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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
okay

909 Ratings
THE BROS
90
outstanding

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Ratings: 909
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 16
Gots: 42 | 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:
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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3/5  rDev -13.5%

t0rin0, Oct 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev -13.5%

djrn2, Feb 16, 2012
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

acurtis, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of bready malts with notes of caramel, roasted malts and toffee. The finish has some smoky flavors and notes of spices, while the initial taste has some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The dryness in the finish prevents this beer from going down very smoothly, although it is rather unique for the style and shares some characteristics that you would expect from an Oktoberfest beer.

metter98, Jul 29, 2011
Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head; the retention wasn't great, however, but it did leave behind quite a few dots of lacing

Smell: A full-on blast of caramel malt and a touch of grain underneath

Taste: Caramel malt dominates the front end, with fruit developing in the middle and a hint of smoke bringing up the rear; the aftertaste is rather sweet, almost cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad, fpr a sweeter style beer, and the smoke adds an interesting twist; just a bit too sweet and cloying for my palate

brentk56, Sep 23, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tangelo orange with edges of liquid butterscotch. A standard pour produced three fingers of froth that is somewhere between ecru and ivory in color. Good persistence and a decent amount of lace result in an above average score.

An autumn seasonal named Hex Ourtoberfest is pretty much an Oktoberfest, right? Well... maybe not... since this offering is an ale. The beer smells primarily malty, with hints of wood smoke that becomes more-than-hints after warming.

Hex is pretty good, but it ain't no Roxy Rolles (which it replaced in the Magic Hat lineup). As expected, there's a big Oktoberfest vibe, given the toasted-earthy-nutty maltiness. We're now several months past the 'best by' date with no sign of breakdown in either flavor or body.

This would be much less interesting beer without cherry wood smoked malt. It actually comes across as a marzen-rauch hybrid that is roughly equal parts of each. Apollo and Hallertau hops still have life in them with respect to both flavor and bitterness.

The mouthfeel does what it should do and is right in line with the rest of the attributes. It's the correct size for the ABV/style and the bubbles are neither too scarce nor too intrusive.

Hex Ourtoberfest is intriguing beer that is actually fairly conservative for this brewery. It's still a mystery why Magic Hat kills some of their best beer (Roxy Rolles, HiPA) and keeps some truly awful beer alive. And why is their website always such a pain to navigate?

BuckeyeNation, Mar 08, 2011
Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A sweet non-descript beer that could loosely be classified as an Oktoberfest beer.

Glowing orange in color, the beer shows brilliant clarity, high carbonation, and is moderately headed. Low on staying power and light on lacing.

Flavors and aromas are caramel dominant and with a sweetish sugar shock. Light hop character could be American or German- just too light to tell. Mineral rich and fruity, the beer is just off from it's style-sake. Lacking the complex malt character that is displayed by original Oktoberfests leaves this one tasting very one-dimensional.

Sweet and thin to the palate with a mild minty-grainy finish. Ture to Magic Hat beers, this one is sweet, fruity, and poorly represents its stated style.

BEERchitect, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

kjkinsey, Apr 11, 2013
Photo of mikesgroove
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a night of inulgence i decided to go out and just drink the crap out of my fridge, i grabbed this one after running around the yard with the kids for an hour. served cold and poured into a pint glass, consumed on 10/08/2010.

the pour was decent at best, a orange color with a minimal head that faded quickly and left no lacing in its wake what so ever. really not impressed here.

aroma is bready malts that seem to be past their prime. a mix of wet cardboard and muted grains and hops. just not going where i want it to in anyway at all. thin feel leads to a palate that just seems to struggle to find itself the entire time. just not sure what is going on here but it is average at best. earthy and thin finish struggles to find direction and leaves you wanting more.

overall a pass. no where near the best i have had from the brewery or the style.

mikesgroove, Oct 09, 2010
Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +15.3%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When this brew was first released I was very impressed by the label that it had and everything. Very nicely done, I found it to be creative and cool much like most of the Magic Hat designs. The beer pours out as a nice looking brownish amber color. The head is thick and tan to start off but fades in time. The smell of the beer has a pretty good malt aroma to it, not much spice for an Oktoberfest brew but the color is about right at least. The taste of a caramel and toffee sweetness throughout this brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost medium bodied. Overall it's not the best beer for the time of year but it's not bad.

Knapp85, Sep 02, 2011
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.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of oberon
2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
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.

oberon, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -28%

JAHMUR, Jan 20, 2012
Photo of TMoney2591
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a flared pokal at Bliss.

A nice little extra thrown in during the latest Bliss tasting. It pours a hazy sunset amber topped by a finger of off-white foam. The nose comprises nutmeg, toffee, toasted caramel, very light cocoa, mandarin orange syrup, and hot cinnamon. The taste brings in more of the same, though the caramel comes across as more buttery than burnt, and the spices settle down and kinda drift about lazily across the tongue. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a prickly feel. Overall, a pretty nice beer, one that stands as a unique O-Fest alternative for the fall season. I wouldn't mind having more of this, really...

