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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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945 Ratings

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Ratings: 945
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 15
Gots: 74 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-12-2012 21:22:58 | More by MelindaLee
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i like when magic hat does something new. this is a nice summer wheat beer with lots of subtle flavors going on. elderberry is a vermont staple in the permaculture age, and its inclusion in this otherwise average wheat beer is a nice treat. pours cloudy yellow with a faint pinkish glow and a 2 inch white foam head. smells pretty standard, a little fruity but at this point it could just as easily be the yeast. flavors are tart fruit at first, sweeter fruits in the middle, and a very crisp wheat malt finish. i bet this would be killer as a big ipa, but i like it well enough in its current form. mouthfeel is fine, medium carbonation and a pretty light body for an unfiltered beer. overall very drinkable and im sure ill have a fair few this summer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2012 20:40:39 | More by StonedTrippin
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-12-2012 03:34:33 | More by dlin0sbb
Photo of dfwprosportsjon

3.98/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly dark orange with the fruit in it clearly darkening it.
S: Very fruity aroma with a nice amount of head that slowly dissipated over a few minutes.
T: A smooth, sweet fruitiness that is very much the fruit as it overpowers the yeast of the hefe. There is a little wheat taste in it but for good or bad the fruit clearly takes over this beer. I love the taste of the elderberry as it's sweet without being too sweet and therefore love this beer. Again though there is no yeast flavor which is strange in a hefe.
M: Decent thickness and great carbonation level as it isn't as carbonated as some wits and hefes.
O: I was pleasantly surprised with this beer as it's fruitiness is sweet but not too sweet and has a lingering taste I really like. This beer gets poor reviews and I can understand if it's b/c the yeast doesn't show up as it's strange to drink a hefe and not taste the yeast but otherwise I really like this beer and think it's a good one to drink now and again. I don't want more than 1 per sitting but it's a great change of pace. Drops just below 4.0 due to the "wouldn't want to drink more than 1."

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2012 00:59:16 | More by dfwprosportsjon
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-11-2012 23:21:15 | More by dsauter
Photo of bubseymour


3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- murky orange with sudsy 1 finger head

S - I smell malty crackers and bread

T- very pedestrian beer with easy drinking watered down metallic metal flavor and a hint of tartness which I guess is elderberry.

M - decent

O- an easy drinker . Sessionable but just a boring beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 21:46:40 | More by bubseymour
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3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into oversized chalice. Pours a hazy orange/brown with slight purple hue. Aromas of wheaty malts and fruit, grape or some sort of general berry aroma.
Taste is of grape, wheat, and some malts. It has that artificial grape flavor we all enjoyed as a child, but its not as bad as it sounds...its actually very mild.
This isnt something id run out to buy again, but at 5.5% it hits hard for the style. Overall, worth a try but dont seek out.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 13:19:22 | More by DrinkSlurm
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Rhode Island

3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-11-2012 05:37:09 | More by asafarc2
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a standard glass mug. This was part of a summer sampler 12-pack offering from Magic Hat.

Appearance: An aggressive bottle pour only yielded a small ¼” off-white head which quickly dissipated to nothing noticeable. A hazy amber/copper color brew with almost no lacing as my mug emptied.

Smell: Sweet berries come to mind right away, mixed with a little bit of your typical bready wheat and yeast aromas. You can definitely tell from the smell this is fruit beer.

Taste: Sweet and sour berries attack the tongue right away, followed by more and more sweetness. A light bready/malty wheat is present, but takes a back seat to the sweetness. Hops?? I’m not convinced they found their way into this beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation for this light-to-medium body beer. Its easy drinking for a fruit beer, but you would have to like the fruity style to really enjoy it. The berry flavor lingers awhile on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: If you like sweet fruity beer then this may be one you want to try. I don’t see myself running out to buy a 6-pack though since it’s too fruity-sweet for my liking. One or two from a sampler pack is plenty. At 5.5% ABV, it’s probably not the summer session beer one is looking for. Their #9 and Circus Boy are much better in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2012 14:43:19 | More by cmq103
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass at a local BBQ joint.

Pours a hazy cloudy pale golden yellow. Good foam that settles down to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

Nose is fruity, berry like. Know nothing of elderberries, but the smell and subtle taste is blueberry. Not quite as tart though - subdued sweetness. With overriding wheatiness.

Low carbonation - may just be the draft effect, but there wasn't too much substance or pop to the mouthfeel. Hops were quite light as well.

Another interesting MH brew. Not earth shattering, but a good enough summer wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 12:23:02 | More by KTCamm
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-09-2012 21:06:35 | More by williahd
Photo of nick76


3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is malty and somewhat yeasty with a fruity like essence but hardly any. The hops are herbal in nature. The appearance is deep cloudy gold with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma. The palate is smooth. Overall a nice beer but does not have much of a elderberry taste or smell.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2012 19:22:05 | More by nick76
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

06-08-2012 22:16:08 | More by bigd84
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-08-2012 19:12:23 | More by RobotLovesBeer
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

06-08-2012 03:17:24 | More by Joshgonzales79
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-08-2012 00:50:50 | More by gutbuster
Photo of jaasen64


3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Magic Hat Summer mixed 12-pack. Poured into Sam Adams Pint Glass.

