Hocus Pocus | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Hocus PocusHocus Pocus

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A toast to weeds, rays, and summer haze. It was a light, crisp ale for mowing lawns, hitting lazy fly balls and communing with nature, Hocus Pocus was offered up as a summer sacrifice to cloudless days. Its malty sweetness finished tart and crisp and was best appreciated with a wedge of orange.

13 IBU

Added by purplehops on 01-02-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of bmeehan
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Hocus Pocus isn't really outstanding, but it's not offensive either. It's worth drinking. Or maybe it isn't. Do whatever you want with it, I'm not your dad.

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Photo of seedyone
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%

10/24/12 On tap at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Applied orange slice as instructed. Couldn't salvage the flavor. Not sure if it's too tart or bitter or both. All I know it's not as crisp as my ideal summer refresher must be, orange or no.

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Photo of jbraico
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This was the fourth beer I tasted grom the Magic hat summer variety pack. A golden brown appearance that was slightly cloudy. Very little foam after the pour. Nothing to report regarding the smell. Its a very drinkable not bitter at all. Great beer for the summer time.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.29/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: An opaque yellow gold with a thick white head that quickly dissipates to a lacing.

Smell: Not very strong, mostly wheat, some lemon.

Taste: A refreshing crisp. Wheat is dominant, then some sweetness.

Mouthfeel: Light and easy to drink.

Overall: Not a bad beer overall. Definitely a good summer beer and easy to drink.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of bottling code on the bottleneck. A new summer seasonal wheat ale from Magic Hat.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a nice clear amber-orange colored body with about a finger of frothy white head. Minimal thin lacing, but not much sticks to the glass. Looks nice for what it is.

S - The smell is pleasant enough; lightly grainy, lightly fruity in the vain of Magic Hat #9 - some apricot, lemon zest, and herbal grassy qualities.

T - The taste is mostly dry herbal graininess, wheat, & some lemongrass. Bready honeyed malt and a dry papery / grainy finish.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, grainy, and dry. Some honey sweetness lingering on the palate, which is nice.

Overall, it is a decent enough take on the style - the honey makes a nice addition, and the moderately low 4.50% abv makes this beer light enough to be sessionable. A nice summer beer that I would have again.

Magic Hat Hocus Pocus ---3.5/5

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.49/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Hocus Pocus brewed by Magic Hat Brewing Company with an ABV of 4.5. This is an wheat ale but it is filtered wheat ale. This is not not like your typical wheat brews on the market, that are unfiltered. Hocus Pocus pours out a nice golden amber color with a white head. Nice and crystal clear. The smell is nice and clean you pick up on kiss of wheat. The taste is bold with a little bite of citrus to it. There is some citrus and grains. Nothing bad about taste. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing over powering in this beer. This beer goes down nice and smooth and clean. The finish is nice and clean. Magic Hat Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. I would get this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4 out 5

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Photo of Caveworm
3.74/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company is "summer wheat" brew, let's see. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew's head leaves ASAP. Great lacing and a medium amber body.

I smell the atypical wibier armoas, but more faintly.

I also taste witbier attributes, but they too are faint. No aftertaste or lingering elements.

A 3.75 on the mouthfeel, as the cleanliness and crispness took me by surprise. Great job here!

A 3.75 overall. I fully understand why this is a PALE wheat beer. Because, to me, this has all of the traits of a witbier, but to a lesser degree. This would be a very refreshing summer brew. I will buy this brew again.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.27/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a clear, yellow straw color with a thin, beige head. The aroma is of wheat and lemon zest. The taste is a watered down lemon, wheat beer. The after taste is slightly tart and a little off-putting. The texture is thin with not much happening. Not terrible but this could be better!

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Photo of drabmuh
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shared by a cousin, thanks. Beer is yellow with a mild haze, a white head, small bubbles, moderate retention, low lacing, moderate carbonation, looks good.

Aroma is a little soapy, a little grainy, a little sweet, mild hops.

Beer is medium to light in body, sweet overall, a little hoppy, decent finish, meh, it's an american style wheat beer. Not a repeat for me

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Photo of Mojo
3.34/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World Market wheat beer glass

This beer pours up a crystal clear very pale straw color with a nice foamy two finger head, world class retention, and world class lacing. The smell is mostly oranges. Taste is fairly one dimensional. Just a hint of oranges without a lot of hops. Mouthfeel is kind of metallic. I guess this one is okay as a session beer, but for me I think I'll pass on more of these.

