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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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690 Ratings

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Ratings: 690
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.23
pDev: 17.03%
Wants: 4
Gots: 82 | 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:
Beer added by: shand on 04-16-2012

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
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Ratings: 690 | Reviews: 122
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Josiah2729
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle poured into pint glass

Appearance: Golden yellow with small head

Smell: Dandelion, some light malts, light hops

Taste: Herbs, light spiciness, dandelion, and some light hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light carbonation, thin texture

Overall: Interesting beer brewed with dandelions. Was a unique experience, not something I could do often, but was worth trying.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of matjack85
3.12/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.65/5  rDev +13%
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.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of JohnnyMc
2.83/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3.01/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

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3.74/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
74 out of 100 based on 690 ratings.