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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
79
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889 Ratings
THE BROS
90
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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

(Beer added by: soccerman7 on 08-01-2010)
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magnj

New Jersey

3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber and copper body with a low head.

S - Served really cold but it was crisp and had some hops in the nose.

T - Surprising for an Octoberfest/Marzen, much cleaner and less vegetable flavor than I typically experience from the style. There was definitely some hop flavor and bitterness involved.

M/D - Medium body was appropriately matched to the flavor. Easy to drink at a reasonable ABV so something I could session for sure.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 00:36:44 | More by magnj
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

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

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - slightly hazed amber color with an beige head that thinned to a ring and didn't leave more than a speck or two of lacing.
S - pale malt and and underlying earthiness.
T - some sweetness upfront but then that earthy yeasty taste hits with a light sourness although it does finish with a sticky sweet aftertaste.
F - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - I would drink it again if offered but I wouldn't spend money on it.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 19:53:53 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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ZimZamZoom

West Virginia

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

Very clear amber colored ale with a nice tan head that leaves ust a little sticky lacing as it fades.

Very nice caramel malt aroma, with a nice touch of hop spice. This is all about the malt though, bready and rich. Some deep mysterious fruit aroma is the overall effect, maybe sweet cherries. Taste is very bready and sweet. Not much if any of the hop spice, and very little in the fruity esters department, but just a nip of the cherries in the finish. This is a nice clean finishing ale, maybe closest to an actual Märzen style I have had.

Medium in body, nice smooth mouthfeel, only mildly carbonated. Great fall session beer IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 19:09:52 | More by ZimZamZoom
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SHODriver

Louisiana

2.23/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: poured from a bottle with minimal head and no lacing. Looks like a very deep yellow urine to a light copper color. Not looking good for this one already.
S: I can't say anything more than this beer smells like a Bud, Miller or Coors.
T: Not good for either an amber or Oktoberfest like the label says. Bittersweet indiscernible flavor that seems to get better the further down I go in the glass.
M: very thin with high carbonation.
D: not something I want more than one of. I'll give one more a try but I may be pawning these off on some of my friends.

Overall: Not worth the space it took up in my cooler to bring it back to Biloxi.

EDIT: tried it again tonight and this beer without a doubt is terrible. I don't know if I'll give these away or if I will simply sink pour the other four because I don't know if I'd wish this beer upon my worst enemy. Dos Equis Amber is more enjoyable to drink.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2010 03:10:03 | More by SHODriver
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kingcrowing

Vermont

3.18/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a put glass.

Pours a fairly red amber color with a small whit head. Lots of creamy lacing. Nose is malty, smoky and rich.

Taste I very sweet with a smokey finish. Its it a light hop bite but not much. It's closer to a rauchbier than a Märzen though which is a bit of a dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 02:36:19 | More by kingcrowing
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AdamBear

Pennsylvania

2.17/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-amber with a thin cream head that disappears

S-lightly roasted barley with some honey, extremely faint smelling.

T-very malted and somewhat smokey with the smokiness really coming in with the after-taste with just a touch honey. very smooth.

M-heavy creamy carbonation, wet finish.

D-nope, taste becomes awful. I actually had a difficult time finishing

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:42:16 | More by AdamBear
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, Enjoy by Nov. 30 2010.

A - Brilliant clarity allows the golden orange color to shine and show off the nice carbonation. Good low tan head with nice retention but only a little lace.

S - Fall-like crisp caramel malts and light biscuity notes with an inviting aroma. Nutty hints to the grassy and lightly citrus nose are nice. The hops impart those balancing things but in the end it's still a little odd. Metallic notes.

T - The flavor is very metallic with a harsh dry bite on the finish that kills the nice caramel maltiness and grassy hop flavor. This is almost downright undrinkable.

M - Dry metallic tin-like finish with a medium body and a touch of hop bitterness balanced with caramel malt sweetness. Way too metallic though - it ruins it.

