1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

Not Rated.
PistilPistil

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
75
okay

669 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

(view ratings)
Ratings: 669
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 62 | 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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pistil Alström Bros
Ratings: 669 | Reviews: 122 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -7.4%

sd123, Feb 19, 2014
Photo of BostonPhilly
2/5  rDev -38.3%

BostonPhilly, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of AGB
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

AGB, Feb 17, 2014
Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev +9.6%
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

Bouleboubier, Feb 16, 2014
Photo of Josbor11
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Josbor11, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev +8%

DeutschesBier, Feb 13, 2014
Photo of stckhndlr
2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

stckhndlr, Feb 12, 2014
Photo of squezey
1/5  rDev -69.1%

squezey, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of skelton00
3/5  rDev -7.4%

skelton00, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of RobTheKnob
3.5/5  rDev +8%

RobTheKnob, Feb 08, 2014
Photo of Mark88
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Mark88, Feb 07, 2014
Photo of meehandennis
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

meehandennis, Feb 03, 2014
Photo of Badger6
3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Badger6, Feb 02, 2014
Photo of ShepardCommander
3.5/5  rDev +8%

ShepardCommander, Feb 01, 2014
Photo of CaverDave
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

CaverDave, Jan 29, 2014
Photo of Wukk
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Wukk, Jan 27, 2014
Photo of jharris0624
3.5/5  rDev +8%

jharris0624, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of LoudRed
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

LoudRed, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of Johnroby
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Johnroby, Jan 25, 2014
Photo of RVigz
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

RVigz, Jan 23, 2014
Photo of WunderLlama
2.29/5  rDev -29.3%
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.

WunderLlama, Jan 22, 2014
Photo of BrooklynPanch
3.5/5  rDev +8%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
3/5  rDev -7.4%

WVbeergeek, Jan 18, 2014
Photo of DeFaz
2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

DeFaz, Jan 17, 2014
Photo of TR0219
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

TR0219, Jan 13, 2014
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 669 ratings.