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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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999 Ratings

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Ratings: 999
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 99 | 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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Photo of Jason


3.08/5  rDev -6.9%

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.

03-28-2012 01:52:51 | More by Jason
More User Reviews:
Photo of aszatk01


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

07-25-2012 23:26:04 | More by aszatk01
Photo of braugon


2.13/5  rDev -35.6%

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.

05-27-2013 19:53:34 | More by braugon
Photo of tectactoe


3/5  rDev -9.4%

07-21-2012 21:56:01 | More by tectactoe
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-18-2012 01:04:08 | More by Zakk
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

04-24-2013 00:44:32 | More by tbryan5
Photo of GameOfBeers


3.44/5  rDev +3.9%

08-18-2014 17:33:37 | More by GameOfBeers
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4.5/5  rDev +36%

04-26-2013 03:07:29 | More by loose5682
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

04-02-2012 18:54:14 | More by Outchillen
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

07-25-2014 07:36:42 | More by jonny1138
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New York

3/5  rDev -9.4%

07-06-2014 02:32:28 | More by kuishinbo_tantei
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

11-23-2013 20:54:38 | More by warnerry
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-26-2013 17:48:45 | More by TTripp725
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-13-2013 15:56:14 | More by generallee
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

03-28-2013 03:09:53 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of TimoP


3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

05-07-2012 00:32:09 | More by TimoP
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

05-31-2013 13:17:57 | More by VTMoondog
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

06-16-2013 04:00:08 | More by Guinnsslvr
Photo of tigg924


3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

07-31-2013 16:54:04 | More by tigg924
Photo of JayEvans813


3.38/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

08-08-2013 23:36:59 | More by JayEvans813
Photo of Mora2000


3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-16-2012 04:40:25 | More by Mora2000
Photo of GreenMountainBoy


1.75/5  rDev -47.1%

08-01-2014 00:30:14 | More by GreenMountainBoy
Photo of JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +5.1%

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. My wife and I both enjoy elderberries, so we figured this would be a fine choice for the summer.

Poured into a sampler glass. Deep golden-copper in colour, quite hazy, with a half inch head that dissipates into a thin ring. Decent looking wheat beer.

Nose is fruit - elderberry and currant, a bit of peach - the rest is quite faint, perhaps a bit of citrus and wheat malt.

Not a bad beer by any stretch. It's got a nice elderberry flavor, it's light and refreshing, goes down well. It's just...there isn't much else there. The malt base is quite weak, and the flavor is not very complex. The fizzy carbonation is not helping matters much. Don't get me wrong, on a hot summer's day this would be a refreshing treat, and I like it a great deal better than other Magic Hat brews, but it could have been so much more.

07-25-2012 00:48:19 | More by JohnnyBarman
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -32%

03-29-2014 20:36:45 | More by MikePags
Photo of Cavanaghty


3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Golden color with a thin white head and a lot of carbonation. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Citrus/hops with berry notes.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of hops with fruity citrus and berries and a tart aftertaste.

Overall: Ok brew. Glad I tried it.

08-20-2014 19:49:23 | More by Cavanaghty
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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 999 ratings.