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Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

323 Reviews

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

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 Imsothirsty
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange copper color, no haze, very thin head, a little bit of lacing

Smell is sweet malts and caramel

Taste: A tiny bit of bitter pine hops, caramel, just a tiny bit of roast toffee malt, some alcohol comes through

Mouthfeel is good for the style, medium with medium high carbonation, a fairly crisp finish

Overall an ok red/amber ale, nothing special though

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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 imasloth
3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Good clear amber, with an almond-coloured thin head that persists. Good amount of small carbonation filters up throughout glass. Good lacing.

S- For homebrewers, it smells a lot like the liquid pale malt extract. The malt is there, but it's a bit sweeter than expected ... I like it.

T- Malt hits first, very grainy, followed second by a lighter sweetness than the aroma implies. I'm normally a hop head but I'm starting to really appreciate the flip-side of things.

M- Very ordinary. It's a lighter-bodied beer that swallows easy and leaves almost no residual taste or feel in the mouth.

O- The smell and taste carry the day on this one. It's unapologetically malty and that's what I was looking for when I chose to drink it. Could definitely have several, though the more discriminating tastes that prefer greater balance or hoppiness may choose not to.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a snifter. Amber with a finger of off-white head.
Nose is full of wet malt, yeast and bread.
Hard to place the taste. Kind of malty and then abruptly in the middle a hard bitterness yells out. Disjointed.
Crisp and bubbly; actually too bubbly.
It is fine enough, I will not get it again. Too many things going in different directions.

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Photo of atr2605
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a light amber with a slightly tan head that has some better than expected retention
S-smells sweet and malty with a slight fruity aspect to it
T-some sweetness up front followed by a slight citrusy hop bitterness that finishes with more malt. Interesting transition
M-medium-light bodied with good amount of carbonation
O-Not a bad beer. Has pretty good flavor but definitely isn't exceptional.

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Photo of maleman
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle with freshness dating into a pint glass. Color is medium amber, thin head that dissipated into a very thin cap. Lacing was thin, but clingy. The nose was not overly pungent but with a trace of hops and resin. The taste was thin and metallic, with not much from what the nose had led. Mouthfeel was average, light-bodied...just not much there. I'm a big fan of various breweries attempts at Oktoberfests, but I probably won't be having this one again unless it's free.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a chilled, wide-mouthed glass.

-Appearance 4.0: Beautiful, golden-brownish-amber color. Poured about an inch head that stuck around for awhile on the edges of the glass. Very unique looking and attractive beer.

-Smell 4.0: Wow, big aroma; not expecting this. I smell malts and caramel and a slight hoppiness. Impressive and really gets my hopes up for the taste.

-Taste 3.5: Slightly sweet up front with a hoppiness that grows and lingers. The taste of the beer is, however, transitory and quickly fades. There is a very nice aftertaste of barley and hops. This brew lacks that depth of flavor I was expecting based on the delicious smell. Somewhat disappointing.

-Mouthfeel 3.0: Carbonation is OK in this beer. A little too much, but not that noticeable. What is noticeable is the acerbic bitterness this beer leaves in the mouth that is not due to hops. Can't place it. Not entirely unpleasant, but just strange. Bottle conditioned.

-Overall 3.5: "Hex"? "Vex" is more like it. I cannot figure this beer out. How can it smell so good and taste so...pedestrian? However, it has some very pleasant levels of taste. What's that strange bitterness, though? This beer requires more research. Luckily, I have five more right over there in my fridge... .

$8.79 for a six pack in Atlanta, GA.

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Photo of dtivp
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured orange copper with a very thin white head that stayed to the end with very spotty lacing.

Aroma was sweet with caramel, sugar and hints of floral hops.

Taste started sweet with toffee, caramel, light malt ending with a floral hops, not much bitterness to balance the sweetness.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body, moderate carbonation, smooth and slick.

Overall an average beer not on my shopping list.

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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 SunDevilBeer
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'll preface this by saying I'm a stickler for Oktoberfest lagers, and American brewers that produce lackluster ales masquerading as "O-fest" beers really annoys me.

That said, I was on my way to a party recently and stopped at a store without much selection. Decided to pick up a 6-er of this.

Got some of that roast in the nose, like more of a fall seasonal.

Tasted some faint roast, some faint berries mixed in, along with some caramel. Finishes a bit funky, weird hop taste lingers. Interesting, it got better as it warmed up. More of the roast came through and finished more sweet than bitter.

All in all, a decent beer. Not my fave, but not the worst either. Interesting enough to have a few.

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Photo of BEERMILER12
3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a copper/orange/amber color with almost no head

S: Malty with some toasted grains and not too much else

T: Same as the smell, along with some floral hops. The malt and hops don't go great together, as they make kid of a sickly sweetness (not overly sweet, just oddly sweet)

M: Light-medium body with plenty of carbonation

O: This is a very average amber ale that sort of just rests on average as nothing really stands out to me. If you like that taste that MH has with most of their beers, then this is good but if you don't like MH in general because of that similar taste between all of their beers then steer clear of this one

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Photo of StoutHunter
2.89/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I picked up a six pack of Magic Hat's Hex last week at Meijers for $8.99. When I bought this at the store I figured it was a Marzen just by the name, but after looking it up on here I see that it is an American Amber, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date but it's a fall seasonal so I know it's fresh. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a pint glass.

