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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 alli4051
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint.

Pours a dark copper with a pretty average head. Head is off white and disappears quickly leaving really no lacing. Smell is lots of malts, some roasted and some bready. Taste is predominately malty up front with some nice subtle hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is a bit thinner than I would have liked. Overall pretty good and a very drinkable beer. I would give it bonus points for the label art but that would feel unfair, so I didn't.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.75/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up at Outlet Liquors in Rehoboth Beach, DE. Poured chilled from the 12oz into a mug.

A clear copper w/ inch of ecru cap and tiny bead, the lace clings well. The smell is malty w/ lightly toasted grain and mild hop aroma w/ slight nutty scent w/ a hint of fruity ester in the yeast aroma. The malt is toasted in the feel and slightly cream w/ moderate carbonation and subtle bitterness, the feel is medium light and the finish is dry.

A flavor which mocks a fest lager well, but hop flavor is slightly higher and malt is toasted tasting and slightly sweet like granola w/ an almond-like taste. There is a subtle marzipan sweet note in its caramel and spice combination, but it doesn't really get to the dessert area. The finish is pretty lasting w/ lots of malt which is tasty. The drinkability -I liked this although I thought I wouldn't, perhaps if it were marketed as an amber/red ale I wouldn't have expected a marzen, but it is pretty good fro the style IMO.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.02/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hex poured a bark amber color, with very little head, that disapated completely very quickly. It had a malty smell. The taste had a very malty tone to it, a pretty strong toffee flavor as well. Strong flavor, and nice carbonation made it realitivly easy to drink. Overall a very intresting beer, and a good one as well.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice copper color with a slight haze with average carbo's and low foam head.
Smells malty with some bread and biscuit tones.
smooth tasting light in body.
While drinking I get a sense of alcohol. That warm alcohol feeling.
This is a pretty good beer, I wouldn't buy a case I don't think.

Drink well my friends

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a solid amber with a big off white head to start, leading to nothing later in the glass. No lacing. Nice color, but that's it.

Nice caramel and burnt sugar, some toffee an hops. Decent an inviting.

Sweet toffee and toasted malt, with a smoky edge and some hop bitterness. A bit watery, and somewhat uneven. Ok, but not great. Hoppy edge helped alot.

Mushy and not enough carbonation. Seemed to flatten out after time in the glass.

Another Magic Hat at a party. Glad I don't buy their beer anymore. Ok, with some decent characteristics, but not great either. Not thee worst from these guys, but far fro the best.

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Photo of japcmiller
3.88/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A nice light amber color with thin head retention, thin lacing but nicely carbonated.

Smell: It has a wonderful heavy spice and caramel nose with almost a hint of brown sugar. Very little hop character adding to the nose, but heavy on the malt.

Taste: Has a high almost acidic character, that balances well with the sugar sweetness that is a very mild taste that comes at the beginning of the sip. It finishes bitter with a bready malty taste.

Mouthfeel: Has a very dry and heavy feel on my tongue. Not an overly tanninany dryness but still dry. It feels very heavy and coats the inside of my mouth like syrup.

Drinkability: This beer has great balance between its' nose and the taste. The acidic character blends well with its' sweet malty character and even though it finishes dry. The beer as a whole has great balance and very good drinkability.

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Photo of superdedooperboy
3.49/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown glass bottle poured into a glass mug. A best-by date of Dec. 31 2010 is clearly printed on the bottle.

Pours a bright orange-amber hue, a touch cloudy, with a small capping of off-white foam that fades away almost immediately, leaving no stickage on the walls of the glass as it drains.

A bit spicy in aroma, with hints of grass, lemon, black pepper and some light notes of basil.

Body is a bit on the medium side, with a light-to-moderate level of carbonation. Malt character dominates, mostly sweet, with a very caramel-like character mingled with hints of rapeseed honey. Hops jump into the mix early on, showing that same sort of spicy, grassy, somewhat herbal character that was dominant in the nose, though a very subtle hint of smoke peeks through just before leading into a slightly sweet, rather long finish with a lingering caramel sweetness.

Truly a rather enjoyable take on the Oktoberfest style, easily drinkable but with a subtle complexity from the specialty ingredients thrown in. Certainly a worthwhile seasonal and a nice replacement for the brewery's previous Fall seasonal, Roxy Rolles.

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Photo of weller1js
2.88/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: pours a clear burnt-amber with decent carbonation that dissipates quickly; foam dissipates leaving only a small film of lacing.

smell: light scent of sweet syrupy flavor complemented with slight harvest-malt undertones

taste: malt flavor has essence of the harvest style, but is overpowered by a more caramel-maple taste; notes of hops enter toward the finish with a bitter lingering.

drinkability: definitely lacking a defined harvest taste, and more sweet than typical; yet still nothing overly dissapointing about it either.

