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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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1,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 134 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Fruit / Vegetable Beer |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
Elder Betty is a weiss-style ale with a bready malt flavor balanced by a touch of hops and complimented by the tart berry flavors of elderberry.

13 IBU

(Beer added by: Jason on 03-28-2012)
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Reviews by Bockrules:
Photo of Bockrules
3.41/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a hefeweizen glass

A - Pours a fairly clear gold, with swirls of yeast cascading downwards from the creamy, two finger head. A substantial amount of small bubbles rises from the bottom of the glass. Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a few large splotches of lacing.

S - Nice smell of wheat malt and yeast with hints of what are presumably elderberries upon opening the bottle. Wheat becomes the dominating aroma once in the glass.

T - Wheat malt upfront. The body is a somewhat awkward mix of wheat malt, hints of yeast with banana phenols, and an underlying sweetness from what must be the elderberries. Flourish of wheat as the beer passes over the back of the tongue leads to another strange berry, wheat and yeast mixture similar to the body.

M - On the heavier side of light bodied with moderate carbonation. Works fine with the beer.

Aside from the sexy looks, this beer was a rather uninspiring hefeweizsen. Part of the reason I wasn't particularly amused is that I'm not a big fan of banana-berry anything, which is precisely what you get when you mix the banana phenols from hefeweizen yeast with elderberries. Besides that, everything else pretty much seemed like a middle-of-the-road hefeweizen. Another mediocre beer from magic hat.

Bockrules, Sep 01, 2013
More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

aszatk01, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of braugon
2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: cloudy orange, gold, one inch, thin head

S: sharp tart fruit, yeast, phenol, berry, gum

T: tastes like some drops of berry flavor syrup, mixed in with any standard domestic beer. Beyond the obvious huckle/elder berry taste, nothing really going on in this beer. I think it's trying to be the berry style of their Number 9, and it is similar.

M: light carbonation, sweet berry, more sweet, finish is like you ate a purple jolly rancher, then drank some beer.

O: this is probably the perfect beer for some who don't normally like beer but enjoy sweet candy-like drinks and alcohol, I think it is too obvious, I like something with more going on. Aftertaste is not balanced at all to me

If you've always wished Schwepps Dry Grape came in beer version, this is your moment.

braugon, May 27, 2013
Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -9.1%

tectactoe, Jul 21, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Zakk, Jun 18, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

tbryan5, Apr 24, 2013
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3.44/5  rDev +4.2%

GameOfBeers, Aug 18, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

loose5682, Apr 26, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Outchillen, Apr 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

jonny1138, Jul 25, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

kuishinbo_tantei, Jul 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

kevrob802, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of warnerry
3/5  rDev -9.1%

warnerry, Nov 23, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

TTripp725, May 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

generallee, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

SmellsofMahagony, Mar 28, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

TimoP, May 07, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle w/ no freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed orange golden color, minimal lacing stays for a while.

SMELL: Berries, taffy, cracker-like graininess, nutty, chalky yeast

TASTE: Smooth, grainy, soft berry tones, faint tartness, very grassy, walnut skins, semi-dry finish

Not much to this brew at all. It is a wheat beer with a smattering amount of berry character. Not crisp and perhaps too much body for a "summer beer", either way it lands pretty lackluster on my palate.

Jason, Mar 28, 2012
Photo of VTMoondog
3/5  rDev -9.1%

VTMoondog, May 31, 2013
Photo of Guinnsslvr
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Guinnsslvr, Jun 16, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at BBC-Cedarville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, medium carbonation, dark gold in color, hazy

Smell: faint blue and black berries, wheat

Taste: wheat, blueberry, blackberry, twigs, spice

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, medium carbonation

Overall: I like this as a hefe/sahti mix with a bit of fruit. As beer overall, I think it is creative and would have a couple on a hot night. I think there are way better hefes that are truer to style however.

tigg924, Jul 31, 2013
Photo of JayEvans813
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 pack on markdown to $7, pretty good find.

A- A nice golden amber with a thick head that runs down to nothing.

S- Smells pretty standard. I have next to no sense of smell though.

T- Tastes crisp like a hefeweizen with a light flavor of an unidentifiable berry, but refreshing.

M- Bites a bit at the end, finishes with a hint of that fruit.

Overall, for the price, not bad at all, a decent find.

JayEvans813, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Torey
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Torey, Nov 12, 2014
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma has a nice blueberry and elderberry character, as well as some wheat. The beer smells fairly juicy overall. The flavor has some tart berry notes, as well as some wheat. The fruit seems a bit artificial and is very sweet. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Better than I expected, but nothing to seek out.

Mora2000, Jul 16, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -47%

GreenMountainBoy, Aug 01, 2014
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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.