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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Reviews: 122
Hads: 695
Avg: 3.27
pDev: 16.82%
Wants: 5
Gots: 90 | 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:
Beer added by: shand on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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
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Photo of cottonkoozie
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

A - Hazy yellow color. Poured a 1 finger head with ok retention. Very little lacing.

S - sweet malts, grassy, floral. Pretty good, a little on the sweet side. Almost a belgian style yeast presence.

T - Similar to smell, Grassy and slightly sweet. Again reminds me of some belgian yeast.

Overall, not a bad beer, but not something I would seek out to buy again, nothing offensive, but nothing that really gives me a lasting impression. It is a good beer though and very balanced, and if offered I would drink it again without hesitation.

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Photo of 1000lbgrizzly
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Slightly cloudy pale dandelion, white head, little lacing. Decent presentation of carbonation. Bottle art is colorful and inviting.

S: Muddied herbs, dough.

T: Definitely herbacious, like dry grass, but without anything to really oppose or balance it. Light malt is in there too.

M: Light, perfect carbonation for drinkability.

O: Faint, indistinct, and not quite tasty flavors and nose take away from this otherwise light and sessionable beer.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.1/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company is only my second herbal brew. Oughtta be interesting. Oured form the bottle into a glass, this brew's head goes away FAST. Light,transparent yellow in color.

Sure smells different. Certainly an earth -and -grass about it. Can notice the oat, too.

The initial taste is a dessert-like sweetness that leaves quickly. This left me with a crisp, clean finish. Other tastes I detect include the dandelion mentioned on the label, and just general "herbiness". Nothing lingering, though. Nice&light for a spring brew. I dig it.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, as expected to compliment the taste.

a 3.5/5 overall. This wasn't as herbal tasting as I thought it would be. A great balance of strange ingredients with the familiar drinkability that comes with an ale. This is a great brew for spring AND summer on those clear-skied days where you just wanna laze about and enjoy the tiny things in life. I will buy this brew again for such occasions.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.28/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: A hazy light straw color with a thin white head with some lacing.

Smell: Light, grass, floral.

Taste: Sweet up front with some grass. At the end, A faint hint of dandelion comes through.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, moderate carbonation.

Overall: A sweet, floral beer. It wold be good on a warm day. Easy to drink.

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.13/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Straw yellow with a thin the head. Mild lacing on the grass.

Smell: Deceiving skunky smell.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth light bodied. Taste of mild hops, floral notes, and earthy/grassy notes.

Overall: The smell was off putting but this was actually a pretty good beer.

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Photo of Foyle
2.66/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: pours a healthy 2" frothy white head. Hazy golden color with significant carbonation bubbles. Mild lacing.
Aroma: smell is grassy, tart, and floral.
Mouthfeel: fairly light and frothy with a somewhat dry finish.
Flavor: unusual is the best word I can come up. A combination of floral hops with an acidic quality similar to a soft drink. There is also a grassy flavor and a lemony tartness.

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Photo of ZoomanCru
3.19/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pistil – Dandelion Ale (4.5%) - Magic Hat (Vermont)

App: Pours a very pale straw color and throws an airy, one finger chalk white head that settles slowly. Some particulate matter floating around, with a thick cake of sediment at the bottom. Not sure if this is part of what you get with a dandelion ale, or if this one's been sitting in the cooler for a while. Not unlike the hop sediment seen in a lot of unfiltered pale ales.

Smell: Bouquet is very mild with some grain like sweetness and a slight hint of new growth and apricot. Some hints of weed like bitterness.

Taste: Pretty light on flavor. Some cereal graininess and a slightly fruity, apricot like tartness. Bitterness is very mild. Similar in flavor to New Belgium's Paardebloem, but not as pronounced in flavor. Mild, grainy, and slightly sweet, with a very slight herbal bitterness on the aftertaste. Flavors linger for a long time after the swallow. Very drinkable, but not super engaging. Good hot weather beer.

Mouth: Mild-medium body with assertive carbonation that is a little stinging. Suits this beer as a good hot weather session.

Home tasting, 12oz bottle into Snifter. 3/31/14.

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Photo of Fergyx825
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light amber colored beer that is cloudy with some head on the pour that goes away after a little while. No bubbling as far as i can see.

Smell: I smell a citrus and coriander from the beer itself. Cinnamon and some malts.

Taste: a very bland taste. I taste the bitter citrus and the coriander as well as other spices. There is really no special taste to this beer.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation with a medium body makes for a okay mouthfeel but i'm not impressed by this. Not chuggable but drinkable.

