Hex | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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 BEERchitect
2.95/5  rDev -14.7%
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 ianjsullivan
3.25/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a porter glass.

A: The beer pours a bronze, reddish brown with light golden hints at the bottom of the glass. When held to the light, the beer becomes lighter brown, and steady carbonation can be seen. A white fluffy head settles and vanishes quickly leaving a light ring around the glass and a slight mist of white covering the rest of the top.

S: It has a nice aroma: spice, malt, brown sugar, candied maple, fruit, bread, and a hint of crisp citrus.

T: Lots of sweet caramel and toffee malt change to crisper apple and citrus tones. There is a slight smoke towards the finish, however, it is crowded out by a long bitter and green finish (it reminds me of chewing on an orange peel).

M: On the lighter side of medium body, Hex also has pleasant carbonation.

D: It is a sweeter brew and it does not have an exceptionally high alcohol content.

Overall: Magic Hat produces drinkable beers. I have yet to have one that was truly terrible. However, I have not had one that was truly terrific either. I love fall beers, as do most beer drinkers. Hex's aroma really is nice and its flavor profile is very interesting. Yet, the long green and bitter finish does not balance the beer (which might have been the intent). Instead, it disturbs the pleasant sweet malt and crisp apple flavor. I wouldn't be upset if someone brought a six-pack of Hex to my house; however, with all of the other delicious fall seasonal beer options, I would not buy it again myself. I must say, from the dork perspective, Hex's packaging is excellent.

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Photo of mstyne
3.33/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

HEX! "Ourtoberfest"

Purchased a sixer from Young's Pharmacy, NY 43.

Best enjoyed by Dec 31 2010.

Pours a clear orange with a half an inch of head. No lacing. Light carbonation. Aroma definitely reminds me of fall -- kind of like wet leaves? I'm trying to decide if it's pleasant or not and I think I'm going to err on the side of pleasant.

Taste is nice too, but not complex at all. A malty flavor start to finish, with a very slight crispness at the end. Unfortunately, I don't know that I would seek this one out again; there wasn't enough going on to make it particularly memorable.

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Photo of lovindahops
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I love fall. Another new seasonal brew to try. I am a tad bit different than many on this site... I am not going to hold a grudge on rating this, as others are because MH was sold to NAB. Let's rate this as a craft brew

A- a classic amber red color that has a head that quickly dissipates. The colors are consistent with the theme, no doubt

S- some toffee and prune like fruity scents. Very bready and malty as well. There is a slight earthy fig theme in the brew. Even some slight alcohol. One knock is the flavor does not necessarily jump out at you

T- not bad as far as an amber ale goes. Hex stats with with a fair amount of caramel and malty notes. The flavor is disciplined in the sense the malt stays true to american amber themes. The same fruit flavor is there throughout. I like this depiction of MH's fall flavor

M- very carbonated but flavor is sticky

D- OK.... so here it is. Magic Hat creates an Octoberfest interpretation... and it will get blasted. Meanwhile, I think this is a great brew to intro someone to craft beer. I also think this is a delicious brew that can be enjoyed in a sitting. I think this is very tasty

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

Reddish copper in color with a creamy off-white head. Lots of bubbles briskly rising to the top, in formation.

Nice aroma. Toffee, caramel, mushy overripe red apple, cinnamon and the faintest hint of smoke.

Interesting flavor. A delicate smokiness, a toffee character, some Delicious Red apple (ie. crisp, juicy, lightly sweet, and having that pectin-like thing going on). Even a little bit of a citrus/metallic twang, but with warming this is relegated to the background, letting the nice, autumnal malt flavor come through strongest.

I've found Hex drinks best with just a little bit of chill on it...and that improves the texture too...seems a little sharp when too cold, but with some chill off, it's got a supple, silky smoothness that's quite wonderful.

Love the name and especially the logo/label. Do I love the beer as much? Just about. It took me a few meetings with Hex to really appreciate it and understand it. The real discovery was that drinking it too cold didn't do it justice.

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Photo of u2carew
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz longneck.
A) Pours with a two finger head - tight and creamy. Then settles to a thin lacing. Clear body amber in color.
S) Toasted malts. Caramel. Subtle floral notes - heather.
T) The taste doesn't match up to the aroma. A decent malt flavor up front with notes of caramel and toffee. The malts start to shine after a few swigs, but in the finish a dry citrus peel taste that lingers.
M) Medium body but on the lighter side. Dry finish. Average fizz.
D) A decent Magic Hat but nothing to rave about.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.42/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance -- Pours a deep amber, almost purple-hued, with one finger of sudsy white head.

Smell -- Plum, golden toast, lots of fruitiness, and a hint of earthy hops. Overall, on the sweet side with a little roast character.

