Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

324 Reviews

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
A malty amber ale with hints of toffee and caramel and a slightly smoky finish.

25 IBU

Added by soccerman7 on 08-01-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Photo of jamie2dope
2.06/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Grabbed a single of this new one from MH today at Martys in Newton. Pours out a clear amber color, with just a small amount of lacing for the heading. Smell is a mix of sugar water, beets, (sort of wacko like in that regard) and some bubblegum. Taste hits the palate on a very sweet note, contains traces of fruit, toasted bread and a strange herbal character as well. Body is light to medium, with all of the flavors coming off on the stale side, thus not helping the thinnish mouthfeel. Drinkability, well...not quite a drain pour but I would be lying if I said I did not come very close. This is easily one of Magic's Hats poorest brews. Why they would bring this one out, and discontinue a great seasonal beer like Jinx is beyond me. Since they have already been bought out, I guess I shouldn't be surprised, but oh well.. Bad beer.

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Photo of brandoncox
2.1/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Hex pours a transluscent amber color with hints of red and a head that disapates quickly.

Scents I pick up are toasted malts and nothing else. Not very pleasant.

The taste is extremely toasty and almost harsh for it's moderately low APV. A bit smoky but it becomes somewhat mysterious that I can't quite pick up the full flavor... Possibly fruit?

The mouthfeel is light bodied but with pretty good amount of carbonation.

Just not very enjoyable to drink more than one. A typical Magic Hat dud.

A decent Magic Hat effort and a considerable beer for the season but it lacks a noticeable factor in all areas.. I would consider buying the Magic Hat fall variety instead of a sixer of these.

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Photo of SHODriver
2.18/5  rDev -36.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: poured from a bottle with minimal head and no lacing. Looks like a very deep yellow urine to a light copper color. Not looking good for this one already.
S: I can't say anything more than this beer smells like a Bud, Miller or Coors.
T: Not good for either an amber or Oktoberfest like the label says. Bittersweet indiscernible flavor that seems to get better the further down I go in the glass.
M: very thin with high carbonation.
D: not something I want more than one of. I'll give one more a try but I may be pawning these off on some of my friends.

Overall: Not worth the space it took up in my cooler to bring it back to Biloxi.

EDIT: tried it again tonight and this beer without a doubt is terrible. I don't know if I'll give these away or if I will simply sink pour the other four because I don't know if I'd wish this beer upon my worst enemy. Dos Equis Amber is more enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.21/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A-amber with a thin cream head that disappears

S-lightly roasted barley with some honey, extremely faint smelling.

T-very malted and somewhat smokey with the smokiness really coming in with the after-taste with just a touch honey. very smooth.

M-heavy creamy carbonation, wet finish.

D-nope, taste becomes awful. I actually had a difficult time finishing

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Photo of dirtylou
2.29/5  rDev -33%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12oz single, Why oh why did i purchase thee? Woodmans of course

appearance: served in a great dane nonic pint, clear copper-amber, fluffy white cap with decent retention

smell: sweet and bready, very soapy

taste: soapy water, off bready notes, artificial sweetness, musty, grain. I'll drink half, then down the tubes. Boring, a little offensive, and i didnt need another beer anyway.

mouthfeel: a little unpleasant


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Photo of KidneyBean
2.32/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was excited for the weather to cool off and the Autumn beers to be released. I purchased this beer with with moderate expectations and an open mind; I was dissapointed. The Hex Ourtoberfest tasted like an uninteresting amber ale. Uponn puring into the pint glass I noticed and odd aroma; can't quite put my finger on it. It's a medium-body ale with a sweet lingering aftertaste.

There are certainly better autumn offerings out there; skip this one.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear copper color with a thin head and minimal lacing. The aroma is caramel and sweet malt. The flavor is caramel with bread crust and sweet malt. A bit sweeter than most fall rews. It's mouthfeel is light. Magic Hat Hex is a decent beer, recommended.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle poured into a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. 5.4% ABV, Enjoy by Nov. 30 2010.

