Elder Betty | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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1,148 Ratings
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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:
1,148
Reviews:
171
Avg:
3.35
pDev:
16.42%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
187
For Trade:
0
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Photo of In_Control_Mike
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of braugon
2.14/5  rDev -36.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A: cloudy orange, gold, one inch, thin head

S: sharp tart fruit, yeast, phenol, berry, gum

T: tastes like some drops of berry flavor syrup, mixed in with any standard domestic beer. Beyond the obvious huckle/elder berry taste, nothing really going on in this beer. I think it's trying to be the berry style of their Number 9, and it is similar.

M: light carbonation, sweet berry, more sweet, finish is like you ate a purple jolly rancher, then drank some beer.

O: this is probably the perfect beer for some who don't normally like beer but enjoy sweet candy-like drinks and alcohol, I think it is too obvious, I like something with more going on. Aftertaste is not balanced at all to me

If you've always wished Schwepps Dry Grape came in beer version, this is your moment.

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Photo of Zachtheporter
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of dren74
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of thlayli87
3.42/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Slightly hazy golden color with one finger head. No lacing.

S - Grassy with sweet berry notes.

T - Grassy hops, faint lemon, dry bready finish. Berry flavor is noticeable but not overpowering.

M - Dry, light body.

O - Easy drinking and refreshing. I like that the berry flavor is somewhat subtle and doesn't bash you over the head.

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Photo of csrbv
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of bshiban
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

Photo of MadWolf
4.5/5  rDev +34.3%

Photo of mcewesr
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of micromaniac129
3/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is a beer you'd give your wife at some outdoor barbecue.
And this particular beer tastes more like a grape taffy then a beer.
How many sips does it take to get to the bottom of an Elder Betty beer.... the world may never know.
Like every other fruit beer. Its clear golden with a tiny white soda head.
Aroma grape toosie pops.
Taste grape soda malt beverage.
And so on, and so on...

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Photo of sgregory
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of morrowd3
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of poop_brew
3.16/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A - A 12oz. can...drunk from the can. (3/5)

S - Smells like a cheap watery beer with a hint of wheat & fruit. (3.25/5)

T - Hits your palette with that cheap beer aroma but then finishes with a hint of elderberry. Fresh aftertaste. (3/5)

M - A thin drinkable feel with minor carbonation. (3.5/5)

O - I'd recommend this to anyone looking to drink a portable festival ready/beach beer. It's a little on the pricey side for what it's worth, but it's a cheap beer for classy brew drinkers. (3.25/5)

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Photo of SpAiReArGsEonNE
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of johntfox
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of kingmaker
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of SerialTicker
3.4/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled April 8th and poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint on May 20th.

Appearance: Interesting label that sort of looks like a tree with eyes and a nose, but then on another glance, it looks like a woman at the trunk. Pretty cool label. Slightly hazy yellow-orange color with a finger of head that dissipates to a simple white ring on top of the beer. No lacing. Looks alright.

Smell: I don't know what elderberry tastes or smells like, but I will say that the aroma has a lot of berry aromas with a slight funk from the yeast.

Taste: Pretty one-dimensional, but enjoyable in spite of that. There's a nice berry flavor, with a slight malt finish -- I don't get much hop flavor to specifically speak of, and little if any bitterness at all. Pretty light and refreshing with a solid carbonation.

A very drinkable and refreshing late spring or summer beer -- it reminds me quite a lot of Samuel Adams Blackberry Witbier, just with a different look and slightly different mouth feel. Pretty average ... not awful.

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Photo of gulli
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of lsolanilla
3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of MilkManX
4/5  rDev +19.4%

Photo of Cylinsier
3.36/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz

Pours a hazy golden color with a bit of white lacing.

Smells of mild fruity barley malts.

Tastes of mild barley and hints of berry fruitiness with a whisper of dry hop.

Medium body with tingles of carbonation on the tongue.

A pretty enjoyable lighter beer, pairs okay with food and quenches thirst. There is no detectable wheat though, so it's strange that it is a hefe. Tastes nothing like that.

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Photo of logicalparadox
2.25/5  rDev -32.8%

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Elder Betty from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.35 out of 5 based on 1,148 ratings.
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