Elder Betty | Magic Hat Brewing Company

Elder BettyElder Betty
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Elder BettyElder Betty

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

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.

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Ratings: 1,160 |  Reviews: 176
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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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

Appearance: Straw colored and slightly hazy. Pale white head quickly faded, leaving a thin layer of fine foam with just a bit of lacing.

Smell: Moderate bready aroma. Spicy, with a strong smell of berry candy, and a touch of fruity hops.

Taste: Light malt-wheat flavor, with not quite enough berry flavor. Hop flavor and bitterness barely detectable. Refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, and slightly sour.

Overall: A reasonably well-made wheat beer. Lack of berry color indicates beer had flavor added, as opposed to being brewed with elderberries, and the berry flavor suffered as a result.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.44/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap, in pint glass.

A - Light yellow with some haze. Fair amount of carbonation visible. Small, frothy head which dissipated quickly.

S - Not a holw lot going on. The wheat of a hefeweizen. A bit of hops.

T - A decent hefeweizen. Not a whole lot stood out. A little more flavor than similar beers I've tried, which was good. Not sure what elder berry is supposed to taste like, but I didn't notice any type of berry or fruit taste.

F - Refreshing and clean, not dry. Nice and crisp.

O - A decent hefeweizen. This isn't my favorite type of beer, but I feel this is a decent representation of the style. Disappointed though, in the fact that there was no discernable elder berry taste.

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of jngrizzaffi
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another retired Magic Hat beer I won't be able to review. Had so many of these before I started reviewing. Had a blueberry wheat taste. Fit my tastes very well at that time.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a medium hazy gold, with about 4 finger width of foamy head that lingered for a few minutes. The overwhelming aroma to me is yeast, and that is reflected in the taste as well. I'm picking up mainly mild American beer bitterness, no elder or any other berry. A little banana aroma and finish with a slightly sour aftertaste.

Light carbonation, thinnish mouthfeel.

Overall kind of a disappointment. If I had to relate this to anything, it might be a brioche without the usual sweetness. Might use it for cooking, but probably not much else.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -1.5%

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3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Poured a golden orange hazy color, producdd a small white head, below average retention and it little lacing on the glass. The aroma consisted of malted grain, nuts and berries. Light in body, smooth mouthfeel, there was a base of cereal grain, hits of berries and a slight bit of tartness.

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3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Magic Hat : Elder Betty

Pours a hazy golden color, white head with some good staying power. The aroma opens up quite fruity and yeasty, you could say very berry. Tastes of light wild berry flavor, biscuity malt, wheat, clove and a light acidic bitterness. Tart due to the residual acids from the elderberry. In 86 degree heat this tastes pretty good. In a pinch I'd have this again.

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Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 23.3% out of 100 with 1,160 ratings
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