Butters (4038) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAR 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear rich amber pour with good tan sustainable head make this beer just call to me. Nose is nothing special, just a simple caramel and biscuit. But the flavor has a great toasted nuttiness. The mild lingering foresty hop bitterness shows up only on the tail, and adds yet another pleasing dimension. Great label to boot. Nice session beer in the vein of killians or negra modelo.
jbuzz (805) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - APR 30, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Only had a few MAgic Hat Brews but this one has to the best !! Full rich body, soft carbonation and smooth.
satan165 (1020) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - JUL 5, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
aroma is interesting caramel which has been tempered with pumpkin pie spice. appearance is translucent deep amber with wisps of head and zero legs; little carb. flavor is hints of spice which prick the tongue, well developed caramel that steps into toffee range but without crunch. references to subtle chocolate even come to play which at times lean towards dunkel characteristics.
bpreo (2469) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - JUL 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: APR 2, 2011 I really like the label on this bottle. It has an upside down butterfly lady inside a festive wreath. The beer is actually quite nice as well.
Re-rating, liking it even more.
ChadPolenz (1654) - Lakeland, Florida, 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.
KUEric (934) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I liked this beer. Had lots of roasted, toasted malts a touch of grassy-ness. Poured a deep dark amber-orangey color with a nice little head. The aroma was much like the flavor - heavily malted but no hint of sweet which imo is the major downfall of many malty beers.
wlajwl (5552) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is spiced bread, hard to describe. The flavor is spicy bread but not rye, malts and a hint of hops in the finish. Hard to place the flavor for this, pretty good.
MisterDenson (78) - Virginia, USA - MAY 5, 2012
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle drank out of a medium sized snifter glass. A stellar aroma of freshly cut fire wood. The apearance was a pleasant copper color with a half inch head. Flavor; light, woody, and slightly sweet. Palate; extremely light and refreshing, but it was this beer’s weakest attribute. will drink again and re-rate.
dwyerpg (5498) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 14, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Doesn’t have a lot of aroma, but some caramel malt. This is not aggressive in any way, but definitely a by-the-books type of lager. Sweet caramel malts and a bit strainy, drinkable.
DrNosha (1533) - Baden Württemberg, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2015
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz Flasche. Hellbraunes klares Bier mit schönem weissem Schaum. Malz, Toffee und Hopfen Aroma. Kräftiger würziger Geschmack.