Pistil | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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700 Ratings
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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
Ratings:
700
Reviews:
124
Avg:
3.27
pDev:
16.82%
 
 
Wants:
5
Gots:
91
For Trade:
0
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Photo of Brenden
3.42/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Thickly hazy, this is a very nearly opaque pale yellow brew with a sturdy, frothy head almost one finger tall that has above-average retention, a thick froth depositing patching and spotting alternatively as it goes.
The smell needs to be worked on to be drawn out. It's a bit odd. Thick breads, lemon juice and grass would make a decent profile, but the yeastiness is strong, what you'd expect to smell in a yeast packet, with an oddly spicy note. It's also got a bit of boiled corn husk, which is interesting, though it fortunately doesn't go too vegetal.
The flavor is an interesting mishmash of things; it's dry and pithy, nutty, juicy, creamy sweet, peppery and leafy all in one. It makes for an unusual beer, but nothing clashes too much and it comes off pretty well.
The carbonation's a bit strong, but it adds a strong crispness that isn't just bite. The body is light, and a good smoothness runs through into a dry finish.

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Photo of Stofko1992
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of cavemanlawyer1999
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of BryantForestry
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of tenacioustomato
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Stinkypuss
3.24/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale yellow color with a bit of sediment. White head forms and recedes to a collar and provides little to no lace. The aroma is expectedly floral, like fresh flowers and a bit of underlying sweet malt. In the taste, earthy notes and edible flowers come to mind, with a certain earthy flavor and hops providing a firm bitterness. Light to medium bodied and fairly earthy in the finish. Overall, an interesting beer, not too bad.

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Photo of Patches826
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of kwa357
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very bright yellow with a thin layer of white foam.

Smells like bitter dandelions.

Tastes like bitter dandelions and lawn weeds.

Light-bodied, low-medium carbonation, floral, bitter.

Overall, not terrible, but bitter and not very good.

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Photo of sd123
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of BostonPhilly
2/5  rDev -38.8%

Photo of AGB
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.55/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: the most yellow beer I have ever seen.... tall, cottony, white head - falls rather quick.... liquid looks rather clear, maybe slight haze.... "spring seasonal"?! - how old is this bottle?!.... some drapes of laces, keeps a thin cap.... a decent slug of sediment left in the bottle

S: lemon shortbread, lemon juice.... champagne-like.... unique, bright, leafy aromas (similar to a gruit I brew that contains yarrow, mugwort, etc).... very much a light lager undertone

T: peculiar... appropriately light and mellow, lemon tart w/ crust.... no hops in this? (there is) can't taste them and the bitterness is very much reminiscent of dandelion greens (if you've ever eaten them, you'd know).... only a mild malt flavor, marginally grainy-sweet.... overall, the taste is pleasant, just doesn't pop and isn't as aromatic or boldly floral as it should be (could be the age of the bottle...)

M: feather-light, soft... subtle carb tingle.... becomes bone dry even before the finish.... ultimate hot weather palate-satisfier

O: yeah, this is totally a spring or summer beer.... probably just sitting in the cooler at that bottle shop this whole time.... my marks may be a little high on this one, or just reflective of its potential.... an interesting, if not mind-blowing beer

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Photo of Josbor11
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of DeutschesBier
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of stckhndlr
2.86/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A- so many reviews stating that this beer is clear, but I am failing to see it. White foam on top of a dandelion colored beer that is filled with a ton of sediment and and bottom of the bottom flotsam. No notes on the bottle advising to pour slowly.

S- it has a faint sweet floral aroma. Nothing overpowering, but pleasant.

T- It has a spicy floral flavor with a bit of bitters on the finish. Definitely has that pollen aromatic feel to it. It has a finish that hop heads will appreciate. it just lingers on and on.

M- A bit thin but balanced.

O- It wasn't a terrible beer, Nothing to run out of your way to get but if you have a chance, give it a shot for something just a bit different.

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Photo of squezey
1/5  rDev -69.4%

Photo of skelton00
3/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of RobTheKnob
3.5/5  rDev +7%

Photo of Mark88
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of DinoBlueShoes
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Photo of Badger6
3.18/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip.

A: Pours a clear amber color with a flimsy white head that receded pretty quickly. Minimal lacing.

S: Malty with a hint of mint, citrus and wet grass on the nose. There is a floral aroma blending into the nose, perhaps the dandelion, but not clear. The smell is overall subdued.

T: Malty flavors layered with mint, grasses, citrus and floral (dandelion?) notes. The hop bite in the finish is minimal. Finishes sour, with no detectable aftertaste.

M: Watery. Light mouthfeel with high carbonation. Smooth, but watery.

O: Not a standout. Seemed interesting but really was not. Was not bad, but for something so unique on the label, the beer just didn't really deliver.

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3.5/5  rDev +7%

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3.75/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of Wukk
3.25/5  rDev -0.6%

Pistil from Magic Hat Brewing Company
3.27 out of 5 based on 700 ratings.
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