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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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898 Ratings

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Ratings: 898
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.46
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 12
Gots: 35 | 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 riversider76

New York

3.68/5  rDev +6.4%

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.

10-17-2010 22:34:30 | More by riversider76
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +2.6%

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.

10-17-2010 11:37:29 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Augustiner719

New York

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

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.

10-16-2010 01:05:51 | More by Augustiner719
Photo of russpowell


3.33/5  rDev -3.8%

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...

10-15-2010 02:45:38 | More by russpowell
Photo of BlackBearForge


3.18/5  rDev -8.1%

Magic Hat Hex pours orange/amber in the glass with a nice frothy white head that leaves a modest amount of lacing as it falls.

The aroma is mostly of sweet caramelized malt with a fruity tone to it.

The flavor is best experienced after letting this beer warm up some. Cold from the fridge or cooler from the store this beer is harsh and bitter. As it warms however it opens up, lightly toasted malts, with perhaps some Munich in there, also a bitter graininess, a light nuttiness and a fairly impressive background bitterness with hints of citrus. The fruity character noted in the aroma pulls through as well and there is a hint of European hop like spiciness. After letting it warm up it is almost pleasant.

The mouthfeel has hit the neither here nor there nail on the head, being either on the light side of medium or the heavy side of light. Carbonation is nicely done and the finish is smooth after warming.

I'm not sure what I was expecting from Hex, either an ale with Oktoberfest leanings or a nicely mellow Amber. If they wanted to take you off guard they certainly managed it! While I'm not sure I entirely like it I imagine I can, hopefully with the help of my wife, finish the six pack.

10-13-2010 22:21:22 | More by BlackBearForge
Photo of innersanctum


3.1/5  rDev -10.4%

Hex is Magic Hat's Octoberfest, or Marzen style lager.

Hex' appearance is just fine as a deep brown beer with a light head and little lacing. The initial smell is sugar and fruit, with a fuller but not overpowering taste.

While the mouthfeel is decent, it will definately evolve as the brew oxidizes. The initial flavor carries a definitive lager with a malt finish, but after 8 slow ounces the mouthfeel will become more pronounced with sugar similar in finish as an apple cider.

Hex is fine and don't worry that some witch from out East will cast a spell on you.

10-13-2010 18:52:55 | More by innersanctum
Photo of brandoncox


2.1/5  rDev -39.3%

Hex pours a transluscent amber color with hints of red and a head that disapates quickly.

Scents I pick up are toasted malts and nothing else. Not very pleasant.

The taste is extremely toasty and almost harsh for it's moderately low APV. A bit smoky but it becomes somewhat mysterious that I can't quite pick up the full flavor... Possibly fruit?

The mouthfeel is light bodied but with pretty good amount of carbonation.

Just not very enjoyable to drink more than one. A typical Magic Hat dud.

A decent Magic Hat effort and a considerable beer for the season but it lacks a noticeable factor in all areas.. I would consider buying the Magic Hat fall variety instead of a sixer of these.

10-12-2010 22:52:19 | More by brandoncox
Photo of whisperjet


3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

a: Poured a reddish/copper color. Long streams of bubbles coming from the bottom of the glass. Had a disappointing head that really faded almost as soon as it was poured. Left a bit of off-white lace.

s: Nutty and fruity aromas. Nothing to write home about in terms of scent; not incredibly long lasting or prominent.

t: Definite smoky and roasted flavors. Fairly crisp with a bit of caramel-esque sweetness. The flavor is nice with the crispness, but isn't a very smooth or even flavor. Flavor is a definite reminder of fall which makes it an appropriate seasonal.

m: Surprising bite despite a nearly absent hop taste. Bite comes from the carbonation which is surprising because I didn't find it overwhelmingly carbonated at the pour. Medium bodied.

d: Fairly one-note in taste, not particularly interesting to drink. Crispness is a nice complement to the roasted flavor but the effect of the carbonation was a downfall. Probably would not seek out a gain.

10-12-2010 20:41:54 | More by whisperjet
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.58/5  rDev +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.

10-12-2010 16:15:03 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of dogfishandi

New York

3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

12oz bottle pulled from my fridge poured into a standard pint glass. once again, the bottle claims theres a freshness date on the neck, but i cant find it.

pours a light orange amber color, a touch hazy. one finger of off white head that faded to a ring rather quickly. no real lace to speak of. this could go for either an oktoberfest or an amber ale, or even a pale ale.

not a huge aroma. sweet caramel malts, some what reminiscient of an oktoberfest in the way of sweet munich malts. a little smokiness as well.

amber ale, sweet caramel malts, nise dose of citrus hops, oktoberfest, sweet munich malts, a touch grainy, almost a little lager like, and a touch of smoke on the back end. not a bad taste, but nothing mind blowing. kind of a hybrid beer style.

medium bodied. crisp carbonation. hops are noticable just a little on the palate after the sip.

a pretty drinkable beer, a nice alternative to a marzen for the season. i like magic hats whole take on this beer, but not something i would go out of my way to seek out again. if i somehow come across it again, ill drink it, but i prolly wont buy it again.

