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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,047 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,047
Reviews: 161
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 15
Gots: 114 | 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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4/5  rDev +20.8%

decaff, Jul 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

MikalMick, Jul 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

bonez05404, Jul 21, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +36%

Abbynvm, Jul 18, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

CommanderCob, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - a hazy light honey color with a faint glimpse of a white head that rings almost immediately

S - I can smell the fruit from a foot away. An extremely pleasant fruity, very berry-y aroma. One that is supported with a nice wheat backbone. Not too much of a "tastes like added fruit juice to beer" quality.

T - The taste backs that up, a very strong berry flavor with a a nice wheat/yeast foundation. Not much else to it.

M&D - not impressed, a bit fizzy, and the fruit isn't blended as well as some other fruit beers. A decent beer that I might try on tap.

sinstaineddemon, Jul 18, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

RoryOMoore, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a white head. The aroma has a nice blueberry and elderberry character, as well as some wheat. The beer smells fairly juicy overall. The flavor has some tart berry notes, as well as some wheat. The fruit seems a bit artificial and is very sweet. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Better than I expected, but nothing to seek out.

Mora2000, Jul 16, 2012
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3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation and a two finger head.

S-Grapes, what I assume are elderberries and spice. The overpower the floral notes and it is not a good overpowering like with some IPAs.

T-Strange mesh of grapes and what I again assume are elder berries. Overly fruity. Some wheat. Not well balanced. Some tartness as well.

M-Light with a nice deal of carbonation.

O-The tartness is nice however the elderberry/grape notes overpower everything else and make this beer way to fruity. Possibly it can be used as a soft intro to sours for some people? Also the beer does not warm well.

rlee1390, Jul 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

DrinkNattyLight, Jul 16, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

AltimusPrime, Jul 16, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Pjev11, Jul 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Tnkemist, Jul 14, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

jtw21, Jul 14, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

smitbo7, Jul 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Didier, Jul 13, 2012
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4/5  rDev +20.8%

speracado, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

wmc0005, Jul 11, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

amishbooze, Jul 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Maegodfrey14, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of SouljaSaia17
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: this beer pours a dark orange with a hint of haze. Start as a 2 finger foamy white head that dissipates into a thin layer of foamy white bubbles.

S: The smell is of mainly floral hops and grassy notes. Also has hints of coriander and honey to sweeten the finish.

T: Taste consists of coriander, grassy notes, and a little bit of citrus spice, kind of like an orange tang. Sweetness of the honey follows on the back end. Taste is like a light Saison!

M: Moderate carbonation is present at first, but then is hidden by the cloudy citric presence. A little lacing is there depending on what type of glass you choose.

O: All in all a very good beer for a nice breezy, summer day. Very drinkable with a lot of earthy flavor. One of Magic Hats better brews and if you love Saisons, you'll enjoy this beer!

SouljaSaia17, Jul 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

Jaco-B, Jul 09, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Jason_Quad, Jul 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev -9.4%

dspencer714, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of ToddT
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Hazy light orange with a fluffy off white head. Head fades quickly to a ring but leaves little lace on the glass.

S- Sweet fruit, grapes and elderberries and the dominate notes.

T- Follows the nose, elderberries dominate the taste with a few notes form the wheat to round this out. Not very complex but a nice refreshment on a hot summer day. The finish is mostly sweet and lingering without any counterpoint to the berry taste.

M- Medium in body and with decent carbonation.

O- I would want a lot of these but it was a nice diversion on a hot day. No real character of a hefeweizen in this but it was still a pleasant beer to drink. The 5.5% ABV is low enough to make it a session beer but it is a little sweet for me to want do so.

ToddT, Jul 08, 2012
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,047 ratings.