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Elder Betty | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States | website

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
Reviews:
169
Ratings:
1,143
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.12%
 
 
Wants:
19
Gots:
182
For Trade:
0
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Reviews: 169 | Ratings: 1,143
Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.44/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I saw a mixed twelve pack on sale at Total Wine for $6.99 so I thought "why the hell not". I don't mind taking some chances on beer every now and then, especially when the cost affords me the opportunity.

Doesn't look very traditional. Rather dark for the style with a smallish head. Not too impressive. A slight bit of haziness but certainly more clarified than a traditional hefe. Kind of a bronze color.

I enjoyed the aroma for what it was: a hefe beer with fruit flavors or additions. I have never had elderberry, but it smells a lot like blueberries. Slightly manufactured aroma, but still, not bad. Slight spiciness and coriander, but it seems as though the elderberry steals the show here.

Flavor wasn't bad either. Again, mostly elderberry, but there is a nice spiciness with some clove and coriander. Quite refreshing, dry, finishes clean.

I like this better than the #9 that was in the box, but we will see about the rest. Not bad for a hot summer day.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on June 21, 2012 when it was 97 degrees outside. It pours a murky looking pale yellow with loads of carbonation leading up to a huge, long lasting head. The aroma is of pale malts, wheat, and berries. The body is light to medium which is just what you want for a day like today. The taste has some wheat and berries with a low bitterness and clean, crisp ending. I am a bit biased as my late mother's name was Betty and the only craft beer she liked was Magic Hat. But regardless of that, this was ideal for the first full day of summer.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This must be the official beer of the French soldiers in The Holy Grail, eh? 12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a decent cap of white head. Modest retention and lace. I must say, I do like the label on this one.

Nose has a nice flash of berry-like fruitiness to go with a soft wheat and yeast background. I actually like the smell of this beer, it seems to flow nicely from one component to the next.

Taste is not half bad. The added fruit flavors throw a nice little curveball in there and kind of cover for the lackluster hefe background. Id say this is more of a fruit beer than a Hefeweizen, and more of an American Wheat for a background at that. It keeps the hops at a minimum to avoid any clashing with the fruitiness. I wont be rushing out to the store to buy more, but actually makes for a good summertime quencher and should be liked by fans of fruity wheat beers.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge temperature.

L – Hazy deep gold color with a 1.5-finger white frothy head. Decent retention and some patchy lacing.

S – Grainy wheat malt, spicy peppery and coriander yeast, and a touch of berries.

T – Sweet nearly all the way through with bready and grainy wheat malt and a touch of berry sweetness and tartness. Yeasty coriander spice appears towards the finish.

F – Medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp and somewhat creamy mouthfeel, and a sweet and spicy finish.

O – This is not a bad beer and was actually much better than I was expecting. It’s actually a pretty tasty and drinkable beer, but because there are so many good hefeweizens out there, it’s tough to rate this one much higher than average. It just doesn’t have the complexity and body that good beers of this style possess. Still, this is a decent beer and maybe one of our favorites from Magic Hat – although that may not be saying much.

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Photo of BethanyB
3.46/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: A clear, very pale gold, with a fizzy white sliver of a head that disappears like a magic act.

Smell: The "elderberry" aroma, which comes off as aid of blueberries and blackberries, overpowers. A bit of pale malt and some spicy hops seep through.

Taste: Again, the berries are the lead act, with pale malt as a basic base. Just a touch of spicy hop flavor lends some balance. The fruit brings with it a slight lactic sourness. Refreshing and easy to drink, with a clean aftertaste. Nice enough, but lacking in complexity or real ingenuity. Clean aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medi-light, with high carbonation. Definitely a crisp, refreshing, summertime feel. The finish is slightly dry, I part to the high carbonation.

Overall: Has a lot of commercial appeal, with plenty of flavor, but not too much "beery beer" taste. I would NOT classify this ad a hefeweizen, but rather a specialty ale. Nothing about this beer says "hefeweizen" to me.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured deep golden and clear with a few rising bubbles and a decent, short lived head with ok lace.

Smell is a little berry like with some indistinct fruitiness also, some wheat and maybe some light citrus.

Taste is earthy and lightly malty, with a notable elderberry taste. It's not super complex but it's fairly tasty and quite drinkable.

Body is moderately fizzy and light bodied, would make a good lawnmower beer. Reminds me of #9 but with a different fruitiness.

It's not terrific but it's not bad either.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a Lawson's Finest Liquids glass.

The color is a slightly cloudy gold with a finger foamy off-white head and some slight lacing left on the glass.

The smell is wheaty with some fruit aroma up front in the nose with some elder berries and a touch of light toast in the far background.

The taste is fruity with more of a citrus flavor then expected. Filled with berry flavor through most of this flavor this fly off the in the back like the slight wheat, and bready flavor but they come and go. There is a slight citrus flavor that pushes out at the end as well past the berries and gives a juice-like flavor.

