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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-04-2009

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Photo of Arborescence
3.96/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber, slightly hazy. Pours a rather nice, fairly dense head. Certainly looks more interesting than your typical lager!

Aroma: Fresh malt, quite mild. Manages to be refreshing without much hops.

Taste: Good malty body, robust. Not an awful lot of depth, but I like the slightly sweet aftertaste. Hop flavours are virtually absent.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, surprisingly rich actually! Medium carbonation.

Overall: I find this a pretty good lager. Not sure if it's the ideal spring seasonal, as the relative lack of hops and dominating malt aren't what you'd typically associate with a spring lager. But a nice solid beer, would certainly drink again.

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Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle purchased as part of the Spring mix-pack at Market Basket in Somersworth. Pours a crystal-clear amber-red body with an initial inch of quickly dissipating khaki-colored head. Smells grainy. Flavor consists of sweet malty and slightly roasty notes with a grainy aftertaste. Light bodied with moderate carbonation, this one is pretty easily drinkable. Actually not bad. It's been a few years since I've had Magic Hat before tonight, and it's definitely a fair bit better than I remember.

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Photo of RTEdmunds
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear dark amber color, smallish head.

Smells malty and a bit yeasty. Pretty sweet and I don't detect much else.

Tastes sweet and caramely, with a nice grainy presence. Get some faint bittering notes towards the end but it has a clean aftertaste.

Smooth, medium to light bodied, with medium carbonation. Quite refreshing and a little bit chewy.

A little too sweet for me, but overall this is quite enjoyable.

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Photo of shoelesstom
4.23/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured smoothly into a standard pint glass. The head of the beer was Nice and thick and created a smooth initial smell while taking the first sip. This beer is a high end summer beer that carries an excellent level of heavy amber taste without over doing it with too much of an alcohol content. Magic Hat continues to climb the ranks as one of my tried and true breweries. Absolutely perfect.

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Photo of bigkingken
4.67/5  rDev +35%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, medium amber color similar to Yuengling, the only other really amber lager I’ve come across. Smells hit the nose immediately on the pour. Mostly caramel malt with notes of toffee. Not a lot of hops in the nose. Starts a tad sour but gives way to a deep, complex malt bill. Tastes more like a nut brown in a lighter lager form. Full rich mouthfeel with a subtle amount of carbonation. Not much hops to speak of. Finishes clean and refreshing, lightly coating the tongue with malty goodness. I love beers that rely on their malt bills for flavor more than their hopping schedule. Thus, I love this lager.

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

Very dark amber and a little hazy. It doesn't have much head but there are some lively bubbles that keep a little island of foam floating along the top of the beer.

Now this aroma has a ton of toasted malt. A little dry, a little nutty, and lots of toasted malt. The beer is light and refreshing upfront but then the flavor suddenly packs a punch of toasted malt. The flavor is overwhelmingly dominated by toasted malt, and in a good way. It finish dry with a hint of chalky dry hops but the toasted malt still come through in the finish and the aftertaste. This may be a little one dimensional but the dry toasted flavor is excellent and I will keep this on hand so long as it is on the shelf.

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Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.95/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce bottle from Spring Fling collection 2012. Cap " Hoke us poke us".

Fruity aroma peach like. Poured bright amber with full foamy off white head. Soptty lacing of glass. Taste starts of sweet and tart, peach, nectarine tones finishes with a slightly bitter twang. Does not end as well as it started.

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Photo of cmq103
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Belgian Tulip glass. I just picked up a 6-pack of this from the Joe Canals in Lawrenceville NJ. Pretty darn good selection there for 4 & 6-packs of craft beers that are already cold.

Appearance: With a semi-aggressive pour I was able to get maybe a ¼” off-white head that quickly dissipated to a thin ring. Darker copper color with a hint of cloudiness is how I would describe it. Lacing was so, so as I tilted my glass. It surely didn’t want to "stick" around between sips.

Smell: Toasted malts and lightly sweet caramel catches my nose right away, with a hint of citrus and chocolate in the finish. Decent, but not overly dominating in any sense.

Taste: Your typical lager comes to mind with its sweeter, caramel, malty blend. A light nuttiness of a brown ale, tries to come through but fails. Mild, grassy hop bitterness lingers in the finish. Kind of plain if you ask me. Not bad, but didn’t give me a “wow” factor.

Mouthfeel: A lighter, watery body with higher carbonation. Finish is buttery and dry.

