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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde

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BA SCORE
78
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695 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004)
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Photo of WaveRebel51
3.28/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard beer for the style. Appears a hazy pale gold with almost no foam, the fruity aroma is very inticing, however, for some reason, the taste never seemed to come through.

It was a typical, wheaty, bready taste with a faint sweet aftertaste of fruits and honey. Got better as it warmed, but still seemed a little thin. Drank this after a light jog in 90-degree weather and this was refreshing.

Although I found the taste a little lacking, this is one of the better summer beers and given Boulder's track record, I'd be interested in trying this again.

WaveRebel51, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.31/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 5/28/14.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with banana and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell, but the flavors aren't as good in my opinion.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 20, 2014
Photo of mholm815
3.32/5  rDev -3.2%

mholm815, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of jsh420
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

best by may 23 2011

pours hazy straw yellow with 1+ finger white head that faded fast and left no lacing

smells very faint - i pick up a little banana

taste is much better then the nose - light wheaty grains and banana

mouthfeel is light crisp and very refreshing

overall - this might not be the best or even in the top 10 in pale wheats but i could knock back many of these on a hot summer day - this is on par with goose 312 without the lemon

jsh420, Apr 25, 2011
Photo of hopdog
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle acquired in trade with robertsreality (thanks!).

Poured a medium and cloudy golden color with a very small sized white head. Aromas of bananas, cloves, grain and light citrus. When first poured I got a strong wet hay aromas that quickly went away. Tastes of bananas, wheat and light cloves. Starts of lightly honey sweet and ends in a light tart finish.

Notes from 12/27/05

hopdog, Dec 18, 2008
Photo of Guinness4me
3.33/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow...one sip of this beer and I felt like I was back in Kansas again! While I usually miss the maltiness in wheat beer, this specimen was a nice contrast.

The beer poured cloudy as most wheat beers do, with a light head and layered lace. The smell was earthy and grassy and quickly took me back to a memory of freshly cut wheat in Kansas.

The taste was acidic at first then went with an alcohol flavor which didn't impress me. My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel which is heavier than I expected. It has a wonderful wheaty aftertaste which lingers nicely.

Guinness4me, Jul 04, 2004
Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Light yellow, slightly cloudy, rapidly evaporating head with bubbly carbonation that grabs the side of the pint glass. Sweet citrus and some spices on the nose, none of which improve as this beer warms up. Twangy lemon and orange offerings in the initial quaffs; the body quickly reveals touches of hops and a sweet malt based background. There are certain flashes of banana peel, cloves and hefe-like spices with just a touch of black pepper left on the palate. Borderline-medium modied, somewhat of a sugary and creamy malt finish. Nothing that will have you crying for more, but who's complaining about a simple and easy to drink wheat ale?

GeoffRizzo, Dec 31, 2006
Photo of Mardukk
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipates, lacing is present.

Smells of banana/wheat maybe with a hint of hops.

The taste has a hint of the typical wheat twang with a very small hop bite in the finish. I can't really make out any taste/flavor whatsoever. Watery and thin almost light beer like...with more ABV.

Extremely thin mouthfeel with the non taste makes this dangerously drinkable.

To its credit I would never guess that the ABV is this high.

Overall, this is not a good wheat ale as there is a definite lack of taste throughout. Maybe if they dropped the price and marketed this as a cheap lawnmower beer it would be worth it.

Mardukk, Jul 25, 2010
Photo of donniecuffs
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured gold with less than one finger of white, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Not much of a nose besides some modest banana and lemon. Very thin flavor profile, and raw bitter finish. Definitely missing more fruit balance. Thin bodied and decently carbonated. Nice feel for sessioning, but unfortunately not enough flavor.

donniecuffs, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of FosterJM
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

832nd Review on BA
Bottle to Weizen
12 oz

Enjoy By 10/20/11

Thanks to @beertographer(via twitter)

App- A dark cloudy yellow and fades a few colors down to a watery lemonade color. A two finger fast receding heat with a good amount of sticky cling.

