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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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75
okay

617 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 617
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 1
Gots: 37 | 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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ToddHolder

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

05-11-2013 01:17:55 | More by ToddHolder
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rph97

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +8%

05-09-2013 22:22:41 | More by rph97
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

P: Cloudy golden apricot appearance with bubbly carbonation and a airy off white head.

S: Seems odd but smells like diluted Victoria's Secret Love Spell body spray...my wife wears it that's how I know.

T/M: Honey suckles, lots if floral flavor, pale malt, salt and herbed tea. Faint peach and Bartlett pears hindered in the bitter floral base. There is a touch of metallic towards the end of the swallow. Nice subtly acidic mouthfeel with bubbly prickliness.

O: A nice floral ale that really brings the floral to play. I really like this but probably not one I would seek out.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2013 21:34:22 | More by Hopswagger
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Janeinma

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

05-09-2013 15:46:20 | More by Janeinma
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jklecko2

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev +8%

05-08-2013 14:31:38 | More by jklecko2
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tommyguz

Pennsylvania

1.75/5  rDev -46%

05-08-2013 04:09:57 | More by tommyguz
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.39/5  rDev +4.6%
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

Magic Hat Brewing Company's
Pistil Brewed with Dandelion
3.39/5.00

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:18:11 | More by Jadjunk
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beerman999999

New York

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

05-06-2013 23:31:13 | More by beerman999999
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bruindre

Massachusetts

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

05-04-2013 18:04:25 | More by bruindre
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RedneckBeerz

Massachusetts

3/5  rDev -7.4%

05-03-2013 20:11:16 | More by RedneckBeerz
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Beer4Mike

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +23.5%

04-30-2013 22:18:49 | More by Beer4Mike
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Ivanhoes_Backpack

New Brunswick (Canada)

3/5  rDev -7.4%

04-30-2013 21:15:54 | More by Ivanhoes_Backpack
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TTripp725

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

04-28-2013 05:02:00 | More by TTripp725
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -7.4%

04-27-2013 17:42:38 | More by Hopstout
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Kelp

New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

04-27-2013 09:54:53 | More by Kelp
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TEAMHOLT

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +8%

04-26-2013 17:09:00 | More by TEAMHOLT
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Chucker17

South Dakota

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

04-26-2013 00:22:01 | More by Chucker17
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GilGarp

Colorado

3.59/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

3/4 pint bottle served cold into a shaker pint glass.

Pistil is a slightly hazy golden yellow with about an inch of white head. It has good retention and nice lacing as it settles.

Aroma is mildly hoppy is a floral slash grassy kind of way. Not much in the way of citrus or pine.

Flavor is sweet like honey up front but bitter like dandelions from middle to end. I think we've established that hops are the best way to bitter a beer and I'm all for experimentation but, if you've tasted the foul white liquid from this weed, you know it has no place in beer.

Mouthfeel is light in body and nicely carbonated. Well balanced but rather unpleasant to drink.

Overall it's a swing and a miss.

Serving type: bottle

04-26-2013 00:09:06 | More by GilGarp
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.5/5  rDev +8%

04-25-2013 03:13:36 | More by MarkyMOD
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Kerrie

Michigan

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

04-24-2013 23:07:17 | More by Kerrie
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campfirebrew

New York

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

04-23-2013 16:10:08 | More by campfirebrew
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DrinkSlurm

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

04-22-2013 20:41:44 | More by DrinkSlurm
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benevolent6elk

New York

4/5  rDev +23.5%

04-21-2013 22:50:25 | More by benevolent6elk
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baklo

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

04-21-2013 21:23:28 | More by baklo
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BlueMoon10

Mississippi

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

04-21-2013 16:52:38 | More by BlueMoon10
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 617 ratings.