ChadPolenz (1648) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2010
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours rather clear orangish gold with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus, wheat, hops, and foloral hints. Loose, thin body with a soft, yet crisp and refreshing palate. Not a bad summer beer. Very sessionable.
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light, refreshing citrus/wheat flavored beer. Has a little bit of a crisp finish with the citrus flavors again coming out on the aftertaste.
DialSquare (4201) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From an old rating note: 12oz bottle. cloudy gold pour with small white head. muted wheat and apple aroma. bread, lemon and citrus taste. thin palate.
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Golden pour with an offwhite head. Aroma is light, flowery, some wheatiness. flavor is much of the same, nice floral notes with some lemon zest, Decent magic hat
caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2009
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
this beer reminds me of being 18 and drinking this a few times with my friend thinking we were cooler than a bunch of other kids because they drank bud light all the time (we were the cool kids)... light and refreshing, goes down easy with hints of lemon and orange. average half citrusy wheaty, yeasty beer. bonus points for nostalgia!!
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2009
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Cloudy golden color with a fluffy head. Aroma is a bit light, wheat and a hint of spice. Flavor has a mellow fruit aspect with some yeast. Light and refreshing.
WVHouseofBeer (1023) - Florida, USA - MAY 22, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a deep hazy gold, with a decent amount of head. Tasted pretty sweet with a nice fruity touch. Not much carbonation. Overall itís not a bad beer at all, and I wouldnít mind having another.
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This was light, not very tart. Watery, mostly tasteless, unmemorable. Nothing horribly offensive in there, just generally nothing at all.
ben4321 (5550) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Havenít had this one for a for a while, but I remember it being a relatively average to below average Wheat Ale...