this one.

S: Roasted malt and grains in the nose with a slight smell of straw. Slight vegetable earthy aroma. No hop aroma.

T: Malty with a earthy tone. Can't say I taste beets but there is a different flavor almost like carrots, slightly sweet with a bit of adjunct flavor. Hops may add bitterness.

M: Slick, medium body with modest carbonation.

D: Easily a session beer with low alcohol and ease of going down without offensive flavors. Don't be fooled by the color it is pretty good! Magic Hat is clever.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 01:41:51 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of petroos

New York

2.75/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a deep cooper/pink color that is extremely intriguing. Pours about a 2 finger off-white/pink head which leads to a nice persistent lace. Carbonation looks relatively strong, with tiny bibbles.

S: Pretty closed on the nose. A trace of earthy beets. Sour yeast and cream. Overall pretty unpleasant/non-existent.

T: Upfront tartness yields to the earthy sweetness of the beets. Some interesting citrus notes come through also. Earthy hops on the finish with more grapefruit and beets.

M: While the flavors are pretty interesting the mouthfeel is lacking. The carbonation is pretty nice but overall the brew feels watered down.

D: Very drinkable. It definitely lives up to the summer ale intention. I'd trade up this for Bud any day. Works as a porch session beer. As a microbrew, it's a bit weak.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 02:25:16 | More by petroos
Photo of mtstatebeer

West Virginia

2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle. Pours a pinkish-red color with a large, but quickly diminishing off-white head, good lacing. Aroma is pale malts, grainy and that's about it. Taste is sweet, grainy and kind of tastes like, but not as good as their #9. Mouthfeel is lighter and the sweetness stays on the palate for a while. I was scared of this beer because of what I had heard previously. It was not all that bad, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2009 01:55:29 | More by mtstatebeer
Photo of donmonkey1


2.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper/Cherry, reddish bronze. White head that recedes quickly with good lacing.

Smell: Not much. Perhaps it's a mental trick because of the color, but I think I smell watered down cherry Kool-Aid.

Taste: If I poured a glass of water, threw some change in the bottom of the glass, and stuffed it with colorful flyers from the mailbox, I'd be pretty close.

Drinkability: I could throw back quite a few, but I wouldn't want to unless there were no other options.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 22:44:44 | More by donmonkey1
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a three finger light pink head that fades very slowly leaving a good lace. Clear red color. Light carbonation and light-medium bodied. Faint hoppy nose. Flavor is almost sweet hoppy beets, unusual. Best by Aug 2009. 12oz bottle from 12-pak - any supermarket in VT and NH.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 21:55:14 | More by jdhilt
Photo of BMoney575


3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on 6-14-09
Best before August 2009

Pours an amusing red/orange color, with a nice white head and a thick layer of lacing.

Smell is quite thin and a little adjunct, subtle earthy hops and a touch of sweet maltiness.

Taste is very dirty and earthy, with a slight fruit edge that actually helps out. The finish is crisp and slightly bitter, with an earthy kick. A little different, not necessarily bad.

Mouthfeel is good, carbonation helps the sweetness be a little lighter.

Drinkability is pretty good, once you get used to flavor.

Overall, not as bad as I expected, try it.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 19:31:31 | More by BMoney575
Photo of jwjon1


2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really wanted to like this one. I mean, it looked like there would be some interesting flavors popping out, what with it being pink and all. But alas, simply tasted like a force carbonated macro. Which is to say, you could throw a ton down, but would you enjoy it? As for me, not so enjoyable. Nothing wrong with it in any way, just wasn't exciting. Second beer of the night, and ended up being a near full drain poor. Simply didn't want to waste my sobriety to a boring beer. What a waste.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 00:22:59 | More by jwjon1
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of August 2009. Sampled on June 12, 2009. I have never seen a beer pour the color of pink before but that is just what this one did. Pretty bizarre...or whacko, like the name implies. Must be that beet sugar. That is really the only aroma I get is a faint scent of sugars or hops. But it is nothing to write home about. The mouthfeel was rather thin and watery. The taste was also on the bland side and maybe a little tart. The only unique thing about this beer was its color.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 00:01:37 | More by puboflyons
Photo of auxiliary

Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance - Almost a pink color. Small white-pink head with some lace on the glass.

smell - Lemon, and fruit smells here.

taste - Not what I expected. Tasted like a pale ale almost. It is not much of a true fruit beer. It does have some fruityness taste to it, but the bitterness from the hops throws you off.

mouthfeel - On the light side.

drinkability - If you like Pale Ales I would think you will like this. I took this from the Magic Hat Site.

Yeast-English Ale, Malts-Pale, Hops-Columbus, IBUs 15, plus Beet Sugar

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 20:51:22 | More by auxiliary
Photo of Pencible


2.3/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This poured a clear, strange pinkish peach color with white head. It smelled mostly of bready yeast with some apple and copper hops, and a bit of barley. Its taste was dominated by bready yeast and earthy wheat and barley, with a bit of copper and apple. It was watery with moderate carbonation, and had a mild metallic and wheat aftertaste. Overall this was not nearly as flavorful or unique as I hoped. The ingredients all tasted low-grade, leading to a dirty and bland flavor. This also had a weak body and low ABV, so it wasn't difficult to drink, but it's difficult to justify drinking. The only interesting aspect about this drink was the strange color, and I'm not sure that was a good thing. You can skip this beer. (Why are summer seasonals so much worse than winter?)

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2009 16:45:27 | More by Pencible
Photo of Stinkypuss


2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Taken from mental notes:

A. Stunning pink appearance, little to no head and just a few spots of lacing. This beer had a very memorable hue to it, almost like a lambic.

S. Just a bit of grain in the smell not overly aromatic.

T. The flavor is very light. Some light crystal? malt is all I can gather, with a subtle sweet fruity twinge on the back end, which I imagine is the beet juice.

M. Light and crisp, somewhat dry.

D. This brew was interesting, but the pink body is the only thing that really makes it memorable. Good if youre looking for a light version of craft beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2009 14:23:30 | More by Stinkypuss
Photo of tmoneyba


3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle sample at Party Source.

Poured a clear red color with an average frothy off-white head that mostly lasted with fair lacing.
Moderate red beet and spice aroma.
Light to medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.
Light to medium sweet flavor with a light to medium sweet finish of short to moderate duration.

Refreshing summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:41:05 | More by tmoneyba
Photo of TheTrevor

New York

2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an odd looking beer. It poured bright pink with a little head. The smell was pretty basic American macrolager, I wasn't able to detect any beet if it was supposed to add to flavor as well as color. Taste is more of the same, some sweetness up front with no hops to balance it out. I could be drinking Budweiser with some food coloring in it. The mouthfeel is slightly watery with some crisp carbonation. This beer is as drinkable as most American Macros, so at least it has that going for it. A very underwhelming brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 22:35:16 | More by TheTrevor
Photo of rkcrozier

New Jersey

2.03/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very disappointed with this latest Magic Hat release. Its been a while since I have had anything from their brewery but thought I would give it a try. Poured into a clear mug, the color was interesting enough - rose colored - reminded me of the cherry ginger ale that Canada Dry used to make. Anyhow, the color was interesting enough to start several conversations about different beers. The taste was another thing; i think the beets played tricks with my mind as I expected one thing a got something completely different. I can't say anything else other than I couldn't finish it and had to toss it out. Thank goodness I was at a party that I could leave the rest of the bottles behind. Boo...hiss...Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 12:57:59 | More by rkcrozier
Photo of NaZdravi


1.95/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer had quite a peculiar smell - maybe it was the beets. Very surprised by the color when pouring it into a glass. Was worried that the beer was skunked from the initial smell, but figured since this is the new seasonal that was unlikely. Nonetheless it was far from good in fact I hope to pawn off the remaining bottles on unsuspecting friends. Disappointing coming from Magic Hat who seems to be normal good beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 23:52:38 | More by NaZdravi
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat's answer to Schmaltz's Freaktoberfest? If so, I suppose Magic Hat achieved their color by more natural means, as the coloring is apparently all natural: beet juice! Thus we have a foamy, airy light pink head, with a liquid that's somewhere between the darkness of actual beet juice and pink lemonade. Pretty wild.

