Vinyl | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
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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Ratings: 649 |  Reviews: 270
Photo of Dodt
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a six pack a while ago .
poured from the bottle into a pint glass
appearance : Dark amber color with a nice head
smell : roasted malts
Taste : malty with mild hoppyness
Solid on both drinkability and mouthfeel
i am glad that magic hat added to this to there lineup.

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

Amber-red in color with moderate carbonation forming an off-white head that quickly falls to a thin layer foam. Just a little bit of foam sticks to the sides of the glass with no real lacing. Smells of malt, chicory with maybe a little hazelnut. Tawny, with malt and a bit of the hazelnut again, a touch of burnt caramel and moderately bitter hops. An interesting lager for sure.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.48/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up the spring Magic Hat variety pack after a friend mentioned the Vinyl was decent...

Poured from the bottle an amber-brown, more on the amber side, with light head that dissipates quickly and no lacing or clinging on the glass.

Smell is very mild maltiness, but tough to pick up other scents, seeming to be a theme with my interpretation of the Magic Hat brews.

Taste is a nice roasted malt, with a sweeter chocalety/toffee undertone. Nothing overpowering, but decent flavors.

Mouthfeel is slight carbonation with some lingering flavors, but nothing exceptional.

A very drinkable brew, I could probably have a few of these.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A rich copper in color with an off white head and some lace. Fine particles (yeasties) are hanging in suspension.

Smell: Malty, some German style hops as well.

Taste: Like a standard Marzen style beer, very malt forward with caramel and roasted flavors. Some buttery diacetyl is noticed. Hops are soft but there nonetheless.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and fairly smooth.

Drinkability: Sure, a nice little beer here from Magic Hat. Not a standout but solid for what it is.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.65/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at a local BBQ place that has been of late rotating in MHBC seasonals.

Pour is a light reddish brown, with a minimal amount of white foam. Some lacing observed.

Faint sweet malty smell.

Taste is like an amber lager, but with a little more depth. Some notes of maple syrup in the sweetness. Firm hop at the background, which reminds of MHBCs Roxxy Rolles brew - but the overall brew is much lighter than RR.

Good mouthfeel, nothing special. A good drinking spring seasonal.

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

A - Clear red with a tan-ish head.

S - Nose is fairly roasty with some fruitiness.

T - Sweet. Strong Caramel and roasty coffee bitterness. A little bit of acid up front and a touch of fruit.

M - Fairly smooth and on the lighter side.

D - Solid, quaffable and nicely balanced brew.

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Photo of wesl56
4.12/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

my first magic hat brew... been hearing a lot about them, and publix recently started to carry it, so i had to try it

i usually dont notice a strong smell from beers, but as soon as i cracked this one open, i could smell hops... i also like the messages inside the caps and the label artwork... color is a nice medium reddish brown with a thin head that lightly laces the glass... taste reminds me very much of a sam adams boston lager, but with bolder hops and notably less malts, but its still fairly balanced...

i like it overall... will definitely add this to my list of spring favorites, and i'm also looking forward to trying #9

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Photo of Arenbeer
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a Pint Glass

A- Pours a reddish amber with a thinner 2 finger off white head that dosen't stick around to long and leaves little lacing.

S- Grainy roasted caramel malts and barley

T- Full flavored roasted malts with a good caramel toffee backround.

M- Medium bodied with moderate carbonation and a slight bitter dry finish but not bad.

Overall this is probably the best spring beer i've had so far. Great flavor and body for a good cooler spring day. Magic Hat knew what they were doing with this one.


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

Picked up the Magic Hat Spring Variety pack on a whim. This is my least favorite. Someone mentioned it tasted a bit like toffee or caramel..I would agree with that. I expected a lighter, crisper taste in a spring variety pack. I'll try it again but right now I'm just not overly impressed.

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

I poured this beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. The beer poured a nice amber color with a big tan head. The head did not last long though. The smell of this beer was interesting. Like pecan or something but acrid like. The taste was the same. Some kind of pecan like taste with a spice I could not figure out. The beer ah a really dry your mouth out kinda finish. I will not buy again. Cool label.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to mar for sharing this beer.

The beer pours an orange-brown color with a white head. The aroma is basic malt with some light hopping. The flavor is toffee and bready malts with some very light hops. A relatively nice lager. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

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Photo of BeerPhan86
3.61/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very sad to see HIPA disappear but I am excited they are bringing back Blind Faith this summer. I have not seen a mix pack without Circus Boy in some time, so I picked up the Spring Fever mix pack. Circus Boy is so awful that it causes me to avoid Magic Hat mix packs and I'm glad they finally took it out.

A - Hazy dark reddish amber with a one finger light brown head. Good lacing and decent retention but the head quickly dissipates.

S - Caramel and sweet bread, even hints of chocolate. Has a toasted lager aroma that is normal for ambers.

T - Very nutty and slightly sour. More hops than I was expecting, but very well balanced. Slightly fruity and sweet, with a nice amount of caramel and pale malt. Toasted flavor is prominent as well. Finishes hoppy and dry and makes me want a other sip!

M - Medium mouthfeel and pretty creamy. Very smooth and lightly carbonated.

D - Very sessionable beer. Good amount of flavor but nothing overpowering, and well balanced.

