SPDickerman (1178) - Texas, USA - NOV 14, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a clear brown-amber that is slightly redish with little to no head. Smells rather malty and faintly of caramel. Tastes greatly of the many malts used and some hidden caramel flavor, but not really sweet at all. Medium-bodied with a decent texture and average carbonation, Hex finishes smooth and lightly smoky. Not a normal fall/Octoberfest brew.
Cybercat (5116) - Georgia, USA - NOV 13, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
teckdeck2008 (25) - Bryan, Texas, USA - SEP 12, 2012
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Color: Dark Amber
Nose: very yeasty dark bread with a hint of very ripe pumpkin
Taste: sweet and sour yeast on the front palate, dark bread and pumpkin with a touch of moldiness on the mid palate, dark pumpkin bread type flavor on the finish
Mouthfeel: Not the quite velvetty, but considering the flavor and hops involved very smooth for the style
Comments: While not the best, very good octoberfest style seasonal beer; I can tell they tried to do something different and a bit more challenging in regards to flavor and I appreciate that; definitely worth trying at least once
purplehaze (2) - - JUL 27, 2012 does not count
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
very odd flavor changes but pleasant all the same. decent carbonation and i like the label. good beer not to hoppy though. enjoyable on a nice october evening.
TXBadger (2530) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JUN 5, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice amber color with white head. Toffee, caramel malt, and some roasted malt on the nose; follows onto the palate. Finishes different than most ambers, but in a good way.
klingea1 (28) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle, pours a pretty amber resin color. Healthy looking white head dissipates quickly, letting out aromas of caramel malts, floral and slightly fruity notes. Malty, bready, a little alcohol towards the end. All in all a pretty drinkable spin on an Oktoberfest.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Presentation: It was poured from brown 12oz bottle into a mug. The label has a best by date and lists the ABV at 5.4%.
Appearance: The body has a beautiful orange amber color with good clarity and some carbonation. The head on top is a creamy off white color about two fingers tall and has good retention. 2/3 the way down the glass and a thin cap is still holding on. There is not much in the way of lacing as the head just slides right down the glass.
Smell: The aroma has an odd astringent sour hop note with sweet caramel, candy like maltiness.
Taste/Palate: Its medium body sports a sweet caramel candy and toffee like character with some bready and lightly toasted notes in the background. This is balanced by a somewhat sour leafy/grassy bitterness from the hops. As this is Amber Ale and not a true Oktoberfest Lager the finish is slow and light hop bitterness lingers. The carbonation is well balanced and active keeping the texture lively and light.
Notes: Overall this beer quite drinkable and captures the spirit of fall and Oktoberfest.
daniellunsford (105) - - SEP 6, 2012
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is a much better beer than the reviews i have read are letting on. A copper hue with some smoke on the nose. Fantastic german yeastiness with a smoky, caramel nature, and bitter bubbly finish.
ChainGangGuy (4802) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
BREWMUSKCLES (2558) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2010
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
one has a few different options when searching for a fall weather beer and, often times, the types of beer available will fit the Autumn season of wane ie preparation for winter. hex is a particularly enjoyable brew in my mind because it is frothy and a bit foamy with a hop profile like soap and a bark like taste and finish that is appropriate and not sweet and malty. i enjoy this beer because it is satisfying and a bit magical in its difference without being contrived. the carbonation is tight and vibrant which in my mind has a lot to do with the overall mistique of beer. and the brew seems so very appropriate yet somehow optimistic as we think it may very well appear for us again next year. you experience, you learn appreciation! ont he days when your not overly concerned about the kids and the house sit back with this on the porch and go ahead take one drag on a good cigar, and fortify witht this Magi Hex, then get back to work.