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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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889 Ratings

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Ratings: 889
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 12
Gots: 34 | 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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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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 19:43:42 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of jwc215


3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had last year just before the freshness date expired. Reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found.

Pours hazed orange-amber with a thin white head that holds up pretty well. Some dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of some sweet caramel with esters that show it is an ale rather than a traditional O-fest lager. A touch of apricot shows with the brewery's house character.

The taste is fruity with sweet caramel. A touch of sour apple shows in the finish, along with a lingering balanced sweetness.

It is medium-bodied and slightly thin at times, though enough taste lingers through the finish.

This is an easy-drinking autumn ale that Magic Hat followers would certainly enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2012 18:58:44 | More by jwc215
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2013 05:45:45 | More by mactrail
Photo of Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

3/5  rDev -13.5%

11-18-2011 19:28:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
Photo of smcolw


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

Moderate head that leaves little lace. The liquid is clear with a neutral amber color.

Malty with strong caramel aromas. No notable hop.

The flavor continues on the smell profile. This is a malty beer with a little bitterness from some hop. Rich body with a low carbonation.

This is a beer of barley malt. There's very little hop presence. The aftertaste dies quickly.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:31:44 | More by smcolw
Photo of beernads


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

09-12-2013 18:59:57 | More by beernads
Photo of imperialking


3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

01-13-2012 19:30:47 | More by imperialking
Photo of weeare138


3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent, lght orange toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fades away into a gentle cap and collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, vanilla, mild spice, fresh bread.
Taste is of the aromas with a hoppy punch and a yeasty bitterness. It looks and acts like an Oktoberfest but alas, it behaves like an ale on the palate. It lacks that smooth, sourdough crispness that I look for in a true lagered Oktoberfest beer. A mild wood like finish lingers.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavily carbonated, with bitters of wood, yeast, and hops dueling with each other during the swallow.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2010 21:38:09 | More by weeare138
Photo of tempest


3.48/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle with a slice of pizza at Liberty St Tavern. I read the label and mistakenly thought this was an Oktoberfest, but I guess you might call it an Oktoberfest ale. It's not too far from the style, but the caramel character and hops are both bigger that your typical O-fest. The malts were a bit dull, though I did enjoy the spicy floral hops kick at the end. Not a bad pizza beer, but nothing special. Good for a session I suppose.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 14:24:43 | More by tempest
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.45/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2010 00:13:21 | More by Billolick
Photo of oriolesfan4


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New fall seasonal from Magic Hat, I tend to like their beers more than the average person.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a very small head, hmmm hope it's fresh. Smell is nothing special.. some faint hops. Taste has pretty good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Definitely doesn't hit me as an "octoberfest" as the bottle claims. A very bland/boring beer... just some faint hops and not much maltiness here, especially for the style. Definitely drinkable and wouldn't pass one up, but very boring and not up to par with the rest of the Magic Hat beers. Meh.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 21:07:56 | More by oriolesfan4
Photo of XmnwildX12


3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-09-2013 05:22:56 | More by XmnwildX12
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

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

Pours a white, two finger-head that goes quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Nearly clear amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Toasted malty nose. Flavor is toasted malt with a hop backbone, finish has a light bitter aftertaste. $2.00 for a 12oz bottle from North End Superette Manchester, NH.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2010 22:47:44 | More by jdhilt
Photo of ejimhof


3/5  rDev -13.5%

12-01-2012 03:40:12 | More by ejimhof
Photo of superspak


3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/23/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, golden raisin, toast, toffee, bread, light grass, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, apple, pear, toast, toffee, nuttiness, bready grain, light grass, floral, and light herbal spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, bready grain, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and light slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest style. Nicely robust with good balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. This was a nicely enjoyable offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2013 05:33:05 | More by superspak
Photo of plaid75

New York

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

Poured a murky deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a muddled arrangement of molasses, spice and fruit.

The taste was equally confused with an essentially sweet syrupy quality that was on only tempered by a faint roasted malt on the back end.

