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Braggot - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Reviews: 43
Hads: 46
Avg: 4.03
pDev: 8.19%
Wants: 18
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Braggot |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: taez555 on 10-12-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

An Ale Brewed with Honey Braggot is a most remarkable honey ale, made with specialty malts & wildflower honey from Vermont's Champlain Valley. The honey adds smoothness with subtle hints of chamomile. Braggot is an ale of shining perfection that simply must be experienced to be understood. But hurry ... for Braggot, as with each entry in our Humdinger series, vanishes almost as soon as it arrives. Get a bottle of Braggot today and come to know a new 'Ale of Legend'.

20 IBU
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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow-gold body that's topped by a huge and frothy bright white head. It holds extremely well, buoyed by a champagne-like carbonation, and it even leaves some spotty lace! Very nice. The aroma offers lightly floral honey and alcohol. It's mildly sweet, clean and enjoyable - and softer than most straight-forward meads. The body is light and the carbonation is quite crisp. It tickles the tongue before foaming up as it warms in the mouth. It's not creamy, but more like cotton candy - definitely an interesting mouthfeel! The flavor is quite one-sided, but offers a very nice, lightly sweet honey & mildly floral character with the Magic Hat house flavor surprisingly intact! It finishes with some sticky sweetness, a touch of lemon rind, and a splash of alcohol. A nice change of pace from a standard sparkling mead (or sparkling white wine) although the lighter and less-sweet character allows the alcohol to show more fully. If you're not a fan of meads, however, you'll probably do better elsewhere.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cask-conditioned from the Cask Head Fest at Brazen Head (Brooklyn, NY)

The color was a cloudy golden-yellow with a very sweet, cloying honey nose. The mouthfeel is thick, almost syrupy, and the honey is wildly evident. It is on the finish that the wildflowers (chamomile) and spices really present themselves. I can easily envision this as yet another alternative to a hefeweizen on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.77/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Now I know why the cork is nailed down. The carbonation is off the scale, took nearly 1/2 hour to pour two glasses from the 750ml bottle. I had the beer at 52°, maybe it should have been below freezing to pour and then warm up to get the honey nose and slight honey after taste. This is a good braggot but there are better out there with higher ABVs and for $9.99 it is pricey. Wierd shaped black/O.D bottle that forces more foam than anyone needs.

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Photo of ppoitras
4/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

25ozer from Spirit Haus, Amherst, MA. Excellent shelf presentation, with hang tag, black foil, caged cork on a dark greenish bottle. Cork is covered with the Magic Hat star/crescent insignias.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, impressive thick white head immediately formed on top of the (no surprise) honey-colored liquid. Great honey aroma, initial tart flavor reminiscent of a lambic, which is almost instantly quelled by the blast of honey taste. Seems like the mouthfeel could use a bit more substance, feels a bit thin. An interesting brew, but it seems a bit pricey, Probably would not enjoy again except at a tasting or with friends.

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Photo of francisweizen
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2003 release, weirdly shaped 750ml bottle that is corked and caged. Pours a dark honey colour with a minimal head of white foam, this bottle is definately not a gusher! The aromas consists of honey and pie crust. Where are the hops, where are the malts? The taste is more of the same....a light, crisp honey sweetness as well as some spiciness. The mouthfeel is too light, carbonated, and fluffy for my tastes as well. The drinkability is nice, but for $15 a bottle, this should and could be better!

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Photo of WanderingFool
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I searched everywhere last year for the Magic Hat Braggot and never found a bottle. This year I was lucky enough to find 2 bottles at my local liquor store. It was definitely worth the wait.

The "beer" pours a hazy honey yellow color with some orange hues mixed in. A fizzy white head quickly dissolved to a thin sheet on the surface. The aroma was a pleasant combination of apples, honey, and flowers (rose?). It almost reminded me of a white wine.

This smooth, medium bodied beer is packed with flavor. It begins with a fruity apple flavor with hints of nutmeg mixed in. Honey holds the tastes together and it finishes with a slightly sour grape flavor. A mildly sour aftertaste remains behind. The 6% alcohol is hidden very well.

