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Vinyl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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605 Ratings

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Ratings: 605
Reviews: 264
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 15.09%
Wants: 7
Gots: 29 | 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

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
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Ratings: 605 | Reviews: 264
Photo of barleyroad
4.8/5  rDev +42%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Medium amber in appearance, clear and clean. Smell is somewhat erronious and deceitful.Taste is a wow, this is a nice blend of hops and malts. Well done on this one and very much fridge worthy; but we digress. The mouthfeel is what you what in a beer. Leaves the tongue nicely and leave you whating more. Overall we at Barley Road can not say enough, this will be in the fridge.

Photo of Robert63
4.75/5  rDev +40.5%

Photo of bigkingken
4.67/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, medium amber color similar to Yuengling, the only other really amber lager I’ve come across. Smells hit the nose immediately on the pour. Mostly caramel malt with notes of toffee. Not a lot of hops in the nose. Starts a tad sour but gives way to a deep, complex malt bill. Tastes more like a nut brown in a lighter lager form. Full rich mouthfeel with a subtle amount of carbonation. Not much hops to speak of. Finishes clean and refreshing, lightly coating the tongue with malty goodness. I love beers that rely on their malt bills for flavor more than their hopping schedule. Thus, I love this lager.

Photo of DrDemento456
4.51/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Review taken from notes

A - Red haze in color.
S - Slight toffee smell along with bitter malt.
T - biscuit flavor from yeast along with slight bitter hops and malt.
M - Light and refreshing. Decent amber lager.
D - One of the few amber lagers I had and this one is Number one for price and drink ability. Flying dog and Yuengling lager coming in second and third.

Photo of Jonmoore89
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

Photo of Unicycling4Beer
4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +33.1%

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4.44/5  rDev +31.4%

Photo of Neika
4.4/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Vinyl poured well with a nice head of foam. Vinyl's appearance is just short of amber. The aroma is bready and toasty and mixes very well with a subtle spicy hop aroma, perhaps noble? The taste is all malt, Layers of malt with a great balance. I find this beer to be easy drink-in. Vinyl will be playing every night while the season lasts. Nice job Magic Hat.

Photo of scruffwhor
4.39/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rusty ruby and copper clor with a one finger head that recedes to a film of foam before I take my first sip. OK bubbling. Crisp and toasty malt aroma. Makes me think of pretzel bread and some faint earthy hops. Lighty toasted pretzel bread flavors upfront. Then toasted white bread fresh from the toaster in the middle with some earthy grass and dirt hops to cut the malts just a little bit. The finish stays the baked bread and toasted malt coarse. Very smooth palate all the way through. I wish there was a little more pretzel bread flavor, but this offereing still satisfied. Great session vienna lager.

Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one enough I posted a link to the Magic Hat site on my Facebook page. Saw this on the singles shelf (in the seasonals section) at Corridor and picked it up. Very good decision. Very impressive, right from the awesome bottle graphics (gotta love that retro 1960s look) to the last very last sip. Nice brown to copper in the glass, with some rising bubbles visible. Decent, tan colored head that stayed through the first few sips and laced the glass nicely. Hint of light biscuity malt in the nose, but the taste matched with a nicely balanced malt and notable hops bitterness that made your mouth water from first sip. The flavor wasn't complex in the sense that it changed or shifted, but it was consistently well balanced and flavorful, with the nice bitter kick at the end. Nothing cloying or "sweet" or fruity about it. A definite session beer. Light mouthfeel and carbonation only added to the refreshing nature of the beer; and at just over 5% ABV, it was easily quaffed and enjoyed. Definitely a unique Ale. Almost (dare I say it) reminded me of an Altbier, in the way hops were used. Could be a regular in my fridge.

Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The red lager style is usually a pretty lackluster style, so I was pleasantly surprised with how bright and flavorful this beer was. Slightly tangy, with a well balanced but noteworthy hops flavor. Some light, slightly sweet caramel notes in malt. Odd name, cool graphics, good beer.

Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A- Pours a reddish amber with a thinner 2 finger off white head that dosen't stick around to long and leaves little lacing.

S- Grainy roasted caramel malts and barley

T- Full flavored roasted malts with a good caramel toffee backround.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter dry finish but not bad.

Overall this is probably the best spring beer i've had so far. Great flavor and body for a good cooler spring day. Magic Hat knew what they were doing with this one.


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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +25.7%

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