Aroma is a washed-out blend of cereal grain, herbal tea and and cooked vegetables.

First taste impression is a light fruit-juice sweetness, a la cherry Kool-Aid minus the sugar (the beet juice, perhaps?). An earthy raw vegetable thing follows, with faint bread, prickly citrus and fresh-cut grass characteristics entering the mix. Slight fruit sourness to the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, perhaps a bit too carbonated, as the tingle overtakes the flavor, although it's the most assertive flavor, either.

Certainly a nice break from my recent personal streak of big-ass syrupy and/or ultra-hoppy ales. But generally I'm thinking this is pretty run-of-the-mill, no-surprises stuff. Maybe the color is a bit wild, but the beet juice doesn't come through strongly enough in the flavor, and a kick in the butt like that would've helped this beer attain something more than averageness. It's okay, certainly worth trying once, but hardly "wacko."

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 22:22:06 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of animal69


2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- WTF ??? pours a clear light rosy PINK color w/ a thin white tinged w/ pink(?) head that dissipates so fast i could not accurately discern the color leaving almost no lacing in my glass
S- a typical macro lager smell, cereal grains & adjuncts (the beet juice perhaps ?), no hops at all
T- taste is almost identical to smell, am. macro in style, little to no hop presence, adjunctly cereal in nature, there is a faint sour note about midway poss. from the beets, finishes as dry & crisp as a BMC product
M- mouthfeel is alright, well balanced dry & light, ample co2
D- not an undrinkable brew, just not what i was expecting, for the half the price i could just get LaBatts or something comparable that is thirst quenching

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 19:50:36 | More by animal69
Photo of 6470zzy


1.73/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

The only slightly redeeming factor about this beer is the pretty shade of pinkish red that is it's hue. I am truly disappointed in Magic Hat for putting out this "macro" type of swill. The mouth feel is average, the aroma is less than appealing and the taste is well insipid. Perhaps a heartier does of hops could have saved this brew, but then again that would have reduced the profit margin on this one. Lesson learned, don't send the wife to the package store with less than specific instructions on which beer to purchase.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2009 18:56:40 | More by 6470zzy
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.35/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes out of the tap a clear reddish amber with a thick white fine-bubbled head. Aroma is not strong but is malty with a hint of cherry. Flavor is fairly malty and has a subtle hoppy undertone, as well as a firm hint of cherry and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is lively and tingly.

Serving type: on-tap

06-07-2009 17:37:32 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of burnstar


3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty pinkish amber with a nice sized and persistent head. Aroma is faint sweetness and a bit of grassy hops. Taste is slightly sweet with an interesting note that must be the beets but it comes of as kind of a weak rounded apple flavor. Mellow and balanced. Light to medium bodied and very drinkable. For the style and for a summer beer this actually pretty good and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2009 22:29:26 | More by burnstar
Photo of GoBlue28

New York

2.25/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tap handle is 100 times better than the beer. Seriously. If I didn't have to write 250 characters I wouldn't even waste my time giving it some sort of a review besides saying "awful" and "who tasted this and thought it was a great idea to put into the market". If I was magic hat this would be the last beer I'd want a new to magic hat drinker to try. A never before magic hater would probably never again. I got tricked into paying for good marketing and poor liquid by Magic Hat once again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2009 16:17:26 | More by GoBlue28
Wacko from Magic Hat Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 752 ratings.