Brewery: Magic Hat Brewing Company
Country of Origin: United States
City & State: Burlington, Vermont
Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer
Alcohol Content (ABV): 4.6%
First Brewed: 1995
Magic Hat’s #9 is cloudy golden in color with a perfumey nose of candy sweet, apricot, and other fruit aromas. The taste profile is also quite sweet with malt and fruit character dominating. The finish is also quite sweet with marl and fruit character dominating. The finish is dry with thick apricot flavors that linger a long while.
This beer is classified as a fruit beer. Well, a fruit/vegetable beer. Not sure I would enjoy a vegetable beer. Yuck! At least a fruit beer sounds sweet, and somewhat enjoyable. What’s next, Miller Cabbage Lite?
The beer smells quite carbonated, with a punch of fruity goodness. With just one sip, you are hit with a force of carbonation then the palate is covered with a fruity sweetness. Not too sweet, like candy, but a soothing and polished sweetness. The beer has a very low ABV, and it’s obvious when you drink it. The aftertaste is weak too, and leaves your palate quickly after you swallow. Even the burred (a subtle burp of course) is weak and has little to no flavor. This beer smells a LOT better than it tastes.
The folks at Magic Hat are known for making unique beers, with even more random naming conventions. But this one just doesn’t cut it. I would rather just smell this and then drink a Bud Light. Nice try Magic Hat, but this beer just isn’t for me.
I believe I have had tonight’s beer at some point before, but I don’t necessarily remember exactly what it tastes like. In the glass, it looks a little bit like the Miller Lite that we drank last weekend when we had our country-fest after working at the Brad Paisley show. Good times. Bad beer. But I’m sure this one tastes much better.
In the glass, it’s a yellow color much like a domestic beer (i.e. Miller Lite, as mentioned above). It looks quite carbonated, and has a pretty foamy head. The bubbles are still rising to the top as I sit here and stare at it. It does smell much better than Miller Lite, thankfully. It almost has a fruity smell to it.
It does taste better than a domestic. But honestly, I’m not that impressed. It still has a very light taste to it, a bit lighter than I really like. And the fruity smell comes through in the taste as well. This might be a summer beer that I would buy to take to a friend’s house for a cookout. Or not… I might want something better than I can show off more. This one just doesn’t really impress me much – I expected more.
964 bottles of beer on the wall…