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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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893 Ratings

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Ratings: 893
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 drizzam


3.63/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brown 12 oz bottle with best by date of January 31, 2011 imprinted on the neck of the bottle.

A - Poured a clear amber/red in color topped by a creamy one finger eggshell colored head. Decent head retention and spotty lacing.

S - Sweet malty aroma with a clear fruit presence, apples I think. Not especially aromatic though.

T & M - Caramel malt body with a little hop bitterness early. That apple aroma I smell seems to represent itself with a slight taste of bitter apple skin. Light to medium bodied and it has a drying finish. The smokiness it proclaims to have in the description is very minimal and only seems to present itself very slightly as it warms.

D - This beer is an enigma as compared to the style. It's not a bad beer, and I could drink several easily in a setting, but it's probably not Magic Hat's best work. Worth a try any way you look at it.

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2010 22:46:38 | More by drizzam
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 BruceWineworks

New Jersey

4.28/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

22 oz bottle poured into a glass.

A: reddish orange color with slight white outer lacing.

S: brown sugar, sweet spices and subtle fruit notes.

T: smooth light malts, tastey October spices and a sweet almost flowery finish.

M: creamy, light, and watery on the palate.

D: overall a super sessionable all night long Octoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 13:20:02 | More by BruceWineworks
Photo of Dodt


2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

finally decide to review this one after a bit of hesitation
poured from the bottle into a tall beer mug
appearance a copper colored with a wispy head that goes away quickly
smell tad sweet
taste malty with a hint of cherries
mouthfeel light body
not a bad offering from the people from magic hat

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2010 04:25:08 | More by Dodt
Photo of KickInTheChalice


3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a transparent amber color with large bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass, ultimately forming a large bubbly head.

Smell: Pale malt, fruity esters from the yeast, some toffee sweetness and a bit of hazelnut.

Taste: There is a soft toffee start, with some nuttiness as well. A bit of fruity yeast, followed by floral and herbal hops. Nothing really jumps out at me as special.

Mouthfeel: It feels a bit watery for most of it, with a crisp carbonation that lifts a light oil off the tongue.

Drinkability: It's fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2010 03:27:18 | More by KickInTheChalice
Photo of arboristfish


3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a copper color, which is slightly hazy. There was a white foamy head but it did not last long. The aroma is odd, almost a smoke like smell to it, with a hint of cherries. There is a complex maltiness, it starts out sweet but ends with a cherry like flavor. The beer is medium light, and is somewhat balanced.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2010 00:39:49 | More by arboristfish
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

2.98/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this at the Cloverleaf tavern.

A: Pours an amber body with a small, white head with decent retention and lacing until the finish.

S: A fairly sweet, roasted, malty smell with a slight hint of sourness or tartness in the undertones.

T: A fairly earthy, roasted malt taste. Not much of a taste. A slightly, bland, earthy aftertaste that was nothing overly impressive. I was hoping for a bit more malt character in this beer, but it did not quite hit the mark.

M: A fairly, light-bodied beer overall that was pretty refreshing and pretty nice for the style.

D: A decent mouthfeel and taste combination makes for a decent session beer, but I felt that the roasted malt flavors could have been a bit stronger. Not much of a flavorful tasting beer.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2010 05:18:45 | More by maddogruss
Photo of madamebeer


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance- nice color, amber, has a soft ring of remaining head

Smell- fruity with a hint of caramel and malt.

Taste- definite taste of caramel, with a hint of fruit and malt. it hits a little hard on the stomach.

mouthfeel- smooth goes down easy with a slight bite around the finish

drinkability- i am not sure if i would drink this beer again. it is interesting and has ok flavor but i am not 100% in love with it

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2010 00:59:53 | More by madamebeer
Photo of JMD


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

A: Light copper color with small off-white head that fades slowly.

S: Sweet malty aroma. Carmel, toffee, and some light bread.

T: Carmel malt upfront, and hints of fresh bread and bisquits. Light herbal and spice notes. Finishes with citrusy hops in the background.

M: Light to medium bodied.