Since this was my first braggot I don't have anything to compare it too. All I can say is that it is a wonderful drink that reminds me more of a wine than a beer.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.88/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Magic Hat- Braggot

A- Bright yellow/ orange with a good frothy head. Big ringed lacing left down my glass.
S- Sweet sugary honey malt with a touch of alc.
T- White cane sugar, honey, lemon, orange rind, and a touch of sweet grainy malt.
M- Very sweet with an alc. presence and a dry finish.

Overall- Unique but quite good and sessionable for sure.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.13/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've tried this beer a few times but never got around to reviewing it, I've always had a positive experience so far though.e

Golden reddish body with a small off-white head that disapates quickly.

Smells like honey and some herbs, a little bit of maltiness.

Tasty. Lots of honey flavor with some malt in the background. Herbs come in next. The things that I seem to notice are lavender and chamomile, but there's a pretty damn good chance I'm wrong. Leaves a sweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is really interesting. While the beer is in your mouth it is medium bodied and well-carbonated, but as you swallow it coats your mouth with a sticky oily texture. Pretty interesting.

Fairly drinkable brew, something I'm glad I sought out for another tatse.

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Photo of JamesS
3.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a nice golden straw color with a bit of head and just a bit of lacing. Nice scent, a nice light maltiness with a good honey hit and a slight spiciness to it, like a saisson. Good taste, a decent amount of honey with a nice ale taste, spiced enough to be good without going overboard, just enough hops to balance it out a little. Goes down fine, if not great.

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Photo of far333
3.29/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Maybe it's because it was my first Braggot, but I was disappointed by this selection. Tthere was so much carbonation that it was difficult to pour 4 glasses. No matter how slow I poured, it still wanted to foam over, and the head never seemd to settle. The color was a faint golden, almost yellow, like a pilsner. The feel was all bubbles, almost like a champagne. The aroma was also similar to champagne. I expected the honey flavor to be a bit stronger, but there was just a faint hint. I'd like to try it again, but there are other beers I can try for a much lower price.

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Photo of marc77
3.74/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Ominously dense, fluffy white head. Perfect retention. The head is the epitomy of "sticky" Slight haze. Effervescent, copious bubbling. Slightly unripe pear and kiwi in aroma, along with hints of chalkiness and flinty mineraliness. Not unlike a dry white wine in aroma. Floral honey sweetness upfront yields to tarter unripe fruit and green apple acetaldehyde. Light on the palate, somewhat spritzy, but with a creaminess provided by the malt. Finishes w/ a snap of sweetness, then light, cidery tartness lingers. Crisp, light and tasty. Quaffable. Magic Hat's Braggot is reminescent of a dry Reisling / Beligan pale hybrid. Unique. Thanks to Murph for splitting the bottle!

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Photo of NEhophead
4.05/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

32 oz glass jug filled on 05.16.2007 at the brewery.
Note: This year's version weighs in at 7% abv.
Served in an oversized wine glass.

Slightly hazy, glowing light peach in color. Thin, creamy white head that thins to a weak sheet in a moment. Some thin and spotted lacing.

Honey and sugarcane-laden malt sweetness. Mild aromas of alcohol-soaked tropical fruit: honeydew, cantalope, melon. Reminiscent of a cream sherry.

Intensely, acidic fruit tartness: cherry, green apple, orange. Although the citric tartness persists, it recedes into the background as a pleasant, oak-touched honey-cream flavor comes through. A sharp acidity is joined by a wave of ripe alcohol. Honey and sweet cream come through in the aftertaste.

Light bodied; gaseous, even slick due to the swarming alcohol and acidic character.

A dynamic, flavorful, and complex Braggot. Props to Magic Hat for bringing back the Humdinger series, albeit on tap at the brewery only. Better than I remember the Braggot from the bottle, years ago.

