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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Photo of TheManiacalOne
1.31/5  rDev -53.9%
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 VTaler
3.15/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour from bottle to pint glass

A - looks like "Kool-ade soda". No head and barley any lacing

S - A fruit smell. Overall not much smell.

T - It tastes like a crappy wheat beer. Just kind of bland. I do not really taste much beet flavor. Barely and hop presence and not much overall flavor. A little watered down

M - light body and normal carbonation

D - Drinkable after you have a few but the first sip tells you that you don't want anymore

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Photo of tj4288
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

poured from 12oz bottle into tumbler pint.

a- bright pink body with white head, recedes to a film. little to no lacing.

s- smells like an average american macro. overall week but a slight sense of a fruit note.

t- not a bad taste, just very weak on the tongue. far from complex. boring, i keep thinking i am drinking a macro, but its pink.

m- very watery and thin, very little carbonation

d- drinks like water. very lacking in flavor/smell but not at all bad.... just boring.

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Photo of rugerj
2.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Beer pours a light pink color with a virtually no head, not much lacing left in glass. Smell is of sweet fruit but not one I would want to eat or drink, almost artificial. Taste is sweet but not identifiable. No hops flavor or aroma. Watered down and artificial are the best words to describe this. Carbonation is overdone.

Beets....come on guys.

Against my better judgment I picked this beer up, I was already not a fan of MH beers, this further reinforced that opinion.

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Photo of bbeerman
2.08/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

A..Generic, slightly dark color.

S..Um, yes, I can smell the beets. Still not sure that's a good thing in a beer.

T..Nope, beets and beer should not be mixed. Perhaps it is because I do not really like beets, but I had to all but choke down each sip. I finished one bottle...and that will be the only bottle I ever have.

M..Light/medium body. Had a sensation similar to soda pop. Perhaps too much carbonation.

D..Not something I want to have again. Difficult to drink when you cannot stomach the taste of the main ingredient.

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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: A red, clear color with a decent head. It almost looks like soda.

Smell: A bitter fruit smell (I'm assuming beets, but I'm not familiar enough with beets to be sure) but it's not overpowering.

Taste: For a fruit beer, I expected something a bit stronger, I felt this was somewhat bland, but not awful. There is some fruit flavor with a mild bitterness to it.

Mouthfeel: Pretty thin, nothing to get excited about here.

Drinkability: While this beer is not horrible, I feel there are better, more flavorful fruit beers out there. Good to try, I don't feel it's so good to keep.

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Photo of BARFLYB
2.11/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

"We got beets"- Lisa Simpson (S4,Ep6)

A- Wacko is a light watered down cranberry juice red with a small cap on the surface that has a pinkish tint to itself. Nothing in terms of lace and truth be told, I was not expecting it either.

S- For a fruit/vegetable beer the beets really dont stand out and im guessing thats a good thing, since im not a beet expert. The beets used are light as is the malts used. Fresh Wacko shows some signs of hops in the nose but again very light. A light touch of grain was used also.

T- Sipping on this I felt like I was drinking flavored water, everything is so light that it's hard to pick out a distinguishable characteristic. Yeah beets are used as well as hops, malt and some grain but they dont come together well. Warming it up I get a touch of sweet sugar.

M- Wacko is light bodied and has some carb going for it felt on the bottom of my tounge. This is the most watered down fruit/vegetable beer that i've had, and i've had alot. Not much of an aftertaste at all. Wacko's mouthfeel is wack.

D- I always try to give magic hat offerings a fair shot and they never impress me. I would not want to drink this after a 12 hour day on a chain gang down south, although that's not allowed anyway. Again, wacko is wack and Magic Hat needs to try harder, or take this off of their seasonal releases forever. I foresee a ton of this not being consumed and sitting on the shelf for a while.

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Photo of jcpaulun
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a shaker pint.

A: Rosey red in color with a soapy one inch head. The head does not stick around long and there is no lacing on the glass.

S: Slightly citrusy. Grainy. Maybe a bit of faint floral hops.

T: Similar to the smell. Some fruitiness. There is a cooked vegetable aftertaste that I don't particularly care for.

M: Crisp and dry. Carbonation is moderate. The body is a bit thin as well.

D: It is drinkable enough. I could see this being refreshing on a warm summer day. There is just not enough there for me to really want to drink many of these.

