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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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677 Ratings
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Ratings: 677
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 10
Gots: 31 | FT: 0
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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004)
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clvand0

Kentucky

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

This one pours a hazy yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me a lot of an American Wheat - some US hops and a backing of wheat and graininess. The flavor is just as expected - reminds me of an American wheat - just like the aroma. Not my favorite style, but the flavor on this one is better than most. More smooth than expected. The body is light and the drinkability is good.

09-19-2005 12:28:14 | More by clvand0
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

This just came into Jersey recently, the liquor store where I get most of my brews from got it in the same day I bought it this week. I loved Boulder's other offerings - the Hazed and Infused, Mojo IPA, and Never Summer Ale were enjoyable, well crafted, and had a unique hop kick to them. Seeing another entry in the looking glass series, I got excited and thought this would have a bit of a kick to it as well. I wouldn't say that I was let down, but in my opinion, this is the weakest of the bunch...

The pour wasn't bad - not a lot of head, minimal lacing, and the hue was that of a cloudy goldenrod. Not a lot of taste or depth here. This beer seems like a European Hefe Weizen in that it's light, with lots of hint of clove and grass. There is just a bit of citrus-like hops in the back, and there is a lot of peach and champagne that lingers in the front. It has a very soothing, cleansing feel in my mouth, and there's not a lot of change in the flavor between over time, between sips. The maltiness it present, but not overpowering and only slightly reminiscent of a bready taste and feel.

I thought that a beer from Boulder would have a bolder (no pun or alliteration intended), side to it and would show off the Amarillo hops that characterize them, and make them stand out from other brews in that part of the country. This could have used just a bit of that, to liven things up and make it more memorable. Instead, they made a light, enjoyable brew, but the memory of it is just like the taste - it doesn't linger well and hardly stands out among the competition. Certainly, a missed opportunity...

06-18-2006 05:45:38 | More by JerzDevl2000
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

Out of a 22oz bottle this beer was a slightly hazy pale gold color with tons of visible rising carbonation. The head was off-white, a full three fingers high, displayed modest retention as a cap and left some scattered lacing. The aroma was floral hops, wheat, lemon and orange zest and doughy malt. The flavors were much like a witbier, sweet citrus tang up front with wheat in the middle and some pale malt flavors in the background. Simple but pleasant enough. The flavors do seem to compete with each other a little, however. The body was medium, the mouthfeel a little watery and the carbonation good.

12-27-2008 04:24:40 | More by thekevlarkid
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thatguy3579

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%

A: A light straw color, very cloudy. Egg-shell colored head which dissipates, clinging heavily to the glass.

S: Mostly sweet, with banana and bread aromas. Some citrus as well.

T: Tastes like it smells - banana bread and lemons. Perhaps a little vanilla as well. Fades to a pleasant sweet flavor. I think it is a little too sweet - would be better if it had a little more citrus bite.

M: Creamy on on the mouth, with average carbonation.

D: Very typical for the style. A nice beer that succeeds but fails to stand out. The persistently sweet finish is a nice touch, but would prevent me from really throwing these back.

06-27-2010 22:32:07 | More by thatguy3579
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gunnerman

Florida

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

Poured into a wheat glass pours a yellow with a serious white head that leaves some nice thick fat lace on the glass. Smell is of summer sweatyness with hints of lemon, tweed, earth and resin, spicy grape. Taste hits the palate, heavy carbonation, taste is a bit toned down I can taste a bit of hop in there, a bit of acid and a light taste of grapefruit. Overall not a bad offering but not a great one either, I could see myself drinking this again though, average at best.

06-07-2008 21:38:42 | More by gunnerman
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

This is a decent American hefe, but like many attempts, it seems like they really over did it with the banana esters. Pours to a cloudy golden color with a thick white head and an active carbonation. Decent lacing.

The aroma is not bad. Has a strong banana smell with clove and lemon zest. Even has a nice hoppiness.

Sweet with banana, only a hint of clove spiciness. A bit of citrus zest in the finish. Has a cheap malt flavor. I've had much worse though. Fairly hoppy for the style, but not quite a pale, and not enough to counter the cloying banana flavor.

I probably won't buy it again, but it wasn't by any means painful to drink.

07-20-2006 06:52:09 | More by neonbrown82
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry coriander and cinnamon. In the taste, cinnamon and a lemon zest. A spicy bite, with a medium to light mouthfeel, and a dry spice to clean aftertaste. Nice spices and easy to drink and decent.

09-25-2010 18:27:16 | More by OWSLEY069
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abcsofbeer

Virginia

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

This one pours a bright, clear yellow color, topped by a two finger white head. The head falls to a thin crown and leaves only specks of lace.

The aroma is lemon, banana with some accompanying butter. Taste is pretty lemony and honey. There is a small bit of hop bitterness. Overall, the taste is like lemon butter.

Mouthfeel is full flavored with a medium body.

