Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Fruit and Field Beer
2.84 | pDev: 23.24%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: Wacko is the liquid song of summer: Crisp like the morning, cool like the evening and quenching all day long. Pop the top and set your summer loose. Wacko is a delicious summer beer with a big malty aroma, a subdued hop bite and a clean, slightly sweet finish.

15 IBU
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Reviews: 415 | Ratings: 782
Reviews by cgise22:
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4/5  rDev +40.8%

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Photo of br3wmeister
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Small bubbly white head, little retention and no lacing. The beer is a bright pinkish orange in color.

S- Big sweet slightly tart aroma. Some light bitterness and earthy root with a hint of brown sugar.

T- Sweet and malty, beets, light barley, and some light bitterness. There is also some fruity flavors in there.

M- Light bodied with nothing interesting to speak of.

This is an interesting beer, but I will not be looking for it again.

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Photo of weller1js
3.45/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a clear, reddish-pink, heavily carbonated with bubbly white foam leaving a slight ring of lacing.

smell: malts are earthy and with notable wheat scent, a crisp sweetness is also present.

taste: begins fresh and clean, with the earthiness of the malts present throughout the middle and finish, enhancing the slight hoppiness with a light yet crisp bitterness.

drinkability: very drinkable for the summer season, unique with its color, fresh tasting and malts have character, nothing spectacular, but nothing to knock either.

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Photo of TheBirdSanc
1.25/5  rDev -56%

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Comes out of the tap a clear reddish amber with a thick white fine-bubbled head. Aroma is not strong but is malty with a hint of cherry. Flavor is fairly malty and has a subtle hoppy undertone, as well as a firm hint of cherry and a whisper of sweetness. Texture is lively and tingly.

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Photo of GoalieRon33
4.18/5  rDev +47.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Beet red, interesting to say the least

Smell: Fruity undertones, with a strong, strangely pleasent acidic smell

Taste: Delicious. Light and summer-like, with earthy, fruity aftertaste

Mouthfeel: A little watery, but still overall good. Not filling.

Drinkability: An easy going novelty beer that turns into a summertime favorite

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Photo of Weischej
4.75/5  rDev +67.3%

Photo of papat444
2.02/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Flashback #195 - Had this a few years ago, horrible concoction.

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Photo of runbirddrinkbeer
2.34/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Tried this one because the beet juice thing intrigued me. My wife swears by juicing beets for health.
Appearance is interesting with rose/amber hue, and pink tinged foamy head. The aroma is weak vegetables and cranberries and not much else. Taste is disappointing also with soapy tones and thin malt: no hop presence evident. Mouthfeel is thin and uninteresting. Overall not something I would buy again, but I do give them credit for trying something outside the safety zone.

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Photo of Flabbyjandro
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of jwjon1
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I really wanted to like this one. I mean, it looked like there would be some interesting flavors popping out, what with it being pink and all. But alas, simply tasted like a force carbonated macro. Which is to say, you could throw a ton down, but would you enjoy it? As for me, not so enjoyable. Nothing wrong with it in any way, just wasn't exciting. Second beer of the night, and ended up being a near full drain poor. Simply didn't want to waste my sobriety to a boring beer. What a waste.

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Photo of gskitt
2.48/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This beer poured a light rose color, clear, offered little head. Scent was undetectable. Taste was minimum. I'm not sure what Magic Hat was going for here. It does not have an off-putting taste, just not one that is well, tasty. Mouthfeel was eh. Overall, not my choice.

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Photo of mwar
2.25/5  rDev -20.8%

Photo of Infamous7100
3.1/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing outstanding about this beer. Pretty much average across the board. The beets were present in the color and I believe the taste also as there was some fruit/veggie that I couldn't quite place (not up on my beet flavor knowledge). It did finish crisp and clean and would be good on a hot summer day, but definitely would not be my go to. Glad I tried, but most likely will not purchase again.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.23/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz - excuse me - 3/4 pint bottle. Best enjoyed by date on bottle neck. The ink on Magic Hat has a tendency to wear off, but I could read it just fine.

Pours a pretty, electric-orange. I guess the beet juice is doing its job. Smell is a vague lot of fruit and grass. Taste has a sweet base, on which there is a pleasant freshness, and persimmon-like flavor. Finish is almost non-existent. A "crisp" beer for sure, but I don't see the point in a beer which is very comparable, but less tasty imo, to their #9. I'd rather just go with one of those.

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Photo of mani
3.25/5  rDev +14.4%

Photo of soupyman10
3.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A sixer on a whim (and cause it was cheap). A friend and I split them, and neither of us was particularly impressed. This one poured a strange bright maroon color with touch of quickly vanishing head. Nose wasn't terrible - sweet maltiness, some very light unidentifiable fruit. Not a lot going on there. Maybe a touch of yeast. Flavor's fairly similar. Just nothing really to hold on to (and I might not have known it was a fruit beer without seeing it's strange appearance). A hint of malt, some sweet fruitiness, and a hint of hops. Feel is fine, appropriate carbonation and a medium to slightly thin body. Overall, it's boring. Won't pick this one up again.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of LCannon4
2/5  rDev -29.6%

Photo of AndrewMichael
3/5  rDev +5.6%

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the 12oz. bottle into a pint glass, it had a very light pink color to it with a 1/2 white head that resided quickly to a thin lace. The smell is of floral hints and sugar, The taste is very light of beet sugar, not a lot of hops. It has a nice mouth feel and goes down smooth and is very drinkable.

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Photo of Focusf111
4/5  rDev +40.8%

Photo of SiphonKing
2.38/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

It pours alright, it looks fine and the head retention is decent, but the taste is quite unexpected. This is not necessarily a bad thing if you like beet sugar. Wacko is listed as a "summer seasonal" at the liquor store with no hint of it's base style or malt/hop varieties inside. It's astringent and I detect no sour element to the beer. No frutiness from the ale yeast and not much in the way of layers in the pallette. Magic Hat has some good beers out there on the market. Unfortunately this is not one of them. Stay clear of this beer.

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2.75/5  rDev -3.2%

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3/5  rDev +5.6%

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Wacko from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 67 out of 100 with 782 ratings