Wacko | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by thekevlarkid on 02-28-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 782 |  Reviews: 415
Photo of kylehay2004
3.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Shocked by the color. I didnt know in advance it was beat colored. Red with orange tint with a two finger light pink head.

S: Very bready and earthy. Wheat and a little malt.

T: Starts bready, nutty, earthy and wheat. The sweetness doesn't last long before the touch of bitterness aftertaste sets in.

M: Light bodied. Medium to high carbonation.

Overall: Not a fan. Dont know if its a C beer but its not something I would want to try again. The color throws me off. I always appreciate the creativity and therefore I wasnt too hard on this one.

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Photo of jaydoc
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of acurtis
2/5  rDev -29.8%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.38/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

dont be too hard on this one, its a clever summer brew. pours a hazy pink color from beet juice added, with a short white head without much retention. smells like a wheat beer, plenty of yeasty spice going on and a very light body. flavor of the beets does not really come through, its more of a visual thing, but this is a refreshing beer with nice flavor imparted by the yeast. sort of sweet for just a second at the end, before fading out slowly with a touch of bitter hops. feel is fine, very very light. a good summer session with intense carbonation. overall i like it, not my first choice, but a very drinkable seasonal that is perhaps being treated a bit too harshly here on BA...

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Knapp85
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a fan of what Magic Hat has does. I like their sense of style and their advertising is usually very hip and fun to look at. I had very high expectations for Wacko went it came out and knew that I wanted to give it a try. A local place had it on tap and I ordered one up without any hesitation. The beer came to me as a clear pinkish hue of a beer. Interesting, kind of girlie looking but I'll give it a go. The smell was on the weak side wasn't really able to pick much up other than generic beer aromas like some malts and grains. The taste was very light as well, kind of bumming me out. The beer itself is drinkable, I expected a little bit more of a flavor or something. Just fell short on me I guess. I still enjoy other Magic Hat brews though, I'll just skip this one unless it free.

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Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Just bought the Magic Hat Summer Variety pack for $13.99 and tried the Wacko right away after hearing all the hub-bub about it.

Pours a pink color with pink foam.. I would say I've never seen this before but I've tried AB's Wild Blue Lager... anyways..

Eventually the head turns white and the beer mellows out to just a pinkish read. Not much there aroma wise. I must also say I've never tried a beet before, so I'm not sure of its taste. But, this beer has a nice mouthfeel and is nice and smooth and easy to drink. Has a nice fruity sort of flavor to it, but not over the top at all. Sort of like #9 just with beets I suppose. To sum it up, it's an easy drinking beer that is light bodied and good. I don't know what else people are expecting from a summer beer but there it is.

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Photo of metter98
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is crystal clear light red in color and poured with a thin off white head that quickly dissipated, leaving some lacing covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of grainy malts and notes of fruity yeast in the nose.
T: Light flavors of pale malts dominate the overall taste; the beet juice doesn’t seem to contribute anything to the taste except for some hints of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and clean on the palate with a light to moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer isn’t that difficult to drink but it isn’t anything that I will be seeking out to try again.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat's fascination with fruit beers continue. A non-descript fruitiness rides through all aspects of the beer. Caught in the mix of blended berries and fruit juice, the Fruity Pebbles taste gives a lot of variety and appeal to the banal base beer.

Though the fruit is fruit-dominant, it isn't without quality beer character. The malts give a mix of true maltiness and grain flavor and feel- much like an oversparged pilsner sense. As the fruitiness falls in the finish, the malts linger a bit longer into the aftertaste. Ultimately pretty clean and crisp.

Hop character cannot be found. Very little bitterness or flavor. Still, the beer is fine without it because of the focus on the fruit flavors and subtleties. ...maybe a light herbal, lemon zest note late.

Ultimately Wacko is an ok summertime refresher. Fans of Purple Haze with find comfort with this beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
2.5/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.12/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, fizzy, pink (yes, pink) color. It had a small, white fizzy head that left no lacing. It didn't look like a great beer.

S - It smelled fruit and of some grains.

T - Tasted fruity, more like pomegranate than beet. It was sweet but not overpoweringly sweet.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied beer.

D - This one is worth a try, probably just once unless fruit beers are your thing.