The mouthfeel was full.

Overall a sub par amber. Too muddled in my opinion.

Serving type: growler

09-20-2011 14:26:24 | More by plaid75
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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

A: Flat rustic orange pour is topped off by a fluffy beige head of moderate size and retention. Near silent carbonation even in my etched duvel glass hardly rising a stir. Spotty clumpy topping persists as a cover while a thin whispy lash lacing leaves little eye candy for admiration. Overall my duvel glass couldn't even dress this up coming off looking like a homeless dog in a tuxedo.

S: Bready with buttered caramel toast. Light flowery presence with dried caramel apple that was very light in strength.

T: Seems a bit watery upon the initial sip but manages to thicken up a bit or at least appear to on following sips. The alcohol at 5.4% seems a bit more noticeable with a sweetness of pancake syrup and gooey caramel while flashes of whole green hop flowers manage to sneak in for balance. Dry powdery malt sweetness and hop bitterness ensures on the swallow. Overall average perception flavor wise, did little to entice but also was not a turn off, just kinda treaded water per style.

M: Light bodied with very little effervesce. A bit of powdery malts gently tease the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Drinkable, but hardly toast worthy by the mug or pitcher. Really wasn't to impressed nor found reason or incentive to drink this in multiples. Decent tweener for nooobs.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 23:08:23 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of foamy head. Good retention. Faint caramel malt notes in the nose otherwise the smell is nondescript. Taste is sweet with caramel malt and fruity undertones primarily hints of apple and grapes. There's a faint earthy bitterness to the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated, and smooth.

There are far better amber's on the market. This one is too sweet for my liking.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2011 23:31:38 | More by tdm168
Photo of Kelp

New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

04-27-2013 09:53:50 | More by Kelp
Photo of sendbeer


2.5/5  rDev -28%

12-03-2012 19:59:50 | More by sendbeer
Photo of Brad007


3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While some may argue that it seems to be a little too early for this style, I welcome any challenge by Magic Hat to stimulate my taste buds.

Pours a mild amber color with a one-finger head into my glass. Looks about right for the style. No surprises.

Aroma is full of sweet, slightly smoky malt, much like one would expect from the style.

The taste can be described as containing overly sweet malt with just a hint of smokiness to it. It's nearly overwhelmed by this sweetness as such. There's a bit of butteriness/sourness to it as well. Hmm, the latter should not be present.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, slightly smoky malt. The offending flavors (buttery, sour) follow.

If this is Magic Hat's idea of an oktoberfest, I think I'll check out something else. It's still quite drinkable but they just can't seem to nail down anything past a basic lager (ales they excel at, somewhat). Still more drinkable than Becks version of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2010 04:37:57 | More by Brad007
Photo of dirtylou


2.25/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz single, Why oh why did i purchase thee? Woodmans of course

appearance: served in a great dane nonic pint, clear copper-amber, fluffy white cap with decent retention

smell: sweet and bready, very soapy

taste: soapy water, off bready notes, artificial sweetness, musty, grain. I'll drink half, then down the tubes. Boring, a little offensive, and i didnt need another beer anyway.

mouthfeel: a little unpleasant


Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 03:20:55 | More by dirtylou
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 01:20:46 | More by chinchill
Photo of harpus


2.75/5  rDev -20.7%

08-03-2012 23:14:25 | More by harpus
Photo of scruffwhor


3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see this beer at my local Jewel grocery store before seeing it at any of my local "beer" stores.

Copper and amber colors come together well for this amber ale Octoberfest brew. The head is quick and scarce, while the bubbling is moderate in visibility.

The aroma is a very simple toasted grain with some caramel notes. The hops add a little balancing Earthy note.

The taste is toasty, and a little earthy. A little caramel with some brown rice flavors. The hops provide a little mint and grass for balance of the sometimes adjuncty sweetness. Simple and toasty, but not worth of any references to Oktoberfest in my opinion.

Certainly not as drinkable as a good Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:31:56 | More by scruffwhor
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