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Photo of tdm168
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - yellowy gold with a thin, white, bubbly head that has decent retention

S - straw, lemon, citrusy hop aromas

T - bitter, straw, lemony, mildly earthy and herbal hops, some yeast

M - light bodied, very crisp, overcarbonated

This is a bit disappointing. The flavors seems a bit muddled. I'm impressed that this is only 13 IBUs. The hops to me are evident throughout with a toned down, herbal, spicy note. The overall flavor is a decent wheat beer, but this isn't something that I would drink again. I'll pass.

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Photo of devilben02
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I usually find Magic Hat's beers fairly bland, but this one was a pleasant surprise. It pours from the bottle with a bright yellow-orange color. The aroma is a light mix of musty yet bright hop bitterness, a little lemon, and some earthy wheat. The flavor largely features a biscuity, almost tangy, light malt sweetness, but there is also a bit of dry, herbal hops to balance. Like the flavor, the texture is light but not too thin. Overall, this beer is light and drinkable, but it has a nice mild yet varied flavor profile that lifts it above "bland" to "subtly pleasant."

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Photo of shand
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hocus Pocus pours a golden color with tons of carbonation keeping a relatively small head afloat. The aroma is of lemon, sweet malts, grains, and wheat. The taste is simple and thirst-quenching, with lemon over a refreshing backbone of wheat and grains. Not as sweet as the nose suggests. The mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, and the drinkability is great. Overall, this is a tasty American Wheat that won't set the world on fire, but is still a great drink.

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Photo of cbutova
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pint glass receives a pale beer, yellow in color with a slight bit of yeast haziness throughout. A foamy white head forms to about a finger and has mediocre retention.

S- Lemony citrus, cracked pale grains, wheat and a slight fruit presence. Have to search, not the strongest of aromas. Tiniest of rings remains around the edges and fails to donate any lace to the glass.

T- Yeast bread and wheat flavors make up the base of this beer. Lemon, general cracked grains, light fruits and caramel hints are also present throughout. Besides the citrus, hops add some floral hints.

MF- Light body with high-end carbonation, stinging the palate with each sip. Wheat adds a silky overall feeling and there is just a hint of bitterness in the finish.

A light, drinkable summer wheat beer. It doesn't have any artificial or offensive flavors and I would have to say it is pretty refreshing. Good enough for what you pay.

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Photo of GeckoPunk
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Certainly a Summer beer in my opinion. Its' crisp and light mouthfeel reflect what I'm looking for in something to cool me off and keep my mouth feeling fresh and dry without any lingering heavy notes. The look is also quite similar... A light golden-honey appearance sports a short 1-finger head that dissipates quickly shows a good amount of tiny champagne bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. The carbonation feels just how it looks, perhaps just a little thicker, but not by much.

The smell is delicate and expresses the wheat backbone of the beer. There is not a strong malty presence in the taste. It has a little pucker (not much), but enough to let you know that there is a dash of zesty lemon or citrus peel in the beer.

Overall - It's not my typical style of beer that I prefer. I would definitely choose my go-to Hefeweizens over it. In fact, I would probably say that it tastes like a mix between a good HW and a BMC beer, but without the wonderful Banana aromas I most desire from my favorite Hefeweizens. I don't see myself buying singles of this beer in the future. The variety pack, however, has many others I would choose of this beer. It rates "average" to my taste...

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Photo of KajII
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

[Suggested Glassware: Weizen Glass]

The pour was a clear light golden yellow with a large (2-3 finger) white cottony head that lasted a good while, eventually reducing to a medium film with fair spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light straw malt and a moldy cobweb yeast with notes of citrus (lemon) and wheat.

Taste was mild and lightly sweet with a hint of citrus from the get go, with a nice crisp wheat flavor and a slight citrus peel bitterness towards the finish. The flavor stuck around for a decent duration with a crisp citrus taste left lying on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with an almost fizzy carbonation.

Overall a Wheat Ale with a light bitterness and a good crisp refreshing taste. Great beer for a hot summer’s day...


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Photo of chefhatt
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When poured it has a goldish color body with a very small fizzy head that fizzes away quickly. The smell is light citrus and wheat. The taste is crisp of a light citrus and wheat and some yeast flavor comes through, thats it not too much going on here. The mouth feel is crisp and nicely carbonated. Overall this is defently a summer time beer and a easy drinker.