D - Nope, drain pour. Each sip is insulting to me. The metallic flavor and feel is so bad. There is lots of hope within this beer. If they work on it, it could be good.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 03:44:59 | More by BeerFMAndy
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donkeyrunner

Massachusetts

2.85/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"I put a spell on you because you're mine." - CCR

Amber with a white head. Great clarity. Odd chunky archipelago retention. Few lacey cling-ons. Bottle dated.

Smells...like not much. Faint, faint aroma of toasted malt and soupy English tea bag hop.

Fruity ester laden malt with some sort of mineral accompaniment. Maybe I get a little of that "cherry wood smoked malt" but I think that's 'cause I'm trying way too hard.

Not bad but I can't picture ordering one unless it's a poor, poor tap list. Glad I just bought a single.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 00:32:53 | More by donkeyrunner
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Chaney

District of Columbia

2.45/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Every once in a while, Magic Hat surprises me with a tasty brew. I happen to think that #9 is a tasty session beer...but I know plenty who disagree. I'm ready to cheer!:

A: Dark, ruby red, with moderate carbonation and about 1/8 inch head.

S: Not much on the aroma for an amber. I've got to admit...I smell plastic.

T: Mildly medicinal, without much floral component, and it has a stale caramel aftertaste.

M: It's not bad in terms of mouthfeel, but because the taste leaves more to be desired, that's not saying much.

D: This will be my last tryst with "Hex."

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 00:23:46 | More by Chaney
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.28/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 21:07:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

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

A sweet non-descript beer that could loosely be classified as an Oktoberfest beer.

Glowing orange in color, the beer shows brilliant clarity, high carbonation, and is moderately headed. Low on staying power and light on lacing.

Flavors and aromas are caramel dominant and with a sweetish sugar shock. Light hop character could be American or German- just too light to tell. Mineral rich and fruity, the beer is just off from it's style-sake. Lacking the complex malt character that is displayed by original Oktoberfests leaves this one tasting very one-dimensional.

Sweet and thin to the palate with a mild minty-grainy finish. Ture to Magic Hat beers, this one is sweet, fruity, and poorly represents its stated style.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 19:39:49 | More by BEERchitect
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ianjsullivan

Maryland

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

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a porter glass.

A: The beer pours a bronze, reddish brown with light golden hints at the bottom of the glass. When held to the light, the beer becomes lighter brown, and steady carbonation can be seen. A white fluffy head settles and vanishes quickly leaving a light ring around the glass and a slight mist of white covering the rest of the top.

S: It has a nice aroma: spice, malt, brown sugar, candied maple, fruit, bread, and a hint of crisp citrus.

T: Lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt change to crisper apple and citrus tones. There is a slight smoke towards the finish, however, it is crowded out by a long bitter and green finish (it reminds me of chewing on an orange peel).

M: On the lighter side of medium body, Hex also has pleasant carbonation.

D: It is a sweeter brew and it does not have an exceptionally high alcohol content.

Overall: Magic Hat produces drinkable beers. I have yet to have one that was truly terrible. However, I have not had one that was truly terrific either. I love fall beers, as do most beer drinkers. Hex's aroma really is nice and its flavor profile is very interesting. Yet, the long green and bitter finish does not balance the beer (which might have been the intent). Instead, it disturbs the pleasant sweet malt and crisp apple flavor. I wouldn't be upset if someone brought a six-pack of Hex to my house; however, with all of the other delicious fall seasonal beer options, I would not buy it again myself. I must say, from the dork perspective, Hex's packaging is excellent.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 18:16:35 | More by ianjsullivan
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mstyne

New York

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

HEX! "Ourtoberfest"

Purchased a sixer from Young's Pharmacy, NY 43.

Best enjoyed by Dec 31 2010.

Pours a clear orange with a half an inch of head. No lacing. Light carbonation. Aroma definitely reminds me of fall -- kind of like wet leaves? I'm trying to decide if it's pleasant or not and I think I'm going to err on the side of pleasant.

