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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 PhillyStyle
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle:

The beer poured a straw yellow with a light white head. The aroma was not really all that good. Slight citrus with a vague hint of the grain. My wife commented that it smelled like a band-aid. The taste was average, at best, and kind of followed the nose but with a mix of the grain and cirtus, seemed bland. The beer may have been a bit overcarbonated and was thin. Overall, I was not impressed with the beer and seeing how this was my first with Magic Hat, I am leary of the rest of their beer, but I am sure that I will give them a chance. Maybe I just don't care for the style.

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Photo of ralree
2.74/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 3

A: Slight yellow, slightly cloudy, decent lacing, OK retention.

S: Citrus alcoholic smell, backed by some grain. Doesn't smell all that good.

T: Tastes like it smells - lots of citrus (lemon), a little bit of hop flavor, a little alcohol. Grain flavor after the swallow. Not a fan of this one - it's too fruity, not enough hops.

M: Medium-bodied, good carbonation, non-astringent. Very dry and clean.

D: Drinks well, but I don't like the taste.

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Photo of atsprings
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served a crisp pale orange with a thin diminishing head that leaves decent lacing on the glass. The aroma is some weak sweet malts and fruits. The taste is sweet fruits and slight citrus. The beer is crisp and refreshing. This is a decent Summer brew, just not one I'd likely seek out again.

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Photo of gcarl
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass revealing a light straw color and bubbly white head. smell is fresh cut grass...nice aroma.

Taste is bland, given it is an American Pale Wheat I wasn't expecting a deviation from the norm however, there is nothing to grasp here. Upfront is over carbonation and aftertaste is overly sweet. The low ABV and refreshing nature would make it a nice choice for a session beer during a BBQ on a stifling summer afternoon. Overall Magic Hat may have missed the mark on this one.


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Photo of maximum12
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rec'd in a big old box for the Summer Beer BIF & since summer is getting old, figured I'd better start laying into these.

Pours extremely pale yellow, one could almost read through it. Thin head evaporates quickly, with some strong carbonation running up north-south. Smell is faintly pale, wheaty, like fresh-mown lawn.

Tastes like a wheat beer! Dry, tart, finish, without the puckering aftertaste too many wheats have. Overall a decent enough brew to set in the shade & grab each pass while mowing.

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Photo of glid02
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this in a mixed 12-pack from Green's in Atlanta.

Pours a light gold/dark yellow with a small head. Head recedes into a ring of bubbles around the glass. A little bit of thin lacing.

Smells grassy. Slightly sweet-smelling.

Tastes the same way it smells. A decent wheat beer taste, kind of tart at the end. Finishes surprisingly smooth.

Mouthfeel is nothing to write home about. Pretty thin, not much going on.

This is pretty drinkable. It finishes better than I thought it would, which definitely helps out.

There are plenty of better wheat beers out there, give them a shot before you try this one, but I wouldn't turn one of these down.

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

Decent beer, not a typical summer ale to me.
A little more spice and hops than I expected. Very light, crisp, but doesn't emphasize on smoothness or flavor like other summer ales. A lot was going on but it didn't all come together for me. I enjoyed it but would not get a 6-pack.
Worth giving a shot.

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Photo of zymurgy4all
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This one pours a very light straw color with a hint of haziness. It has a nice big white head. The flavor is nice and light making this quite the lawnmower beer. It has no aftertaste and is an extremely clean tasting beer. I'm not a big fan of this style, but it is one of the most drinkable beers for sure. Definitely a great beer for a hot summer day.

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Photo of avalon07
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: When poured from a bottle to a weizen glass, had an amber color and a surprisingly small amount of head. Consistency was only a little cloudy.

S: An OK aroma of hops, malt and wheat. Very low key smell.

T: To paraphrase what another user wrote, this didn't seem like a wheat beer at all. The malt almost overwhelmed the whole thing, with only hints of the bubblegum flavor and hops you'd expect in this style.

M: There was a decent amount of carbonation in this one. Had a smooth finish.

D: This one didn't impress me. It has its strong points, but it never wows you.

