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 littlebibs
4.5/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've been drinking Hocus Pocus this summer and this has become one of my top
favorite summer hang out beers. Its not a strong beer, I tend to drink a six pack or more during the summer working around the
house or hanging out with friends when they stop by.
I just drink them effortlessly one after the other, they quence your
thirst, I don't need to get drunk but I enjoy a beer that tastes
good and doesn't ruin your plans later on, especially during
the summer when I prefer a lighter beer. I bought a case of
Hoeggarden wit beer and as much as I love the stuff during the
warmer months, I have a few of these and they let me know it, and
there not cheap, delicious yeah! but getting back to why I recommend Hocus Pocus, it has become a favorite with not only
me but with most of my friends. Sure there is a million great
summer beers, I love Bar Harbor Blueberrry Ale also. Friends
from work stop over and the bring beers like BUD, Miller
Light and when I give them Hocus Pocus, they all love the flavor
, which is why I drink Magic Hat beers, they just don't want
to spend any $$ on what they drink??? Magic Hat has some great
seasonal offerings. Its nice to find a beer you enjoy, those who
trash it well, to each their own.

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Photo of stirgy
4.36/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured out a hazy golden orange color and was topped with a small white head that thinned out fast. An interesting and lively aroma – Sweet honey, citrus and floral tones. Prominent are fresh berries and grapefruit. Beer has a pleasant bitterness and a biting dryness to it. Body is medium to light and finishes with leaving an orange taste in the mouth. This has a lot going for it – plenty of complex flavors, a perfect balance between dry and sweet, and most important, a very high drinkability. A very fine beer.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

probably my favourite summer brew. pours a light, healthy yellow gold (as opposed to a corona/bud-esque piss yellow) with a moderate head. smells of lemon and tastes echo the smell with a bit of honey as well. an excellent summer ale with a bit more body and bite to it than, say, a sam adams summer ale. a great thirst quencher on a summer day and just an excellent beer overall. another winner from magic hat.

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Photo of ski271
4.27/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy but vibrant medium orange-yellow. A fairly aggressive pour yielded a medium-sized head that was white, foamy and slow to diminish down to a film. Lacing was spotty, without much for staying power.

Smell: Yeast, flowers and mellow sweet malts. Also fairly fruity. Has a rather strong pollen-like floral smell after it warms up a bit.

Taste: Wow that’s good. Not sure why I think it’s so good, but it could be because I only recently developed a taste for wheat beers, or it could be that it’s more malty than most others of this style that I’ve tried, or maybe it was just the perfect beer for the mood I was in at the time. And of course it was even better the next day after going for a hike on our first hot day of the year. (I'm thinking maybe that was the case here, since I see subpar marks from other BAs whose tastes I find to be similar to mine... but I'm sticking with my high marks of course.) Honey and wheat up front with a little bit of apricot (but not nearly as much or as fake-tasting as #9) and a hint of honeydew. It turns a little lemony and dry as heads toward the finish. The finish is yeasty and sweet and medium in duration. A little on the bland side, especially by the time I got the halfway through the second bottle, but still enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, slightly oily texture, moderate carbonation

Drinkability: This was one of the more refreshing beers I’ve had in a while. Goes down smooth and easy, and I could easily have tossed back several of these at a time if I hadn’t shown some restraint. Another quality brew from a quality brewery. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Hocus Pocus pours a hazy light gold/straw color with a thin white head that sticks around for a bit.

Aromas present are citruisy lemon, wheaty malt, yeast. Overall the dominant smell is a pretty citric fruit character.

The taste is really crisp with a mild sweetness and almost tart like character. The body is light with plenty of carbonation to keep this refreshing. This makes for a great thirst quenching quaffable beer, whether its summer or early October (summer beers are on special!)

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Photo of doerickson
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice summer seasonal. Not much to the smell. Well balanced--neither malt nor hops really takes control. Light body, very refreshing, extremely easy going down.

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Photo of jakester
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
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 Shiloh
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This brew was not what I had been anticipating, it was hoppier to begin with a light malty like sweetness to end.
The beginning was a lemony citrus like taste that faded quickly to a light, almost honey like sweetness with no linger.
The body was full, the carbonation was light with a full finger head. The colour was a mildly cloudy deep yellow.
Some thin lace and ring to complete the picture.
The nose had an essence of honey.
The overall impression is that of a very refreshing and satisfying beer perfect for the 19th hole.

