Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,106 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,106
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 140 | 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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Photo of Kooz
2.35/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a standard pint glass. Very slightly cloudy with very little head which dissipates quickly. It's a pale orange color, and not terribly impressive looking.

Smells of wheat and something else, something slightly sweet. Maybe this is what elderberries smell like?

Tastes a bit like cough syrup in the aftertaste. It's bitter and isn't sitting well on my palate. I was expecting something slightly sweet, this tastes almost ashy and tart.

Very little body to this beer. It's a bit too watery and has a bit too much bite.

I am not impressed with this beer. I expected a lot more from this. Disappointing.

Photo of Cjalbers
2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of bradleypatter
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of JSkone09
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of tmars13
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of ExaltedNecrosis
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of KC9LDB
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of jmbraxton
4.75/5  rDev +43.9%

Photo of Tobe
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light amber color with an off white head. The head poured full but quickly dissipated.

Light aroma of elderberries fills the nose upon first inspection. There is a fainter aroma of grass and spice. The flavor is light and crisp. Fruitiness on the palate finishing with a little pepper. It coats the mouth nicely but doesn't overpower. This very well may be the best beer that Magic Hat has released in quite some time.

*After a couple ElderBetty it tends to coat your palete with an undesirable sweetness.*

Photo of buschbeer
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is cloudy with an orange hue and gold highlights. It has a couple inches of off white head.

S - There is a fruit aroma that I'm assuming to be elderberry. It's been a long time since I had elderberry pie which is the only experience that I've had with elderberries.

T - It has lots of beery flavor. That is all I taste.

M - Medium with a lot of carbonation.

O - It is a fruity wheat beer. It is good if that is what you like.

Photo of RichH55
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Kellifer
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of Gus_13
3.23/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a hotel water glass. I know I know not the best thing. But I'm making do.

Appearance: It poured how most weiss do in my opinion. Cloudy with a small head and no visible alcohol legs. Looking at it it look just how a wheat bear is expected. Head dissipated quickly.

Smell: Definitely has the bready smell to it. But the fruity, berry smell comes in to over power that. It smells refreshing.

Taste: Front of the mouth has a sweet tart, fruity, berry taste to it. That comes from the fruit used in it I'm sure. has the mouth feel of most wheat beers. I do like the taste. I can see it being very refreshing during the summer months. The aftertaste is again berry and citrusy.

Overall: It is a good beer. And I think it fits into the weiss beer and especially what Magic Hat was trying to do. Most of their offerings are a little off-the-wall and I can appreciate that. I'm definitely going to enjoy this 6-pack in the August Daytona Beach sun.

Cheers.

Photo of papacrowe
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of Ferrous_Wheel
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep golden and clear with a few rising bubbles and a decent, short lived head with ok lace.

Smell is a little berry like with some indistinct fruitiness also, some wheat and maybe some light citrus.

Taste is earthy and lightly malty, with a notable elderberry taste. It's not super complex but it's fairly tasty and quite drinkable.

Body is moderately fizzy and light bodied, would make a good lawnmower beer. Reminds me of #9 but with a different fruitiness.

It's not terrific but it's not bad either.

Photo of The_Astridhaze
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of BeerDrinkingRhino
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Piotr_Rasputin
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

Photo of BeerHunter76
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of BryanK
2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Bessette's Canton NY for 1.79$

Appearance – Hazy amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, berries, banana

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with light citrus, hints of bananas, and something along the lines of blackberries. It ends with a slightly spicy berry aftertaste.

Overall – Well, it's better than I was expecting. The fruit flavour isn't cloying and the beer is fairly drinkable.. even for someone who isn't a fan of fruit beers like me.

Photo of dhep16
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of kevmcdin2003
3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of erosier
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours a clean and clear golden yellow with a medium sized and fluffy white colored head that leaves nice lacing down the glass.
S: Smells of sweet wheat malts, hints of elderberries, and some nice spices mixed in.
T: Tastes of sweet smooth wheat malts, a mix of cloves and spices and the perfect amount of elderberry to finish it off. It was very refreshing.
M: Smooth, light bodied, perfect amount of carbonation, light feeling, great sessionable beer.
D: Overall a great mix of feel and flavors, very drinkable beer.

Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,106 ratings.