Overall: Not a bad tasting beer, but nothing that I would run out and buy again. For a lager, it was decent and certainly sessionable enough in a pinch. I like their #9 and Circus Boy much better.

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Photo of Shaw
4.09/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A medium amber in color with a short off-white head that reduces to just a whisp in my glass.

It smells exactly like toast. Nice. One of the neatest smelling beers I've had in a while.

Nice toasted malt flavors with a bit of sweetness. No hop flavors to speak of, not that it's supposed to have any. Nicely robust for a lager.

Smooth and creamy body.

A winner. Check this one out.

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Photo of WastingFreetime
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

A. Pours out reddish brown and transparent with a craggy two finger foamy head that lasted for several minutes, minimal lacing.

S,T. Mostly toasted bread aroma with a side order of grassy / herbal hopping, gains some minor nuttiness as it warms up somewhat. Has all the "clean minimalism" you'd expect from a lager. This lager is memorable, however, for actually having a decent volume level of toasted malt character compared to other lagers. Too bad it doesn't come across as complex as other lagers do, as well.

M. Medium body but somewhat heavier carbonation, which is okay for the boldness of the flavors presented.

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Photo of tjkinate
3.45/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminded me of what BMC should taste like.

A: Single fingered head, little retention that settles to a thin film only rising near the rim of the glass. Enjoyed peering through the transparent copper, red bodied brew.

S: Malty sugary backbone, very grainy with a light hint of spice.

M: Spice is stronger than the smell indicated and is followed by loads of grain and caramel malt backbone.

M: Medium bodied, slight burn as the beer passes down your throat.

O: Not bad, enjoyed a six pack, but probably won't seek again in the future.

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Photo of tdm168
3.38/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brownish amber with a thin layer of dense, soft, off white head that has decent retention. The nose has notes of burnt, toasted malt and caramel. The flavor is caramelly and sweet up front followed by toasted malt and finishes with a faintly earthy, bitter hop character. The mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth, but a little heavily carbonated.

This is an alright beer. It wouldn't be my first choice especially for a spring seasonal, but it has its merits. It has flavor and balance. It's drinkable and refreshing. But ultimately it's not very memorable.

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Photo of powellmg
4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reddish-brown with a nice head. Rich, malty aroma. Taste of toast, nuts, with a nice bitterness to balance it out. It has that biscuity flavor (but no biscuit malt, apparently) of many English bitters despite being a different style altogether. Medium body. Moderate carbonation.

Overall, really enjoyable. I was surprised to see the mediocre reviews here.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
2.68/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Perfectly clear copper. Head is a dirty white and drops to a thin ring in short order. Carbonation was lively during the pour.

Smell: Lager yeast, corn, grass, and caramel malts. Biscuit dough and some sweetness. Faintest touch of citrus from the hops. Ever so faint. Nutty.

Taste: It has that Magic Hat taste. Faintly nutty with a small touch of citrus on the back. Biscuity at times with some lingering caramel sweetness. Very grainy with some gritty roasted malt character. As it warms it falls apart a bit. Malts begin to water down and lose some character.

Mouthfeel: Lighter side of medium for the body. Carbonation is higher than I'm used to, but works to carry the relatively mellow malt presence.

Overall: Eh. It's easy to drink and has some character, but it doesn't really grab at you. Definitely something I would drink if offered with limited other options. Magic Hat yeast makes all Magic Hat taste the same.

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Photo of Steverus
3.12/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Out of the bottle, you can tell there's quite a bit of carbonation here. Appearance is a deep amber, somewhat cloudy.
S: Smells like a lager with a bit of wheat and citrus and an even smaller bit of spice.
T: Tastes like your standard default amber, with a little extra bitterness on the back.
M: Despite the pouring, feel once the beer has relaxed is pleasant, about what you'd expect
O: Overall, not a bad beer, but not one you'll find yourself craving either. Maybe for this reason it could go well with a variety of dishes, and it went well with the Mattar Paneer I paired mine with.

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Photo of Kornoms
2.99/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a nice amber/copper color with a bit of lacing and minimal head.
S: There is no real distinct smell- except a faint smell of wheat.
T: It has a slight taste of a woody-nut lager.
M: It has a nice mouthfeel.
O: Overall, a very average beer.

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Photo of FickleBeast
3.53/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a clear amber color with a finger and a half of foam that slighly laces as it recedes. Aroma is husky, grainy, with a faint crystal malt sweetness.