A- The bottle seems to look pretty good, I like the drawing of the three guys having their own little Oktoberfest. It poured a nice caramel/copper color with two fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left a little bit of spotty lacing.

S- The aroma is pretty sweet and malty. I pick up a good amount of caramel malts that have a pretty sweet aroma that is similar to candied sugar. There is also a noticeable amount of floral hops that help balance out all the malts but it still has a very sweet aroma.

T- At the start I pick up a nice mixture of caramel and toffee malts with the caramel malts being the most dominant. The malts are still pretty sweet but not nearly as sweet as they were in the aroma. There's a medium light amount of floral and earthy hops that helps balance out some of the sweet malts but it is still pretty malty and sweet, with hardly no bitterness on the finish.

M- Smooth and medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation.

Overall I thought this was a pretty average American Amber that could have been less sweet and had a little more hops to provide better balance. Its seems to me like they took the concept of a Marzen being very malt forward and used it on an Amber Ale, that didn't really come together that well since the malts were a little too sweet and there wasn't enough hops to cut all those sweet malts. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel, its was pretty much on par for an American Amber Ale and the appearance wasn't that bad either. What I liked the least about this beer was the aroma, it was super sweet and malty with little to no balance. I don't think I would buy this beer again, I can easily find much better Amber Ales for the same price. If you like your Amber's heavy on the malts then this might be your thing, but if you value balance there isn't much to be found here. I have had a few different Magic Hat beers in my day and all them fell into the same average category. I'm still down to try more beers from this brewery but I don't have the highest of expectations for their brews.

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Photo of Kooz
4.11/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Slightly opaque with a dull orange/rust color. No head at all. Looks appetizing.

Not much nose, but subtle spice hints and some nuttiness.

Mmmmm... Malty and some caramel hints, without being sweet. Lots of flavor, and a nice aftertaste.

The mouthfeel is great--there's no bite, it's a creamy, full-bodied beer. It almost deserves a 5, but for a very slight chalky aftertaste.

Overall, I am very pleased with this beer. I'll have to go back and look at my previous ratings, but I don't think Magic Hat rated very highly. I may need to revise my opinion of this brewery. This is one of the best Oktoberfests I've had.

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Photo of jondeelee
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex opens with a malty, yeasty nose that resembles fresh baguettes, mixed with brown sugars, berries, and touches of grapefruit from the hops. The mix is light, but well-balanced, tending more toward the malt and sugar aromas, and enticing.

On the tongue, the beer opens with malt flavors, especially biscuit and toast grains, with small touches of rice. Some berries, apples, and oranges drift lazily in the background, lightly tinging the flavor profile with sugars. Hops are mostly noticeable as a light buzzing on the tongue and soft palate, with just a shade of citrus zest. Subsequent sips reveal lesser fruit flavors, and more lemon/lime citrus notes, the sweeter sugars not quite keeping up with the hops. The aftertaste is mainly grains, with hints of sugar and grapefruit, and fades slowly. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is a good beer, but not much separates it from many of its peers. The flavors are balanced and nuanced, even if a bit more sugar would help them stand out, or at least provide a bit of excitement.

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Photo of bnes09
3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Translucent caramel colored beer that actually looks fairly thick. Weak ivory colored head dissipates to a thin film then disappears from view. Not much lacing.

Rich biscuit-like malty aroma with lots of caramel sweetness mingled in.

Sturdy, almost dense malt character with hearty biscuits and sweet caramel. Mild earthy hop bitterness provides some balance. Finishes with a tart flavor that is different but not bad.

Beefy, medium body. Good level of suds. Smooth feel.

This is a pretty good brew. Good depth. Good balance. Easy drinking.

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Photo of coalcracker
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a dark gold with a decent amount of head. Quick to recede. No substantial lacing noted
Smell: A bit of malty sweetness detected in the aroma.
Taste: An assertive bready malt is accompanied by hops that are well-balancing. The malts are actually a little on the sweet side, but again well-balanced by the bitterness that is behind the hops. There seems to be a touch of soapiness towards the end of the tasting.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slippery smooth.
Overall: This is an amber ale utilized as Hat's fall rotational special. Pretty good offering.

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Photo of wesbrownyeah
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex Magic Hat Brewing Company Amber/Red ale 5.4% alcohol. I was a the market and was in the mood for a malty craft beer and well I found exactly what I was looking for in this sixer.

A- A vigorous pour produces a one inch off white head that ligers for most of the beer. Leaves a decent patchy rings of lacing on the pint glass.

S- Sweet malts and mild floral hops upfront with musky carmel and brown sugar in the backbone.

