Vinyl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 607
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 32 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2009

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
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Reviews by tastybeer:
Photo of tastybeer
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange, slightly hazy beer with a peachy-white head. Good sized head fades to a 1/16" layer. No discernible lace.

S: Aroma is lightly hoppy... It reminds me of #9 a little with similar apricot/tropical scents. Malts are light and basic with aromas of bread, caramel, and pizza dough.

T: Fairly simple light malt flavors with a touch of bitterness. Nothing exciting here. Distinct flavors are hard to pinpoint. Clean, simple, and somewhat boring.

M: Carbonation is medium and steady, body is light, and texture is slightly syrupy with grape-like dryness to contrast.

This one is alright. Not bad, not great.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.71/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of jpwadd
2.9/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of RTEdmunds
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of far333
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of glid02
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.72/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Brenden
3.16/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat- Vinyl

A- Amber brown, clear with a decent frothy head. Small lacing and good bubbly carbonation.
S- Buttery malt. Caramel, shortbread, cap'n crunch cereal.
T- Thick caramel, butter, and shortbread malt, sweet cereal grain and hints of brown sugar and molasses. Earthy dry hop finsh.
M- Very buttery smooth and slick. Thick malty body with a sweet and dry grassy/ malty finish.

Overall- Buttery, smooth, and clean. Nice dry hoppiness in the end. A good MH offering.

Photo of mutterfudder
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Spring seasonals already? In January? Okay then. Into the Sam Adams Uberglass you go...

A - Copper with quickly vaporizing head that left what little of itself was left on the sides of the glass. Interesting.

S - Not too much here. Some roasted malt and caramel smells.

T - Sharp citrus hop notes that quickly disappear into a sweet caramel flavor. Good thing there's 12 oz in the bottle since it all comes and goes pretty quick.

M/D - Leaves a thin coating of flavor behind. As with many MH beers, I feel a bit gassy on these (TMI, I know) but the carbonation is about what you'd expect. It's an interesting flavor with above average drinkability (though not as good as Mother Lager was)

I liked HiPA, but I guess now that they're doing lucky cat, they don't need a seasonal IPA to go with it. So be it... this is one of the better seasonals that MH puts out.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.85/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a rather dark lager, it's a raw honey color with dark amber hues and a 1" high tan colored head, dissipates pretty fast but leaves plenty of nice foam kicking around at all times. This stuff is pretty fresh, and it looks that way.

The aroma has a a big flax seeds and sunflower seed aroma in the malt along with some pretty roastie grains, darker wheat malt and veggie garden greens.

This is a crispy, medium bodied lager with some very strong roastie malts. There is a flax seed flavor along with the dark wheat malts that give this lager a very unique but strange effect. Earthy, bitter hops provide a pretty good balance. I'm feeling the seedy flavor might be a bit too much overall in the the flavor spectrum but it unique. The finish is earthy, herbal and slightly sour from the lager yeast which is a classic effect.

Well, i love the lable, I usually really like how MH presents it's brews and this one is no different. i love vinyl records, I'm a collector and avid listener to old vinyl, especially old jazz records, mostly from the 50's.
A nice ode to an old-school past time and a nice ode and thought) for spring time.

Photo of KingEdward
3.97/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured this beer from a bottle into a pint glass. This amber colored beer had a two finger off white head that went away quickly and left a foamy ring. Their is minimal lacing. The beer smells sweet and gives the aroma of malt, yeast, maple syrup, and brown sugar. The beer tastes of malt, hops, and has some chocolate notes. The front end is malty and the back end leaves a light hop slightly sweet aftertaste. The mouthfull is nicely carbonated and foamy. This is a very good beer and I think i will have another.

Photo of subversivemike
4.17/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Saw the handle on the tap for this at a local bar that is known more for its wings and sports than craft brews and so I was excited.

A - Poured from the tap very foamy, but every beer on tap was doing that the night I stopped in. I wasn't expecting such a deep amber color. Foam, after it settled down, was about two fingers, but dissipated relatively quicky ande left lacing that went the distance.

S- Nice hoppy aroma, not too much I should note, with a rich, malty sweetness that followed. A second, more focued sniff brought up an even sweeter carmel backdrop.

T- I was honestly expecting a hoppier aftertaste, but the malts really seemed to dominate. Not that the malt is over-powering, but hints of carmel and biscuit linger alongside the hops.

MF- The malts add a substantial and thick mouthfeel, but at no point do the hops take over like I was suspecting. Carbonation was ok, but with the heavier than expected mouthfeel, I think the hops were lost on the palate more than others textures.

D- I ended up drinking 3 of these in a couple of hours. I can see this beer easily performing as a session beer. It has flavors we all enjoy, but none are over-bearing. Malt sweetness lasts but not overly so. Hops tame the sweetness, but not overtly.

Serving type: on-tap

Reviewed on: 04-11-2010 02:11:59

Photo of Metalmonk
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not sure why they call it discernible reference to spinning the black circle or name and label anyway...

Pours a rusty red color, some haze, and a thin off-white head that doesn't stick around long.

Aroma is nondescript. A generic lager smell: cooked veggies, DMS, not much else, but I don't mean to make it sound offensive, it's not. It's just kind of boring.

Flavor is quite good, and it saves the beer from being sub-par. And taste is what counts most, right? While there's a cooked veggie vibe happening, a spiciness arrives to help out, mostly the hops talking I'd imagine. A slight zap of allspice or cinnamon, maybe, and something very much like strong herbal tea. Slight grassy bitterness in the finish.

Feels a little too tingly and sharp for my liking, I'd prefer a smoother lager, unless we're talking a crisp European pils or something.

A worthwhile entry from Magic Hat. Like the majority of their beers, it's not a mindblower but not bad either. Just very drinkable, and something of a savior when it comes to small-town supermarket beer selections.

Photo of emsroth
2.93/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

App. Beautiful copper with a chunky tan head

Smell. A wonderfully balanced aroma. Fruitiness comes from both the malt and the hops which combine to a caramel Apple smell. Underneath is the earthiness of the dark malt and the htastops bot& which give a spicy, bitter note.

Taste. Here the brew is lacking. The flavor has a slight sweet character up front but is dominated by the roasted malt and hop bitterness. A hint a herbal flavor sneaks out but is truly lost in the bitterness.

Good medium body with great carbonation.

Photo of allthatAles
2.24/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour: deep reddish brown, moderate head that breaks down quickly to a thin wispy lacing the lager over. Lacing becomes nearly non-existent about a 1/3 through the beer. Slight smokeyness to body similar to an unfiltered etc.

Nose: Malt, a little cream almost berry-esque a little hop at the end

Mouth: Light, malt/fruit slight sourness...the unfiltered apperance is just that an appearance, there is a slight malt to the finish.

This isn't me being a staunch Ale-er, but I don't believe this lager offers a proper depth of character. I think nearly all food pairings impossible minus the more delicate asian fare. Any other food simply overpower it ....

Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin layer of dense, soft, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of burnt, toasted malt and caramel. The flavor is caramelly and sweet up front followed by toasted malt and finishes with a faintly earthy, bitter hop character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is an alright beer. It wouldn't be my first choice especially for a spring seasonal, but it has its merits. It has flavor and balance. It's drinkable and refreshing. But ultimately it's not very memorable.

Photo of mempath
4.15/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

decent lacing and head. both collapse slowly and with grace...nose is pure malt. nice thickish taste with a blast of biscuitness and malts. as mentioned by another reviewer, very english in character. good mouthfeel integrated. very drinkable. sessionable. not a monster. not a ghost. somewhere in between. not winter. not summer. it's almost spring...

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Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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