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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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658 Ratings

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 54 | 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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3.5/5  rDev +8%

Beer21, Jul 25, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

ilikebeer03, May 29, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

kushlash23, Aug 28, 2013
Photo of tastymug
3.01/5  rDev -7.1%

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a one finger head that lingers. Lacing and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, grassy smell. Almost like the aroma of a mild summer day.

Taste: Tastes grassy, grainy, but has a slight sour taste to it. There’s a mild vegetable aftertaste. A unique flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Actually pretty medium-bodied which surprised me. It finishes very smooth.

Overall: On first try I wasn’t sure I would like this beer, but after a couple more sips it grew on me and I found myself wanting to finish the beer. I think it’s the hint of the grassy/vegetable flavor that threw me off, with that little bit of additional sour taste, but it would probably be a really nice beer to enjoy with friends on the patio on a nice day.

tastymug, Jan 27, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

cbcrunch, Apr 19, 2013
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

amishbooze, Jul 12, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

prisdefer, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

MaddDogg84, May 21, 2013
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3.3/5  rDev +1.9%

I was very curious of what this beer would taste like being brewed with dandolions.
The appearance is very nice, golden color body, with a small fizzy head that hangs around for a minute. The smell has some malt and some floral notes to it. The taste is different, it has a peppery taste with some like floral notes on the tongue. The mouth feel is good and overall, not one of my favorits by magic hat.

chefhatt, Jun 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

ItsBeer4Me, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

TheMultiYeast, Jul 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Sazz9, Apr 10, 2014
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2/5  rDev -38.3%

NonicPanic, Dec 06, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Slay40, Aug 11, 2013
Photo of MarvinSnyder
3.36/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

MarvinSnyder, Oct 01, 2013
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

ridgeline23, Feb 10, 2013
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3.35/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. Below average retention but some lacing. Slightly hazy with particulate matter and lots of bubbles.

S – Grainy and cereal malts, spicy and floral hops, and another floral aroma, presumably dandelions. I’m pretty sure the base beer is some sort of pilsner. Smells pretty good.

T – Starts off with some grainy and cereal malts but then a pungent, astringent floral flavor appears and dominates the beer. Maybe the slightest bit of spicy hops appears at the finish, but this beer mostly belongs to that floral flavor, again presumably dandelions.

F – Light-bodied with tons of carbonation, a crisp and astringent mouthfeel, and a slightly spicy and dry finish. Floral astringency lingers.

O – This is a pretty average beer. I was impressed with the look and aroma, but the taste and mouthfeel are just dominated by a floral astringency. I think Magic Hat went a little overboard on the dandelions. Regardless, it was nice to try and while it really wasn’t bad and it was decently drinkable, I probably won’t be looking for this one again.

BlackBelt5112203, Aug 09, 2012
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2.85/5  rDev -12%

A very interesting brew from Magic Hat.

Pours out a nice bright and hazy yellow with a ton of carbonation and a nice 2 finger fluffy white head.

The aroma has a lot of bready and yeasty notes along with floral notes and what I assume is dandelion.

The taste has a lot of the same bready/yeasty notes from the aroma, there is a slight hint of floral characteristics, there is the dandelion I assume (haven't tasted it before) and it finishes with some lemon/citrus zesty notes.

I like the carbonation level, but the body is a little too thin and the hops are buried under everything else. Not a bad summer beer, but nothing more.

JohnnyMc, Jul 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

magine, Mar 24, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

swgwilt, Jul 04, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

jharris0624, Jan 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

jnardone235, Oct 12, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

crowsnest, Jan 12, 2014
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

KC9LDB, Feb 16, 2013
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.