thetruesms (10) - Florida, USA - JUL 27, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light orange-gold with a hint of wispy head. A berry aroma (elderberry, I?m sure) but also with some wheat. Aroma is almost misleading - not much of a berry flavor, almost citrusy, rather. Finishes fizzy, a bit floral, but very light. Makes me think of sunshine. Very much a summer beer.
nyindiansfan (463) - rochester, New York, USA - JAN 22, 2012
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle left in bottle tastes bit citrus with some grass and wheat. Not good I donít like magic hat hA
alexsdad06 (7032) - Ohio, USA - JUL 17, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz. bottle. Pours a clear golden color with a medium sized fizzy white head. The aroma had mildly sweet malt, grassy notes, mild citrus and wheat. The flavor has mild lemon citrus, wheat grass, some light sweetness, but pretty bland overall.
oobawa (626) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bland, predictable summer fair, but it was only $1.99 a sixer, so Iíll quit sounding like a condescending prick. Yeasty, with a tartness that plays off the weak malts and invisible hops. No hefe notions to be found, either. Okay, so I still sound like a condescending prick, but this beerís pretty weak. (10/08)
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
Poured a really light yellow color with a bit of a white head and some clearly visible carbonation. The nose is some light citrus along with quite a bit of grain. The taste is grainy and has some light lemon notes. Light and crisp, this was a pretty good summer brew.
Serving type: on-tap
Reviewed on: 11-14-2010
dnstone (2364) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 9, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Lemony gold in color. A lemonhead citrus nose and flavor. Very light and fresh, a great summer beer.
Notes: í05 Bottle (opened Nov í09)
Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours a golden straw color with a small white head. Aromas of grass, citrus, and some sweet malts. Flavor is similar, a little citrus and some yeast. Nothing outstanding, but not bad.
KyotoLefty (7565) - Kyoto, JAPAN - APR 10, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at MacGregorís in Rochester. Pale golden color with lace. Golden malt aroma with wheat, light hops, butter and citrus. Nicely hopped flavor, but not too much. Creamy, buttery, wheat malt with fruit and citrus. A nice summer drink. Dry, fruity, lightly champagne-like finish.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A- transparent golden yellow body with thin white head that quickly disappears. Leaves no lacing.
S- excellent. wheat, yeast, and citrus immediately hit the nostrils as you pour this one.
T- Initial taste of sweet malt and citrus. Then light refreshing hops. Sweet caramel lingers.
P- High carbonation and light body. Goes down easy.
O- This was a solid offering from Magic Hat. I would venture to have this one again. Its taste and mouthfeel make it very drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-21-2007 16:05:44
Chad9976 (1420) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 27, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Beers that promote themselves as ďsummerĒ beers lend themselves to an extra degree of criticism since using such a label makes the consumer think of a tasty, citrusy, lightweight brew. However, having sampled a few different beers of the type this summer Iíve been surprisingly disappointed. Everythingís been easy to drink but lacked flavor, but this is not the case with Magic Hatís Hocus Pocus, which is a summer wheat ale not unlike a hefeweizen. Itís tasty and smooth, but perhaps a bit heavier in body than youíd expect. Regardless, itís what I like in a summer beer.
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
This particular brew might be a little less carbonated than your average beer because it pours extremely smooth and forms a very small white head. There is some bubbling action apparent after the initial pour, but the beer is quick to settle down and take on the appearance of a glass of tropical fruit juice.
Of course, most fruit juices arenít cloudy like Hocus Pocus. Itís a wheat beer, not a lager, so cloudiness isnít unusual. Itís extremely blonde in color, almost to the point of being bright yellow. The citrusy aroma, especially of lemon zest, is quite potent and very pleasant to the nose.
TASTE & FINISH
Isnít it ironic how fruit-flavored beers are often frowned upon for being too gimmicky, while any beer with ďsummerĒ in its name is expected to have a citrusy taste? Iíve been disappointed by a few summer-themed beers for having an odd mix of citrus and spices. I think the goal of all brewers is to basically emulate the taste of Corona without the need for a lime.
The funny thing about Hocus Pocus is that it does have a citrus flavor to its palate, but it is by no means sour or tart. In fact, itís quite mild, but judging from the other reviews of the beer on this site, it may be a bit too mild for some.
At least the mild taste lends itself to a smooth, easy-to-drink beer. There is absolutely no bite or harsh aftertaste to this beer and is one of the easiest beers to drink that doesnít have the word ďlightĒ or ďliteĒ in its name.
The only problem with Hocus Pocus is that itís a bit weighty. Itís by no means a full-bodied beer, but itís certainly heavier than you might expect. What would take three or four light beers to fill you up can be accomplished in just two bottles.
I know Magic Hatís Hocus Pocus is by no means a Hall of Fame beer, but itís definitely a viable option for your summer drinking needs. Itís a great weekend beer for watching the ball game or just chilling outside. It would probably be a great beverage for any BBQ or snacks, too. Itís just one of the beers that you just plain like.