D: I obviously liked this one a little better than most people here. I found Hex to be a very drinkable ale, with a nice twist on a traditional Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 21:55:42 | More by JMD
Photo of Agold


2.93/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Hex is a light orange/ light amber color. I have had it before with a much bigger head, but this time the head was about 1/2 inch and receded to a film fairly quickly.
The aroma is sweet caramel malt and a little bit of fruityness from the yeast maybe. The hops come across very subtle.
The taste is sweet like the aroma, but there is a metallic flavor which is kind of off putting. The hops are a bit hidden, but do come through. It also has a bit of the "magic hat" taste that i taste in all the other beers of theirs that i have had( although i liked their IPA).
Mouthfeel is light and the beer has higher carbonation.
Not great drinkability because that metallic taste combined wiith that magic hat taste is actually quite off putting.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2010 06:56:44 | More by Agold
Photo of Pencible


3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: This poured a translucent copper with moderate light tan head.
S: It smelled like bready yeast and roasted barley, with copper and some citrus hops and caramel.
T: It tasted like copper hops with roasted barley and some bready yeast and citrus. It had a bitter and mostly clean aftertaste.
M: It was somewhat thick with moderate carbonation. Actually quite good body.
D: This was one of the better Magic Hats, but still only an average Oktoberfest (or amber ale?). It had nice body, but the scent and taste weren't great. It was fairly easy to drink, but it wasn't satisfying. Not worth trying more than once.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2010 15:01:08 | More by Pencible
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 anotherpg


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

A fine Red Ale / Octoberfest? It was lighter and fizzier than I expect an Octoberfest to be. My main complaint with MH is whatever yeast they use is quite sweet. This goes down fine, but has a pronounced aftertaste that you don't get with their lighter beers. Best in a mix 12 pack.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 23:11:19 | More by anotherpg
Photo of deltatauhobbit


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

Fresh by date of 11/30/2010.
Magic Hat's "Ourtoberfest" beer.

Pours a clear amber color with a thin head that fades fast and leaves no lacing on the glass.

Smell is pretty much all caramel malt with a slight fruitiness and hop balance, the hops are fairly muted though.

Taste is all caramel malt with a decent breadiness to it, light toffee like flavor in the aftertaste, carbonation is crisp and refreshing.

An adequate albeit average October beer, but there are certainly plenty more I'd rather reach for during that season. The best thing that this beer has going for it is the label though.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2010 21:18:39 | More by deltatauhobbit
Photo of Cyberkedi


4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear golden amber with a substantial off-white fine-bubbled head. Crisp, malty aroma has a strong fruity-sweet tone, mainly apricot and pear, as well as a hint of powdery lemonade. Flavor is fruity, again mostly apricot and pear, with a malty undertone and a hint of hops. Texture is smooth, fizzy and a little dusty - truly unique, and pleasing.

Serving type: on-tap

11-13-2010 22:57:48 | More by Cyberkedi
Photo of ngeunit1


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

A - Pours a brown/amber color with a finger of off white head that fades quickly and leaves behind spots of lacing.

S - Sweetness and spices are the most present. There is just a touch of carmel that smooths the aroma a bit.

T - The beer starts of with the sweet malts first. It then transitions to a bit more spicy and eventually the caramel comes through a little bit. The aftertaste is bit of the spiciness and some touches of alcohol taste and a touch of hops.

M - Fairly carbonated and fairly dry. It is about medium bodied and fairly smooth, just a little dry afterwards that keeps it from being really crisp.

D - The dryness and sweetness mix takes a little bit away from the beer, as does the aftertaste. But that being said, it is still a decent beer and fairly drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 02:38:55 | More by ngeunit1
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 Ryan011235


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

Poured into a pint glass on 10/31/10

Best by December 31st 2010

Brownish amber color with a little haziness. One finger head started to dwindle immediately, holding a few moments as a thin layer, eventually becoming a skim.

There's a smooth, sweet-smelling caramel aroma that is most appreciable. Notes of toasted bread, doughy yeast & hints of earthy hops. Smells pretty good.

