Hocus Pocus | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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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Ratings: 612 |  Reviews: 257
Reviews by B_Long:
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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was able to try this once while living up there,poured a nice orange/gold color with lemon zest smell to it.Very balanced ale,malt was the backbone to this with a grainy fruity ending to this.Would be good in summer,I think real good down here where the summers are stifling.

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Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance – This one poured a yellowish-orange in color with lots of carbonation but a modest head.

Smell – The cheap grain and lack of wheat was disappointing.

Taste – The cheap grain and lack of wheat was disappointing.

Mouthfeel – This light-bodied pretender was fizzy and empty.

Drinkability – I actually sent back beer for the first time in my life (at the Tribeca Grand in NYC).

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Photo of ccapurso
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of JMD71
3.18/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a straw colored gold. Very light, almost transparent with a very small head that dissipates immediately. Medium carbonation visible.

Aroma: Wheaty, farmy smell common with wheats. Slightly fruity, bubblegum aroma. Light hop profile noted, but mild.

Taste: Mild wehat flavor prevalent. Slight lemony fruity flavor noted. Honey? Not as solid as a good hefe in the usual sense, but a tasty American wheat.

Mouthfeel: Light, clean & crisp. Smooth & refreshing. Very light bodied.

Comments: I liked this when looking for something cold, light & refreshing. Not overly complex or remarkable in terms of flavor, but average.

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Photo of danthehopslamman
3/5  rDev -10.2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of kevrob802
3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of lordofthewiens
2.95/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was a clear yellow color with a medium head (aggressive pour). It had a sweet, citrusy aroma, as well as some grain. Fairly pleasant. It tasted somewhat tart, with a little hoppiness. To me, though, there was something vaguely displeasing about the taste. I'm not able to describe it, I just didn't like it. A little thin in the mouth also. I'll try other beers of this type before hitting this one again.

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Photo of Todd
3.84/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy pale golden color topped with a thin white lace, that settles to a ring.

Appealing fruity aroma (faint esters) of unpeeled soft fruits with grain in the backdrop and a hint of lemony rind and floral/herbal spice.

Crisp upfront, and quite refreshing. Dry-ish. Light-bodied, with an even ripe fruity sweetness and touch of yeasty breadiness. Herbal hops mingle in well, providing great balance and delicate spiced flavor. Some lemony/orangey citric snap. Apple-y and apple peel edge rounds things off, with a raw leafiness following and creating a slight coarseness on the palate. “Wheaty” grain finish with tannins in the linger.

A pretty damn approachable, basic, tasty and refreshing beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +4.8%

Photo of Doomcifer
1.4/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy, pale golden color, with almost no head to mention of.

Smell - honey, very sweet smelling, sugar...

Taste - Tastes like a strong Budweiser. Same skunky finish too. I cant find anything good about this taste.

Mouthfeel - Airy, lots of carbonation, dry finish

Drinkability - I am having a hard enough time forcing down just one of these.

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Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a freshness date on the back label, under the cap it reads "The Truth is Slippery, like Eels".

A- Crystal clear pale yellowish gold, so light it could be mistake for a macro-lager. Thin wispy white lace barely holds together.

S- Mild twang of fermented wheat, lemony aroma ... faint yeasty funk but pretty damn clean in the nose.

T&M- Nice refreshing factor from the ample crispness, moderate body. Pale malted grain and wheat combine for a snappy grain bite with lemony fruity twang in the middle and dry grain in the finish. Just a kiss of hops which help to balance.

D- What can I say, a good pick for a summer beer? Why not but certainly more on the refined side of things ... not a bad thing but this one does not shine past the many other summer beers out there.

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Photo of Billolick
3.48/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, freshness dating notched in to the label. Pours medium amber and cloudy. White head nice and tiny bubble style. Leaves better then average amounts of lacing. Nose of wheat and floral hops. Medium bodied brew. fairly dull flavor profile, soft malts and slightly drying hoppy finish. Ehh, nothing too exciting going on here. Just a fairly pleasing light ale, decent for the summer.

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Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This was a 12oz. bottle from a sampler case. There is a notch on the label for expiration date. Label says summer wheat, and there is a bee on the label, so I assume honey too?

