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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Elder BettyElder Betty

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166 Reviews

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Reviews: 166
Hads: 1,133
Avg: 3.35
pDev: 42.39%
Wants: 19
Gots: 183 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Reviews by beermanbrian:
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2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

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Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of braugon
2.14/5  rDev -36.1%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Zakk
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of GameOfBeers
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%

Photo of loose5682
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of Outchillen
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of jonny1138
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of kuishinbo_tantei
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of kevrob802
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of warnerry
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of generallee
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of Jason
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Guinnsslvr
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of tigg924
3.41/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of JayEvans813
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Mora2000
3.33/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

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Photo of GreenMountainBoy
1.75/5  rDev -47.8%

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 166 ratings.