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 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 Megahertz
4.45/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Code dates to July 9, 2012. Consumed August 2, 2012.

A - Brilliantly clear deep orange with large off-white head that settles into a rocky appearance. Carbonation appears moderate. Lacing very prominent. Beautiful.

S - Strong aroma of toasted sweetbread obvious immediately upon opening the bottle.

T - Complex melanoidins on bready malt with intricate dark sugars. Very faint hint of... smoke? Transitions into a modest german-type hop middle with the faintest tingling spiciness of rye. Fades into a bone dry finish with a subtle lingering dark fruit.

M - Medium to heavy body, medium carbonation. Excellent.

O - I want more!

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Photo of paulginva
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

APPEARANCE: This beer, poured from a tap into a pint glass, produced an off-white foamy 1" head that dissipated slowly leaving good head lacing. Carbonation was soft in a cloudy amber body.

AROMA: Rich maltiness with a good caramel sweetness; light hops aroma as well. Pleasant aroma for sure.

TASTE: Solid moderate malts with a moderate caramel sweetness; light hops. There's supposed to be a bit of smoke in there but I couldn't taste it. The taste was a little bit of a letdown after the smell.

MOUTHFEEL: This beer has a light to medium body with a smooth texture, soft carbonation

and good body lacing that dissipates slowly. The initial flavor is a light sweetness with just a slight touch of bitterness with a lightly bitter followed by a very slightly dry finish that lasted for a moderate length of time.

DRINKABILITY: Repeatable and easy to drink, there was still something about this brew that bothered me: the discontinuity between the aroma, which was impressive, and the taste, which was pretty pedestrian. I just can't figure it out but it's quite off-putting.

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Photo of bucklemyshoe
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pint glass.

A: It pours a clear burnt orange with a finger of cream-colored head that doesn't last.

S: Pale cereal grains, moderate fruitiness, ginger, and coriander.

T: Citrus, apricot, caramel, and toasted oats.

M: Medium-light with average, large-bubbled carbonation.

O: It's fruitier than most Oktoberfests and better than I expected.

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Photo of jwc215
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had last year just before the freshness date expired. Reviewed from notes that were lost and recently found.

Pours hazed orange-amber with a thin white head that holds up pretty well. Some dotted lacing sticks.

The smell is of some sweet caramel with esters that show it is an ale rather than a traditional O-fest lager. A touch of apricot shows with the brewery's house character.

The taste is fruity with sweet caramel. A touch of sour apple shows in the finish, along with a lingering balanced sweetness.

It is medium-bodied and slightly thin at times, though enough taste lingers through the finish.

This is an easy-drinking autumn ale that Magic Hat followers would certainly enjoy!

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Photo of iBeer16
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a pint glass

A: Pours a light brown color that has a little bit of head, under and inch. Head is of a white color that leaves almost no lacing.

S: get a nutty nosetwitting in addition to some wheat also with some sweet malts.

T: taste reflects the scent. Even balance of nuttiness, sweetness, and a slight existence of hops

M: pretty heavily carbonated, not very hoppy,

Overall, nothing really stands out in this beer for me personally.

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Photo of berliner07
2.74/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer was a nice sipper. Nothing spectacular, but enough malty sweetness to engage you. The hop profile was a little generic thought. That was dissapointing. Also, too much carbonation takes away from the mouthfeel. Good enough to enjoy one, but needs a little bit more to keep me coming back.

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Photo of marc956
3.83/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not familiar with American Amber / Red Ale style beers but this ain't bad. Enough abv that you notice it but not overpowering, had it at a bbq during which ribs were the main course. Probably would go better with other kinds of food. Might be hard to find in some areas.

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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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Photo of jb413
3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Outside, straight from bottle. Not crazy about the bottle art though.

S - Some sweeter malt and faint fruity notes.

T - Malty in nature with a bit of caramel sweetness and hints at darker fruit. Lacking a bit in depth and complexity.

MF - Smooth, on the lighter side of medium-bodied, with good carbonation.

O - Likely my last fall seasonal this year. This brew was pleasant, but not worth seeking out again in my opinion. I prefer the more complex Octobers from East Coast breweries that are available at the same price.

