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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,001 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,001
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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UCLABrewN84

California

3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slightly sour berry aromas. Taste is much the same with bread and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of mineral-like bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing I would go after again.

08-15-2013 02:57:13 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

04-14-2012 22:43:13 | More by djrn2
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -39.6%

06-04-2012 13:47:51 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.08/5  rDev -6.9%

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of elderberries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavor of elderberries is a bit more pronounced.
M: It feels a light- to medium-bodied bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink but lacks any refreshing or thirst-quenching qualities.

05-12-2012 18:32:58 | More by metter98
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acurtis

New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.4%

04-22-2013 22:23:56 | More by acurtis
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

05-11-2012 23:34:02 | More by kjkinsey
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

08-06-2014 06:18:00 | More by zestar
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.03/5  rDev -8.5%

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Fairly cloudy appearance for a dark, dingy-looking, golden hue. Very small, near white head. Let's jump on it, shall we?

Smell: Sets the tone of a modest base (wheat) beer to hold up the squirt of elderberry additive.

Taste: Sweetish taste of malted wheat with a crunchy granola bar accent and, then, the lightly tart elderberry flavor. Very low hops, near nil bitterness. Near dry, berry-hinted finish with some, thankfully, palate cleansing carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, it's better than Wacko. Elder Betty follows the tired, old fruit beer pattern -- bland to modest base beer (be it a blonde ale or something wheat-based) with a splash of flavoring.

06-06-2012 15:49:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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GRG1313

California

2/5  rDev -39.6%

05-11-2013 23:18:40 | More by GRG1313
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

12-14-2013 05:07:55 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

A: Hazy pale golden with an orange hue body. Single finger white head.

S: wheat and light fruity notes but overall this is mild.

T: nice wheat flavor with dried fruits, mostly apricot and grape notes.

M: high carbonation and light body. very summery and refreshing.

Overall: A nice summer beer. One of the more flavorful of their usually highly drinkable beers.

04-18-2012 00:33:54 | More by kylehay2004
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev +1.2%

This beer poured out as a hazy golden orange color. The head is white with a decent retention. The smell of the beer was sweet, slightly fruity. The taste of the beer has an artificial fruity flavor up front, it's sweet and moderately refreshing. The mouthfeel of the beer is light and well carbonated. Overall the beer is ok, it's another pretty standard fruit beer from Magic Hat.

06-02-2012 02:12:34 | More by Knapp85
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emerge077

Illinois

2.45/5  rDev -26%

Thanks to the random stranger that returned a 12 pack to Trixie's in Madison.
I wouldn't have bought this otherwise if it wasn't a single.

Murky orange body, tight head of white foam that fades to a graduated outer ring around the edges.

Mmm, who put "grape drink" in my beer?

Some astringency and a creamy wheat taste, overlaid with an odd 'purple drank' impression of artificial grape flavoring. Wet cardboard also comes to mind. Body is mellow and creamy, standard APWA/weisse feel, though the astringency throws it out of whack. Overall this is weak. Starting to question my "try any beer once" tendencies... this is without question a sub-par beverage.

05-10-2012 01:29:45 | More by emerge077
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zeff80

Missouri

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy white head that receded quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of berries and light wheat notes. Nothing overpowering. Good balance.

T - Nice sweetness from the elderberries. Light wheat taste. Very little bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is an okay fruit/wheat beer. Not overdone or overly sweet. Nice summer ale.

05-19-2012 13:21:51 | More by zeff80
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

04-21-2012 20:01:40 | More by JAHMUR
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Although they're certainly not the first to do so, you've got to give Magic Hat at least a little bit of credit for originality in producing "Elder Betty", an elderberry weiss. The berry flavor comes through quite clearly, and adds an interesting secondary flavor that comes out in the lingering finish. The base beer is well-made, although basic, but that's clearly so as not to interfere with the berry flavor; and along those lines the bitterness is kept in check, and there are no hop flavors to speak of. It's interesting and refreshing, although I'm not sure you'd really want to have two of these in a row.

08-20-2014 15:41:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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SocalKicks

California

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-26-2014 04:44:41 | More by SocalKicks
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains berries, citrus, light caramelized malts, wheat and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of berries, citrus and a touch of spice. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, seems very much like any other berry wheat beer out there.

