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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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671 Ratings
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Ratings: 671
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 64 | 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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Ratings: 671 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

djrn2, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of zestar
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

zestar, Aug 06, 2014
Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -7.1%

acurtis, May 25, 2014
Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color (like a witbier) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral and citrus hops in the nose—marigolds and lemons seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of floral hops along with notes of lemon and orange citrus and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels rather light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer has muted aromas and flavors, it is very easy to drink. I wouldn't mind having one of these again on a summer day.

metter98, Mar 07, 2013
Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Texasfan549, Mar 27, 2013
Photo of brentk56
2.3/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: The load pffft when I opened the bottle was a giveaway that this beer was going to have a lot of carbonation and it pours out almost all foam though though the liquid buids with a slightly hazy honey color over time; of course, the flip side of overcarbonation is typically great head retention and plenty of lacing

Smell: Grassy and herbal with a cooked vegetable character

Taste: Rather neutral malt flavors, up front, but then the lemony herbal and rather medicinal dandelion flavors take over; tart finish with the cooked vegetables underneath

Mouthfeel: Watery and overcarbonated

Overall: I'm really quite disappointed with this beer and find it hard to take another sip

brentk56, May 18, 2013
Photo of kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

kjkinsey, Sep 21, 2012
Photo of GRG1313
3/5  rDev -7.1%

GRG1313, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev -7.1%

jaydoc, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

kylehay2004, Feb 14, 2013
Photo of Knapp85
3.85/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a bright yellow color with a lot of floating particles in it, the head was foamy and white on top. the smell of the beer was floral and sweet. The taste of the beer gives off a big sweetness in the beginning that fades into a gentle bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied and very drinkable, it's got a decent carbonation to it. Overall I thought this beer was a lot better than I pictured it being. I would probably drink this one again some day.

Knapp85, Jun 03, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.34/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale light yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Shredded flower petals, chopped mint leaf, and some weedy, and bitterish dandelion greens atop the subtle, highly restrained malts.

Taste: Mild malts from top to bottom with some slight milky oat hints. Light, low sweetness that doesn't last long. Herbal tea accents, a slight sourness there, and a touch of lemon, too. The hops yield a slight mintiness. Dry, lightly sourish, vegetal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's a bit different, and, while interesting, one was enough for me, thanks.

ChainGangGuy, Feb 03, 2013
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

JAHMUR, Feb 18, 2013
Photo of TMoney2591
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember enjoying Fatome's Pissenlit, so I have high hopes for another dandelion beer. This stuff pours a clear pale gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light honey, very light white bread, and a touch of sweet flowers. Everything is vague and sweet-ish. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some severely-funky lemon peel, light grass, and moss greens. It literally leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, one that just plain doesn't taste very good. I guess dandelions are fickle little weeds...

TMoney2591, Feb 11, 2013
Photo of emerge077
3.43/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colorful retro label takes a cue from Milton Glaser's iconic Dylan poster.

Decanted carefully into a tulip glass, its a lightly hazed goldenrod orange with an ample head of creamy white foam. Crown of lace is ample as well.

Floral and sweet, grains of paradise, wet husky grains. A bit muted and one dimensional but pleasant enough.

Tastes slightly bitter like tea, along with some cooked greens, somewhat crisp and dry in the aftertaste. A light herbal sweetness balances the bitterness, again somewhat green and floral. Somewhat interesting but not well defined. Tastes like tea mostly.

emerge077, May 10, 2012
Photo of zeff80
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

zeff80, Apr 14, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.88/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat Pistil
12 oz. bottle, coded "AO3361 1304 1651"

So what is Magic Hat's Pistil? I thought it was just a floral IPA, but it's certainly not hoppy or bitter enough. It is quite floral though, clearly reflecting the name. Ah, the label reads "ALE BREWED WITH DANDELION". Well that's fairly unique. I'd heard of dandelion wine as a kid (it was something my older neighbors made at home), but I've never heard of it in a beer. Or have I? Let me look it up. Ah, yes. Apparently it's not that unique, but it's still interesting. I also note that it's just 4.5% ABV. Perhaps this is a spring beer. Check, the Magic Hat website confirms it. OK, let's take a closer look: Hazy yellow-gold body beneath a pillowy white head. Slightly better than average retention and lacing. Floral nose as mentioned. A little bit of golden malt sneaks through as well. Nice. In the mouth it's light bodied and moderately crisp. Appropriate for what they're doing here. The flavor is not as floral as the aroma suggests, implying to me that it's actual dandelions and not just hops giving it that brightness in the nose (I also get an occasional light note of chlorophyll as well, which backs that up). There's a light tartness to it, which is refreshing; and which also seems to give me more of a floral impression (unless I'm just succumbing to the power of suggestion). It's not very bitter... maybe in the 20's, and it finishes quite dry with the flavor almost vanishing. That's OK though, that works. It's a light bodied and lower alcohol spring beer that's very refreshing, and I don't really need it to linger in the mouth. There's enough charm to the floral / dandelion aspect of it that it's interesting, and thankfully not overdone. I can imagine drinking a few of these in a row. Would I buy it again? Sure. I'd enjoy a pint of this at the pub as my first beer, and I think it would be a good beer to take to a party (I'm pretty sure women would like it). Would I recommend it? Certainly to try. It may not be the only dandelion beer available (does Fantome still brew Pissenlit?), but it's still unique.