The feel of this beer is light a pretty drinkable. A good summer beer it has some all the hallmarks of something that is light enough to have on a hot day and is full of some nice flavor.

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Photo of biegaman
3.47/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle from Premier Gourmet in Buffalo. My wife and I both enjoy elderberries, so we figured this would be a fine choice for the summer.

Poured into a sampler glass. Deep golden-copper in colour, quite hazy, with a half inch head that dissipates into a thin ring. Decent looking wheat beer.

Nose is fruit - elderberry and currant, a bit of peach - the rest is quite faint, perhaps a bit of citrus and wheat malt.

Not a bad beer by any stretch. It's got a nice elderberry flavor, it's light and refreshing, goes down well. It's just...there isn't much else there. The malt base is quite weak, and the flavor is not very complex. The fizzy carbonation is not helping matters much. Don't get me wrong, on a hot summer's day this would be a refreshing treat, and I like it a great deal better than other Magic Hat brews, but it could have been so much more.

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Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellowish blonde color with a thick head into my glass.

Light and fruity with a touch of wild berry and wheat upfront. Your stereotypical "chick" beer or something else?

First thing I notice for flavor is that pesky ringwood yeast. It's not too pervasive, allowing enough of the clove, wheat and elderberry to show.

Finishes very clean too. Similar to Circus Boy, which is actually quite tolerable compared to their other offerings. Not a bad ale to pattern after.

It won't win any awards or wow any beer critics but it's good if you want something inoffensive for a balmy day.

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Photo of Drunkelstiltskin
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite Magic Hat seasonal beers. Golden, mostly clear appearance with not much of a head. Smooth, crisp, with pleasant after taste. Not too fruity, but definitely a beer you can enjoy with your girlfriend. Great on a hot summer day under a nice shady tree. Enjoy!

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

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a cloudy golden straw color with a 2 finger thick white head. Sticks around for a few minutes before becoming a thin film. Can see some carbonation but this beer is cloudy.

S: Lots of berry up front hard to get much from it other than that. Some wheat is present.

T: Much more berry than I had anticipated, even though it's girly I like it. Some wheat in the background little hop makes an appearance as well.

M: Fairly thick on the palate for a wheat ale. Pretty easy drinking. Average carbonation.

Overall I like all of the berry this beer brings to the table. Will admit its not "true to the style" but is enjoyable none the less.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Although they're certainly not the first to do so, you've got to give Magic Hat at least a little bit of credit for originality in producing "Elder Betty", an elderberry weiss. The berry flavor comes through quite clearly, and adds an interesting secondary flavor that comes out in the lingering finish. The base beer is well-made, although basic, but that's clearly so as not to interfere with the berry flavor; and along those lines the bitterness is kept in check, and there are no hop flavors to speak of. It's interesting and refreshing, although I'm not sure you'd really want to have two of these in a row.

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

Pours a toasted wheat color with a short dense white head that settled into a light cap.

The aroma is of a bready wheat malt coupled with some berry sweetness. The elderberry has a blueberry scent to it. There is some light lemon as well.

Berry sweetness hits right away. Not a blueberry, like in the nose, but more of a grape soda fruitiness. There is a muffin like bready sweetness from the wheat malt. Some lemon tartness.

Moderate feel with prickly carbonation. A bit creamy despite the carbonation. Mostly sweet but has a light fruity tartness.

Decent wheat ale. Not overly fruity.

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

12oz bottle
Served in a weizen glass

A - It is cloudy with an orange hue and gold highlights. It has a couple inches of off white head.

S - There is a fruit aroma that I'm assuming to be elderberry. It's been a long time since I had elderberry pie which is the only experience that I've had with elderberries.

T - It has lots of beery flavor. That is all I taste.

M - Medium with a lot of carbonation.

O - It is a fruity wheat beer. It is good if that is what you like.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy in color yet more of a darker amber brown tan expected. Head is nice 1/2 inch that turns to a thick lace ring.

S - Wheat and yeast clash with bitter berries and mild vanilla smells.

T - I have to say this is the best beer I ever had with Elder Berries. Wheat and yeasts meet with the slight bittering of berries and a sweet vanilla finish. Bittering berries follow on the finish

M - Light to medium body is expected.

Overall not a bad beer with decent flavorings and a nice wheat body.

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Photo of wsmith1625
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bought a 6 pack and poured into a pint glass. Hazy golden color with barely a 1 finger head. Smell was definitely fruity, I'm guessing of elder berries. Taste was crisp and fruity, but not sweet or syrupy. Very refreshing with a nice mouthfeel and pleasant aftertaste. Definitely a refreshing summer brew. I will definitely try this a few more times this summer.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

The CANQuest ™ leads to unscrupulousness at times and last night was one of them. Several of us had just been to a really rockin' show and we decided to hit up the newly renovated Horse Inn a few blocks away. Their new claim to fame under new ownership is having an unbeatable CAN selection. When you say that to me, I become deeply dubious, so I was anxious to see just what they had to offer, not expecting to find anything new. Lo and behold! I did not know that Magic Hat was CANning this beer, but I am not a huge fan of field reviews, either. Here in PA, beer may be purchased for takeaway at a bar, but not as a single. I asked anyway and Score-O! I know, I am going straight to Hell for all of this.

