ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - MAR 28, 2012
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. Odyn (268) - New York, USA - JAN 19, 2010
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.
Pretty good for Magic Hat, since I really am not a fan of theirs. This one starts off with a good deal of hops and then fades into a toffee flavor with almost a butterscotch feel. Lingers a bit, but is still pleasant. Nice light brown color with a toasty malt caramel nose. KUEric (977) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - MAR 26, 2010
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. Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - MAR 30, 2010
Pour is ruddy amber with a slight haze and a tight bubbled sticky tan head...smell is very toasty and malty...very doughy and very appealing...like 2 day old bread...maybe some hints of cinnamon? taste is very spicy with rye, cardamom, pepper, cinnamon...then a nice caramel sweetness and chewy bread crust (rye and pumpernickel?)...finish is lingering and spicy... Ibrew2or3 (8860) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - AUG 21, 2010
Pours clear deep copper with white head. The aroma is caramel, lagery yeast, a touch of molasses, crystal malts and a bit of graininess around the edges. The taste is on the crisp side to start with some spicy malts and graininess and then quickly picking up sweet caramel, crystal malts and lagery yeastiness. Midway and to the finish it picks up some dry malt roastiness to help balance out the initial sweetness. Pretty nice stuff.
wlajwl (7125) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - APR 29, 2012
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
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 (6454) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - MAY 14, 2012
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 (2770) - Württemberg, Germany, GERMANY - DEC 26, 2015
12oz Flasche. Hellbraunes klares Bier mit schönem weissem Schaum. Malz, Toffee und Hopfen Aroma. Kräftiger würziger Geschmack. TeamTrappist (832) - jericho, New York, USA - JAN 19, 2010
Tap at browerij lane. Light malty nose. Poured a deep amber with a thin head. Light front, with some fruity notes. Very malty English style ale with a dry finish. A nice session beer.