Taste is nice too, but not complex at all. A malty flavor start to finish, with a very slight crispness at the end. Unfortunately, I don't know that I would seek this one out again; there wasn't enough going on to make it particularly memorable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 17:54:27 | More by mstyne
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lovindahops

New York

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love fall. Another new seasonal brew to try. I am a tad bit different than many on this site... I am not going to hold a grudge on rating this, as others are because MH was sold to NAB. Let's rate this as a craft brew

A- a classic amber red color that has a head that quickly dissipates. The colors are consistent with the theme, no doubt

S- some toffee and prune like fruity scents. Very bready and malty as well. There is a slight earthy fig theme in the brew. Even some slight alcohol. One knock is the flavor does not necessarily jump out at you

T- not bad as far as an amber ale goes. Hex stats with with a fair amount of caramel and malty notes. The flavor is disciplined in the sense the malt stays true to american amber themes. The same fruit flavor is there throughout. I like this depiction of MH's fall flavor

M- very carbonated but flavor is sticky

D- OK.... so here it is. Magic Hat creates an Octoberfest interpretation... and it will get blasted. Meanwhile, I think this is a great brew to intro someone to craft beer. I also think this is a delicious brew that can be enjoyed in a sitting. I think this is very tasty

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 23:55:02 | More by lovindahops
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Metalmonk

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish copper in color with a creamy off-white head. Lots of bubbles briskly rising to the top, in formation.

Nice aroma. Toffee, caramel, mushy overripe red apple, cinnamon and the faintest hint of smoke.

Interesting flavor. A delicate smokiness, a toffee character, some Delicious Red apple (ie. crisp, juicy, lightly sweet, and having that pectin-like thing going on). Even a little bit of a citrus/metallic twang, but with warming this is relegated to the background, letting the nice, autumnal malt flavor come through strongest.

I've found Hex drinks best with just a little bit of chill on it...and that improves the texture too...seems a little sharp when too cold, but with some chill off, it's got a supple, silky smoothness that's quite wonderful.

Love the name and especially the logo/label. Do I love the beer as much? Just about. It took me a few meetings with Hex to really appreciate it and understand it. The real discovery was that drinking it too cold didn't do it justice.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 22:19:07 | More by Metalmonk
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u2carew

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head - tight and creamy. Then settles to a thin lacing. Clear body amber in color.
S) Toasted malts. Caramel. Subtle floral notes - heather.
T) The taste doesn't match up to the aroma. A decent malt flavor up front with notes of caramel and toffee. The malts start to shine after a few swigs, but in the finish a dry citrus peel taste that lingers.
M) Medium body but on the lighter side. Dry finish. Average fizz.
D) A decent Magic Hat but nothing to rave about.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 23:54:45 | More by u2carew
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber, almost purple-hued, with one finger of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Plum, golden toast, lots of fruitiness, and a hint of earthy hops. Overall, on the sweet side with a little roast character.

Taste -- Quite sweet, lots of plum and red grape, grassy hops with a bit of spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Honestly, not bad. I'm growing to like the Magic Hat lagers after Vinyl trying Vinyl this past Spring. While a little sweet to style, I would certainly drink this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 22:15:22 | More by yeahnatenelson
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daliandragon

North Carolina

2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single today as part of a mixed six. Probably am done buying full sixers of Magic Hat except in desperation as I think they haven't made any excellent beer for a fairly long time. Pours transparent copper with an antisocial head. Nose is sweet and malty with whiffs of doughy bread but nothing exotic.

All malt in the driver's seat. heavy on the roasted tones. The finish is both smoky and metallic. Hops jump in at the end to further confuse things. Mouthfeel is watery and uninspiring. Not truly horrible but kind of disorganized and messy. It just seems like not a ton of care was put into this. Am I being too harsh?

