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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

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Photo of dogfishandi

New York

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Hampshire

3.2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

North Carolina

3.05/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

Serving type: bottle

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

Ontario (Canada)

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

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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!

Serving type: bottle

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


3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


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

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

South Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

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

New York

3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 17:56:02 | More by yesyouam
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 BMoldy

New York

3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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


4.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 02:42:42 | More by david131
Photo of silentjay


2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

about average amber ale appearance, a tad lighter than a traditional octoberfest giving a film of eggshell colored head that leaves a little lacing.

that buttery magic hat flavor comes out in the aroma, with a touch of caramel. thats about it.

a bit less buttery in the flavor, with more toffee and caramel. the slightly smoky finish does not work as well as I think it would in a traditional marzen lager style seasonal. a touch metallic and phenolic with plenty of diacetyl. kind of a balancing act of off flavors they tried to pull off, here. That being said, it ends up being rather smooth flavored, when not picked apart critically.

watery light body, but with a weird caramel stickiness that doesnt show up until after the swallow and leaves some sweetness sticking to the sides of the mouth and back of the tongue.

drinks average. I can see it being enjoyed by "the masses" which is what magic hat seems to be trying to do these days. I don't enjoy it much, and I may not finish the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2010 01:38:16 | More by silentjay
Photo of jampics2


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

12oz bottle into a pint glass

Magic Hat Hex is just an average looking beer. It has a copper color with red and orange streaks.  A small ring of head is unimpressive, and next to no lace is left on the glass as I work my way through. 

The smell caught me off guard. This beer is fruity as all get out. Some brown sugar and slight sweet caramel from the malt represent, but they're blanketed by peach and white grape scents. This all adds up to a weird and somewhat disconcerting experience, especially when the style of beer has nothing to do with fruitiness.  Just an odd bird, maybe this should be an odd notion beer and not a full release. 

Thankfully, the fruit is gone from the taste. The palate comes across more as  toasted malt mild earthy hops. The only odd flavor is a touch of bubblegum. The beer is  still strange but is tasting like an Autumn spin on the amber now, and I think I'm finally starting to see the connection Magic Hat is going for.   

Hex has a clean finish with residual medium bitterness. The carb is a touch light and the body is a touch thin.  But the mouthfeel isn't bad, just nothing out of the ordinary. Overall, I'm not a fan of this beer, but it isn't horrible. In my humble opinion, this is a  poor attempt at something new and was really unnecessary - the traditional Amber and Oktoberfest styles have a wide range of beers that push the envelope without weird flavors and scents. And don't get me started on the miseducation that comes with Magic Hat labeling this an Oktober beer. 

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 22:28:04 | More by jampics2
Photo of JRed

New Jersey

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

Pours dark orange with white head resting on top. Aroma of citrus, light fruit, and kiwi. Flavors of light fruit and citrus constant with some pears that pass through as well. A spritzy drink with a light body that is very sessionable. This is not a typical autumn ale but is still worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 22:15:07 | More by JRed
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 alleykatking


2.88/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz glass.

A- Pours a coppery amberish color. Two finger eggshell white head shows lower retention. Light streaky lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- The aroma is weak...pretty weak to say the least. Some bready caramel malts combine with a floral hops. There is a light metallic hint to this one as well.

T- The caramel malts come into play from the front of the beer. A light metallic hint comes in the middle with a toasted malt as well. There are hops in the ending of the beer that show a light bittering that helps balance the beer as much as it can.

M- Medium light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Light malts and metallic hints left on the palate. Bittering hops and toasted malts left in the aftertaste. The beer itself is a little underbalanced but metallic hints killed most flavor profile. No real drying on the palate from alcohol.

D- This beer to me was a train wreck. The ABV on this seems to be on par for most brewery Oktoberfest beers. I wouldn't want to drink this one again unless I can get no metallic flavors. Magic Hat seems to be killing off any business they want from me.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 05:54:51 | More by alleykatking
Photo of jlindros


3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light creamy 1/2 finger head fades semi quickly over a semi clear toasty orange amber color.

The nose brings some sweet malts, a little syrupy aroma, some light toasty and red malts, and slight malt extract syrupy aroma. Also some light spices, a hint of nutmeg like aroma.

The taste is very bleh! More syrupy extract flavors, some malt extract, syrupy flavors. There are some malts, a little toasty malt and red malts. Also more of the spices, nutmeg and some other weird spices that don't really seem to belong. It finishes with more of the spices and syrupy flavors lingering, dries a bit on teh finish. It also gets a bitter and very slight metallic flavor on the finish.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

The drinkability is not the greatest. It has a low abv and nothing really bad, but the sticky syrupy flavors and spices that linger make it a little iffy.

Hey Magic Hat, you got me into craft beer, and I always have a place in my heart for you. I also loved the little quips under the caps, and even had a keg of Fat Angel at my wedding. When did your whole thing become about the gimmics and lost beer? All your best beers are killed for shit like this. Even the return of Blind Faith it was not nearly as good as it used to be. TWhat happened to you guys?! Please take a step back and look at yourselves and remember when it was about the beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 03:00:50 | More by jlindros
Photo of terrapinfan88


3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color, two finger foamy head

Smell: I got a carmel, apple smell initially and then after agitation tomato... I had to have a friend get a whiff for confirmation and indeed he did smell tomato.

Taste: Again carmel malts and apple sweetness upfront and then kind of caught off guard by hops I didn't think this beer had much balance they came through a little to much in the taste not all that bitter they just seemed out of place. the malt was pretty "meh" you could tell there was something there but nothing really stood out. an odd roasty taste.

Mouthfeel: The higher side of Medium carbonation (a bit to much for my liking but not unbearable.)

Drinkability: Had it not been for the carbonation I would have been able to drink six but fiz just really isn't for me personally

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:27:59 | More by terrapinfan88
Photo of LuthersMug


2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Dark, rich copper color, clear. Large head that reminded me of fluffy meringue. Lacing was nice, leaving circles based on the previous beer level. Label was interesting, a party of nefarious witches and goblins. Somebody's legs lay dead or passed out. Hidden symbols also appear woven into the background. Cap had the message, "Just say 9."

S - Not that strong, maybe a bit of cardamom.

T - Malty up front, but quickly overtaken by the hops. The beer didn't feel like it was balanced correctly.

M - I didn't like the bitterness from the hops at the end, which lingered for too long.

D - Ehhh, average.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 00:40:38 | More by LuthersMug
Photo of BeerNinja007

New Hampshire

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

Got a bomber for $2.99 at the brewery on Friday. Label says to consult the best by date stamped on the neck but there ain't nothin there, oops. Served cold in a standard
pint glass.

This mostly clear orange-copper brew throws up a very dense and creamy head with an odd neon yellow hue. Smell and taste are similar to describe. Fairly sweet with a little malt thickness behind it, some fruity aspects to the sweetness with mellow mulled spice. Odd and hard to describe in the ways unique to Magic Hat. Feel is kinda thin but a hoppy resin gives it some feel and the carbo is kept creamy by some hidden viscosity. Finishes with some light malty citrus. Easy to drink and begets pondering.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2010 22:58:34 | More by BeerNinja007
Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 889 ratings.