Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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HexHex
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

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.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
929
Reviews:
324
Avg:
3.42
pDev:
15.5%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
62
For Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev -5%

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4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

im not in love with this one. pours dark amber color with a tall tan head. smells like a ton of german malts, caramel and munich at least. sweet flavor without much hop balance, also not as complex as some of the other octoberfests out there. i like it with a big meal like stew or chilli, but as a standalone its not my favorite, especially when its still real warm out. mouthfeel is too heavy for me, it gets filling after just a few as the body is very big. still its smooth in the mouth and well made. overall i wouldnt select this over many others, but it isnt a bad brew.

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Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

When this brew was first released I was very impressed by the label that it had and everything. Very nicely done, I found it to be creative and cool much like most of the Magic Hat designs. The beer pours out as a nice looking brownish amber color. The head is thick and tan to start off but fades in time. The smell of the beer has a pretty good malt aroma to it, not much spice for an Oktoberfest brew but the color is about right at least. The taste of a caramel and toffee sweetness throughout this brew. The mouthfeel is smooth and almost medium bodied. Overall it's not the best beer for the time of year but it's not bad.

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Photo of t0rin0
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New fall seasonal from Magic Hat, I tend to like their beers more than the average person.

Pours a cloudy orange color with a very small head, hmmm hope it's fresh. Smell is nothing special.. some faint hops. Taste has pretty good mouthfeel, medium bodied. Definitely doesn't hit me as an "octoberfest" as the bottle claims. A very bland/boring beer... just some faint hops and not much maltiness here, especially for the style. Definitely drinkable and wouldn't pass one up, but very boring and not up to par with the rest of the Magic Hat beers. Meh.

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Photo of metter98
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light amber in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense beige head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are aromas of bready and roasted malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: Similar to the smell, the taste is quite malty and has flavors of bready malts with notes of caramel, roasted malts and toffee. The finish has some smoky flavors and notes of spices, while the initial taste has some notes of malty sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation. There is some dryness in the finish.
O: The dryness in the finish prevents this beer from going down very smoothly, although it is rather unique for the style and shares some characteristics that you would expect from an Oktoberfest beer.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A sweet non-descript beer that could loosely be classified as an Oktoberfest beer.

Glowing orange in color, the beer shows brilliant clarity, high carbonation, and is moderately headed. Low on staying power and light on lacing.

Flavors and aromas are caramel dominant and with a sweetish sugar shock. Light hop character could be American or German- just too light to tell. Mineral rich and fruity, the beer is just off from it's style-sake. Lacking the complex malt character that is displayed by original Oktoberfests leaves this one tasting very one-dimensional.

Sweet and thin to the palate with a mild minty-grainy finish. Ture to Magic Hat beers, this one is sweet, fruity, and poorly represents its stated style.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear amber color with a nice head; the retention wasn't great, however, but it did leave behind quite a few dots of lacing

Smell: A full-on blast of caramel malt and a touch of grain underneath

Taste: Caramel malt dominates the front end, with fruit developing in the middle and a hint of smoke bringing up the rear; the aftertaste is rather sweet, almost cloying

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Not bad, fpr a sweeter style beer, and the smoke adds an interesting twist; just a bit too sweet and cloying for my palate

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Photo of emerge077
3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD: NOV30 2011

Poured into a pint it has a saturated copper color, sort of orangey and tea-like appearance after the yeast dregs are poured in, rendering it a bit hazy. Lasting layer of white foam, it sticks around, leaving a sticky collar and spotty halo of lacing in the glass.

Sweet fruity esters, apple and caramel, toasty grain husks. Caramel maltiness in the flavor, light toast, some nutty pecan flavors. Dry finish, not sweet or bitter, slight yeastiness. Clean and crisp feel, body has some substance to it. Overall a good rendition of a fall favorite, and one of the better Magic Hat beers I can remember.

Thanks for the beer Wayne!

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3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, golden orange color with a small, tan head of foam. It left little to no lacing.

S - It smelled of caramel and floral notes. Not a lot going on here.

T - It tasted malty and sweet with some caramel and toffee notes. A mild bitter hop bite adds balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This is an okay ale. Nothing impressive but a nice sessionable brew.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 8/23/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of caramel, pear, apple, golden raisin, toast, toffee, bread, light grass, and herbal hops. Pretty nice aromas with good strength and balance. Taste of caramel, apple, pear, toast, toffee, nuttiness, bready grain, light grass, floral, and light herbal spiciness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, light fruits, toast, toffee, bready grain, nuttiness, and light herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and robustness of flavors; with zero cloying sweetness present on the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a creamy and light slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a slight warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a good Oktoberfest style. Nicely robust with good balance of flavors; and very smooth to drink. This was a nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of oberon
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a nonic a deep burnt orange with a large fluffy slight off white head that held pretty well,downhill from there.Aromas of caramel and some char,a off soapy aroma comes into play as well.Flavors start big and caramelly sweet with some underlying toastiness and then a real funky finish that has some soapiness and sourness that shouldnt be there.Sorta unpleasant on the palate,to me a clunker of a beer from Magic Hat.

