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Vinyl - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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588 Ratings

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Ratings: 588
Reviews: 265
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 15.34%
Wants: 7
Gots: 18 | 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

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Photo of imaguitargod


3.38/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really digging the label on this one, such a cool design! Poured to a nice, stable head, slight lacing, and the color of the beer is amber. Very crisp tasting, malty right up front and actually tastes of rye. Slight hop bitterness that lingers in the back of the tongue.

~Jonathan Passow

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:09:20 | More by imaguitargod
Photo of cjgator3


3.25/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed dark brownish red color with an awesome off-white head with good retention and lacing.

S- The aroma is a little on the faint side with hints of toasted grain, caramel and a light fruitiness as well.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some toasted malt and caramel. The finish is very dry with a touch of earthy hops.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, Vinyl is a decent brew but nothing spectacular. Probably not something I would purchase again.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 03:45:44 | More by cjgator3
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

L - chill hazed amber color with an off-white head that left trails of lacing.
S - earthy,caramel malt and a berry-like sweetness, it has a nice aroma.
T - sweet tasting most of the way through with a touch of bitterness on the finish.
F - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:24:52 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of DosBeerigos


3/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

C. Clear
H. Dark Amber / Light Brown
N. Strong Earth Tones; hints of caramel

Ok, Spring Seasonal offering from Magic Hat. The message under the cap said "Never tease, aim to please". Ehh...I normally would agree with most Magic Hats but this one was just sort-a ok. It reminded me of when I was a child and I was outside playing in the park, the smell of loose dirt, dead leaves on the ground, and new ones starting to come out on the trees. This is a great representation of a "Spring" Beer. Everything screams spring from the color, getting lighter from the winter beers, to the odor of earth. The taste is pretty strong with coffee and light hints of caramel and nuts, not much though. I can say that the beer did get better with each sip, but wasn't one that I would rush out to pick up a bunch of. Worth the try from the sampler though.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 19:43:22 | More by DosBeerigos
Photo of jwc215


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

Pours hazed dark copperish amber with a thin head that fades away. Vanishing dotted lace temporarily sticks.

The smell is of a caramelish graininess, with some earthy and fruity (berry-like) notes. Yeasty - not quite as clean as expected from a lager.

The taste is of caramel, towards toffee, with yeast, and an apricot-ish and berry-like fruitiness. It has a mildly yeasty, dry finish.

It is smooth with medium carbonation and a light-to-medium body.

A bit too "yeasty"...could be cleaner, but an interesting lager, nevertheless. Pretty easy to drink. I preferred the Participation Lager...

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 00:15:57 | More by jwc215
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured in a pint glass
A: deep amber, 2 finger head light and thin.
S: bread like malts, fruity, raspberry
T: good malt presence rounded out by the hops this is a well made beer, its nothing out of this world.
M: it lighter in body but the fact the malts sweetness is a bit more then the hops the finish is rather sweet and not as dry as I would have liked, when i think lager I think crisp refreshing, cold, with a dry finish.
D: this is good but will not buy again i tend to go for more of a refreshing beer when I want a cold beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 22:15:04 | More by fastsrt
Photo of dewalt

New York

3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Brewing's new spring seasonal, amber lager. Pours a hazy, dark honey brown, moderately carbonated. Smells like toasted malt, a hint of orange Pine-Sol. Flavors are simple and sweet; caramel, citrus, herbal finish. A little thin, but drinkable. Cool commercial, great label, likable but ultimately unremarkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 19:02:24 | More by dewalt
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured briskly out of a bottle this beer was a murky copper color with two fingers of tan head that quickly receded. It did lace in sliding bands despite the very thin collar it retained. The aroma was of toasted malt, nuts, hints of tobacco and bit of must that developed more as it warmed up. The flavors were better than the aroma. More well rounded; clearly a lager. Good tasted malt again, caramel malt, nuts, hints of licorice and finally the typical (but not always favorable) Magic Hat yeasty finish. The mouthfeel was creamy but slick, the body medium and the carbonation medium.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2010 17:48:15 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of vdread


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Vinyl pours a dark amber with a thick tan head that leaves a few splashes. not much for a nose, but the some floral hops, sweet caramel are noticeable.

tastes sweet, malty, dominated by toasty, bready malt, caramel. a range of slight fruit tastes come in, mostly of apricots and apples. all followed by a hint of cocoa (i had to confirm this with others to be sure). hops are light, floral, with a very slight bitterness.

well carbonated, medium bodied, easy to sip.