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2010 01:44:20 | More by daliandragon
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smcolw

Massachusetts

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 23:31:44 | More by smcolw
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garymuchow

Minnesota

3.83/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scores don't look too encouraging, but I tend to be more generous with this brewery than most. See how this one unfolds. December 31, 2010 expiration date, so it should be fresh enough.
Poured into Shaker glass.
Pretty neurtral aroma with the distinctive aroma of their yeast. Mild malt (with even a hint of oktoberfest style) and minimal hops.
Aroma left almost immediately. Amber orange for the season.
Flavor is largely malt with the characteristic flavors of an oktoberfest. Hint of hop flavor and some soft drying bitterness at the finish. Little hints of fruit in the flavor and a mild and tasty sweetness.
For no head there is a fullness from carbonation. Moderately light. Kinda' lager smooth, although I'm not sure if this is an ale or lager (website says ale - fun little video with it).
Anyway, I prefer my okterfests lighter, so this one works for me. Not too big rich or heavy, enough flavor to be interesting and light enough to have another.
Nice art on the label too.
I'll stick with my earlier statement. I like most of the beers this brewery makes.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 19:40:30 | More by garymuchow
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crossovert

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Billed as an "Ourtoberfest" *rollseyes*.

It pours pretty much like a typical maerzen, it has an orangeish amber body with a foamy white head. The head dissipates very quickly and without lacing.

The smell is slightly nutty, sweet, with a hint of mineral water.

The flavor is sweet, there is almost a pickle spice character to it. There is a light breadiness and hop presence.

There isn't much going on here, a simple brew, but not in a pleasurable way.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 17:57:22 | More by crossovert
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stegmakk

New York

2.8/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured clear copper. Color was good if not a bit light. Head was thin and lasted 15 seconds IF that.

S - Not too strong of an aroma. Sweet malt...bit of biscuit?

T- Not bad not great. Not a real Oktoberfest. Has some raisiny/spicey flavors. Almost like part Ofest part spiced ale.

M - Goes down REAL smooth crisp and clean

D - Sometimes I'll want an Ofest, sometimes a pumpkin ale. Rarely would I want them mixed, but if I get Oktoberfested out this fal and want a change of pace, this is an OK choice. Maybe I'll buy another sixer if on sale.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 16:59:06 | More by stegmakk
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

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

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, amber-hued body with a small-sized, sudsy, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, tangibly fruity ("I smell apples." -TheLibrarianGirl) nose, with notes of sugar-encrusted, toasted bread, nuts, and smoke. However, that smoke hint is very faroff, very vague, but just barely there. The hops aren't really coming through clearly on the nose.

Taste: Modestly toasted nuts and bread with a hint of burnt sugar. Soundly sweet, particularly as it warms. Gentle fruitiness incorporated into the taste. A hint of clean, just noticeable smoke character. Characteristic Magic Hat yeast. Floral, spicy hops (boosted by the addition of rye) with a medium-low level of bitterness. The hop flavor, while present, isn't rather effusive. Develops a bit of cinnamon as it warms. Lightly bitter, earthy finish. Leaves teensy touches of sugar, smoke, and spice on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tasty for a Magic Hat aletoberfest. I thought it was pretty decent, though I feel like I'm in the minority in thinking so.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 04:35:24 | More by ChainGangGuy
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burnstar

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper with a medium sized head. Smell is sweet malt- some apple notes. Taste is toasty malt. Caramel. Apple note again. Pleasant light lingering bitterness. Tastes autumnal. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Really, quite a nice fall seasonal.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2010 00:25:08 | More by burnstar
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scruffwhor

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see this beer at my local Jewel grocery store before seeing it at any of my local "beer" stores.

Copper and amber colors come together well for this amber ale Octoberfest brew. The head is quick and scarce, while the bubbling is moderate in visibility.

The aroma is a very simple toasted grain with some caramel notes. The hops add a little balancing Earthy note.

The taste is toasty, and a little earthy. A little caramel with some brown rice flavors. The hops provide a little mint and grass for balance of the sometimes adjuncty sweetness. Simple and toasty, but not worth of any references to Oktoberfest in my opinion.

Certainly not as drinkable as a good Oktoberfest.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 23:31:56 | More by scruffwhor
Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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