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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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919 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 49 | 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 mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Photo of beernads
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
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.

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!

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.

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

The beer pours an orangish/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a dry, fruity yeast aroma. It has a sweet, malty aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a rich, Munich malt sweetness that goes down smooth with a dry lager yeast finish. There is a touch of yeast esters in the flavor. It also has a light nuttiness as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a smooth, easy drinking beer with decent malt character; a fine seasonal.

Photo of Rochefort10nh
3/5  rDev -13.5%

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 wrightst
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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.

Photo of imperialking
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

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 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 weeare138
3.72/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of tempest
3.46/5  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.

Photo of ejimhof
3/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of jdhilt
3.41/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of Zaphog
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of Kelp
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%

Photo of sendbeer
2.5/5  rDev -28%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +8.1%

Photo of plaid75
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.

Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.