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

A hoppy wheat beer. Some taste but rather ordinary. On-tap at the brewery. A bit of tartness,and lemon in the aroma. drinkable summer beer but bland. Oh and on the thinner side. Not my favorite, I wouldn't dress it up with a lemon slice.Non-offensive.

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Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of Knapp85
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got some of this before it was put to death by the brewery. The beer poured as a clean clear yellow colored beer. The head was a little fizzy and white. The smell of the beer had some nice suble wheat aromas with a light honey sweetness to it. The taste of the beer was light and refreshing. Just a touch of sweet honey with some malted wheat. The hops were kept to a minimal amount in this one. The mouthfeel was perfect for a summer brew. Overall I wasn't overly sad to see this beer retired but I know several people who were pretty pissed about it.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bought a 12'er of this for $11.99.

I had this beer throughout the summer and it never disappointed me. It's easily drinkable, light bodied, highly carbonated, and has a great lemon zest of flavor. It's also low ABV which helps because you can easily knock back a bunch of these.. a very easy drinker.

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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 BEERchitect
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Diving into this beer, I often wondered if this were a bad Kolsch, a Blonde Ale, a high temperature lager... didn't think of an American Wheat. The beer starts with a mostly clear straw color, fair initial head formation that didn't retain as well as prefered. Aromas are part-pilsner malt, part-grain, and with a soft herbal, floral hop note that saves the aroma. Flavors have a better malt profile than the nose suggests, however the cereal grain flavors do come though as well as a coarse astringency late. Soft wheat malt flavors are found but only after searching for them. But the wheat does little to soften the textures or give any rich breadiness, sweetness, or body. A subtle fruitiness comes though as pears and apples. Finishes with a linger of the herbal hops and cereal grains.

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Photo of brentk56
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a perky white head that dissipates to a ringlet, leaving behind a bit of lacing

Smell: Biscuity, with a touch of lemon - smells a bit like a lemon tart; a touch of the wheat beer nose, but not much

Taste: Light and sweet, with a vague wheat beer taste and a crisp, lemony finish; no flavor development from start to finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: A very drinkable summer brew; a wheat beer for those who are not necessarily sold on the style but are looking for something light and refreshing, yet different

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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of dmorgan310
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Poured a really light yellow color with a bit of a white head and some clearly visible carbonation. The nose is some light citrus along with quite a bit of grain. The taste is grainy and has some light lemon notes. Light and crisp, this was a pretty good summer brew.

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Photo of oberon
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
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 NeroFiddled
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I've always found the labels for Magic Hat to be quite interesting, and this one is no exception, with a light green circle behind yellow and white spirals and a bumble bee. It certainly looks like a summer beer... and upon tasting, it is!

A hazy yellow gold body is capped by a decent-sized lid of bright white foam. And although it drops within a relatively short period, it does maintain a very nice creamy surface covering and leaves continuous rings of spotty lace throughout the glass. The aroma displays the typical Ringwood yeast nose and a touch of wheatish malt that's mildly lemonish. The body is light, as a summer beer should be, and the very fine carbonation gently caresses the tongue as it slides across the palate. In the flavor a delicate wheat-based malt is gently tangy and a touch citrusy and floral, backed by a supportive hop bitterness. It finishes clean and dry with the exception of some lingering yeast character and a mild touch of hops. This is the kind of beer that grows on you, and although it may seem very basic at first, it actually has enough going on to keep it interesting throughout a few. Well done!

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is strong with wheat and grain with a little bit of spice.

T: The flavor is mild, but full of wheat and malt, with a hint of lemon. The after-taste is maintains the bready flavor. It isn’t anything special, but it’s quite refreshing.

M: Smooth and crisp, very light body, medium-to-high carbonation, very clean and dry finish.

D: This beer is extremely easy-to-drink and not filling at all because it’s so light, the only problem is the lack of flavor. It’s a beer you can drink a lot of in the same way you can drink a lot of any macro.

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Photo of russpowell
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Based on notes, consumed down at the beach in NC

Poured an effervescent bronze with 2 fingers of eggshell white head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Sweet malt & honey

T: Sweet honey & some lemony hops. More of the same in the middle. Finishes dry with more honey sweetness

MF: Thinnish with low carbonation

Drinks okay for what it is. Watered down American Pale Wheats are not my bag

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Photo of smcolw
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly cloudy, straw to golden in color. Decent head that leaves a fine bubbled lace.

