Elder Betty | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Elder BettyElder Betty
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: Fruit / Vegetable Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Elder Betty is a weiss-style ale with a bready malt flavor balanced by a touch of hops and complimented by the tart berry flavors of elderberry.

13 IBU

Added by Jason on 03-28-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,147
Reviews:
171
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.42%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
186
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,147 |  Reviews: 171
Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Amber color with mild amount of carbonation. The smell of berries was noticable from afar,very strong berry wheat aroma. Taste followed aroma ending with wheat and mild hops. It may not be a great brew but it was unusuall and I enjoyed more than I expected to and would have it again

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Photo of Elvis_on_Bass
2.09/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I think this is one of those beers that is better from the tap. The aroma that I got was more of just alcohol and some malt, which wasn't really that pleasant. The color and the head are as expected, but the flavor fell very short. I couldn't really tell what I was drinking as everything was muted flavor-wise. I'd skip this one in the future unless I was in the taproom.

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Photo of Bammer21
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.2/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of dag1991
4.35/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puftdank
3.26/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.02/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

**
06/20/2014
Aroma, sour fruit: raspberry, BlackBerry. I’m not familiar with elderberry bourbon guessing that’s what I’m smelling. App: cloudy yellow, Small white head. Taste: airy, sweet and sour, plum,wheat. Not pasty at all for a wheat beer. Feel: above average carbonation, Very nice. Yea, magic hat.
**

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Photo of hotsudge
2.54/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Shellynix
2.79/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.21/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of stevoj
2.89/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light weight summer wheat beer, sweetened with elderberries. Nice hazy golden color, but not much in the mouthfeel or palate. Sweet and refreshing, but nothing memorable

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Photo of PJCarnell
3.59/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Pegasus
3.61/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Slightly pale golden orange in color, with a massive, dense white head, with excellent retention. Minor sediment is present. Slight, slow-rising carbonation is present. Elegant, complex lacing resembles river stones in mortar.

Aroma: Rich, modestly sweet elderberry notes dominates thee aromaa, complimented by classic wheat malt.

Taste: The taste begins with mildly sweet elderberries, hard to describe, like a wild dew berry with less sweetness, but more fruit flavors. A classic wheat malt base presents well, and compliments, rather than clashing with the dominating elderberries. I have had a number of fruit and what ales, this one rivals all in both subtlety and complexity. Finishes with long, lingering elderberry notes and a bit of earthy wheat malt.

Mouth feel: Soft, smooth and full, very pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: A quite interesting and drinkable example, one which I would be happy to have again. An imperial version of Elder Betty would be quite compelling - hint, hint, Magic Hat.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long-neck bottle, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.37/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Oidmoe
2.96/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of hozersr
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Yellolab2010
3.04/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of hman43
3.06/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It is hazy light amber in color. The head is almost non existent after the initial pour. It has aromas of bread, cinnamon, and wheat. The flavors of bread, berry, and sweet brown sugar with a dash of cinnamon dominate the flavor palate. It’s listed as a wheat ale, but it doesn’t resemble any wheat ale that I’ve had. If your looking for a unique taste, this one has it. If you are looking for a true wheat ale, this isn’t it.

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Photo of PsilohsaiBiN
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of nathanmiller
3.71/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of fisherbray
3.6/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Eziel
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jason_cs
3.19/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 1,147 ratings.
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