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Photo of mckenziac
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass. Taken from a Magic Hat "Participation" variety pack.

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy, pale golden color. Has a small, fizzy head that dissipates quickly down to next to nothing and leaves little to no lacing.

Smell: Smells of wheat and yeast with a slight bit of piney hoppiness to it.

Taste: Starts moderately bitter and finishes wheaty and hoppier than I expected. The hops are a lot more noticeable in this one than in most wheat beers.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with a light body.

Overall: This beer is better than I was honestly expecting it to be. Magic Hat doesn't have the best track record with me, but this, a pretty hoppy summer wheat beer, isn't so bad. I don't understand why it's in their fall variety pack, but they have always been a little bit odd.

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Photo of wingman14
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden yellow with a frothy white head that sticks around. The smell is mostly hoppy with some hints of yeast and sweet citrus notes. The taste is hoppy and crisp with a subtle sweetness kicking in at the end with a bit of an earthy/grassy flavor. The mouthfeel is light and smooth with a nice flavor balance. Overall a good beer, refreshing with lots of flavor.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear pale yellow color (surprise!?) with a fingers worth of head

S: Wheat-focused with a touch of fruit. Not too much going on

T: A little more of a twang than the nose would suggest, along with the wheat malts and fruitiness. The usual MH yeast pokes through a little, but not too much (this is a good thing for me). Still not too much of a flavor profile beyond the malts

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Why this got voted as the winner for their usual 'which beer will be the 4th in the pack' for their Fall mix-pack is beyond me.... Definitely a summery beer (hell, it's even listed as a summer seasonal on here; then again that's not true), and people probably didn't realize it. The name sounds more like a fall beer for sure. But it's not [/end rant]. Regardless of the season now, this is a good sessionable beer that has enough flavor to beat out the macro crew. Pick it up in the 12-pack mixer. Enjoy it. Agree with my rant. ;-)

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Photo of Arithmeticus
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured chilled in ale glass

A: copper; clear; nice foamy head; great carb action, fantastic lacing
S: sweet, malty aroma; s'ok I guess
T: solid wheat beer, with a tinny aftertaste; hints of lemon; the wheat is strong; not much in the way of hops; semisweet; not very complex

Eh, so-so beer.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is hazy light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high white head that quickly died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are aromas of lemons and wheat in the nose; this combination has some semblance to lemongrass.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of lemon citrus and wheat along with some hints of apricots. It’s not sweet, but only a hint of hop bitterness is detectable.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and makes for a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Maxwell
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale yellow, like a chardonnay with a hell of a lot of carbonation bubbles racing up to feed the finger-width head of fluffy white bubbles. Lacing is dry and sheet-like on the glass. The beer smells wet, fresh, and sweet with some light hop-spice and citrus accentuations and a ghost of biscuity malt behind it. The beer tastes bitterly wheat-like with some nice citrus accentuations. The flavor reminds me a lot of A Little Sumpin Sumpin Ale by Laguinitas, only not as tasty… There are some nice Cascade hop notes in the taste and an astringent bitter on the tongue. The mouthfeel is crisp and refreshing, like a nice summer ale with a little bit of an acidic bite from the carbonation. The mouth is left wet with saliva and a slight bitter burn on the tongue. Overall this is a nice example of the style, though I can’t say it is my favorite. The bitter is a little too present without a hop character to tenderize it out on the tongue. This beer is mediocre but worth a try.

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Photo of Tone
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, golden/straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight wheat, slight yeast, strong pale malt, hint of hop, slight earthy malt, and a hint of citrus. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight sweet malt, pale malt, and a hint of hops. Overall, average body aroma, but good feel and blend.

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Photo of Shaw
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

A clear (even after swirling the bottle) pale yellow in color with a white head that quickly turns into a layer of foam.

Nice aroma of spice, though I'm not sure there's any in this beer.

Not impressed with the first sip. Vegetable notes with some citrus peel. I see the alcohol level is 4.5 percent, which helps explain the lightness of this beer. I don't have any problems with lower-alcohol beers, but I'd like them to have more flavor than this.

Crisp and fizzy body.

They said they haven't brewed this since 2008. I think it may have been prematurely resurrected.

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