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RATINGS: 344   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.98   SEASONAL: Spring   IBU: 20   EST. CALORIES: 153   ABV: 5.1%
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Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns. She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon springís sweet green return... Her metamorphosis becomes our own. Her thirsts are shared by all. Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again...


3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Zaphod13 (41) - Illinois, USA - APR 6, 2012
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

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Patrickctenchi (3588) - Coxís Knob, columbus, Indiana, USA - APR 6, 2012
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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jjacobs445 (7) - Rolla, Missouri, USA - APR 4, 2012 does not count
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

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Chudwick (2109) - Cincyucky, Kentucky, USA - APR 3, 2012
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!

2.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ross (2080) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - MAR 29, 2012
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..

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1164) - Albany, New York, USA - MAR 28, 2012
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.


3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
cmc619 (407) - California, USA - MAR 27, 2012
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.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Severian (42) - Saint Charles, Missouri, USA - MAR 26, 2012
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.

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Theis (13373) - Frederiksberg, DENMARK - MAR 25, 2012
Draught at Ginger Man. New York. Clear amber - white head. Fruity. Sweetness. Light hoppy. Peppery. Toasted. Light bisquit. Light bitterness.

2.6
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rjplumer (389) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - MAR 25, 2012
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.


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