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:
1,162
pDev:
16.67%
Bros Score:
3.08
 
 
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Photo of kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky orange with a foamy orange-tan head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some slightly sour berry aromas. Taste is much the same with bread and fruit flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of mineral-like bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer that is drinkable but nothing I would go after again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

i like when magic hat does something new. this is a nice summer wheat beer with lots of subtle flavors going on. elderberry is a vermont staple in the permaculture age, and its inclusion in this otherwise average wheat beer is a nice treat. pours cloudy yellow with a faint pinkish glow and a 2 inch white foam head. smells pretty standard, a little fruity but at this point it could just as easily be the yeast. flavors are tart fruit at first, sweeter fruits in the middle, and a very crisp wheat malt finish. i bet this would be killer as a big ipa, but i like it well enough in its current form. mouthfeel is fine, medium carbonation and a pretty light body for an unfiltered beer. overall very drinkable and im sure ill have a fair few this summer.

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Knapp85
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured out as a hazy golden orange color. The head is white with a decent retention. The smell of the beer was sweet, slightly fruity. The taste of the beer has an artificial fruity flavor up front, it's sweet and moderately refreshing. The mouthfeel of the beer is light and well carbonated. Overall the beer is ok, it's another pretty standard fruit beer from Magic Hat.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Part of the Magic Hat 2012 summer mixed pack...

Pours a cloudy golden color, nice fruity smell to it. Light to medium bodied, some dryness, decent finish. Not sure what an 'elderberry' is supposed to taste like to be honest, but this tastes like a typical slightly tart and fruity wheat beer. Nothing too extraordinary here... probably good on a hot day, but nothing work seeking out... above average though and drinkable for sure.

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3.31/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is very hazy dark yellow in color and poured with a quarter finger high off white head that gradually died down and consistently left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface.
S: There are light aromas of wheat in the nose along with hints of elderberries.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, except that the flavor of elderberries is a bit more pronounced.
M: It feels a light- to medium-bodied bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer isn’t that difficult to drink but lacks any refreshing or thirst-quenching qualities.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Photo of emerge077
2.44/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to the random stranger that returned a 12 pack to Trixie's in Madison.
I wouldn't have bought this otherwise if it wasn't a single.

Murky orange body, tight head of white foam that fades to a graduated outer ring around the edges.

Mmm, who put "grape drink" in my beer?

Some astringency and a creamy wheat taste, overlaid with an odd 'purple drank' impression of artificial grape flavoring. Wet cardboard also comes to mind. Body is mellow and creamy, standard APWA/weisse feel, though the astringency throws it out of whack. Overall this is weak. Starting to question my "try any beer once" tendencies... this is without question a sub-par beverage.

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Photo of zeff80
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A - Poured out a hazy, golden yellow color with a small, fizzy white head that receded quickly. Minimal lacing.

S - It smelled of berries and light wheat notes. Nothing overpowering. Good balance.

T - Nice sweetness from the elderberries. Light wheat taste. Very little bitterness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light bodied ale with a clean finish.

O - This is an okay fruit/wheat beer. Not overdone or overly sweet. Nice summer ale.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

Photo of dbrauneis
3.16/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy to cloudy dark yellow to orange in color. There is a half finger tall white head that reduces to a thick layer over the entire surface of the beer with a thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Mild aromas of light wheat as well as some light aromas of berry as well.

T: There is a light wheat flavor along with a stronger presence than in the smell of elderberries. The berry flavor is almost artificial in nature.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Light and easy enough to drink though the slightly artificial berry flavor is a mild turn off. Nothing special about this beer and I'm not sure that I would get this one again.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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

"Remember the Dinosaurs", in what used to be fun quips and infinite wisdom of Magic Hat, but even that seems like it's fallen off the cliff. That's a pretty lame quip.

The beer pours a fizzy white head that attempts to hit 1 finger but fades fairly quickly and keeps it from doing so, over a hazy honey orange colored beer, fairly hefe looking though.

NOse is fairly light but not bad, plenty of hefe like aromas, full of wheat, citrus, banana, clove, light floral spices like, and a light floral elderberry bittering aroma.

Taste starts OK but quickly turns to an almost fake extract and artificial flavored beer. Starts with light hefe wheat, hint of banana and citrus, touch of clove like flavors, and just a hint of elderberry bitterness. Then fake syrup flavors, and an overpowering artificial fruity and floral taste like they added fake elderberry flavoring and some weird fruity extract things. Finish is weird bitter extract, sticky, hint of lingering wheat and DME flavor.

Mouth is lighter bodied, decent carb but less than expected for a hefe.

Overall again tastes like Magic Hat went from craft beer to artificial gimmicky beer. The beers all taste forced, extract and artificial, bland, and just like they're not cared for as much as they used to. Even the words of wisdom from the cap seems to have faded as this one was fairly lame. [sigh] Magic Hat was my gateway beer, and I even had a keg of Fat Angel at my wedding, but they really just die more and more every time I try them.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.3 out of 5 with 1,162 ratings