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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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919 Ratings

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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 17
Gots: 48 | 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 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.

Photo of beefnbarley
3.35/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got the last 6 pack from store this weekend. Poured with a very small head that quickly disappeared. It is amber in color and slightly hazy. Hints of caramel and toffee malt in the aroma. Slight hop aroma. Medium hop bitterness that balances the malt. A medium bodied beer that is easy to drink and refreshing. Easy to drink too many and have a hex cast on you!

Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this during a party with some old high school buds a few weeks ago.

Pours a medium amber color, and it has a bit of haze and murkiness within. Head is quite thin and wispy, the fine, white bubbles mostly clinging to the sides of the glass. Didn't leave much lace at all, though. Aroma has a touch of caramel and light sweetness, though it's mild. Body is just about medium, with a fairly even feel on the tongue.

Flavor is decent, with some light sweetness, a fair amount of caramel and some smidges of toffee. There's a bit of hoppy bitterness present, in an earthy sort of way. Not bad, overall, not bad...


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


Photo of roblowther
3.27/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper color with no real head. Smells of malt, caramel, and oranges. I thought this was going to be a Marzen based on the "Ourtoberfest" on the label but the smell says something else. Not what I expected, but good. Taste is caramel, leather, and that fruit again. It has a dusty character to it that isn't unpleasant but its not my favorite. Mouthfeel is slippery and nicely full. Not heavy but substantial. Drinkability is good, with a nice flavor that keeps you interested but doesn't demand too much. Its a beer that could go down nicely unnoticed. Not a bad brew.

Photo of Bendurgin
2.87/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a clear amber color with a very thin off white head that vanishes quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing. At my first whiff of this guy ginger immediately comes to mind with nutmeg and bit of citrus. Honestly, kind of a strange nose. The taste follows pretty well, it starts kind of yeasty and follows through with tones of nutmeg and citrus. Again, it just doesn't seem to be a combination that really seems to work. The mouthfeel is light and has decent carbonation, nothing really offensive on this end. And even though the flavors of this are odd, it's still pretty easy drinking. I'll share the rest of the six pack with friends.

Photo of Buebie
3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An oct fest that is not a marzen...interesting.

Half inch of white head, settling somewhat quickly and leaving a generous collar and thin cap.
Color is a transparent pale copper amber.
Aroma is malty and sweet with vinous fruit and soft leafy hops.
Taste is failry sweet and sweetening more so through the middle with fruity esters and a cider flavor that is heavily distracting. Finishing flavors of grain and mild leafy hop bitters.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

Not somthing I would return to. Glad I only picked up a single.

Photo of geryeb624
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part 3 of the Magic Hat fall sampler. (Part 4 is never coming if anyone cares....reviewed #9 a long time ago.) 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours an orange-amber color with maybe a finger of white head. Dissipates pretty quickly with little lacing.

S- Not much going on here. A little caramel malt smell, maybe a hint of something spicy. Not much though.

T- Some buttery caramel malt with a hint of spice. Pretty sweet with nearly no hop bitterness.

M/D- Nice smooth mouthfeel and decently drinkable.

I dont know about Amber Ale, this tastes like a Marzen to me, and I dont particularly like Marzens. Oh well, its an alright beer, just not the biggest fan of the style. Decent stuff though.

Photo of jettjon
3.21/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle marked "best by date marked on neck," with no discernable mark on neck. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!) it's a bright, pale red with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Thick head, slow fade, plenty of clumps left behind. Nose of malts and sweet caramel. Taste of sweet malt, bordering on overly sweet. Diacetyl-butterscotch notes, with low hops presence. Mouth is crisp, lightly viscous, smooth, and ultimately quenching. Drinkability is pretty good although a touch oversly sweet bordering on cloying.

Overall: Decent, enjoyable, low key. I'd try it again.

Photo of beerthulhu
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.

Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull tarnished copper color with a thick beige head that doesn't seem to last. There are plenty of visible bubbles that fuel a collar of thinning suds.

The nose is a mix of malts and tart fruits. Not the best smell but also not bad. I find it to be slightly more gritty and boozy then I prefer but it's not a deal breaker.

Taste is similar to the nose with both grain malt flavors competing with an apple-ish tartness. Eventually the malts win out finishing the flavor with a sweet and toasted bread lusciousness.