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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 pwoods
2.88/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle, purchased at Party Source, poured into a SA pint. Best before Sept '08.

A: Pours a very pale straw color, very clear. Looks almost watered down. 1 1/2 fingers of pearl white head forms a bit rocky and holds for a minute or 2. A touch of lacing at first.

S: Very grainy. Raw grains and wheat make up the entire nose.

T/M: Again, very grainy and raw. Maybe a touch of peppery hops for a second in the beginning. A little bit of malt sweetness and bubblegum taste. Finishes on the dry side. Light body with plenty of carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and low ABV. Not very interesting, though. Mayber Oberon has ruined me.

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Photo of NCSUdo
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle

A: Pale golden under a fizzy white head. Decent lace and retention.

S: Smells of a sweet maltiness. Mostly just malt, maybe a bit of corn. Not terrible, just bland.

T: Sweet again up front with a definite hop in the finish. Mostly a dirty, grassy hop, would have been nice to have some citrus.

M/D: Light bodied, carbonation isn't too prickly, a little foamy. Decent drinkability. Nothing great, but entirely drinkable.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with about an inch of fluffy white head. Good lacing throughout

Decent floral scent with a little bit of citrus.

This had a bit of a citrus/orange taste with some wheat, and a slight bitter finish.

Light-bodied and crisp feel, pretty refreshing. Adequate carbonation.

This was a pretty average beer. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these, but nothing really stood out.

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Photo of IBUnit63
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pineapple-colored translucent body with ample carbonation rising to single-finger bubble-bath head. Slightly hazy but clean.

Almost like a spiced Pilsener scent. Saaz-ish aroma with a nice summer spice profile. Almost a Pilsener-Saison hybrid-clean, fragrant, subdued malt presence.

Malt and mildly floral hops balance nicely with yeast contingent-extremely refrshing. Slightly sweet but by no means thick.

Nice tingle from carbonation; no aftertaste. Full yet refreshing finish.

This is perfect for summertime. I don't usually gravitate towards this style of lawnmower beer but I definitely appreciate the craft and enjoyed this quite a bit.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a six pack of this at Rittenhouse Deli in Ardmore, Pa and poured it into a pint glass.
Appearance: The body was a light gold or straw color topped off with a large white fluffy head, small bubbles, lots of lacing.
Smell: Very wheaty, esters like banana.
Taste: Very wheaty again, but this time nothing to balance it out.
Mouthfeel: Crisp like a lager.
Drinkability Must better than average.
Don't drink and reivew.

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Photo of soupyman10
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that's a tough one to review. It's in a style that's not particularly outstanding (although that is certainly drinkable), and it basically does what it's supposed to there. It looks like a wheat ale, smells mildly like a wheat ale. It tastes like it should. The only thing moderately unique here is that it's very citrusy, moreso than most APWAs (although we're not talking Gumbalhead zest by any means). Feel is medium bodied with lively carbonation. I prefer it to Magic Hat's other widely available APWA, Circus Boy. Overall, it's fine for the summer, but (as with a lot of beers in this style) nothing I'd seek out.

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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 becktone
3.07/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Done horizontally with Anchor Summer ale.(from notes 6-4-08)

Eye: Weak. Thin algae film head, that prefers to be a collar around the glass as opposed to an actual head. The beer is only slightly hazy, on a scale of 1-10 its a 1-that being the lowest next to none. Color is pale lemon yellow and there is no depth to it. All in all a poor looking wheat.

Nose: Floral hops, definitely an American variety, also some citrus from them. Some acidic sourness and tartness is going on in here, more potent than in the Anchor though. Clean yeast, and pretty boring on the wheat and barley front.

Tongue: Nice full wheat flavor and maltiness, Again slightly acidic, tart flavor found in the beer. Hop flavor is shot lived, a bit floral and citrusy up front and then it quickly disappears. All in all it works, but I've had better. Also some hops towards the finish, though mostly the tart edge.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability: Light bodied in the mouth with just enough carbonation to make it feel so. This beer is crisp and slightly drying in the finish. Very nice feel overall. as mentioned earlier I've had better, this won't be one that i"ll actively seek out in the future, it won't be one that I"d be caught in making a decision with -Hocus Pocus or Beer X- just average, nothing special, but worth a try I guess.