Taste -- Quite sweet, lots of plum and red grape, grassy hops with a bit of spice in the finish.

Mouthfeel -- Medium to light in body with ample prickly carbonation.

Drinkability -- Honestly, not bad. I'm growing to like the Magic Hat lagers after Vinyl trying Vinyl this past Spring. While a little sweet to style, I would certainly drink this again.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a single today as part of a mixed six. Probably am done buying full sixers of Magic Hat except in desperation as I think they haven't made any excellent beer for a fairly long time. Pours transparent copper with an antisocial head. Nose is sweet and malty with whiffs of doughy bread but nothing exotic.

All malt in the driver's seat. heavy on the roasted tones. The finish is both smoky and metallic. Hops jump in at the end to further confuse things. Mouthfeel is watery and uninspiring. Not truly horrible but kind of disorganized and messy. It just seems like not a ton of care was put into this. Am I being too harsh?

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Photo of smcolw
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
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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Photo of garymuchow
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Scores don't look too encouraging, but I tend to be more generous with this brewery than most. See how this one unfolds. December 31, 2010 expiration date, so it should be fresh enough.
Poured into Shaker glass.
Pretty neurtral aroma with the distinctive aroma of their yeast. Mild malt (with even a hint of oktoberfest style) and minimal hops.
Aroma left almost immediately. Amber orange for the season.
Flavor is largely malt with the characteristic flavors of an oktoberfest. Hint of hop flavor and some soft drying bitterness at the finish. Little hints of fruit in the flavor and a mild and tasty sweetness.
For no head there is a fullness from carbonation. Moderately light. Kinda' lager smooth, although I'm not sure if this is an ale or lager (website says ale - fun little video with it).
Anyway, I prefer my okterfests lighter, so this one works for me. Not too big rich or heavy, enough flavor to be interesting and light enough to have another.
Nice art on the label too.
I'll stick with my earlier statement. I like most of the beers this brewery makes.

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Photo of crossovert
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Billed as an "Ourtoberfest" *rollseyes*.

It pours pretty much like a typical maerzen, it has an orangeish amber body with a foamy white head. The head dissipates very quickly and without lacing.

The smell is slightly nutty, sweet, with a hint of mineral water.

The flavor is sweet, there is almost a pickle spice character to it. There is a light breadiness and hop presence.

There isn't much going on here, a simple brew, but not in a pleasurable way.

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Photo of stegmakk
2.8/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured clear copper. Color was good if not a bit light. Head was thin and lasted 15 seconds IF that.

S - Not too strong of an aroma. Sweet malt...bit of biscuit?

T- Not bad not great. Not a real Oktoberfest. Has some raisiny/spicey flavors. Almost like part Ofest part spiced ale.

M - Goes down REAL smooth crisp and clean

D - Sometimes I'll want an Ofest, sometimes a pumpkin ale. Rarely would I want them mixed, but if I get Oktoberfested out this fal and want a change of pace, this is an OK choice. Maybe I'll buy another sixer if on sale.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.97/5  rDev +14.7%
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 burnstar
3.9/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pretty copper with a medium sized head. Smell is sweet malt- some apple notes. Taste is toasty malt. Caramel. Apple note again. Pleasant light lingering bitterness. Tastes autumnal. Medium bodied and well carbonated. Very easily drinkable. Really, quite a nice fall seasonal.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.3/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to see this beer at my local Jewel grocery store before seeing it at any of my local "beer" stores.

Copper and amber colors come together well for this amber ale Octoberfest brew. The head is quick and scarce, while the bubbling is moderate in visibility.

The aroma is a very simple toasted grain with some caramel notes. The hops add a little balancing Earthy note.

The taste is toasty, and a little earthy. A little caramel with some brown rice flavors. The hops provide a little mint and grass for balance of the sometimes adjuncty sweetness. Simple and toasty, but not worth of any references to Oktoberfest in my opinion.

Certainly not as drinkable as a good Oktoberfest.

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Photo of vdread
3.02/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Hex Ourtoberfest pours a very clear light amber with a tiny little head that disappears in literally seconds. after a while, it looks like i'm drinking apple juice.

smells of sweet grainy malts, maybe slightly buttery.

has a biscuity, caramel malt presence that's slightly buttery. there is a slight hoppiness imparted by what tastes like noble hops. bitterness is slight, and there is a little sourness lingering on the palate.

mouthfeel good. the carbonation is perfect, and it's medium-full in the mouth.

a strictly average beer on all counts. the label is kind of cool, though.

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Photo of gos42
4.07/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Happily came across Hex, "Ourtoberfest." in my local beer store over the weekend. Have always liked most offerings from Magic Hat and I was not disappointed this time.