A- Pours a fairly hazy slightly translucent gold, about a quarter finger of fairly thick frothy head with decent retention, above average carbonation.

S- Strong smell of berries- blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.., a little bit of a malty wheat aroma, some light hops mixed in the background. A little bit of a artificial/soda presence to it.

T- Berries, lightly sweet, some malts, reminds me of a diet berry soda. Not overly flavorful.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing for a summer, above average carbonation, abv decently hidden.

O- This was a fairly average fruit beer, probably my least favorite in the 12-pack. The taste/smell were a little bit too artificial and soda-like, which I didn't really care for. It's why I dislike most fruit beers. There are definitely better fruit beers out there and there are definitely some worse ones.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:57:06 | More by jaasen64
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3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color and head in the tall glass. Really pleasant carbonation. I guess the flavor grows on you a little. Rather alarming at first sip. Fortunately it's not overly sweet, though it is plenty malt. It would be interesting to compare with Éphémère Cassis to see if the Unibroue product is really that much better.

I would still quibble with the High Powers who called this one an American Wheat. If Magic Hat #9 is a Fruit Beer, then this one is a Fruit Beer.

From the 12 oz bottle in the 12-pack sampler from Trader Joe's.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 02:46:44 | More by mactrail
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3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – It pours a hazy deeper golden color with a huge, thick white head. The head has quite good retention and slowly fades to give a light to medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is rather interesting. It has a yeast and doughy with some lemon and elderberry smell with a somewhat funky aroma. There is a somewhat bitter aroma mixed in as well; the aroma is overall somewhat satisfying.

Taste – The taste is light elderberry and dough up front mixed with a lighter citrus flavor. These flavors form a base for the brew lasting the entire taste experience. The lemon flavor remains the same in the taste, while the elderberry seems to intensify more toward the middle. At the end, the yeasty doughy flavors really gets rather strong and mix with a somewhat bitter lemon and funky flavor which linger on the tongue for quite some time.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly above average with a carbonation level being on the average side. The body is quite nice for the doughy taste with the carbonation good for the citrus flavors. Very fitting for the brew.

Overall – This was a rather interesting beer. A little different, but good none the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 00:35:06 | More by Darkmagus82
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3.03/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 ounce pint - $6.00 at Taco Mac in Canton, Georgia.

Appearance: Fairly cloudy appearance for a dark, dingy-looking, golden hue. Very small, near white head. Let's jump on it, shall we?

Smell: Sets the tone of a modest base (wheat) beer to hold up the squirt of elderberry additive.

Taste: Sweetish taste of malted wheat with a crunchy granola bar accent and, then, the lightly tart elderberry flavor. Very low hops, near nil bitterness. Near dry, berry-hinted finish with some, thankfully, palate cleansing carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, it's better than Wacko. Elder Betty follows the tired, old fruit beer pattern -- bland to modest base beer (be it a blonde ale or something wheat-based) with a splash of flavoring.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2012 15:49:20 | More by ChainGangGuy
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-05-2012 21:05:43 | More by Ted
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

06-05-2012 11:34:04 | More by Pichon
Photo of MoreThanWine


3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a 2" white head disappearing at an average pace. Slightly hazed body is a cross between straw and gold. It smells like it will be tart, and you can smell a little malt. Taste is only slightly berry, not tart at all, yet somehow the fruit aspect still overwhelms all the beer aspects. Mild malt comes through in the aftertaste. Drinkable, non-offensive, but more of a beer for those who don't really like beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 08:37:40 | More by MoreThanWine
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Rhode Island

3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Consumed 6/5/12

Appearance: Hazy, light orange/golden, starts with a small, white head, leaves a few wisps and spots of lacing

Smell: Extremely mild - some light, vaguely sweet berries - faint wheat funkiness and some light grains - lightly sweet, definitely inoffensive, but overly subtle

Taste: Also mild, but more interesting than the aroma - pale and lightly toasted wheat, and some light grains - crackers - slightly tart, nicely sweet - the berries work pretty well

Mouthfeel: Light body, smooth, nicely carbonated, undeniably quaffable

Overall: Not bad, but not really good, either

This beer has berries but it lacks balls. Seriously. The smell and taste are good, but they are excessively mild. This would be a good beer to give to someone that doesn't really like beer. I personally believe that Magic Hat can make a better wheat beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2012 05:47:36 | More by angrybabboon
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

06-05-2012 02:56:47 | More by steelreserve69
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 945 ratings.