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Humdinger Series: Graupel - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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50 Ratings
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Ratings: 50
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.2%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Wheatwine |  10.80% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: CloudStrife on 01-29-2013

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.
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Ratings: 50 | Reviews: 8
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Photo of Cavanaghty
2.34/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber color with about two fingers of off white head. Plenty of carbonation and medium lacing on the glass.

Smell: Grassy and some cloves.

Mouthfeel/Taste: A little rough, medium bodied. Taste was very bitter all around.

Overall: Not what I expected and I probably would not buy again. But the beer looks great,just doesn't have a good flavor in my opinion.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

750ml corked, caged and foiled black bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a slightly hazy light copper orange with a 1.5 finger dense white head. Hardly any visible carbonation in the body. Leaves some lacing after I take a sip.

S: Smells like a light malty brew with but with a serious increase of all ingredients. Strong wheat characteristics as well as a decent yeastiness. Hints of booze in the backend.

T: Upon sipping the flavors are a strong wheat backbone with hints of banana and other fruitiness. Still a decent hop backing gives it a bitterness mid sip. A little alcohol kicks in at the end. Lingers with a sweet wheat malt.

M: Medium body much lighter than I had anticipated. Carbonation is fairly low on the tounge. Pretty clean feeling considering the abv. Isnt sticky or too hot.

Overall it is good to see Magic Hat amp up their beers a little bit and try something different. A style I wish more brewers would take a stab at.

Photo of bushbeer75
3.44/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1pt. 10 fl oz brown bottle cork and caged

Magic Hat Graupel Wheat Wine from the Humdinger Series filled my snifter with an orange/gold hue producing a 3/4 finger bubbly off-white head that disappeared rather quickly. The head was reduced to a collar of small bubbles. The nose is light dominated by grapefruit hops with alcohol in the background. The taste as the nose was dominated by hops with an alcohol bite. Wheat was present in the background. A slight bitter aftertaste was present also. The ale was medium bodied with the wheat attributing to a smoother mouth feel.

Overall, an average wheat wine ale. After my review it paired well with salsa and chips.

Photo of RyanTeeter
3.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a: This pours into a murky copper color. Very cool development of a head...almost a super slow fizz which develops into a nice head. A cool head to demonstrate the fingers that develop in a beer with a high abv.

s: The smell is a faint one however you certainly get some of the tastes within. It has a dry aroma that also gives up some light citrus notes. Alcohol is also present.

t: Bitterness is present however matched well with the presence of alcohol and wheatness. There is some tang to it - some nice light citrus and sweetness notes.

m: Oily mouthfeel is enjoyable. Low carbonation allows the flavors to shine.

o: I tasted this beer around noon and I did not really care for it. The flavors were too complex for a fresh mouth. I later had one at 9pm after a full day of work and dinner. I think that this beer is best as an evening drink, not a day drinking beer for sure. After two 9oz glasses I was definitely feeling great about myself - be careful of the high abv.

Photo of jlindros
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Huge creamy fluffy head 2 fingers fades slowly with nice lacing, semi hazy reddish orange color.

Nose strong beer, some estery booze, sweet malts, caramel, candi sugar, little phenolic, some wheat aromas but barely, chewy nougat like, also fairly fruity with a pear plum kinda aroma.

Taste starts pretty sweet, lots of candy flavours, candi sugar, caramel, toffee, little nutty. Booze kicks in, plenty of fruity esters, little phenolic, mostly just warming booze. Some creamy wheat, light candied banana like somehow, more pear plum like fruit. Some bitterness, a light spicy chewy hop. Finish is fairly spicy hop bitterness, little sweet still, but more fruit, plenty of toffee and caramel candies lingering.

Mouth is med to fuller bod, light warming booze, decent carb.

Overall decent. For this to come from the crappy version of Magic Hat is surprising. Overall too sweet, but flavor and aroma profiles were not bad. Decent light hops, more esters and phenols than I'd expect for a Wheatwine and not a Belgian strong or something, but not bad.

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle into snifter, late 2012 bottling. Pours slightly hazy pale orange amber color with a small dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin lace cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big orange zest, lemon zest, pineapple, peach, pear, apple, honey, wheat, light caramel, floral, grass, toast, pepper, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness; with a light phenolic note. Nice aromas with good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and ester notes; with good strength. Taste of orange zest, lemon zest, peach, pear, apple, pineapple, honey, wheat, pepper, floral, grass, light caramel, toast, clove, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy floral bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of citrus zest, peach, pear, pineapple, apple, honey, wheat, floral, grass, pepper, toast, clove, light nuttiness, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a while. Good balance and complexity of hop, malt, and ester notes; with a good malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and fairly full bodied; with a slick and fairly crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is well hidden with only a small warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice wheatwine style. Good balance of hop, malt, and ester flavors; and quite smooth to sip on for the gravity. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of mitch3114
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Split the 750 ML corked and caged champagne bottle with a pal. Poured into two snifter glasses

A- Light colored, like a here, but much more clear. Nice off white foamy head with tight bubble construction (just made that one up). Nice lacing and sexy legs!

S- Smelled of light hops, booze and sweet malts.

T- Tastes like a strong American barley wine. A slight bitter aftertaste that was pushing unpleasant. This is a very boozy beer. It tastes like 12-15% ABV. Although there is some bittering hop flavor in the background and an alcohol bit, it has a nice sweet flavor as well.

M- Mouthfeel was smooth from the wheat and just thick enough to compliment this interesting ale.

O- Overall not bad. This is my first of the style, but being a fan of barley wines it sat right up there with its sibling. I feel like this would be an excellent beer if it were laid down for about two more years. After that I think it may mature into a mellow drink that's sure to satisfy anyone who loves a good vintage old ale or barley wine.

Photo of MusicaleMike
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat is stepping up their game...
Poured from 750mL cork and caged bottle to a tasting glass. Really not an easy cork to get out.

Pours a deep amber gold color, with a slight haze to it. Maybe from chill haze, but more probably from the massive amount of protein from all that wheat. The head is a treat to see develop, with some reverse cascading action going on and tight little bubbles that make a dense, compact head which leave a good amount of lacing and a soapy appearance after a few minutes.

The aroma is not the most complex, but certainly smells like I would expect a wheatwine to smell like. Up front there is a subdued hop aroma, leafy in nature. Mostly though is a major hit of rock candy. It smells a bit like a maibock, with hints of honey, lavender and alcohol.

The first sip delivers a sweetness, with a rich mouthfeel. Waves of sweet malts cover the front of the tongue, and as it rolls back, you get those hints of honeyed malts. The bitter hops take their place in the finish, giving a balance to this wheat monster. It is clear that this beer has a high alcohol content, but there is no burn here. It is incredibly smooth, and a lingering heat lets you know that this is a serious beer to be consumed slowly.

Like I mentioned before, full-bodied and smooth as could be. Carbonation is mild.

Overall, I gotta hand it to the guys at Magic Hat. This is a style not fully represented well and they went for it with everything they had. The result is something that I would be proud of, though it may not be the most exciting beer in the world. Well built, well balanced. Possibly the best Wheatwine that I have tasted, but hasn't quite sold me on the style quite yet. Would I purchase again? No. I don't think age would have any positive effect on this beer either. I could see it going well with a dessert, like creme brulee or something like that. It was worth the $10 I paid for it though.

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Humdinger Series: Graupel from Magic Hat Brewing Company
79 out of 100 based on 50 ratings.