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Hex - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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908 Ratings

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Ratings: 908
Reviews: 322
rAvg: 3.47
pDev: 15.27%
Wants: 15
Gots: 42 | 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 twiggamortis420
2.58/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of DEC 31 2010. Pours a mildly hazed, light copper color with an ample cap of beige foam. Average retention and zero lacing. Cool label though, claiming it as "Ourtoberfest".

Nose has an apple pie breadiness with some green grape fruit and floral hops. Malts are faint, but lend a honeyed grain presence at best.

Taste is very Un-oktoberfestbier to say the least. I see this is listed as an ale, but still...heavy on the fruit and even a bit tart. Malts have some caramel and toast undertones, but not even close to the backbone most autumnal releases showcase. Hints of sourness and cantaloupe as it warms. Bad beer, I do not like this one bit, glad I only bought a single.

twiggamortis420, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with with a small head and a decent amount of carbonation active throughout the body. Aromas are surprisingly sweet and caramelly, and not nearly as toasty as I expected for a fall seasonal. Taste is very toasty, with notes of toffee and a mild bitterness that comes through the loudest near the finish. Not great, but a not a bad bargain priced beer as far as fall seasonals go.

droomyster, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong toffee with not too much else. The flavor is toffee, earth and dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Like a lot of beer from Magic Hat, the beer is average across the board.

Mora2000, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of Fieldzy27
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Beer reviewed from notes"

A-Poured into a pint glass from the tap. Pours a light amber with flecks of red. decent amount of speckled lace head is Bone white.

S-I am not sure whats up with the scent of this beer. It smelled very musty. Not sure why but the scent of something close to wet towels killed all other scents in this beer. Almost to the point of me questioning drinking it.

T-Taste is awesome. Lots of malty sweetness with a very mild amount of bitterness at the end. Good complexity with nothing clashing terribly.

M- Mouthfeel was also dead on for the style.

D-This was a decent beer if you can get past the scent. Not sure why that happened but it was a first for me. I wont be getting this one again.

Fieldzy27, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of rmolledo
4.22/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Dark Reddish Amber with a small white head. Clear.

S: Yeasty, Bready, Caramel Malts, Peated Smoke aroma, Roasted Astringent aroma.

T: Sweet Caramels, Roasted barley, a touch of chocolate, and peated malt character. Similar to aroma. Complex Malt flavors. Not overly sweet. a tad astringent but not offensive. subtle lingering english hop character.

MF: Nice and smooth with low/moderate carbonation.

D: My favorite Magic Hat beer i've had so far. Lots of character and flavors. My bottle must be fresh because you can taste the grains perfectly. Alcohol is well hidden. more like an Irish Red ale or a Scottish 80 Shilling than an American Amber. Enjoyable.

rmolledo, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of tone77
3.53/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a caramel color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet, malty. Taste is also of malts, a bit sweet with a touch of bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality brew.

tone77, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of KidneyBean
2.3/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was excited for the weather to cool off and the Autumn beers to be released. I purchased this beer with with moderate expectations and an open mind; I was dissapointed. The Hex Ourtoberfest tasted like an uninteresting amber ale. Uponn puring into the pint glass I noticed and odd aroma; can't quite put my finger on it. It's a medium-body ale with a sweet lingering aftertaste.

There are certainly better autumn offerings out there; skip this one.

KidneyBean, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of Greenlabel
2.35/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Being a big fan of Octoberfests, I purchased a 6-pack of Hex with the full realization that an Ourtoberfest would not be a true marzen. However, I thought it might be an interesting interpretation of an autumn product. It didn't take long to realize this was a rather unique product.

Poured into a pint glass, it looked like a typical Red Ale but had a weird and rather offputting smell. Unexpectedly sweet and sugary with bready overtones. Decent carbonation but a lingering sweet aftertaste. Not at all what I was anticipating but Magic Hat has surprised me before - unfortunately, this time it was a negative surprise.

It's not a drainpour but, on the other hand, I'm not really looking forward to the remaining 5 bottles.

Greenlabel, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of DMXLOX22
3.68/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Just picked up a sixer of this stuff at my local deli and it looks quite intriguing.

Appearance: Poured a dark to bitter light coloring of copper brown. Very nice half inch of foamy head that quickly ceased to exist.

Smell: Malty but with a slight hint smokiness. Also has a sweet smell sensation.

Taste: Heavy with sweet malts and roasted grains over a bed of smokiness. Quite bitter that gives it a suprising kick.

Mouthfeel: Leaves a lingering sweet and bitter taste. Sort of thickness that I do enjoy. Almost nutty-like if thats a word, I just invented it then.