A - Brilliant clarity allows the golden orange color to shine and show off the nice carbonation. Good low tan head with nice retention but only a little lace.

S - Fall-like crisp caramel malts and light biscuity notes with an inviting aroma. Nutty hints to the grassy and lightly citrus nose are nice. The hops impart those balancing things but in the end it's still a little odd. Metallic notes.

T - The flavor is very metallic with a harsh dry bite on the finish that kills the nice caramel maltiness and grassy hop flavor. This is almost downright undrinkable.

M - Dry metallic tin-like finish with a medium body and a touch of hop bitterness balanced with caramel malt sweetness. Way too metallic though - it ruins it.

D - Nope, drain pour. Each sip is insulting to me. The metallic flavor and feel is so bad. There is lots of hope within this beer. If they work on it, it could be good.

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Photo of Greenlabel
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Being a big fan of Octoberfests, I purchased a 6-pack of Hex with the full realization that an Ourtoberfest would not be a true marzen. However, I thought it might be an interesting interpretation of an autumn product. It didn't take long to realize this was a rather unique product.

Poured into a pint glass, it looked like a typical Red Ale but had a weird and rather offputting smell. Unexpectedly sweet and sugary with bready overtones. Decent carbonation but a lingering sweet aftertaste. Not at all what I was anticipating but Magic Hat has surprised me before - unfortunately, this time it was a negative surprise.

It's not a drainpour but, on the other hand, I'm not really looking forward to the remaining 5 bottles.

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Photo of wac9
2.41/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

this beer taste and smell stronger then it is it only 5.4 but taste stronger leaves a strong taste in your mouth . its an ok color but really cant get over the taste try something else for octorber. frist sip to the last sip is the same this is a major skip in my opinion so so color and down hill in taste

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Photo of far333
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.5

Reddish orangey amber with an off-white head that settles quickly. Low aroma of caramel and toffee sweetness. Unbalanced and non-complex flavors of sweet caramel and toffee, notes of biscuit and ripe fruit, not enough offsetting bitterness to keep this from being one-dimensional. The smoked malt must be false advertising. Another disappointment from what was once one of my favorite breweries. Send this one to the grave and bring back Jinx, Heart of Darkness, Humble Patience, Ravell, and the experimental smoked porter and scotch ale.

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Photo of gabedivision
2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Got this beer poured from the tap.

Pours a deep reddish orange with a thin white lace on the top. Smells grainy, toasted malts , hints of caramel maybe? toffee? something odd. The first sip for me went down alright, the second was a harder by third it was nearly impossible. A toasted grainy malt bed hits the tongue first, followed by a strange fruity metallic finish, hideous flavor. This is light to medium in body. I did not enjoy this beer one bit, will never go near this monstrosity again.

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Photo of mwill7287
2.45/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from 3/4 pint bottle into pint glass.

A: Nothing remarkable or spectacular. Amber/copper color, as is the standard Octoberfest tinge. Lost the little head it had fairly swiftly, leaving homogenous copper color throughout the whole for most of the drink.

S: Sweet, yeasty, though neither overwhelmingly so.

T: Unpreferred yeasty taste is present, which spoils the potential joy of a crisp, refreshing, and sweet Octoberfest blend.

M: Crisp and cool, as is the wont of the Octoberfest style. Nothing particularly outstanding about it, though.

D: Yeasty flavor limited desire to enjoy this beer, though presumably one who enjoyed such a taste would have no trouble enjoying a night of this beer.

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Photo of Chaney
2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Every once in a while, Magic Hat surprises me with a tasty brew. I happen to think that #9 is a tasty session beer...but I know plenty who disagree. I'm ready to cheer!:

A: Dark, ruby red, with moderate carbonation and about 1/8 inch head.

S: Not much on the aroma for an amber. I've got to admit...I smell plastic.

T: Mildly medicinal, without much floral component, and it has a stale caramel aftertaste.