Aroma: barnyard smells that were completely unexpected. There's some citrus touches that are expected but they are muted.

Taste & mouthfeel: Very high carbonation gives this beer a jolt. There is a hop bite in the aftertaste that is prevalent in most wheat ales. If I was grading this against style, it would score low, but I think this is far more flavorful than I expected. This is closer to a American pale ale than a wheat offering. In fact, if I was told this was a pale ale, I'd be curious about the wheat presence.

This is good beer that doesn't fit any category well. That said, an open mind will make this an enjoyable and unique treat (although the aroma detracts). If you want a high quality wheat or pale ale, this won't fit the classic definition of either and therefore will be a disappointment.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bold honeyed amber with pale lemon edges. The semi-firm eggshell cap filled half the glass after a pour that was no more vigorous than usual and is still at two fingers several minutes later. Although the head looks nice while it lasts, it deposits almost no lace.

The aroma is better than the APWA average (since it doesn't smell blandly wheaty), but needs to be more aromatic and more interesting to truly impress. Might I suggest doubling the load of Centennial hops? This nose will do, but I'm expecting more on the palate...

... and don't get it. Again, there's something about Hocus Pocus that pulls it into the bottom reaches of above averageness without even tempting me to say 'damn, that's good beer'. For one thing it doesn't taste especially wheaty to me; the brewers must have tilted the balance more toward barley malt than wheat malt. In fact, it tastes like an underhopped, lemon juicy APA rather than the stated style.

I don't taste much in the way of Centennial hops and there isn't a whole lot of bitterness to counter the pale malty sweetness. Jacking up the 'C' hops would have been a sure-fire way to make this ale stand out, to give it some personality. As is, it's pleasant beer, easy drinking beer, but not especially memorable beer.

The body/mouthfeel, like the flavor, doesn't really match the stated style. It's firm rather than soft and slick rather than clean and crisp. Fine bubbles are appreciated mid-mouthful, but give up the ghost so early that the finish feels flat.

Magic Hat is all over the map with respect to quality beer. I appreciate the fact that they take chances and that sometimes that means missing the target, but I wouldn't think it would be too difficult to brew a good APWA. Hocus Pocus could use a little bit of magic because there ain't no rabbit in the hat this time.

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Photo of Jason
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
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 mikesgroove
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Poured a very hazy and cloudy amber color, somewhat tinted yellow but actually a decent orange color surounding it. A small white head formed on the top maybe one finger high and quickly dropped down to the surface leaving behind only a trace.

S - Lots of light wheat aromas coming off of this one. thee is a definite hint of hops in there as well with a light lemon sort of smell sitting around in the back. Light grass and some yeast aromas as well.

T - Wow, I was really not expecting that one. Very musky with a much darker flavor then I wold have expected. Lots of grain in this one with a good deal of wheat coming through. Almost has that weird macro corn flavor as well, very strange. Finish is very dry with a nice bitter hoppy finish and a long drawn out flavor of bitter tangerine like.

M - Very smooth and creamy with a somewhat heavier feel then I thought it would have had. It has some nice carbonaton hanging around and lasting, but it did suffer from a bit of the slickness problems you tend to see.

D - A great session beer with almost no alcohol in it you could easily throw down multiples of this with no problem at all. I could see myself having two or three while I mow the lawn with no problem at all.

Overall not bad. I was really not the biggest fan of this one, but to be honest I have had much worse. This was definitly a quality beer and something that I would probably not buy again, but would not snub my nose at it either.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

Photo of woodychandler
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Wow! I got a huge, frothy white head from this one that started to run over the rim until I sucked some of it away. It had a sweet nose with a faint smell of honey underlying the malt. The color was a crystal-clear yellow, not a deep yellow or golden, but a solid yellow. The mouthfell was somewhat creamy and the whole beer had an inherent sweetness, from the tongue to the finish and aftertaste. It all seemed pretty light, which would make it a good summertime beer (hey, how about that?).
Note: reviewed in late June 2005.

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Photo of thatoneguymike
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 610 ratings.
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