1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Wacko - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.

Educational use only; do not reuse.

774 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 774
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 2.85
pDev: 23.16%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | 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:
Beer added by: thekevlarkid on 02-28-2009

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
View: Beers (33) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 774 | Reviews: 415 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Lordbacchus
2.4/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

Photo of scottbrew4u
3.26/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of petroos
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.

Photo of mtstatebeer
2.82/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Photo of donmonkey1
2.36/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.26/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of BMoney575
3.44/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

Photo of jwjon1
2.77/5  rDev -2.8%
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.

Photo of puboflyons
2.79/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of auxiliary
3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
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

Photo of Pencible
2.27/5  rDev -20.4%
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?)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.91/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of tmoneyba
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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.

Photo of NaZdravi
1.94/5  rDev -31.9%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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."

Photo of animal69
2.95/5  rDev +3.5%
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

Photo of 6470zzy
1.74/5  rDev -38.9%
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.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.34/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

Photo of burnstar
3.51/5  rDev +23.2%
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.

Photo of GoBlue28
2.26/5  rDev -20.7%
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.

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.

Photo of schmitter
3.13/5  rDev +9.8%
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


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.

Wacko from Magic Hat Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 774 ratings.