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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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1,120 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,120
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 17
Gots: 160 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-28-2012

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
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Ratings: 1,120 | Reviews: 164
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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Lawson's Finest Liquids glass.

The color is a slightly cloudy gold with a finger foamy off-white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is wheaty with some fruit aroma up front in the nose with some elder berries and a touch of light toast in the far background.

The taste is fruity with more of a citrus flavor then expected. Filled with berry flavor through most of this flavor this fly off the in the back like the slight wheat, and bready flavor but they come and go. There is a slight citrus flavor that pushes out at the end as well past the berries and gives a juice-like flavor.

The feel of this beer is light a pretty drinkable. A good summer beer it has some all the hallmarks of something that is light enough to have on a hot day and is full of some nice flavor.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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1/5  rDev -69.7%

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1/5  rDev -69.7%

Photo of Gmann
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a toasted wheat color with a short dense white head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of a bready wheat malt coupled with some berry sweetness. The elderberry has a blueberry scent to it. There is some light lemon as well.

Berry sweetness hits right away. Not a blueberry, like in the nose, but more of a grape soda fruitiness. There is a muffin like bready sweetness from the wheat malt. Some lemon tartness.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. A bit creamy despite the carbonation. Mostly sweet but has a light fruity tartness.

Decent wheat ale. Not overly fruity.

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.22/5  rDev -2.4%
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.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The pours a murky copper color with a fluffy off white head. The smell is mostly berries with some wheat and a little bit of tang. It tastes slightly tangy with berry flavor that's kind of medicine like, wheat bread in the aftertaste. The beer is really light with loads of soft carbonation. Wouldn't really want to drink this again.

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2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a hazy golden orange with a white head lacing around the edges.

S: Dry , almost non existent aroma, slightly cracker like with some berry aromas.

T: Similar to the aroma, this is a light weiss beer that is slightly thicker than Blue Moon but clearly much darker in color. A Bit of nutty flavor and a tannic twang bite.

M: High carbonation for a weiss, medium body for the style

O: Underwhelming. I haven't bought a Magic Hat mixed 12 in a long while and I probably will not be buying whatever 12 this came in either. Still a middle of the road weiss, thanks to my neighbor for putting in my hand.

Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appropriately cloudy. Decent starting head but fades far too quickly, leaving no lace.

Strong soured blackberry and blueberry aromas. Light wheat, almost approaching a lambic in smell.

Think artificial berry Sweettart flavor. It's actually appealing to me. Too sweet for it fit into soured lambic category. Too little wheat for a truly fruit flavored wheat beer. Richer than some wheats. Overall, an innocuous hybrid.

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,120 ratings.