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Photo of orcasteve
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hints of citrus and nice clean finish, this poured golden with a good amount of head that quickley faded to a sloght ring arount the top. tir first sent was one of wheat and hop, the tast was super, i will have to get a few more of thees for the 4th of july

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Photo of dickieb
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poors a hazy straw color, with quite the inital head, that goes away after a few mins. The smell is pretty sweet but plesant with some fruit. Taste is very easy going with some citrus and wheat flavors, good for a summer day. A good session brew, i would have to say better then sammy summer

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Photo of yelterdow
4.09/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best by September 2006. Thanks to Dave for the sample for this review.

Served at fridge temperature in a pint glass. Under the cap: "Envision the grandeur".

Appearance- Pours a clear, bright gold into the glass... the head is quick, and settles fast to a thin mat. Pinhead size bubbles gently rise from the bottom, keeping the beer from sitting perfectly still.

Smell- Extremely heavy and pronounced wheat, along with the unmistakable MH yeast nose... it actually works much better here than with the Circus Boy IMO... hops are there but in the background. Lots of bread!

Taste- After five seconds in the mouth, the beer starts to perform and show what it's made of. A massive, yet very nice wheat character spreads itself over the tongue and brings about a smooth transition to the dry, bready, sourdough-like malts. A dry and lingering bitterness ensues, preparing the mouth for another sip.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Excellent mouthfeel... high efferfescence, but it disperses and never gets in the way of the taste. The swallow is slick yet light, and effortless. High marks for drinkability... I wish there was more in the cooler. This is my favorite Magic Hat brew to date.

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Photo of mzwolinski
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

"Workin' on a Farm Beer"
Chill-hazed amber with nary but a halo-like trace of a head. Sweetish barley aroma with a hint of leafy hops. This aroma is surprisingy invigorating and fresh smelling. The flavor starts with a mildly sweet malt but is very well-balanced by just a hint of graininess and a subtle piney/leafy hop finish. Very clean and poppy -- though the sweetness starts to come through a bit too much as the beer warms, partly due to undercarbonation. Overall, though, this is definitely a good, wholesome, Vermont beer. Makes me feel like raising a barn with some Amish folk. Except that's Pennsylvania. And I guess the Amish don't drink. Or do they? Ah well, you get my drift.

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Photo of robertp1024
4.08/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very crisp and refreshing wheat ale. Magic Hat has made another fantastic ale. This ale is very light and has quite a bit of citrus flavorings. Drank this ber at a very hot and very sunny Old Dom. brewery festival, and it was great. Perfect beer for those outside relaxing hot days. Very little head and what was there left fairly quickly.

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Photo of jhollick
4.07/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Appearance: Medium to dark goldish color. A bit too light to be a lager. A bit too dark to be a pilsner. Poured with a nice fluffy white head which quickly faded out.

Smell: Strongest smell is of wheat, which is of no surprise. It is accompanied by some light floral and citrus notes, and a barnyard smell typical of these wheats and saisons. If something can smell crisp, then this smells crisp.

Mouthfeel: Pretty light in the mouth, and a good dose of carbonation.
It is watery.

Taste: Again I'll say crisp. This isn't the most flavorful summer beer that I have run into, but it certainly has its charm. The hop presence is understated (I mean that to be a good thing), and the wheat, yeast, and light fruity flavors really delight the tongue if you concentrate and let them. This is definitely better than I was expecting.

Drinkability: All day long, all summer long. This would have to be the prototype summer session wheat beer. Micro and macro swillers could both find something to like here.

Overall: Next time I want something that isn't "too" anything, I'll reach for this. Its light, crisp, balanced, and extremely drinkable. Very nice warm weather beer.

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Photo of Toddv29424
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear yellow color with little to no head. Smell is fruity like apricots with a hint of wheat, much like other summer offerings. The taste is pretty fruity as well with a terrific finish. Definitely a beer that is made for the summer and will keep you happy all summer long.

