gregwilsonstl (877) - USA - SEP 3, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Beautiful dark hazy golden beer. Medium head. Crisp, with a well balanced orange flavor. Very good wheat beer.
Kaya161 (1128) - San Diego, California, USA - APR 20, 2001
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A quality American wheat ale.
andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2003 Amber in color with a large head of differently sized bubbles. Weak hop aroma, slight hint of bannana in the nose. Not much to the taste, when it hits the tonge, but a complex finish with plenty of lemon and hints of bannana and hops. Very enjoyable wheat.
ajbell (2) - USA - MAY 26, 2005 does not count
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great seasonal - makes summer much more enjoyable. Citrus and wheat make their presence known, bottled good alternative but well worth the trip if in the area to buy a growler from the brewery - over the top.
Chad9976 (1025) - 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.
P-tor44 (886) - Anchorage, Alaska, USA - MAY 14, 2001
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice tart flavor, very good wheat
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2001
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Real wheaty, which I like. Also it was nice to get to try some VT brews in michigan, thanks Greg.
bigrond (1408) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 11, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Iím surprised by the low rating this beer gets. I thought it was pretty decent, I mean it wasnít the best, but a pretty drinkable brew
tomthompson89 (1843) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
kinda light golden color nice foam with nice lacing nose is a little grassy, some bread and some hops and citrus. flavor is kinda odd but that doesnt mean good, definate wheat flavor, some kinda musty notes, citrus and some sweetness slightly acidic but flavorful and refreshing as a summer ale should be.
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