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Vinyl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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591 Ratings

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Ratings: 591
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns. She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring's sweet green return... Her metamorphosis becomes our own. Her thirsts are shared by all. Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again...

24 IBU

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2009)
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Ratings: 591 | Reviews: 265 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by Edgewater:
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New York

4/5  rDev +18%

04-08-2012 18:13:32 | More by Edgewater
More User Reviews:
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North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%

On tap at the Mellow in Greensboro.An impressive pour from the tap,a slight hazed amber hued brew with a large,craterous, slight off white head that settled very slowly.A mix of toasted malt and caramel in the nose,nice but would have liked a little hop zip.Flavors were alot like the aromas,toasty with a bit of caramel and anise,if there there would have been some hop imparted sharpness in the finish it would have been great,as is pretty good.A decent stab at the style,has flavor...but could have more.

02-19-2010 21:39:56 | More by oberon
Photo of wesbrownyeah


3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Magic Hat Vinyl Amber Lager, 5.1% alcohol poured into a German Becker.

A- Pours a amber brown colored fluid with two inch thick frothy head that falls to a quarter of an inch top.

S- Chocolate and caramel malts come to mind with hints of lemon zest.

T-M- The taste is sweet caramel malts and mild citrus hop bitterness in the backbone. Mouthfeel is mild with a slightly creamy edge on the tongue.

All and all a good beer.

03-27-2011 22:00:42 | More by wesbrownyeah
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #38 (Mar 2010):

All about the crazy off-the-wall marketing (which is a common thing with this brewery), but it seems to be forced these days. While the lacing on the glass looks great, the dark amber liquid wears a haze on it. Nose is full of dry, toasted malt; in fact, that is pretty much all we get off of the nose, other than a very small edge of caramel. Lager-ish crisp body. Toasty, toasty, toasty--lots of toasted malt, most of it completely dry. Faint twang of hops, chalky yeast. Suggestions of licorice root and lemon zest are not enough to break the toasty dominance.

Steam beer wannabe? No real depth, as the malt comes off as one-sided for the most part. Other than that, there is nothing that really jumps out and says "spring" or "We're Magic Hat, and this beer will blow your mind!" Safe comes to mind. Safe pays the bills, which is fine, but this is not the same Magic Hat.

01-11-2011 02:06:25 | More by BeerAdvocate
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Rhode Island

2.88/5  rDev -15%

I wasn't impressed with this new Spring beer. It tasted weak to me. Nothing stood out flavor-wise. Please stick to the old favorites... and rehire some of your retirees with stronger flavors. (Like the Magic Hats we knew and loved) Bland like (but not the sweetness of) their new Summer beet beer.

02-01-2010 00:13:49 | More by jpwadd
Photo of lordofthewiens


2.65/5  rDev -21.8%

Enjoy by Apr 30 2011 on bottle neck.
In a pint glass the beer was a dark amber color with a small tan head.
Aroma noticeably lacking. A hint of sweet malt/caramel.
Taste also lacking. A tinge of some caramel.
The beer was very light-bodied, almost watery.
Drinkable like water is drinkable.

02-25-2011 13:23:33 | More by lordofthewiens
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

09-20-2013 16:11:44 | More by generallee
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4/5  rDev +18%

05-18-2012 05:51:31 | More by nstroup
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

01-28-2012 19:33:35 | More by TimoP
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

01-08-2013 04:01:01 | More by iemailjack
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New York

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%

Large bottle, pours murky, soft medium brown, non exciting light khaki head, leaves a thin collar, some slippery blots of lace and not much else. Nose to me is also pretty tame, with just some dusty malts. Tasty enough lager, has a respectable malty depth to it. Smooth and quite easy drining. Work work fine as a sessioner or with burgers and sandwedges. Nothing special, just a decent and affordable everyday kinda brew.

02-23-2010 00:12:07 | More by Billolick
Photo of Mora2000


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Thanks to mar for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is basic malt with some light hopping. The flavor is toffee and bready malts with some very light hops. A relatively nice lager. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

03-19-2010 22:39:51 | More by Mora2000
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New Hampshire

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Clear dark amber color, smallish head.

Smells malty and a bit yeasty. Pretty sweet and I don't detect much else.

Tastes sweet and caramely, with a nice grainy presence. Get some faint bittering notes towards the end but it has a clean aftertaste.

Smooth, medium to light bodied, with medium carbonation. Quite refreshing and a little bit chewy.

A little too sweet for me, but overall this is quite enjoyable.

03-28-2012 21:36:47 | More by RTEdmunds
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

Amber honey colored with a beige frothy high head that settles down to a fine cap. Aroma of biscuit and doughey malt, some grassy notes, a faint hint of hops.

