RATINGS: 446   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.81/5   SEASONAL: Summer   IBU: 13   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Our take on the classic summer wheat beer...its a light, crisp ale for mowing lawns, hitting lazy fly balls and communing with nature. Glowing like brilliant rays of golden sun, its malty sweetness finishes tart and crisp. Hocus Pocus is best appreciated with a wedge of orange. Offered as a sacrifice to cloudless days.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
ChadPolenz (1760) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 29, 2012 Beers that promote themselves as summer beers lend themselves to an extra degree of criticism since using such a label makes the consumer think of a tasty, citrusy, lightweight brew. However, having sampled a few different beers of the type this summer Ive been surprisingly disappointed. Everythings been easy to drink but lacked flavor, but this is not the case with Magic Hats Hocus Pocus, which is a summer wheat ale not unlike a hefeweizen. Its tasty and smooth, but perhaps a bit heavier in body than youd expect. Regardless, its what I like in a summer beer.


This particular brew might be a little less carbonated than your average beer because it pours extremely smooth and forms a very small white head. There is some bubbling action apparent after the initial pour, but the beer is quick to settle down and take on the appearance of a glass of tropical fruit juice.

Of course, most fruit juices arent cloudy like Hocus Pocus. Its a wheat beer, not a lager, so cloudiness isnt unusual. Its extremely blonde in color, almost to the point of being bright yellow. The citrusy aroma, especially of lemon zest, is quite potent and very pleasant to the nose.


Isnt it ironic how fruit-flavored beers are often frowned upon for being too gimmicky, while any beer with summer in its name is expected to have a citrusy taste? Ive been disappointed by a few summer-themed beers for having an odd mix of citrus and spices. I think the goal of all brewers is to basically emulate the taste of Corona without the need for a lime.

The funny thing about Hocus Pocus is that it does have a citrus flavor to its palate, but it is by no means sour or tart. In fact, its quite mild, but judging from the other reviews of the beer on this site, it may be a bit too mild for some.

At least the mild taste lends itself to a smooth, easy-to-drink beer. There is absolutely no bite or harsh aftertaste to this beer and is one of the easiest beers to drink that doesnt have the word light or lite in its name.


The only problem with Hocus Pocus is that its a bit weighty. Its by no means a full-bodied beer, but its certainly heavier than you might expect. What would take three or four light beers to fill you up can be accomplished in just two bottles.


I know Magic Hats Hocus Pocus is by no means a Hall of Fame beer, but its definitely a viable option for your summer drinking needs. Its a great weekend beer for watching the ball game or just chilling outside. It would probably be a great beverage for any BBQ or snacks, too. Its just one of the beers that you just plain like.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
patrickfannon (1241) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 2, 2010
Bottle. 12 oz. Pours rather clear orangish gold with a thin white head. Aroma of citrus, wheat, hops, and foloral hints. Loose, thin body with a soft, yet crisp and refreshing palate. Not a bad summer beer. Very sessionable.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
basspro76 (426) - New York, USA - FEB 22, 2010
Light, refreshing citrus/wheat flavored beer. Has a little bit of a crisp finish with the citrus flavors again coming out on the aftertaste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DialSquare (4662) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - DEC 31, 2009
From an old rating note: 12oz bottle. cloudy gold pour with small white head. muted wheat and apple aroma. bread, lemon and citrus taste. thin palate.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Jblauvs (1357) - Chester, Vermont, USA - OCT 27, 2009
Golden pour with an offwhite head. Aroma is light, flowery, some wheatiness. flavor is much of the same, nice floral notes with some lemon zest, Decent magic hat

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
caresville (106) - Vernon, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2009
this beer reminds me of being 18 and drinking this a few times with my friend thinking we were cooler than a bunch of other kids because they drank bud light all the time (we were the cool kids)... light and refreshing, goes down easy with hints of lemon and orange. average half citrusy wheaty, yeasty beer. bonus points for nostalgia!!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
yobdoog (1888) - Kingston, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2009
Cloudy golden color with a fluffy head. Aroma is a bit light, wheat and a hint of spice. Flavor has a mellow fruit aspect with some yeast. Light and refreshing.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
WVHouseofBeer (1042) - West Virginia, USA - MAY 22, 2009
Poured a deep hazy gold, with a decent amount of head. Tasted pretty sweet with a nice fruity touch. Not much carbonation. Overall its not a bad beer at all, and I wouldnt mind having another.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
jvmiller (558) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 28, 2009
This was light, not very tart. Watery, mostly tasteless, unmemorable. Nothing horribly offensive in there, just generally nothing at all.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
ben4321 (6064) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 8, 2009
Overall Impression: Havent had this one for a for a while, but I remember it being a relatively average to below average Wheat Ale...

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