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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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1,109 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,109
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 16
Gots: 149 | 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:
Beer added by: Jason on 03-28-2012

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
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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.

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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.

Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of Mora2000
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of rlee1390
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,109 ratings.