legion242 (2070) - Richardson, Texas, USA - JUN 19, 2003
1.7 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pale golden, thin head, nose was like "dry Coors". Not very ale-like. A little skunky.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - FEB 24, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Faint malty sweet smell, crystal clear golden color. Thin head with almost no lacing. Quite malty with an old sock kinda taste. Almost no aftertaste (whew, good). Cream Ale, are you kiddin? I would have said it was a pilsner and not a good one at that. Personally, I expected much better Magic Hat, hard to believe this is the same brewery that brought me the amazing Chaotic Chemistry.
omnivore (270) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JUN 14, 2005 Magic Hat Beer Tasting, Brighton, MA -- I was totally unimpressed by the boring yellow color. Almost cringing, I lifted it to my nose and was greeted by a bright and fruity aroma. Curiously, I lifted it to my lips and experienced a strong bitter attack that spread into a much broader, mild finish. The bitter linger at the end sat far back on the tongue. Not bad at all.
Experienced again in 2005 from the bottle, it was a less thrilling experience, however.
UnionMade (621) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2002
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: MAR 6, 2003 Rerate...Apparently the distribution for this beer's extended to Conn. Lighter in color and body since I last tried it. Flavor is mild, with a hint of hops and something else. I liked this much better in the growler my buddy brought back. Old...I like this beer. Unfortunately, I think you can only get it on brewery premeses, but word has it that it's released in VT as a seasonal in 22oz bomber bottles. Any truth to this? Anyways, I really can't place Magic Hats beers based on taste alone. I was getting hints of pale ale, brown ale, and even kolsch. I guess cream ale works, but there's not a whole lot of cream ales around, so a basis of comparison is missing. One of my favorite Magic Hats. I wonder how it tastes bottled?
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 26, 2002
3.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pale copper/god colour w/ good head & nice lacing. Fresh, hoppy, spicy aroma. Light, smooth body. Slight sweet maltiness w/ subtle peppery, spicy finish.
michaelm18 (118) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - MAY 17, 2002
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A little sweet and very refreshing. Magic Hat continues to surprise me with great tasting beers.
Merc (313) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2002
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
The place I had this at had it listed as an amber. Hence I was very surprised by what was in the glass - yellow. Very faint citrus aroma. Nice and sweet, virtually no hops. Easy to drink.
Gregory (357) - Pullman, Washington, USA - APR 12, 2002
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
nice beer. creamy, nice spiciness, malty finish. Really like a lager, or pilsner with a little creaminess.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - DEC 17, 2001
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Average lager/pils look and aroma -- bit of skunkiness it seemed to me. Doesn’t taste much like an ’ale’ at all, and not distinctive or memorable in any way. Boring flavor and finish, another disappointment from Magic Hat.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - JUL 20, 2001
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very wheaty with a pilsner like hop spiciness. Nice brew, although very light by Magic Hat’s standards. Also does not exude any Ringwood yeast traits.