The taste is nowhere near as robust as I was hoping, though it improves as it warms. Toasted bread stops by briefly for a spot of caramel before hurrying off to sort out tea leaves that are strewn across the dirt floor of a cabin.

Basically medium bodied. Carbonation is slow to start; smooth upfront, getting livelier toward the finish. Moderately sticky with a coating finish. Toasted bread lingers for a long, long time.

Whether fair or not, I was expecting far worse based on previous experience with Magic Hat.

Serving type: bottle

11-09-2010 03:20:09 | More by Ryan011235
Photo of shand


3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a red-amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly disappates. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and a few spices. A touch of caramel and maybe a little pumpkin. Everything but the malts and indistinct spices are a bit weak though. There's a bit of a metallic aftertaste here too.

Taste: Tastes alright. As a huge Magic Hat fan, this is a bit disappointing though. The taste is largely dominated by sweet malts with some pretty generic spices.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and medium carbonation.

Drinkable: Hey, at least it goes down easily.

I was looking forward to this beer and it let me down. It's just not that good, and I usually love what Magic Hat puts out.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2010 06:31:10 | More by shand
Photo of mwill7287


2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 3/4 pint bottle into pint glass.

A: Nothing remarkable or spectacular. Amber/copper color, as is the standard Octoberfest tinge. Lost the little head it had fairly swiftly, leaving homogenous copper color throughout the whole for most of the drink.

S: Sweet, yeasty, though neither overwhelmingly so.

T: Unpreferred yeasty taste is present, which spoils the potential joy of a crisp, refreshing, and sweet Octoberfest blend.

M: Crisp and cool, as is the wont of the Octoberfest style. Nothing particularly outstanding about it, though.

D: Yeasty flavor limited desire to enjoy this beer, though presumably one who enjoyed such a taste would have no trouble enjoying a night of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2010 19:00:38 | More by mwill7287
Photo of devinoconnor

New Jersey

2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

For Magic Hat, this is a big let down. I absolutely love #9 and most of their brews, but this was simply disappointing.

It tastes like a run of the mill ale that's just a tad heavy to really like. There's no good smells as you might expect for a beer to be named an Octoberfest.

With almost every brewery rolling out fall beers, this is one you certainly don't need to try.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2010 19:40:05 | More by devinoconnor
Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm


3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3 November 2010.

Poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, 3-finger frothy head (aggressive pour into thin glass), average lacing, color is amber-orange. Aroma is overwhelmingly yeasty and bready, very small touches of cinnamon, toffee, and some other winter spice....maybe nutmeg, but only slight. Taste is quite bready and malty, with an aftertaste of some bitter hops. Leaves some sweet malt flavor in your mouth. Your average session beer. Nothing too exciting, but a beer if you like variety in session beers.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2010 22:11:04 | More by ToAzwethinkweizm
Photo of WanderingFool


3.75/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex pours a clear golden amber color into the glass with a small white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving no lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty, sweet and fruity. Notes of caramel malt and tart apple are present. There's a hint of yeast and some spice (cinnamon?) in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is malty with notes of caramel malt, nuts, and bready yeast. Some fruity apple notes are mixed in. It finishes with a crisp and a sharp flowery hop bitterness. Once gone the tart apple and bready malt flavors linger on the palate.

The crispness of this beer reminds me of a traditional Oktoberfest, but the bready notes and fruit tartness brings it back to a US version. It's a tasty beer that's great for the fall season.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 19:21:24 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

4.43/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect Autumn Brew.
Had this at a nice dinner potluck with friends in Early October.

Straight From bottle, has a nice thickness and warm taste. very much like a toffee and cinamin with a slight malted hoppy finish, goes down so smooth. Perfect for a Crisp autumn night with friends.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2010 16:12:18 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of chefhatt


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

Pours a nice light amber color with not a lot of head that quickly disappears to a thin lace around the body. The smell is nice of caramel malts and hops. It has a little sweet taste when hit first hits the tongue than the hops come in and takes over. I think it is very good beer, very drinkable, smooth and great mouth feel. I could drink this one all October long.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2010 20:22:42 | More by chefhatt
Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 893 ratings.