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 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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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A-Pours yellow. Pale. Lightly illuminated. Head is off-white and foamy. Leaves light lacing.

S-Light nose. Wheaty and yeasty. A tad bit grassy. Smells a bit watery. Light breadiness.

T-AKin to the nose. Wheat, yeast, mellow spice. An apple flavor. White bread. Minutely grassy.

M-Easy drinking and bubbly with a watery body. Crisp enough to warrant a quick kill via my tasting glass.

O/D-A bland one. Has its high points but it is far from memorable. Just another brew by Magic Hat.

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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 jcurtis55
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I’ve not been a big fan of wheat beers, but this one is mild enough I found it easy to drink. It started with a couple of fingers of head, but lost the head fairly quickly. A light gold color and fairly clear for a wheat, although there is a bit of cloudiness to it. Mild aroma of wheat with a bit of hops citrus. The mouthfeel is pretty light but the taste was better than the aroma led me to believe it would be. Aftertaste is bitterness.This will never be confused with the bigger heavier beers, but when you’re in the mood for something other than a heavy beer, this works. This might also make a nice gateway beer into the world of craft beers.

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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 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 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 kshankar
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Never got around to reviewing this one..had it this past summer, so here are the thoughts I wrote down back then..

Pours hazy and gold, with decent foam.

Typical citrus, wheat, yeast and lemon scent. Tastes tart, citrusy and some wheat is there.

Light, somewhat refreshing, but doesn't stand out in comparison to other summer wheat beers.

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Photo of Pleepleus
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Review from notes.
Poured from bottle to pint glass a hazy straw color with a frothy white head that diminished to minimal lacing. It has a mild lemony sweet honey aroma. The taste is a mild wheat flavor with hints of lemon. Feel is clean and very drinkable this is a respectable summer session beer.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap while at the brewery for tour. The aroma was light but you could notice certain scents. Bitter citrus like grapefruit and grainy malt aromas. Nice transparent yellow color with good head and lace. It has a balanced sweet and sour taste. Equal parts fruit and malt like flavor. The body is thin and easy to drink.

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

Got this at the brewery today. As its been discontinued, they were pouring it as a flashback brew. (note: this is a new batch, however)

Poured into a pint tumbler. 2-3 fingers of fluffy, airy head. great retention and lace. pale yellow in color and with limited carbonation

smells are subdued but present. grass, some honey sweetness.

flavors, like the smell, are not big, but theyre there. tart honey and alcohol on the sides of the tongue. hoppier than i remember, dry finish from a fair amount of grassy hops.

mouthfeel is light, smooth, but slightly syrupy from the honey.

it is a great summer drink. alot better than i remember primarily because hops are MUCH more present in the beer. beer isnt big in the flavor department but it is very well balanced. a little disappointed that it wont be around anymore.

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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 602 ratings.
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