Drinkability: Goes down with a smoothness that reminds me of previous brews, so not actually special in its own rite. I did enjoy this brew but for octoberfest, I think i'll look elsewhere, but my hat off to this brew. Cheers!

DMXLOX22, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of Erish
2.75/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

A: clear reddish amber, 2 finger head without much lacing and no cap.

S: slightly musty, funky yeast, caramel, soap.

T: the fruit sweetness is quickly interrupted by the funky/soapy/medicinal flavors. It is not a drain pour, but it is not good.

M: the best part of this beer, creamy, moderate carbonation.

D: with so many good fall seasonal beers out there, feel free to skip this one.

Erish, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of WeezyBoPeep
3.8/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Procured a sixer at the grocery mart. Served in a pint size Sonoran pint glass.

A: Poured a tannish amber-gold with an off white head of foam that laces nicely on the glass. Clouded and thick-looking.

S: Not much going on here cept some light malt and a faint dark fruit presence.

T: Nice and mild, refreshing balance between malt and hops and nothing offensive reminds me why this is my favorite style beer. I get hints of honey, biscuit malt and faint floral hops. Finishes clean with a light bitter remnant left behind.

D: Glad I bought this sixer. I'll be killin it off this evening.

Value: For $6.99, what a deal.

WeezyBoPeep, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Pdiddey3d
3.6/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a light mahogany with very little head and zero lacing. Looks very thin even for an octoberfest. Lots of active carbonation.

Smell is pretty surprising. Pleasant bready malts up front with some fruit in there. sour cherries, plum, very sweet smelling and different for the style.

The taste is a weak interpretation of the smell. Strong bready malt backbone. Some tartness but it is more from the hops in the finish than any fruit from the nose. Somewhat watery and thin.

Mouthfeel is thin and a tad over-carbonated. Prickly in the tongue.

This beer is very drinkable and goes down easy. Not the tastiest interpretation of the style I've had but decent. Due to the light body and decent taste I would say this is very sessionable but not a beer I would reach for again.

Pdiddey3d, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of thebeerdoctor
2.95/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A tawny gold tinted amber. Hex, Magic Brewing claims as their "Ourtobefest", a strange intensely flavorful concoction, that has no balance whatsoever, just a continual splashing of juxtaposed flavors. Even the aroma is a bit weird, with odd combinations of sweet malty notes combined with surprising bitter dry finish.
A very odd beer indeed.

Can be enjoyed as long as you forget all about recipe focus. To put it another way, TV's Dr. Phil might remark: "You are all over the place with this one."

thebeerdoctor, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of weeare138
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appears a semi transparent, lght orange toned amber with a small white cap that quickly fades away into a gentle cap and collar. Tiny speckles of lacing are left around the glass.
Smell is of toffee, caramel, vanilla, mild spice, fresh bread.
Taste is of the aromas with a hoppy punch and a yeasty bitterness. It looks and acts like an Oktoberfest but alas, it behaves like an ale on the palate. It lacks that smooth, sourdough crispness that I look for in a true lagered Oktoberfest beer. A mild wood like finish lingers.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, heavily carbonated, with bitters of wood, yeast, and hops dueling with each other during the swallow.

weeare138, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of AgentMunky
3.7/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass.

A: An orangeish copper hue with bubbles, no head, and a faint glow. Mostly transparent.

S: At first, just beer, but then as it opens up, I smell sweet-sour scents, malt, and - credit goes to LairdChisholm - melon.

T: Mm, malt sticks with you, toffee-like, especially when swallowing. The main flavour has a caramelly flavour with a light character reminiscent to the melon scent. Overall, caramel toffee characterises Hex for me. The aftertaste is similarly sweet, but with a hitherto hidden hoppiness. It lasts a very long time.

M: A little sticky, but otherwise average.

D: A very enjoyable beer. Sweet, but drinkable. This should appeal to many people. Recommended.

AgentMunky, Sep 02, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.33/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a bit of a hazy orange color with about a half finger head that fizzles out to a film around the edge rather quickly. No lacing here.

S - Odd smell here. Not bad, just odd. I get melon upfront. Most prominent is cantelope. I was surprised to as how pungent it was. There are also some very sweet caramel malts, orange and a touch of alcohol.

T - Again cantelope up front mixed with orange caramel malts and alcohol. Basically tastes exactly how it smells. Very, very bold flavors. The balance could use a little work though.

M - Very bold. A lot of carbonation that packs a punch.

D - Just a lot going on here. Can finish one no problem but I really don't feel like another.