Overall, this is a decent beer. It certainly exceeded my expectations but I will miss HIPA this year. That beer got me into IPAs and was one of their better offerings I thought. Can't wait to try Blind Faith for the first time in three years in a couple of months!

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Photo of tempest
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle for $3.50 at Liberty St. Tavern. Call it an American red if you want, I think Magic Hat is correct in calling this a Vienna Lager. The flavor starts with a smooth white bread taste followed by toffee and cherry candy, though it's not too sweet. The beer is balanced, drinkable, and has a mild herbal character. I thought this was a mighty fine lager and I wish Magic Hat sold this by the case.

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Photo of taez555
4.1/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a dark amber body with a nice bubbly off-white head.

Nose has a very strong caramel and clean lager grain malt smell. There's definitely a strong malty darker smell to this than your typical lager.

Taste is medium bodied and yet very easy drinking. Big caramel malt taste and a firm earthy hop presence. There's a big carbonation and bubbly chewiness to this beer, combined with the hops and hop bitterness give it a sort of rough, almost ale, like taste. Ends with a nice lingering malt bite and bitterness.

Wow, a dark amber lager. Kudos Magic Hat for not brewing a boring beer. This thing rocks for a session lager.

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Photo of beerbutcher
3.51/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

pours red/amber with one finger off white head

aromas of caramel, malt and toast are not too lagerish but nice.

loose and bubbly palate with soft malt flavors and faint herbal hops in the background.

mouthfeel is a bit loose and overcarbonated for me, could be more crisp.

as a beer it tastes good and i didn't mind drinking it. not what i was expecting from a lager.

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

Light hop aroma, nice amber color, slight unfiltered haze. Decent head with some retention and bubbles stuck to sides of glass.

Good balance of hops and malt flavor with some mild bitterness, but overall a tasty brew. Well carbonated, very drinkable.

Nice everyday spring beer to quaff while trimming the lawn or enjoying a croquet match.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.35/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a four finger cream head that fades slowly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Almost clear amber/red color. Toasted malt nose. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor is lightly sweet malt with the hops balancing and a light bitter finish. $1.95 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium, Concord, NH.

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Photo of u2carew
2.96/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12oz long neck. Consumed 2/17/10
A) Pours with a finger thick head. Then settles to a thin lacing on top and semi-sticky on the side. Clear body. Rust colored.
S) Yeasty. Light caramel notes. Pungent.
T) Nutty. Slightly sour / bitter - can't tell if it's intentional or not. There are hints of caramel malt sweetness. Halfway through the glass the malt blossoms a bit more, but the sour notes remain consistent. A lingering bitterness in the aftertaste.
M) Very little fizz. Light to medium body. Tannin feel throughout.
D) Not that great. Unfortunately bought a six pack... I'll have to pawn this off on someone because I don't want another.

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Photo of Brent
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The red lager style is usually a pretty lackluster style, so I was pleasantly surprised with how bright and flavorful this beer was. Slightly tangy, with a well balanced but noteworthy hops flavor. Some light, slightly sweet caramel notes in malt. Odd name, cool graphics, good beer.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.3/5  rDev +24.3%
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 allthatAles
2.24/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pour: deep reddish brown, moderate head that breaks down quickly to a thin wispy lacing the lager over. Lacing becomes nearly non-existent about a 1/3 through the beer. Slight smokeyness to body similar to an unfiltered etc.

Nose: Malt, a little cream almost berry-esque a little hop at the end

Mouth: Light, malt/fruit slight sourness...the unfiltered apperance is just that an appearance, there is a slight malt to the finish.

This isn't me being a staunch Ale-er, but I don't believe this lager offers a proper depth of character. I think nearly all food pairings impossible minus the more delicate asian fare. Any other food simply overpower it ....

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Photo of phantomwyse
3.41/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a semi-turgid mahogany amber body with a nice three quarters of a finger off-white head. Nice leggy lacing.

S: Heavy on the malt - hot caramel, brown sugar, baking bread. Slight hop presence at the end of a big inhale.

T: Malty sweet - dark, grainy bread, toned down caramel, instant coffee, slight fruitiness - evidence of cherries, dark apple, grape.

M: Medium to thin bodied, flat soda-like.

D: Not a bad lager. If Yuengling stepped it up a notch, it might be like this. But, this beer just makes me really want Yuengling. Exile in New England has never made me appreciate mediocre bee more.

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Photo of pwoody11
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Really dig the label artwork on the bottle.

Drank from a pint glass.

Aroma is malty with a hint of floral notes.

Taste is very similar to aroma. Roasted malts and finishes with just a touch of bitterness.

I think this is a pretty good spring seasonal and can see myself drinking one with a nice fresh salad on a sunny day in early to mid may.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
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 CMW
3.26/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Snagged a bottle out of my wife's six pack.

A - Pours a crystal clear amber color with fairly steady carbonation streaming up the glass. The head is off-white and fluffy with good retention.

S - Mostly toasted malt with some grainy aspects. There is a strange metallic smell as well that I am somewhat put off by.

T - Pretty boring taste, roasted malt mixed with some sweetness from what seems like caramel.

M - The steady carbonation stops this from being watery. Not bad.

D - While this is very easy to drink, I am not sure if I want another.

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