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Photo of Evocatus
3.28/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a darkis amber, little head. Aroma wasn't great for an amber. Definitely not any malt or carmel that Im used to. Taste was a little malty, but then earthy and hoppy later. Average body and carbonation. Ok if there is nothing else but stuff like busche lite, but not great either.

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Photo of ComfortablyBum
3.36/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into DFH glass

A - light brown and hazy with little head.

S - Metallic. Reminded me of cheap pale lagers my dad used to drink.

T - Dry malty at first with an earthy green bitterness after.

M - Light and highly carbonated.

D - It was alright, but not something I would buy a six pack of.

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

The beer pours an orangish/amber color with a thick frothy off-white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice pale and Munich malt scent along with a dry, fruity yeast aroma. It has a sweet, malty aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a rich, Munich malt sweetness that goes down smooth with a dry lager yeast finish. There is a touch of yeast esters in the flavor. It also has a light nuttiness as well. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium/full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a smooth, easy drinking beer with decent malt character; a fine seasonal.

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Photo of beer2day
3.15/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Amber red pour with reddish cream head. Not much retention. Light cascades of lace.

Strong malt nose with slightly fruit twist. Weak cherries and maybe some strawberry.

Tastes like a fruit octoberfest. Strawberry more than cherry, though. Tastes raw and unfinished. Maybe rhubarb?

Feel is slightly thick and syrup. Cough medicine?

Not a very good beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
2.72/5  rDev -21.4%
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 Brent
3.03/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Noted on the bottle as "ourtoberfest," Magic Hat's effort at a unique take on the Oktoberfest/Marzen style falls far short. Caramel color with vague orchard fruit aroma. Insufficient malt with a hint of overripe apple. An odd note to the hops finishes up off kilter.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.62/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

A-Pours a brownish copper color with an off-white head that reduces into a thin ring of lace around the glass.

S- The aroma is sweet toasted malts, a touch of dark fruits and caramel. 

T- The taste like the aroma is a nice malty octoberfest base. There is some toasted malts and caramel with just a hint of hops in the finish.

M- The mouhfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, this is a pretty solid octoberfest beer. Not something that will knock your socks off, but a pretty good beer for the style. Worth a try.

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Photo of magnj
3.63/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Amber and copper body with a low head.

S - Served really cold but it was crisp and had some hops in the nose.

T - Surprising for an Octoberfest/Marzen, much cleaner and less vegetable flavor than I typically experience from the style. There was definitely some hop flavor and bitterness involved.

M/D - Medium body was appropriately matched to the flavor. Easy to drink at a reasonable ABV so something I could session for sure.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - slightly hazed amber color with an beige head that thinned to a ring and didn't leave more than a speck or two of lacing.
S - pale malt and and underlying earthiness.
T - some sweetness upfront but then that earthy yeasty taste hits with a light sourness although it does finish with a sticky sweet aftertaste.
F - medium bodied with good carbonation.
D - I would drink it again if offered but I wouldn't spend money on it.

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very clear amber colored ale with a nice tan head that leaves ust a little sticky lacing as it fades.

Very nice caramel malt aroma, with a nice touch of hop spice. This is all about the malt though, bready and rich. Some deep mysterious fruit aroma is the overall effect, maybe sweet cherries. Taste is very bready and sweet. Not much if any of the hop spice, and very little in the fruity esters department, but just a nip of the cherries in the finish. This is a nice clean finishing ale, maybe closest to an actual Märzen style I have had.

Medium in body, nice smooth mouthfeel, only mildly carbonated. Great fall session beer IMO.

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Photo of SHODriver
2.18/5  rDev -37%
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 kingcrowing
3.13/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a put glass.

Pours a fairly red amber color with a small whit head. Lots of creamy lacing. Nose is malty, smoky and rich.

Taste I very sweet with a smokey finish. Its it a light hop bite but not much. It's closer to a rauchbier than a Märzen though which is a bit of a dissapointment.

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Photo of AdamBear
2.21/5  rDev -36.1%
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 BeerFMAndy
2.38/5  rDev -31.2%
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 donkeyrunner
2.86/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

"I put a spell on you because you're mine." - CCR

Amber with a white head. Great clarity. Odd chunky archipelago retention. Few lacey cling-ons. Bottle dated.

Smells...like not much. Faint, faint aroma of toasted malt and soupy English tea bag hop.

Fruity ester laden malt with some sort of mineral accompaniment. Maybe I get a little of that "cherry wood smoked malt" but I think that's 'cause I'm trying way too hard.

Not bad but I can't picture ordering one unless it's a poor, poor tap list. Glad I just bought a single.

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Photo of Chaney
2.46/5  rDev -28.9%
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 oriolesfan4
3.27/5  rDev -5.5%
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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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 929 ratings
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