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Pistil | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States
magichat.net

Style: Herbed / Spiced Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stop and smell the petals Pistil is a summer beer unlike any other, brewed with a combination of dandelion petals, Pale and Acidulated malts, flaked oats, and Apollo and Northern Brewer hops that results in a one-of-a-kind beer with a slightly sour acidity and a smooth malt body. Perfect for taking down deep thirst.

20 IBU

Added by shand on 04-16-2012

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
-
Reviews:
124
Ratings:
700
pDev:
17.03%
Bros Score:
3.21
 
 
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Gots:
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Ratings: 700 |  Reviews: 124
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

i like it, its clever. definitely an american pale ale, hoppier than youd think from a flower beer, but its nice. smells like the spirit of dandellion, very polleny, like biting the yellow head off one of them, then eating the greens and roasting the root. its hard to place really, in any meaningful stylistic sense, but it sure is drinkable. flavor is very pollen based, in a good way, like coconut water in the sense than its drinkable and satisfying, but you always want more. im impressed with this, feel is intersting, plenty of body for a summer beer, but medium carbonation that lets you taste the whole thing. overall a beer i will drink a million of this summer, and a one of a kind creation. i like the bold hops in this.

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This poured out as a bright yellow color with a lot of floating particles in it, the head was foamy and white on top. the smell of the beer was floral and sweet. The taste of the beer gives off a big sweetness in the beginning that fades into a gentle bitter finish. The mouthfeel of the beer is light bodied and very drinkable, it's got a decent carbonation to it. Overall I thought this beer was a lot better than I pictured it being. I would probably drink this one again some day.

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3.8/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with TONS of floaties.. kind of interesting to be honest. Nice wheaty smell. Taste is light to medium bodied, definitely get a nice warm weather vibe. Great mouthfeel with some snappy hops, a bit of sourness, and a nice clean finish. Surprisingly well balanced and pretty tasty for a seasonal! A pretty good new addition from Magic Hat, recommended.

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3.31/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is slightly hazy light yellow in color (like a witbier) and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high dense white head that died down leaving a thin head covering the surface and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: There are light aromas of floral and citrus hops in the nose—marigolds and lemons seem to stand out in particular.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of floral hops along with notes of lemon and orange citrus and a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels rather light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: While this beer has muted aromas and flavors, it is very easy to drink. I wouldn't mind having one of these again on a summer day.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of emerge077
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Colorful retro label takes a cue from Milton Glaser's iconic Dylan poster.

Decanted carefully into a tulip glass, its a lightly hazed goldenrod orange with an ample head of creamy white foam. Crown of lace is ample as well.

Floral and sweet, grains of paradise, wet husky grains. A bit muted and one dimensional but pleasant enough.

Tastes slightly bitter like tea, along with some cooked greens, somewhat crisp and dry in the aftertaste. A light herbal sweetness balances the bitterness, again somewhat green and floral. Somewhat interesting but not well defined. Tastes like tea mostly.

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2.32/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: The load pffft when I opened the bottle was a giveaway that this beer was going to have a lot of carbonation and it pours out almost all foam though though the liquid buids with a slightly hazy honey color over time; of course, the flip side of overcarbonation is typically great head retention and plenty of lacing

Smell: Grassy and herbal with a cooked vegetable character

Taste: Rather neutral malt flavors, up front, but then the lemony herbal and rather medicinal dandelion flavors take over; tart finish with the cooked vegetables underneath

Mouthfeel: Watery and overcarbonated

Overall: I'm really quite disappointed with this beer and find it hard to take another sip

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of LXIXME
3.51/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smallish white head just sort of sits above a clear very well carbonated pale golden colored beer.

Lemony aroma with a bit of light malts blended in.

Light tart lemony citrus taste that seems to bring just a hint of some spices along, giving this an almost lemony pepper taste, but on the very light side of that equation.

A light dry aftertaste that seems to have a bit of the lemony aspects remaining with this lighter bodied drink.