M: It's not bad in terms of mouthfeel, but because the taste leaves more to be desired, that's not saying much.

D: This will be my last tryst with "Hex."

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Photo of britzdog
2.47/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Once again Magic Hat has left me with a beer that is below par. I don't know what it is about this brewery but the vast majority of their brews just don't do it for me. But I keep trying I
I drank this out of a tumbler . At first I thought well it descent so maybe it will taste descent, but that did not last very long.
It was a good amber color with very minimal head that dissipated quickly.
The smell wasn't to bad about what you expect.
The taste was to bitter for an Oktoberfest beer
And the mouthfeel was awful almost like a stinging fizzines.
Overall a below average experience

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Photo of kaufmaal
2.55/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So is it an octoberfest masquerading as an amber ale? Well, yes, but there's a hop-quotient in it that throws things for a loop, and not necessarily in a good way. Pours the color of orange-blossom honey, and there's a faint tangerine smell (and some honey). Lots of carbonation. The small head held its own, and some minimal lacing. The initial taste was decent (some honey, malt), but that was quickly replaced by the flavor of bitter citrus rind. And that taste hung around too long for me. A good-looking beer, but this one has an identity crisis.

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Photo of chinchill
2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

poured in pint glass. "Best by" date was nearly 2 months in the future, and purchased from Total Wine at beginning of Fall seasonal season, so should be fresh but ...

A - reddish amber with minimal head that disappears quickly despite long-lasting carbonation bubbling. Very slight cloudiness.

S - off odor; something makes me think of soap. Malty & yeasty. (2nd sample much better and lacking yeasty aroma).

T - malty & funky; short-lived bitter aftertaste fades to clean finish. (2nd sample less funky but retains a little of the unpleasant bitter metallic flavor).

M - OK

D - given the odor and taste, no way for this brew to be highly drinkable. The worst Magic Hat I've had.

Edited with tasting of a 2011 bottle sampled on 9/2011. I averaged the ratings across the two tastings given that the second sample, although much better, had traces of the faults noted on sample 1.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of DEC 31 2010. Pours a mildly hazed, light copper color with an ample cap of beige foam. Average retention and zero lacing. Cool label though, claiming it as "Ourtoberfest".

Nose has an apple pie breadiness with some green grape fruit and floral hops. Malts are faint, but lend a honeyed grain presence at best.

Taste is very Un-oktoberfestbier to say the least. I see this is listed as an ale, but still...heavy on the fruit and even a bit tart. Malts have some caramel and toast undertones, but not even close to the backbone most autumnal releases showcase. Hints of sourness and cantaloupe as it warms. Bad beer, I do not like this one bit, glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.6/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single today as part of a mixed six. Probably am done buying full sixers of Magic Hat except in desperation as I think they haven't made any excellent beer for a fairly long time. Pours transparent copper with an antisocial head. Nose is sweet and malty with whiffs of doughy bread but nothing exotic.

All malt in the driver's seat. heavy on the roasted tones. The finish is both smoky and metallic. Hops jump in at the end to further confuse things. Mouthfeel is watery and uninspiring. Not truly horrible but kind of disorganized and messy. It just seems like not a ton of care was put into this. Am I being too harsh?

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.61/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Deep orange copper out of the bottle with about a half inch of head that receded fairly quickly. No real lacing to speak of at all.

S - Fairly light smell. Has a yeasty overtone. Not much to speak of.

T - Quite a bit more bitter then I expected. That cancels out some of the caramel overtones. Has an earthy taste as well.

M - Leaves just a bit of aftertaste. Very light carbonation.

D - I suppose it's drinkable but honestly there are much better Fest's. I was disappointed in this one.

