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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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875 Ratings

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Ratings: 875
Reviews: 324
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%

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:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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

25 IBU

(Beer added by: soccerman7 on 08-01-2010)
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Photo of Shaw


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

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

A lovely amber in color with a short white head, more of a layer of foam, actually.

Nice aroma of caramel and biscuit.

The aroma carries over to the taste. Nice malt notes of caramel with a bit of a hop bite at the end. Nice.

Good body. Hefty.

Overall this is one of Magic Hat's better brews. They bill it as a sort-of oktoberfest, and I agree. It's worth checking out.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 03:49:04 | More by Shaw
Photo of RonaldTheriot


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

Magic Hat Hex has a medium, fluffy, off-white head, a slightly hazy, copper appearance with lots of streaming bubbles, and some lacing on the glass. The aroma is of medium-roasted, sweet, fruity barley malt and bread crust. Taste is of roasted malt, wood, bread crust, sweetness, and it has a nice underlying hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Magic Hat Hex finishes mostly dry, clean, and very refreshing. This beer is super sessionable, and I rate it as being very good. Get some!


Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 21:11:50 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of ZAP


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

A-Brunt orange....light white head...

S-Sweeter malts and a slight spicy dimension as well...

T-Nice malt forward flavor...caramel, toffee, some very faint smokiness...

M-For 5.4% beer this really has a nice firm body...substantial with no watery notes at all...while sweeter it finishes clean without a cloying aspect.

O-This is drinking much better tonight than the first time I had it pouring it into plastic glasses at the hotel I was at. Not a true ofest but a nice tasty malt forward ale with some character...

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2012 04:11:04 | More by ZAP
Photo of gcamparone

Rhode Island

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

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass. Purchased at Nikki's Liquors in North Providence, Rhode Island.

A- Pours a golden-orange clear body with a generous 3" head that reduces to a white film and leaves a little lacing.

S- Nutty and malty with a vanilla-caramel backbone. Fresh and inviting.

T- Starts with a sweet vanilla caramel malt flavor and ends with a nice citrus hoppy finish. Tasty and balanced.

M- Medium-heavy body, medium low carbonation. Smooth.

Overall, I enjoyed this one. Balance was the big winner here. You get a big malt character typical of octoberfests, and just enough hops to compliment the malt.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2012 20:33:53 | More by gcamparone
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:58:28 | More by lordofthewiens
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, amber-hued body with a small-sized, sudsy, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, tangibly fruity ("I smell apples." -TheLibrarianGirl) nose, with notes of sugar-encrusted, toasted bread, nuts, and smoke. However, that smoke hint is very faroff, very vague, but just barely there. The hops aren't really coming through clearly on the nose.

Taste: Modestly toasted nuts and bread with a hint of burnt sugar. Soundly sweet, particularly as it warms. Gentle fruitiness incorporated into the taste. A hint of clean, just noticeable smoke character. Characteristic Magic Hat yeast. Floral, spicy hops (boosted by the addition of rye) with a medium-low level of bitterness. The hop flavor, while present, isn't rather effusive. Develops a bit of cinnamon as it warms. Lightly bitter, earthy finish. Leaves teensy touches of sugar, smoke, and spice on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tasty for a Magic Hat aletoberfest. I thought it was pretty decent, though I feel like I'm in the minority in thinking so.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 04:35:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Very clear amber colored ale with a nice tan head that leaves ust a little sticky lacing as it fades.

Very nice caramel malt aroma, with a nice touch of hop spice. This is all about the malt though, bready and rich. Some deep mysterious fruit aroma is the overall effect, maybe sweet cherries. Taste is very bready and sweet. Not much if any of the hop spice, and very little in the fruity esters department, but just a nip of the cherries in the finish. This is a nice clean finishing ale, maybe closest to an actual Märzen style I have had.

Medium in body, nice smooth mouthfeel, only mildly carbonated. Great fall session beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 19:09:52 | More by ZimZamZoom
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3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into Standard tumbler

A - Pours a dark amber coppery color with medium effervescence. This beer pours a 3 finger head which is composed of mostly big bubbles that slowly start to fizzle away. The center of the head is brighter than the outside, with the center being bright white and the outside having a off-white tanner complexion. Although the head fizzles away, this beer does leave some nice lacing on the glass.

S - For an Oktoberfest-style, this beer has more of a hoppy aroma than a caramel malt aroma. Caramel is still in the nose, but it seems to be mixed with a floral hop scent. Very nice nose.

T - The taste is very nutty, with a tangy walnut kind of taste. A nice caramel sweetness sits on the back end of the tongue and a crisp hop bitterness follows on the finish. A little bit mild, but all in all a very well balanced taste.

