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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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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.

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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.

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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.

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"Don't Hex What's Best"

A: Pours a straw yellow color with a good amount of sediment present. A fingers worth of head

S: Pretty much just get light malts and some spicy yeast. Sort of get the dandelion, but it's very light

T: House yeast and dandelion are the most prevalent forces in the taste. Not much behind them, either. Just not much going on

M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation

O: I guess if you like light and mildly herby flavored beer, this one is for you. The dandelion doesn't impart much taste which leaves the house yeast which people tend to either love or hate... sort of middle ground for me. It does have a nice summery vibe going on, though, which is what MH was probably going for with this one

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3.35/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 6/15/12

Appearance: Golden yellow color, pours hazy, and there are strange, tiny sediment particles floating, suspended throughout the beer - kind of unattractive - starts off with a foamy white head, fades to minimal lacing

Smell: On the mild side, with some grass and some light bready notes - typical Magic Hat yeast aroma - slightly spicy and floral

Taste: More interesting than the smell would imply - grassy and spicy, in a good way - floral, and a little peppery - herbal and tea-like - slightly bitter, nicely sweet, a little grainy

Mouthfeel: Medium body, pretty smooth, adequately carbonated

Overall: Not bad

I must admit, after drinking some recent beers from Magic Hat, I was not looking forward to this. Surprisingly, this is actually pretty interesting. I don't really know what dandelion tastes like, but I'm pretty sure this is the flavor...

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to tenderbranson69 for sharing this bottle with me, enjoyed chilled from a tumbler.

The color is golden with thick 2 finger cream and swirls of suspended particles intermingle with lots of fast moving bubbles of carbonation. The lace collects and head retention is good. The smell is very wheat oriented with mild bready notes from the yeast and a herbal/floral but mildly citrus aroma augments the malt aromas. The feel is creamy, highly carbonated and mildly astringent with some slight tangy acidity in the finish, body is semi-full for the strength.

This is a unique beer because I can't say I have had any type of beer with dandelion in it before. The smell is totally different than the taste until midway through and it starts with a slight malt taste, but gets very floral almost grassy and slightly lemony in the next taste. The yeast adds a light creaminess to the flavor with subtle toasted tinges from the malt which has a mild sweet element, but overall the flavors are ok, just seem to cohabitate in general. Overall a good beer to try if you like wheat and spice, but not a really complex beer, more for summer relaxation and I felt it was decent.

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