gregwilsonstl (2504) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 3, 2012
Beautiful dark hazy golden beer. Medium head. Crisp, with a well balanced orange flavor. Very good wheat beer. andy609 (143) - Auburndale, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 9, 2003
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2003 Amber in color with a large head of differently sized bubbles. Weak hop aroma, slight hint of bannana in the nose. Not much to the taste, when it hits the tonge, but a complex finish with plenty of lemon and hints of bannana and hops. Very enjoyable wheat. ajbell (2) - USA - MAY 26, 2005 does not count
Great seasonal - makes summer much more enjoyable. Citrus and wheat make their presence known, bottled good alternative but well worth the trip if in the area to buy a growler from the brewery - over the top. ChadPolenz (1819) - 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 I’ve been surprisingly disappointed. Everything’s been easy to drink but lacked flavor, but this is not the case with Magic Hat’s Hocus Pocus, which is a summer wheat ale not unlike a hefeweizen. It’s tasty and smooth, but perhaps a bit heavier in body than you’d expect. Regardless, it’s what I like in a summer beer. aumentm (452) - North Carolina, USA - APR 24, 2015
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
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 aren’t cloudy like Hocus Pocus. It’s a wheat beer, not a lager, so cloudiness isn’t unusual. It’s 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.
TASTE & FINISH
Isn’t 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? I’ve 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, it’s 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 doesn’t have the word “light” or “lite” in its name.
The only problem with Hocus Pocus is that it’s a bit weighty. It’s by no means a full-bodied beer, but it’s 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 Hat’s Hocus Pocus is by no means a Hall of Fame beer, but it’s definitely a viable option for your summer drinking needs. It’s 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. It’s just one of the beers that you just plain like.
This is a nice wheat beer that brings a lot to the party. Light beer with nice aroma and easy to take down.
Zach Diesel (906) - Sisters, Oregon, USA - JUN 10, 2001
Real wheaty, which I like. Also it was nice to get to try some VT brews in michigan, thanks Greg. tomthompson89 (1982) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 10, 2008
kinda light golden color nice foam with nice lacing nose is a little grassy, some bread and some hops and citrus. flavor is kinda odd but that doesnt mean good, definate wheat flavor, some kinda musty notes, citrus and some sweetness slightly acidic but flavorful and refreshing as a summer ale should be. SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 8, 2010
A- transparent golden yellow body with thin white head that quickly disappears. Leaves no lacing.
S- excellent. wheat, yeast, and citrus immediately hit the nostrils as you pour this one.
T- Initial taste of sweet malt and citrus. Then light refreshing hops. Sweet caramel lingers.
P- High carbonation and light body. Goes down easy.
O- This was a solid offering from Magic Hat. I would venture to have this one again. Its taste and mouthfeel make it very drinkable.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 05-21-2007 16:05:44