Overall: okay. I don't know what they were going for here, but i'm not thinking spring beer.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.68/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a mug, color is straw gold, head is white, presents 1/4 inch thick then fades quickly to a thin ring along the glass.

Smell is neutral pale malts, simple, pretty clean, no detected dandelion, some lighter floral and grassy hops.

Taste is similar to the nose, simple malts, clean flavors, no dandelion, some light sourness and stronger bitterness are noted; floral hops are more present than in the aroma.

Mouthfeel is slightly bitter, slightly sour, which present on the tongue and lightly on the cheeks.

Overall, an simple ale, subtle flavor profile and aroma, kind of easy drinking.

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Photo of mynie
4.21/5  rDev +28.7%
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.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.41/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, with some sort of code on the side. Acquired as part of the spring variety pack. I've had this beer before, but I don't remember what it was like, so I'm excited to revisit it.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter.

A - Pours a hazed bright golden colored body with some nice sediment floating about. One finger of fizzy bubbly white head with nice staying power. Some soapy lacing. Looks good.

S - Smell is pretty light, but pleasant enough. Bready pale malt presence. Grassy / herbal with some light florals, and I might even say actual dandelion at times. Crisp fruity yeast presence. Mild hop derived citrus / lemon. It's nice, but it's faint.

T - Taste follows the nose - pale / bready / honeyed malts, crisp earthy yeast, & some grain / wheat / husk flavor.

M - Feel is crisp and clean. Smooth, easy-drinking, and light-bodied with good solid carbonation. Lightly bitter / dry.

Overall, I thought it was pleasant and simple enough, and would definitely be a likely contender for repeat drinking on a hot summer day. I'm not sure why this beer has such a low rating, but it definitely deserves higher. I'm a fan of these spring seasonal beers that Magic Hat does like this one and the Magic Hat HiCu, and I look forward to more.

Magic Hat Pistil ---3.5/5

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Photo of LXIXME
3.51/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smallish white head just sort of sits above a clear very well carbonated pale golden colored beer.

Lemony aroma with a bit of light malts blended in.

Light tart lemony citrus taste that seems to bring just a hint of some spices along, giving this an almost lemony pepper taste, but on the very light side of that equation.

A light dry aftertaste that seems to have a bit of the lemony aspects remaining with this lighter bodied drink.

Considering this is listed as a Herbed/Spiced Beer I would have to say this one is on the lighter side of that equation and it is a very easy to drink beer without the negative tastes that come with beers like Bud Light. If you want to ween a light American lager drinker on to better beers, something like this or Shiner Bock would be good gateway beers.

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Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thickly hazy, this is a very nearly opaque pale yellow brew with a sturdy, frothy head almost one finger tall that has above-average retention, a thick froth depositing patching and spotting alternatively as it goes.
The smell needs to be worked on to be drawn out. It's a bit odd. Thick breads, lemon juice and grass would make a decent profile, but the yeastiness is strong, what you'd expect to smell in a yeast packet, with an oddly spicy note. It's also got a bit of boiled corn husk, which is interesting, though it fortunately doesn't go too vegetal.
The flavor is an interesting mishmash of things; it's dry and pithy, nutty, juicy, creamy sweet, peppery and leafy all in one. It makes for an unusual beer, but nothing clashes too much and it comes off pretty well.
The carbonation's a bit strong, but it adds a strong crispness that isn't just bite. The body is light, and a good smoothness runs through into a dry finish.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale yellow color with a bit of sediment. White head forms and recedes to a collar and provides little to no lace. The aroma is expectedly floral, like fresh flowers and a bit of underlying sweet malt. In the taste, earthy notes and edible flowers come to mind, with a certain earthy flavor and hops providing a firm bitterness. Light to medium bodied and fairly earthy in the finish. Overall, an interesting beer, not too bad.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: the most yellow beer I have ever seen.... tall, cottony, white head - falls rather quick.... liquid looks rather clear, maybe slight haze.... "spring seasonal"?! - how old is this bottle?!.... some drapes of laces, keeps a thin cap.... a decent slug of sediment left in the bottle

S: lemon shortbread, lemon juice.... champagne-like.... unique, bright, leafy aromas (similar to a gruit I brew that contains yarrow, mugwort, etc).... very much a light lager undertone

T: peculiar... appropriately light and mellow, lemon tart w/ crust.... no hops in this? (there is) can't taste them and the bitterness is very much reminiscent of dandelion greens (if you've ever eaten them, you'd know).... only a mild malt flavor, marginally grainy-sweet.... overall, the taste is pleasant, just doesn't pop and isn't as aromatic or boldly floral as it should be (could be the age of the bottle...)