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Photo of brentk56
2.41/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Appearance: Well, here's a first - a clear salmon pink liquid with a modest head that really doesn't last very long; leaves a few spots of lace for a second or two

Smell: Sweet, vegetal aroma from the beet sugar; almost taffy-like

Taste: Opens with a taffy flavor that adds a bit of beet juice sweetness by mid-palate; no hop elements are discernible and the finish is sweet

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nice to serve the non-beer drinkers on a hot summer day; I guess this would be an alternative to a wine cooler for that crowd

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.8/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Wacko is certainly not "wacko", nor is it anything new. It looks like a raspberry beer that's been made with real fruit, and to be honest, it kind of tastes like one as well. There's a subtle fruitiness to it, as well as some earthiness and sweetness in the nose, and then a hint of fruit pulp and some tartness follow in the flavor. But OK, disregard that, this is made with beet juice (and you can taste it), and the label reads "A beer with beet juice color" - implying that it's a colored beer, not unlike Coney Island Freaktoberfest (except that that beer is almost purple!).

Moving forward, it is an attractive looking beer with a slight haze and a gently ruby cast beneath a short but frothy pink head.

The aroma is a bit unusual for the uninitiated, but anyone who's had a Belgian Geuze (not the super-sweetened stuff) or an American sour ale , or even a brewpub produced raspberry ale with real fruit has had a whiff of something like this. Personally, I like it, but I can see why they might think this was off-putting to the common drinker and then think that calling it "Wacko" with an interesting label might help. Or maybe not.

The same kind of earthy, fruit-pulpy funk returns in the flavor, but it's masked a bit more. There's a hint of tartness, some nice fruitiness, and a bit of sweet golden malt. Not bad. The bitterness rises in the finish though, and although I'm fine with it, I think that might be off-putting to someone who'd be excited by a pinkish beer. Or maybe not. Oddly, based on my past experiences with this kind of stuff, the general public that will put their lips to a glass like this will tend to blind themselves to what they don't like about it (or don't realize they don't like about it), and instead, rally around it, adopting it as their own weird and cool potion.

So what do I say? Gimmicky, perhaps. I don't think that the beet is anything special, but on the other hand I don't think that marketing something like this is bad either. Whatever sells, right? And let's be honest, cards on the table, I enjoyed this and liked it a hell of a lot better than tequiza. I know chicks will dig it. And hippie guys will probably love it too. So what the hell, spread the love!

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Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -3.5%

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.49/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of nickfl
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - One finger of off-white head on top of a perfectly clear, reddish gold body. The foam settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Slightly sweet, malty aroma with a hint of cherry. Very light hops in the background.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with a bit of red apple yeast fruitiness. Some earthy, slightly musty english hops show through in the middle. Finishes with dry, toasted bread malt and more musty english hops balanced by moderate bitterness.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - A pretty standard, but drinkable brew. There isn't much going on in the aroma, but light yeast character and pleasingly musty Brit hops put some life into the flavor. The slightly reddish tinge from the beets is a little strange and it's my only complaint on an otherwise decent summer brew.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.31/5  rDev -54%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is an odd deep pinkish gold color with a large light pink head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is tart and full of beets, along with light malts and a faint touch of hops, but it's not appetizing at all and kind of nasty.

T: The taste starts out with a light malt sweetness that is quickly followed by the tart flavor of beets, which fortunately isn't as strong as it is in the smell. There's a mild hops presence that brings a little bit of balance but not much. The after-taste is slightly sour.

M: Crisp but not smooth at all, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Not tasty in any way, does not go down easily, not too filling, mild kick, I just did not find anything good about this beer and there's no way that I would drink it again.

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Photo of jgunther71
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of smcolw
1.94/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Impressive near-white head with some staying power. Bright pink color--looks like a raspberry lambic, but clear.

Sour aroma of fermented berries. Relatively mild.

Sour flavor that is over the top. Surprisingly short (near non-existent) aftertaste. Quite the novelty. Thin bodied, highly carbonated. A clear miss.

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Photo of russpowell
3.09/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Was able to pick up one as part of a mixed sixerover in Mizzou. Review based on notes...

Pours an effervescent pink tinged orange with 1 finger of eggshell colored head. Some lacing & zero head retnetion

S: Berries & apples

T: Berry juice, dryness & slight mineral hop edge, plus tartness up front. Faint raspberry flavor & metallic twang as this warms along with some tart cherry & a wisp of toasty malt hiding underneath. Finishes dry & fairly sugar sweet

MF: Thinnish with slight carbonation. Feels like a watered down wine cooler from the 80s minus the sulphur

Drinks okay, doesn't suck as much as the average MH product, so that's about the best endorsement I can give it...

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Photo of krome
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.11/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well this was interesting...I was quite startled when I started pouring the beer and noticed a pinkish/redish hue. As with all magic Hat beers....there is something familiar that each one contains. This beer is no different. As mentioned above, it pour a redish color, there isnt much smell (allergies could be causing an issue). The taste is decent. There is some subtle citrus there, but seemingly a solid amber. The lighted abv and somewhat fruity taste make this a good summer beer.

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Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev +5.3%

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