Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Ratings: 686
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 3
Gots: 72 | 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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look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

"Stop and smell the petals". Magic Hat's Pistil is a wheat ale brewed with dandelions. Previously made as a summer 2012 Seasonal one-off, this has returned to Spring seasonal variety packs.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to my Magic Hat pint glass. Served above 53º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a sudsy white head that recedes rather hastily. Body color is a hazy pale yellow with a touch of gold, chock full of light and dark pulpy sediment. Carbonation is moderate and spritely. Head quality and lacing both suffer in this beer. Those who are not fond of chunks in their beer may be wary of the appearance. 3.25

(Smell) Biscuity pale and acidic malts up front with grassy hop notes and a mild bitterness. Fruity yeast tones of banana and white grape are also evident. Aroma has a potent acid-based tartness to it and is very cider-like. This is very different from last year. 3.25

(Taste) Pale, biscuity malts with a mild grassy flavor and a dry, somewhat vegetal bitterness on the finish. If it's the impact of dandelion, it doesn't come far from low-alpha grassy hop varieties. Overall it is mildly bitter over sweet; drinkable but not as unique as one may hope a beer with dandelion is capable of. Biscuity yeast and a mild faint lemony finish, yet not much emphasis on the acidity nor the fruit notes perceived in the aroma- both fall flat. Overall the beer has a decent drinkability but nothing sets it apart from the large repertoire of pale ales with mild, accessible flavor profiles geared for high drinkability. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slick, oily texture with subtle prickly carbonation. Some pulp but not enough to impact drinking quality or make a significant difference in the overall impression, just impacts dryness a touch. Low alcohol presence. Light/Medium body for the style and light body overall. 3.5

(Overall) While it had good drinkability and there were no big off-flavors, I felt very let down by the depth this one had. The dandelion didn't create nearly as strong an impact nor a unique flavor character to the beer like I had hoped, only managed to dry the finish out with a vegetal bitterness. As a stand alone pale ale, this one does a decent job but doesn't integrate the dandelion petals quite like I had expected. 3.25

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Pistil Brewed with Dandelion

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look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a hazy golden with a fluffy white head. Not much retention, but decent lacing. Aroma is of grassy hops with some spice. Body is thin and fizzy. Taste is of bitter fruit up front with a rather sour finish. Some hints of spice. For me,this was barley drinkable.

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look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a mini pilsner glass.

A: Pours a slightly cloudy light yellowish white with a 1 finger fizzy white head. Dissipates after a minute. No real lacing. Ample visible carbonation.

S: A grassy light floral smell with a bitter characteristic. Does remind me of a dandelion stem. Some light pale malts in the background. Maybe some wheat.

T: Real light malts, wheat and a bitterness from hop and the flowers. A very interesting beer that is unique in taste. Lingering wheat maltiness.

M: A real light body that comes off a little watery. Crisp and clean finish though.

Overall something worth a try but glad I only got one bottle. Might be better for someone fearful of flavor.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 686 ratings.