From the CAN: "A Golden Haze for Summer's Daze".

The Crack! showed that even Magic Hat is not holding back when it comes to brimful CANs. Knowing now why many of them do it, I am curious as to why they all do not fill their CANs this way. I got in an inverted Glug and then sat back to watch as the pseudo-cascade took place. The three fingers of dense, rocky, yellowish-white head was like meringue atop a pie! I kid you not, that was some of the thickest, densest head that I have enCANtered in a long time. It took forever to settle, also. Color was a cloudy (not hazy, sorry) Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled like berries, but I would have guessed blueberries or the like because I just do not have much experience with elderberries. Lacing began to appear as the head fell. Mouthfeel was soft and medium. I liked the way the tartness of the wheat and the sweetness of the berries interacted to create a nice balance. I really felt like I was drinking liquid blueberry pie. Finish was semi-dry since the berries were not bringing that much sweetness to it. Once again, a good Summer beer.

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

Had this a few times this summer. Clear dark yellow with a bubbly white head.

Smell is grainy, grassy, light and fruity, some berry scents, floral, fresh yeast

Again grainy and floral with light sweetness. Sweetness doesn't overpower, very low bitterness, yeast, clean finish.

Light and crisp. Lots of carbonation, light body, refreshing on a hot day.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Firestone pint glass
From: BevMo in Mission Valley North (San Diego), Calif.
Price: $15.99 for a Summer Scene variety 12-pack
Purchased: July 26, 2013
Consumed: July 29, 2013
Misc.: N/A

Poured a honey orange hazy color with two fingers of off-white head. Minimal wet spots of lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top all the way down.

Smelled blueberry, grape, faint bubblegum, cherry, kiwi, honey, apple and faint banana. Basically fruity notes is what I’m saying.

Taste wasn’t quite a variety as the smell, but still flavorful. Got grape juice, blueberry, faint cotton candy, sour cherry, apple and tropical notes.

Light body. Thin texture. Average carbonation. Abrupt finish. Clean, crisp and refreshing.

A nice beer for the summer. Beer Advocate has it as a Hefeweizen and Rate Beer has it as a wheat ale. I think it is somewhere in between. Definitely a summer beer. I’d have it again though.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy pale golden with an orange hue body. Single finger white head.

S: wheat and light fruity notes but overall this is mild.

T: nice wheat flavor with dried fruits, mostly apricot and grape notes.

M: high carbonation and light body. very summery and refreshing.

Overall: A nice summer beer. One of the more flavorful of their usually highly drinkable beers.

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Photo of smcolw
3.52/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appropriately cloudy. Decent starting head but fades far too quickly, leaving no lace.

Strong soured blackberry and blueberry aromas. Light wheat, almost approaching a lambic in smell.

Think artificial berry Sweettart flavor. It's actually appealing to me. Too sweet for it fit into soured lambic category. Too little wheat for a truly fruit flavored wheat beer. Richer than some wheats. Overall, an innocuous hybrid.

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Photo of gibsonflip
3.53/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

The label of the bottle enticed me as I was casually strolling through the supermarket with my love. I was asking what beer to get when suddenly a bright flash of bold contrasting colors attracts the peripheral vision of my spectrum. Alas, I turn my body to see the majestic elder betty staring at me with her magic eyes, drawing me in. Suddenly I find my arm moving itself without even a thought. Elder Betty knows what she wants. She wants my mouth on her, sucking down her juices. Elder Betty knows whats best! The ale is smooth and calms my inner soul. I pour it on my girlfriend's neck and lick it off. Well done Elder Betty, well done.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.55/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a hazy straw with a nice fluffy white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves some lacing on the glass. Smells of berries and sweet grain, very balanced. Tastes of barley and blueberry, very pleasant. Beer is balanced for its light body, with great carbonation and nice finish. Overall, a pretty good beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.57/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a shaker pint glass at a local BBQ joint.

Pours a hazy cloudy pale golden yellow. Good foam that settles down to a thin layer. Moderate lacing.

Nose is fruity, berry like. Know nothing of elderberries, but the smell and subtle taste is blueberry. Not quite as tart though - subdued sweetness. With overriding wheatiness.

Low carbonation - may just be the draft effect, but there wasn't too much substance or pop to the mouthfeel. Hops were quite light as well.

Another interesting MH brew. Not earth shattering, but a good enough summer wheat beer.

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
77 out of 100 based on 169 ratings.
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