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Photo of SeanFlanagan
3.01/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a six pack after perusing the nearest liquor store's selection, which consisted of the usual domestic "single syllable" suspects, and Sam Adams, along with--oddly--some Dog Fish Head IPAs and Magic Hat. It was a hot day, so I decided the IPAs would be too strong. I might have been better off sticking with what I know.

It's certainly drinkable, but overly sweet and lacking in any complexity. It pours an odd maroon color, like a raspberry Italian soda. This was expected from the beets, but it looks unnatural. The nose is pretty boring, with some citrus, but not the same type you would get from a really hoppy brew. The taste is a bit like a sugar sweetened Bud, if that makes any sense. It's very sweet, with some malty grain and almost zero hoppiness. The mouthfeel is a bit like seltzer, with lots of big carbonation bubbles.

On a hot day, it's not unwelcome. It certainly lives up to its name. However, if you're looking for a summer beer, you're better off with just a good heffe or pils.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
2.56/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice reddish color with a creamy head that leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

The smell is really faint, with a hint of some citrusy sweetness towards the tail end of the scent.

The taste is really disappointing. Not much to speak of to be honest, a little bit of citrus and sweetness just like its smell, but no real flavor to speak of.

Feels verrrry light, nice on a hot summer day, but not so nice with a meal for me. Could drink a ton of these on a nice day.

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Photo of wedge
2.66/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

"The Sky is too blue to be True"

Pours a hazed reddish amber. Solid, frothy head that fades to a creamy covering and lazy strings of lace. Sweet, floral aroma, pale fruit and grain. Kind of odd (thus the name?). Actually, I swear this almost smells like the beach...weird. Sweet grain and a watered down fruitiness. Finishes with some lingering fresh malt and a little tartness. Some spice and cooked veggies in the aftertaste as well. It gets a little bitter as it warms, though not in a good way. Medium bodied and refreshingly drying.

Lives up to it's name, but it turns out that's not such a good thing.

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Photo of gordavidson
3.47/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- An absolutely clear red color with some orange highlights. The white head settles to a nice covering. Most certainly looks as though it has beet juice in it... and it does.

S- Butter, rye, orange juice, and some raspberries.

T- Sweet, malty and fruity. There is a bit of earthiness to it as well.

M- A nice amount of carbonation with some residual sweetness.

D- A decent beer that does down alright. I'm just not blown away. This is maybe a little too sweet.

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Photo of BamaBeerBuff
2.91/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Extra in a recent trade with mikereaser. Thanks mike!

A: Pours a ruddy amber color with a large slightly pinkish head. It falls very slowly and leaves some nice lacing on the glass. Looks pretty good.

S: Not much going on in the nose. Musty earthiness, some fruitiness, not much else.

T&M: Again, rather boring. Pale grainy malt base with some tartness, fruit flavor, and a dry muskiness. Light body with a good carbonation level, though it's a tad watery.

D: Not enough flavor to be that drinkable, but still easy to put down because of the light body. Overall, an interesting summer beer, but not one I'd likely seek out again.

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Photo of Suds
3.34/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer, brewed with beet sugar, is a distinctive pinkish color with amber hues. The head is white and fairly stable...it's a good looking beer. The smell is a little fruity (strawberries and pear?), along with a mustiness. There's not a lot else in the aroma, which is not really engaging. The taste is moderately dry, but has a lot more sweetness than I expected when learning about the beet sugar. I had anticipated bone dryness, and this doesn't even approach that level. Still, it's not a sweet beer. Some malt and fruit come through in the flavor....berries again. The finish is crisp and there is a solid hop presence. Not a bad beer, but also not one that really excites me.

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Photo of CavePainter
3.2/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clean, clear pink. Light pink.
head with two fingers of foam. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Sharply sweet.

T: Crisp balanced fruity sweetness with a bit of bitter hops at the end.

M: Light bodied and crisp. Refreshing.

D: Very. This is like a light pale ale with a bit of a fruity taste and an odd color.

Not overly impressive, but still rather refreshing. A light summery beer. The fruit taste is so minimal that it leaves me wondering - why beats, what gives? If you are looking for a fruit beer - there are better options out there. If you are looking for a summer beer, ditto. But it is worth picking up and trying it out.

