Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 923
Reviews: 323
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 55 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: soccerman7 on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish.

25 IBU
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Photo of oberon
2.81/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic a deep burnt orange with a large fluffy slight off white head that held pretty well,downhill from there.Aromas of caramel and some char,a off soapy aroma comes into play as well.Flavors start big and caramelly sweet with some underlying toastiness and then a real funky finish that has some soapiness and sourness that shouldnt be there.Sorta unpleasant on the palate,to me a clunker of a beer from Magic Hat.

Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex Magic Hat Brewing Company Amber/Red ale 5.4% alcohol. I was a the market and was in the mood for a malty craft beer and well I found exactly what I was looking for in this sixer.

A- A vigorous pour produces a one inch off white head that ligers for most of the beer. Leaves a decent patchy rings of lacing on the pint glass.

S- Sweet malts and mild floral hops upfront with musky carmel and brown sugar in the backbone.

T-M- Rich bites of caramel and toffee upfront followed by sweet sugary malts that are balance by a light hop charactor of citrus and grass.
Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated. Slick feel on the tongue.

Overall this is a drinker that goes down easy and goes with almost any occation. An excellent offering from Magic Hat... cheers!!

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine Issue #44 (Sep 2010):

Quick to foam with a dismal lace, the dried orange peel color shows some clarity. Vague hits of caramel, smoke, spicy rye and herbal hop in the nose. Creamy medium body yields a modest smoothness. Malty, with a big flash of caramel sweetness to start. Hop bitterness and a hint of rye go for balance as a thin layer of smokiness covers the palate. Semisweet, ending with herbal hop, remnants of smoke and a touch of biscuity grain. Magic Hat is up to their old tricks by concocting this creation.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.97/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a pretty good beer.
It was an amber color with a very thin tan head.
Caramel aroma, sweet bread.
It had a caramel taste with a whiff of smoke late.
Crisp mouthfeel.
This beer evoked memories of a crisp New England fall day, the leaves have changed, and woodstoves are burning.

Photo of warnerry
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Nice deep copper/amber with two fingers of tan head. head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S - Sweet malts, a bit of caramel and a small amount of spice in the nose.

T - Taste has a bit of a bite, both from some spice and relatively high carbonation. Sweet caramel malts come through midway through the taste. Finish is actually rather bitter.

M - Medium mouthfeel that is by turns a bit sticky sweet, and quite dry and bitter. Finishes dry.

O - Pretty good taste, and one of the better Magic Hat beers I've had, but still well below a number of other Oktoberfests. The bitter element is not particularly welcome.

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.65/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this by saying I'm a stickler for Oktoberfest lagers, and American brewers that produce lackluster ales masquerading as "O-fest" beers really annoys me.

That said, I was on my way to a party recently and stopped at a store without much selection. Decided to pick up a 6-er of this.

Got some of that roast in the nose, like more of a fall seasonal.

Tasted some faint roast, some faint berries mixed in, along with some caramel. Finishes a bit funky, weird hop taste lingers. Interesting, it got better as it warmed up. More of the roast came through and finished more sweet than bitter.

All in all, a decent beer. Not my fave, but not the worst either. Interesting enough to have a few.

Photo of generallee
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a best by date and lists the ABV at 5.4%.

Appearance: The body has a beautiful orange amber color with good clarity and some carbonation. The head on top is a creamy off white color about two fingers tall and has good retention. 2/3 the way down the glass and a thin cap is still holding on. There is not much in the way of lacing as the head just slides right down the glass.

Smell: The aroma has an odd astringent sour hop note with sweet caramel, candy like maltiness.

Taste/Palate: Its medium body sports a sweet caramel candy and toffee like character with some bready and lightly toasted notes in the background. This is balanced by a somewhat sour leafy/grassy bitterness from the hops. As this is Amber Ale and not a true Oktoberfest Lager the finish is slow and light hop bitterness lingers. The carbonation is well balanced and active keeping the texture lively and light.