The mouthfeel is nice with a crisp carbonation and a slick palate coating feel. Hex has a nice medium body that is very pleasing to drink. An above average brew that grows on you. I was a little put off by the nose but find it charming now. A fine above average seasonal.

Photo of goldbot
3.1/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours on the very coppery side of amber, with thin off-white head that fizzles out pretty quickly but leaves a touch of lace across the surface. Sweet and somewhat fruity aroma, with hints of apple and berries and citrus notes. Lightly toasted malt backs in the background. Flavor is more on the malty side with tiny hints of dark fruits and a touch of citrus-y hops. Clashes of sweetness and bitterness with a dose of astringency. This beer is fine with a hearty meal but is not one to savor.

Photo of Reaper16
2.72/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Presenting the latest installment of the critically acclaimed series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

Pours a completely translucent carrot orange color. The carbonation bubbles very lazily rise to the top; this doesn't look like it will be lively wrt carbonation. One finger of eggshell colored head forms. Minimal lace and head retention.

The aromas remind me of baked goods. Doughy pastries and spice cake. Some fruitcake, too. A minerally, iron tinge comes from the hops. Some cereal grain. More interesting than the average amber ale. This is promising.

This beer is something of a muddled mess when it comes to taste. It is mostly a typical grain-forward amber ale flavor but there's a raisin-forward, "Dubbel lite," fruitcake sort of flavor that clashes. The problem is that the raisin tastes are much sweeter than the dry grain that comprises the base of the beer. The hops only show through on the dry, astringent finish. You can also really taste the alcohol in this beer, which is frankly bizarre in a beer of only 5.4% ABV. The problem with Hex isn't that it is wanting of complexity, it is that its profile doesn't cohere.

This is a very dry beer. I love dryness in appropriate styles. Hex though wants to do some other, sweeter things but the dryness gets in the way of that. The perceptible alcohol doesn't mix well with the dryness. The beer feels yucky is what I'm trying to say. Yuck. Drinkability comes down to how much you enjoy the taste and mouthfeel of this beer. It's reasonably drinkable, I suppose. I'll give it that much.

Magic Hat always prints a cute message on the inside of their bottle caps, like they think they're Snapple or something. My cap read "Don't be a sleaze when it's time to pass the keys," which I'm pretty sure doesn't even mean anything. How do you act sleazy when someone asks your drunk ass to give up your keys? That cap was an omen. I'd certainly rather drink a Snapple product anytime over this Amber Ale from Magic Hat. It does some interesting things but it can't make a coherent beer out of itself.

Photo of mntlover
3.42/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color thin light tan head falls to ring, no real lace.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts lightly toasted some light floral hops.

Taste is lingering caramel malts light floral hops, some light orange notes. pretty basic amber ale. Nothing special about it.

Mouthfeel is light medium carbonation is little to peppy for my tastes.

Drinkability is not bad but not a great seasonal certainly not worth looking for unless your short of ambers in your area.

Photo of Steelcitybeerman
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I work at a Beer store in the Pittsburgh Area, and Magic Hat did a sampling of their fall selections. The Hex "Ourtoberfest" was one of their choices. The beer was not bad, it was very easy to drink and mostly on the smooth side. I found that I am not a Huge Fan of Magic Hat's products. They are worth trying but I don't know that I would go much beyond that.

Photo of Tilley4
3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this seasonal a few days ago...

This one looks pretty good... Have to remember its an amber and not a Marzen... Its a little bit overcarbonated actually... Lots of spitting and popping going on...

Aromas of toasted malt, some sweetness like cake batter or something and some toffee or caramel.

Easy drinking.... Fairly balanced with the sweetness of the malts and maybe the merest hint of hops....

As far as seasonals go, this one was ok... I could have a few with pizza no problem

Photo of aepb1
3.52/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A- Light amber with little/no head

S- Fruity malt sweetness, about it

T- Sweet up front, moves into a caramel malt, a decent balance

M- Medium bodied and very (overly) carbonated

D- Nice full beer and will pick up again. The biggest change I'd make is the carbonation issue.

Photo of mralphabet
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Pours a clear bright copper color. Half a fingers worth of head that settles to a ring with very little lacing.

