Magic Hat Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #125
Ranked #46,303
3.41 | pDev: 14.96%
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
Notes: Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns. She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring's sweet green return... Her metamorphosis becomes our own. Her thirsts are shared by all. Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again...

24 IBU
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Photo of q33jeff
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25


AROMA: plain old beer
LOOK: Light Brown
TASTE: Good Smooth mix of hoppy and malty.
FEEL: Easy Drinking

Drank two with dinner and they went down easy.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.32/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

I am picking up where I left off last night, in the Magic of the Hat. My thanks to my local, in-person trader, tone77 for this one!

From the bottle: "Scrumptious Amber Lager"; "The ancient ritual of brewing a distinctly rich and flavorfulbeer is a performance to behold. Our mysterious mélange of time-honored ingredients harmonize with chaotic chemistry, humble patience, and blind faith to create this unique beer to share in the rousing company of kindred spirits. Cheers!"; "A performance in every bottle".

Upon Pop!ping it, the cap advised me "I Second That Odd Notion ..." and so I returned the favor with an aggro pour. The reason that a California Common is also referred to as a "Steam Beer" is that once the lager yeast began to ferment at ale-like temperatures, the resulting foam looked to some like steam coming out of the fermenter. I mention this because the frothing foam that shot up was like an uncontrollable leviathan! Three-plus fingers of dense, puffy, rocky, tawny head with great retention. Sheesh! Color was a deep Coppery-Brown (SRM = > 17, < 22) with NE-quality clarity. Nose held a prevalent caramel maltiness. I usually eschew such things, but tonight, I will drink anything placed in front of me. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but big for a lager of any stripe. The taste was very much of caramel and therefore very sweet, but tonight, I am giving everything that I usually dislike a pass. I walked into a Burmese tiger trap of a phone call and was sideswiped by a reminder of our inherent mortality. Fuh. It took all of the wind out of my sails at the end of the day & sent me home for a beer (or two). Finish was sweet, but I really don't mind. It is a pleasant, easy-drinking lager, clean, but tasty and since Magic Hat has begun CANning, I would certainly buy some more in a CAN.

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Photo of superspak
3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 10/29/2015. Pours crystal clear deep orange/copper color with a 1-2 finger dense and rocky light khaki head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lasts. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Great appearance. Aromas of brown sugar, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of brown sugar, cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, herbal, grass, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal/spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of cracker, toasted biscuit, light nuttiness, light pepper, and herbal/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. very nice robustness, complexity, and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with a great malt/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean on lager flavors with zero yeast ester notes present. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.1%. Overall this is a very nice Vienna lager style. All around good robustness and balance of bready malt and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours amber with a long lasting white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of bready malt and some hops. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is caramel malt and herbal hops. Finish is long and semidry. At the and it was not bad.

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Photo of TtheGrey
4.25/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I picked up the Magic Hat winter pack and was in luck to get three of these in it. Quite a tasty brew. I had high hopes for this going in and they were exceeded.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear light amber body, plenty of fine carbonation, coarse but deep light tan head. Toasty malt, touch of butter on the nose. Flavor is toasted malt, dry, a touch of wood pulp, crisp mild touch of bitterness on the finish. Bright carbonation, light-medium body, easy drinking.
Great beer, even if the style does limit how much they can do with it. Plenty of simple, easy drinking character here.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a solid copper color with a nice foamy white head which lasts for a while. There is also good lacing.

The smell is cracker like, with a little wet grass smell combined with bubble gum.

The taste is sweet malt, caramel and cracker; slightly bready along with some grittiness finishing with light spicy hops and kind of dry.

Overall this is a really nice to drink, simple but good lager.

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Photo of NateDyk47
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Part of a "12-pak" sampler.

L- light brownish red, thin white head lacing
S- to be honest I can't smell much at all, maybe a small hint of something sweet. Caramel maybe?
T- sweet caramel, hint of bitterness, and a faint note of something floral
F- goes down silky smooth, maybe a little thinner than expected

Overall, much better than I was expecting. Don't think I'd go out of my way to have it again, but I wouldn't avoid it either.

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Photo of Abel25
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Dark color for a lager. A bit thin on the poor, barely one finger of head. Nice mouthfeel, but too sharp and too bitter taste. I don't get the bitterness. Odd in a spring lager

I enjoy other Magic Hats, but this one is not for me. I tried a second, thinking possible bad bottle, but the second was the same. Largely disappointing.

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Photo of Redrover
3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Here was another beer included in the mixed magic Hat 12 pack. Poured into my SA perfect pint, the beer is amber with a beige head.

The beer has an aroma of grains and caramel. It is inviting.

The taste is slightly sweet with a mild grain base and bit of floral hops. Caramel and a little nutty in the finish.

The mouths is well calibrated for this beer. It ahs decent carbonation but has a bit of staying power as well.

I like my lagers and think this a pretty decent one.

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Photo of LXIXME
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from about an inch or so above the glass gave this dark reddish amber colored beer a big light tan head that fell into a decent lacing.

Dark roasted malts dominate the aroma with almost a roasted chestnut quality.

The taste is more dark roasted malts with still a hint of the roasted chestnuts and an added almost light sour grains or something like that.

The light dry aftertaste that is loaded with dark roasted malt characters.