T-M- Rich bites of caramel and toffee upfront followed by sweet sugary malts that are balance by a light hop charactor of citrus and grass.
Mouthfeel is smooth and mildly carbonated. Slick feel on the tongue.

Overall this is a drinker that goes down easy and goes with almost any occation. An excellent offering from Magic Hat... cheers!!

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Photo of DannyDan
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A. Pours out a golden orange with a thin off white head that maintains some lacing and retention. Has decent carbonation too.
S. Get some caramel, apples, pears, toffee and hints of hops.
T. The taste starts out with some sweet malts and follows with some fruits and a hint of hops, but a metallic taste that lingers in the aftertaste throws the taste off. Some more caramel malts finishes the taste off.
M. The mouthfeel is smooth and creamy
O. this had all the makings of being a good beer, but seemed to be a little off on the taste. I'll give this one more chance in case I got a bad one and change the review if it is better.

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Photo of enfield249
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear light golden honey color. Very little head, but what is there is off white.

S - light sweet malt aroma, maybe a little apple, or pear. Ever so slight floral aroma.

T - Like the smell, I got lots of light malt flavors, with hints of apple, flowers, maybe a little caramel on the back end. Very little hop character.

M - Medium, slight hop bitterness.

O - A nice mild American amber.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled on September 27, 2011. It pours amber in color with a slight haze and a good head that simmers down gently to a long lasting ring. Caramel malts and toffee are up front in the aroma along with a creamy sensation and an overall freshness. The body runs a little under medium. The malts come out immediately in the taste but then there is this sharp, bitter hop ending that is not too floral but gives it a little kick in the butt. Drinkable.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I just picked this beer up at the Central Market in Fort Worth when looking for a "staple" for the night. Let's give it a shot:

Appearance: Pours a very slightly cloudy red-orange color with a small 1/8" head of light tan bubbles on top. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't really stick once they make it to the top.

Aroma: I initially got plenty of sweet caramel notes and a very subtle roast component that is almost peat-like. There is no alcohol noticeable, and the hops are reserved as well contributing only a subtle floral note. As the beer warms up some, it is getting a bit grainy like they may have sparged it too warm or something.

Taste: The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely. It is mostly sweet with caramel being the most notable component of the sweetness. There are some mild toasty notes that the aroma didn't lead into. Otherwise, the body is medium with ample carbonation and a reserved creaminess left on the back of the palate after drinking. The alcohol is completely reserved and unnoticeable.

Opinion: This is a pretty decent beer. It shows that Magic Hat indeed knows how to step mash as there is a lot of malt complexity in this beer. That said, there is a little something going on with the grain that is a little out of place and I suspect that it was just a mash rest instead of anything catastrophic, and it may have just been this batch as it is subtle. Anyway, if you are a big fan of the Oktoberfest style, like I am, you would want to give this one a shot. It's as it is classified "worthy".

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Photo of FanofHefe
3.41/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another seasonal - here we go! Bottle poured into a tulip. The back label says: best if enjoyed by the date on the neck of the bottle. Well, it took me about 5 minutes to find and contort my eyes to view the dark stamp that says Nov 30, 2011. Please, breweries, make it EASIER to see dates! Anyway, the body is mostly clear orange/amber color. An aggressive pour gave me a big three-finger light tan head with good retention but little lacing.

Not much going on in the aroma: cardboard, a bit of sweet malt.

The flavor is a little better. Plenty of the aforementioned sweet, bready malt, but also a good touch of earthy hops.

Ligh to medium texture in the mouthfeel and no real notice of any alcohol. Not too exciting overall.

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Photo of tdm168
3.26/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with 1/4" of foamy head. Good retention. Faint caramel malt notes in the nose otherwise the smell is nondescript. Taste is sweet with caramel malt and fruity undertones primarily hints of apple and grapes. There's a faint earthy bitterness to the finish. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied, heavily carbonated, and smooth.

There are far better amber's on the market. This one is too sweet for my liking.

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Photo of tzieser
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

a: clear amber color with a pretty thick white head that settles into a small lacing.

s: sweet malt aromas. subtle biscuit and bread aromas. not much else.

t: starts off sweet and malty but ends with a slightly bitter/earthy hop flavor. well balanced and unique, but not necessarily something i'd be craving for. i don't get much of the smoke character that others have said. i would've liked that.

m: good mouthfeel.

not a bad beer per se, just a little weird. i wouldn't turn one down but then again it inst something i'll buy if i have better options. worth a try.

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Photo of sixerofelixir
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

3/4 pint. Enjoy-by date marked, albeit lightly, on the neck back. Strange, olde-drunken scene on label.

Pours a hazed, almost peachy-orange. An off-white head rings & sticks. Fair amount of carbonation. Smell is crackery and minerally. Taste is a pleasant blend of lighter malts, rather citrusy hops, and a lemon-grass, straw taste that is hard to pinpoint. High-pitched. Finishes with a decent amount of herbal bitterness. Feel is a bittle bit thin for my liking, but this is a unique & tasty brew, especially for the abv..

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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 323 ratings.
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