I’D TAP THAT: Respect your elder

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First Posted: 6/24/2013

Beer: Elder Betty

Brewer: Magic Hat Brewing Company

Style: Hefeweizen

ABV: 5.50%

Description: Magic Hat Elder Betty pours a medium gold with bronze highlights with a pale white head that fades quickly. There is a moderate bready aroma along with wheat, spices, sweet berries, and just a slight hint of fruity hops. The taste shadows the nose almost directly. The palate is dominated by the wheat and bready malts, but it is balanced by moderate berry sweetness that also adds a bit of tartness and a slight bite from the spices. The body of this beer is quite thin, but that is what you want from a beer that you are going to enjoy during the warm summer months, so to me, this is not a negative. The finish is long, but very crisp and leaves the palate very refreshed. This is quite a stimulating summer beer that is absolutely perfect after a long, hot day in the sun, or even during those long, hot days in the sun.

Food pairing: The light body and mildly sweet flavor make this beer perfect for a nice berry-laden summer salad. Elder Betty is also wonderful with lemon chicken, bringing out the citrus flavor of the chicken and highlighting the berry sweetness. Also, be sure to try this beer with your next fish dinner. Many traditional German dishes, such as bratwurst, currywurst, or sauerbraten similarly all make an excellent match for this hefeweizen, and don’t be afraid to pile on the sauerkraut. Guys, are you looking to dazzle your lady with a nice sweet dessert, but still include your beloved beer? Well check out my blog (idtapthat.org) for a delicious hefeweizen-infused cupcake recipe!

Is it worth trying? Yes, it is a perfectly refreshing summer beer. Many breweries have taken on the summer beer style, especially fruit-infused summer-styled beers, and many begin to blend into one another with similar tastes. However, the light hefeweizen style already lends itself to being a summer beer, and with the addition of elderberries, the beer is enhanced with a mild tartness that adds complexity along with flavor. So if you are a fan of wheat beers or beers that lean more towards the light side, then you will absolutely love this beer.

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Where can I get it? Currently available in cans and/or bottles at: Backyard Ale House, Scranton; Cooper’s Seafood House, Scranton; Exit 190 Beer Deli, Dickson City; Beer Boys, Wilkes-Barre; Wegmans, Dickson City and Wilkes-Barre.

Remember, enjoy responsibly! Cheers!

-Derek Warren is a beer expert, avid homebrewer, and beer historian. Follow Derek’s beer blog at idtapthat.org.