LairdChisholm, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of Brno
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Like the orange shade of amber for color. Smells malty and orange marmalade like. Rich flavor without a heavy body. Clean mouthfeel in the aftertaste, leaving you with that marmalade flavor as it fades. (Real marmalade, not that sweet orange jelly stuff).

Brno, Aug 30, 2010
Photo of beyah
4.05/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a Night of the Living Dead Variety 12 pack from Magic Hat when we did the groceries.
I tried the Hex 1st. Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber, almost no head, but carbonated OK. Slight lacing on what head is there.
A nice balance between malt and High Alpha Hops in this one.
This beer pairs nice with a Corned Beef on Rye. Could easily drink a couple as the ABV is about average on this guy.

beyah, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of TommyW
3.3/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear gold with a white head that fades quickly without sticking.

S- Faint hop aroma over some caramel malts.

T- Quick malts fading into caramel flavors which blend right into a spicy and herbal hop presence. A rather unpleasant after taste is created.

M- Medium body with a medium feel.

D- Not a terrible red ale, but not a great one either; just ok.

TommyW, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.73/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the Oktoberfest hybrids, brewed with ale yeast...I think they best labeled this beer using the Hex Ourtoberfest title. Pours into my Sam adams fest 1/2 liter krug, looks nice a dark amber body with a big cream light khaki tan head with fine scattered lacing. Aroma a touch of caramel and biscuit malts with a nutty finish slightly smoked finish. A hint of German hops as well blends nicely in the mix. This isn't bad at all, drinkable flavorful brew I really enjoy this roasted malt ridden caramel inspired fall session beer. Upfront sweet toasted malt with a nutty smoked finish. Herbal hops stand up nicely it doesn't bother me that this beer is an ale. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, with sturdy carbonation a beer I will revisit soon. Drinkability a couple more left in the 12 pack I wouldn't mind a whole six.

WVbeergeek, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of schoolboy
3.03/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now this is what I expect from Magic Hat - something just this side of drinkable. I had not tried their stuff for a while as I was not a fan. The cool fall box sold me. Sucker. Their brews just don't usually work for me.

This one tried very hard - too hard. It's smokey and malty. At least it is robust and not bland, but to me it is a poor balance. It will be a long while before I give them a chance again.

schoolboy, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of divineaudio
2.6/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with freshness date. poured into a russian boot.

pours light copper in color. head is big and foamy and retention is good. leaves some spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

smells like carmel malt with notes of raisin, spice and herbal hops. also has a slight medicinal quality.

taste is where this beer fails. i get lots of carmel malt at first with the raisin found in the nose, but then all sorts of weird stuff happens. spicy notes seem to come either from the rye or smoked malts, but i don't get any smoked flavor. a fairly pronounced metallic taste rolls in and hangs around before a sticky sweet finish. a really odd combination of flavors and the metallic taste makes it kinda gross.

body is really thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

pretty drinkable i guess, but kind of off putting in the flavor department. claims to be an oktoberfest, but exhibits few of those characteristics. i'm consistently disappointed by magic hat, this is no exception.

divineaudio, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.98/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was a pretty good beer.
It was an amber color with a very thin tan head.
Caramel aroma, sweet bread.
It had a caramel taste with a whiff of smoke late.
Crisp mouthfeel.
This beer evoked memories of a crisp New England fall day, the leaves have changed, and woodstoves are burning.

lordofthewiens, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of far333
2.42/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Reddish orangey amber with an off-white head that settles quickly. Low aroma of caramel and toffee sweetness. Unbalanced and non-complex flavors of sweet caramel and toffee, notes of biscuit and ripe fruit, not enough offsetting bitterness to keep this from being one-dimensional. The smoked malt must be false advertising. Another disappointment from what was once one of my favorite breweries. Send this one to the grave and bring back Jinx, Heart of Darkness, Humble Patience, Ravell, and the experimental smoked porter and scotch ale.

far333, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A golden amber color with some orange hues, good life at first with a robust off-white head but it quickly mellows out and becomes a bit too relaxed.

A funky herbal and tart fruit aroma hits first. Olives and medicinal earthiness all around, dark wheat, roasted barley becomes nutty with some subtle spices in the backdrop.

Dark malted barley with nutty-flavored maltiness, dry dark wheat and subtle brown sugar sweetness balanced with tangy-hebal hops and a slightly metallic-medicinal yeast flavor. The feel starts out pretty jazzy with a light to medium feel until it relaxes a bit too fast and becomes much more mellow and heavy feeling. The unique funky-sour yeastie wheat flavor is pretty nice but in a very subtle fashion.

A very interesting version of this style but the nuttiness goes a bit too far in the malt, otherwise good stuff.

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 24, 2010
Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 908 ratings.