Elder Betty | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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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
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
176
Ratings:
1,160
pDev:
16.67%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
Wants:
18
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Photo of feuematt
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow colored beer with an aroma of light berries. Taste is bready and tart berries. Overall a light and refreshing beer that is probably best suited for the summer.

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Photo of D1noB
4.42/5  rDev +33.9%
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 bixby1971
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DrewsBrews450
3.9/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Dodo2step
3.35/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A- clear amber color with half finger head. no lacing

S- bready malts with faint hints of berry

F- bready malts...minimal hint of berry

M- malty and light bodied, goes down easy enough

O- meh...it was a nice go for a variety pack.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Retired? I just drank two from a variety pack on 23 July 2017...

Anyway, I really liked the crystal clear look of the brew in the pint glass. It pours a good, white head, but dissipates very quickly leaving no opportunity for lacing. The smell was a mixture of blueberry, wheat, bread, and some hints of sweetness I can quite put a name too. I felt it was light-bodied with a light character in the mouth but still very approachable and very sessionable as well. The taste was a very muted blend of blueberry and wheat, I wish it had been a bit more potent, thought it had a nice malt backdrop I enjoyed. Overall, not the greatest of beers, but definitely a perfect summertime beer over the usual Corona's folks like to gravitate too...

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Photo of dacrza1
2.88/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

DATE: July 22, 2017... OCCASION: having bowled with the Morgans, we set our sights on dinner...GLASSWARE: Weihenstephan weizen... pours a truly golden body with thick, clustering bubbles that form a frothy, clumpy white head that would make sea foam envious... wafting aroma of elder berry, tart raspberry, banana, clove, perfume esters, and light biscuit malts... not off-putting... first sip is effervescent, medium-bodied, fizzy and creamy enough to be a fulfilling sip in its own right...reasonable for a wheat ale, without much to detract from its path... berry is overpowered by caramel and biscuit--not what I expected, or should have... flowers and bubblegum are also present... the profile is refreshing but not a berry weisse in some respects...honestly, this works in some weird way, but I do not find it ultimately a beer I’d come back...though it reminds me of our time in Love Ladies with the Blancos, and that is worth something...

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Photo of ffshore545
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Tcsox
3.04/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Bogdawg
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of BeerSexLove
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of zotzot
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of merlinsbeard
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HoppingMadMonk
3.36/5  rDev +1.8%
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 -36.7%
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 +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of WCKDVBZ
1.2/5  rDev -63.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Photo of dag1991
4.35/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of puftdank
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of calcnerd
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of q33jeff
4.02/5  rDev +21.8%
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 -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Shellynix
2.79/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of manfromanotherplace
3.21/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 1,160 ratings
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