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:
1,160
Reviews:
175
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.42%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
192
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Thullin187
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of jlindros
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
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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Photo of duff247
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of buffcityx
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of cuy50
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of barczar
3.2/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange peach with a dense one inch cream head that dissipates somewhat quickly for a wheat beer and leaves no lacing.

Aroma begins with wheat, bready sweet malt, and blueberry. I've never smelled an elderberry, so I'm assuming that's what it really is. There's a lemon zest note at the finish.

Flavor is somewhat more subtle than the aroma, with sharp berry tartness and wheat opening at the back of the mouth, leading to a light bready malt backbone, and a subtle berry fruit flavor at the finish, which is a touch dry. The malt detracts a bit from the berry and wheat character. Apply esters emerge as it warms.

Body is moderate with fairly high carbonation. The finish is fairly crisp.

Overall, more subtle fruitiness than I expected in the flavor. Lacks the banana and clove esters of a typical weiss beer, but the elderberry adds enough character to keep things interesting.

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Photo of
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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Photo of juliusseizure
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of KZE80
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dgeebs07
2.5/5  rDev -25.4%

Photo of MaltLover001
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of jbowes
4.25/5  rDev +26.9%

Photo of tobelerone
3.08/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A hazy, dark yellow bodied beer with a small fizzy white head that settles fairly quickly. Spotty lacing. Grainy wheat aroma with lightly sweet, somewhat generic malt and a very subtle berry note underneath. Flavor remains very much the same; the elderberry is buried and really only emerges, lightly, in the finish. Somewhat bland and not all that tasty; some grainy wheat flavor, moderately sweet malt, nothing too distinctive or memorable. Medium-light bodied with crisp carbonation, a decent hot weather refresher, I suppose. Easy to drink and clean in the finish.

My overall impression is that this is unexciting, not all that appetizing, and I’d rather have something else after a hard afternoon of yard work. Thoroughly mediocre like much of what Magic Hat does, in my book.

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Photo of LJWalker
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Zaphog
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of MelindaLee
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +10.4%
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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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of dfwprosportsjon
3.99/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a slightly dark orange with the fruit in it clearly darkening it.
S: Very fruity aroma with a nice amount of head that slowly dissipated over a few minutes.
T: A smooth, sweet fruitiness that is very much the fruit as it overpowers the yeast of the hefe. There is a little wheat taste in it but for good or bad the fruit clearly takes over this beer. I love the taste of the elderberry as it's sweet without being too sweet and therefore love this beer. Again though there is no yeast flavor which is strange in a hefe.
M: Decent thickness and great carbonation level as it isn't as carbonated as some wits and hefes.
O: I was pleasantly surprised with this beer as it's fruitiness is sweet but not too sweet and has a lingering taste I really like. This beer gets poor reviews and I can understand if it's b/c the yeast doesn't show up as it's strange to drink a hefe and not taste the yeast but otherwise I really like this beer and think it's a good one to drink now and again. I don't want more than 1 per sitting but it's a great change of pace. Drops just below 4.0 due to the "wouldn't want to drink more than 1."

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Photo of dsauter
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of bubseymour
3.07/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- murky orange with sudsy 1 finger head

S - I smell malty crackers and bread

T- very pedestrian beer with easy drinking watered down metallic metal flavor and a hint of tartness which I guess is elderberry.

M - decent

O- an easy drinker . Sessionable but just a boring beer.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into oversized chalice. Pours a hazy orange/brown with slight purple hue. Aromas of wheaty malts and fruit, grape or some sort of general berry aroma.
Taste is of grape, wheat, and some malts. It has that artificial grape flavor we all enjoyed as a child, but its not as bad as it sounds...its actually very mild.
This isnt something id run out to buy again, but at 5.5% it hits hard for the style. Overall, worth a try but dont seek out.

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Photo of asafarc2
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of cmq103
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12-oz bottle into a standard glass mug. This was part of a summer sampler 12-pack offering from Magic Hat.

Appearance: An aggressive bottle pour only yielded a small ¼” off-white head which quickly dissipated to nothing noticeable. A hazy amber/copper color brew with almost no lacing as my mug emptied.

Smell: Sweet berries come to mind right away, mixed with a little bit of your typical bready wheat and yeast aromas. You can definitely tell from the smell this is fruit beer.

Taste: Sweet and sour berries attack the tongue right away, followed by more and more sweetness. A light bready/malty wheat is present, but takes a back seat to the sweetness. Hops?? I’m not convinced they found their way into this beer.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation for this light-to-medium body beer. Its easy drinking for a fruit beer, but you would have to like the fruity style to really enjoy it. The berry flavor lingers awhile on the tongue after each sip.

Overall: If you like sweet fruity beer then this may be one you want to try. I don’t see myself running out to buy a 6-pack though since it’s too fruity-sweet for my liking. One or two from a sampler pack is plenty. At 5.5% ABV, it’s probably not the summer session beer one is looking for. Their #9 and Circus Boy are much better in my opinion.

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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
3.35 out of 5 based on 1,160 ratings.
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