LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - APR 7, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with a dense small white head atop.
Aroma: Faint sweet malt, bran cereal.
Taste: Toasty sweet malt, spicy hops. Finishes toasty and a touch fruity.
Mouthfeel: Very thin, almost watery with a moderate level of bubbles.
Overall: A non-offensive light toasty lager.
tia (1124) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - APR 6, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hazy amber with dissipating foamy head. Smells lightly of biscotti with a sweet and floral around. Light flavor a touch sweet then balanced with a dry finish. Actually not too bad.
Zaphod13 (41) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Nice amber color. Lovely aroma, mildly Nutty smell. Not much head. Nice balance between hops and malt. Like a mild fat tire, and that's ok in my book.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Patrickctenchi (4515) - Cox’s Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2012
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy amber, tall tan head.
Scent is caramel.
Taste is light sweet fruit, caramel, a touch of bread, malt....just slightly nutty.
Ifound it rather pleasant. very smooth.
jjacobs445 (7) - Rolla, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2012 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma: apples, caramel, floral, grass
Appearance: golden, amber, cloudy, minimal head, white foam
Taste: light sweetness, medium bitterness
Palate: medium body, thin feel, flat, bitter
Chudwick (2345) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle - pours clear amber with lots of off-white head and some lacing. Nose is caramel. Flavor is a little hoppy but I’m hesitant as to picking one out. Taste is moderately sweet but a bit more bitter. Fairly boring but easy to drink. Next!
ross (2120) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Friend left these at my house, so I drank a couple. Pours out a yellowish color with a white head. Smell is grassy with a little bit of hops, not much going on. Taste similar, with a pretty heavy grassy overtone; not many hops. Not very good..
Chad9976 (1334) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber lagers are the style of lager everyone forgets about. They’re cleaner than macro adjunct lagers, but not as robust or complex as a Vienna-style or any kind of doppelbock. Magic Hat Vinyl, while not an amazing beer, shows how drinker-friendly and satisfying the style can be. It’s sweeter and maltier than your average lager and is quite refreshing and crisp, but without the fizziness of a macro brew.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass.
Appearance: Dark gold to red color; slight haze but no sediment visible. Forms a small, ivory, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves no lacing.
Smell: Familiar lager aroma only much more malty and somewhat sweet and floral.
Taste: The beer begins with a sweet light grain taste. It’s obvious right away that Magic Hat Vinyl is a lager, but it has a cleaner presentation than most brews of the general style. There’s a slight touch of caramel and honey through the middle and there’s a gentle flowery hop bitterness on the finish (and I do mean gentle considering this is only 20 IBUs). There’s a brief resurgence of sweetness in the aftertaste, akin to a golden lollipop or butterscotch sucker, but it’s mild and short-lived. Otherwise the beer finishes crisp and clean. No off-putting qualities per se, but nothing about it that will knock your socks off, either.
Drinkability: Magic Hat Vinyl has many of the same statistics as some of the better-selling lagers out there, but definitely surpasses them in drinkability. While the mouthfeel is thin, wet, and crisp, there’s no challenge at all in drinking this. The 5.1% ABV seem right on the money as it’s got too much character to be a light beer, but lacks the chutzpah of a stronger lager style. An ideal summer beer for the craft beer drinker as it’s quite refreshing and would pair well with any kind of picnic food.
cmc619 (491) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pour into Magic Hat Howl shaker pint. About a 1/2" off-white cap-like head on a surprisingly dark lager--deep bronze/amber. (I guess it would have helped if I saw the "amber lager" note on the label first, ha.) Aroma is lager goodness with touches of caramel sweetness. Flavor is biscuity, bready, with a refreshing hoppyness. Pretty nice beer.
Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a copper/amber with a decent, long lasting one finger head. Aroma is sweet malts, toasty. Taste is more sweetened malts, some roastiness, nuts. Finishes bitter. Mild/medium bodied. Well after the finish, it does leave an odd peanut like taste lingering. Not sure what the deal is with that - but it’s not overly strong. Still, odd. Ok offering, nothing great.