06-18-2012 02:21:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

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
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.88/5  rDev -13%

I just had a world class German hefeweizen, why on earth am I drinking this now? Pours nicely into the same weissbier glass, glowing hazed golden orange hue with a bright white head, much less texture going on than the German counterpart. Fine even lacing formed looks nice, into the aroma: Tart berries, they say elderberry, I wouldn't know that one in particular but some fruity tartness that resembles berries. Think head to head competition with Leinenkugel's "fruity pebbles" beer. A bit cloying in my first sip a strong sense of berry extract comes down the palate, with some lifeless watery notes and hints of grassy/grains colliding with elderberry extract. I will let my wife finish off the rest of these, she enjoyed one straight from the bottle last night. In all of the years in trying Magic Hat beers, I've never seen marketing this bad, the weird looking Elder Betty on the tree doesn't make me want go see jambands perform. "Golden Haze for Summer's Daze" ha-ha-ha (smoker's cough following). Outside of marketing the American yeast used in the beer makes the wheat component pretty lifeless and one dimensional, the yeast is chalky/doughy no spice no esters just effin boring. Mouthfeel I will repeat finishes cloying like I neither need to eat something or brush my teeth to get these flavors off my palate. Carbonation no complaints really, just a huge blunder of a summer beer release. Give me a good German Helles any day, that's not normal anymore in the craft brewing trends. Overall if you have to try do so within the confines of a 12 pack summer sampler when they're released.

04-06-2012 14:34:02 | More by WVbeergeek
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drabmuh

Maryland

3.2/5  rDev -3.3%

Hefeweizen? Really? This beer is GOING DOWN. Tick shared by the other Matt, Huhzenbendah, thanks!

Beer served in a snifter, beer is yellow and mostly clear with a lazy white head, low retention, low lacing, not a good looking head.

Aroma is sweet, a little yeasty a little elderberry-y.

Beer is medium to light in body, nothing about this beer is elderberry, it has this mild sweetness, mild fruitiness, I wouldn't have guessed this was a hefeweizen. Not a repeat.

12-25-2012 03:21:32 | More by drabmuh
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%

"Remember the Dinosaurs", in what used to be fun quips and infinite wisdom of Magic Hat, but even that seems like it's fallen off the cliff. That's a pretty lame quip.

The beer pours a fizzy white head that attempts to hit 1 finger but fades fairly quickly and keeps it from doing so, over a hazy honey orange colored beer, fairly hefe looking though.

NOse is fairly light but not bad, plenty of hefe like aromas, full of wheat, citrus, banana, clove, light floral spices like, and a light floral elderberry bittering aroma.

Taste starts OK but quickly turns to an almost fake extract and artificial flavored beer. Starts with light hefe wheat, hint of banana and citrus, touch of clove like flavors, and just a hint of elderberry bitterness. Then fake syrup flavors, and an overpowering artificial fruity and floral taste like they added fake elderberry flavoring and some weird fruity extract things. Finish is weird bitter extract, sticky, hint of lingering wheat and DME flavor.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb but less than expected for a hefe.

Overall again tastes like Magic Hat went from craft beer to artificial gimmicky beer. The beers all taste forced, extract and artificial, bland, and just like they're not cared for as much as they used to. Even the words of wisdom from the cap seems to have faded as this one was fairly lame. [sigh] Magic Hat was my gateway beer, and I even had a keg of Fat Angel at my wedding, but they really just die more and more every time I try them.

06-17-2012 00:59:47 | More by jlindros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.73/5  rDev +12.7%

i like when magic hat does something new. this is a nice summer wheat beer with lots of subtle flavors going on. elderberry is a vermont staple in the permaculture age, and its inclusion in this otherwise average wheat beer is a nice treat. pours cloudy yellow with a faint pinkish glow and a 2 inch white foam head. smells pretty standard, a little fruity but at this point it could just as easily be the yeast. flavors are tart fruit at first, sweeter fruits in the middle, and a very crisp wheat malt finish. i bet this would be killer as a big ipa, but i like it well enough in its current form. mouthfeel is fine, medium carbonation and a pretty light body for an unfiltered beer. overall very drinkable and im sure ill have a fair few this summer.

06-12-2012 20:40:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev -10.9%

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

I'm typically not impressed with much that MH has to offer, and this was really no exception. Poured a hazy orange-yellow with a small white head that receded to a wispy layer of bubbles. Aroma of grains and sweet berries, sugary malts, sweet candy. More of the same in the taste, elderberries (there's a Monty Python joke in there somewhere), sweet bready malts, grains, mildly wheaty and acidic. Definitely more sweet than tart as far as any fruitiness goes. On the lighter end of medium-bodied and a bit stale in the aftertaste. Not too bad overall, but just not my thing.

05-18-2012 00:40:29 | More by Rifugium
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Mora2000

Texas

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
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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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