I kinda liked this beer even though I'm a hops beer lover and this doesn't have any outstanding hops qualities.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Red-amber body with a centimeter of white head. 3.5

Floral hops and a light caramel malt. Some herbaceous flavors, as well. 3.5

Subdued floral hops with woody notes. Pretty beefy sweet malts for a lager with toast notes and caramel/toffee. A little doughy; almost stale/musty. Mild bitterness, finishes a little sweet. 3.5

Thin and effervescent. Weak in body. A little watery. 3.0

Decent amber lager, all things considered. I has a fresher pour of this weeks ago that was much better. Still paying some respects overall. 4.0

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into chalice. Pours a heavy brown/copper with some nice head. Very malty bready aromas, slight hop notes. Similar in tatse...very malty and bready but well balanced with the hops. Not sure if I would have thought this to be a Red Lager, but its a definite lager, and a decent one at that. Nice familiar session brew that would probably appeal to most people.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crisp, malty, slightly fruity aroma is a little better than many lagers I have sampled. It pours a clear, dark copper with a fine-bubbled, if not too persistent, pale tan head. Crisp, malty flavor has a firm note of apple and just a hint of pear - and is that a touch of hops? Texture is about average, but overall this is a refreshing beer. Good for a party or paired with a light meal.

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Photo of scootny
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A good looking clear amber fluid with a khaki head and nice lacing. Nose is toasted grains and English style yeast. Taste follow suit with a substantial ale like personality. Toasted grains and earthy hops abound with a mild bready sweetness. There are notes of caramel and coffee. Finish is clean and dry. toasted grains. feel is medium with a mild carbonation.

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Photo of bnes09
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light amber color brew. Descent head on an aggressive pour with good retention.

Malty aroma with roasted tones and nuts.

Flavor is malty with a buttered biscuit character. Roasted almonds add a different tone. Hint of sea salt. Hops are vague and herbal. Smooth overall with that classic Magic Hat aftertaste which is mildly tart.

Light body. Descent carbonation. Not much texture.

Just ok. Not a big fan of too many beers from Magic Hat. This one still has that signature aftertaste which is not the greatest. Ok balance in this on but not a lot of depth. Don't go out of your way for it.

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Photo of sommersb
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 04-14-2012
Freshness: Not indicated
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Tulip pint
Purchased: Received from a friend

A: Dark amber color and semi-clear. The head is off-white and a finger high, dissipating quickly and showing a fair amount of lace.

S: Malts, caramel, spices and herbs. Overall the aroma is faint, however.

T: Taste is malty and sweet, with some fruit and spice elements. Bitterness is light.

M: Body is light to medium, with a crisp feel. Moderately carbonated, it finishes with a good balance of sweet and bitter.

O: Overall a good lager that I enjoyed.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - dark copper color that is somewhat cloudy and 1 finger head that quickly disappears

Smell - lots of malt, bronw sugar/caramel

Taste - an extremely tasty and fulfilling lager. Sweet and malty with a crisp finish. A very nice flavor profile that I love.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery but otherwise ok for a light lager

Overall - A very nice sessionable beer with plenty of flavor and well balanced.

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Photo of metter98
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear reddish copper in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down, but consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a thick creamy ring of bubbles around the edge and lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of grainy and nutty malts in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and also has some flavors of toasted malts and wood. No bitterness or malty sweetness is detectable.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a bit smooth on the palate with a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is quite malty but it isn’t that filling and is relatively easy to drink.

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Photo of SolipsismalCat
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear orange-amber with a two-finger, white, frothy head that lasted a couple of minutes. Okay lacing.

S: Malt and yeast.

T: Light sweetness and light bitterness. Toasty grain and vegetables.

M: Light to medium bodied with too much carbonation.

O: The nose and taste were pretty mild and it was way too carbonated.

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Photo of wedge
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Heed The Spirit, If You Can Hear It"

Amber body with a fine, frothy off-white head. Clean toasted grain and caramel aroma with a faint floral hop note. Sweet caramel malty flavor...more toast, slight honey, and some spice from the hops, though they seem to contribute mostly bitterness. Medium-light body with some crispness. Not a bad easy-drinking amber lager.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Single finger head with minimal lacing on a clear amber with crimson hues body. Aroma is typical caramel malt. Taste is also fairly standard with mostly caramel malt and mild toffee note. Light to medium body and moderate carbonation. Very drinkable but fairly standard for the style and therefore not too memorable.

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Photo of brentk56
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head; better retention and lacing than expected

Smell: Toasted bread with a bit of sugary malt

Taste: Bready, up front, with a sugary malt character that builds to toffee through the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: For those who don't like any "bite" to their beer, this should prove to be popular; sweet and very approachable, just not for me

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Photo of tastybeer
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Deep orange, slightly hazy beer with a peachy-white head. Good sized head fades to a 1/16" layer. No discernible lace.

S: Aroma is lightly hoppy... It reminds me of #9 a little with similar apricot/tropical scents. Malts are light and basic with aromas of bread, caramel, and pizza dough.

T: Fairly simple light malt flavors with a touch of bitterness. Nothing exciting here. Distinct flavors are hard to pinpoint. Clean, simple, and somewhat boring.

M: Carbonation is medium and steady, body is light, and texture is slightly syrupy with grape-like dryness to contrast.

This one is alright. Not bad, not great.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours an amber color with almost no head that shortly fizzles away to nothing

S: Lager yeast, some light malts, caramel, and very light hops

T: Follows the nose, with distinct lager yeast, caramel malts, and another distinguishable trait of the amber lager that I really don't like, the vegetal notes... ick

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I just can't get used to that vegetal taste... At least I notice it in all amber lagers, so I'm guessing it's a trait of the style... And a big reason why I usually don't drink amber lagers very often. If you enjoy them, though, this is another beer for you

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