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
POUR, COLOR AND AROMA
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.
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
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.