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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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724 Ratings
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Ratings: 724
Reviews: 307
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 13
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004

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Ratings: 724 | Reviews: 307
Reviews by Outchillen:
Photo of Outchillen
3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on draft

A: pale yellow, slightly hazy

S:smelled like a belgian wheat, strong yeast, nice white head

T/M: Had beligan banana and clove taste, light to medium body,

Overall i wasnt too impressed after hearing a story how its an american wheat, it wasnt light bodied or light yeast tasting like a lot of american wheats, more of a hef or wit

More User Reviews:
Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -31%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that diminishes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty, stinky earthy yeast with some banana and clove and a little citrus.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some yeast and a little spice and some sweet fruits. The flavor is pretty subdued and a little watery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a watery texture and a touch of harsh carbonation.

Overall, a pretty bland mix of a hefeweizen and a wit.

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, no freshness dating, just some dumb sexist stuff on the label. This kind of stuff just adds to the objectification of women in our culture, but hey, this is probably not the forum to go off on these types of issues.

This one pours a very cloudy yellowish tone, White head with morerate retention and next to no lacing. The nose here is of heavy clove. On the tongue its more strong cloves, some buting cirtic notes and some soft tropical fruits in the background. This one is quite tart and leaves an allmost stinging bite on the tongue. Not my favorite wheat type brew. Needs to be softened up, less clove notes would be a start. It should be easy to find better drinking summer brews.

Photo of fdrich29
4.05/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse.

Poured a light, somewhat cloudy yellow with minimal head and no lacing. Smells like bananas and fruit and tastes very much like the banana smell. Very light and refreshing beer, and very enjoyable. Nice change of pace at the end of your 9-5 day.

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow w/ a half finger of bright white head...disappears quite rapidly w/ a thin layer remaining.
Lacing is very thin, but has a bit of hold to the side of the shaker glass.
Aroma is a hint of spiced hops and sweet malt...decent.
Not a huge fan of wheat beers, but the flavor is enjoyable and has a decent dose of hops. Not as spiced as the nose was portraying, but enough to give this one a slight edge.
Mouthfeel and carbonation average for the style.
I could enjoy a few of these on a hot day such as this...another fine offering from Boulder...a nice addition to the lineup.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.79/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz tumbler.

I'm sweatin' up a storm after cooking up some Old Rasputin beef stew, so I figured this would be appropriate.

Pours a very crisp light golden color with a nice creamy one finger white head that looks awesome, nice light streams of bubbles up the side. Nose is not so nice, it's got a bit of a chemical note to it, also some very faint hops.

Very fruity, very light, a bit of that clearning solution from the nose comes through as well. It's a good intro to craft beer, nothing to write home about. Theres a bit of a lemon that I'm starting to notice as well. Mouthfeel is nice and big with lots of carbonation.

It's a good hot day drinker but I wouldn't get it again.

Photo of jondeelee
4.15/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweaty Betty, which thankfully in no way resembles its name in smell or taste, begins with a spicy, peppery, banana-and-clove-laden aroma that closely resembles a Belgian, but is separated by a bit more spice and wildness, and a hint of effervescent lemon.

On the tongue, the first notes are almost Flemish sour, but quickly turn into a clove-and-banana festival, accompanied by lemons, oranges, and berries. There is a not-very-subtle smack of good banana bread in here, eaten alongside a bowl Grape Nuts cereal. Small hints of bitter, citrusy hops waver around the edges, becoming more prominent late in the mouthful. The aftertaste is where most of the wheat flavor comes in, thick fields of wet grain sprinkling the tastebuds, as well as a continuation of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite good beer, and unique enough in flavor to set itself apart from many of its peers. The brew is balanced and flavorful, and would, I suspect, be quite thirst-quenching in mid-summer. Worth trying.

Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What to give a try on a hot and humid day? Why not Sweaty Betty, a fine offering from Boulder Beer. Sweaty Betty pours a nice gold color. The rather pleasant smell is grassy, citrusy, wheaty. The taste is nice mixture of lemon-citrus, wheat and yeast. The mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp. A very highly drinkable and enjoyable beverage.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bright gold pour, 1/2" head, admirable the way it tried to stick around. A lemony aroma, but not much else to speak of.

Easy going taste, discernably wheat, mild flavors of banana and lemon, grass. Hopping is prolly around 30 ibu. Relatively balanced, mildly sweet, a little metallic bitterness creeps into the mouthfeel, what was once a small dallop of tartness gets progressively more aggressive as the metal exerts itself. Made me wonder if this was part of the weird pallet of boulder beer come into Reno recently.

