Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Beer Review: Magic Hat Brewing - Vinyl Lager

Vinyl Lager is Magic Hat's Spring seasonal beer. Seeing that I only drank this last week this must have been brewed awhile ago, but hey lagers are supposed to be cold aged and it has been sitting in my cool basement cellar so if anything it got a little better.

Vinyl sails in on her shining wings as the spinning sun returns.  She is the season-shifter, bursting from her cocoon to sing the ancient song of vernal yearning and to summon spring's sweet green return... Her metamorphosis becomes our own.  Her thirsts are shared by all.  Drink in her mysterious elixir as the revolution blooms again... Visit Vinyl!

TYPE: Amber Lager
YEAST: Lager
HOPS: Northern Brewer
MALTS: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Victory
ABV: 5.1
GRAVITY: 12.00 Plato
SRM: 12.0

Appearance: Pours a clear amber with a thick off white head that diminishes to just over the top with small bits of lacing.

Aroma: Biscuit and toasty carmel malt, that follows up with earthy hops.

Flavor:Toasty and nutty with a bit of caramel leading into a big earthy hop flavor. Bitterness is smooth and finishes dry with a slight metallic taste. 

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation.

Overall: Another breweries hopped up lager. This is a decent beer. Very earthy and the toast plays nice with the profile. A bit too carbonated and the metallic taste at the end is a bit off putting. Maybe a bit more lagering would smooth this beer out more. 


  1. When I had this beer, I thought it would make a good beer to drink the entire night. It was smooth enough and enjoyable enough that most people would drink it without a problem.

  2. I thought this was a great beer as well, taste reminded of of Fat Tire