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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Ratings: 611 |  Reviews: 255
Photo of caustin90
1/5  rDev -70.1%

Photo of Damian74
1.25/5  rDev -62.7%

Photo of Doomcifer
1.4/5  rDev -58.2%
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 chippo33
1.5/5  rDev -55.2%

Photo of mriley1984
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

Photo of vitesse
1.82/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

served in a brown 12 oz. bottle.

avoid this beer. just an awful example of an american wheat ale. please don't expect much from this one. it's totally filtered. no cloudiness. pale, yellow, clear appearance. not much head. too fizzy and utterly lacking body.
there's no flavor here at all except for an astringent, metallic aftertaste that hits you right after some slight hop bitterness drops out.
you can't taste the wheat malt and if you want a pale, slightly hoppy, session beer, try their mother lager, which is much better, imho.

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Photo of JDeming
2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of Falcone
2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -40.3%

Photo of RoyalT
2.06/5  rDev -38.5%
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 ppoitras
2.13/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed (??) on tap at Taylor's, Greenfield, MA.

16oz pint glass presentation. Just a thin film of small bubbles for a head, lacing almost non-existant. Aroma is an odd combination of citrus, wheat, and something else that I couldn't identify, but it just wasn't very appealling. Taste was similar to the nose, with the slight wheat flavors not having much of a shot to be enjoyed before the lemon/unknown flavor took over. Mouthfeel and drinkability quite low, I had trouble finishing this one, and not too sure why I did.

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Photo of dedalus
2.2/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from the summer variety show 12-pack.

this beer poured an appetizing bright gold with average head and lacing.

the aromas were very muted: just a light hint of weak grain and a whiff of dry grass. i know this is supposed to be a light, wheaty, drinkable summer ale, but this near dearth of aromas is very disappointing.

the flavors were, amazingly enough, even less perceptible than the smells: a distant, limp, biscuity breadiness with no fruit flavors, hop flavors, or anything else i look for in an ale. if i had been doing a blind taste test, i don't think i could have told the difference between this beer and a macro pilsner. it was honestly like drinking a glass full of carbonated water with a thimblefull of beer poured in for flavor.

the mouthfeel was thin and watery, which isn't really a problem for the category, but it certainly isn't anything special, either.

drinkability? you could guzzle this like water if you wanted to, but when i want water i drink water.

this beer was an almost all-around disappointment. i appreciate restraint and reserve in brewing, but the hocus pocus is like yellow seltzer water. any ale that tastes like watered-down, mass-produced lager is missing the point in my estimation. even for a quaffable summer quencher, this is drastically wanting in the flavor department.

i can't recommend this beer at all.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.23/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a little cloudy yellow with a white head that went away pretty quickly. It had the aroma of a lemony dryness. In the taste, well, it had a nice dry end, but no real taste at all. It kind of sticks to the top of the mouth, with somewhat of a flat beer charicteristic. It was ok, a bit malty for a wheat, and really not much flavor at all.

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Photo of waughbrew
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very clear light light gold with sticky white head. Decent retention. Funky ringwood aroma with a honey dirtiness to it. Very intriguing - I like it. Flavor is very dry with some astringency. Very bland flavors of spiciness that leave my mouth tingling a bit. The carbonation is medium, but combined with the taste it becomes harsh. Not a very (I need to stop saying very) good beer. I hope not to have it again.

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Photo of yourunclewalt
2.27/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A-One-finger, foamy head, recedes to lacing. Burnt yellow, bubbly body. Macrolager but a bit darker.
S-Citrus notes; lemon zest? Floral hops.
T-Lemon, ginger; a spiced macrolager. Crisp.
D-It's crisp & refreshing, but other than that there's really nothing to keep me coming back.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.33/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lightly cloudy, not as dense as I would expect. Found out later that it is filtered, not exactly what I like to hear when drinking a wheat. Served in a pint glass with a lemon wedge at RFD's in DC. Bartender didn't pour with any head, so I couldn't judge retention. Slight ring of white bubbles around the top edge.

Skunky smell. Nothing notable really stands out.

Weak taste. Like the smell, nothing stands out. None of the typical wheat flavors are evident--and that is why I like them. Slightly hoppy on the backend.

Drank in between a Le Fin Du Monde and an Allagash Bruin. This beer doesn't even stand in the same league as those two. Very weak mouth feel. I don't think I will be having another. Disappointing, since I enjoy #9 and their other offerings. Perhaps just this keg? Summer beers should be much more enjoyable.

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Photo of cbl2
2.35/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5


Cloudy bronze with slight head that settles rapidly. Unremarkable

Dry and hoppy.


Tastes like pot pourri. Way too much hops for my liking. Once you get past the bitterness of the hops, you are greeted by even more hops!!! I'm not a fan.

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
2.36/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle > 16 oz. SA glass

It's a nice golden color, big carboantion with gyser-like bubbles that create this dense and foamy, bone-white crown that shows really good retention and sticks around nicely.

The aroma is mild, with citrus and lemmon, pale wheat malt and a slightly fruity hop scent.

The taste is a bit thin even for a pale wheat ale. The dominating flavor's are a thin wheatie malt, lemmon's and corriander. The best part was it's subtle but strange fruity hop effect. The balance seemed a mess and a unpleasant bitter, metallic aftertaste was not what the doctor ordred.

The feel at first is light and crisp but quickly deteriorates into a thin and flat feel.

There are many other summer-style beers to choose from.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.4/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

DATE: May 17, 2017... OCCASION: inspired by the school band's spring performance and the early spring heat, time to add some wheat to the evening of Celts/Cavs Game 1... pours an active, bubbling golden body with a thick white head that clumps and clusters resiliently... lacing is appreciable... honey, wheat yeast, hints of lemon, and buttery biscuit malts that tug at the senses in its variety--earthy, slightly too malty... oily, light-bodied and easily drinkable... maybe it'd be better on a lawnmower, as suggested... lemon, hay, some biscuit, a hint of the honey, lime (?) and apple make for a fruity, malty flavor profile... fitting for the evening heat, but not the kind of beer I'd reach for when quenching a thirst... many other weisses, wheat, weizens and pilsners to enjoy...it's back, but it's not necessarily needed...

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2.44/5  rDev -27.2%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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