Notes: Overall this beer quite drinkable and captures the spirit of fall and Oktoberfest.

Photo of Billolick
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, Best enjoyed by dating etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours red tinged medium amber. Minor off white head, leaving some scattered blobs of lace here and there. Malted up nose. Pleasant enough offering. More maltyness on the tongue and following through to the finish. Smooth and clearly sessionable. Notes of vanilla, honey, medium amber malts. Nothing special, but an easy drinking, malty and reasonably decent fall type of brew.

Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong toffee with not too much else. The flavor is toffee, earth and dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Like a lot of beer from Magic Hat, the beer is average across the board.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.13/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a put glass.

Pours a fairly red amber color with a small whit head. Lots of creamy lacing. Nose is malty, smoky and rich.

Taste I very sweet with a smokey finish. Its it a light hop bite but not much. It's closer to a rauchbier than a Märzen though which is a bit of a dissapointment.

Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex opens with a malty, yeasty nose that resembles fresh baguettes, mixed with brown sugars, berries, and touches of grapefruit from the hops. The mix is light, but well-balanced, tending more toward the malt and sugar aromas, and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with malt flavors, especially biscuit and toast grains, with small touches of rice. Some berries, apples, and oranges drift lazily in the background, lightly tinging the flavor profile with sugars. Hops are mostly noticeable as a light buzzing on the tongue and soft palate, with just a shade of citrus zest. Subsequent sips reveal lesser fruit flavors, and more lemon/lime citrus notes, the sweeter sugars not quite keeping up with the hops. The aftertaste is mainly grains, with hints of sugar and grapefruit, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not much separates it from many of its peers. The flavors are balanced and nuanced, even if a bit more sugar would help them stand out, or at least provide a bit of excitement.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a standard pint glass. once again, the bottle claims theres a freshness date on the neck, but i cant find it.

pours a light orange amber color, a touch hazy. one finger of off white head that faded to a ring rather quickly. no real lace to speak of. this could go for either an oktoberfest or an amber ale, or even a pale ale.

not a huge aroma. sweet caramel malts, some what reminiscient of an oktoberfest in the way of sweet munich malts. a little smokiness as well.

amber ale, sweet caramel malts, nise dose of citrus hops, oktoberfest, sweet munich malts, a touch grainy, almost a little lager like, and a touch of smoke on the back end. not a bad taste, but nothing mind blowing. kind of a hybrid beer style.

medium bodied. crisp carbonation. hops are noticable just a little on the palate after the sip.

a pretty drinkable beer, a nice alternative to a marzen for the season. i like magic hats whole take on this beer, but not something i would go out of my way to seek out again. if i somehow come across it again, ill drink it, but i prolly wont buy it again.

Photo of far333
2.43/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Reddish orangey amber with an off-white head that settles quickly. Low aroma of caramel and toffee sweetness. Unbalanced and non-complex flavors of sweet caramel and toffee, notes of biscuit and ripe fruit, not enough offsetting bitterness to keep this from being one-dimensional. The smoked malt must be false advertising. Another disappointment from what was once one of my favorite breweries. Send this one to the grave and bring back Jinx, Heart of Darkness, Humble Patience, Ravell, and the experimental smoked porter and scotch ale.

Photo of centbeerfest
3.95/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a sample bottle into a small tasting glass.

Nice orange amber color. Little bit of haze. Very little head or carbonation
Smelled of tobacco leaves or a mild cherry cigar.
Gives of some of the characteristics of an Octoberfest style beer, and has a slight cherry finish to the flavor. Just enough to tie it into what you have come to expect in a Magic Hat beer.
Wee bot of smoke flavor as well.