+ while not really an interesting beer in any big way, the slight dry cocoa/chocolate taste added a very unique dimension to this beer.

+ simple drinking at its best. a light, low ABV, clean, simple lager taste. i can't find anything less than positive to say about Vinyl

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 14:42:16 | More by vdread
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 elgiacomo


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours dark amber with a one finger off-white/light tan head that reduces to a small ring and doesn't leave much lacing.

Aroma is mild but contians caramel malt, bready, a little yeasty, some cereal and grains.

Flavor is caramel malt, a little sweet, with some mild hop bitterness on the finish.

Mouthfeel is oily, medium bodied, clean finish.

This is pretty good for the style, a bit better than Yuengling, but for a price. I'd like to try Brooklyn Lager to compare.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 03:25:04 | More by elgiacomo
Photo of mempath


4.15/5  rDev +22.4%
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...

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2010 00:21:41 | More by mempath
Photo of JordanEllwanger


3.7/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark copper amber hue very transparent. Dark colors for a lager. A quick fading head leaving no trace behind. Smells light and malty toastedness. A strong tasting lager. Has an English flavor about it with lots of toasted malts. Feels smooth and enjoyable.


Serving type: bottle

02-18-2010 05:35:24 | More by JordanEllwanger
Photo of matty


3.3/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Amber colored beer with a slowly fading head.Aroma is malty.Taste is caramel malts with earthy undertones.Overall a decent beer that would fit better in the warmer months of the year.I think that this is something that should be tried at least once.I would buy again but not actively seek out.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 12:55:01 | More by matty
Photo of Pabs311


3.6/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head that fades fast.

S- carmel maltiness and earthy qualities, not overly complex or impressing.

T- pretty balanced with the smell. some hop bitterness with a dry finish.

M/D- Light-medium bodied. overly carbonated.

Not impressed.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 23:39:04 | More by Pabs311
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a brilliant apple-marzen with a compact desert sand colored head that was spongey and moderately lasting while leaving a poor lacing. Visible effervesce was strong with a steady dose of dense shower streams of quickly rising micro-bubbles. Overall a pretty decent coloring here.

S: The nose was fair per style with a mild fruitiness of apple peels. Lightly toasted grains are also present bringing a light toasty dryness to the senses. Little or no hoppiness was detected.

T: The flavor was bright, brought on by the ample carbonation that amplified the dry and sweet toasty nature of the drink while a dry fruitiness of apple skins rounds things out for the initial impression. Fairly malty with a distinguishable residual malt coating on the tongue. The sweetness and fruitiness comes through late in the drink with representation of apple skins and a light flowery hopping that shines through here with perhaps the slightest hint of semi-dry cherry skins. A nice level of maltiness, flowery bitterness and a fair amount of flavor per style gives this good regards. On a final note and thought, this was orginally labeled as a Vienna style lager, though it tastes more like a octoberfest style beer with use of lightly toasted munich malts rather overly sweet Vienna.

M: The mouthful had a nice fullness, very slick in texture with a toasted dry malt fader lingering on the swallow.

D: Drinkability was fairly good, a little malty and fruity but generally acceptable for downing a few in a row. A pretty full flavor and would consider a repurchase here.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 13:41:21 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of feelmefoam

South Carolina

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

Nice caramel amber color with ruby highlights. Put up a large, fluffy tan head about 3 fingers tall that left decent lacing with moderate retention time, eventually receding to a foam cap that sits atop the beer.

Pretty fragrant nose on the beer, not overly complex, but still good. I can pick out a slight bit of graininess, some caramel malts, and a distinct fruitiness mixed with a little earthiness.

Simple and slightly sweet flavor. The caramel malts show up again and carry through until the end of the gulp, but also entertain the light plum/apple flavor as well as the earthiness present in the nose towards the end.

A pretty crisp, light-bodied beer with maybe a little too much carbonation, but overall it's pretty good. The light and crisp body helps complement the slightly fruity flavor.