TMoney2591, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: NOV30 2011

Poured into a pint it has a saturated copper color, sort of orangey and tea-like appearance after the yeast dregs are poured in, rendering it a bit hazy. Lasting layer of white foam, it sticks around, leaving a sticky collar and spotty halo of lacing in the glass.

Sweet fruity esters, apple and caramel, toasty grain husks. Caramel maltiness in the flavor, light toast, some nutty pecan flavors. Dry finish, not sweet or bitter, slight yeastiness. Clean and crisp feel, body has some substance to it. Overall a good rendition of a fall favorite, and one of the better Magic Hat beers I can remember.

Thanks for the beer Wayne!

emerge077, Nov 26, 2011
Photo of zeff80
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Not a lot going on here.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with some caramel and toffee notes. A mild bitter hop bite adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay ale. Nothing impressive but a nice sessionable brew.

zeff80, Sep 17, 2011
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im not in love with this one. pours dark amber color with a tall tan head. smells like a ton of german malts, caramel and munich at least. sweet flavor without much hop balance, also not as complex as some of the other octoberfests out there. i like it with a big meal like stew or chilli, but as a standalone its not my favorite, especially when its still real warm out. mouthfeel is too heavy for me, it gets filling after just a few as the body is very big. still its smooth in the mouth and well made. overall i wouldnt select this over many others, but it isnt a bad brew.

StonedTrippin, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/9/2010 at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and honey. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but it's just another mediocre beer from Magic Hat.

TheManiacalOne, Oct 12, 2010
Photo of Slatetank
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a mug.

A clear copper w/ inch of ecru cap and tiny bead, the lace clings well. The smell is malty w/ lightly toasted grain and mild hop aroma w/ slight nutty scent w/ a hint of fruity ester in the yeast aroma. The malt is toasted in the feel and slightly cream w/ moderate carbonation and subtle bitterness, the feel is medium light and the finish is dry.

A flavor which mocks a fest lager well, but hop flavor is slightly higher and malt is toasted tasting and slightly sweet like granola w/ an almond-like taste. There is a subtle marzipan sweet note in its caramel and spice combination, but it doesn't really get to the dessert area. The finish is pretty lasting w/ lots of malt which is tasty. The drinkability -I liked this although I thought I wouldn't, perhaps if it were marketed as an amber/red ale I wouldn't have expected a marzen, but it is pretty good fro the style IMO.

Slatetank, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Faint caramel & grassyness

T: Caramel & slight smokeyness, grassy hops, dryness & slight grainyness up front. Caramel, dryness green apple skins, & grassy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly sweet with more green apple skin

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks alright; I could 2 or 3 before boredom set in. Glad I didn't buy a mixed 12 to sample this...

russpowell, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light creamy 1/2 finger head fades semi quickly over a semi clear toasty orange amber color.

The nose brings some sweet malts, a little syrupy aroma, some light toasty and red malts, and slight malt extract syrupy aroma. Also some light spices, a hint of nutmeg like aroma.

The taste is very bleh! More syrupy extract flavors, some malt extract, syrupy flavors. There are some malts, a little toasty malt and red malts. Also more of the spices, nutmeg and some other weird spices that don't really seem to belong. It finishes with more of the spices and syrupy flavors lingering, dries a bit on teh finish. It also gets a bitter and very slight metallic flavor on the finish.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

The drinkability is not the greatest. It has a low abv and nothing really bad, but the sticky syrupy flavors and spices that linger make it a little iffy.

Hey Magic Hat, you got me into craft beer, and I always have a place in my heart for you. I also loved the little quips under the caps, and even had a keg of Fat Angel at my wedding. When did your whole thing become about the gimmics and lost beer? All your best beers are killed for shit like this. Even the return of Blind Faith it was not nearly as good as it used to be. TWhat happened to you guys?! Please take a step back and look at yourselves and remember when it was about the beer.

jlindros, Oct 04, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a New Belgium goblet, breaking the goblet in. Beer is red, and clear, with a thin white head, some lacing, moderate to low carbonation.

Aroma is weak but mildly malty sweet.

Beer is medium in body and surprisingly bitter but oddly so, the forward has a lager like feel to it with the hints of sulfur-ish yeast character. It is not horrible, decent, I might even have it again.

drabmuh, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of mactrail
2.84/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy amber in the Duvel tulip. No sediment in the botle. Bought at Texas Wine in Fredericksburg in the 12 oz bottle. Light grainy aroma.

The malty sweetness seems to be cut by a slight sourness. Caramel and fementing apples. A touch of hoppiness at the ending with some bitterness and an earthy aftertaste. Not the most refreshing amber I've had. I am just not a Magic Hat enthusiast. Everything I've tried seems kind of murky and odd, but not an interesting sort of oddness. At least it wasn't reviewed as an Oktoberfest, which it doesn't resemble.

mactrail, May 21, 2013
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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 909 ratings.