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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
76
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1,066 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,066
Reviews: 162
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 15
Gots: 126 | 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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Ratings: 1,066 | Reviews: 162 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of donkeyrunner
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Vibrant label art drew me to buy this.

Traslucent orangey gold color. Skimpy white head leaves a few traces of foam but certainly not enough for a wheat based beer.

I get a minor whiff of clove underneath a thick layer of perfumey hand lotion.

Tastes like graham crackers and Captain Crunch Crunch Berries. Tastes "violet." Faint 'nana puddin' in there as well.

Not bad, not great. As good as most of the other wheat fruit combos out there.

donkeyrunner, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of Soneast
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Soneast, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of fuzzcherry
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

fuzzcherry, Jul 28, 2012
Photo of tdm168
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - pours orange with a fizzy, white head that fades to nothing quickly

S - sweet, tart, raspberries, blackberries

T - tart, faint raspberries, juice-like

M - very crisp, a bit over carbonated, light bodied

This is a rather disappointing beer. It comes across like fruit juice rather than a fruity hefeweizen. It's tart and sweet and has no elements of a traditional hefeweizen. I'll pass next time.

tdm168, Jul 27, 2012
Photo of ouits
3/5  rDev -9.1%

ouits, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

aszatk01, Jul 26, 2012
Photo of GR_Rick
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

GR_Rick, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. My wife and I both enjoy elderberries, so we figured this would be a fine choice for the summer.

Poured into a sampler glass. Deep golden-copper in colour, quite hazy, with a half inch head that dissipates into a thin ring. Decent looking wheat beer.

Nose is fruit - elderberry and currant, a bit of peach - the rest is quite faint, perhaps a bit of citrus and wheat malt.

Not a bad beer by any stretch. It's got a nice elderberry flavor, it's light and refreshing, goes down well. It's just...there isn't much else there. The malt base is quite weak, and the flavor is not very complex. The fizzy carbonation is not helping matters much. Don't get me wrong, on a hot summer's day this would be a refreshing treat, and I like it a great deal better than other Magic Hat brews, but it could have been so much more.

JohnnyBarman, Jul 25, 2012
Photo of reagbr8
3/5  rDev -9.1%

reagbr8, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of ridgeline23
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

ridgeline23, Jul 24, 2012
Photo of harrylee773
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

harrylee773, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

thegerm87, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of hockenbeer
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

hockenbeer, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of jburchett
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

jburchett, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of mulletman13
4/5  rDev +21.2%

mulletman13, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of lccrunchy
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

lccrunchy, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of zbooks
3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

zbooks, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of tectactoe
3/5  rDev -9.1%

tectactoe, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of NeverSettle
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

NeverSettle, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of decaff
4/5  rDev +21.2%

decaff, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of MikalMick
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

MikalMick, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of bonez05404
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

bonez05404, Jul 21, 2012
Photo of Abbynvm
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

Abbynvm, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of CommanderCob
2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

CommanderCob, Jul 18, 2012
Photo of sinstaineddemon
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
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
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,066 ratings.