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Photo of andrewt960
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A: Yellow... golden wheat like, and a nice white head. Lacing was minimal.
S: Smelled of citrus hops, kinda nice for a wheat beer. Much more than I expected.
Grain like smell with nice hops.
T: Nice mix of wheat like characteristics with a nice touch of citrus hops. Very carbonated... very fizzy.
M: Fizzy and citus hops... sticks around for a little while.
D: Very drinkable, espeacially in the summer. Very refreshing...and would be great after a hard days work in the hard.

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Photo of argock
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass. Freshness date notched proudly on this "seasonale."

A: Nice-looking pale honey-colored ale with reasonable 1-finger, frothy white head and threads trail down the glass from a healthy initial rim of lace.

S: Juicy earthy hops mixed with a twang of wheat and slight lemony citrus.

T: While I'm not usually a fan of either Magic Hat beers or summer ales, this beer is a winner because it is a summer ale not dominated solely by grain flavor. This brew, while certainly incorporating some raw grain qualities, has much more to offer including grassy, earthy hops blended with more wheat-flavored citrus character. It's not a powerhouse of flavor, but it is enjoyable in an easy, laid-back yet multi-flavored way.

M: Smooth and easy-to-drink as summer ales usually are. The carbonation is surprisingly low which is welcome. Reasonably clean finish.

D: One of the better summer ales -- far better than Samuel Adams' version. If Magic Hat would let go of the fruit-herbal-spiced vibe, they have a real knack for brewing some nice beers (see Odd Notion Summer '08, Circus Boy).

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Photo of bkilpatr
2.78/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. 06/13/08.

Pours a clear straw yellow color with about two fingers of whitish head. Lots of citrus and wheat aromas.

Taste is more citrus (lemon, tangerine, orange) and wheat, almost a bit acidic. A bit of bitter hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp with a decent amount of carbonation, and it feels pretty light bodied. The down side is the slight stickiness it leaves. Not quite the clean finish that I want in a summer beer. Drinkability is also decent. It is almost a good summer session beer. If they tone down the citrus and the stickiness a tad then it'd be much better.

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Photo of Natural510
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color with a generous amount of fluffy white head, a good amount which retains and sticks to the glass.
Smells bright with lemon, grainy, and slightly spicy.
I tasted the malt and hops first; malts which are light & sweet but guarded, hops which aren't too bitter but exist to give enough kick. There is the subtle lemon flavor I normally associate with APWA's and a slight breaded spiciness as well.
Feels good in the mouth; slightly creamy and a bit vibrant from the hops.
All in all a good summer ale; not the best I've had (and not terribly distinct) but a good call when you want something both flavorful and refreshing.

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Photo of Gambrinus1184
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12-ounce bottle into a glass handled mug.

A: Poured a golden straw yellow color with thin, whispy foam and a little chilled haze with yeast strands in the mix.

S: Smells a little like lemongrass with some nondescript light toasted malt and some brief funky wheat aromas.

T: Taste is pretty basic; a little sweet, a little yeasty, some wheat and sharp carbonation with a very gentle hopping in the finish. It's serviceable, but not exceptional.

M: Mouthfeel is thin, brisk and fizzy.

D: One could sit in the sun and drink the day away for sure, but outside of that setting, it's not a particularly exceptional beer. It's a fairly smooth drinker though, so it gets a thumbs up here.

I'd likely never buy this in it's own 6 or 12-pack, but it's a welcome addition to the summer variety pack. I only wish I could have tried the ginger-lemon version of this beer before it was discontinued, just to see if it made the brew more interesting.

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

A: A golden/bronze color, little head and lacing on the glass.

S: A pluthora of spices, grass, lemon and some caramel all mixed together.

T: More grass and caramel flavors with a spicy/lemon aftertaste.

M: A decent light to medium body, left a sort of clean taste on the palate.

D: Definitely a worthy Wheat Ale, good summertime brew. I enjoy wheats and while this is not my favorite, it was a decent selection that I would dabble with again.

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