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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,089 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,089
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 134 | 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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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

BigRob329, May 25, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

CalbeDacks, May 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Hopmodium, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Bigben0328, May 23, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Mullinger1980, May 23, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

prisdefer, May 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Robert63, May 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

ShemRahBoo, May 20, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

gcotts, May 20, 2012
Photo of mfigueroa713
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

mfigueroa713, May 20, 2012
Photo of Suds
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky, cloudy, dark-golden in color...small head, with a ring of lace. The smell is a nice mix of soft, twangy wheat, a little yeast, some banana and grass, and, finally, a generous fresh-berry scent. The taste has a bit of wheat, a tart dryness, and enough hops for balance. The body is sooth and creamy. It's a decent beer, but it didn't grab me.

Suds, May 19, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

zeff80, May 19, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

SMason, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

wagenvolks, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

pheelingIt, May 19, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Rifugium, May 18, 2012
Photo of MeowTom
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Foggy golden yellow with a huge head that goes away relatively quickly.

S- Wheaty with fruity and slight hop overtones.

T- Fruity(orange, raspberry, elderberry) with that strong wheat flavor.

M- Lightly carbonated and refreashing on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn.

O- Not the most out there with flavor beer, but a nice refreashing summer beer after you have been working outside all day.

MeowTom, May 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

ScottK22, May 17, 2012
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2/5  rDev -39.4%

ng85, May 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

MaineMike, May 16, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

jk3, May 16, 2012
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
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,089 ratings.