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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,074 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,074
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 127 | 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%

emwild12, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

smartassboiler, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Slay40, Aug 11, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

ercxi, Aug 10, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Garrett092112, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

dangordon0128, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of JayEvans813
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 12 pack on markdown to $7, pretty good find.

A- A nice golden amber with a thick head that runs down to nothing.

S- Smells pretty standard. I have next to no sense of smell though.

T- Tastes crisp like a hefeweizen with a light flavor of an unidentifiable berry, but refreshing.

M- Bites a bit at the end, finishes with a hint of that fruit.

Overall, for the price, not bad at all, a decent find.

JayEvans813, Aug 09, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

rymurphy617, Aug 08, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Waveoff, Aug 07, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

allisonastra, Aug 07, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

cincybranr, Aug 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

DoubleMalt, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of DeFaz
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This "hefeweizen" (it doesn't taste too much like a hefeweizen to me, but what do I know) tries so hard to be unique, but it just doesn't articulate anything to me and ends up smelling and tasting like a smattering of flavors, like someone threw random ingredients into a bottle and crossed his fingers. It actually tastes somewhat bland despite this. I was expecting a fruit beer with a dominant flavor of elderberry. Rather than the focus being on the fruit, there's an odd dry herbal and floral flavor and a flavor of nuts and bread. It's earthy. The mouthfeel is thin, crisp, and dry. It's refreshing. I appreciate the effort to be unique, and it's not bad by any means, but the "magic" just leaves me confused and underwhelmed at the same time.

DeFaz, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

DaPan, Aug 04, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Dapper_Dan_Man, Aug 04, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Lencho_Gomez, Aug 03, 2013
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4/5  rDev +21.2%

balinor, Aug 01, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Cynic-ale, Aug 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

jtyson, Aug 01, 2013
Photo of tigg924
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had on tap at BBC-Cedarville--served into a pint glass

Appearance: minimal head, medium carbonation, dark gold in color, hazy

Smell: faint blue and black berries, wheat

Taste: wheat, blueberry, blackberry, twigs, spice

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, medium carbonation

Overall: I like this as a hefe/sahti mix with a bit of fruit. As beer overall, I think it is creative and would have a couple on a hot night. I think there are way better hefes that are truer to style however.

tigg924, Jul 31, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Dcunicelli, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley North (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for a Summer Scene variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 26, 2013
Consumed: July 29, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange hazy color with two fingers of off-white head. Minimal wet spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled blueberry, grape, faint bubblegum, cherry, kiwi, honey, apple and faint banana. Basically fruity notes is what I’m saying.

Taste wasn’t quite a variety as the smell, but still flavorful. Got grape juice, blueberry, faint cotton candy, sour cherry, apple and tropical notes.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

A nice beer for the summer. Beer Advocate has it as a Hefeweizen and Rate Beer has it as a wheat ale. I think it is somewhere in between. Definitely a summer beer. I’d have it again though.

BucannonXC5, Jul 30, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

get_bentley, Jul 30, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Joshuwutphilly, Jul 30, 2013
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Whiskeydeez, Jul 29, 2013
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 1,074 ratings.