Nice alternative to the flood of Octoberfest beers and uniquely Magic Hat. Very drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the Oktoberfest hybrids, brewed with ale yeast...I think they best labeled this beer using the Hex Ourtoberfest title. Pours into my Sam adams fest 1/2 liter krug, looks nice a dark amber body with a big cream light khaki tan head with fine scattered lacing. Aroma a touch of caramel and biscuit malts with a nutty finish slightly smoked finish. A hint of German hops as well blends nicely in the mix. This isn't bad at all, drinkable flavorful brew I really enjoy this roasted malt ridden caramel inspired fall session beer. Upfront sweet toasted malt with a nutty smoked finish. Herbal hops stand up nicely it doesn't bother me that this beer is an ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with sturdy carbonation a beer I will revisit soon. Drinkability a couple more left in the 12 pack I wouldn't mind a whole six.

Photo of chinchill
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured in pint glass. "Best by" date was nearly 2 months in the future, and purchased from Total Wine at beginning of Fall seasonal season, so should be fresh but ...

A - reddish amber with minimal head that disappears quickly despite long-lasting carbonation bubbling. Very slight cloudiness.

S - off odor; something makes me think of soap. Malty & yeasty. (2nd sample much better and lacking yeasty aroma).

T - malty & funky; short-lived bitter aftertaste fades to clean finish. (2nd sample less funky but retains a little of the unpleasant bitter metallic flavor).

M - OK

D - given the odor and taste, no way for this brew to be highly drinkable. The worst Magic Hat I've had.

Edited with tasting of a 2011 bottle sampled on 9/2011. I averaged the ratings across the two tastings given that the second sample, although much better, had traces of the faults noted on sample 1.

Photo of Steelcitybeerman
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I work at a Beer store in the Pittsburgh Area, and Magic Hat did a sampling of their fall selections. The Hex "Ourtoberfest" was one of their choices. The beer was not bad, it was very easy to drink and mostly on the smooth side. I found that I am not a Huge Fan of Magic Hat's products. They are worth trying but I don't know that I would go much beyond that.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a porter glass.

A: The beer pours a bronze, reddish brown with light golden hints at the bottom of the glass. When held to the light, the beer becomes lighter brown, and steady carbonation can be seen. A white fluffy head settles and vanishes quickly leaving a light ring around the glass and a slight mist of white covering the rest of the top.

S: It has a nice aroma: spice, malt, brown sugar, candied maple, fruit, bread, and a hint of crisp citrus.

T: Lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt change to crisper apple and citrus tones. There is a slight smoke towards the finish, however, it is crowded out by a long bitter and green finish (it reminds me of chewing on an orange peel).

M: On the lighter side of medium body, Hex also has pleasant carbonation.

D: It is a sweeter brew and it does not have an exceptionally high alcohol content.

Overall: Magic Hat produces drinkable beers. I have yet to have one that was truly terrible. However, I have not had one that was truly terrific either. I love fall beers, as do most beer drinkers. Hex's aroma really is nice and its flavor profile is very interesting. Yet, the long green and bitter finish does not balance the beer (which might have been the intent). Instead, it disturbs the pleasant sweet malt and crisp apple flavor. I wouldn't be upset if someone brought a six-pack of Hex to my house; however, with all of the other delicious fall seasonal beer options, I would not buy it again myself. I must say, from the dork perspective, Hex's packaging is excellent.

Photo of chicagobill13
3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I don't like the smell of this beer. It doesn't have a head at all. However, let's get into the positive of this beer, this is a very good beer. I don't like the fact that it doesn't tell you what the beer is on the bottle. I took a chance. I love this beer. I am not a red ale or amber fan but I love the malt taste of this beer. it has a little hoppiest to it not much. It has a very good mix between it. It is perfect for the beginning of fall. I wouldn't say the later stages. I am very happy to give this an awesome score. I hate magic hats beers but this one. it was worth the money.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull tarnished copper color with a thick beige head that doesn't seem to last. There are plenty of visible bubbles that fuel a collar of thinning suds.

The nose is a mix of malts and tart fruits. Not the best smell but also not bad. I find it to be slightly more gritty and boozy then I prefer but it's not a deal breaker.

Taste is similar to the nose with both grain malt flavors competing with an apple-ish tartness. Eventually the malts win out finishing the flavor with a sweet and toasted bread lusciousness.

