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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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684 Ratings

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Ratings: 684
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 68 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company visit their website
Vermont, United States

Style | ABV
Herbed / Spiced Beer |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
Stop and smell the petals Pistil is a summer beer unlike any other, brewed with a combination of dandelion petals, Pale and Acidulated malts, flaked oats, and Apollo and Northern Brewer hops that results in a one-of-a-kind beer with a slightly sour acidity and a smooth malt body. Perfect for taking down deep thirst.

20 IBU

(Beer added by: shand on 04-16-2012)
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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

Dapperticus, May 19, 2012
Photo of circus_cat
4.49/5  rDev +39%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy golden hay body with a bright white, soapy head. Looks like a summer beer! Reminds me of a belgian white. Streaming, lively bubbles.

S: Lemon and orange zest, floral hops, very floral in general, lemon grass, wet hay, grass.

T: Lots of lemon grass, green tea, lemon peel.

M: Wow, so refreshing. Very light, crisp, and lively on the tongue.

O: I always hate to give a "crafty" beer a great score but I really can't understand how anyone justifies giving this "average." I don't think I've ever had a beer more refreshing than this and that is clearly what the bottle says they're going for. It is so refreshing and still tastes good with the summery notes like lemon grass, even as it warms. I'm sorry, but I'm a fan.

circus_cat, Mar 24, 2013
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.46/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Magic Hat Pistil has a medium, frothy, off-white head, a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, some lacing left behind, streaming bubbles, and an enormous amount of fine white particles floating throughout. The aroma is a strange mix of sweet malts, acidic juice, and freshly-mowed grass. Taste is of pineapple juice, weeds from the lawn, acid, sweetness, bitterness, and plant stems. Mouthfeel is medium, and Magic Hat Pistil finishes dry and tart. Overall, this is an usual, yet interesting beer. It's worth looking for.


RonaldTheriot, Feb 26, 2013
Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.28/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Magic Hat's Summer Collection 2012. Cap says:" Eat egg scramble with Bruce Campbell"

First off, it's pretty damn good for something brewed with lawn weeds! Who would have thought of dandelions? Start off with a nice grassy lemon aroma.Pours a light yellow with a cloudy / hazy body similar to Heffweisen. Has a full thick head that lasts quite well and laces the glass right down to the bottom. Taste is citrusy sweet with a crisp slightly acid finish. Imparts a pleasing aftertaste. Not for the hop lover!

CaptJackHarkness, Apr 23, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

TTripp725, Apr 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

benalbert, Mar 25, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

JDCannon, Apr 10, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Sebas, Apr 16, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

rorjets, Aug 09, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

braedon_peluso, May 05, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

ToddGingerich, Dec 28, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

tmm313, Apr 11, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

Rihup, Jun 02, 2013
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Rowlaw, Mar 02, 2014
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4.25/5  rDev +31.6%

MyauFroto, May 02, 2014
Photo of mynie
4.19/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A dandelion beer is a fine choice for a dandy gentleman such as myself.

Pours hazy, like a pale wheat. Smells like a cross between a lightly hoped wheat and a Zwickle--very big floral nodes against a background of saltines and grain. A nice, refreshing, and quite spritely smell.

Tastes good, but not quite as good as it smells. The grassy floral zip is a bit muted, replaced by nodes of dried and pressed flowers that are more like potpourri than fresh dandelions. Starts out flowery, gets sweet and lightly wheaty, ends dry. Plenty of variegation with no off nodes.

Magic Hat's flagships are almost all very good. I'll never understand the animosity these guys generate.

mynie, Mar 01, 2014
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4.18/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer, it really surprised me. I was expecting it to be a somewhat bitter flavor, but it did not have that at all, to my taste and I'm very against bitter/hoppy beers (not a fan of anything IPA). It was my favorite out of it's variety pack, aside from the classic #9.

bturton, Oct 18, 2012
Photo of shand
4.08/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tough one to review! It's a good beer, that's for sure. One of the better Magic Hat brews. However, it's just a little bit odd. It pours out a hazy yellow color with two fingers of head that don't stick around for too long. The aroma is nice, it's got a bit of a hoppy pilsner feel to it, with herbal and citrus hops and grass. The taste is very interesting, with the citrus hops and some tea-like flavors coming through first. Then follows some smooth malts, a very light sour note, and more citrus flavors, ending with a clean, grassy note. There's a lot going on for the 4.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is very good. This is a superb and interesting summer beer, with plenty of flavor to go with its drinkability.

shand, Apr 16, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.8%

cb2113, Jul 29, 2012
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Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 684 ratings.