NeroFiddled, Mar 13, 2013
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i like it, its clever. definitely an american pale ale, hoppier than youd think from a flower beer, but its nice. smells like the spirit of dandellion, very polleny, like biting the yellow head off one of them, then eating the greens and roasting the root. its hard to place really, in any meaningful stylistic sense, but it sure is drinkable. flavor is very pollen based, in a good way, like coconut water in the sense than its drinkable and satisfying, but you always want more. im impressed with this, feel is intersting, plenty of body for a summer beer, but medium carbonation that lets you taste the whole thing. overall a beer i will drink a million of this summer, and a one of a kind creation. i like the bold hops in this.

StonedTrippin, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed yellow color, good frothing on top.

SMELL: Bready, lemon grass, yeast, vegtal, spicy

TASTE: Crisp, gummy, grainy, grassy, taffy, peppery, lemon pith, nutty, semi-dry finish

Decent but not much to it, some vague flavors from the danelions perhaps ... too subtle IMO. A basic cloudy unidentified brew at best.

Jason, May 14, 2012
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -7.1%

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.79/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/15/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, for a beer that is supposed to be different it seemed pretty average to me and there wasn’t anything that really stood out.

TheManiacalOne, Mar 18, 2013
Photo of RblWthACoz
2.48/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Ick. What the h, e, double hockey sticks is the base on this? It tastes dirty and just off. Not as in the beer is spoiled, but just totally bad. Almost a dirty taste to it. It's been a long time since I've made a beer drainpour, but this might be the next one.

Magic Hat should lay off the gimmicks and stick to making solid beers.

RblWthACoz, Feb 09, 2013
Photo of Slatetank
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled from a tumbler.

The color is golden with thick 2 finger cream and swirls of suspended particles intermingle with lots of fast moving bubbles of carbonation. The lace collects and head retention is good. The smell is very wheat oriented with mild bready notes from the yeast and a herbal/floral but mildly citrus aroma augments the malt aromas. The feel is creamy, highly carbonated and mildly astringent with some slight tangy acidity in the finish, body is semi-full for the strength.

This is a unique beer because I can't say I have had any type of beer with dandelion in it before. The smell is totally different than the taste until midway through and it starts with a slight malt taste, but gets very floral almost grassy and slightly lemony in the next taste. The yeast adds a light creaminess to the flavor with subtle toasted tinges from the malt which has a mild sweet element, but overall the flavors are ok, just seem to cohabitate in general. Overall a good beer to try if you like wheat and spice, but not a really complex beer, more for summer relaxation and I felt it was decent.

Slatetank, Jun 14, 2012
Photo of Rifugium
3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session. I'm not a big fan of Magic Hat, but surprisingly I liked this one quite a bit.

Poured a light, hazy golden yellow with a bit of noticeable sediment, under a cap of bright, foamy, white head; minimal retention, and a bit of lacing. Aroma of fresh cut grass and meadow flowers (this is brewed with dandelion after all), lightly hopped. Light taste, not bursting with flavor, but this isn't that kind of beer. Grassy notes, flowery, light perfume, nothing I would call "spicy" per se, just more floral than anything. This beer had to have been very fresh. Crisp but subdued hops, and light biscuity malts. Normally I wouldn't drink something this light, but man did it go down smooth and easy. I could theoretically sit outside all day on a hot summer day and drink a case of this.

Rifugium, May 18, 2012
Photo of mactrail
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy with zillions of tiny floaters. No apparent sediment, however. Light shade of amber in the tall glass. Pleasant enough head and spritzy on the tongue.

Light mouthfeel. A hint of malt with a mild honey and orange peel flavor. Faint touch of hops. Well, faint touch of flavor all the way around. Not crisp enough to really be refreshing, and not flavored enough to be interesting. Quite drinkable but the appearance is more than a little off-putting.

From the summer mixed twelve pack bought at Trader Joe's in Washington, DC.

mactrail, Jun 06, 2012
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