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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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649 Ratings

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Ratings: 649
Reviews: 121
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 2
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of dpage27


3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-03-2013 21:07:23 | More by dpage27
Photo of brother_rat

New York

2.58/5  rDev -20.1%

A: Poured a nice translucent golden hay, with a mammoth (two-finger) white head with adequate retention, with uneven bubbles. Pronounced lacing. A pretty, appealing look. 3/5

S: Not a great burst when popping the bottle. Not a great burst of scent when poured. Not a whole lot of smell halfway through! You get the picture--not a lot of aroma, but there are faint traces of hops and wet hay. After drinking a bunch and allowing the beer to warm up a bit, you can detect some sweet fruitiness. Subtle, but not subtle as in complex. 2/5

T: Interesting--moderately tart and astringent, with a faint sweetness, with moderate hop detection. I can detect some citrus up front, and some sweet malts lingering in the aftertaste. Actually tastes like you crushed up some dandelion flowers between your fingers and gave it a whiff, but that's not entirely a pleasurable taste. 2.5/5

M: Rather refreshing, with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable, and perhaps more refreshing on a hot day (in other words, not in cold March). 3/5

O: I'm glad I tried this, although I won't reach for it again. Interesting flavors and an ambitious attempt at incorporating dandelions, but beyond the dandelion flavor there wasn't a whole lot of depth or scintillating aroma. My grandpa used to make dandelion wine, as I've been told, so I can only wonder if his brews shared any characteristics with this one. 3/5

03-03-2013 20:42:18 | More by brother_rat
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

03-03-2013 18:11:29 | More by tmars13
Photo of bacher468


3/5  rDev -7.1%

03-02-2013 16:01:06 | More by bacher468
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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

03-02-2013 05:08:21 | More by bh123
Photo of AOShabaz


3/5  rDev -7.1%

03-02-2013 01:05:22 | More by AOShabaz
Photo of Omnium


3.08/5  rDev -4.6%

Bottle > Standard pint
A - Pours cloudy light yellow, super thick head nearing 3 fingers that hangs on for a bit, thick lacing as well.
S - This beer smells rather interesting, lemon peel, grass, herbs, light malt, a little hop aroma, some different spices mixed in, dandelion floral quality is definitely pronounced.
T - Doesnt taste nearly as interesting as it smells, but its not that bad actually. Big on the dandelion flavor for sure, fresh grassy earthy tones to it, even a little pine and mint. Refreshing.
M - Thin feeling but thirst quenching.
O - If I was outside all day in 80-90 degree weather, I'd love one of these. I dont really care for magic hat by any means, but for the refreshing quality it has, its kinda nice.

03-01-2013 23:23:08 | More by Omnium
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2.25/5  rDev -30.3%

03-01-2013 20:08:14 | More by Geech
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -2.2%

I hadn't had one of these beers in years and years and I remember when the Magic Hat offerings were so bold and different than what else was out there. The names, bottle designs, and flavors were different than anything that I had before, but that was a long time ago and things certainly have changed. When I saw this on the shelf, I decided to give it a go since it had dandelion on it and once again, looked like a change from what I was used to. This wasn't an outstanding beer but I didn't spit it out and I could see how people could enjoy this before hearing Phish for the 1,000th time.

This had a golden hue to the pour with a somewhat fluffy head that lasted a bit longer than I expected it to. Not much of an aroma here and hardly any lacing to be seen either. Just a hint of lemon grass in the nose with more of it in the taste, followed up with dandelion, sourness, straw, and just a hint of pepper. The carbonation was light, but on the mark, and there wasn't much of an aftertaste either to this. It almost reminded me of a ginger soda since the finish was like that, with the snappiness holding on with the light carbonation. With a bit more spice, this could have been a poor man's Saison of sorts, since it never felt like a Herb/Spiced Beer.

The alcohol was so low in this, that it did indeed almost feel like a soda. I could have had more than a few in a sitting, but only if there was some food to help this go down. While this wasn't undrinkable, I would have only have one in a sitting, since everything didn't mesh that well together. Maybe on a nicer day, I'd kick back with a few of these. For now, it's only a try once just to see what's out there and how much my tastes have indeed changed over the years.

03-01-2013 09:54:06 | More by JerzDevl2000
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

03-01-2013 03:32:45 | More by AshyLarry23
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1.25/5  rDev -61.3%

02-28-2013 04:20:09 | More by RockinRob925
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

02-27-2013 01:55:28 | More by Scparks
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.46/5  rDev +38.1%

Magic Hat Pistil has a medium, frothy, off-white head, a hazy, yellow-golden appearance, some lacing left behind, streaming bubbles, and an enormous amount of fine white particles floating throughout. The aroma is a strange mix of sweet malts, acidic juice, and freshly-mowed grass. Taste is of pineapple juice, weeds from the lawn, acid, sweetness, bitterness, and plant stems. Mouthfeel is medium, and Magic Hat Pistil finishes dry and tart. Overall, this is an usual, yet interesting beer. It's worth looking for.


02-26-2013 21:00:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

02-26-2013 05:27:01 | More by TheBigBoy
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

02-26-2013 03:24:26 | More by sparx1100
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

02-25-2013 22:44:54 | More by clloyd892
Photo of jwc215


3.4/5  rDev +5.3%

Pours clouded yellow with a thin head that lasts. Some lacing sticks.

The smell is very mild - some crackery wheat with a slight floral touch.

The taste is slightly sweet, slightly tart with a dandelion-like floral touch.

The carbonation edges towards fizzy, but th ere is enough body to it to keep the fizz controlled, allowing it to be fairly refreshingly crisp with a light, smooth body.

Overall, to me it seems like a run-of-the-mill blonde ale with a slightly floral, well... like dandelion touch. Part of the spring variety pack, though described as summer-like. Inoffensive and refreshing enough to drink a few of these, but I doubt I would buy again.

02-25-2013 18:12:35 | More by jwc215
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

02-25-2013 02:37:13 | More by CMOrak
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-24-2013 20:51:57 | More by Thomas_Picton
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

02-24-2013 19:56:33 | More by garuda
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1.75/5  rDev -45.8%

02-24-2013 18:36:50 | More by wilfonzo
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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

02-24-2013 17:28:53 | More by BRD14
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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

02-23-2013 23:48:35 | More by Mojoman8561
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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

02-23-2013 22:44:51 | More by GMan
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2.36/5  rDev -26.9%

Clear and very pale yellow beer with a small white colored head. Looks REALLY light.

Smells malty and peppery with a herbal weedy aroma. That's about it a weird smelling beer.

Starts out very dry with a faint mango taste. Earthy and peppery with a substantial bitter finish. Tastes like Bud Light with extra hops.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Pretty insubstantial beer. Not recommended for any use.

02-22-2013 02:15:43 | More by Zorro
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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