Elder Betty
Magic Hat Brewing Company

Elder BettyElder Betty
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Style:
Fruit and Field Beer
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
76
Avg:
3.32 | pDev: 16.57%
Reviews:
177
Ratings:
1,166
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Magic Hat Brewing Company
 
Vermont, United States
Avail:
Retired (no longer brewed)
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SCORE
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Elder BettyElder Betty
Notes: 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
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Reviews: 177 | Ratings: 1,166
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4.25/5  rDev +28%

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Photo of D1noB
4.42/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Malty, Light, with a fruity almost slightly tart finish. Easy to drink.

Taste Rating in Words: It's picking a plum and eating it, so fresh and inviting.

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Photo of q33jeff
4.02/5  rDev +21.1%
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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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of soulfly1492
3.85/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma: Mild to moderate aroma. Wheat, pale malt, some fruity berry in the mix. Mild American hops. Low yeast character. No clove or banana.

Appearance: Pale orange, looks like apricot juice. Medium haze. Lots of tiny bubbles rising along the edge of the glass. Head is pale white, low retentio.

Taste: Lots of pleasant wheat. Mild pale malts and mild to moderate bitter hops. The fruit is ok, nothing special. Elderberry, but concentrated, a bit synthetic but OK. Quite sweet.

Mouthfeel: Medium body. Thick and oily, almost milky. Low smooth carbonation.

Overall: Not bad. A great spring/summer brew. Good wheat taste and decent fruit presence.

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -17.2%

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3.47/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Elder Betty might as well be called 'Ugly Betty'. The elderberries have only lightly pigmented the beer while still making it considerably murky. They also may or may not be responsible for the pitiful head retention. Whatever is to blame, it's flat and drab. Bottom line: you wouldn't sell a lot of magazines with this on the cover.

Know, however, that if ever you come across a fruit beer that is boldly emblazoned the colour of that fruit something (i.e., extract, artificial colour) was most likely added to achieve that embellishment. You'd also be surprised how little most fruits will contribute to a beer's aroma. Here the scent of berries is sweet and pleasant, but expectedly faint.

The elderberry flavour is better appreciated on the palate, most of all for its tartness. Backed by a crew of deceivingly spritzy bubbles, the acidic tartness of over-ripe berries cuts like surgery but leaves little deposits of sweetness in its wake. It's all quite refreshing and, in a manner, universally appealing - who doesn't love the taste of sweet fruit?

The base of bready pale malt, for its part, plays the role of wallflower (which it's probably better off doing). There's little by way of grain to bog the beer down and make things feel heavier, more filling than they should. "A golden haze for summer daze" is a slogan that's spelling may be off but otherwise couldn't be more correct. It's light-bodied and agreeable.

Elder Betty is fruit beer au naturel, baby. As such it fails to arouse the same way that intensely or artificially sweetened fruit beers do. By the same token, however, it is a beer for which I have more respect. There's no makeup or push-up bras or airbrushing here, just a simple, humble, affable fruit beer made by a serviceable brewery.

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -2.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +5.4%

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3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin but spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains berries, citrus, light caramelized malts, wheat and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of berries, citrus and a touch of spice. Then some breadiness comes in from wheat and a thin malt character. The hops presence is mild but complementary and brings a little bit of balance. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, seems very much like any other berry wheat beer out there.

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3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 76 out of 100 with 1166 ratings