Elder Betty | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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77
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1,148 Ratings
THE BROS
71
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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 hozersr
3.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of Brad007
3.48/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy yellowish blonde color with a thick head into my glass.

Light and fruity with a touch of wild berry and wheat upfront. Your stereotypical "chick" beer or something else?

First thing I notice for flavor is that pesky ringwood yeast. It's not too pervasive, allowing enough of the clove, wheat and elderberry to show.

Finishes very clean too. Similar to Circus Boy, which is actually quite tolerable compared to their other offerings. Not a bad ale to pattern after.

It won't win any awards or wow any beer critics but it's good if you want something inoffensive for a balmy day.

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Photo of Suds
3.32/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Murky, cloudy, dark-golden in color...small head, with a ring of lace. The smell is a nice mix of soft, twangy wheat, a little yeast, some banana and grass, and, finally, a generous fresh-berry scent. The taste has a bit of wheat, a tart dryness, and enough hops for balance. The body is sooth and creamy. It's a decent beer, but it didn't grab me.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.75/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – It pours a hazy deeper golden color with a huge, thick white head. The head has quite good retention and slowly fades to give a light to medium amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma is rather interesting. It has a yeast and doughy with some lemon and elderberry smell with a somewhat funky aroma. There is a somewhat bitter aroma mixed in as well; the aroma is overall somewhat satisfying.

Taste – The taste is light elderberry and dough up front mixed with a lighter citrus flavor. These flavors form a base for the brew lasting the entire taste experience. The lemon flavor remains the same in the taste, while the elderberry seems to intensify more toward the middle. At the end, the yeasty doughy flavors really gets rather strong and mix with a somewhat bitter lemon and funky flavor which linger on the tongue for quite some time.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is slightly above average with a carbonation level being on the average side. The body is quite nice for the doughy taste with the carbonation good for the citrus flavors. Very fitting for the brew.

Overall – This was a rather interesting beer. A little different, but good none the less.

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of rlee1390
3.28/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Cloudy yellow orange, nice carbonation and a two finger head.

S-Grapes, what I assume are elderberries and spice. The overpower the floral notes and it is not a good overpowering like with some IPAs.

T-Strange mesh of grapes and what I again assume are elder berries. Overly fruity. Some wheat. Not well balanced. Some tartness as well.

M-Light with a nice deal of carbonation.

O-The tartness is nice however the elderberry/grape notes overpower everything else and make this beer way to fruity. Possibly it can be used as a soft intro to sours for some people? Also the beer does not warm well.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.85/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden amber with a fizzy white head that dies away to a thin ring of mousse within a couple seconds.

S: Aromas of elderberry syrup, wheat toast, vanilla, cream, and butter are present on the nose. Not nearly as cloying as I was expecting.

T: Notes of wheat toast, cream, vanilla, butter, grass, straw, minerals, and elderberry wash across the palate. The finish is smooth and sweet with fleeting impressions of elderberry and wheat toast.

M: Light in body and relatively dry. Carbonation is crisp and active. Very drinkable on a hot day.

O: This is a simple, straight-forward beer that (thankfully) does not succumb to Magic Hat's tendency toward sweetness. It may be nothing all that new or innovative, but it is an effective thirst quencher nonetheless. Should be worth seeking out for fans of fruit beers.

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Photo of cdwil
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of BAsbill
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of atone315
3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.45/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This must be the official beer of the French soldiers in The Holy Grail, eh? 12 oz bottle pours a hazed gold color with a decent cap of white head. Modest retention and lace. I must say, I do like the label on this one.

Nose has a nice flash of berry-like fruitiness to go with a soft wheat and yeast background. I actually like the smell of this beer, it seems to flow nicely from one component to the next.

Taste is not half bad. The added fruit flavors throw a nice little curveball in there and kind of cover for the lackluster hefe background. Id say this is more of a fruit beer than a Hefeweizen, and more of an American Wheat for a background at that. It keeps the hops at a minimum to avoid any clashing with the fruitiness. I wont be rushing out to the store to buy more, but actually makes for a good summertime quencher and should be liked by fans of fruity wheat beers.

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Photo of warnerry
3/5  rDev -10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +4.5%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of JamieDuncan
3.8/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Picked up a mixed six from Magic Hat, had not actually had any of their beers but had not heard good things. Pretty good looking beer, reasonably hazy , decent head that grabbed the glass. Not much to the nose but a decent taste. No idea what an elderberry even is but decent tasting beer. Nothing great but a good beer that is worth enjoying.

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3.25/5  rDev -3%

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3/5  rDev -10.4%

Photo of ArtZan
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

Photo of thegerm87
2.75/5  rDev -17.9%

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 tbryan5
3.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.67/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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