M - The mouth feel of this beer is fairly suitable for this style. Not to heavy bodied like the Sam Adams Octoberfest, and not thin and watery either, like the Lienenkugels Oktoberfest. The slight carbonation and and sticky composition is very soft on the tongue.

D - The drinkability of this beer is super high. For those looking for a sessionable Psuedo-Oktoberfest that will not overwhelm you, this is it. This would also be a good starter Oktoberfest for those not too familiar with the style.

Final Thoughts: A far as Magic Hat goes, they seem to always have new tricks up their sleeves, but when it comes to traditional style beers the always seem to do a pretty solid job. This beer is no exception. A solid one thumb up!

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 21:51:51 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
Photo of FickleBeast

New Jersey

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

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a nice rich amber color with a finger of healthy white foam that sits upon the beer for several minutes. Looks great. Aroma is mostly malty, some DMS and grainy/husky aromas.

First sip is quite malty, with a nice munich/crystal sweetness and substantial body. Hoppiness is minimal. Very easy drinking despite the sweetness and viscosity of the mouthfeel. Overall very nice. I'd get a six pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 03:24:54 | More by FickleBeast
Photo of bnes09


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

Translucent caramel colored beer that actually looks fairly thick. Weak ivory colored head dissipates to a thin film then disappears from view. Not much lacing.

Rich biscuit-like malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness mingled in.

Sturdy, almost dense malt character with hearty biscuits and sweet caramel. Mild earthy hop bitterness provides some balance. Finishes with a tart flavor that is different but not bad.

Beefy, medium body. Good level of suds. Smooth feel.

This is a pretty good brew. Good depth. Good balance. Easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2011 04:38:35 | More by bnes09
Photo of Mojo


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

This offering from Magic Hat pours a nice pale orange color with a two finger light tan head and no observable lacing. Smell is weak, but I picked up oranges, bread, and some honey notes. Mouthfeel is world class. Very satisfying and full. Taste is some roasted malt, caramel and tofee upfront with grapefruity bitterness on the finish. The bitter is a little stronger than the sweet so I can't say it is perfectly balanced, but a worthy offering nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2012 02:30:32 | More by Mojo
Photo of mynie


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

Hex falls somewhere in between a marzen and a red. That's not a bad place to be, but I kind of wish they would try to explain as much on their bottles so I don't get my hopes up for a full-blown marzen. I'm weird like that. Marzens excite me.

Anyhow, yeah, the reviewy stuff: it pours dark brown with a nice white head. Smells of sweet bready malt with distinct nodes of Magic Hat's dry, fruity yeast. Tastes much the same. Very sweet bread up front moving into slightly less sweet bread and biscuit in the middle and ending on nodes of differently sweet, yeasty fruit and spice. Very well balanced and competently brewed.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 20:37:33 | More by mynie
Photo of Dcor


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2012 02:44:18 | More by Dcor
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2011 22:32:28 | More by centbeerfest
Photo of scotorum


3.94/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought this to try in a mixed six last June, so it was a leftover from August 2012. Didn't think that would make much difference since it's a low hop Octoberfest. Now I see it has been retired, so this may be one of the last BA reviews of it.

Poured from the 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams nonick.

a: nearly clear amber, half finger thick white head dissipated quickly to slight surface foam and traces of lacing.

s: mild caramel malt

t: Light tasty caramel malt. Dry finish.

m: Moderate, nice heft for an Octoberfest.

o: One of the better Octoberfests I have had. Always enjoyed Magic Hat's Number 9, and its the only brewery I have ever toured. Glad to see they make a fine Fall brew too. Make that "made" since it has been retired. Too bad.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2013 23:31:04 | More by scotorum
Photo of burnstar


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper with a medium sized head. Smell is sweet malt- some apple notes. Taste is toasty malt. Caramel. Apple note again. Pleasant light lingering bitterness. Tastes autumnal. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Really, quite a nice fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:25:08 | More by burnstar
Photo of lovindahops

New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love fall. Another new seasonal brew to try. I am a tad bit different than many on this site... I am not going to hold a grudge on rating this, as others are because MH was sold to NAB. Let's rate this as a craft brew

A- a classic amber red color that has a head that quickly dissipates. The colors are consistent with the theme, no doubt

S- some toffee and prune like fruity scents. Very bready and malty as well. There is a slight earthy fig theme in the brew. Even some slight alcohol. One knock is the flavor does not necessarily jump out at you

T- not bad as far as an amber ale goes. Hex stats with with a fair amount of caramel and malty notes. The flavor is disciplined in the sense the malt stays true to american amber themes. The same fruit flavor is there throughout. I like this depiction of MH's fall flavor

M- very carbonated but flavor is sticky

D- OK.... so here it is. Magic Hat creates an Octoberfest interpretation... and it will get blasted. Meanwhile, I think this is a great brew to intro someone to craft beer. I also think this is a delicious brew that can be enjoyed in a sitting. I think this is very tasty

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 23:55:02 | More by lovindahops
Photo of chicagobill13


3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2011 23:41:49 | More by chicagobill13
Photo of Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper in color with a creamy off-white head. Lots of bubbles briskly rising to the top, in formation.