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Photo of huxcrunner
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was a pretty good one. I enjoyed this beer, it had good aroma and great color and head in the glass. Magic hat rarely lets me down and did not disappoint with this oktoberfest style beer. This may not be my favorite from magic hat but overall this is a good one and I would definitely recommend it and drink many of them again

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Photo of Amalak
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had out of a 12 ounce bottle.
A. Very cloudy, opaque. Limited head. Orange rust color, darkish.
S. very mild mint and malt.
T. Crisp, some malt. There is a touch of that fall flavor but the spice and hops are mild.
M. Very mild tingle of hops. Smooth basically.
O. This is a very solid showing, but there's just a hint of being an impostor Okotberfest.

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Photo of NEhophead
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz brown bottle served in a tumbler.

Dull auburn in color beneath a carbonation-filled off white head without much strength. Faint traces of condensed lacing.

Sweet caramel malt that is overshadowed by the stiff grains and malted wheat. Notes of raisin and fig.

Pleasant, moderate sweetness with the grainy character not coming through as much as it does in the aroma. A dry finish followed by a surge of carbonation leaves a toasted oat, earthen aftertaste.

Medium bodied. Dry and biscuity; a nice smooth balance to the favors.

Nothing offensive in this offering; however, nothing quite exciting either.

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Photo of stephenjmoore
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Light amber color with a light tan head.

S- Some malts and a little sweetness.

T- Same as it smells, malts with some sweetness. Pretty refreshing.

M- Light with medium carbonation.

O- Pretty good beer, but a little lighter than most fall beers. I like the mix from the malt and the sweetness.

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Photo of ckollias
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Copper hue with blonde highlights that pours a frothy, white, 2-finger head that quickly dissipates leaving a great trail down the whole glass and eventually ending in a persistent lace.

S: Musty spicy aroma with a good malt background.

T: Slightly sweet and bitter brew with a decent malt background. Has a nice alcoholic bite followed by a hint of caramel and a crisp finish.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Interesting brew – lots of flavor – I’m not sure if I would seek it out but it was worth trying.

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Photo of BigPlay1824
3.15/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Enjoyed in a mug

A: Pours a clear amber to brown color with a miniscule amount of head that does not linger long and leaves virtually no lacing on the glass
S: scents of nuts as well as a slight sweet note similar to molasses
T: similar to the scent, nutty and yet sweet with a nice depth through the finish
M: heavy on the carbonation but moves smoothly overall across the palate and leaves a slight nutty aftertaste
O: a decent brew, a bit complex but not really standing out in any respect, pretty typical for what Ive come to expect of magic hat, don't love it and don't hate it, pretty indifferent here

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Photo of bmwats
3.17/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber/medium brown hue. Pours about a half finger, bubbly, brown-white head, which dissipates quickly; leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Some spotty lacing remains.

S: Baked bread, nutmeg, and caramel.

T: Pale, malty flavor, a little bit of bitter hop bite, and just a little caramel.

M: Light but full. Has something of a bitter/cardboardy/washed-out feel... and it kind of sticks with you. A little off-putting.

D: Not much resistance. Almost session.

Atmosphere is okay. Nice enough hue, bubbly head disappears quickly leaving no residual, and not much in terms of lacing. Nose is a nicely balanced combination of grain and fall spice, with a nice sweet component. Flavor is pale and hoppy with just a touch of something sweet. Overall, this is a pretty decent quaff.

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Photo of Jadjunk
2.77/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

#136. Another new beer for me from the Magic Hat Night of the Living Dead variety pack. One left and I will have (finally) finished the pack. This beer is reportedly NOT an Oktoberfest, but an amber ale. There is no date to be found on this bottle.

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle to a pint glass at room temperature. Served at 47 Degrees Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a 1 finger depth off-white head of a frothy consistency that retains poorly, fading to a light cover within a minute. Color of the beer is a dark amber/orange tone, hazy with an excessive amount of spritely carbonation in tow. The head retention on this beer was average at best. Ultimately, this beer lies on par with the competition in terms of appearance. 3

(Smell) Caramel Crystal malts over an amber base. Medium toffee and molasses tones, some milder rye spice and smoked cherry in the background. Aroma is very sweet. Potency is about average, and could improve. 3.5