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Photo of UnionMade
3.98/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orangey gold, topped with a huge, pure white froth. The head settles into a thick haze of mist, keeping throughout the glass, leaving a thick spatter of lace clinging to the glass all the way down. Very impressive. Loads of carbonation bubbles rapidly race up to feed the head.
The aroma is thick with a pure clover honey sweetness, like one of those facy honeys you can buy that're still in the comb. Sweetish malt plays a supporting role, with a hint of apple esters. A distinct clover-like floral feel is present, adding to the summery, happy honeyed scent.
The flavor is rather surprising, quite a departure from last year's version. A very light, fluffy maltiness starts off the sip, noticable wheat, the body exceptionally light, with a high level of carbonation adding a briskness throughout. A bit watery in the middle, with a bit of crab apple and a minerally taste. The finish is very long, and the honey flavor really comes through here. Dominated by a clover honey taste, it's really not sweet at all. Kind of like a white wine, with a considerable dryness in the finish. A floral flavor comes through, like actual flowers, rather than a hoppy floral flavor. I can't detect any hops at all. A touch of wheat sourness in the finish, with a bit of yeast. ot much in the way of aftertaste, only a light, lingering honey flavor.
The cork was exceptionally difficult to remove, as opposed to last year, where it practically fell out. The noticable difference in carbonation adds so much to the beer. I thought it was more of a strange, muddy belgian style last year, and this time around it's something completely different. Much more mead-like, unlike anything I've had before. My hat's off for this one.

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Photo of aracauna
3.53/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale amber and bright white head. Aroma is mainly honey, hints of orange fruit and flowers. Flavor makes me think of sopapillas with the fried bread, honey, butter and cinamon. Nice dry malt in support of honey. Not too sweet, but sweetness builds as it warms. It's best when it's chilled, but not ice cold and before it warms up too much. Clean finish.

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Photo of taez555
4.27/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This was my first braggot. I wasn't sure what to expect.

At first this beer poured an almost uncontrollable foamy head. Litterally nothing but head no matter how you tried to pour it. After a few minutes it started to pour a little easier. But... the head was a lovely bright white. The body was a very clear, almost bud like, yellow with a huge amount of carbonated bubbles rising up through.

The nose was interesting to say the least. A combination of your typical beer smell, fruit, some yeast, apples, pears, honey, a touch of alcohol, barley.

The taste was simply amazing. The best way I can describe it is honey champagne. Huge levels of a fine carbonation. Very light and easy drinking. So very smooth. Almost watery. You can barely taste the alcohol. Tart and sweet. A honey flavored lambic light if you will. Some other soft fruit flavors. A touch of hops, even a little pepper. Not much taste of malt at all.

Overall I was really taken back and impressed by this beer. It's like a honey flavored belgian triple/mead/lambic/champagne. At $15+ a bottle I think I'd save this for special occasions only. It'd be a great alternative to champagne.

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Photo of erosier
3.9/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow from the bottle with a short and thin white head. It has a small aroma kind of like vine fruit and some honey. The taste is really interesting as this is my first braggot. It tastes like fruit and honey which is actually really nice. It has a nice mouthfeel - very smooth and is pretty drinkable. I liked it, but again, it's my first taste of a beer of this kind and I will definately try more braggot's because of this one.

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Photo of mschofield
4.15/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy opaque orange, pillowy white head.
Sweet honey nose, very pleasant, grassy.
Floral bouquet, sugar cookies in the taste and a superb honey base, note of pear. Reminds me of German wine.
Medium-full feel. I would definitely pick this one up again.

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Photo of beernut7
4.12/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Craked the cork and was greated by an explosion of foam. A quick pour left a long-lasting sticky head in the glasses. The aroma consists distinctly of honey and malt. The flavors of smooth honey and a nicely edged malt sweetness and a mellow hop spice. The carbonation is a bit high, but the mouthfeel is still quite smooth.

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Photo of Stimack
3.93/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Broke this out last evening for the New Years festivities and shared it with some friends. The brew has been sitting around in a controlled environment but was not sure what to expect, as the ABV is middle of the road. After having some trouble getting the cork out we where able to enjoy this one. It poured to a cloudy yellow color with an orange tint, nice sized white head that did not have the greatest retention but did leave some lacing around the top of our glasses. The aroma was quite solid, with sweetness to it from the honey. The brew had a fair amount of carbonation going on as we had a lot of bubbles traveling up the sides of the glass. The taste is was very reminiscent of the aroma as the honey taste, which was not over the top, was the first thing that I noticed mixed in with some fruit like flavors along with a floral taste. Over all I really liked this brew and glad to have brought it out on New Years.

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Photo of drseamus
3.75/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

32oz growler from the brewery. I don't think the top was screwed on tightly enough because it was 100% flat.

A: Bright golden body with no head whatsoever.

