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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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632 Ratings

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Ratings: 632
Reviews: 120
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 2
Gots: 46 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -15.1%

07-29-2012 00:36:45 | More by SlaughteredWolf
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North Carolina

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

A - bright, golden yellow with a short-lived, fizzy, white head

S - herbal, spicy hop aromas

T - faintly herbal, spicy hops, lightly malty, a hint of dandelions, a bit bitter

M - light bodied, a bit crisp

This is a unique beer to me. I was surprised that the dandelion notes came through. The herbal, spicy hop characters dominate however. This is light and a bit bitter. Ultimately, this is easily drinkable, but I'll pass in the end.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2012 22:12:37 | More by tdm168
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-25-2012 23:59:23 | More by Beer21
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

07-25-2012 21:11:55 | More by DarrellK
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3.1/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I picked up this single brown 12oz bottle at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making it $1.67 for 1 bottle. I believe this to be my first dandelion beer, not surprisingly coming from a company known for brewing beer with unusual ingredients.

The beer poured a cloudy yellow color that looked sort of like lemonade. The 1-finger white head lasted a few minutes and lacing was decent.

Very interesting smell - floral and lemony with faint bready maltiness and spice.

I never ate a dandelion before, but I picked up what I perceived to be an herbal dandelion flavor with a peppery kick. It's slightly bitter with a touch of malty sweetness for balance. The lemon that I picked up in the nose was also there, but not as strong as the nose would lead you to expect.

Very light bodied with spritzy carbonation.

It's not a flavor I would crave, but I'm glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 10:53:44 | More by matjack85
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2.5/5  rDev -22.8%

07-25-2012 02:53:54 | More by GR_Rick
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New York

3.63/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a hazy gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a light and fruity pale/wheat malt scent along with hints of dandelion and other floral notes. It's dry with a touch of earthiness. The taste is average. Again, it's light and refreshing with a solid fruity/floral character. It goes down really smooth with a bone dry finish. The mouthfeel is decent as well. It is a low bodied beer with adequate/good carbonation. This is a rather quaffable beer with a refreshingly interesting flavor and outstanding aroma.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2012 22:13:44 | More by WesWes
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

07-22-2012 18:21:06 | More by thegerm87
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

07-18-2012 03:19:56 | More by CommanderCob
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-18-2012 02:29:24 | More by Arper
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-14-2012 01:01:05 | More by Pjev11
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2.85/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A very interesting brew from Magic Hat.

Pours out a nice bright and hazy yellow with a ton of carbonation and a nice 2 finger fluffy white head.

The aroma has a lot of bready and yeasty notes along with floral notes and what I assume is dandelion.

The taste has a lot of the same bready/yeasty notes from the aroma, there is a slight hint of floral characteristics, there is the dandelion I assume (haven't tasted it before) and it finishes with some lemon/citrus zesty notes.

I like the carbonation level, but the body is a little too thin and the hops are buried under everything else. Not a bad summer beer, but nothing more.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 19:20:01 | More by JohnnyMc
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New Hampshire

3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

07-13-2012 02:08:01 | More by Didier
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

07-12-2012 23:07:49 | More by amishbooze
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3/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at the brewery, another oddball offering from Magic Hat that doesn’t quite make it for me. Brewed with dandelion flowers; has a distinctly floral character as well but not necessarily an appetizing one. Looks nice enough; hazy golden color with a cap of slowly settling white foam and decent lacing. Aroma is all floral; slight citrus and bready malt notes underneath, but distinctly one-dimensional.

The flavor is also assertively flowery; with lesser citrus hop and bready, sweet malt notes. The flowery taste isn’t a hoppy one but comes from the addition of the flowers to the boil and is a little strange to me. On top of that the beer is a little fizzy and the body is watery.

I can’t say I enjoyed this beer or would buy a bottle of it. I didn’t hate it but there’s so much more to enjoy I can’t see going back.

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 16:53:02 | More by tobelerone
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3.73/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is apart of Magic Hats Summer Sampler pack. I was intrigued by this beer because of the label, so I felt necessary to review it.

A: The appearance of this beer is a light straw color, simuilar to the color of lemonade. Has a 2 finger foamy head with a moderate amount of lacing.

S: The smell consists of Lemon zest at the top, followed by a hint of honey, spice and floral hops.

T: The taste is a rush of tangy orange/lemon zest with some coriander present, followed by a honey aftertaste. No bready finish in this one. This is a pure summer citrus flavor.

M: This beer is light bodied and has moderate carbonation if you can see past the haze.

O: Overall this beer is a sweet comfort without tang and is enjoyable throughout any sunny day. Not available unless you get the mixed pack, but worth the buy whether you are a MH fan or not. This mixed pack has something for everyone. The label alone should catch your intrigue!

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2012 02:39:50 | More by SouljaSaia17
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

07-09-2012 20:12:09 | More by Jason_Quad
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

07-08-2012 17:45:23 | More by Zbrown2307
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1.75/5  rDev -46%

07-08-2012 02:23:07 | More by MikeW51
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3/5  rDev -7.4%

07-07-2012 19:21:34 | More by jlordi12
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4/5  rDev +23.5%

07-06-2012 23:29:24 | More by Monkey007
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3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

07-06-2012 01:35:22 | More by StaindProject86
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3.5/5  rDev +8%

07-05-2012 01:13:43 | More by DavidGross
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New York

2.95/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours cloudy yellow color with a 1 finger snow white foamy head that faded about average time, leaving very good foamy lacing coating the sides and a layer on top; a great artistic bottle, the label is very cool.

Smells of roasted grains, vegetables, sweet malt, flowers (dandelion listed on the bottle), yeast and bread or cracker. Smells like grains and cardboard for the most part.

Tastes like roasted grains, vegetables, malt, flowers, cardboard, funky yeast, floral hops, lemon, bread or cracker, herbs, biscuit, caramel, mild spices like pepper, coriander, wheat and grassy or earthy notes that lead to the grainy end. Too earthy overall, I get the attempt here but the beer misses the mark in the flavor delivery.

Mouthfeel is crisp and light, grainy and lemony, with very light carbonation, a medium body and grainy funky finish that almost tastes like some dirt was dropped in the beer.

Most herb/spice beers are a gamble, and this time I lost as I didn’t care for the flavor or aroma of this experimental beer. Kudos to Magic Hat for trying, but I just didn’t dig it.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 03:44:34 | More by CHickman
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3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

07-04-2012 02:48:22 | More by swgwilt
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
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