Photo of ADR
3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another "Looking Glass" series beer, now it comes in six packs. Moslty clear greenish gold color with a very white head that reduces to a collar pretty quickly. Lace is minimal at best. Aroma of dusty hay with some cotton candy sweetness. Solid mouthfeel with minimal carbonation -- which helps the estery qualities shine, candy "circus peanut" impressions. Distinct vanilla tone seems to dominate mid mouth, like Cream of Wheat with sugar and bananas on top. Sucrose finish, not a lot of complexities and without a lot of citrus notes to cut in. There's little doubt in my mind that this is an American Wheat with a hefty dose of that grain tossed in.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Angry Mexican aka Mad Mex in Robinson...any way I was expecting a blonde from Boulder when I heard Sweatty Betty. Nope I was wrong appears a cloudy golden yellow with a frothy white head wow impressive appearance the billowing head dwindles slowly leaving even bands of lacing. Aromatics com packed with citrus tones sharp wheat acidity soft vanilla and other herbal spices but the hops also stand out here with a spicy finish. Tastes very well balanced yet packing abundant flavor light and fluffy citrus and wheat sweetness with a softer vanilla fruity tone and finishes with a nice hop bite, well done. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied evenly carbonated no harshness here at very smooth on the palate. Drinkability is great a very refreshing summertime offering that put's the typical American Pale Wheat to shame good job to the folks out at Boulder Brewing.

Photo of chinchill
2.97/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 23 Dec. 2010 served in a pint glass on a hot day.

Straw color. A moderate pour produced only enough head to cover the top, and that quickly reduced to a thin small island and ring. The beer was only slightly hazy at first, but some sediment in the bottom of the bottle was added with visible effect. Visible carbonation ranging from fine to coarse.

S - a slightly pungent aroma mainly featuring wheat and yeast. Faintly floral and fruity. Not much, if any sign of hops.

T - not a big fan of wheat beers, on the whole, and this one has a unmistakable wheat element, yet I found the beer to be somewhat appealing and drinkable ... not a glowing endorsement, for sure, but about average for style. My main gripe is that is lacks hop presence, even in the faintly hoppy finish.

M - There's some crispness, a thin body, and a slightly dry finish.

Photo of JohnW
3.8/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have to confess that this was drunk straight from the bottle (yes, I know, unforgiveable) not something I normally do, so cannot really comment with any accuracy on the appearance or aroma. Regretably the circumstances under which I had this made drinking direct from the bottle the only choice! It appeared blonde and almost clear, though from what little I could tell, the aroma hinted at being fruity/malty and slightly sweet. The taste really surprised me, and seemed a lot sweeter and maltier than the usual American Micro beers, and reminded me - more than any other US beer has done - of the Belgium Beer style. Overall a sweet malty flavour, with hints of citrus and fruit in the finish, though light in texture and easy to drink. Not as rich and flavoursome as the better pale Belgium beers, but a good drink all the same. I could drink this easily, though it is maybe a shade too sweet to be a session beer for my taste, whereas the sweeter Belgium beer styles tend to have more body and depth, and are for savouring slowly rather than thirst quenching. Hope to have this again sometime and be able to have it served in a decent glass so I can properly appreciate its qualities.

John W
B'ham UK (but written while in Florida)

Photo of FleeVT
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no dates.

A: Pours an extremely pale and dull yellow. This defines straw colored. Tight carbonation of tiny bubble leaves a 1 finger white head that recedes to a thin layering.

S: Wheat comes through in droves; that coupled with the mild hop dosage gives it an American macro characteristic, maybe it's just the adjunct. Either way, it is crisp an inviting.

T/M: The palate is a lot more of the nose. A nice dose of hops gives this beer some great character and a cool crispness that lends itself well to hot summer days. The hops are grainy, perhaps a touch citrusy which nicely complements the wheat. Medium to light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, even though the head is almost gone.

Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from last weekend.

Betty's a bit pale, something of a pale yellow-gold color. The head is soft and by no means permanent, but there's enough of a foam the rest of the way and thin, light lacing to just push this past mediocre.
Wheat forms a backbone in an otherwise surprisingly hops-intensive(for the style) aroma with lemon zest and an interesting yeast note. The hops aromas are spicy and citric.
The flavor is a little paler, with more of the yeast coming up front and a banana note I wasn't expecting. Wheat retreats to the background in here so more of the citrus and spice comes out. Still pale, though.
The body is light and, with a moderate carbonation and a good crispness, this one is pretty refreshing.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-opaque, golden, honey color specked with orange highlights and an eighth of a finger of white head that completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Very aromatic with notes of toasted wheat, imparting aromas of whole-wheat crackers, and unsweetened breakfast cereal. I also get lots of notes of lemon and orange-like citrus, banana, honey, coriander, black pepper, clove, sage and thyme, as well as bubblegum.

Taste: Decent. Like a traditional wheat beer should. Toasted wheat up front, followed by honey-like sweetness, orange and lemon-like citrus, banana, clove, coriander, black pepper, and some strong wheat beer yeast.

