Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

929 Ratings

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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Ratings: 929 |  Reviews: 324
Photo of Cyberkedi
4.2/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pretty clear golden amber with a substantial off-white fine-bubbled head. Crisp, malty aroma has a strong fruity-sweet tone, mainly apricot and pear, as well as a hint of powdery lemonade. Flavor is fruity, again mostly apricot and pear, with a malty undertone and a hint of hops. Texture is smooth, fizzy and a little dusty - truly unique, and pleasing.

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Photo of ngeunit1
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a brown/amber color with a finger of off white head that fades quickly and leaves behind spots of lacing.

S - Sweetness and spices are the most present. There is just a touch of carmel that smooths the aroma a bit.

T - The beer starts of with the sweet malts first. It then transitions to a bit more spicy and eventually the caramel comes through a little bit. The aftertaste is bit of the spiciness and some touches of alcohol taste and a touch of hops.

M - Fairly carbonated and fairly dry. It is about medium bodied and fairly smooth, just a little dry afterwards that keeps it from being really crisp.

D - The dryness and sweetness mix takes a little bit away from the beer, as does the aftertaste. But that being said, it is still a decent beer and fairly drinkable.

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

12 ounce bottle, Best enjoyed by dating etched onto the neck of the bottle. Pours red tinged medium amber. Minor off white head, leaving some scattered blobs of lace here and there. Malted up nose. Pleasant enough offering. More maltyness on the tongue and following through to the finish. Smooth and clearly sessionable. Notes of vanilla, honey, medium amber malts. Nothing special, but an easy drinking, malty and reasonably decent fall type of brew.

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Photo of Ryan011235
3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass on 10/31/10

Best by December 31st 2010

Brownish amber color with a little haziness. One finger head started to dwindle immediately, holding a few moments as a thin layer, eventually becoming a skim.

There's a smooth, sweet-smelling caramel aroma that is most appreciable. Notes of toasted bread, doughy yeast & hints of earthy hops. Smells pretty good.

The taste is nowhere near as robust as I was hoping, though it improves as it warms. Toasted bread stops by briefly for a spot of caramel before hurrying off to sort out tea leaves that are strewn across the dirt floor of a cabin.

Basically medium bodied. Carbonation is slow to start; smooth upfront, getting livelier toward the finish. Moderately sticky with a coating finish. Toasted bread lingers for a long, long time.

Whether fair or not, I was expecting far worse based on previous experience with Magic Hat.

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Photo of shand
3.22/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a red-amber color with a fingers worth of head that quickly disappates. Almost no lacing.

Smell: Sweet malts and a few spices. A touch of caramel and maybe a little pumpkin. Everything but the malts and indistinct spices are a bit weak though. There's a bit of a metallic aftertaste here too.

Taste: Tastes alright. As a huge Magic Hat fan, this is a bit disappointing though. The taste is largely dominated by sweet malts with some pretty generic spices.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and medium carbonation.

Drinkable: Hey, at least it goes down easily.

I was looking forward to this beer and it let me down. It's just not that good, and I usually love what Magic Hat puts out.

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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 devinoconnor
2.81/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

For Magic Hat, this is a big let down. I absolutely love #9 and most of their brews, but this was simply disappointing.

It tastes like a run of the mill ale that's just a tad heavy to really like. There's no good smells as you might expect for a beer to be named an Octoberfest.

With almost every brewery rolling out fall beers, this is one you certainly don't need to try.

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Photo of ToAzwethinkweizm
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 3 November 2010.

Poured into a Sam Adams Summer Ale glass, 3-finger frothy head (aggressive pour into thin glass), average lacing, color is amber-orange. Aroma is overwhelmingly yeasty and bready, very small touches of cinnamon, toffee, and some other winter spice....maybe nutmeg, but only slight. Taste is quite bready and malty, with an aftertaste of some bitter hops. Leaves some sweet malt flavor in your mouth. Your average session beer. Nothing too exciting, but a beer if you like variety in session beers.

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

Hex pours a clear golden amber color into the glass with a small white head on top. The foam dissolves quickly to a thin ring around the surface leaving no lace on the glass.

The aroma is malty, sweet and fruity. Notes of caramel malt and tart apple are present. There's a hint of yeast and some spice (cinnamon?) in there too.

