Magic Hat 3 Beer Review

I spent the weekend with some new brews from Magic Hat. The Summer 12 pack is on the shelves now and I picked up the 2 newest additions, Elder Betty and Pistil. Here’s the run down:

Elder Betty

Aroma: Bready malts, sweet and sour berries
Appearance: Hazy golden
Flavor: slowly malty w. a touch of hops and tart berry
Mouthfeel: Lot carbonation w. a clean finish
Malt: 2-row Pale, Wheat
Hops: Apollo
Additives: Elderberry
OG in Degrees Plato: 13.1
SRM: 4.0
IBUs: 13
ABV: 5.5%

My thoughts
Elder Betty started out with a slightly sour/funky smell but the taste was not sour but floral and a hint of berry. This is a really light summer beer that has some similarities as #9 but lighter. I get a little citrus as well. This is a nice refreshing beer!


Aroma: Lemon, citrus, grassy
Appearance: Golden yellow
Flavor: Smooth malt body, slight sour acidity
Mouthfeel: Slightly puckering, medium body
Malt: 2-row Pale, Acidulated
Hops: Apollo, Northern Brewer
Additives: Dandelion leaves
OG in Degrees Plato: 11
SRM: 3
IBUs: 20
ABV: 4.5%

My thoughts
Pistil is surprisingly malty but light with some very slight floral notes. Tis is a summer beer I can get into. I would put this one above some of the other leading summer brews. There is an earthy taste that I believe come from the dandelion leaves but it definitely isn’t overpowering


#9 isn’t new to any beer lover. However, it’s now more portable. Magic Hat is canning #9 so you can transport it with you on your picnics, trips, etc. and it tastes just as good as it does on draft (which can be found in a number of places in Portsmouth).

Where Can You Find It?

Here is a photo I took at Hannaford in Portsmouth. You can find the variety pack almost everywhere in Portsmouth and surrounding stores. They also had the 6-packs of Elder Betty, which will go nicely in my fridge :). As far as the Magic Hat cans go, those may be tougher to find around here, but the bottles are everywhere and a number of bars have it on tap in the area.

These are three great beers to get you in the mood just in time for all of the decks to open on the Seacoast! For those of you that haven’t made it up to the Magic Hat Brewery in Burlington you should make some plans to get up there. It will not disappoint. Or better yet, make a weekend out of it. As of today you can purchase tickets to the 2012 VT Brewers Festival. There will be a lot of special beers there from Magic Hat and other great brewers. For more information check out the website (