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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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658 Ratings

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Ratings: 658
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 54 | 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 bhawk1
3/5  rDev -7.4%

bhawk1, Sep 29, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

mitch3114, Sep 29, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

kjkinsey, Sep 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

STUPIDcody, Sep 17, 2012
Photo of AntLeatherface
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

AntLeatherface, Sep 16, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

CloudStrife, Sep 15, 2012
Photo of Kornoms
3/5  rDev -7.4%

Kornoms, Sep 12, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

speracado, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of scootny
3.4/5  rDev +4.9%

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.

scootny, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of foureyedgeek
3/5  rDev -7.4%

foureyedgeek, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of mtnwesdew
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

mtnwesdew, Sep 04, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

rolltide8425, Sep 01, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

shaef22, Aug 27, 2012
Photo of Kooz
2.15/5  rDev -33.6%

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.

Kooz, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of bigfnjoe
2.35/5  rDev -27.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- pours a cloudy shade of yellow with a two finger white head. Tons of carbonation, bubbles are flowing everywhere...out of a pint glass. What the hell? OK then. Looks kind of like a hefeweizen, I guess

S- I get that basic "lager" smell...corn with a touch of grass. No bueno

T- really bland flavors. Apparently brewed with dandelion. I'm getting some light grass, and that's about it. Boring as hell.

M- body is extremely thin and watery

O- this is...not good. Very bland and uninspiring in nearly every way.

bigfnjoe, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of cousineddy
2.78/5  rDev -14.2%

Poured from a bottle into a sam adams perfect pint glass

Appearance: Pours a light hazy yellow started almost opaque at the top and gradually becoming lighter further down in the glass. Carries 1.5 fingers of head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: A bit grassy, i get a little of the dandelion with some bready notes and slight note of hops

Taste: Not to much here, kind of bland. Could pass for any american lager.

Mouthfeel: Very fizzy and thin

Overall: Somewhat dissapointing i expected something much different.

cousineddy, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of Tobe
1.98/5  rDev -38.9%

This beer poured a mute golden color with a white head. This head held up pretty well at one finger width.

Being brewed with dandelions this beer gives off a nice floral note, that's not to hoppy. A second note of lemon citrus is found. The flavor is that of a light lager but finishes a little earthy. Beer displays a weaker bitterness that coats the tongue. The finish is clean with only a mild effect to the palette.

Tobe, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.11/5  rDev -4%

Into a pint glass:

A: pale gold colored body that leaves a one finger white head that dies down to a paper thin film within twenty seconds. Barely any lacing coats the sides of the glass and the body is too hazy for any carbonation to be seen rising.

S: some grainy and cereal malts combined with some spicy hops. After the beer warms a bit, some sage and thyme comes out

T: graininess/cereal maltiness coming back pretty strong

M: light to medium with a dry finish, decently balanced.

O: ok, not bad, would I have this again?, hmmm... probably only on tap.

BeerKangaroo, Aug 14, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

Ferrous_Wheel, Aug 12, 2012
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

smonice, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.35/5  rDev +3.4%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass at cellar temperature.

L – Pale gold color with a 2-finger bubbly white head. Below average retention but some lacing. Slightly hazy with particulate matter and lots of bubbles.

S – Grainy and cereal malts, spicy and floral hops, and another floral aroma, presumably dandelions. I’m pretty sure the base beer is some sort of pilsner. Smells pretty good.

T – Starts off with some grainy and cereal malts but then a pungent, astringent floral flavor appears and dominates the beer. Maybe the slightest bit of spicy hops appears at the finish, but this beer mostly belongs to that floral flavor, again presumably dandelions.

F – Light-bodied with tons of carbonation, a crisp and astringent mouthfeel, and a slightly spicy and dry finish. Floral astringency lingers.

O – This is a pretty average beer. I was impressed with the look and aroma, but the taste and mouthfeel are just dominated by a floral astringency. I think Magic Hat went a little overboard on the dandelions. Regardless, it was nice to try and while it really wasn’t bad and it was decently drinkable, I probably won’t be looking for this one again.

BlackBelt5112203, Aug 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

PeterOrlando92, Aug 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

GiantMidget, Aug 01, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

WDJersey, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

cb2113, Jul 29, 2012
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 658 ratings.