Magic Hat’s Elder Betty
Appearance: Pours a dark blonde with a pinkish hue. Apparently I only choose beers with pinkish hues. Light egg white head with some bubbles. A drizzling lacing is left upon the glass.
Smell: This smells like yeasty asshole. It’s sweet and almost grapey, with an overwhelming aroma of fruity yeast. Some people think it has a mild smell, and they are right, but I’m angry that this beer replaced the Wacko, so it’s overwhelming to me… It is really just a chick beer smell. No hops here, mother fuckers…
Taste: This is cool and crisp. Definitely a summer ale. The yeasty fruit lingers and bubble in the mouth and leave a tingle on the tongue. The initial taste is yeasty and heavy with an almost biscuit like quality (that’s sarcasm, it tastes nothing like a biscuit, maybe slightly bready, but only because it has a powerful fruity yeast flavor). I suppose the fruit taste you get is elderberry, since the bottle just keeps gushing about elderberrys, but honestly I can’t place it other than to say it is fruity. Everyone else who reviewed this was smart and noted that it is a weiss beer and therefore a wheat beer, but I was stupid and didn’t realize that… I guess it also tastes of wheat.
Mouthfeel: This beer is crisp and bubbly with a fair amount of carbonation in the initial swig. With the yeasty flavoring it allows for a slightly chewy quality to it while still being light and summery. The after taste is wet on the tongue tip and tingly on the tongue. It feels like liquidized marmalade being jizzed into my earlobes. But only if my earlobes were my throat instead. It doesn’t actually feel that bad, but I don’t like fruity beers much and I’m bitter at it right now.
Overall: I’m a little biased against this beer because it replaced the Wacko, which is a beer I love, but I’ll be fair and say it is not a terrible beer. It’s a little fruity with its yeast, which is expected for the style. It’s a mediocre summer chick ale. Some asshole on beer advocate said that it is much better than Wacko and that reviewer is a Dingo’s diseased left testicle. It is far worse than the Wacko. Wacko is god… Fucking Elder Betty…
As a side note, after reading WVbeergeek’s review on Beer Advocate I had myself a good laugh. You good sir, are a sour old asshole that made me smile. Of course this beer does not compare to a world class German hefeweizen… It was made in fucking Vermont by dirty hippies… (Side note: I love Vermont and don’t consider most of them dirty hippies, I was just being sarcastic, I also love Magic Hat Brewery) It is a little harsh to keep comparing the Elder Betty to a world class beer, even if Elder Betty is an asshole and took away the Wacko… Fucking Elder Betty… But anyways, I enjoy your pretentious anger WVbeergeek, keep up the good work.