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Photo of divineaudio
2.66/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle with freshness date. poured into a russian boot.

pours light copper in color. head is big and foamy and retention is good. leaves some spotty lace on the sides of the glass.

smells like carmel malt with notes of raisin, spice and herbal hops. also has a slight medicinal quality.

taste is where this beer fails. i get lots of carmel malt at first with the raisin found in the nose, but then all sorts of weird stuff happens. spicy notes seem to come either from the rye or smoked malts, but i don't get any smoked flavor. a fairly pronounced metallic taste rolls in and hangs around before a sticky sweet finish. a really odd combination of flavors and the metallic taste makes it kinda gross.

body is really thin with a decent amount of carbonation.

pretty drinkable i guess, but kind of off putting in the flavor department. claims to be an oktoberfest, but exhibits few of those characteristics. i'm consistently disappointed by magic hat, this is no exception.

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Photo of cedarlake
2.71/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not bad, but not one I'd buy again. I tried it both in a glass and straight from the bottle. In the glass i got about 1/2 inch of head that dissolved very quickly, no lacing in the glass. I get a big cidery whiff from this one, and the mouthfeel is on the thin side, but malt is evident in the sweetness, which seems unbalanced when i start looking for the hops. They are there, but as soon as I start to be able to notice a little bitterness, it is overcome by an astringency at the finish that leaves me a little puzzled. Calling this an Oktoberfest is a huge stretch. I'd call it a sweet, thin cidery jumble with an apple-skin finish.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a hazy amber to copper color with an off white head. In the aroma, a small earthiness. In the taste, a sweet maltiness and a hint of earth. A smooth and medium to small bodied mouthfeel, with a clean, sweet earth in the aftertaste. A bit sweet and small earth, nothing too exciting.

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Photo of Reaper16
2.72/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz. bottle served into a tulip glass
Presenting the latest installment of the critically acclaimed series, "Reaper Drinks Beer that People Left at His House After a Party."

Pours a completely translucent carrot orange color. The carbonation bubbles very lazily rise to the top; this doesn't look like it will be lively wrt carbonation. One finger of eggshell colored head forms. Minimal lace and head retention.

The aromas remind me of baked goods. Doughy pastries and spice cake. Some fruitcake, too. A minerally, iron tinge comes from the hops. Some cereal grain. More interesting than the average amber ale. This is promising.

This beer is something of a muddled mess when it comes to taste. It is mostly a typical grain-forward amber ale flavor but there's a raisin-forward, "Dubbel lite," fruitcake sort of flavor that clashes. The problem is that the raisin tastes are much sweeter than the dry grain that comprises the base of the beer. The hops only show through on the dry, astringent finish. You can also really taste the alcohol in this beer, which is frankly bizarre in a beer of only 5.4% ABV. The problem with Hex isn't that it is wanting of complexity, it is that its profile doesn't cohere.

This is a very dry beer. I love dryness in appropriate styles. Hex though wants to do some other, sweeter things but the dryness gets in the way of that. The perceptible alcohol doesn't mix well with the dryness. The beer feels yucky is what I'm trying to say. Yuck. Drinkability comes down to how much you enjoy the taste and mouthfeel of this beer. It's reasonably drinkable, I suppose. I'll give it that much.

Magic Hat always prints a cute message on the inside of their bottle caps, like they think they're Snapple or something. My cap read "Don't be a sleaze when it's time to pass the keys," which I'm pretty sure doesn't even mean anything. How do you act sleazy when someone asks your drunk ass to give up your keys? That cap was an omen. I'd certainly rather drink a Snapple product anytime over this Amber Ale from Magic Hat. It does some interesting things but it can't make a coherent beer out of itself.

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Photo of BeerdedEric
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light khaki head that fades quickly. Copper color body -- almost of that as of a Apple juice.

Not much of a aroma at all but doesn't smell bad.

Crisp clean taste like a lager would have with caramel. Slight pepper, brown sugar and some cloves. It's better than the aroma.

Carbonation medium. Body is light. Very boring mouth feel.

This is like the coors light of octoberfest. Bland, boring and meant for the macro beer lovers. What a shame, Magic Hat used to be a decent brewery.

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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.42 out of 5 based on 929 ratings.
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