Each sip of this medium bodied beer is soft on the palate with a firm carbonated fizz on the tip of the tongue. The flavor is malty with notes of caramel malt, nuts, and bready yeast. Some fruity apple notes are mixed in. It finishes with a crisp and a sharp flowery hop bitterness. Once gone the tart apple and bready malt flavors linger on the palate.

The crispness of this beer reminds me of a traditional Oktoberfest, but the bready notes and fruit tartness brings it back to a US version. It's a tasty beer that's great for the fall season.

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Photo of callmeclemens
4.37/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfect Autumn Brew.
Had this at a nice dinner potluck with friends in Early October.

Straight From bottle, has a nice thickness and warm taste. very much like a toffee and cinamin with a slight malted hoppy finish, goes down so smooth. Perfect for a Crisp autumn night with friends.

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

Pours a nice light amber color with not a lot of head that quickly disappears to a thin lace around the body. The smell is nice of caramel malts and hops. It has a little sweet taste when hit first hits the tongue than the hops come in and takes over. I think it is very good beer, very drinkable, smooth and great mouth feel. I could drink this one all October long.

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Photo of beefnbarley
3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got the last 6 pack from store this weekend. Poured with a very small head that quickly disappeared. It is amber in color and slightly hazy. Hints of caramel and toffee malt in the aroma. Slight hop aroma. Medium hop bitterness that balances the malt. A medium bodied beer that is easy to drink and refreshing. Easy to drink too many and have a hex cast on you!

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Photo of Bierman9
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a bottle of this during a party with some old high school buds a few weeks ago.

Pours a medium amber color, and it has a bit of haze and murkiness within. Head is quite thin and wispy, the fine, white bubbles mostly clinging to the sides of the glass. Didn't leave much lace at all, though. Aroma has a touch of caramel and light sweetness, though it's mild. Body is just about medium, with a fairly even feel on the tongue.

Flavor is decent, with some light sweetness, a fair amount of caramel and some smidges of toffee. There's a bit of hoppy bitterness present, in an earthy sort of way. Not bad, overall, not bad...


look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | drink: 3.5


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

Orange copper color with no real head. Smells of malt, caramel, and oranges. I thought this was going to be a Marzen based on the "Ourtoberfest" on the label but the smell says something else. Not what I expected, but good. Taste is caramel, leather, and that fruit again. It has a dusty character to it that isn't unpleasant but its not my favorite. Mouthfeel is slippery and nicely full. Not heavy but substantial. Drinkability is good, with a nice flavor that keeps you interested but doesn't demand too much. Its a beer that could go down nicely unnoticed. Not a bad brew.

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Photo of Bendurgin
2.87/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. The body is a clear amber color with a very thin off white head that vanishes quickly and doesn't leave much for lacing. At my first whiff of this guy ginger immediately comes to mind with nutmeg and bit of citrus. Honestly, kind of a strange nose. The taste follows pretty well, it starts kind of yeasty and follows through with tones of nutmeg and citrus. Again, it just doesn't seem to be a combination that really seems to work. The mouthfeel is light and has decent carbonation, nothing really offensive on this end. And even though the flavors of this are odd, it's still pretty easy drinking. I'll share the rest of the six pack with friends.

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Photo of Buebie
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An oct fest that is not a marzen...interesting.

Half inch of white head, settling somewhat quickly and leaving a generous collar and thin cap.
Color is a transparent pale copper amber.
Aroma is malty and sweet with vinous fruit and soft leafy hops.
Taste is failry sweet and sweetening more so through the middle with fruity esters and a cider flavor that is heavily distracting. Finishing flavors of grain and mild leafy hop bitters.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp.

Not somthing I would return to. Glad I only picked up a single.

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Photo of geryeb624
3.43/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Part 3 of the Magic Hat fall sampler. (Part 4 is never coming if anyone cares....reviewed #9 a long time ago.) 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

A- Pours an orange-amber color with maybe a finger of white head. Dissipates pretty quickly with little lacing.

S- Not much going on here. A little caramel malt smell, maybe a hint of something spicy. Not much though.

T- Some buttery caramel malt with a hint of spice. Pretty sweet with nearly no hop bitterness.

M/D- Nice smooth mouthfeel and decently drinkable.

I dont know about Amber Ale, this tastes like a Marzen to me, and I dont particularly like Marzens. Oh well, its an alright beer, just not the biggest fan of the style. Decent stuff though.