Flavor matches the aroma, doughey malt upfront, notes of caramel and toffee. Hints of cinnamon and butter. Mild bitterness, no hop flavors. Fermented with a lager yeast rather than the signature ringwood yeast, but there is a butter flavor in play here. Good interpretation of the style, but the buttery note detracts a bit for me. Tasty beer, could have another.

01-30-2010 00:27:24 | More by far333
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3.5/5  rDev +3.2%

06-02-2012 22:12:07 | More by briandaube
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West Virginia

4/5  rDev +18%

Appears a deep amber hue almost light brownish color with a nice off white head. The head forms even lacing all down the sides of my glass as it dwindles. Aroma has a nice dark roasted nutty character going on with a low roaring herbal hop note. A clean nutty roasted brown ale like scent that actually works quite well for an Amber or Vienna style lager. Flavor is nice straight forward no surprises easy drinking lager, a slightly more roastier malt presence than expected by the color. Roasted nuts, caramel, and cereal grains fulfill my flavor profile on the palate, the low end Northern Brewer hops work just in balancing but no much in flavor a quaint herbal finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied overall moderate easy going carbonation works just the way it should. Drinkability is dead on classic for the sytle a beer that I really enjoyed imbibing and quite the nice change of pace from the typical seasonal or special release from Magic Hat.

01-26-2010 01:20:33 | More by WVbeergeek
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3.45/5  rDev +1.8%

On-tap at Taco Mac in Decatur.

Pours a clear amber-brown color with a half-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of faint caramel malts with earthy hop aromas and lighter notes of indistinct fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy and light caramel malt flavors kick things off and are joined quickly by mild amounts of light fruits - pears and green apples if I had to put my finger on them. Midway through the sip the flavors take a turn to bittertown with the addition of leafy hop flavors. The hops carry through to a muddled and slightly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished my glass however I'm not sure about another.

Overall I can't say I'm surprised by another sub-par beer from Magic Hat. Here's hoping they turn their nice facilities and know-how into another Roxy Rolles sooner or later.

04-23-2010 04:18:13 | More by glid02
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3.73/5  rDev +10%

S: 12 oz bottle poured into a standard lager glass.

A: Dark brown with hint of red hues. The head is not thick nor does it last long. When held to the light, the color is a hazy orange with steady carbonation.

S: The smell at first reminds one of the yeasty smell found in #9. However, there is more to it. Hops, malt, doughy bread, caramel, smoky toffee. The smell is one of the better things about this beer.

T: Interesting, the hops are there, though, not as strong as I had expected. They bring floral notes and bitterness in the middle and towards the finish. The malts are more important here however, which, considering the brown color, makes sense. Sweet caramel, slight smoke, matches with the slightly sweet floral of the hop.

M: Heavier than I expected as well, after all, it is supposed to be a spring offering. Medium-bodied, though on the heavier end of the spectrum, the beer is creamy at first though finishes crisp.

D: It's a bit heavy, though it's alcohol is not that high. More than one can be knocked back at a time.

Overall: Magic Hat makes beers that are fair to good. This beer is between those two categories. It is better than fair, yet, not quite good. I can sum it up this way, I am not unhappy that I have consumed it, however, I will not buy it again.

02-05-2010 21:59:51 | More by ianjsullivan
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

04-16-2012 12:49:16 | More by sgttibbs
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New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%

Poured from about an inch or so above the glass gave this dark reddish amber colored beer a big light tan head that fell into a decent lacing.

Dark roasted malts dominate the aroma with almost a roasted chestnut quality.

The taste is more dark roasted malts with still a hint of the roasted chestnuts and an added almost light sour grains or something like that.

The light dry aftertaste that is loaded with dark roasted malt characters.

I kinda liked this beer even though I'm a hops beer lover and this doesn't have any outstanding hops qualities.

06-24-2012 22:44:28 | More by LXIXME
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -26.3%

01-09-2012 01:38:38 | More by acurtis
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3.15/5  rDev -7.1%

Vinyl is a coppery-red color that produces continuous bubbly activity after the pour. A slightly off-white head looks loose but keeps it tight, retaining itself well and actually leaving thick lacing at the top that remains consistent and in good supply.
Aroma is sturdy enough, although the main component can only be described as "dusty," for lack of a better word. There's the slightest note of hops and malt and very little else.
There are more hops than malts detectable.
This beer is sort of dusty and mildly sour in the flavor and very dry. This one is honestly a pretty difficult one to describe. A bit malty with a touch of caramel that somehow doesn't touch sweet mixes with a dusty/herbal/earthy note from hops and who knows what, but otherwise it's pretty much dusty. What is that?
There's a somewhat thin feel, very spritzy; it does get a bit richer and fuller over time but it's overcarbonated.
It is what it is, but I don't think much skill was employed here.

02-12-2011 03:56:58 | More by Brenden
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

02-21-2012 00:01:18 | More by ltdantheman
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

05-30-2012 21:58:03 | More by wander4
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

10-16-2012 01:26:24 | More by alesaram
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Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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