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Photo of Bighuge
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is pretty clear and golden in color. A healthy sized head that has some retention laces nicely. Some malted wheat and crisp hop notes on the nose. Since this is considered a "wheat ale" and not a "german style hefe-weizen," I will note the lack of weizen characteristics like vanilla, banana and clove, but not dock the beer points for it. It is actually a pretty good tasting summer brew. Nice crisp hoppiness to it. Decent enough malt to carry the experience. Slides over the tongue effortlessly. I could throw back many of these while playing a little F-ball on a hot July afternoon.

Thanks go out to Davo for the sample.

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Photo of albertmdh
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a six and casually consumed four of them over the course of a few hours on a blazing hot day.

Smell was grass, citrus and hops, and not deceivingly, as so was taste. Fairly light and refreshing, and in the fashion of "hot day beers" I drank it straight from the bottle. There was enough hop to it that I might reccomend it as a begginers IPA. My favorite offering from the magic hat bunch, so far.

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Photo of Applesauce1
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I picked this up at the Westover Market in Arlington, VA (by far, the best beer store in the area).

Appearance: transparent, gold, with a nice 3/4" white head that dissipated rather quickly

Smell: lemon, not strong though

Taste: lemon citrusy flavor, some of that unmalted wheat flavor; overall, a pretty tasty beer

Mouthfeel: light body

Drinkability: great, could do a whole sixer in a night (tastes great after a long run through the streets of Arlington)

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +18.7%
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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Photo of kenito799
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pale gold-amber with vigoruos white head that recedes to a ring; the initial head leaves quite beautiful lacing.

Aroma has Very pleasingly subtle, spicy, lemony twang. Flavor pretty much carries this theme through...palate-tingling, lemony/sour edge, rereshing, fresh. A very good example of an American wheat beer. The best Magic Hat offering I hae tried to date--I was not hopeful after the awful Lucky Kat, this beer is thankfully much better.

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Photo of taez555
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this beer on tap at Big City in Allston

It poured a nice white head with a very clear light orange body. I had some trouble making out any nose on this beer cuz I was in bar. But I didn't smell any off flavors at all.

The initial taste was very bitter with a lot of tart fruit flavors. It actually sort of surprised me how bitter it was. Lots of floral hop aromas and an even bitterness. I tasted a lot of citrus flavors in this beer. Lemons and maybe even hints of orange. Of course that migtht have been that they served it to some other people with orange. I usually opt for no fruit.

The bitterness took a while to die down. Letting the smooth malts and floral hops linger.

Overall this beer is a nice change when it comes to summery brews. It seemed to be more of an IPA with fruit flavors than just your normal summer brew. A nice easy drinking beer.

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Photo of mschofield
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear medium to dark gold, topped with a two finger yellowed white head, leaves partial webs of lacing. Benefits by being poured hard.
Sweet, grain aroma, fruity and floral.
Sweet tasting, toast, biscuit, tea, flowers and a good wheat base. A touch of what seems to be honey, and kind of a fermented fruit taste.
Light bodied and dry, a bit tart, good summery session beer.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, consume by end of August 07, poured in a pilsner glass, served with a slice of orange as suggested on the Magic Hat website.

A - not quite clear golden yellow color with a fluffy white head that thinned out after adding the slice of orange.

S - before the orange was added, it had a nice malted wheat aroma.

T - very nice sweet taste, the beer taste good without the orange slice, but the orange added gives it a notch up.

M - light and refreshing. good carbonation, sweet after taste.

D - good, easy drinking summer wheat beer. buy it, try it.

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Photo of clayrock81
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a hefe glass and received a light gold body with solid two-finger head that held up well to some good carbonation; when it did slowly receed left a night lace ring. A very fruity smell; not jsut citric notes like orange peel and lemon but some bananas and pears as well as some minor spicings. A good citric hop taste hit my tongue as the medium-bodied beer passed over smooth, almost slick. The beer is light on spices but they're there and the yeast/wheat sediments in there give it a somewhat creamy and sweentness. Other might disagree but I think this is a great American Wheat beer.

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Photo of francisweizen
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A dark golden colour with a small head of white foam that does not last long. The aromas are wheaty and citrus-like with that funky/fruity yeast strain of theirs (ringwood) in the mix as well. The taste is very citrus-like and wheaty with a nice fruity balance to it as well. The mouthfeel is light and the drinkability is good. A good, if uncomplex, american wheat beer. Definately a good summer pick.

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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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