Pistil | Magic Hat Brewing Company

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Magic Hat Brewing Company
Vermont, United States

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.

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Ratings: 700 |  Reviews: 124
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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of JMad
3.83/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, slightly murky golden yellow with a thick foamy bright white head. Smells of grassy hops, some herbal and flowery aromas and a hint of citrus. Mostly lemon and grassy hop tones some grain in the aftertaste and a slightly bitter finish. It has a medium body but still light enough to be refreshing, lots of carbonation and a dry finish. This is one of the better beers that I've tried from Magic Hat, quite session-able.

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Photo of smcolw
3.62/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thick, lumpy head that leaves some chunky lace. Settles to a single layer of bubbles and leaves less lace toward the bottom of the glass. Cloudy with a dark gold/light amber color.

Crisp, fresh malt aroma with hop in the background as a spice. Pleasant if slightly fruity.

Far drier than the smell indicates. There's still some fruitiness as if dried apricots were added to the bright tank. The finish features mild bitterness. Neutral body and carbonation.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. Pistil: Give it a shot!

A: Only a few millimeters of bubbly white head present on pour, atop a light, straw yellow body. Loads of debris visible in suspension. Looks like a yellow snowstorm.

Love the bottle art.

S: Light and lemony/floral.

T: Well, the dandelion is there right away in the form of a breezy, floral flavor, along with a faintly earthy/musky taste I've come to associate with Magic Hat and barns. And I swear, a faint, sort of pickled flavor on the aftertaste.

M: A little frothy. Surprisingly thick for such a bright brew, even somewhat on the oily side.

O: Like the kid who used to eat worms, Magic Hat once again promises something weird and delivers it. Only it's not quite as awesome as you think. A fun diversion for this year, and worth trying just to say that, yes, you've had a beer brewed with dandelions, but nothing much more than that.

Incidentally dandelions are highly underrated. I kick the little bastards whenever I see them because A: It's fun making them explode, B: it irritates other people and C: It makes more dandelions, causing A and B to repeat.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.45/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice cloudy golden color, with a white head and nice tight bubbles.

There is some hint of dandelion in the nose along with spice and a grassy yeast smell, very pleasant like summer.

Yeasty malt mouth up front, with bitter dandelion coming in the middle, finishes with grainy oat notes. Has real nice balance to it - a sharp almost citrus bight balanced by a nice malty punch. This is by know means great, but it is surprisingly good. Goes down real well after mowing the grass.

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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4.5/5  rDev +39.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +16.1%

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3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Rifugium
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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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of KajII
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a hazy medium golden yellow with an average sized (1-2 finger) white creamy head that was mostly diminishing down to a light film and a very small collar and had just a bit of spotty lacing.

The aroma was of a light pale hay malt, floral hops and a mild earthy yeast with notes of oats, citrus (lemon and orange) and a slight floral presence.

The taste was lightly bitter throughout with the beginning having mild hints of citrus and a light hoppiness with a slightly sour floral finish. The flavor was short lived with a slight bitter taste that faded fast.

Mouthfeel was light in body with a watery and very lightly oily texture and possessed a fizzy carbonation.

Overall a fantastic summer brew that was light, tasty and quite satisfying. It is great to taste a Lager that has some flavor and a great drinkability...

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Photo of Jason
3.21/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

LOOK: Hazed yellow color, good frothing on top.

SMELL: Bready, lemon grass, yeast, vegtal, spicy

TASTE: Crisp, gummy, grainy, grassy, taffy, peppery, lemon pith, nutty, semi-dry finish

Decent but not much to it, some vague flavors from the danelions perhaps ... too subtle IMO. A basic cloudy unidentified brew at best.

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4/5  rDev +23.8%

Photo of Shaw
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle supplied by the brewery.

Pours a cloudy yellow with a short white head.

Lightly fruity and hoppy aroma with a hint of what I'm guessing is dandelion?

Not really sure I like the flavor. It's weird with sulphur-like notes mixed with tea flavors and corn-flakes.

The body is fine, with a crisp carbonation.

Sorry, this doesn't work for me.

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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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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
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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3.95/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, sunny color, with a white finger of head. Aroma is wheaty, with a biscuity malt aroma and flowery, grassy hops. Sweet malts, some wheat, bread and some earthy, grassy, floral hops. Crisp, lighter body, clean and drinkable.

I had this out of the summer mixer, and surprisingly it was the standout. It's not amazing, but it's a well put together beer. I think that's the last time I get a 4 beer mixed pack though from Magic Hat...they should really think about a 6 beer mix pack...what's so wrong with variety? 4 is not a variety, especially when you force 3 bottles of #9 down my throat.

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3.69/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Magic Hat Pistil. Brewed with dandelion.

Good thing I read prior reviews a bit, so I knew there were floaties to decant. Stopped short with a slight cloudiness that spilled into my beer. Some haze in a dim yellow body. Didn't get a big head with the easy-going pour. The thin layer of foam is retaining, though. 3.0

Wheaty malts and an herbal nose. Some noticeable bitterness in the aroma that borders on astringent. Grassy hops, soapy smells, and a tea-infusion like character. Maybe lemongrass or alfalfa? Cohesive nose, but definitely uncanny. 4.0

Bitter flowery bite. Semi-astringent bitterness with a colored dye like bleachiness. Still sweet, which settles up with the wheat malts in proper pairing. Lemony hops offer a little bit more tongue-gripping. Bitter and herbal semi-dry finish. I can imagine this perfumy taste coming from dunking dandelion flowers into a pale wheat ale. I think I've eaten dandelions as a kid, but I can't be sure. Very little memory of the taste, but I can still imagine it being similar to the quality in this beer. 3.5

At 4.5%, this is a session beer, but some fuzzy qualities cuts back the drinkability a bit. Burps up quite the bouquet. Active carbonation and a thinner body. 3.5

I don't mind this spring seasonal. I'm giving Magic Hat the benefit of the doubt here when I say that this is one of their more interesting beers. Tasty in its own way, you just have to be down for anything when it comes to herb beers. I was expecting one thing, and got something close to what I envisioned. That little bit 'out-of-left-field' character makes it all the more worthwhile. 4.0

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3.25/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.23/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From Magic Hat's Summer Collection 2012. Cap says:" Eat egg scramble with Bruce Campbell"

First off, it's pretty damn good for something brewed with lawn weeds! Who would have thought of dandelions? Start off with a nice grassy lemon aroma.Pours a light yellow with a cloudy / hazy body similar to Heffweisen. Has a full thick head that lasts quite well and laces the glass right down to the bottom. Taste is citrusy sweet with a crisp slightly acid finish. Imparts a pleasing aftertaste. Not for the hop lover!

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3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Was surprised to find this amongst the regular offerings. Bartender told me it was good so I picked it up.

Beer brewed with dandelions. Sounds pretty Magic Hat to me.

A - Almost looks like a hefeweizen but it's very light beer looking with a shit ton of sediment floaties. Liked the 1/2 inch of head that quickly forums a thick lace ring

S - Smells of musky wheat and mild hops which kind of transition to the smell of grass. Hope it's not "dandelion" bitter

T - Pretty pleasant drinking I can totally pick out in the finish a sort of "herbal" grassy bite which feels like biting one of a dandelion leaves. Other than that it's a typical wheat beer with a decent body.

M - Light to medium

Overall damn its a pretty decent beer that if you were to tell me it's a "wheat" beer I would notice the dandelions. Very strange and worth trying once.

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