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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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959 Ratings

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Ratings: 959
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 78 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  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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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-25-2012 00:09:01 | More by Dugan
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3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild to moderate aroma. Wheat, pale malt, some fruity berry in the mix. Mild American hops. Low yeast character. No clove or banana.

Appearance: Pale orange, looks like apricot juice. Medium haze. Lots of tiny bubbles rising along the edge of the glass. Head is pale white, low retentio.

Taste: Lots of pleasant wheat. Mild pale malts and mild to moderate bitter hops. The fruit is ok, nothing special. Elderberry, but concentrated, a bit synthetic but OK. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Thick and oily, almost milky. Low smooth carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. A great spring/summer brew. Good wheat taste and decent fruit presence.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 23:39:06 | More by soulfly1492
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3.63/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy copper color, but with a quick head and only a ring o' foam after a sip or two. OK bubbling though, average appearance overall.

Berries, chalk, and medium toasted barkey and wheat. A hint of banana powder. Smells easy drinking, fruity, and refreshing for the Summer in my area.

Mild berry flavors from start to finish, which I enjoy on a hot Summer day after work. Dry palate, banana powder, and toasted barley and wheat bread crust flavors coming together in the middle of the flavor profile.

Easy to drink, makes me feel happy, and refreshed on a long, working, Summers' day.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:56:48 | More by scruffwhor
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-23-2012 20:12:24 | More by Trent
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-23-2012 06:04:39 | More by DiscGolfRobot
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

"Let's make haste... slowly"

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades to nothing

S: Elderberries rule the nose, along with a twang of wheat and other fruits

T: Follows the nose, along with the usual suspect of the MH yeast. The yeast overpowers the berries somewhat, taking away from the overall elderberry experience. Still get the wheat and fruitiness, though again slightly dampened by the yeast

M: Light-moderate bodied with moderate tight carbonation

O: If only MH would switch up their yeast, I think they would get much more praise. It either dominates or makes a presence in ALL of their beers and changes some of their could-be greats into mediocre beers... sigh

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2012 02:28:11 | More by BEERMILER12
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-23-2012 00:50:05 | More by leinie13
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1/5  rDev -69.8%

06-22-2012 19:58:03 | More by jsboates
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3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Magic Hat Elder Betty
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy orange with a basic white line for a head on top. A very clean, non-exsistent head.

Whiffs of wheat and some berry notes.

A dry wheat backbone up front. Very clean with an herbal and raspberry finish. These flavors remind me of a wheat beer infused with a berry puree.

There is no doubt that this beer is drinkable and I can make it work, but it certainly leaves me wanting more. When my friend was visiting a couple of weeks ago, we decided to try this seasonal and it left us wanting more.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2012 01:11:52 | More by Hibernator
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New Hampshire

3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2012 when it was 97 degrees outside. It pours a murky looking pale yellow with loads of carbonation leading up to a huge, long lasting head. The aroma is of pale malts, wheat, and berries. The body is light to medium which is just what you want for a day like today. The taste has some wheat and berries with a low bitterness and clean, crisp ending. I am a bit biased as my late mother's name was Betty and the only craft beer she liked was Magic Hat. But regardless of that, this was ideal for the first full day of summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2012 22:20:13 | More by puboflyons
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-21-2012 16:57:49 | More by Focusf111
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-21-2012 04:29:06 | More by NickMGlass
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-21-2012 02:42:18 | More by DrunkinYogi
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-20-2012 22:05:37 | More by dbert21
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3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, maize/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus (elderberry?), wheat, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and clove. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of elderberry, sweet malt, clove, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and mouth feel. The body is a little lacking, though.

Serving type: on-tap

06-20-2012 13:17:36 | More by Tone
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

06-20-2012 04:03:12 | More by 6demonbag
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3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Hazy light amber with only a few millimeters of eggshell head. Lacing quickly slides its way back down and joins the brew again.

S: Fruity, slightly tart berry scent hits a cloud of musty vegetation/grass. Maybe it's the yeast Magic Hat uses? I swear I get that same scent out of every beer they make.

T: Berries on the forefront lead into hints of citrus and wheat. Marred by a somewhat astringent finish.

M: Creamy at first but the carbonation gets a little prickly.

O: Well, alright. I give Magic Hat props for trying new things, but despite a nice bouquet there's nothing much special going on here.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 00:48:20 | More by DirtyPenny
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-19-2012 23:55:49 | More by tmm313
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-19-2012 16:42:08 | More by 1mrbeer
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Rhode Island

3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-18-2012 03:32:17 | More by disemgrowler
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Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains berries, citrus, light caramelized malts, wheat and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of berries, citrus and a touch of spice. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, seems very much like any other berry wheat beer out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2012 02:21:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-18-2012 01:04:08 | More by Zakk
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-18-2012 00:15:45 | More by Mikecap
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-17-2012 22:02:57 | More by Gww1864
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

06-17-2012 10:50:19 | More by Thullin187
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 959 ratings.