Pistil | Magic Hat Brewing Company

PistilPistil
BA SCORE
3.23/5
700 Ratings
PistilPistil
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
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
91
Trade:
0
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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle at fridge temp poured into a snifter.

Pours a hazy light golden - straw yellow color, a bit of fine sediment. A good looking tight white head with good retention, and decent lacing. A good amount of rising carbonation bubbles.

Familiar aromas of basic pale grain, almost macro lager like with maybe a hint of minerals. Just the slightest floral/ herbal thing going on, possibly from the hops and as it warms a fresh cut grass aroma is apparent.

The taste is slightly better than the aroma suggests. Sweet bready pale grain gives way to a kind of sweet tart hop, reminds me of some sort of old candy I can't quite name. A bit of lemongrass, fresh cut grass. A slight, but noticeable tartness. Finishes with a bit of hop bitterness as well.

Refreshing and light bodied. Maybe a touch on the bland but still somewhat enjoyable.

Really just another non offensive beer that any kind of beer drinker will be able to put down. Not something I'd ever buy, but I see how a few of these would work on a hot day.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of shand
4.07/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a tough one to review! It's a good beer, that's for sure. One of the better Magic Hat brews. However, it's just a little bit odd. It pours out a hazy yellow color with two fingers of head that don't stick around for too long. The aroma is nice, it's got a bit of a hoppy pilsner feel to it, with herbal and citrus hops and grass. The taste is very interesting, with the citrus hops and some tea-like flavors coming through first. Then follows some smooth malts, a very light sour note, and more citrus flavors, ending with a clean, grassy note. There's a lot going on for the 4.5% ABV. The mouthfeel is crisp and light, and the drinkability is very good. This is a superb and interesting summer beer, with plenty of flavor to go with its drinkability.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was very curious of what this beer would taste like being brewed with dandolions.
The appearance is very nice, golden color body, with a small fizzy head that hangs around for a minute. The smell has some malt and some floral notes to it. The taste is different, it has a peppery taste with some like floral notes on the tongue. The mouth feel is good and overall, not one of my favorits by magic hat.

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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

12-ounce bottle

It's a nice looking beer, looking more like a wit than anything. Golden straw color with a haziness to it. The head is brilliant white, a finger and a half thick, and has great retention. As it finally falls, it leaves a nice, sticky lace behind.

The smell is nothing more than a bit player as it's anything but overwhelming. What's there is slightly acidic and faintly herbal...Earthy.

A swing and a miss in taste. Very spicy, though I can't pinpoint which spices. Pale malts dominate with the spices, and it tastes very pils-like. I don't know what dandelions taste like, but I can see it in this beer. A little bit of mint in the finish.

It's bitter from beginning to end. The herbal spiciness lasts the whole sip as well. It's light bodied and has almost no alcohol presence at all. Moderate carbonation produces a fairly dry, crisp finish.

I've had this beer in the fridge for a couple months now, a bit scared to drink it. Unfortunately, it's about what I expected. It's bitter like an IPA, just not in a good way. Not sure how I'm going to get through five more to finish the sixer.

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

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3.1/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

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