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 (3671) - 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 (2147) - 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 (2088) - 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 (1181) - 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 (409) - 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.
Theis (13410) - 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 (397) - 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 don’t think I’d seek this out again.