Wacko, from Magic Hat Brewing Company up in Vermont, is a Summer Seasonal beer that came as part of their summer sampler pack. If you recall, we checked out their ‘Odd Notion – Summer 2010‘ recently and even though it had gingery-goodness we thought it was just eh.
According to the label, the beer has beet juice added which explains the odd look. To me, it looked like a deep watermelon color, perhaps pink grapefruit – you get the idea. (The last beer I had with red color added, I wasn’t thrilled with.) Aside from the odd color of Wacko, the beer is mostly clear and created a smallish and short-lived head. No lacing to speak of.
Wacko smells anything but. For the crazy name (OK, wacky name) and beet juice added for extra crazy looks, the beer smells awfully tame. Smells like a wheat beer with vegetables puree to me – a little to sweet for my liking as well.
With some trepidation, we get to tasting Magic Hat Wacko!
…trepidation well founded.
OK, for the most part Wacko is not an extreme beer in any sense of the word, except for the color, its a downright boring beer. The flavors are mostly fruity, but I’m hesitant to say its beet flavor. It may be. I’m not really picking much up that interest me in this beer, but its hard to get past the artificial-fruitiness. Don’t get me wrong, you know you are drinking a malty beer and not a V-8, but this fruit thing as way too forward and sweet for my liking.
If there were no flavor, Wacko does have a decent body and nice mouthfeel. Its not carbonated that much, so if you were inclined to chug this brew you wouldn’t have any issues. Except for the taste thing. I also found that Wacko left a bit of an unpleasant stickiness that was, well, unpleasant.
Anyway, I think its cool that Magic Hat, or any brewery can go ahead and experiment with Wacky ingredients, but this one just didn’t do it for me. Perhaps some girls who are usually Bud Lite or wine cooler drinkers will appreciate the look and flavor of this beer, so have a few for them in the cooler @ the BBQ – but otherwise stay away.