VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - JUL 23, 2011
2.1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Well, for a beer calling itself Wacko, this thing certainly doesn’t disappoint. Right up front you notice the color. It’s got a weird sort of reddish pink tinge to it. The head comes up quickly, but goes away just as fast, leaving nothing behind in terms of lacing. Beyond the pinkish hue this beer is a reddish amber, but it’s certainly off-kilter.
Aroma is unpleasant. Smells a bit like rotten fruit. Following the rotten fruit aroma is a smell not unlike that of dish detergent. There’s an earthy undertone that isn’t bad, and somewhere the malt aroma is trying to scratch its way to the surface.
The initial impression of the beer is sweet – almost overly so – and then there’s the beet finish. In the middle there’s a nice single malt note, but it doesn’t really get a chance to shine with the finish coming up strong. Depending on your love of beets, you’ll either like or hate this beer. I happen to like beets, and even with that knowledge I still find this one a challenge from a taste perspective. The more that I taste, it the more it becomes sweet and somewhat unbearable.
Mouthfeel is thin and crisp, with a light amount of carbonation. As a summer seasonal, it works, because it’s light and refreshing. Not much else is noticeable or stands out. The lack of carbonation hurts this one quite a bit, as the beets and malt sweetness combine to make this a cloying mess.
Fact: If I were Dwight Schrute, there’s no doubt that I would love this beer. Fact: I am not Dwight Schrute. Because of this I find myself somewhat at odds with this beer. I don’t really know what to make of it. The aroma is downright disgusting. The taste is strange, with hops and malt hinting at the start but beets taking over. The lack of carbonation hurts what would otherwise be an interesting, albeit Wacko, diversion.
alexsdad06 (6697) - Ohio, USA - FEB 22, 2015
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle sample from backlog notes. Pours a strange reddish/amber color with a small off white/pinkish head. The aroma and flavor have pale wheat malts, earthy, beet juice, just a strange beer for me. There will be no revisit for this beer.
generallee08 (739) - New York, USA - JUN 24, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
It pours a shocking but beautiful reddish/pink rose like color with very good clarity a fizzy bright white head. The head slowly fades down to a thin wispy ring of lace. The aroma is light and dull. It has an odd sweetness with pale bland malt notes and no hops. Its flavor is much the same as the aroma. There is a pale malty body with some mild candy like sweetness, light grain and light fruity/vegetable notes. There are some mild hops in the finish that adds a little contrasting bitterness and flavor. It is light bodied with a thin watery texture and fizzy carbonation.
rumproasts (3750) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - APR 4, 2014
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
bottle. reddish color with small head. the color is about it for excitement here. it’s a bland lager otherwise.
Paincane (170) - Georgia, USA - JAN 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Reddish gold w/ thin short-lived white head. Fruity & spicy aromas. Light body w/ beet sweetness flavors. Different & refreshing.
hotstuff (4393) - Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rated on 6-30-2009 (Bottle) This beer pours a medium sized frothy, very fizzy pink head that mostly diminishes, slightly hazy body, fair amount of lacing, and visible carbonation. The Aroma is malty, sweet, earthy hops, and a hint of cranberries. The Taste is sweet, hint of cranberries, hint of hops, and vegetables. This beer has a short dry finish. The Palate is mildly tingly and this beer is light bodied. I did not like the taste of this beer as the flavors just did not jive for me.
Imaena (2001) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - APR 20, 2013
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. This is a plain old pale lager with macro taste dressed up with beet juice for color. Not worth it.
JuliusCaesar (162) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 24, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Not the best magic hat. It is definitely lacking in flavor but still it is drinkable. Cool idea.
fauxpunker (76) - Florence, Kentucky, USA - SEP 24, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. The beet juice definitely gives it an interesting color; amber that shows red/pink in the light. Not much of head. Was expecting a rather sweet falvor due to the beet juice, but didn’t notice much to be honest. Easy to drink but otherwise rathre plain.
tpd123 (8) - - SEP 2, 2012 does not count
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Most disapointing Magic Hat beer out there. Average aroma but a very unique appearance which is deceiving. Weak malty sweet flavor is overun by the strong unbearable beet flavor.
NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 27, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This beer could have been so much better than what it was. Don’t get excited by that color...it’s a trick. To call it a spice/herb/vegetable is really a stretch because the beet juice in this one has got to be strictly for color because at best I would describe this brew as a decently drinkable, watered-down pale lager. Just disappointing really. Could have been epic. Beet juice? Really? thats your selling point here? NEXT!