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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,048 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,048
Reviews: 162
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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4/5  rDev +20.8%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

TimoP, May 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Fattsmagee, May 06, 2012
Photo of griffey123
3/5  rDev -9.4%

griffey123, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

1p5v, May 06, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Into a pint glass:

A: hazy brown colored body with a fizzy soft white head that dies within twenty seconds. No lacing was left and very little carbonation was seen rising.

S: some orange, grape and cherry. All three of these were pretty distinct from each other - not really taking any sort of blend.

T: orange, grape and cherry, not much else, maybe a bit of honey, but wasn't exactly combined right, something just didn`t quite right taste right ... ???

M: light and the carbonation was definitely felt, a bit harsh on the tongue.

O: well, I'm glad I only got a single of this just to try and I don't think I'll get this again.

BeerKangaroo, May 05, 2012
Photo of SlowWideTurns
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

SlowWideTurns, May 05, 2012
Photo of Amalak
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A. Hazy, opaque, deep gold/orange color. Average head with some lacing.

S. Very strong scent, kind of orange with a soapiness to it.

T. It has a very strong jolly rancher, grape and cherry taste to it. Honey is adding a strong sweet taste to it. There's a mild grassy taste toward the end.

M. Tingly yet smooth. Refreshing.

O. The sweetness is a bit too much. This seems like a beer that could do with being aged a bit.

Amalak, May 02, 2012
Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a fizzy white head that dies away to a thin ring of mousse within a couple seconds.

S: Aromas of elderberry syrup, wheat toast, vanilla, cream, and butter are present on the nose. Not nearly as cloying as I was expecting.

T: Notes of wheat toast, cream, vanilla, butter, grass, straw, minerals, and elderberry wash across the palate. The finish is smooth and sweet with fleeting impressions of elderberry and wheat toast.

M: Light in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp and active. Very drinkable on a hot day.

O: This is a simple, straight-forward beer that (thankfully) does not succumb to Magic Hat's tendency toward sweetness. It may be nothing all that new or innovative, but it is an effective thirst quencher nonetheless. Should be worth seeking out for fans of fruit beers.

mrfrancis, May 01, 2012
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.28/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Magic Hat 2012 Summer Seasonal assortment, cap say's "In time, we all rhyme."

Aroma of slightly sour fruits. Pours a hazy light orange colour with a nice but very short lasting head. I'm partial to fruit beers, and this one hits all the points. The berry is not overpowering, just the right tart tangyness. It has the nice breadyness I expect from a Weiss as well. Overall, it's a good drinking beer.

CaptJackHarkness, May 01, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger thick white head. Sticks around for a few minutes before becoming a thin film. Can see some carbonation but this beer is cloudy.

S: Lots of berry up front hard to get much from it other than that. Some wheat is present.

T: Much more berry than I had anticipated, even though it's girly I like it. Some wheat in the background little hop makes an appearance as well.

M: Fairly thick on the palate for a wheat ale. Pretty easy drinking. Average carbonation.

Overall I like all of the berry this beer brings to the table. Will admit its not "true to the style" but is enjoyable none the less.

CloudStrife, Apr 29, 2012
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

Beardofbrown, Apr 29, 2012
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of the Magic Hat 2012 summer mixed pack...

Pours a cloudy golden color, nice fruity smell to it. Light to medium bodied, some dryness, decent finish. Not sure what an 'elderberry' is supposed to taste like to be honest, but this tastes like a typical slightly tart and fruity wheat beer. Nothing too extraordinary here... probably good on a hot day, but nothing work seeking out... above average though and drinkable for sure.

oriolesfan4, Apr 28, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Perilousleigh, Apr 28, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

ST: 12oz poured into a pint glass. Bottle lists ABV but not DBD.

A: Cloudy orange with a half-a-finger white head that sounds like soda. The head quickly settles into a thin strip. There does appear to be a lot of carbonation.

S: Berry, citrus, and wheat.

T: Lots of sweet berry upfront moves into a slightly bitter fruit finish with a hint of hops and spice. There is also a bit of bread.

M: Medium and feels a bit flat.

O: Wiess with elderberry? Yes. Result? Eh. Seems sweet at first, but there is some bitterness to balance at the end. The elderberry is noticeable (perhaps too much). The finish is not very clean. I could see this being refreshing in hot weather, which is the point. I do think the finish needs to be a little less cloying.

ianjsullivan, Apr 26, 2012
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3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-pours a hazy light/orange amber color with a white head with average retention
S-smells almost like a sour. its a bit yeasty, berry must, with no real hop presence
T-Its like a mixed between a blueberry and raspberry wheat beer. Hops provide nice balance without contributing flavor.
M-light bodied
O-probably would have helped if I had ever eaten an actual elderberry. Regardless, the beer is well balanced and very drinkable. Best Magic Hat beer I've had in awhile.

atr2605, Apr 26, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

mendvicdog, Apr 26, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

ale207, Apr 26, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

lumpy1126, Apr 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

BluBeers, Apr 25, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

Mick-e-d, Apr 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

TheSacredRaritan, Apr 24, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

burningsnailman, Apr 23, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,048 ratings.