Nice aroma. Toffee, caramel, mushy overripe red apple, cinnamon and the faintest hint of smoke.

Interesting flavor. A delicate smokiness, a toffee character, some Delicious Red apple (ie. crisp, juicy, lightly sweet, and having that pectin-like thing going on). Even a little bit of a citrus/metallic twang, but with warming this is relegated to the background, letting the nice, autumnal malt flavor come through strongest.

I've found Hex drinks best with just a little bit of chill on it...and that improves the texture too...seems a little sharp when too cold, but with some chill off, it's got a supple, silky smoothness that's quite wonderful.

Love the name and especially the logo/label. Do I love the beer as much? Just about. It took me a few meetings with Hex to really appreciate it and understand it. The real discovery was that drinking it too cold didn't do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 22:19:07 | More by Metalmonk
Photo of japcmiller


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice light amber color with thin head retention, thin lacing but nicely carbonated.

Smell: It has a wonderful heavy spice and caramel nose with almost a hint of brown sugar. Very little hop character adding to the nose, but heavy on the malt.

Taste: Has a high almost acidic character, that balances well with the sugar sweetness that is a very mild taste that comes at the beginning of the sip. It finishes bitter with a bready malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Has a very dry and heavy feel on my tongue. Not an overly tanninany dryness but still dry. It feels very heavy and coats the inside of my mouth like syrup.

Drinkability: This beer has great balance between its' nose and the taste. The acidic character blends well with its' sweet malty character and even though it finishes dry. The beer as a whole has great balance and very good drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 21:26:22 | More by japcmiller
Photo of albertjr21

New York

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep yellowish amber color with a dense murky look under a thin sud head.

S: A lightly sweet malt nose with a hint of lemon citrus and note of hops.

M/T: A fizzy, lightly citric/sour and crisp feel upfront continues itself alongside a complimentary malt center that is robust yet still friendly with the beer's bright citrus notes. The finish leaves a nicely balanced bitter and sweet afterthought on the palate.

D: A robust yet very refreshing beer and a great option for a session with its moderate abv.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2010 00:48:34 | More by albertjr21
Photo of 312HopBomb


3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Color is orange amber with a faint haze. Medium head retains a layer of foam on top of the brew and a cool looking lace pattern.

S: Caramel malt with subtle euro variety hop aroma.

T: Taste follows the nose with caramel malt and wood. Hops are in the background but present themselves on the finish for a nice bitter end.

M: Carbonation is appropriate for the style, a smooth medium body.

O: I enjoy this fall offering from Magic Hat. It goes down smooth and easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2012 03:07:51 | More by 312HopBomb
Photo of micromaniac129


3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color with a slight haze with average carbo's and low foam head.
Smells malty with some bread and biscuit tones.
smooth tasting light in body.
While drinking I get a sense of alcohol. That warm alcohol feeling.
This is a pretty good beer, I wouldn't buy a case I don't think.

Drink well my friends

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2010 15:26:59 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of JerseyKirk

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Reddish, cloudy, with little head that went away quickly.

S: Caramel, chocolate and malty. Good.

T: Wow it's the only other beer I like by Magic Hat. Slight cherry cigar aftertaste. I'm surprised considering their house yeast gives a very natural, earthy taste that I'm not a fan of like in their beet beer.

M: Full bodied and well carbed. Just missing a creamy white head.

O: I'm happy with the beer. If I'm in the mood for an amber beer with more body and slight chocolate vibe I'll pick it up.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 01:57:35 | More by JerseyKirk
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3.88/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apple cider look to the beer, perfect for the season. The head is of a decent size and off-white in color. Dissapates slowly with nice retention. Smells a little like apple cider as well, with sweet malts and baked apples coming through as well as what smells to me a little like candied oranges. Very pleasant to the nose.

The taste is clean and fairly straightforward for such a pleasant smelling beer. Some hoppy bitterness shows through some easy-going caramel malts. Somewhat surprisingly, the nose doesn't quite match up with the palate, but there is a slight fruitiness to the taste in the form of underripe oranges. The caramel malts manage to hold it together and make for a decent tasting beer, but nothing to write home about. The mouthfeel is very clean and crisp and very easy overall. The drinkability of this brew is very high, and that may be the best thing going for it. This is a decent example of an oktoberfest and definitely worth a chance.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2011 23:34:39 | More by chodinheaven
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79 out of 100 based on 875 ratings.