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Photo of jettjon
3.21/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz bottle marked "best by date marked on neck," with no discernable mark on neck. Into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!) it's a bright, pale red with plenty of precipitating carbonation. Thick head, slow fade, plenty of clumps left behind. Nose of malts and sweet caramel. Taste of sweet malt, bordering on overly sweet. Diacetyl-butterscotch notes, with low hops presence. Mouth is crisp, lightly viscous, smooth, and ultimately quenching. Drinkability is pretty good although a touch oversly sweet bordering on cloying.

Overall: Decent, enjoyable, low key. I'd try it again.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Flat rustic orange pour is topped off by a fluffy beige head of moderate size and retention. Near silent carbonation even in my etched duvel glass hardly rising a stir. Spotty clumpy topping persists as a cover while a thin whispy lash lacing leaves little eye candy for admiration. Overall my duvel glass couldn't even dress this up coming off looking like a homeless dog in a tuxedo.

S: Bready with buttered caramel toast. Light flowery presence with dried caramel apple that was very light in strength.

T: Seems a bit watery upon the initial sip but manages to thicken up a bit or at least appear to on following sips. The alcohol at 5.4% seems a bit more noticeable with a sweetness of pancake syrup and gooey caramel while flashes of whole green hop flowers manage to sneak in for balance. Dry powdery malt sweetness and hop bitterness ensures on the swallow. Overall average perception flavor wise, did little to entice but also was not a turn off, just kinda treaded water per style.

M: Light bodied with very little effervesce. A bit of powdery malts gently tease the tongue upon the swallow.

D: Drinkable, but hardly toast worthy by the mug or pitcher. Really wasn't to impressed nor found reason or incentive to drink this in multiples. Decent tweener for nooobs.

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Photo of jbphoto88
3.55/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dull tarnished copper color with a thick beige head that doesn't seem to last. There are plenty of visible bubbles that fuel a collar of thinning suds.

The nose is a mix of malts and tart fruits. Not the best smell but also not bad. I find it to be slightly more gritty and boozy then I prefer but it's not a deal breaker.

Taste is similar to the nose with both grain malt flavors competing with an apple-ish tartness. Eventually the malts win out finishing the flavor with a sweet and toasted bread lusciousness.

The mouthfeel is nice with a crisp carbonation and a slick palate coating feel. Hex has a nice medium body that is very pleasing to drink. An above average brew that grows on you. I was a little put off by the nose but find it charming now. A fine above average seasonal.

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Photo of goldbot
3.1/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours on the very coppery side of amber, with thin off-white head that fizzles out pretty quickly but leaves a touch of lace across the surface. Sweet and somewhat fruity aroma, with hints of apple and berries and citrus notes. Lightly toasted malt backs in the background. Flavor is more on the malty side with tiny hints of dark fruits and a touch of citrus-y hops. Clashes of sweetness and bitterness with a dose of astringency. This beer is fine with a hearty meal but is not one to savor.

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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 mntlover
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber color thin light tan head falls to ring, no real lace.

Aroma is sweet caramel malts lightly toasted some light floral hops.

Taste is lingering caramel malts light floral hops, some light orange notes. pretty basic amber ale. Nothing special about it.

Mouthfeel is light medium carbonation is little to peppy for my tastes.

Drinkability is not bad but not a great seasonal certainly not worth looking for unless your short of ambers in your area.

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Photo of Steelcitybeerman
3.73/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I work at a Beer store in the Pittsburgh Area, and Magic Hat did a sampling of their fall selections. The Hex "Ourtoberfest" was one of their choices. The beer was not bad, it was very easy to drink and mostly on the smooth side. I found that I am not a Huge Fan of Magic Hat's products. They are worth trying but I don't know that I would go much beyond that.

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Photo of Tilley4
3.18/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a single of this seasonal a few days ago...

This one looks pretty good... Have to remember its an amber and not a Marzen... Its a little bit overcarbonated actually... Lots of spitting and popping going on...

Aromas of toasted malt, some sweetness like cake batter or something and some toffee or caramel.

Easy drinking.... Fairly balanced with the sweetness of the malts and maybe the merest hint of hops....

As far as seasonals go, this one was ok... I could have a few with pizza no problem

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