09-21-2008 22:38:01 | More by abcsofbeer
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Baraka

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

Had on tap at a local restaurant. Light gold in color with a solid fluffy head. No real lacing to speak of. Fairly cloudy. Smells yeasty and slightly like bananas with lemon and coriander aromas on top. Taste is slightly tarty with bits of the lemon and coriander. Has a solid, high carbonation level. Very drinkable, particularly in the summertime!

Not an earth shattering beer by any means, but a solid, quality summer wheat ale that is both light and delicious.

08-05-2010 14:33:12 | More by Baraka
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morebeergood

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%

On tap at Smoken Joe's. Served in a 16 oz mug. Probably the most yellow and cloudy looking pale wheat ale I've had. Almost looked like a witbier. Super faded yellow in color. Thin white head. Clove smell. Not overly flavorful though, which was a bit of a letdown. It was good, but it was not bursting at the seams with all the flavors I love from a wheat beer. That said, it was mighty smooth and easy to drink from a large glass. Almost too easy to drink, as it went down fast. If only I enjoyed it more before it was gone...oh well. I'd order one again.

09-11-2009 04:00:44 | More by morebeergood
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FleeVT

Florida

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

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.

07-26-2009 23:04:31 | More by FleeVT
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

A: Lemon cream yellow with a sudsy, thick, and foamy head; decent retention and decent lacing

S: Grainy and grassy with lemon citrus and even a touch of banana and spice; this smells mostly like an American wheat but there's a touch of a German hefeweizen in there as well

T: Lemon zest up front followed by grassy grains and just a touch of banana and cloves; this is a simple yet refreshing and tasty beer--perfect for mowing the lawn, which is exactly how it came in handy just now

F: Medium body and fairly sticky which works okay

O: This is a nice little beer and like I said perfect for what it is: an easy drinking and refreshing summer beer; I think Boulder did a nice job with this one and when I want something like this again, I will return

06-06-2012 03:49:28 | More by dbossman
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ColdOneKev

Massachusetts

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

A - Straw, slight haze. Didn't stir the yeast cake up at the bottom. Maybe I should've. Fluffy off-white head, fades quickly. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - Coriander, pepper, citrus, lemon. spice.

T - Light biscuit, spice, orange.

M - Medium body. Not as light as other wheat beers. Medium carb.

O - I don't have a lot of experience with wheat beers, but this one seems to be a slightly above average.

12-06-2013 23:42:08 | More by ColdOneKev
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erosier

Connecticut

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

L: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a medium bodied but tall white head that settles to a small film over the beer.
S: It smells of sweet wheat malts and some citrisy flavors perhaps from the hops.
T: It has a sweet wheat taste underneath some citrisy flavors and then a touch of a more tart fruitiness at the end.
M: It is very crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable in the summertime. Decent summer beer.

05-30-2008 13:31:05 | More by erosier
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Hazed golden yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Yeast has things going well in the nose. Banana, clove, light bubblegum. Strong neutral wheat. Associated yeastiness.

3.5 T: Pretty much follows the nose, though a bit more subdued. Tasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good active carbonation. Light creaminess and crisp.

3.5 D: Decent beer. I like me a good APWA from time to time.

04-07-2012 20:19:18 | More by DavoleBomb
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SurlyDuff

Oregon

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

Lemony golden into my pint glass with a rocky crisp head that takes a few minutes to die down.

Aroma is mild, but for such a pale wheat, it's defintly a good amount of punch.

Taste is really a good punch for a light pale wheat. Nice grain and seedy flavors. Some fruity underripe bananna and an earthy spiceiness. Finish is a bit stickysweet, but overall a good mouthfeel.

A well made blonde/pale wheat. Goes dwn easy and is very enjoyable.

07-03-2008 02:50:29 | More by SurlyDuff
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

My first summer seasonal purchase for 2005. Looked and sounded interesting, with a sale price of $5.99, I gave it a try.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (I'll maybe try a Weizen glass next time). Pale yellow, a little hazy with a decent 1/2 inch head. Some carbonation bubbles float to the surface. Head fell to a covering of a few clouds, with a prominant ring aroung the glass, minimal lacing.

Smell: Interesting aromas. Definitely a wheat malt presence, and citrus fruit (I'm thinking lemons), yet their is a definite hop scent. I was told this was dry-hopped, similar to the Hazed and Infused, but way toned down. I like it.

Taste: Somewhat subdued. This is one of Boulder's Looking Glass series of beers. I have found these beers to be over the top in taste, (in the case of H&I, unbalanced IMO). This one did not grab me by the shoulders and shake me like I expected, but still good. Malty, almost bready wheat flavor, a little citrus fruit, and a nice little hop bitterness, but dialed down. I guess it does stay true to the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, good carbonation. A little sweet in the middle with a nice, clean dry finish. Subsequent beers I found to be somewhat buttery and slick.

Drinkability: Unfortunately there are many other seasonals I want to try yet that this will have to compete with. Later, as summer winds down, if I see this on sale I would probably pick some more up, I just am not going to go rush out and get more right away.

