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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
okay

1,047 Ratings
THE BROS
71
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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 114 | 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 brez8791
3/5  rDev -9.4%

brez8791, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of lupercmda
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

lupercmda, Jul 17, 2013
Photo of Immortale25
3.19/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a somewhat hazy orange-ish amber color with a 1/4 inch head that retains OK before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Fluffy, resilient lacing.

S- Light, fruity aroma with a hint of sulfur. A bit sweet.

T- Sweet fruit in the onset gives way to a soft wheat flavor. Light malts and equally light hops. Has that "give" in taste that I always speak of but is hard to describe. Notes of apricot (surprise, surprise), orange and peach.

M- Slightly watery with medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- Not as bad as expected. Magic Hat is just one of those breweries who can't be taken seriously anymore.

Immortale25, May 31, 2012
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vibrant label art drew me to buy this.

Traslucent orangey gold color. Skimpy white head leaves a few traces of foam but certainly not enough for a wheat based beer.

I get a minor whiff of clove underneath a thick layer of perfumey hand lotion.

Tastes like graham crackers and Captain Crunch Crunch Berries. Tastes "violet." Faint 'nana puddin' in there as well.

Not bad, not great. As good as most of the other wheat fruit combos out there.

donkeyrunner, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Falcone, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of RedneckBeerz
3/5  rDev -9.4%

RedneckBeerz, Jun 10, 2013
Photo of rlee1390
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation and a two finger head.

S-Grapes, what I assume are elderberries and spice. The overpower the floral notes and it is not a good overpowering like with some IPAs.

T-Strange mesh of grapes and what I again assume are elder berries. Overly fruity. Some wheat. Not well balanced. Some tartness as well.

M-Light with a nice deal of carbonation.

O-The tartness is nice however the elderberry/grape notes overpower everything else and make this beer way to fruity. Possibly it can be used as a soft intro to sours for some people? Also the beer does not warm well.

rlee1390, Jul 16, 2012
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

GreesyFizeek, Jun 18, 2013
Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -9.4%

duff247, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of cliff1066
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

cliff1066, Dec 22, 2012
Photo of twenty5
3/5  rDev -9.4%

twenty5, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Received a slightly hazy yellow/orange brew with a foam white head. No real retention, but maybe a slight skim, no lace.

Wheat brew at it's most pedestrian. Grainy, with a level of sweetness and some musty yeast notes. I guess there is a hint of fruit aroma, but I have a hard time finding it.

Sweet wheat grain, some yeast and a little husk bitterness. Some berry in there somewhere, but very very mild. Light bitter grain in the finish.

A little more body than most of this type. Good carbonation.

Another dud from this brewer. Middle of the road, no thing to make you want to recommend or try again. Not hateful, just not worth chasing.

OtherShoe2, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of markgugs
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

markgugs, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of barczar
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange peach with a dense one inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly for a wheat beer and leaves no lacing.

Aroma begins with wheat, bready sweet malt, and blueberry. I've never smelled an elderberry, so I'm assuming that's what it really is. There's a lemon zest note at the finish.

Flavor is somewhat more subtle than the aroma, with sharp berry tartness and wheat opening at the back of the mouth, leading to a light bready malt backbone, and a subtle berry fruit flavor at the finish, which is a touch dry. The malt detracts a bit from the berry and wheat character. Apply esters emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate with fairly high carbonation. The finish is fairly crisp.

Overall, more subtle fruitiness than I expected in the flavor. Lacks the banana and clove esters of a typical weiss beer, but the elderberry adds enough character to keep things interesting.

barczar, Jun 16, 2012
Photo of DaPan
3/5  rDev -9.4%

DaPan, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of vonnegut21
2/5  rDev -39.6%

vonnegut21, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of KTCamm
3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass at a local BBQ joint.

Pours a hazy cloudy pale golden yellow. Good foam that settles down to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

Nose is fruity, berry like. Know nothing of elderberries, but the smell and subtle taste is blueberry. Not quite as tart though - subdued sweetness. With overriding wheatiness.

Low carbonation - may just be the draft effect, but there wasn't too much substance or pop to the mouthfeel. Hops were quite light as well.

Another interesting MH brew. Not earth shattering, but a good enough summer wheat beer.

KTCamm, Jun 10, 2012
Photo of Fettpopps
2/5  rDev -39.6%

Fettpopps, Mar 16, 2014
Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev -9.4%

atone315, Jun 15, 2013
Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is cloudy with an orange hue and gold highlights. It has a couple inches of off white head.

S - There is a fruit aroma that I'm assuming to be elderberry. It's been a long time since I had elderberry pie which is the only experience that I've had with elderberries.

T - It has lots of beery flavor. That is all I taste.

M - Medium with a lot of carbonation.

O - It is a fruity wheat beer. It is good if that is what you like.

buschbeer, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of JohneHoodlum
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

JohneHoodlum, Jul 04, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -32%

JohnBender, May 26, 2012
Photo of krome
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

krome, Jul 26, 2013
Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer you'd give your wife at some outdoor barbecue.
And this particular beer tastes more like a grape taffy then a beer.
How many sips does it take to get to the bottom of an Elder Betty beer.... the world may never know.
Like every other fruit beer. Its clear golden with a tiny white soda head.
Aroma grape toosie pops.
Taste grape soda malt beverage.
And so on, and so on...

micromaniac129, May 24, 2013
Photo of Burt
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Burt, Apr 24, 2014
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.