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Pistil - Magic Hat Brewing Company

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668 Ratings

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Ratings: 668
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.24
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 3
Gots: 62 | 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 tobelerone
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.

tobelerone, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of SouljaSaia17
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!

SouljaSaia17, Jul 10, 2012
Photo of Jason_Quad
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Jason_Quad, Jul 09, 2012
Photo of Zbrown2307
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

Zbrown2307, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of MikeW51
1.75/5  rDev -46%

MikeW51, Jul 08, 2012
Photo of jlordi12
3/5  rDev -7.4%

jlordi12, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of Monkey007
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Monkey007, Jul 07, 2012
Photo of StaindProject86
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

StaindProject86, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of DavidGross
3.5/5  rDev +8%

DavidGross, Jul 05, 2012
Photo of CHickman
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.

CHickman, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of swgwilt
3.25/5  rDev +0.3%

swgwilt, Jul 04, 2012
Photo of nitter
3.5/5  rDev +8%

nitter, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of TheMultiYeast
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

TheMultiYeast, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of blazinworm
4/5  rDev +23.5%

blazinworm, Jul 01, 2012
Photo of notjaredlouche
3.5/5  rDev +8%

notjaredlouche, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of pisomojado8
3.5/5  rDev +8%

pisomojado8, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of bigbeers84
3.5/5  rDev +8%

bigbeers84, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of chefhatt
3.3/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very curious of what this beer would taste like being brewed with dandolions.
The appearance is very nice, golden color body, with a small fizzy head that hangs around for a minute. The smell has some malt and some floral notes to it. The taste is different, it has a peppery taste with some like floral notes on the tongue. The mouth feel is good and overall, not one of my favorits by magic hat.

chefhatt, Jun 28, 2012
Photo of Tracker83
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Tracker83, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of Chisfinest84
4/5  rDev +23.5%

Chisfinest84, Jun 26, 2012
Photo of freshtojeff
3.5/5  rDev +8%

freshtojeff, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of nick76
3.5/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The aroma is hoppy with grassy, soapy, and citrusy hops and it has a yeasty bread element. The appearance is hazy gold with a large head. The taste is bitter and pretty much just hops. The palate is average. Overall it's not what I expected it's a bitter IPA type of beer but it's not bad.

nick76, Jun 25, 2012
Photo of jsboates
3/5  rDev -7.4%

jsboates, Jun 22, 2012
Photo of williahd
3.75/5  rDev +15.7%

williahd, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of Cheet577
3.5/5  rDev +8%

Cheet577, Jun 16, 2012
Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
75 out of 100 based on 668 ratings.