First sip is rather nutty, finishing with a firm bitter kick. Decent amount of residual sweetness serves to balance things out. Nothing too exciting going on here, but it is nicely balanced and drinks easy.

A nice, drinkable, above average lager.

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Photo of rodney45
2.83/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: crimson red with a paper white head. Good lacing.

S: Pilsner and munich malt with a slight clove aroma.

T: First and most dominant taste is of granny smith apples. Secondary flavors of citrus, bread and pepper. Aftertaste is dry.

M: Medium body with high carbonation. Slightly sour and bitter.

O: Below average example of a american amber. Has a slight champagne like finish, but without the class. It's distinct apple flavor really throws the taste buds off. Probably would not drink again.

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Photo of barleyroad
4.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Medium amber in appearance, clear and clean. Smell is somewhat erronious and deceitful.Taste is a wow, this is a nice blend of hops and malts. Well done on this one and very much fridge worthy; but we digress. The mouthfeel is what you what in a beer. Leaves the tongue nicely and leave you whating more. Overall we at Barley Road can not say enough, this will be in the fridge.

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Photo of paulginva
3.8/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

APPEARANCE: Poured from the tap into a pint glass, this beer had lively carbonation and a 1/2" fizzy off-white head with virtually no lacing and no retention when it got to our table. Body color was a clear deep amber.

AROMA: Smells quite sweet with some baked caramel scent and a little citrus.

TASTE: Pretty similar, though not quite as pleasing as I expected. Modest caramel malt taste, again with a bit of citrus.

MOUTHFEEL: Light to medium body with a smooth texture, lively carbonation and virtually no body lacing. What little there is seems to disappear almost instantly. The initial flavor was heavily sweet while the short finish was more modestly sweet with a lightly bitter taste.

DRINKABILITY: An okay session beer but nothing to write home about primarily due to its highly sweet character -- kind of a deviation from the standard. While it is easy to drink and offers good value, I probably won't bother buying it again simply because there is nothing memorable about it.

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Photo of jifigz
3.08/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: A hazy orange/brown with a head that dies instantly and no lacing to speak of.

S: Sweet fruit and veggies. This beer's aroma reminds me of a macro lager.

T: A hint of caramel up front that finishes really smooth. There is a lingering caramel/candy sugar flavor that is pretty enjoyable. A very slight bitterness helps to round things out. A stale cigarette like taste is also present.

M: Pretty thin and watery, would be good for a hot day.

O: This is not a special beer at all. It is rather bland and forgettable. My brother gave me a few bottles of this so I am not sure what it costs, but it is probably not worth the price. Magic hat has never really impressed me, but I'll keep trying them.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.67/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours dark red amber. The head is about a finger and half but frothy tan. There not much retention or lace. OK, there was no lace at all. The flavor is complex and reminds me of a dunkel lager and red hybrid. There are strong toasted malt flavors as well as toffee sweetness with chocolate bitterness. The aroma was more roast than anything. The body is thin with actually a bit of bite.

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Photo of JNewbs
3.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think this beer gets something of an unfair rap. For a craft lager, I thought it brought loads of flavor and a great creamy mouthfeel to the table. Think Sam Adams Boston Lager but better. I know that may be an unpopular statement, but I like this style of Lager a lot more than other types. It doesn't compare to the more flavorful Ales out there in all of their diversity, but it doesn't try to. Kudos to Magic Hat for bringing a decent lager to the table.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got a bottle right after it's first release into the area here. The beer was a deep golden color with a fizzy white head on it. The smell was of some typical grains and had a little bit of a lager aroma going on. The taste of the beer isn't all to impressive. It's got some grainy malts on the foreground and some hops in the back. The mouthfeel is light and doesn't really do too much. Overall, the artwork for magic hat is always awesome the beer itself kind of fell short of my expectations.

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Photo of thegodfather1076
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer was served out of a 12oz. bottle dispensed into a glass....

Presentation - Typical cool Magic Hat label very colorful and noticable.

Appearance - Poured out a brown copperish color with a 1 finger tan foam head that dissipates quickly. Not much lacing left at all.

Smell - Smells of toasty nutty malts with a hinto of caramel sweetness.

Taste - Tastes nutty and very malty with the same hint of caramel sweetness in the smell. Finishes with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with a light carbonation.

Drinkability - Smooth, drinkable, and tasty.

I enjoyed this but thought it kinda strange for a spring seasonal. Too much emphisis on the malt in this one. It was worth a try.

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