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Old 10-03-2010, 07:17 PM   #1
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Default Magic Hat Hex (also Ourtoberfest)

Kind of a disappointing beer and even more disappointing Oktoberfest beer.

First off the label is pretty cool looking and suckered me into buying it even though I have yet to have anything better than decent from them (my own opinion).

Pours a very brilliantly clear orange/copper with a tiny head that dissipates faster than head after engagement.

Smells pretty strange. Like candied apples with lots of alcohol and some malty sweetness, which really seems strange for a normal abv beer. Prickles my nose hairs if I inhale too much.

Tastes is totally not where the smell is. It has the sweet malty taste initially then it's nothing but spicey alcohol, something grassy or hay like, smokeyness wtf? that fades into a harsh bitterness in my throat.

My tongue tells me it's carbonated but it coats the mouth and leaves the lips sticky.

I regret buying the 6 pack. I really wanted an Oktoberfest that I haven't had yet and that came back to bite me in the ass.

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Old 10-03-2010, 07:20 PM   #2
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From Magic Hat site.



* TYPE: Ourtoberfest
* YEAST: German Ale
* HOPS: Apollo, Hallertaur
* MALTS: Pale, Vienna, Crystal, Cherry Wood Smoked Malt, Malted Rye
* ABV: 5.4
* GRAVITY: 14.00 Plato
* BITTERNESS: 25
* SRM: 18.0 (bull****)

Atleast now I understand why it tastes spicy, smokey and just all around odd.

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Old 10-03-2010, 07:23 PM   #3
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Very disappointing brewery in my opinion. Thanks for the review. I'm glad you bit the bullet for me, because I may have been tempted to try it.

Have they really come up with anything good lately?

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Old 10-03-2010, 11:03 PM   #4
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I cracked open a 2nd bottle to just be fair with it. Drinking this is going to be a major challenge. I might have to start off with rum to deaden my taste buds a little.

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Old 10-03-2010, 11:39 PM   #5
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Is it worth trying to blend it with anything?

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Old 10-04-2010, 01:46 AM   #6
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I live 60 miles from the brewery. When they sold out I vowed never to drink anything of thiers again. That was 3 months ago.

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Old 10-05-2010, 09:45 PM   #7
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Couldn't disagree more...

My thread was gonna be:

BEST BEER SINCE DEAD GUY......

I don't give a crap about the politics, I taste a beer for what it is.

Oktoberfest? Well it does say "ourtoberfest" which says to me that it may have similarities, but will be their own.

Hop bitterness?.......Sorry about that!!

Sorry, but you need to read an arrogant bastard bottle to understand how I feel about that comment.

This could be a rip off of dead guy, but I detect a little more bitterness and some biscuit malt.

DELICIOUS!!!!! *must like hop bitterness, and robust flavor*

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Old 10-08-2010, 07:46 PM   #8
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Popped another one last night bottling my mash hopped smash. It still sucks and I can't figure out how the bitterness in the throat is so harsh. I've taken the hop residue from the strainer and pinched a chunk between my gums and it wasn't this harsh.

Only thing I can figure is I'm sensitive to Apollo hops, cherrywood smoked malt and or combination with rye. But I've had some strong Rye ales and didn't get that flavor in my throat.

3 to go....

Ps. As it warms it gets a metallic taste to it. I got distracted bottling and the last one made it 20 minutes.

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Old 10-08-2010, 07:50 PM   #9
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I've yet to find a Magic Hat beer I actually enjoy. Can you muster through them? Yea, but barely. I end up not finishing most Magic Hat beers I've had.

FWIW, I haven't tried the Hex yet.

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Old 10-08-2010, 07:55 PM   #10
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I bought a bottle as part of a make your own 6 pack and actually enjoyed it. Which is pretty surprising, I'm not a huge fan of Magic Hat.

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