Poured a rich red, similar to an Irish Red. Maybe an inch of head that clung to the sides all the way down. Beret happy that the lace stay thru the whole drink.

Clean smell. Not as hoppy as I would have expected.

Taste was quite good. Clean, with a bit of clove, it was easy to drink and even easier to open a second bottle.

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Photo of wahhmaster
3.09/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Boston Lager glass.

Appearance: Pours a translucent amber color. Has a thin, fizzy, tannish head that dissipates quickly and leaves no discernable lacing.

Smell: Malty and slightly fruity with hints of caramel. Slightly nutty as well.

Taste: Has a slight hop bitterness up front that develops into a sweet malty flavor towards the back. Not as malty as I would expect from an amber ale; the hops tend to dominate here. Leaves a hoppy aftertaste with hints of caramel malts.

Mouthfeel: Has a sharp carbonation bite to it with helps make up for its relative lack of body.

Drinkability: A so-so attempt at what I assume is an Oktoberfest-style beer. Easy to drink and certainly not unpleasant, it is unfortunately also thoroughly forgettable.

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Photo of DoktorZee
3.77/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before Dec 31/2010 (lots of time left!). Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

A - Dark Amber, small head that dissipates quickly with very slight lacing at the edges, not a lot of obvious carbonation.

S - A bit of dried fruit with some yeasty undertones.

T - Fairly light, again slightly dried fruit flavor but with some malt overtones. Maybe even a slight soapy quality!

M - Nice and clean mouthfeel. Light, but not overly so, with mild carbonation. Slight bitter aftertaste, but brief.

D - Very drinkable with fairly decent thirst-quenching properties.

A decent, but not overly remarkable drink. Refreshing, but not outstanding in any dimension.

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Photo of JoePat
3.46/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a nice amber color with a thick white head.

The smell is nothing to speak of really. I get a slight malt sweetness and maybe a hit of rye but it is so light I am not really sure.

The flavor is pretty week also. It is not bad by any means but it just seems watered down. Again I think I am detecting the rye but it is so light I can't be for sure. I also get non of the smoked malt.

Great mouthfeel and very drinkable. It is a pleasure to drink and if the flavors stood out a little more it would be great.

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Photo of GallowsThief
2.61/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured out of a bottle into Duvel tulip.

A - Deep orange copper out of the bottle with about a half inch of head that receded fairly quickly. No real lacing to speak of at all.

S - Fairly light smell. Has a yeasty overtone. Not much to speak of.

T - Quite a bit more bitter then I expected. That cancels out some of the caramel overtones. Has an earthy taste as well.

M - Leaves just a bit of aftertaste. Very light carbonation.

D - I suppose it's drinkable but honestly there are much better Fest's. I was disappointed in this one.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.6/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle with a best by stamp of DEC 31 2010. Pours a mildly hazed, light copper color with an ample cap of beige foam. Average retention and zero lacing. Cool label though, claiming it as "Ourtoberfest".

Nose has an apple pie breadiness with some green grape fruit and floral hops. Malts are faint, but lend a honeyed grain presence at best.

Taste is very Un-oktoberfestbier to say the least. I see this is listed as an ale, but still...heavy on the fruit and even a bit tart. Malts have some caramel and toast undertones, but not even close to the backbone most autumnal releases showcase. Hints of sourness and cantaloupe as it warms. Bad beer, I do not like this one bit, glad I only bought a single.

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Photo of droomyster
3.5/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear copper with with a small head and a decent amount of carbonation active throughout the body. Aromas are surprisingly sweet and caramelly, and not nearly as toasty as I expected for a fall seasonal. Taste is very toasty, with notes of toffee and a mild bitterness that comes through the loudest near the finish. Not great, but a not a bad bargain priced beer as far as fall seasonals go.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a light amber color with a white head. The aroma is strong toffee with not too much else. The flavor is toffee, earth and dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Like a lot of beer from Magic Hat, the beer is average across the board.

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Photo of Fieldzy27
3.2/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

"Beer reviewed from notes"

A-Poured into a pint glass from the tap. Pours a light amber with flecks of red. decent amount of speckled lace head is Bone white.

S-I am not sure whats up with the scent of this beer. It smelled very musty. Not sure why but the scent of something close to wet towels killed all other scents in this beer. Almost to the point of me questioning drinking it.

T-Taste is awesome. Lots of malty sweetness with a very mild amount of bitterness at the end. Good complexity with nothing clashing terribly.

M- Mouthfeel was also dead on for the style.

D-This was a decent beer if you can get past the scent. Not sure why that happened but it was a first for me. I wont be getting this one again.

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Hex from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.46 out of 5 with 929 ratings