Friday, June 4, 2010

Magic Hat Wacko


Brewed by:
Magic Hat 

Brewing Company

Burlington, Vermont

Fruit / Vegetable Beer

4.50% ABV

Commercial Description:This beer truly defies style. A portion of the fermentable sugars that make up this beer come from beet sugar. Real beet extract is used which gives the beer a beautiful light red color. It’s body is inviting and the taste is smooth. Hops are barely perceivable and are there to balance out the sweetness from the malt.

General Pricing:12oz bottle, ~ $ 800 6 pack, ~ $29.00 case.

Background:This is another gift and request from my buddy Gene. I have never had this beer and I don’t know anything about it. So let’s get this show on the road.

Review:The beer pours a pale amber with strawberry red hues and a white head.

The nose has caramel malt aromas some light floral hops and a unique sweetness.  The sweetness aroma is light, fruity but also very unique.

That was different. I’m not sure what I was expecting but I didn’t get it. This isn’t bad. I think I was expecting something really wacky; extremely sweet or even sour but this just has a light fruity note to it not an overwhelming sweetness.

There is a light malt sweetness up front then a very nice effervescence over the tongue in mid-sip. The back end is clean, and very easy to swallow. The finish is crisp and very refreshing along with some fruity notes. The final aftertaste is slightly sweet but no long lingering flavors.

For a summer beer I guess this isn’t too bad. Personally I really don’t understand this fruity summer beer craze. This is refreshing but it is also somewhat confusing. Well, confusing may not be the right word. I just don’t understand why you would brew a beer like this. For me, get rid of the fruit and just give me a decent straight up light blond ale. Now that would be a good summer beer.

On a more positive note, there is nothing offensive about this beer. It is somewhat pleasant and refreshing.
This beer is changing as it warms and not for the better. It is now at 64 degrees and the sweetness is stronger and not very pleasant. This sweet taste is just downright odd. I don’t know what it is but I do know it’s not good; at least not now that it has warmed.

I’m going to give this a C. Actually it’s not bad when cold it just doesn’t warm well. And fundamentally this odd fruit sweetness may be just too odd for a good refreshing beer.

I really can’t recommend this beer. But at the same time I can see how it may be appealing to the fruity summer beer crazed crowd.

Thanks Gene, this is one that I would not have bought on my own.

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