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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
75
okay

626 Ratings
THE BROS
74
okay

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 43 | 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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GMan

Tennessee

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

02-23-2013 22:44:51 | More by GMan
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Zorro

California

2.36/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2013 02:15:43 | More by Zorro
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HopChild30


3.5/5  rDev +8%

02-22-2013 01:37:48 | More by HopChild30
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Theniz

Indiana

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

02-21-2013 09:24:18 | More by Theniz
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.33/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I'd say it's pretty good looking. Clear and lightly tan with a big fizzy white head that surprisingly had really good staying power and left good lacing. Rising bubbles are plentiful.

Aroma is lightly grassy, a little spicy, and a bit floral.

Flavors that come through are reminiscent of a spring field, with floral, grassy, herbal, with a light hops bite.

Body is very light, well carbonated and a bit fizzy, easy to drink with a slightly grassy aftertaste.

Overall it's a nice summery type beer, which ironically, I'm drinking in the dead of February. Nothing spectacular but worth a try if that's what you're looking for. Great for Saturday yard work.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2013 20:40:53 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Chevelle66

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8%

02-20-2013 00:49:52 | More by Chevelle66
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Chinaskifan1

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -7.4%

02-19-2013 11:32:39 | More by Chinaskifan1
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JohnK17

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

02-18-2013 21:23:36 | More by JohnK17
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DIPAFAN

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

02-18-2013 20:16:56 | More by DIPAFAN
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

02-18-2013 10:28:12 | More by JAHMUR
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SpectralAbyss

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

02-18-2013 01:05:02 | More by SpectralAbyss
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CM31

Tennessee

2/5  rDev -38.3%

02-17-2013 22:47:41 | More by CM31
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riversider76

New York

2.84/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 21:33:49 | More by riversider76
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.76/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

The beer is a hazy golden color. A soapy bone-white head recedes to a thick froth. Light lines of lacing.

The aroma is sweet, spicy, malty, and grassy.

Taste is spicy and herbal up front, but a nice sweet wheat body. Slight tangy hop finish.

Light mouthfeel.

Not sure where the word "dandelion" comes from in this beer, but whatever.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 20:07:33 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Selderkin

New York

4.25/5  rDev +31.2%

02-17-2013 06:18:39 | More by Selderkin
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gtermi

Texas

3.5/5  rDev +8%

02-16-2013 22:57:05 | More by gtermi
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KC9LDB

Illinois

3/5  rDev -7.4%

02-16-2013 20:21:25 | More by KC9LDB
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logicalparadox

New York

4/5  rDev +23.5%

02-15-2013 04:25:58 | More by logicalparadox
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DCav


2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

02-15-2013 02:14:22 | More by DCav
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

02-14-2013 01:22:03 | More by kylehay2004
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.75/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I remember enjoying Fatome's Pissenlit, so I have high hopes for another dandelion beer. This stuff pours a clear pale gold topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises light honey, very light white bread, and a touch of sweet flowers. Everything is vague and sweet-ish. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some severely-funky lemon peel, light grass, and moss greens. It literally leaves a bad taste in my mouth. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a fairly dry finish. Overall, a pretty sad beer, one that just plain doesn't taste very good. I guess dandelions are fickle little weeds...

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 07:26:40 | More by TMoney2591
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ridgeline23

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +23.5%

02-10-2013 13:15:56 | More by ridgeline23
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chris1919

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +8%

02-10-2013 02:04:56 | More by chris1919
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle pours a lightly hazed yellow color with an ample cap of white head. Pretty fine-bubbled with decent retention and great lacing.

Nose is...interesting...to say the least. Quite sweet and fruity...papaya comes to mind with maybe some canteloupe and I dont think Im trippin when I say yellow dandelions.

Taste is tough to pin down individual flavors...some sort of unidentifiable fruitiness and a pithy, floral bitterness. The malts are very light, I think maybe more of an amber-ale type background might have worked better with this. The mouthfeel is ok, and the body has a nice creamy aspect to it. It makes for a moderately fun experiment, but I sure wouldnt want a whole sixer of it. Magic Hat might want to consider going to the ~3.99 bomber route, they always seem to brew odd beers that are fun to try once but are really never all that great.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 22:29:40 | More by twiggamortis420
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1.75

Ick. What the h, e, double hockey sticks is the base on this? It tastes dirty and just off. Not as in the beer is spoiled, but just totally bad. Almost a dirty taste to it. It's been a long time since I've made a beer drainpour, but this might be the next one.

Magic Hat should lay off the gimmicks and stick to making solid beers.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2013 09:49:38 | More by RblWthACoz
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.