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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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1,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 160
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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Photo of Treyliff
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%

A- goldish-orange in color With a bit of a haze, small head, no lacing.

S- Berries, grains, wheat, very fruity.

T- Wheat and artificial berries. A bit of yeast and light hop bitterness at the end.

M- smooth and light bodied, medium carbonation,

O- I can see the intent with this one, but the berry taste came across artificial to me. Wouldn't be bad on a hot summer day but I can think of better options.

Treyliff, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Nihilistkid
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Nihilistkid, Jun 27, 2012
Photo of andrewj17
4.25/5  rDev +28.4%

andrewj17, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of deadonhisfeet
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%

Poured from a bottle into a New Belgium tulip. The pour is a hazy, almost murky orange with a thin head. Very weissbier-like nose with hints of apple, clove, and orange. Not getting any berry notes on the nose.

The beer is light bodied with a (proper) soft mouthfeel. Nice sweet wheaty flavors hit you up front and are joined by traditional banana and clove notes. Right at mid-palate, I do get just a hint of berry and it adds a nice tart complement to the weissbier flavors. The finish is neither dry nor spectacular, but the beer is easy drinking and extremely refreshing.

This is a fantastic weissbier that all fans of the style should try. The use of elderberries is not overdone at all. Rather, there is just enough to complement the traditional flavors.

deadonhisfeet, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of LCannon4
3/5  rDev -9.4%

LCannon4, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of muletrane
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

muletrane, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of waiting4lunch
3/5  rDev -9.4%

waiting4lunch, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of KaTerp
4/5  rDev +20.8%

KaTerp, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of JRBecks
3/5  rDev -9.4%

JRBecks, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of Dugan
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Dugan, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of soulfly1492
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%

Aroma: Mild to moderate aroma. Wheat, pale malt, some fruity berry in the mix. Mild American hops. Low yeast character. No clove or banana.

Appearance: Pale orange, looks like apricot juice. Medium haze. Lots of tiny bubbles rising along the edge of the glass. Head is pale white, low retentio.

Taste: Lots of pleasant wheat. Mild pale malts and mild to moderate bitter hops. The fruit is ok, nothing special. Elderberry, but concentrated, a bit synthetic but OK. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Thick and oily, almost milky. Low smooth carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. A great spring/summer brew. Good wheat taste and decent fruit presence.

soulfly1492, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of scruffwhor
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Cloudy copper color, but with a quick head and only a ring o' foam after a sip or two. OK bubbling though, average appearance overall.

Berries, chalk, and medium toasted barkey and wheat. A hint of banana powder. Smells easy drinking, fruity, and refreshing for the Summer in my area.

Mild berry flavors from start to finish, which I enjoy on a hot Summer day after work. Dry palate, banana powder, and toasted barley and wheat bread crust flavors coming together in the middle of the flavor profile.

Easy to drink, makes me feel happy, and refreshed on a long, working, Summers' day.

scruffwhor, Jun 24, 2012
Photo of Trent
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Trent, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of DiscGolfRobot
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

DiscGolfRobot, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of BEERMILER12
3.43/5  rDev +3.6%

"Let's make haste... slowly"

A: Pours a slightly cloudy golden orange color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades to nothing

S: Elderberries rule the nose, along with a twang of wheat and other fruits

T: Follows the nose, along with the usual suspect of the MH yeast. The yeast overpowers the berries somewhat, taking away from the overall elderberry experience. Still get the wheat and fruitiness, though again slightly dampened by the yeast

M: Light-moderate bodied with moderate tight carbonation

O: If only MH would switch up their yeast, I think they would get much more praise. It either dominates or makes a presence in ALL of their beers and changes some of their could-be greats into mediocre beers... sigh

BEERMILER12, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

leinie13, Jun 23, 2012
Photo of jsboates
1/5  rDev -69.8%

jsboates, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of Hibernator
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

Magic Hat Elder Betty
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a cloudy and hazy orange with a basic white line for a head on top. A very clean, non-exsistent head.

Whiffs of wheat and some berry notes.

A dry wheat backbone up front. Very clean with an herbal and raspberry finish. These flavors remind me of a wheat beer infused with a berry puree.

There is no doubt that this beer is drinkable and I can make it work, but it certainly leaves me wanting more. When my friend was visiting a couple of weeks ago, we decided to try this seasonal and it left us wanting more.

Hibernator, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +4.2%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2012 when it was 97 degrees outside. It pours a murky looking pale yellow with loads of carbonation leading up to a huge, long lasting head. The aroma is of pale malts, wheat, and berries. The body is light to medium which is just what you want for a day like today. The taste has some wheat and berries with a low bitterness and clean, crisp ending. I am a bit biased as my late mother's name was Betty and the only craft beer she liked was Magic Hat. But regardless of that, this was ideal for the first full day of summer.

puboflyons, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of Focusf111
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

Focusf111, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of NickMGlass
3/5  rDev -9.4%

NickMGlass, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

DrunkinYogi, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of dbert21
3/5  rDev -9.4%

dbert21, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of Tone
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%

Pours a cloudy, maize/copper color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of citrus (elderberry?), wheat, sweet malt, hint of yeast, and clove. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of elderberry, sweet malt, clove, and a hint of wheat. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and mouth feel. The body is a little lacking, though.

Tone, Jun 20, 2012
Photo of 6demonbag
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

6demonbag, Jun 20, 2012
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.