M: feather-light, soft... subtle carb tingle.... becomes bone dry even before the finish.... ultimate hot weather palate-satisfier

O: yeah, this is totally a spring or summer beer.... probably just sitting in the cooler at that bottle shop this whole time.... my marks may be a little high on this one, or just reflective of its potential.... an interesting, if not mind-blowing beer

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Photo of stckhndlr
2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- so many reviews stating that this beer is clear, but I am failing to see it. White foam on top of a dandelion colored beer that is filled with a ton of sediment and and bottom of the bottom flotsam. No notes on the bottle advising to pour slowly.

S- it has a faint sweet floral aroma. Nothing overpowering, but pleasant.

T- It has a spicy floral flavor with a bit of bitters on the finish. Definitely has that pollen aromatic feel to it. It has a finish that hop heads will appreciate. it just lingers on and on.

M- A bit thin but balanced.

O- It wasn't a terrible beer, Nothing to run out of your way to get but if you have a chance, give it a shot for something just a bit different.

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Photo of Badger6
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a flimsy white head that receded pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Malty with a hint of mint, citrus and wet grass on the nose. There is a floral aroma blending into the nose, perhaps the dandelion, but not clear. The smell is overall subdued.

T: Malty flavors layered with mint, grasses, citrus and floral (dandelion?) notes. The hop bite in the finish is minimal. Finishes sour, with no detectable aftertaste.

M: Watery. Light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Smooth, but watery.

O: Not a standout. Seemed interesting but really was not. Was not bad, but for something so unique on the label, the beer just didn't really deliver.

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Photo of WunderLlama
2.35/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into pint glass

Nice white foam head with good lacings. Tiny carbonation in translucent golden yellow liquid.

Aroma is sour and almost skunky.

Light, watery, sour, some carbonation.

I do not like green eggs and ham, I do like them here, I do like them there. I do not like this beer.

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Photo of pourmeadrink
2.81/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I bought this because I thought the bottle looked cool and the idea of a dandelion beer was intriguing. I did like the finish -- the aftertaste was balanced.

Unfortunately, I found the overall taste to be like licking dandelion milk off a stem, which wasn't thrilling. I don't think I would buy it again.

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Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.38/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

3/4 pint of ale brewed with dandelion poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear straw, yellow with a decent white head that stays throughout. Sporadic lacing sticks on the pint glass.

Smell: Lemon, grass, bready malt, and a hint of mint on the nose, but very subtle overall. I also smell something floral...maybe dandelion, but not distinct.

Taste: Like the nose, grass, mint, bread and floral notes. No real alcohol present in the taste. This beer has a lite hop bite in the finish. It is also rather sour in the finish.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Smooth over the palate, but too watery.

Overall: Nothing outstanding here, except this beer's appearance. I would not reach for it again. I was very disappointed by what seemed like an interesting idea in this style.

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Photo of beergoot
3.22/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Partly cloudy, yellow bodied beer with good carbonation and a decent white head. Bready, grassy aroma; rather soft and subdued. Grainy, bitter flavor; yeasty. Medium-bodied; dry finish.

A weird little beer. It's not bad yet I can't quite figure this one out. I suppose the dandelions have something to do with this beer, but it's really difficult to figure out what they add to it. Drinkable but not memorable.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
2.97/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Magic Hat Pistil

Poured into a standard pint from a 12 oz bottle.

Appearance: Light golden ale with a light white head with good lacing. 3.5/5

Smell: Kind of grassy, not particularly strong. 3.25/5

Taste: Light flavor, slightly floral, underwhelming. 2.75/5

Mouthfeel: Light, fizzy almost watery ale. 2.75

This is not particularly good. Maybe I need to wait for Summer to like this, but I wish I didn't buy it. 3/5

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Photo of jjchristiano
1.98/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Maybe one of the worst craft beers I have had.
I keep trying different offerings from Magic Hat because I am a fan of #9 and I most often find some real duds. This is one of those. Another was their beet colored beer. Just terrible. I guess they are "one beer wonder" brewery.

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Photo of jngrizzaffi
4/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank quite a long time ago. I remember liking the beer but wish I had more, so I can actually review it now. Would most likely rate lower. Hopefully I can still find some.

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Photo of mikeg67
2.53/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

12 oz bottle from Trader’s Joe. Pours golden with short-lived white head and lively carbonation. Aroma is of piney hops and pale malt. Body is medium and tangy. Taste is of piney hops, biscuit malt and some weird staff. Finish is long and leafy. This brew is strange.

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Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
76 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.