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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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1,067 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,067
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 126 | 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 KajII
2.9/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

The pour was a cloudy medium orange with a large (2-3 finger) white rocky head that dissipated rapidly down to a small collar with poor spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light bread malt and a strong sweet doughy yeast with a very noticeable note of Elderberries.

The taste was up front with a strong wheat presence and then had a big dose of berry flavor mix in and that was pretty much the case throughout the rest of the tasting. The flavor lasted an average amount time with the yeasty berry flavor only left for a short time on the taste buds.

Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a strong lively carbonation.

Overall a very fruity Wheat Ale, refreshing and tasty but nothing overly special...

KajII, May 15, 2012
Photo of Shaw
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

A medium golden in color with a very short head that quickly reduces to just wisps of foam in my glass.

Fruity aroma, that must be from the elderberries.

The taste is heavy on berry, but not overpowering. There's still some malt sweetness and a bit of hops. I don't really notice much of a wheat characteristic, but that's not a big deal.

Body is crisp, thanks to lots of carbonation.

Overall a pretty good brew. Think of it as a fruit beer rather than a wheat ale.

Shaw, May 15, 2012
Photo of RyanGoodman
3/5  rDev -9.1%

RyanGoodman, May 13, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

TheBeard89, May 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Irish7r, May 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

stars1310, May 13, 2012
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1/5  rDev -69.7%

GuidedByBill, May 13, 2012
Photo of dbrauneis
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark yellow to orange in color. There is a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Mild aromas of light wheat as well as some light aromas of berry as well.

T: There is a light wheat flavor along with a stronger presence than in the smell of elderberries. The berry flavor is almost artificial in nature.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Light and easy enough to drink though the slightly artificial berry flavor is a mild turn off. Nothing special about this beer and I'm not sure that I would get this one again.

dbrauneis, May 13, 2012
Photo of rangerred
2.85/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange with a half finger head that fades pretty quickly. No lacing at all.

Smell has a slight berry fruitiness along with a little clove and banana.

The elderberry is apparent right off the bat but it has an almost artificial taste. Kind of sweet and syrupy. There is some typical wheat spice behind that leading to a slightly sticky finish. Mouthfeel is average.

Overall this beer just doesn't do it for me. The fruit flavor is too artificial and really everything else is just average.

rangerred, May 12, 2012
Photo of Daktyls
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy amber color from a regular 12 oz bottle with a small patch of lacing in the middle, with bubbles continually rising from the bottom.

S: Smells lightly of straw with a hint of elder berries. Usual notes of wheat beers are present as well.

T: The taste is pretty much the same as the smell, though as other reviewers are noted, the elder berries are a little bit more pronounced producing a slightly tart taste at the finish.

M: Light bodied beer, with a medium amount of carbonation.

O: Overall, pretty tasty, this is going to make an excellent summer beer, I'll have to remember to pick up a case or two while they are still available.

Daktyls, May 12, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

metter98, May 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

grittly, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kynap55, May 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

kjkinsey, May 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

JohnK17, May 10, 2012
Photo of emerge077
2.45/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

emerge077, May 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

rhabdovirus, May 09, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

ayestidham, May 09, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

olbubba, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

odbjs735, May 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

TimoP, May 07, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Fattsmagee, May 06, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

griffey123, May 06, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

1p5v, May 06, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%
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
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,067 ratings.