Wednesday, August 1, 2012
I love Betty Weiss! (Not to be confused with Betty White)
Elder Betty by Magic Hat
Style | ABV
Hefeweizen | 5.50% ABV
It’s August – can you believe it?
Pretty soon the shelves will be full of October beers and pumpkin ales and while fall is my all time favorite beer drinking season, I am not ready. I am drinking in the last weeks of summer while I still can.
Some really great seasonal beers launched this summer including Magic Hat’s Elder Betty, and I have to say it’s my favorite this year.
I just can’t get enough of it. I would describe it as:
“The best blueberry beer you will ever have.”
The Elder Betty is a weiss-style ale with a bready malt flavor. It’s well carbonated, refreshing and a little tart. Betty got a beat down on beer advocate, ranking in the 70s … but I would say that if you like blueberry suds this will not disappoint you.
Bottle: The art is very cool and whimsy. It falls right in line with Vermont’s hippie vibe. Totally man.
Pour: Light golden orange color with a one finger, white fluffy head
Nose: Like you stuck your face in a field of blueberries, seriously. It’s a fresh, inviting, grassy- blueberry smell.
It’s a light mouth feel made for very easy drinking. The tart, crisp berry flavor is followed up by a nice wheat finish. What I love about this beer is that it’s not super sweet. I don’t feel like I am drinking jam or sucking on a jolly rancher. The flavor is there without making my cheeks pucker. The one drawback – like most fruity beers, it really wouldn’t pair with much other than desert.
I haven’t seen the Elder Betty listed at any bars in Boston and Magic Hat site says it’s only available through July 31, so if you are interested in giving it a-go I wouldn’t wait to snag a sixer at the liquor store if you see it.
Tried it and liked it? Tried it and hated it? Comment below:
Posted by kayteestinch at Wednesday, August 01, 2012