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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company


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550 Ratings

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Ratings: 550
Reviews: 115
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%

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 Omnium


3.08/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 23:23:08 | More by Omnium
Photo of JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.16/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 09:54:06 | More by JerzDevl2000
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4.46/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

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.


Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 21:00:20 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of jwc215


3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 18:12:35 | More by jwc215
Photo of Zorro


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
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


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
Photo of 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
Photo of JuicesFlowing


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
Photo of TMoney2591


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
Photo of twiggamortis420


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
Photo of RblWthACoz


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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.34/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a hazed, pale light yellow body with a smallish, white head.

Smell: Shredded flower petals, chopped mint leaf, and some weedy, and bitterish dandelion greens atop the subtle, highly restrained malts.

Taste: Mild malts from top to bottom with some slight milky oat hints. Light, low sweetness that doesn't last long. Herbal tea accents, a slight sourness there, and a touch of lemon, too. The hops yield a slight mintiness. Dry, lightly sourish, vegetal finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's a bit different, and, while interesting, one was enough for me, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2013 00:37:41 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of bubseymour


2.88/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - This beer poured really nicely with a billowy head similar to a Belgian or a Heff.

Smell - mild lemon zest but some grain and slight spice coming through. Very mild scents to say the least.

Taste - Very bland and not very interesting. Slight hop crispness in the finish. Not much noticeable flavors on the pallet.

Mouthfeel - a tad watery. Not much going on.

Overall - I'd rather have a macro if I was after a bland uninteresting beer. This one just lacks flavor and not much really is going on with it to make it a worthwhile beer to seek out. It's drinkable and sessionable but I wouldn't want to session it.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2013 22:35:13 | More by bubseymour
Photo of GossageBrewery


2.61/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured this Herbed beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a hazy golden/yellow color, produced an average white head, average retention and left very nice lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of fresh baked bread, lemon citrus, cooked veggies and coriander. Medium in body, a foundation of malted grain, white pepper, lemon, and grassy bittering hops. Can't say that I can detect the danelions, but then again- I usually pull them out of my yard, can't say I've ever consumed one. Maybe this spring. Overall, decent session beer- but it sounds more interesting then it really is- This danelion ale had me swinging my hips, prancing around the kitchen, dipped in gold (A La Joe Pesci) - If you want to have this much fun, try this Ale- You won't be disappointed. WWSTCWBD?

Serving type: bottle

01-30-2013 00:19:42 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of silverking


3.46/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had to try this beer. It pours a hazy light gold with a white head. Head retention is moderate, but the lacing is lacking. The aroma is grassy and floral, and it smells a little nectar like. The taste is surprisingly light. Grassy with a bit of malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a lingering taste of salad greens. Definately not what I was expecting. It has a relitivley light mouthfeel and it is vigorously carbonated. Unique, but not great.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2013 00:09:24 | More by silverking
Photo of hosehead83


3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Cloudy, pale gold in color, with a short head of foam.
Aroma-Faintly floral, pale malt
Taste-Pale malt, lemongrass. Light-bodied and refreshing but lacking any real substance,. like a dandelion puff in the wind.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2013 19:10:56 | More by hosehead83
Photo of tastymug


3.01/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden color with a one finger head that lingers. Lacing and lots of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, grassy smell. Almost like the aroma of a mild summer day.

Taste: Tastes grassy, grainy, but has a slight sour taste to it. There’s a mild vegetable aftertaste. A unique flavor overall.

Mouthfeel: Actually pretty medium-bodied which surprised me. It finishes very smooth.

Overall: On first try I wasn’t sure I would like this beer, but after a couple more sips it grew on me and I found myself wanting to finish the beer. I think it’s the hint of the grassy/vegetable flavor that threw me off, with that little bit of additional sour taste, but it would probably be a really nice beer to enjoy with friends on the patio on a nice day.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 20:16:43 | More by tastymug
Photo of tone77


3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is slightly sweet, some malts and grains. Taste is crisp and light, malts, some floral notes, very easy drinking and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall isa decent beer, I would probably enjoy it more in the summertime.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 14:37:27 | More by tone77
Photo of brewtus


2.53/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a small head. Smells like a bag of frozen mixes vegetables, slightly floral, very earth. Tastes like it smells, vegetables, grassy, pretty gross. Overall I'd say try this 12o bottle with a few friends, it's absolutely a novelty beer and I'll be shocked if I ever see anyone buy a sixpack. I like the idea, dont like the beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2013 02:13:32 | More by brewtus
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3.84/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very clear pale golden yellow, with a small amount of suspended particles, and I didn't notice those until looking closely. There is a very light, but persistent bubble stream and hardly any head.

It smells like balloons, straw, and either pine or rosemary.

Fairly decent taste. There is a very light citrus profile, and it is very clean and refreshing. Malt is very light and provides minimal sweetness. The sweetness is equal to a bowl of rice Chex, i guess in a way there is a rice cake quality to the taste, but not in a bad way.

Feels a bit tannic, similar to iced tea. It's very light, with medium tingle.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2013 03:46:20 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of bturton


4.18/5  rDev +29%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Great beer, it really surprised me. I was expecting it to be a somewhat bitter flavor, but it did not have that at all, to my taste and I'm very against bitter/hoppy beers (not a fan of anything IPA). It was my favorite out of it's variety pack, aside from the classic #9.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2012 16:54:15 | More by bturton
Photo of barczar


3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden pear color with a fading one inch ivory head that dissipates into a bubbly layer of foam.

Aroma is dominated by grainy malt and corn adjuncts, followed by light notes of citrus and floral hops.

Flavor is decidedly tart, with peach undertones commandeering the profile. Wheat and bready malt form a weak backbone, carrying into a lightly bitter, fairly dry finish. Pear, lemon, and floral hops surface as it warms.

Body is moderate to light, with high carbonation.

Saw this on a whim and hadn't tried it before. Didn't expect the tart flavor. It's drinkable. Not spectacular, too many adjuncts and fairly simple, but decent for magic hat.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 07:34:44 | More by barczar
Photo of CloudStrife

New York

3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 03:24:25 | More by CloudStrife
Photo of scootny

New York

3.4/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A hazy golden ale with a large soapy head and some chunks of lace here and there. smell is malty and sweet with a healthy dose of yeasty bread. Taste is malty with a grassy character and leafy bitterness in the finish. Dry short finish leaves a toasted biscuit and mild hop calling card. Feel is crisp and light with good carbonation. A decent overall summer beer and an even bette lawn mower brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:49:35 | More by scootny
Photo of Kooz

New York

2.15/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pale yellow, cloudy, a very slight white head. This looks like it will be crisp and good.

No discernable nose.

Tastes bitter and not much else. The bitterness overpowers whatever flavor might otherwise be present. Very one-dimensional.

Better mouthfeel than usual for magic hat. Itching special, but decent body.

I probably won't have this one again.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2012 01:56:33 | More by Kooz
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