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Wacko - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 766
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 22 | 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 puboflyons
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.

puboflyons, Jun 13, 2009
Photo of auxiliary
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

auxiliary, Jun 11, 2009
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?)

Pencible, Jun 11, 2009
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.

Stinkypuss, Jun 10, 2009
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.

tmoneyba, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of TheTrevor
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.

TheTrevor, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of rkcrozier
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.

rkcrozier, Jun 08, 2009
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.

NaZdravi, Jun 08, 2009
Photo of Metalmonk
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."

Metalmonk, Jun 07, 2009
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

animal69, Jun 07, 2009
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.

6470zzy, Jun 07, 2009
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.

Cyberkedi, Jun 07, 2009
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.

burnstar, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of GoBlue28
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.

GoBlue28, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of mikesgroove
2.68/5  rDev -6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed both the new twelve packs the other day as I had realized that there were 5 of the 7 beers in there that I have not had, and that was good enough for me. Went on an epic magic hat tasting last night and went through them all. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 06/05/2009.

Just wow, I cant belive this one got put out in such a large release. Pours into the glass like some weird reddish kids drink. Odd look for sure. There really is just nothing going on here. The aroma is like a light cherry maybe, like tried red tang or something it just does not really work. Bland, light flavor of grain and rice almost mixed with a very light fruit taste that is barely enough to notice. Light in body and almost unnoticeable.

Overall wow, this was really not that great of a beer, and to be honest I was unsure it really even was a beer. Not something I plan on going back to for sure.

mikesgroove, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of schmitter
3.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

its not that it tastes bad, but the beer is literally cherry kool aid red

tastes ... bland? weird after taste also

alot of magic hat's odd notions are delicious, but they dont keep them after putting them in a mixed pack, but they keep this beer? i dont get it


schmitter, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a bright orange with a towering 2 finger mushroomy paper white head that was well lasting. A sticky and splotchy broken ring lacing encircles the glass. Large macro bubbles cling to the sides of the glass initially before fizzling out to slow streams of micro bubbles.

S: light with fresh pink grapefruit with light hints of lemon peels. Some pale oranges and sugary notes conclude what is only a average showing here.

T: The flavor starts off citrusy with tart oranges and a zesty carbonation that makes the initial sip spicy and zippy. Musky lemons with a lingering tartness that sits fairly well soon follows. Mildew notes of lemons, with a glazed sweetness and tart oranges makes this a sweet and sour experience. The initial sip brought promise but quickly fizzled out after that. Some funky, tart oranges and flavor but overall was tame and sorry to say lame at times.

M: had a lively tingle of carbonation with a medium viscosity but wasn't enough to save this. The flavor just didn't get any better the longer you held it and was better consumed quickly off the tongue.

D: Could take it or leave it honestly. Lacked any wow factor at any point and overall was an average drink.

beerthulhu, Jun 05, 2009
Photo of atsprings
2.38/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle into a DFH snifter a crisp ungodly pinkish red with a thin eggshell head. Aroma is slight sweet fruits and sweet malts. The taste is an overly sweet abundance of malts and fruits, really nothing but a mess. The beer is light bodied with decent carbonation but the overt sweetness blows that all to shit. This is certainly one I'll never touch again with a ten foot pole, I'm very glad I just bought a single bottle.

atsprings, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of shroompod
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Red beer , Oh noes!!! I guess I should have read the bottle , "colored with beet juice".

Thankfully this isn't a SA Cranberry Lambic. Unfortunately their isn't much in the nose either.

A fairly light tasting brew with a slight hint of beet sweetness? I'm reminded of a Corona with lime.

Mouthfeel is light , good carbonation.

Overall this beer beer isn't too bad, I expected the worst after pouring.

shroompod, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of tempest
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern in Allentown, PA. Appeared red with a short, off-white head. Really? This beer only gets a C? It's not that bad, just a simple summer beer with an interesting cherry and apple flavor from beets. There's also a spicy malt flavor in the background - from wheat maybe? Not that bad in my opinion. If you want to try a sweet and simple beer that's a little different, try this.

tempest, Jun 03, 2009
Photo of beer2day
2.93/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pink, a mix of gold and red. Pink infused frothy two-finger head. Pink. Yuck.

Smells like an adjunct lager, even more so. A little something sweet there as well.

Relatively clean and crisp up front, but a little something sweet comes trhough in the finish. One of the few craft beers that tastes better out of the bottle than poured into a glass. Plus you can't see the beer that way.

Mouthfeel is slightly syrupy, not a good match for the style.

It's drinkable on a hot day, straight from the bottle. Otherwise ...

beer2day, Jun 02, 2009
Photo of daliandragon
2.88/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Another strange one from the boys in Burlington. They love the fruit. This one pulls an alarmingly cranberry red color, kind of like a lambic. The large, wet head lasts longer than it has a right to. Nose is thin malt with touches of citrus and cherries. Meh.

Initially refreshing and light, this becomes cloying and somewhat bitter (although not due to hiops, as I detect none)in the aftertaste. The texture is thin and slightly grainy.

It's true that I'm not a fruit beer fan but this just isn't very good.

daliandragon, Jun 01, 2009
Photo of jnfs
2.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It pours amber/ reddish in color, has a slight head and is completely clear. Carbonation is light to moderate. There is a almost berry like aroma that smells sweet and fruity. The taste is of Malt, fruit, alcohol and almost hops. This is a different type of beer that I think lives up to it's name.

jnfs, May 31, 2009
Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.18/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle

Pours a rather lovely pink color with a small white head that fades. No real lacing on the glass.

Aroma of a rather plain pale ale. Slightly malty with a bit of herbal hops. Mild frutiness.

Slightly sweet upfront with a mild but pleasant malt taste. Not much hop bitterness, but a touch of herbal hops in the taste. Finishes a touch sweet as it started with just a bit of beet flavor at the very finish.

Light body, medium carbonation.

Not nearly as wacky as the label would have you think. Overall a light and refreshing ale, and actually quite boring at that. Little more than a novelty.

MaltyGoodness, May 31, 2009
Photo of cnally
2.42/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

didn't michael moore make this into a movie?

this is a pink color, like pink lemonade with sprite. fizzy head.

scents of corn and wheat.

flavor of bitter grains and wheats. the thing is for all of the beet juice talk, it is barely noticeable.

feel is fizzy.

I do not see myself ever buying this beer again. no way.

cnally, May 30, 2009
Wacko from Magic Hat Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 766 ratings.