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Vinyl - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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578 Ratings

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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%

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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Photo of thecheapies


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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

Serving type: on-tap

06-13-2012 02:29:45 | More by thecheapies
Photo of kylehay2004


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-07-2012 02:26:14 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of paulginva


3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass, this beer had lively carbonation and a 1/2" fizzy off-white head with virtually no lacing and no retention when it got to our table. Body color was a clear deep amber.

AROMA: Smells quite sweet with some baked caramel scent and a little citrus.

TASTE: Pretty similar, though not quite as pleasing as I expected. Modest caramel malt taste, again with a bit of citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium body with a smooth texture, lively carbonation and virtually no body lacing. What little there is seems to disappear almost instantly. The initial flavor was heavily sweet while the short finish was more modestly sweet with a lightly bitter taste.

DRINKABILITY: An okay session beer but nothing to write home about primarily due to its highly sweet character -- kind of a deviation from the standard. While it is easy to drink and offers good value, I probably won't bother buying it again simply because there is nothing memorable about it.

Serving type: on-tap

12-14-2011 18:27:26 | More by paulginva
Photo of david18

New York

3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had a sixteen ounce draft of this at the Amsterdam Ale House on Manhattan's Upper West Side. Overall, a good, refreshing amber ale that has a low enough alcohol level to be an easy afternoon drinker.

Color was a deep amber with some red around the edges and a good, light amber head.

Aroma was bready and carmely, very nice.

Flavor as well was pretty complex for this type of beer with hints of carmel, bread and the Magic Hat house flavor (yeast).

Overall a very good beer. Surprisingly good for this type of beer. i'll definitely have it again.

Serving type: on-tap

06-23-2011 20:13:25 | More by david18
Photo of Rifugium


3.4/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at Casey's, Newtown Square, PA

A basic but tasty lager. Poured a hazy amber with a thin white head that becomes a layer of spotty bubble patches. Simple caramel malts in the nose, with a touch of fruitiness. A bit bready, with clean, slightly roasted malts in the taste, and a fruit sweetness, balanced by light floral hops. Crisp and clean, light-medium mouthfeel, and decent to drink even if it's not overly distinctive.

Serving type: on-tap

05-14-2011 17:46:45 | More by Rifugium
Photo of nukem5


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a copper color with a nice tan foam cap. Nice lacing.
S: bready with sweet malts, well hopped.
T: same as aroma with a biscuity taste
M: medium body, slightly alcohol taste in back.
O: very drinkable....would definitely order again.

I ordered this at my local bar, had never heard of it and was pleasantly surprised.

Serving type: on-tap

04-03-2011 01:52:10 | More by nukem5
Photo of DCon


3.88/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ Nick's Pub in St. Louis, MO. Poured into a Pint Glass from the Snow Globe Tap for $6.

Appearance- Dark Red, Light Brown Color with hazy body and clear. Half a finger of head and very little amount of lace on the glass.

Smell- Extremely sweet smelling, some type of fruit (citrus), and a honey or caramel scent as well. Very good!

Taste- Very sweet. I would say there is a munich malt used, with the bitterness obtained through the mild hop character and a caramel finish. Nice, but not true to style... Shouldn't be this sweet or have such an easy taste.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium Bodied, Ton of carbonation at the beginning of the drink, and smooth!

Overall- Easy to drink, sweet, but no way I can see this as an Amber or Red Lager... I would definitely have this lager again if given to me on tap or in a bottle. Excited to see where I'll see this again...

Serving type: on-tap

04-01-2011 08:14:37 | More by DCon
Photo of mactrail


3.05/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Undistinguished amber beer of no apparent pedigree.

Looks OK in the pint glass with a pleasing amber color. Rather flat in the mouth. Some pleasant malt flavors. Dry caramel like an old Sugar Daddy. Hops are just a source of some bitterness-- no floral or aromatic flavors. Kind of the astringency of chewing on pomegranate seeds. Clean and decently made, though. Aftertaste not very pleasant.

Quite forgettable. I don't know why they are making this mongrel.

Serving type: on-tap

03-22-2011 01:54:40 | More by mactrail
Photo of eporter66

New York

3.13/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Dinosaur BBQ in Troy NY

A - Decent head and lacing on the pour, a carmel coloring in the light inside

S - Not a strong smell off this, hints of caramel and bread

T - A toasty flavor with a hint of caramel like the smell. Not overly sweet, and no real bitterness to the beer. Decent flavor but nothing exceptional

M - Light to medium mouthfeel

D - This is a good session beer, easy drink if a bit plain.

