Chudwick (1525) - 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 Iím hesitant as to picking one out. Taste is moderately sweet but a bit more bitter. Fairly boring but easy to drink. Next!
ross (2008) - 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 (1015) - 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. Theyíre 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. Itís 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. Itís obvious right away that Magic Hat Vinyl is a lager, but it has a cleaner presentation than most brews of the general style. Thereís a slight touch of caramel and honey through the middle and thereís a gentle flowery hop bitterness on the finish (and I do mean gentle considering this is only 20 IBUs). Thereís a brief resurgence of sweetness in the aftertaste, akin to a golden lollipop or butterscotch sucker, but itís 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, thereís no challenge at all in drinking this. The 5.1% ABV seem right on the money as itís 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 itís quite refreshing and would pair well with any kind of picnic food.
cmc619 (350) - 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 itís not overly strong. Still, odd. Ok offering, nothing great.
Theis (12123) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2012
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at Ginger Man. New York. Clear amber - white head. Fruity. Sweetness. Light hoppy. Peppery. Toasted. Light bisquit. Light bitterness.
rjplumer (328) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2012
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Nutty spice aroma. Medium clear golden brown with a light tan head. The nuttiness comes through in the taste also. Some brown sugar sweetness balanced with a touch of bitterness. Not a big fan of the peanut overtones that seem to be everywhere in this brew. The spice sweetness does help balance it out. The finish is is on the sweet side. Not terrible but I donít think Iíd seek this out again.
MmmcKay (1037) - Brentwood, Tennessee, USA - MAR 22, 2012
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Yeah. Just not a big fan here. I guess itís ok for a lager but who cares. It still kinda sux. Smells of soy beans and peanuts. Corn, cereal, grain. Tastes like a boring sweetish lager. A little twinge of bitterness on the back end, but not really. Meh
steelhead3686 (214) - Athens, Ohio, USA - MAR 20, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
I had this on tap at the Eddie George Grill on 3/7/12. It pours a clear copper to amber with a medium white head. It has an interesting aroma of herbs (maybe) and possibly honey. The taste is sweet with a slightest bitter. The body is light and thin with a sweet finish. I do not this beer is anything special but it is a decent beer.
RobertDale (2595) - Lansing, Kansas, USA - MAR 18, 2012
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a brownish amber with an average off-white head. Aroma of malt, citrus, and hops. Taste is malt, yeast, citrus, and mild hops. Nice seasonal.