Overall, this is a pretty drinkable beer that I could see myself having a few of during a nice spring day. Actually, it really makes me want this long winter to stop grinding on and let spring show it's beautiful face. Either way, this is just a nice, slightly fruity, run of the mill lager that won't disappoint but also won't blow you out of the water.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 02:25:01 | More by feelmefoam
Photo of Lerxst


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

A-Pours a deep amber with one finger slightly off white head that held on for a bit and then left just a bit of lacing.

S-It has a very faint nose. A bit of malt and a slight fruit note.

T-Bready malt, with a touch of citrus hops, maybe a bit of banana and pineapple. Not bad at all, but nothing outstanding.

M-Medium body, somewhat stinging carb bite with a surprising finish that is a bit oily.

D-Its not a bad beer, so more than one is doable.

Overall, this is a decent beer, just nothing outstanding.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2010 01:29:08 | More by Lerxst
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The other new Magic Hat I ran into. I wasnt sure what to make out of it at first, but turns out to be very nice in the end. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 02/13/2010.

The pour was nicely done, dark orange in color with a good clarity and a nice and tight head of white on top of the glass. Faded smooth and left a tiny but broken head across the top of the glass. Aroma is caramel malts and rich earthy hops, Very green it comes across. Nice and smooth and even as it warms it maintains its richenss. Nice caramel flavor washes across the tongue, followed by a healthy dose of grain and a nice and well rounded feel. Smooth, lightly dry finish smacks of grass and bready malts before it falls down and leaves you looking for more.

Overall this was very solid, a very intresting and very drinkable amber. There are doing good things with these seasonals for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 18:27:37 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of animalchin

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Red-orange body. Head goes away pretty fast but there is some minimal lacing.

S - A lot of malt and lemon peel. Nothing much going on here.

T - Wow - a lot more than what I was expecting. Sweet malts, chocolate and caramel. Creamy toffee after-taste going on. A beautiful balance.

M & D - Pretty heavy for a red lager. I was overall very impressed with the taste, though the smell and look didn't seem like it was going to have much to offer. Probably one of the better Magic Hat brews I've had. I would have this again and again for sure.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2010 01:43:29 | More by animalchin
Photo of BlackBearForge


4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Vinyl pours a nice deep coppery amber, very clear with a nice off-white head which leaves some oily lacing that doesn't stick.

The aroma is toasted malts, caramel and nice floral hops with a bit of orchard fruits as well.

Nicely toasted bready malts in the flavor, caramel, what tastes like European hops with a bit of yeasty ester. Very much like an Oktoberfest or Vienna Lager. Som apple and perhaps pear is evident as well. Nice full flavor.

Mouthfeel is medium, perfectly carbonated, smooth and nicely creamy.

A very nice lager, sampled from the Spring variety pack. If it becomes available in six packs I most certainly would put this in rotation as it is a very good lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 20:00:45 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of leecschmidt


3.68/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is an interesting January "spring" release from Magic Hat.

It has an amber, slightly cloudy appearance which had a small amount of sediment in the bottom if the bottle.

The beer poured nicely into a pilsner glass with an off white head which lasted a decent amount of time and had some lacing.

The initial taste was a typical malty flavor with a hint of roasting. Not anything special as far as taste but overall good finish.

Some carbonation feel but not too fizzy. Refreshing after shoveling the walkways, which was a nice change from many of the winter beers (still a favorite of mine) that I have been having.

The drinkabilty was very good. This is one you could drink all night and would be a good transition beer for a domestic drinker.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2010 01:54:44 | More by leecschmidt
Photo of david131


3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- A deep, clear orange/red with a creamy white head that has decent retention.

S- Oats, sweet caramel, fruit, and cocoa powder.

T- A nice balance of all the things I picked up on in the aroma.

M- A nice amount of carbonation and a clean finish.

D- Good flavors and an especially nice finish. Nothing super special, but enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

02-12-2010 03:55:09 | More by david131
Photo of pzrhsau

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Nice rich deep brown color with a palish yellow head.
Smell: Nice rich malt flavor with a spiced hops aftertaste.
Taste: Very toasty malt flavor. Very good flavor and not burnt at all. Reminds me of roasted sunflower seeds. This is a great flavor to have heading into the spring.
Mouthfeel: Not to heavy, good weighted lager to bridge the gap between winter and summer. Nice carbonation, light and tingly on the tongue.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 00:02:09 | More by pzrhsau
Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 588 ratings.