Serving type: on-tap

03-06-2011 15:40:19 | More by eporter66
Photo of glid02


3.45/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2010 04:18:13 | More by glid02
Photo of subversivemike

West Virginia

4.2/5  rDev +23.9%
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

Serving type: on-tap

04-11-2010 05:10:08 | More by subversivemike
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a local BBQ place that has been of late rotating in MHBC seasonals.

Pour is a light reddish brown, with a minimal amount of white foam. Some lacing observed.

Faint sweet malty smell.

Taste is like an amber lager, but with a little more depth. Some notes of maple syrup in the sweetness. Firm hop at the background, which reminds of MHBCs Roxxy Rolles brew - but the overall brew is much lighter than RR.

Good mouthfeel, nothing special. A good drinking spring seasonal.

Serving type: on-tap

03-28-2010 12:14:35 | More by KTCamm
Photo of beerbutcher


3.53/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours red/amber with one finger off white head

aromas of caramel, malt and toast are not too lagerish but nice.

loose and bubbly palate with soft malt flavors and faint herbal hops in the background.

mouthfeel is a bit loose and overcarbonated for me, could be more crisp.

as a beer it tastes good and i didn't mind drinking it. not what i was expecting from a lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-15-2010 15:55:55 | More by beerbutcher
Photo of MaxBrews


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bomber poured into a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pouring a beer in the normal fashion yields little head, you end up with something that looks like a stadium pour. The only way to generate a head from this beer is to pour it down the middle which yields a 1 and a half finger head that dissipates all too rapidly. Lacing is thin. The color is a reddish tinted amber. Clear with a slight haze.

Aroma: Biscuity toasted malts, dark fruit and bread. A very malty aroma with fruity esters.

Taste: Plenty of roasted malt very stout and Vienna lager like in malt profile. There's a tinge fruity esters and some caramel, but a big malt profile.

Moutfeel: For all the malt, the body is lighter. I'd still stay it has a medium body with mild carbonation. It finishes a bit dry, though little bitterness.

Drinkability: This is a style that can be easily be boring. However Magic Hat keeps it real. Not interesting but real. A malty lager that doesn't have anything completely off about it. It could be a bit more complex and flavorful though. A nice malty lager and nothing else. The thing I like about it is there's no sweetness, its a simple lager you could spend the night drinking...

Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2010 00:17:33 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of ChainGangGuy


4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a lightly hazed, dark amber-hued body underneath a very thin coating of off-white fizz.

Smell: Invitingly sweet-scented nose of toasted bread crusts doubly dunked in wildflower honey and sticky, viscous caramel sauce. Touch of background fruitiness.

Taste: A sweetish taste of pale and richly toasty Munich malts with a fair amount of both sugary caramel and quality honey. Slight fruitiness, perhaps a bit berryish, even strawberryish. Hint of yeastiness. Very, very low amount of earthy hop character though almost no imparted bitterness, so, that'll leave this beer to finish nearly as sweet as it started, with a lingering taste of sugar-encrusted toast.

Mouthfeel: Just barely comes up medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, not bad at all. An easy drinking, malt-forward brew with a reasonable amount of alcohol. Sure, it may not be a strictly authentic Vienna, but, then again, I don't see where MH is making any such claims beyond it simply being an amber lager.

Serving type: on-tap

03-01-2010 21:16:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

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


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured from the tap into a pint glass with 1/2" of white foam, which slowly receded, leaving some impressive lacing in its wake. The body was a clear (filtered) medium amber color, with no visible carbonation.

S- Crackerlike Vienna malt is most dominant with a faint noble hop aroma. Smells like very 'clean' Vienna lager.

T- The malt comes across much more toasty and nutty than implied by the nose. Almost a bit roasty. The toastiness dominates the palate through the finish. Hops are not perceived.

M- A solid medium body, slightly underattenuated and complimented by a nice soft carbonation.

D- Goes down smooth, but it just doesn't taste good enough to keep me drinking past the first glass...

Serving type: on-tap

02-03-2010 02:48:15 | More by jgasparine
Photo of Abel25

2.85/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 01:12:33 | More by Abel25
Photo of Redrover


3.65/5  rDev +7.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 00:33:59 | More by Redrover
Photo of LXIXME

New Mexico

3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:44:28 | More by LXIXME
Photo of DrinkSlurm


3.5/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 13:23:54 | More by DrinkSlurm
Photo of Cyberkedi


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 03:02:24 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of scootny

New York

3.03/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 06:38:58 | More by scootny
Photo of bnes09


3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2012 02:01:15 | More by bnes09
Photo of sommersb


3.55/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2012 19:27:07 | More by sommersb
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Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.