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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,085 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,085
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 133 | 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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2/5  rDev -39.4%

vonnegut21, Sep 11, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

SDTERRY, Sep 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Saison9s, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - a slight haze to the strawberry golden brew. The head billows up quick but has no staying power. It is down to a partial cover within the minute.

Aroma - an initial burst of berry sweetness, but it fades pretty fast. Faint grain and berryish after setup. I don't know what elderberry smells like - this is slightly raspberryish to me.

Taste - a weakish grain supporting the light fruit flavor. It still reminds me of raspberry but has a more tart edge to it. Overall, a pretty thin flavor profile. Ends clean with elements of both sweetness and dryness.

Mouthfeel - clean, very carbonated, medium to light feel. Pretty refreshing for the style.

Overall - it's not a very complex beer but I did enjoy it and could see knocking a few back by the pool.

brewdlyhooked13, Sep 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

longisland1983, Sep 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ImFlyerThanYou, Sep 10, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Basshooker, Sep 05, 2013
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1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

HRamz3, Sep 03, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Taycro, Sep 03, 2013
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
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

arnulfooxblood, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

mlefebvre7, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

BryantForestry, Sep 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

stprather, Aug 29, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

rmjacobson, Aug 29, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

still_thedragon, Aug 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

tmhoye, Aug 29, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

jaswilson2, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

psmith161, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of otterbearfla
2.73/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Head - 2.5 fingers head reducing to no head

Appearance -Opaque and orange to cloudy amber

Smell - bready, lightly hopped, fruity elder berry

Taste- Same as smell
sweet, bready, lightly hopped, elder berry

Mouthfeel - light for a Weisen intermediate to a non wheaty ale

Overall - OK but not a beer I would seek out

otterbearfla, Aug 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

s1ckboy, Aug 26, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

cciquera01, Aug 26, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Kaveman, Aug 25, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Botulizard, Aug 23, 2013
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,085 ratings.