1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Elder Betty - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Elder BettyElder Betty

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

1,016 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 1,016
Reviews: 159
rAvg: 3.3
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 14
Gots: 104 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Elder Betty Alström Bros
Ratings: 1,016 | Reviews: 159 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Immortale25

North Carolina

3.19/5  rDev -3.3%

Poured into a pint glass. No readable freshness date.

A- Pours a somewhat hazy orange-ish amber color with a 1/4 inch head that retains OK before becoming an 1/8 inch ring around the edge of the glass and plentiful surface foam. Fluffy, resilient lacing.

S- Light, fruity aroma with a hint of sulfur. A bit sweet.

T- Sweet fruit in the onset gives way to a soft wheat flavor. Light malts and equally light hops. Has that "give" in taste that I always speak of but is hard to describe. Notes of apricot (surprise, surprise), orange and peach.

M- Slightly watery with medium-high carbonation and a light body.

O- Not as bad as expected. Magic Hat is just one of those breweries who can't be taken seriously anymore.

05-31-2012 00:47:56 | More by Immortale25
Photo of duff247


3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-16-2012 22:20:13 | More by duff247
Photo of cliff1066


3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

12-22-2012 03:32:36 | More by cliff1066
Photo of Falcone

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-05-2013 00:22:20 | More by Falcone
Photo of twenty5


3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-17-2013 02:35:32 | More by twenty5
Photo of rlee1390


3.3/5  rDev 0%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-17-2013 02:34:20 | More by lupercmda
Photo of OtherShoe2


3.13/5  rDev -5.2%

Received a slightly hazy yellow/orange brew with a foam white head. No real retention, but maybe a slight skim, no lace.

Wheat brew at it's most pedestrian. Grainy, with a level of sweetness and some musty yeast notes. I guess there is a hint of fruit aroma, but I have a hard time finding it.

Sweet wheat grain, some yeast and a little husk bitterness. Some berry in there somewhere, but very very mild. Light bitter grain in the finish.

A little more body than most of this type. Good carbonation.

Another dud from this brewer. Middle of the road, no thing to make you want to recommend or try again. Not hateful, just not worth chasing.

04-29-2012 19:54:01 | More by OtherShoe2
Photo of GreesyFizeek

New York

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

06-18-2013 03:00:04 | More by GreesyFizeek
Photo of DaPan

Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev -9.1%

08-04-2013 01:57:54 | More by DaPan
Photo of malfunxion

New York

2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

08-27-2014 05:41:11 | More by malfunxion
Photo of vonnegut21

New York

2/5  rDev -39.4%

09-11-2013 19:03:31 | More by vonnegut21
Photo of atone315


3/5  rDev -9.1%

06-15-2013 19:57:03 | More by atone315
Photo of KTCamm

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +7.6%

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.

06-10-2012 12:23:02 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Fettpopps


2/5  rDev -39.4%

03-16-2014 12:08:20 | More by Fettpopps
Photo of buschbeer


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

08-18-2012 15:23:11 | More by buschbeer
Photo of barczar


3.18/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

06-16-2012 02:07:34 | More by barczar
Photo of JohneHoodlum


3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

07-03-2013 23:31:56 | More by JohneHoodlum
Photo of atlbravsrno1


2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

07-25-2014 03:20:18 | More by atlbravsrno1
Photo of GrindFatherBob

New York

3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

01-24-2013 13:38:54 | More by GrindFatherBob
Photo of micromaniac129


3/5  rDev -9.1%

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...

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

Rhode Island

3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

04-24-2014 17:20:27 | More by Burt
Photo of krome


3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

07-26-2013 13:27:51 | More by krome
Photo of JohnBender


2.25/5  rDev -31.8%

05-26-2012 18:15:53 | More by JohnBender
Photo of Amalak

New York

3.23/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

05-02-2012 00:44:47 | More by Amalak
Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 1,016 ratings.