Magic Hat Brewing Company

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American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #123
Ranked #45,823
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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Reviews: 270 | Ratings: 651
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4/5  rDev +17.3%

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

Picked up a six pack to bring to a friend's house and ordered some pizzas. Bought it because I was interested to see what a "springtime lager" was exactly. Poured into a standard pint glass. Nice sized white head. Dark orange brownish color. Some lacing. Smell had a hint of hops, and perhaps a dash of cinnamon. Liked the flavor a lot. Roasted malt, and a bit of sugar at the end from a caramel taste. Reminded me a lot of a märzen style beer. Mouthfeel was great too, a nice medium balance between some body to feel, and a light body to make this a easy beer to drink on a warm(ish) evening. This brew paired well with our food, and also was an easy beer to just drink by itself. I am not usually a fan of MH beers, but this one is a beer that I would consider buying more often.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a dusty amber akin to dark toast with a slim sudsy beige head.

Smell -- Toasted malt, kettle corn, and dried fruits.

Taste -- Toasted malt, dry popcorn, gentle toffee sweetness, and a modicum of earthy hops. The nuttiness from the malt paired with the light fruity notes brings to mind trail mix, but in a good way. Hop flavor is not pronounced, though there is sufficient hop bitterness to balance. Lasting flavors of toast and dried fruit.

Mouthfeel -- Medium-light in body, medium-high carbonation. A bit too active at first, but a few swirls rights the ship.

Drinkability -- I'm actually pretty fond of this one. Liked it last year, like it this year. Not the best of the style, but it's a crisp, refreshing brew.

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

16 ounce pint - $5.25 at Taco Mac in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Served up a lightly hazed, dark amber-hued body underneath a very thin coating of off-white fizz.

Smell: Invitingly sweet-scented nose of toasted bread crusts doubly dunked in wildflower honey and sticky, viscous caramel sauce. Touch of background fruitiness.

Taste: A sweetish taste of pale and richly toasty Munich malts with a fair amount of both sugary caramel and quality honey. Slight fruitiness, perhaps a bit berryish, even strawberryish. Hint of yeastiness. Very, very low amount of earthy hop character though almost no imparted bitterness, so, that'll leave this beer to finish nearly as sweet as it started, with a lingering taste of sugar-encrusted toast.

Mouthfeel: Just barely comes up medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad, not bad at all. An easy drinking, malt-forward brew with a reasonable amount of alcohol. Sure, it may not be a strictly authentic Vienna, but, then again, I don't see where MH is making any such claims beyond it simply being an amber lager.

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Photo of Pabs311
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- pours a clear copper with a thin off-white head that fades fast.

S- carmel maltiness and earthy qualities, not overly complex or impressing.

T- pretty balanced with the smell. some hop bitterness with a dry finish.

M/D- Light-medium bodied. overly carbonated.

Not impressed.

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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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2/5  rDev -41.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of GrandpaGeorge
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I liked this one enough I posted a link to the Magic Hat site on my Facebook page. Saw this on the singles shelf (in the seasonals section) at Corridor and picked it up. Very good decision. Very impressive, right from the awesome bottle graphics (gotta love that retro 1960s look) to the last very last sip. Nice brown to copper in the glass, with some rising bubbles visible. Decent, tan colored head that stayed through the first few sips and laced the glass nicely. Hint of light biscuity malt in the nose, but the taste matched with a nicely balanced malt and notable hops bitterness that made your mouth water from first sip. The flavor wasn't complex in the sense that it changed or shifted, but it was consistently well balanced and flavorful, with the nice bitter kick at the end. Nothing cloying or "sweet" or fruity about it. A definite session beer. Light mouthfeel and carbonation only added to the refreshing nature of the beer; and at just over 5% ABV, it was easily quaffed and enjoyed. Definitely a unique Ale. Almost (dare I say it) reminded me of an Altbier, in the way hops were used. Could be a regular in my fridge.

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Photo of keanex
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought this at a local Canal's to split with my friend.

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Pours a cloudy dark amber, slightly red. Head was a medium sized slightly tan colored, which disappeared rather fast, but the beer retains a small layer and lacing.

Smells earthy, hoppy, and slightly malty. Hops seem to be most present.

Tastes malty with a caramelish hint. Hops are present, but not overbearing.

More carbonated than your average beer, medium bodied beer.

Decently drinkable, more suited towards hop heads.

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep amber color with an off-white head that retains OK. The aroma is nice but a little one dimensional, with a big toasted bread/biscuit character upfront, followed by some mineraly hops, and a little yeastiness. The flavor has that same toasted bread/biscuit character from the aroma, followed by some earthy and mineraly hops, a little caramel and a touch of yeast. The mouthfeel is a little more rich that you'd expect from this kind of lager but it's not distracting. Drinkability is excellent. This is a really nice spring beer, it's a one trick pony but it's a good trick. This seems more like a Vienna lager than an American amber lager but whatever

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3/5  rDev -12%

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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

Photo of Dotcubed
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A mixed 12 pack yielded some good flavors, clever package.

A gentle pour gave way to a full foam head.
Like the looks, gold color with an amazing red hue in the thick part of my glass.

Wonderful floral aroma. Fruity.

Sublimely bitter. Malty pilsner like, but some flat flavor.
Reminds me of many weird euro beers. Bitter, vague metallic hint.

A product that I like, but not enthusiastic about the flavor profile.

Doing down it has nice weight to it. Hefty for a lager.

For me, lower than average drinkability as the flavor isn't big on me.

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3/5  rDev -12%

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

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

Like many Magic Hat beers, Vinyl follows suit with high sweetness and fruitiness.

The beer begins with a standard amber color, moderate on head formation, fleeting retention, and slight lacing at first. A better head with staying power would have been nice, but the beer takes on a flat appearance within a minute or so.

Sweet aromas of caramel and toffee. Fruitiness of appricots, apples, peaches, and pears line the beer from beginning to end. Light herbal hops seem to take an English earthy tone. Pretty simple, just sweet.

Flavors amplify the sweetness that is expected in the nose. Overly sugar notes resemble caramel but not the rich malts that I want in a Vienna. Lacking breadiness, richness, and fullness the beer drinks much like a caramel flavored soda pop. But there's the intense bitterness that comes in late; not much hop flavor but big on bitter (especially for a lightly bitter balanced Vienna Lager style).

Body is medium, seemingly larger because of the level of sweetness from unresolved sugars and abuse of caramel malts. Leaves a lot of sweetness on the palate without any resemblence of dryness.

Not a bad beer but it lacks several of the key characteristics that make true Vienna Lagers so great. I'm a little disapointed by the shortcuts.

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2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -26.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev -12%

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Vinyl from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 651 ratings