Review: Magic Hat Stealin’ Time

Review of Magic Hat Stealin’ Time Wheat Ale from Magic Hat Brewing in South Burlington, VT

Beer Type: Wheat Ale  ABV: 5.5%  IBUs: 20  Tried from bottle.

Their Description: “Stealin’ Time is a hazy summer sipper that will while away the days with a light malt sweetness, balanced by hops and a pinch of ginger.”

The Reality: It is clear golden in color with a scent of spice and hops. The first sip brings the taste of fresh ginger that transitions to a bright hoppy taste with a touch of pine. The initial ginger flavor might be masking the “light malty sweetness” that they refer to, and I would say the amount of ginger is a little more than a “pinch”, but it does balance with the hops. It leaves a faint tingly heat on your tongue but doesn’t overstay its welcome.

Final Verdict: Magic Hat calls this beer a “lazy summer sipper”, and at first I wrestled with this. It is a good beer, don’t get me wrong, but my first instinct was that this had more fall flavors than summer. The more I drank it I realized that the ginger and spice notes were really fresh, like grated ginger root, not ginger powder from your spice rack. Also, the hops clean the whole palate up nicely and there is virtually no sweetness, so I can sort of see where they are coming from. The best way I can describe this beer is imagine if a Thanksgiving turkey went sunbathing at the beach.

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