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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 jlindros
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light creamy 1/2 finger head fades semi quickly over a semi clear toasty orange amber color.

The nose brings some sweet malts, a little syrupy aroma, some light toasty and red malts, and slight malt extract syrupy aroma. Also some light spices, a hint of nutmeg like aroma.

The taste is very bleh! More syrupy extract flavors, some malt extract, syrupy flavors. There are some malts, a little toasty malt and red malts. Also more of the spices, nutmeg and some other weird spices that don't really seem to belong. It finishes with more of the spices and syrupy flavors lingering, dries a bit on teh finish. It also gets a bitter and very slight metallic flavor on the finish.

The mouth is medium bodied with decent carbonation.

The drinkability is not the greatest. It has a low abv and nothing really bad, but the sticky syrupy flavors and spices that linger make it a little iffy.

Hey Magic Hat, you got me into craft beer, and I always have a place in my heart for you. I also loved the little quips under the caps, and even had a keg of Fat Angel at my wedding. When did your whole thing become about the gimmics and lost beer? All your best beers are killed for shit like this. Even the return of Blind Faith it was not nearly as good as it used to be. TWhat happened to you guys?! Please take a step back and look at yourselves and remember when it was about the beer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 10/9/2010 at Mews Tavern in Wakefield, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light reddish brown color, with a short off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains fruit, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of caramel, fruit and honey. Then a hearty malt character comes in. The hops presence is mild but provides some balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, medium body, light carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: A little tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, it's not a bad beer but it's just another mediocre beer from Magic Hat.

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Photo of mactrail
2.85/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Slightly hazy amber in the Duvel tulip. No sediment in the botle. Bought at Texas Wine in Fredericksburg in the 12 oz bottle. Light grainy aroma.

The malty sweetness seems to be cut by a slight sourness. Caramel and fementing apples. A touch of hoppiness at the ending with some bitterness and an earthy aftertaste. Not the most refreshing amber I've had. I am just not a Magic Hat enthusiast. Everything I've tried seems kind of murky and odd, but not an interesting sort of oddness. At least it wasn't reviewed as an Oktoberfest, which it doesn't resemble.

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3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Slips out a clear, amber-hued body with a small-sized, sudsy, whitish head.

Smell: Sweet-smelling, tangibly fruity ("I smell apples." -TheLibrarianGirl) nose, with notes of sugar-encrusted, toasted bread, nuts, and smoke. However, that smoke hint is very faroff, very vague, but just barely there. The hops aren't really coming through clearly on the nose.

Taste: Modestly toasted nuts and bread with a hint of burnt sugar. Soundly sweet, particularly as it warms. Gentle fruitiness incorporated into the taste. A hint of clean, just noticeable smoke character. Characteristic Magic Hat yeast. Floral, spicy hops (boosted by the addition of rye) with a medium-low level of bitterness. The hop flavor, while present, isn't rather effusive. Develops a bit of cinnamon as it warms. Lightly bitter, earthy finish. Leaves teensy touches of sugar, smoke, and spice on the tongue in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation. Fairly smooth mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Tasty for a Magic Hat aletoberfest. I thought it was pretty decent, though I feel like I'm in the minority in thinking so.

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Photo of russpowell
3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a mixed sixer

Pours an effervescent amber with a finger of cream colored head. Zero head retention & lacing

S: Faint caramel & grassyness

T: Caramel & slight smokeyness, grassy hops, dryness & slight grainyness up front. Caramel, dryness green apple skins, & grassy hops as this warms. Finishes dry, slightly sweet with more green apple skin

MF: Medium bodied with slight carbonation, pretty good balance

Drinks alright; I could 2 or 3 before boredom set in. Glad I didn't buy a mixed 12 to sample this...

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Moderate head that leaves little lace. The liquid is clear with a neutral amber color.

Malty with strong caramel aromas. No notable hop.

The flavor continues on the smell profile. This is a malty beer with a little bitterness from some hop. Rich body with a low carbonation.

This is a beer of barley malt. There's very little hop presence. The aftertaste dies quickly.

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