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Reviews: 264
Hads: 609
Avg: 3.45
pDev: 22.9%
Wants: 7
Gots: 36 | 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...

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Photo of Abel25
2.88/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark color for a lager. A bit thin on the poor, barely one finger of head. Nice mouthfeel, but too sharp and too bitter taste. I don't get the bitterness. Odd in a spring lager

I enjoy other Magic Hats, but this one is not for me. I tried a second, thinking possible bad bottle, but the second was the same. Largely disappointing.

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Photo of Redrover
3.67/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here was another beer included in the mixed magic Hat 12 pack. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is amber with a beige head.

The beer has an aroma of grains and caramel. It is inviting.

The taste is slightly sweet with a mild grain base and bit of floral hops. Caramel and a little nutty in the finish.

The mouths is well calibrated for this beer. It ahs decent carbonation but has a bit of staying power as well.

I like my lagers and think this a pretty decent one.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red-amber body with a centimeter of white head. 3.5

Floral hops and a light caramel malt. Some herbaceous flavors, as well. 3.5

Subdued floral hops with woody notes. Pretty beefy sweet malts for a lager with toast notes and caramel/toffee. A little doughy; almost stale/musty. Mild bitterness, finishes a little sweet. 3.5

Thin and effervescent. Weak in body. A little watery. 3.0

Decent amber lager, all things considered. I has a fresher pour of this weeks ago that was much better. Still paying some respects overall. 4.0

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into chalice. Pours a heavy brown/copper with some nice head. Very malty bready aromas, slight hop notes. Similar in tatse...very malty and bready but well balanced with the hops. Not sure if I would have thought this to be a Red Lager, but its a definite lager, and a decent one at that. Nice familiar session brew that would probably appeal to most people.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, malty, slightly fruity aroma is a little better than many lagers I have sampled. It pours a clear, dark copper with a fine-bubbled, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Crisp, malty flavor has a firm note of apple and just a hint of pear - and is that a touch of hops? Texture is about average, but overall this is a refreshing beer. Good for a party or paired with a light meal.

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Photo of scootny
3.03/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good looking clear amber fluid with a khaki head and nice lacing. Nose is toasted grains and English style yeast. Taste follow suit with a substantial ale like personality. Toasted grains and earthy hops abound with a mild bready sweetness. There are notes of caramel and coffee. Finish is clean and dry. toasted grains. feel is medium with a mild carbonation.

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Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color brew. Descent head on an aggressive pour with good retention.

Malty aroma with roasted tones and nuts.

Flavor is malty with a buttered biscuit character. Roasted almonds add a different tone. Hint of sea salt. Hops are vague and herbal. Smooth overall with that classic Magic Hat aftertaste which is mildly tart.

Light body. Descent carbonation. Not much texture.

Just ok. Not a big fan of too many beers from Magic Hat. This one still has that signature aftertaste which is not the greatest. Ok balance in this on but not a lot of depth. Don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of sommersb
3.55/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-14-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Dark amber color and semi-clear. The head is off-white and a finger high, dissipating quickly and showing a fair amount of lace.

S: Malts, caramel, spices and herbs. Overall the aroma is faint, however.

T: Taste is malty and sweet, with some fruit and spice elements. Bitterness is light.

M: Body is light to medium, with a crisp feel. Moderately carbonated, it finishes with a good balance of sweet and bitter.

O: Overall a good lager that I enjoyed.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark copper color that is somewhat cloudy and 1 finger head that quickly disappears

Smell - lots of malt, bronw sugar/caramel

Taste - an extremely tasty and fulfilling lager. Sweet and malty with a crisp finish. A very nice flavor profile that I love.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery but otherwise ok for a light lager

Overall - A very nice sessionable beer with plenty of flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thick creamy ring of bubbles around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy and nutty malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of toasted malts and wood. No bitterness or malty sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but it isn’t that filling and is relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.1/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber with a two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Malt and yeast.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasty grain and vegetables.

M: Light to medium bodied with too much carbonation.

O: The nose and taste were pretty mild and it was way too carbonated.