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Photo of JoshW
2.54/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

The hype for Magic Hats's Wacko was less then acceptable. I have come to learn and love Magic Hat's variety of different fruit flavors was such a let down. Other then the pink color, Wacko was nothing more then Coors Light with red food coloring. I'm so happy I bought it in a twelve variety pack because I would hate to have to force down the other tastless seven.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.42/5  rDev +20.4%
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 kshankar
2.6/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The bottle says beet juice color. I know I should have expected what I saw..but..wow. I haven't seen this color in beer before

Aroma? I really don't know. Grainy, if anything, and another smell is there that isn't very pleasant. I can't identify it, but I doubt that would help the rating here

Taste is fairly unoffensive, compared to what I was expecting (beet juice). I get some malts, but thats about it..there is no aftertaste, no real hop profile..

Mouthfeel is okay, I guess..but with all else going on, this mediocrity isn't going to help the rating much

Drinkability: I rate this primarily based on taste and mouthfeel and this is not bad in those departments. Its just bleh. I don't know.

I really expect more quality from Magic Hat

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Photo of zeff80
3.12/5  rDev +9.9%
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 smcolw
1.94/5  rDev -31.7%
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 ThaBobfather
2.89/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a translucent almost an iced tea color with a pinkish tint, topped with a helping of medium bodied half inch bleachy head.
Smells lightly grainy with a sweet notes in it.
Tastes got a bitter malt quality with hint of a watery vegetable, which is suppose is the beet extract.
After-taste has still the bitter malt/sweet sugar twinge.
Drinks very well, but I have to think that is expected of a 4.5% of this style.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
2.76/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - What the...red? Looks a transparent cherry red. Vibrant and deep. Not exactly what I wanted to see in a beer. To each his own, but this was a pretty disturbing surprise. Not much head, but the lacing was great. Probably the saving grace of this beer.

S - Smell is actually pretty fragrant. Smells of malts and a little twist of beet flavor in there too. Doesn't really smell like a beer though. No hoppiness in the scent at all.

T - Again, no hoppiness. Hardly tastes like carbonated beet juice. A little maltiness from the beet flavor, but all the bitterness is gone. It's not a bad taste, just doesn't taste like a beer. No alcohol taste either.

MF - Goes down easy. The carbonation provides pretty much all of the bitterness here.

D - If you can get beyond the lackluster taste, you could polish 2 or 3 of these without trying. Low ABV to boot. Not really much of a beer though.

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Photo of CupcakeNY
3.83/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a beautiful pink/red color with a fluffy, but pretty quickly dissipating head.

Aroma is vegetal, with beet and berry notes.

Taste is not as sweet as expected; notes of beet and even tomato are noted, along with a touch of citrus--maybe grapefruit. Mothfeel is rather thin, with a fizzy carbonation.

This beer was a bit off=putting at first , but I have grown to like it. It is very refreshing, easy to drink, and reminiscent of a cocktail - it has bitter and vegetal aspects as well as sweet and fizzy notes. All in all, way better than the Odd Notion also in the Summer variety pack.

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Photo of ckeegan04
2.04/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A - Very interesting looking beer. Purs a vibrant pink from the bottle and has a reddish/pinkish hue once it fills the glass. Big foamy off-white head. Head as very good retention and leaves behind small chunks of lace.

S - Somehwat off fruit aroma. Maybe some cherry and a bit of boiled corn? Not a very appealing aroma at all. Some sweetness comes through as the beer warms. The aroma is definitely not doing anything to make me look forward to the beer.

T - Muddled taste of fruit juice and a little sugar. Very sweet but tastes almost artificial. Not sure where they were trying to go with this one, but I dont think they got there. No hop flavor what so ever and the light malt profile that is there is dominated by the overwhelming sweetness.

M/D - Light and crisp...about the only goodt hing going here. The taste is just not good and this is one of the very few drain pours I have ever had.

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Photo of PorterJan
3.68/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer has a beautiful red tinge, white full foam head somewhat higher CO2 level than Keg. Aroma has mostly DMS (dimethyl sulfide) cooked corn probably from the beet sugar used.
Flavor is lite malt with very low bitterness with some DMS in flavor no real after taste. finishes clean absolutely a summer beer
on a hot day. The keg version is much more flavorful.

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Wacko from Magic Hat Brewing Company
2.84 out of 5 based on 783 ratings.
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