Considering this is listed as a Herbed/Spiced Beer I would have to say this one is on the lighter side of that equation and it is a very easy to drink beer without the negative tastes that come with beers like Bud Light. If you want to ween a light American lager drinker on to better beers, something like this or Shiner Bock would be good gateway beers.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.87/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Magic Hat Pistil
12 oz. bottle, coded "AO3361 1304 1651"

So what is Magic Hat's Pistil? I thought it was just a floral IPA, but it's certainly not hoppy or bitter enough. It is quite floral though, clearly reflecting the name. Ah, the label reads "ALE BREWED WITH DANDELION". Well that's fairly unique. I'd heard of dandelion wine as a kid (it was something my older neighbors made at home), but I've never heard of it in a beer. Or have I? Let me look it up. Ah, yes. Apparently it's not that unique, but it's still interesting. I also note that it's just 4.5% ABV. Perhaps this is a spring beer. Check, the Magic Hat website confirms it. OK, let's take a closer look: Hazy yellow-gold body beneath a pillowy white head. Slightly better than average retention and lacing. Floral nose as mentioned. A little bit of golden malt sneaks through as well. Nice. In the mouth it's light bodied and moderately crisp. Appropriate for what they're doing here. The flavor is not as floral as the aroma suggests, implying to me that it's actual dandelions and not just hops giving it that brightness in the nose (I also get an occasional light note of chlorophyll as well, which backs that up). There's a light tartness to it, which is refreshing; and which also seems to give me more of a floral impression (unless I'm just succumbing to the power of suggestion). It's not very bitter... maybe in the 20's, and it finishes quite dry with the flavor almost vanishing. That's OK though, that works. It's a light bodied and lower alcohol spring beer that's very refreshing, and I don't really need it to linger in the mouth. There's enough charm to the floral / dandelion aspect of it that it's interesting, and thankfully not overdone. I can imagine drinking a few of these in a row. Would I buy it again? Sure. I'd enjoy a pint of this at the pub as my first beer, and I think it would be a good beer to take to a party (I'm pretty sure women would like it). Would I recommend it? Certainly to try. It may not be the only dandelion beer available (does Fantome still brew Pissenlit?), but it's still unique.

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3.7/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

undated 12 oz bottle served in a lager glass. Pour is clear with fine-grained carbonation and a durable white head. A thin partial coat of sediment was left on the bottom of the bottle.

Surprised by the moderately intense and mainly hoppy aroma. Nice balance of hops and malt, leaving this surprisingly hoppy brew a touch sweet at the start and mildly bitter in the finish and aftertaste. Dandelion, unless specially treated, is very bitter too, so the absence of a solid smack of bitterness is surprising. The contribution of the dandelion is subtle, however. Mildly tart too, with a hint of citrus.

M: Crisp; medium-light body with medium+ carbonation; semi-dry finish.

Overall: A tasty and distinct ale worth seeking out, and worth selecting when a summertime refresher is desired that's bolder than usual.

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3.77/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On-tap 3/15/2013 at Doherty’s East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light gold color, with a large foamy white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is faint but contains citrus, hops and light caramelized malts.

T: The taste starts out bready with a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some mild citrus and caramel sweetness comes in. The hops presence is mild but complementary but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, decent representation of style, for a beer that is supposed to be different it seemed pretty average to me and there wasn’t anything that really stood out.

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3.14/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy with zillions of tiny floaters. No apparent sediment, however. Light shade of amber in the tall glass. Pleasant enough head and spritzy on the tongue.

Light mouthfeel. A hint of malt with a mild honey and orange peel flavor. Faint touch of hops. Well, faint touch of flavor all the way around. Not crisp enough to really be refreshing, and not flavored enough to be interesting. Quite drinkable but the appearance is more than a little off-putting.

From the summer mixed twelve pack bought at Trader Joe's in Washington, DC.

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3.44/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session. I'm not a big fan of Magic Hat, but surprisingly I liked this one quite a bit.

Poured a light, hazy golden yellow with a bit of noticeable sediment, under a cap of bright, foamy, white head; minimal retention, and a bit of lacing. Aroma of fresh cut grass and meadow flowers (this is brewed with dandelion after all), lightly hopped. Light taste, not bursting with flavor, but this isn't that kind of beer. Grassy notes, flowery, light perfume, nothing I would call "spicy" per se, just more floral than anything. This beer had to have been very fresh. Crisp but subdued hops, and light biscuity malts. Normally I wouldn't drink something this light, but man did it go down smooth and easy. I could theoretically sit outside all day on a hot summer day and drink a case of this.

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.23 out of 5 with 700 ratings
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