S: The aroma is nice and light. There is obviously honey and a winey character. I think I get some cantelope and spice in there also.

T: There is a bunch of fruit in the flavor. On top of the honey, I get a lot of apple and some cherry. I really wish there was more carbonation so the flavors could stand out more. There is a bit of tartness in the aftertaste.

M: The best mouthfeel I experienced in a flat beer, honestly. It is light bodied and pretty damn good for the flavor profile. In the end though, it is flat.

D: This would be a good desert beer but not a daily drinker.

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Photo of jamie2dope
4.57/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this beer sitting in my basement for a while, and since its not such a strong beer, I figured it would be better to open it sooner rather then later. Poured into a small Cisco Brewers sampler glass a dark orange honey color, with not much head. Smell was great...loads of earth tones, some wild flowers, honey. Taste was even better, there was a nice chamomile presence, accompanied by the floral taste to it. It also had a good bit of spice going on, almost making the beer seem tea like in flavor. This beer was very light on the palate, almost to the point of being watery, however it really took nothing away from the quality. As far as I am concerned, if it had been big and thick, it just would not have been as interesting. The alcohol is also very well hidden...left me with a little buzz to be honest. When it comes to drinking this beer, I suggest really sipping and savoring this beer with friends...let it show itself and all its flavors for what they are: delicious.This beer for me is evidence that Magic Hat hasn't lost their stuff. I haven't been impressed with their more recent beers, but this one certainly is a bullseye for creative beer making. If you happen to see this beer at the store or at the brewery, do not hesitate to pick it up. You won't be sorry

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Photo of scottum
3.8/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm not sure what everyone else is talking about with the overfoaming. Not ten minutes after the bottle tok a bumpy backroad drive with me, I opened my bottle and poured two perfect glasses of this hazey golden brew with a beautiful two inch white head. Mouthfeel is not quite where I'd like it to be; goes down kind of choppy. The honey is strong with this one. Flavors more complex than I expected. I may be a bit bias against a style so sweet, but I don't hate this. Certainly worth a taste.

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Photo of Murph
4.42/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful golden color with a constant effervescence and a huge, overflowing, rocky, white head that sticks around. Big sweet honey nose with a bit of a dry vinous aroma mixed with some light orange and orange zest. A nice sweet honey flavor from beginning to end with soft fruity undertones of peach and orange and just a bit of spiciness thrown in. For all the carbonation in the brew itself there is surprisingly little on the tongue. Slightly cloying sweetness from the massive honey flavors. The lighter flavors of this brew give it a nice refreshingly crisp property that would make it very nice for warmer weather drinking. This is one massively drinkable brew that is rather tasty. I hope that they offer this one again. As a disclaimer I don't know too much about meads and braggots but I do know that this was damn tasty.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.3/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Upon opening this 12 oz bottle, the cap reads: "You're a winner! go to: www.magichat.net/winner"
The website tells me to mail the cap in for a free bottle opener. I have a key chain bottle opener, but this is the bar quality kind, so I will send my cap in. I will also do my best not to allow this to create a biased review.

This Braggot pours a slightly cloudy peachy amber body below a big two finger white head that slowly pops emitting aromas of honey, ginger, and fruit.

The taste is slightly sweet but with a funky thing that is probably that MH ringwood yeast. The honey flavor is there, but not real sweet. A slight spice character of the ginger keeps things interesting. The finish is somewhat dry with a clover honey flavor left upon the tongue which asks for another sip.

The mouthfeel is lighter than medium with light carbonation.

Overall this is worth a try if you can find it. I am not sure what a braggot is supposed to be, but this is surely drinkable and tasty.

This drink would go well late a night while reading a fiction. If paired with food, I would recommend sushi.

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Photo of xgrigorix
3.97/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Fall 2003 release, 750 ml bottle, corked & caged.

Medium gold, clear. Brisk carbonation moves through the liquid. Dense white head quickly recedes to a thin 1/4".

Intriguing aroma. Floral, spicy, lemons, & of course honey.

Sweet & a little bit grainy up front. Some pleasant fruit flavours move in & out. More honey! Crisp and dry with some mild hop flavours & a touch of spice. Chamomile tea lingers. Medium bodied. Carbonation has quickly settled in to a moderate level.

Nice, but not worth the $15/bottle price tag.

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