10-12-2010 02:08:05 | More by dogfishandi
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -7.5%

Pours a deep orange/amber color with a hint of red sitting below a frothy beige head that laces most of the glass. Smells of caramel, smoke, butter and apricots. Taste is malty with a hint of smoke. Some creamy brown sugar mixed with hints of fruit, and a bit of non-descript smoke and hop bite. Medium body and level of carbonation, watery bordering on creamy mouthfeel. I'm not sure what this beer wants to be. If you told me this was an Oktoberfest I would say its not a good one. Sweet, malty, with a tart fruit and hop bite, sounds like most of the beer that Magic hat brews these days. I could drink this, but its nothing I would seek out.

10-10-2010 21:55:21 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of BeefyMee


3.23/5  rDev -6.6%

I was hoping this could hold a candle to the immortal Jinx but sadly it does not. Mainly a buttery flavor which is common to magic hat and a little bit of smokiness. you also get some rusty hops but not much else. just not a lot going on here and it makes me wonder exactly what they were going for with this beer.

10-10-2010 18:42:03 | More by BeefyMee
Photo of kneeland

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -11.8%

Tastes very malty, almost has a hint of a cherry flavor. Describing it as smoky is pretty accurate. Made me want to fire up the grill. If I had enough I would maybe try to make a marinade with it.

The smell really threw me off. I'm not very fond of it. I thought it would be really bitter and dry. But the taste was refreshing, so I don't really regret getting a 6 pack.

10-10-2010 16:54:41 | More by kneeland


3.58/5  rDev +3.5%

12oz bottle into a snifter.
A: The white head settles nicely into a full layer that does not change for most of the brew. The body is a light amber color that represents a classic Oktoberfest. Lace is left in a small batches.
S: The classic note of a malty, sweetness of a marzen, with a subtle aroma.
T/M: A spice on the front that is met by a lightly smooth body, which shows a classic taste, but is a bit grainy. The mouthfeel is a medium body and is very standard, nothing crazy going on in this brew.
D: I feel that this is a good brew for the style, but I would not get a six pack of it or another bottle in that manner for my own personal enjoyment of a marzen, but to have at a Oktoberfest taste sure, a good one to have. Just a little bit too much of a strange taste that runs through all Magic Hat brews.

10-10-2010 05:48:21 | More by GDBEERMAN
Photo of zachariaIPA

Ontario (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev -3.2%

Pours a nice clear amber from the spooky looking bottle. A little bit of pearly white head but doesn't stick around too long. Some nice carbonation lines the sides. Small amounts of lacing with each sip.

Moderate tones of hops, grapefruit, apple and citrus.

Nice clean and refreshing ale. Splashes of fruit, hops, and malt bitterness. It kind of comes all at once then leaves abruptly with a small tail of bitterness lingering at the end.

Overall not a bad beer, but nothing to write home about. A small step above Rickard's Red. I'd have a couple pints over some hot wings, though- that's for sure!

10-10-2010 03:58:32 | More by zachariaIPA
Photo of WinthrHOPHEAD89


3.98/5  rDev +15%

Poured into Standard tumbler

A - Pours a dark amber coppery color with medium effervescence. This beer pours a 3 finger head which is composed of mostly big bubbles that slowly start to fizzle away. The center of the head is brighter than the outside, with the center being bright white and the outside having a off-white tanner complexion. Although the head fizzles away, this beer does leave some nice lacing on the glass.

S - For an Oktoberfest-style, this beer has more of a hoppy aroma than a caramel malt aroma. Caramel is still in the nose, but it seems to be mixed with a floral hop scent. Very nice nose.

T - The taste is very nutty, with a tangy walnut kind of taste. A nice caramel sweetness sits on the back end of the tongue and a crisp hop bitterness follows on the finish. A little bit mild, but all in all a very well balanced taste.

M - The mouth feel of this beer is fairly suitable for this style. Not to heavy bodied like the Sam Adams Octoberfest, and not thin and watery either, like the Lienenkugels Oktoberfest. The slight carbonation and and sticky composition is very soft on the tongue.

D - The drinkability of this beer is super high. For those looking for a sessionable Psuedo-Oktoberfest that will not overwhelm you, this is it. This would also be a good starter Oktoberfest for those not too familiar with the style.

