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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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Reviews: 251 | Ratings: 601
Photo of nixhecks
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured a bright gold color with slowly rising carbonation and a pure white head. Head had low retention but very good lacing. Aroma was flat and citrusy with a bit of floral hops. The flavor is rather interesting, very soft on the tongue finishing with a slight bitterness. A great summer beer, and judging by the taste, I think this would pair beautifully with seafood dishes, especially shellfish. Interestingly enough, I noticed the same quality with MH's Single Chair, and the more I think about it, the more I am wondering if those two brews are actually the same brew. LOL.

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Photo of yen157
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Not overly carbonated, just loads of bubbles feeding the small, medium coarse head. Golden orange and crystal clear body. Lemony and honey sweet nose. Smelled good, but I was a little stuffed up so I couldn’t really pick it apart. Creamy in the mouth with a crisp finish. Breakfast cereal graininess up front followed by a fairly simple citrus rind bitterness. Retro nasal diacetyl was quite apparent.

I’m going to have to come back to this one because I’m a bit stuffed up, but I’m not all that impressed by this offering from Magic Hat. It certainly is unlike anything else I’ve had, but there was too much out of place diacetyl, IMO. I’m probably missing something because of my congestion so I’ll shut up now.

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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 UncleJimbo
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz amber bottle with a freshness month notch on the label.

This ale poured a light golden color with a creamy, bright white foam head. The smell was good and strong: very biscuity with a grain aroma, and a hint of floral hops and aromatics. The taste was very smooth and malty, with a hint of fruit, and low hop character. Kind of hard to describe, but reminiscent of a German dunkel. The mouthfeel was smooth and mellow - very pleasant! Slightly sweet, medium light bodied, but with a crisp finish. I found this ale to be very drinkable, but difficult to categorize (not surprising with a Magic Hat beer). In any event, I enjoyed it very much. It went down easy.

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

Hazy light straw color. Some small yeast chunks are suspended. The nose is grassy wheat and lemony. Light grain breadiness shifts to tart, then fruity white grape and pear. Not stellar, but a decent thirst quenching summer wheat.

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Photo of MaineBeerMan
3.86/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden clear beer with a large sticky head of pure white foam.
Citrusy aroma with the faintest twinge of wheat smell. Overall aroma was rather low, though this was probably due to a lower tasting temperature than I usually drink at.
Flavor was lemony citrus at first, followed by a bit of a wheat/malt sweetness and finishing with a citrusy hop twang.
Creamy mouthfeel with a bit less carbonation than expected from the amount of head.
Overall, a pretty good wheat beer though maybe a bit lighter and thinner than I expected.

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

light and smooth with a somewhat strange flavor. it says it is a mix of 3 other magic hat brews humble patience, blind faith, and chaotic chemistry. this funky little mix goes down great

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden body. Much effervescence. Big white head rapidly collapsing. Burst of fresh hay uncapping bottle. Not much nose out of glass at all. Barley and wheat malts present in taste, with hint of hops, but nothing jumps out. Picture of bee on label indicates that honey might be present, but I don't detect any, save for some smoothing out of the taste. An ok beer, and something to fill a cooler with for a big party as it won't offend. But not something to search out as anything special.

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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 pbrian
2.7/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tart, grainy, citrusy aroma. Slightly sweet grainy start. Tart, super-dry, stale, funkily-sour finish. Not a very good summer drinking beer, too dry and funky tasting.

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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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Hocus Pocus from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.37 out of 5 based on 601 ratings.
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