The mouthfeel is nice with a crisp carbonation and a slick palate coating feel. Hex has a nice medium body that is very pleasing to drink. An above average brew that grows on you. I was a little put off by the nose but find it charming now. A fine above average seasonal.

Photo of Brenden
3.82/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just beyond amber to about a medium orange, very clear with lots of light shining through and brightening the edges to a dark yellow, this beer develops a 3/4 finger cap of tan head that shows pretty good retention and drops a modicum of spotty lacing.
The toffee and caramel are as advertised in the nose, the smokiness not too difficult to come by but not showing up until the end of each sniff. There's a very light balance of leafy and herbal hops. A sort of woodiness comes out as it warms, bringing out a hint of spiciness with it.
This beer is strongly malty on the tongue, with a biscuity backbone, and it starts off sweet without letting up. Even as the leafy and herbal hops notes come out, the caramel and toffee almost swallow it up. The nicely smoky finish does accentuate the caramel very nicely into the finish.
It stops shy of being cloying on the tongue, the raw leafiness of the hops doing the job to limit the sweetness in the feel so it isn't too sticky or heavy. The body stays at a firm medium into the end, showing a crisp nip up front and smoothness following.

Photo of Dcor
3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this in a sixer from my daughter, bottle poured into Sam Adams sensory glass

Darker amber color, not much of a head, light lacing

light caramel hint, not much of an aroma

caramel marzen base, hint of spices, hoppy finish, hint of citris

smooth, not much carbonation, clean

having at least a case of SA Octoberfest in the beer fridge when I got this, I took a plunge and tried Hex and was surprised how muck I liked it. Will get this again come next August Pretty good marzen with a hot brat, would be great for a fall session beer.

Photo of Groucho75
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with BB 11/30/11 2050628 stamped on the neck; poured into my Bodum double walled tumbler.

Overall a nice look; closer to a copper-y IPA than a red but still nice. The head gave way pretty quickly and evaporated after a few minutes. No lacing to speak of. Slight carbonation kept it lively but not busy.

Lots of malt on the nose, a little fruit, but not much else.

Taste is average; plenty of bread and malt, but that sharp aftertaste leaves plenty to be desired. Low ABV doesn't appear at all on the palate.

Mouthfeel is very good; you could session this one all night and not feel it too badly the next day.

I wanted to enjoy this, and it wasn't terrible, but on first glass it wasn't what I wanted it to be. If I had a few more my opinion might change but for now I'll echo those sentiments previously offered: I wouldn't turn it down, but it wouldn't be the first thing I reached for either.

Photo of racer2k
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a bottle of this beer in to my favorite pint glass.

A - Color is reddish amber. Beer creates a thick creamy one finger head that retains some light to moderate lacing around my glass.

S - Robust sweet malty front end profile that is highlighted by a fruity nutty presence to the smell.

T - This beer has a is a heavy duty malt backbone with a hint of bitterness on the front end. There are some hints of apples in the aroma.

M - This beer has moderate carbonation and a smokey mouth feel that fits very well with the slightly hoppy baseline.

D- Overall a good drinking session beer with a pretty innovative flavor profile.

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber color with some orange hues, good life at first with a robust off-white head but it quickly mellows out and becomes a bit too relaxed.

A funky herbal and tart fruit aroma hits first. Olives and medicinal earthiness all around, dark wheat, roasted barley becomes nutty with some subtle spices in the backdrop.

Dark malted barley with nutty-flavored maltiness, dry dark wheat and subtle brown sugar sweetness balanced with tangy-hebal hops and a slightly metallic-medicinal yeast flavor. The feel starts out pretty jazzy with a light to medium feel until it relaxes a bit too fast and becomes much more mellow and heavy feeling. The unique funky-sour yeastie wheat flavor is pretty nice but in a very subtle fashion.

A very interesting version of this style but the nuttiness goes a bit too far in the malt, otherwise good stuff.

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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 923 ratings.