06-28-2005 04:42:22 | More by BigRedN
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katan

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%

12 oz into an imperial pint

A - Holy yeast suspension, batman. Mega cloudy - certainly a bottle conditioned wheat beer. Head formation light, bright white, leaves behind a film. Gold to straw in color.

S - A light malt note combined with a wheat astringency. I have to say that this is odd, but I almost think I detect the smoke of a BBQ. Could be a winter hallucination.

T - Starts off very light, dry, astringent. Has a fair amount of biting huksy notes. Yeast makes the balance here, strong bready notes. Finishes with the strongest sweetness, but then goes to an almost sherry like flavor which could be oxidation. An almost inverted beer in flavor: balanced to sweet. More potent than most american wheats i've had.

M - Decent body for a APWA - body is not light. Strong carbonation buoys it significantly. Leaves behind a very dry biting sensation.

D - Easy drinking by flavor, although I would find this to be a pairing beer. Something I would put with a meal to counteract its stronger flavors. ABV is a cut above for a wheat, so this may knock you out as it refreshes you.

01-09-2010 05:12:03 | More by katan
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output01x

Ohio

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Enjoy By 10/20/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is an extremely cloudy straw gold. Some light lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

The nose is dominated by wheat with notes of lemon zest, banana, and clove. A light floral hops aroma is also detectable. The nose is not super-strong but is decent.

Similar to the nose, the taste is primarily wheat with lemon zest, orange peel, banana, and, of course, clove. Some light honey and biscuit flavors are also there. Also like the nose, the taste is not as strong as some other beers in this style, but it is complex and enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has an easy-drinking quality about it. The body, while not thick, definitely has a meatiness to it that really helps the flavors stand out. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not seem to detract from the flavors.

08-26-2011 01:01:18 | More by output01x
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Oct 07 2010 and sampled on August 17, 2010. The pour is pale yellow and very cloudy with a thinner but slightly foamy white head that never quite fades. Banana, wheat, and yeast aromas are the first to greet the nose. The taste is about the same with a comforting fresh hop ending. Really not all that bad and fairly easy to drink.

08-17-2010 22:29:45 | More by puboflyons
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ThickestHead

Wisconsin

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Looks a golden yellow color, just slightly hazy, smallish head which didn't stick around long.
Smells kind of yeasty and like a slice of whole wheat bread.
Decently carbonated on the tongue.
Tastes like a hefe with a dash of spice and lemon.
This beer isn't the worst. It has a decent ABV that is well masked. It is easy to drink but not the style that I can appreciate fully so I will give the rest of them to my friends who like this style.

07-23-2009 20:57:58 | More by ThickestHead
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

A Pale Wheat Ale is probably not the best style to characterize for this beer. The wheat never really shows up. The look is quite clear and not hazzy. The carbonation is fizzy instead of creamy. The aroma is pisnerish and grainy, not estery and fruity. The beer feels too thin and the finish is grainy. Would fare better as a Blonde Ale. Despite the lack of wheat, the beer keeps a persistant lemon flavor and tartness that makes a good summertime refrehing beer. Though fizzy, a mint-like character works in the beer's favor, cutting through the thirst. It's a decent beer, but don't look for a wheat beer when purchasing this.

07-09-2006 18:54:14 | More by BEERchitect
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karengarys

Indiana

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

This pours the typical wheat light greenish amber. A bit of a head, not much though. An island remains, and so does a foam ring.

Smells very mellow spicey (not sure of the spice, my apologies), grassy, with a touch of malt and hop.

Tastes light, mostly dry hints of lemon, and some bread.

Mouthfeel is okay - somewhat foamy, the good kind, but also a bit wet.

Finish is clean. The hop is not overpowering, but there is some cleansing dryness.

This isn't a bad brew. The style is a bit watery for my tastes, and this beer does seem a tad watery. Give it a try anyway, it would be very refreshing.

06-26-2005 01:19:40 | More by karengarys
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours very pale yellow with a bit of haze and a big white head. No retention, no lace.

Bubblegum/banana/yeast/clove notes. Some nutty wheat. THis works.

Not super strong in the flavor dept. Sweet wheat, some yeast, some grain and a little husk bitterness. Finishes with light bitter, carbonated water, and sweet wheat.

A little thin, but still ok.

A decent one, although flawed. The balance of flavor is there, just lacks strength/intensity of flavor.

01-08-2012 01:54:41 | More by OtherShoe2
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brewandbbq

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%

Pours hazy, light gold, with a smallish white head of various sized bubbles.
Quite mediocre in head and retention. Minimal lacing and only whisps stay atop the short-lived foam cap.
Aromatics are subtle and non-offensive.
Light whiffs of bananna and clove, with some dry, tart wheat character.
Nose rounds out slightly fruity with a peppery bitterness.
Body is light and crispish, a bit thin and tart.
Pallet falls a bit flat and timid. Mostly clean wheat character and not too much influence from yeast and fermentation temperatures.
Hints of bannana, mint, and white pepper.
Very clean and straightforward, a true lawnmower beer, but I'd like more from this beer from such a great brewery.

09-08-2006 22:04:20 | More by brewandbbq
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 677 ratings.