eclaycamp (192) - , Kansas, 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 doesnít disappoint. Right up front you notice the color. Itís 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 itís 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. Thereís an earthy undertone that isnít bad, and somewhere the malt aroma is trying to scratch its way to the surface.
The initial impression of the beer is sweet Ė almost overly so Ė and then thereís the beet finish. In the middle thereís a nice single malt note, but it doesnít really get a chance to shine with the finish coming up strong. Depending on your love of beets, youíll 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 itís 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, thereís 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 donít 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.
hotstuff (3579) - 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 (1635) - 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 didnít 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 (650) - 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. Donít get excited by that color...itís 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!
ads135 (2392) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - AUG 15, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Its nice when brewers go out of their way to try something new, and sometime its a success. I wouldnít go as far as to say this beer achieves that, but its not bad either. Interesting color, a sort of metallic taste, some sweet caramel aromas and other spices.
oddaroma (139) - Texas, USA - AUG 2, 2012
2.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
The beet juice is just for color I guess, but what is giving it that strange finish. Get past the pinkish color and the bready aroma and you are trounced by a flavor that initially is pleasing. The malts stand up and announce themselves then disappear behind a wall of sweet something. The sweetness isnít overpowering but it brings with it a strange metallic, almost coppery flavor.
kayres (327) - , Georgia, USA - MAY 6, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pouts clear yellow orange(bit darker than style) aroma is light and fruity. Sweet lt body, floral but crisp no hop. Bit more body than a target kolsch
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Onenote81 (1002) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - APR 26, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Originally reviewed: 7/31/09. This beer came to the bar a reddish pink with a light pink head on top. Retention was weak, but it left nice lacing rings all down the glass edge. Smells like apples, earth, and flowers.
The mouth was crisp and bubbly with a moderate amount of carbonation. Flavor was of sweet malts, some vegetable taste, and finished slightly bitter. This was decent. Much better than I expected. Iíd get it again.