Mouthfeel: Medium/medium-thin bodied, and very smooth, as there is no carbonation what-so-ever. With an ABV of 5.9%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Boulder’s Sweaty Betty is a decent beer. It has the traditional flavors of a wheat beer, which is why I’m not a huge fan of it. Fans of wheat beers should really like this beer though.

Photo of Arielle
2.38/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I saw the label on this one, I was excited, but it turns out the age old adage is correct, you cannot judge a book by its' cover. Up front this poured a straw yellow, hazy and opaque color, and it had no head, and no lacing. It smelled a little citrusy, kind of minty, and like unbaked bread - kind of sweet, but also a little doughy.

On first sip I knew this one had missed its mark, not by much, but definately not an award winner. It is not balanced between the yeast, the hops, the concept, at all. Sweaty Betty turned out to be a very appropriate moniker, as this beer really did taste kind of sweaty. I want to try the beer this would have been without the 10k it just ran behind it. It has promise underneath it's hesitant, and unfulfilled idea, but for now I will not be purchasing it again.

Photo of IntriqKen
3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Part of a large trade with jhammerly from Nebraska...thanks Jimi.
Pours a cloudy straw-yellow with a small white head that disappeared all too quickly.
Aroma of spicy wheat and only a tiny touch of lemon.
Taste is immediately an explosion of lemon....sweet malt at first, then swallowing to lemon juice. As the beer warms some, the lemon juice flavors change slightly to lemonade (get slightly sweeter).
Aftertaste is spicy wheat and lemon juice.
Mouthfeel could use more carbonation but it doesn't taste totally thin or flat.
Good summer cooler.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Boulder- Sweaty Betty

Purchased at Joe Canals- Lawrenceville, NJ $1.29 for a 12oz bottle.

A- Bright cloudy fizzy yellow with a huge billowing white head.
S- Strong sweet hay and straw. Slight lemon zest.
T- Strong sweet lemony wheat with a touch of funky barn straw.
M- Sweet and light. Lemony in the end.

Overall- A thirst quencher. This can replace gatorade. Not bad.

Photo of jmz62565
3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow straw with an average sized white head. The smell is very malty and especially "bisquity". Other smells include lemon and wheat. This is a pretty good smelling beer. The taste is very refreshing with lemon, wheat, yeast, and a creamy citrus flavor. The m/f is light and well balanced. A very good summer beer, I can see myself having a few of these.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.04/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a hazy pale yellow with a fizzy white finger width head. Poor retention, resulting in a poor, spotty lace.

Smell - Smells faintly of mellow banana and some grassy, floral hops.

Taste - Weak notes of banana and a grassy hop... saved by decent amount of clove spice. Finishes with that spice and a bit of coriander.

Mouthfeel - Watery body, with a near dead carbonation.

Overall - My buddy recommended this beer, and I think maybe he was playing an evil trick on me. Terribly weak from nearly every possible angle, this is not a wheat beer that I'd care to try again.

Photo of TooleBurger
1.17/5  rDev -65.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I tried a bottle of this based upon a recommendation of a friend. As soon as I opened it up, the beer smelled like a yest-filled armpit which really turned me off.

I figured I would taste it anyway, but the taste was just as bad. The smell was so strong, it made my tongue go numb and I almost yakked in the beer itself.

Even when I gulped down the first sip, all I could taste was that yest-filled armpit smell in my mouth. It was bad. I usually like wheat ales, but this one was a loser.

Photo of Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -27.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light pale with fizzy carbonation and almost no head. Alcohol and cheesy scent. Light bodied but drinkable. A bit acidic sour, and a metallic aftertaste. I even thought it a tad skunky, but apparently this is normal for this beer.Terrible name. I think worst of the brewery's line.

Photo of pmcadamis
4.42/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer is a beautiful glowing beige/gold ...like yellow candle wax, it has a translucence despite it's opacity. Sadly, the head is flimsy and only reaches one finger for the first few seconds before turning into soapy dishwater. A small amount of foamy lace slides down the glass.

S - Funky wild yeast notes smell very barnyard-ish and almost nasty. I like nasty! This has orange and carrot juice notes....like V8 Splash or something, and there actually is a sweaty component to this nose.

T - Wow! I liked the nose, but the flavor is great. Orange and pineapple fresh fruit salad with those big funky yeast flavors that I loved in the nose. This actually reminds me very much of Unibroue's Blanche de Chambly.

M - Waxy, lightly carbonated, and heavy. These are actually odd feelings for the style, but I like it! The finish is all tropical fruit and Belgian yeast.

D - Killer. This is a killer, killer brew for the summer! I could quaff this stuff until I puke....not that I would do something like that, but I could.

Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold in complexion, with a nice white head and minimal lace.

Nose is sweet honey and biscuits. Solid.

Tastes clean, with a little graininess and honey. I get a kiss of citrus from the mild hops at the finish, too. A nice touch.

A bright and easy-drinking session ale -- quite enjoyable.

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Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 724 ratings.