(Taste) A very sweet wave of caramel and toffee-based malty flavor overshadows the majority of this beer, with an intense tart cherry wood and toffee tone brace the finish. The taste is very cloying. I can't imagine having more than one in a sitting, although I'm having two tonight. This is far too sweet for me to enjoy but I would imagine that sweet-toothed craft beer inductees might get a pleasant surprise out of this beer. It's not a complete bomb but the balance is horribly askew, and I feel that there are components that just can't be experienced as a result of the saccharinity. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) The mouthfeel works decently for what the beer is- sickly sweet like syrup. It manages to spice thing up by adding some rough edges to the brew. But if the taste was to be toned down (and I hope that is the case) the carbonation should be turned down as well. Aside from within the medicinal flavors that could only pair with the cough syrup notes I gathered in the taste, there is little alcohol presence in this beer. Body is a medium only due to the sickeningly sweet flavor. 2.5

(Overall) One of my least favorite Magic Hat beers as of ever- I'd even take a #9 over this. This was a difficult beer to enjoy, tasting more like a visit to the medicine cabinet for a 12 ounce bottle of cherry cough syrup, or otherwise to the candy store for a "dentist's nightmare". Much better beer could come from a complete recipe overhaul. Not recommended. 2.5

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Hex Ourtoberfest
C- (2.73)

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Photo of abeerlovr
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A: clear copper color, very little head which dissipated quickly, some lacing on the glass.

S: sweet caramel malts, very faint.

T: a bit tinny as tastes in a bit like I think a penny might taste, but this was poured from a bottle into a glass, so it should not have a tin can taste. However, nice caramel sweetness, some citrus hops at the finish.

M: though it did not show much carbonation, does have an effervescent mouthtfeel. A little caramel surgaryness (new word).

Overall: glad this was in the Night of the Living Dead variety pack this year, would not buy a six pack of it, but it's not a bad Oktoberfest style, it's just that there are better beer out there.

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Photo of bigdrewsmoove
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

2nd review from the Night of the Living Dead mixed 12 pack.

A- Pours a nice amber-copper color. Tiny head that disappears quickly and no lacing.. at all...none

S- Not much to speak of, some sweet malt scents

T- some sweet malt flavors are present, biscuit, maybe toffee? The sourness is surprising. Aftertastes feels like I just ate a pack of sourpatch kids. Kind of cidery tasting in the finish.

M- This one has loads of carbonation. I can actually hear the fizz in my mouth as it's popping all over. Interesting.

O- Not bad, but not sure that I'd seek it out. Interesting sour taste for sure but not a lot of flavor while you're drinking it.

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Photo of Arithmeticus
3.68/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured chilled in scotch glass (all that was handy)

A: cloudy, dark orange; thin-to-no head; dead carbonation; no lacing
S: sweet, malty, savory spicing
T: very well spiced ale (to push the amber/red into October); complex; moderately hopped
M: carbonation should be better

One of the better October brews I've had.

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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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Photo of Ezone024
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

hex is magic hats "ourtoberfest", it pours a dark amber color little white head has subtle sweet and metallic notes on the nose.

it drinks like a amber ale with a hint of a rusty oktoberfest feel.
mix of pale and bready with sweet malts.

mouthfeel is sweet at 1st with nice burst of fizziness at the end.
quality beer, would not go crazy over it tho.

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Photo of garuda
3.13/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Clear copper, with a one finger thick head that has decent retention and spotty lacing.

S/T - I was surprised to find out this was an ale. Rich caramel sweetness with some breadiness to it. Not much of a hop presence at all, but there's some earthiness quality to it. I was also surprised to find out it had some smoked malt in there. Couldn't pick that out either.

M - Solid medium body, medium carb, smooth across the palate.

O - Kind of a let down, as I was in the mood for a good Oktoberfest. Big malt flavors, but mostly just thick caramel sweetness with little breadiness to it. I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of Jesstyr
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Grabbed this beer making the rounds of fall brews, and unfortunately is the lesser of the bunch thus far. Served in a Sam Adams glass.

Pours reddish amber, appears pretty thin. Head holds briefly at a finger, and is bright white. No real lacing. Nose has that candy-style smell that seems to be in many Magic Hat beers.

This beer definitely has some flavor, sweet maltiness, some cherry. Just not very enticing, and definitely doesn't remind me of an amber ale style. Mouthfeel is light. A decent beer, not one I'd choose to drink again.

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