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Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty

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917 Ratings

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Ratings: 917
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.36%
Wants: 15
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  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 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.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:19:22 | More by rlee1390
Photo of thatoneguymike


3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

04-13-2014 17:07:39 | More by thatoneguymike
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass at a local BBQ joint.

Pours a hazy cloudy pale golden yellow. Good foam that settles down to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

Nose is fruity, berry like. Know nothing of elderberries, but the smell and subtle taste is blueberry. Not quite as tart though - subdued sweetness. With overriding wheatiness.

Low carbonation - may just be the draft effect, but there wasn't too much substance or pop to the mouthfeel. Hops were quite light as well.

Another interesting MH brew. Not earth shattering, but a good enough summer wheat beer.

Serving type: on-tap

06-10-2012 12:23:02 | More by KTCamm
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-03-2013 23:31:56 | More by JohneHoodlum
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

01-24-2013 13:38:54 | More by GrindFatherBob
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 15:23:11 | More by buschbeer
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New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-18-2013 03:00:04 | More by GreesyFizeek
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Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-24-2014 17:20:27 | More by Burt
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2/5  rDev -39.4%

03-16-2014 12:08:20 | More by Fettpopps
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-15-2013 19:57:03 | More by atone315
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-17-2013 02:34:20 | More by lupercmda
Photo of Amalak

New York

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

A. Hazy, opaque, deep gold/orange color. Average head with some lacing.

S. Very strong scent, kind of orange with a soapiness to it.

T. It has a very strong jolly rancher, grape and cherry taste to it. Honey is adding a strong sweet taste to it. There's a mild grassy taste toward the end.

M. Tingly yet smooth. Refreshing.

O. The sweetness is a bit too much. This seems like a beer that could do with being aged a bit.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2012 00:44:47 | More by Amalak
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.1%

08-04-2013 01:57:54 | More by DaPan
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-25-2012 19:25:56 | More by waiting4lunch
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New York

2/5  rDev -39.4%

09-11-2013 19:03:31 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of micromaniac129


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

This is a beer you'd give your wife at some outdoor barbecue.
And this particular beer tastes more like a grape taffy then a beer.
How many sips does it take to get to the bottom of an Elder Betty beer.... the world may never know.
Like every other fruit beer. Its clear golden with a tiny white soda head.
Aroma grape toosie pops.
Taste grape soda malt beverage.
And so on, and so on...

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2013 11:27:24 | More by micromaniac129
Photo of david131


2.43/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a hazy light orange liquid with a thin but creamy white head. Simple.

S- Uh... All I can smell is a very potent medicinal cough medicine. Not intriguing.

T- Medicinal berry flavor along with some bread. Not too potent or off-putting, but I wouldn't put it in the "good" category.

M- A creamy body with some nice carbonation. Probably the best thing the beer has going for it.

O- The medicinal flavor is not nearly as annoying as the aroma lead me to believe. That being said, it is still a very average beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 04:07:56 | More by david131
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-18-2012 00:17:13 | More by RoryOMoore
Photo of barczar


3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange peach with a dense one inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly for a wheat beer and leaves no lacing.

Aroma begins with wheat, bready sweet malt, and blueberry. I've never smelled an elderberry, so I'm assuming that's what it really is. There's a lemon zest note at the finish.

Flavor is somewhat more subtle than the aroma, with sharp berry tartness and wheat opening at the back of the mouth, leading to a light bready malt backbone, and a subtle berry fruit flavor at the finish, which is a touch dry. The malt detracts a bit from the berry and wheat character. Apply esters emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate with fairly high carbonation. The finish is fairly crisp.

Overall, more subtle fruitiness than I expected in the flavor. Lacks the banana and clove esters of a typical weiss beer, but the elderberry adds enough character to keep things interesting.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2012 02:07:34 | More by barczar
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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

05-27-2013 06:22:30 | More by Zachtheporter
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3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from Magic Hat Summer mixed 12-pack. Poured into Sam Adams Pint Glass.

A- Pours a fairly hazy slightly translucent gold, about a quarter finger of fairly thick frothy head with decent retention, above average carbonation.

S- Strong smell of berries- blueberries, strawberries, blackberries, etc.., a little bit of a malty wheat aroma, some light hops mixed in the background. A little bit of a artificial/soda presence to it.

T- Berries, lightly sweet, some malts, reminds me of a diet berry soda. Not overly flavorful.

M- Light, crisp, refreshing for a summer, above average carbonation, abv decently hidden.

O- This was a fairly average fruit beer, probably my least favorite in the 12-pack. The taste/smell were a little bit too artificial and soda-like, which I didn't really care for. It's why I dislike most fruit beers. There are definitely better fruit beers out there and there are definitely some worse ones.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2012 23:57:06 | More by jaasen64
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2012 18:26:09 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

11-10-2012 15:59:18 | More by richkrull
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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

05-24-2012 20:48:41 | More by Hopmodium
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North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

12-09-2013 12:26:46 | More by ncstateplaya
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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