Whenever you review a beer of this type, you must keep it in context with its style.

Pours a clear gold with a one finger head of white foam, which quickly drops to some islands and minimal lacing. Strong carbonation evident.

Aroma is clean pale malt, wheat, fruity, a little sour, with faint floral/herbal hops, and I'll bet Pride of Ringwood yeast. The aroma of this beer stays to the last drop!

Flavor is crisp and clean, pale malt, slightly sour from honey/wheat. A matching level of bitterness, followed by a floral hop flavor. This beer is refreshing as hell. There isn't that much to it, but it's all good. Finish has notes of lemons/tangerines.

The mouthfeel is dry, crisp, with soft carbonation. A dry, lingering finish with a puckering bitterness. A sensation of balance.

This is a summer pounder. Too good to be called a "lawnmower beer", I think you could drink this all day without getting bored. Well done.

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Photo of MikePags
2.5/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of jcdiflorio
3.3/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a flared tulip glass from a 12oz brown long neck bottle with a twist-off cap.

Slightly hazy,golden color.White creamy head dissapating quickly into a sudsy,dishwater looking coating. Looked a bit on the flat side with some spotty lacing.

Very perfumy and piney aromas with a phenolic,very funky i would guess yeast aroma. Odd aroma like a hair perm solution.

Clean tastes kind of weak tastes,some peach-like taste,some mild citrus,finishes very clean with slightly tart flavors and fruitiness. The taste was very different from the aroma. No off tastes at all like i would suspect,it was surpizingly pleasing.

Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel.Not a great first impression the beer seemed to get better with each taste. Would like to try again. Easy drinking and refreshing in the end.

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Photo of kingcrowing
3.63/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was pretty good for a summer ale. I had it as a flashback beer at Magic Hats grand reopening. It was quite light and smooth, and it had a very good head on it. There were a few fruity flavors in the back that came out, although overall I think it wasn't too exciting.

This would be a great beer to drink out at the beach on a warm day, but unfortunately I don't think it's coming back again for a while.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Has a nice, grainy/citrus smell, as if a small wedge of lemon had been squeezed over toasted wheat. The nose also speaks of light hops, as there's a hint of flowery bitterness. Much, in fact, light a Corona, but stronger and evidential of better ingredients.

On the tongue, the citrus flavors come out strong and immediate, bringing orange and lemon/lime notes that mix nicely with the grapefruity hops. The hops, though present, don't add a great deal of bitterness, instead providing just the right amount of background bitter fuzz. All of this lies over a base of Grape Nuts cereal-like grains that becomes increasingly strong in the latter half of the mouthful as the citrus flavors fade out.

Overall, this is a solid summer ale, providing just the right amount of light, airy fare that you crave on hot days, but not sacrificing flavor or quality in the process. If you're a fan of Corona, I recommend this as a step up--and you won't even have to add the wedge of lime.

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of KaitLee
3.75/5  rDev +12.3%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appears a vibrant glowing golden orangish tone with a nice sized cream colored head leaving full patches of lacing in rings down my pint. Aroma fruit tones wrapped in pleasant floral hops slight citrus twang to it very clean smell to it no offness to be detected enough bready yeast and malt notes to blend together in harmony. Flavor is a spritzy rush of citrus I wanna say lemon sweetness no sourness here just the tone is light crisp and refreshing with the malts playing second fiddle to the party and a welcoming bitterness also exists in this great summer brew quite the experience in a bottle. Mouthfeel has a healthy carbonation not cloying in anyway with some texture in the form of watered down syrup not bad at all. Drinkability is pretty good but this bottle is wearing on me, I don't know if I could consume this in mass quantity.

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Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light gold/dark yellow with a small head. Head recedes into a ring of bubbles around the glass. A little bit of thin lacing.

Smells grassy. Slightly sweet-smelling.

Tastes the same way it smells. A decent wheat beer taste, kind of tart at the end. Finishes surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. Pretty thin, not much going on.

This is pretty drinkable. It finishes better than I thought it would, which definitely helps out.

There are plenty of better wheat beers out there, give them a shot before you try this one, but I wouldn't turn one of these down.

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Photo of DarrellK
3/5  rDev -10.2%

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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.34 out of 5 with 612 ratings