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Photo of wedge
3.35/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Heed The Spirit, If You Can Hear It"

Amber body with a fine, frothy off-white head. Clean toasted grain and caramel aroma with a faint floral hop note. Sweet caramel malty flavor...more toast, slight honey, and some spice from the hops, though they seem to contribute mostly bitterness. Medium-light body with some crispness. Not a bad easy-drinking amber lager.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with minimal lacing on a clear amber with crimson hues body. Aroma is typical caramel malt. Taste is also fairly standard with mostly caramel malt and mild toffee note. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable but fairly standard for the style and therefore not too memorable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head; better retention and lacing than expected

Smell: Toasted bread with a bit of sugary malt

Taste: Bready, up front, with a sugary malt character that builds to toffee through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For those who don't like any "bite" to their beer, this should prove to be popular; sweet and very approachable, just not for me

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Photo of tastybeer
3.3/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color with almost no head that shortly fizzles away to nothing

S: Lager yeast, some light malts, caramel, and very light hops

T: Follows the nose, with distinct lager yeast, caramel malts, and another distinguishable trait of the amber lager that I really don't like, the vegetal notes... ick

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I just can't get used to that vegetal taste... At least I notice it in all amber lagers, so I'm guessing it's a trait of the style... And a big reason why I usually don't drink amber lagers very often. If you enjoy them, though, this is another beer for you

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Photo of Arborescence
3.96/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, slightly hazy. Pours a rather nice, fairly dense head. Certainly looks more interesting than your typical lager!

Aroma: Fresh malt, quite mild. Manages to be refreshing without much hops.

Taste: Good malty body, robust. Not an awful lot of depth, but I like the slightly sweet aftertaste. Hop flavours are virtually absent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, surprisingly rich actually! Medium carbonation.

Overall: I find this a pretty good lager. Not sure if it's the ideal spring seasonal, as the relative lack of hops and dominating malt aren't what you'd typically associate with a spring lager. But a nice solid beer, would certainly drink again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.5/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Spring mix-pack at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with an initial inch of quickly dissipating khaki-colored head. Smells grainy. Flavor consists of sweet malty and slightly roasty notes with a grainy aftertaste. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this one is pretty easily drinkable. Actually not bad. It's been a few years since I've had Magic Hat before tonight, and it's definitely a fair bit better than I remember.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of shoelesstom
4.23/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured smoothly into a standard pint glass. The head of the beer was Nice and thick and created a smooth initial smell while taking the first sip. This beer is a high end summer beer that carries an excellent level of heavy amber taste without over doing it with too much of an alcohol content. Magic Hat continues to climb the ranks as one of my tried and true breweries. Absolutely perfect.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.67/5  rDev +35.4%
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.

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Photo of SuperSpy
3.58/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Very dark amber and a little hazy. It doesn't have much head but there are some lively bubbles that keep a little island of foam floating along the top of the beer.

Now this aroma has a ton of toasted malt. A little dry, a little nutty, and lots of toasted malt. The beer is light and refreshing upfront but then the flavor suddenly packs a punch of toasted malt. The flavor is overwhelmingly dominated by toasted malt, and in a good way. It finish dry with a hint of chalky dry hops but the toasted malt still come through in the finish and the aftertaste. This may be a little one dimensional but the dry toasted flavor is excellent and I will keep this on hand so long as it is on the shelf.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.95/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from Spring Fling collection 2012. Cap " Hoke us poke us".

Fruity aroma peach like. Poured bright amber with full foamy off white head. Soptty lacing of glass. Taste starts of sweet and tart, peach, nectarine tones finishes with a slightly bitter twang. Does not end as well as it started.

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Photo of cmq103
3/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I just picked up a 6-pack of this from the Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ. Pretty darn good selection there for 4 & 6-packs of craft beers that are already cold.

Appearance: With a semi-aggressive pour I was able to get maybe a ¼” off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Darker copper color with a hint of cloudiness is how I would describe it. Lacing was so, so as I tilted my glass. It surely didn’t want to "stick" around between sips.

Smell: Toasted malts and lightly sweet caramel catches my nose right away, with a hint of citrus and chocolate in the finish. Decent, but not overly dominating in any sense.

Taste: Your typical lager comes to mind with its sweeter, caramel, malty blend. A light nuttiness of a brown ale, tries to come through but fails. Mild, grassy hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Kind of plain if you ask me. Not bad, but didn’t give me a “wow” factor.

Mouthfeel: A lighter, watery body with higher carbonation. Finish is buttery and dry.

Overall: Not a bad tasting beer, but nothing that I would run out and buy again. For a lager, it was decent and certainly sessionable enough in a pinch. I like their #9 and Circus Boy much better.

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Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 264 ratings.