S: Wow lots of stuff here... Sweet roasted malts, caramel, a little dark fruit, and a touch of citusy hops. Hint of an Oktoberfest but strangely odd.

T: Sweet, malty, and toasted to start... then a little tartness and bitterness from the hops and ends with a bitter watermelon rine taste.... aftertaste is to me unpleasant. It had me at the start but loses me in the end.

M: Medium bodied to start and thickens as it warms up. Carbonation starts sharp and dulls as it warms.

D: Well the smell got me going, and the first tastes where not bad, but as time goes on it turns to a bad place for me.... 21 Adm Watermelon Wheat (bad memories).... Drink this one quickly... She turns on you fast. Sorry Hat I will not be back for this one.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
2.94/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A nice cooper color with a yellowish head.

In the nose is apple cider vinegar with a hint of cinnamon.

Taste is sour up front and bitter in the back - there are some nice flavor notes of roasted apple and grain, but sourness dominates. A good beer that grows on you, but not my favorite.

Photo of LtCracker20
3.23/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My sister picked me up a bomber of this from the brewery. Thankfull because I wasn't sure if I wanted to buy a six pack of it.

A- Pours a slightly cloudy amber with an off white 3-finger head that falls to a thin cap very fast. Lacing doesn't stick that well either, but it's there when the beer warms.

S- Smokey malts and a little sweetness. Grassy hop aroma is pretty faint, but it's there. A little caramel smell at all. The smell right before you taste it actually reminds me of their #9.

T- Little fruity. Some cherry flavor right up front. Actually, mostly fruity flavors. Artificial fruit flavors that remind me of gum. No smokey flavors detected at all. False advertising!

MF/D- Medium bodied amber ale that stick around on the palate for a very limited time. Low ABV is the only thing that makes this drinkable, but only so much that can do for another sub-par beer from Magic Hat.

Notes- I used to like Magic Hat when I first got into craft, but now I think that's all they're good for; a gateway beer. They aren't bad, just not what turns me on anymore, but I'll keep trying to find one that I like again.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.77/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: Pours a 1 finger off white head above a hazy red-orange brew.

S: a sweet and smokey cherry and brown sugar aroma with a slightly fruity (lemon, tropical fruit) hop aroma that reminds me of the #9

T: brown sugar sweetness and hop bitterness up front flows to cherry wood and baked apple center which is when the brew becomes somewhat metallic, also reminding me of #9. finishes off with bitter hops, flan, and wood flavor.

M: medium body with a slick mouthfeel and an offdry finish

Overall, a highly drinkable beer that carries some characteristic very similar of the breweries flagship, Magic Hat #9, which is a good thing. Just as drinkable as the #9 but more fitting for this time of year. I would recommend.

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

12oz bottle to pint glass.
Pours a decent looking brown/copper color with a modest head cap. Smells like toffee and toasted malts. Taste is of butter, toffee and a little caramel. Reminds me a little of an ESB. Not your typical amber ale and certainly not what I was expecting after seeing ''ourtoberfest'' on the label. Mouthfeel is a little chewy with low carbonation. Went down fairly easy but one of these is enough.

Photo of riversider76
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden orange with a thin white head. Good retention, and very nice laceing.Aroma is of brown sugar,fruit and bready malts. Body is medium with a good amount of carbonation.Taste is spicy malt up front nice bit of hops in the finish. Not my favotite style,but nicely done.

Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Picked up in a mix a six deal locally.

Pours copper amber with solid head of white foam. Supremely malty smell. Sweet malty taste, some caramel, with a buried spice underneath at the finish. Can't quite make out what it is. Light loose carbonation. Lingering hop bitterness at the close. Real drinkable and tasty.

Would love to do a side by side with the Roxxy Rolles.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.37/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a half liter stein.

Pours a nice amber reddish color with a big fluffy 3 finger head that sticks to the glass very well. Dark ruby with a slight haze. Aroma is off as this isn't a lager and it has more of a caramel aroma to it. The flavor is very fruity and not as crisp as oktoberfests. This really isn't true to style as it's an ale and doesn't have that lager taste to it. Mouthfeel is nice and carbonated, leaves a fresh taste on the backend. Drinkability is ok but it's not a marzen. This is a good amber ale I guess.

Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -5.2%
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...

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