Final Thoughts: A far as Magic Hat goes, they seem to always have new tricks up their sleeves, but when it comes to traditional style beers the always seem to do a pretty solid job. This beer is no exception. A solid one thumb up!

10-09-2010 21:51:51 | More by WinthrHOPHEAD89
Photo of Fnord


3.83/5  rDev +10.7%

Appearance - Clear yellow-orange with a white head that coats the glass.

Smell - Caramel, apple, walnuts, hay, and a touch of citrus.

Taste - Sweet, malty, and fruity are the dominant features of this beer. There is a bit of balancing crisp bitterness in the finish, though. Not much alcohol taste for an oktoberfest.

Mouthfeel - Medium-thick body and medium carbonation.

Notes - The lack of alcohol taste, thick mouthfeel, and relatively low carbonation make this an untraditional oktoberfest. Yet, I approve. My personal taste tends to run toward moderate carbonation anyway, and combined with the balanced fruitiness, it leaves you wanting more when you're done with the bottle.

10-09-2010 20:35:36 | More by Fnord
Photo of thecarster1


3.5/5  rDev +1.2%

a- bottle poured into a tasting glass, thin layer of lace, large bubbles, slight haze to it.

s- oktoberfesty, sweet caramel malt, some biscuit, slight hop hint, lots of bread.

t- pretty much echos the nose, sweet breads, not too complex here.

m- medium, prickly.

d- good, goes down easy, would drink this again, this would be good to cook with as well.

10-09-2010 17:30:27 | More by thecarster1
Photo of cbutova


3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

A- Light amber with a fairly large white cap. The head is nice and creamy and has good retention. A nice coat of thick lace.

S- Nutty, brown-ale malt hints come off first. Smells Autumn-ly. Definitely some toasty caramel malt in there. Some earthy hop notes. Strength fades.

T- Dark slightly medicinal fruit notes. Some floral, earthy hops. A good amount of bready malts. A fair amount of nutty, grainy malt and spice hints (coriander) remind me of Fall. Some buttery hints.

MF- Light, slightly creamy body with moderate carbonation. Very slight bitterness and warmth.

DB- I would say this is just an average Fall ale. Decent flavors all around in a refreshing beer. Pretty much what I would expect in a Magic hat Autumn seasonal.

10-09-2010 02:43:42 | More by cbutova
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3/5  rDev -13.3%

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.

10-09-2010 00:25:23 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.6/5  rDev +4%

Magic Hat Hex is a very clear amber beer with gold and copper tones. The thin, dense khaki head leaves very nice lacing on the glass. It has a very malty aroma, with notes of melanoids and grass. It's just about medium bodied and pretty silky. It has a dusty finish. This is pretty straightforward. Did these guys really make a lager? It has a lot of Bock qualities. It's bready and pretzely and almost hints at rye. There's just enough bitterness to keep it drinkable. It's not really my thing, but this is really solid for Magic Hat.

10-08-2010 17:56:02 | More by yesyouam
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -25.4%

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.

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

New York

3.43/5  rDev -0.9%

Poured into Pils glass from 12oz bottle with freshness date.

A- Light amber/caramel color. Head disappeared so fast I hardly got a chance to see it. Even after a few sips almost no lace remains on the glass.

S- Strong hints of fruit, with apple coming most prominently to mind. A hoppy (?) sharpness contrasts with the overwhelming sweetness, though I didn't find this observation to translate much in the area of taste.

T- Sweet fruity notes slide quickly to a more robust, malty body with a pleasing touch of toffee. More hops certainly wouldn't have hurt.

M- More carbonation than I'd prefer. Kind of zaps the taste buds a little...

D- Overall a nice, full-bodied fall beer that I'd definitely pick up again. Very drinkable in my humble opinion.

10-06-2010 02:49:49 | More by BMoldy
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -9%

Pours an orange amber color with thin cap of soapy head, diminishing quickly. Scent is rather weak and contains a musty sweet malt scent with some notes of watery fruit. Taste is mild as well, not until it warms can you pick up some raost qualities along with the off tasting, musty sweet malt. Watery fruit background. Medium bodied with the ample malt, but too much carbonation thins it out and makes it dry. A beer that really does nothing for me... not good enough to drink more than one, not bad enough not to finnish that one.

10-05-2010 13:15:14 | More by rfgetz
Photo of david131


4.18/5  rDev +20.8%

A- A clear orange liquid with some amber hues. The head is thin and splotchy.

S- Apples, brown sugar, vanilla and a touch of smoke.

T- Smoke, sweet caramel, vanilla, and apples. Very unique and enjoyable. This oddly reminds me of a light quad.

M- A light amount of carbonation with some lasting sweetness.

D- Very flavorful and drinkable. Much better than I expected. All of the flavors compliment each other nicely.

10-05-2010 02:42:42 | More by david131
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