Smell- A mix of small light Wit notes. A bit coriander and spice with some pale malts and a tad bitter hopping. A little bit of lemon as well.

Taste- I'm really torn here, its not that far above being average to warrant a 3.5 but not don’t want to say its average but Ill say it was very crisp a bit lagerish in taste at points but not so much as to call it bad. A bit more of the wheat comes out in the taste and has a touch more lemon vs the spice of the wit I smelled.

Mouth- A light bodied beer with a high carbonation level. A crisp lemon and wheat residual flavor.

Drink- This was pretty tasty for an extra. I’m not normally the biggest blonde fan so I was skeptical at first but after seeing the reviews and bottle closely. Its more pale wheat above all else. Good beer for a hot day.

FosterJM, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy straw yellow without a head

S - smells of bready and wheat malts with some lemon zestiness and grassy hops

T - taste follows the nose to a T. Taste opens up with lemony citrusness that linger during the rest of the drink. There is also some bready and what malts that finish with grassy hops. Nice light flavor profile.

M - nice carbonation with a mediun body

D - pretty solid APWA. I don't know if I would necessarily go out of my way to get this, but it is a better than average wheat ale.

birchstick, Dec 27, 2010
Photo of budgood1
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

i bought a case of 12 oz. bottles this year, and thought i'd give this one a re-review due to the fact that my previous review was unflattering...so here goes.

pours out a hazy sun gold colour, with a thin tight head that sticks around a bit. plenty of lacing. a pretty beer. wheatish aroma with some ripe banana notes...smells like a hefe inspired creation. taste is thick and rich with wheat notes, banana inspired flavours, seemingly artificial at times or just too sweet maybe...and a bit of alcohol spice and booziness. not too bad. just interesting enough to capture the attention of a true hefe lover but not quite. and enough to satisfy the american wheat drinker with extra flavour to spare. mouthfeel is very good...this is a heavier concoction and there is plenty of creaminess to mingle with the above mentioned flavour characteristics. deep body; it's a higher ABV wheat so you get your money's worth. drinkable, especially in the warm weather or on the patio in the hot sun.

ok, i'm giving this higher scores this time around because i just plain like it more this time, but it seems to want to blur the line between american wheat and bavarian style hefe. and by the time i get through six or eighth of these quenching my thirst and desire for a good wheat or hefe after a hard day in the summer sun, i find my vision and my memory blurred, also.

i'd have to say that this is worth a case every summer season.

budgood1, Jul 06, 2007
Photo of Haybeerman
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear straw/gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; was an aggressibe poir. Thin, sticky lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Wheat malt, light floral hops and citrus ; very clean (almost too clean)

T: Light fruity taste up front, the bready wheat, ciitrus and light clove. Not too complex.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and fizzy.

D: Easily drinkable. Decent flavors, certainly nothing offensive - just nothing special either.

Haybeerman, May 17, 2009
Photo of sml505
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy straw color with small white head that disappears.

S - Soft wheat, spice, pepper, yeasty, and some lemon

T - Nice wheat flavor, pepper, lemon fruitiness, and yeast notes.

M/D - Light mouthfeel, and nice carb. Average wheat with common wheat, pepper, yeasty notes. A touch watery, but might be nice on a hot day.

sml505, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of ryantupy
3.35/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Im not so sure this one is retired since I just got it on tap from Old Chicago yesterday, but oh well. This beer poured a pale yellow haze with a quickly dissolving head and a little lace. Smells of mostly lemon citrus and seems to taste that way to. I was not to thrilled with this beer but not let down it was just average

ryantupy, Sep 01, 2005
Photo of johnnnniee
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a tiny white head quickly fades to a ring on the top. Smells of banana clove, spicy wheat, and a hint of phenolic. Taste is sweet upfront followed by a clove and banana assault with a hint of lemon in there. A spicy tartness rounds us off with maybe a hint of metallic. Is this a pale wheat? Hefeweisen? Lines are very blurry. Medium body, tart and syrupy mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Not my favorite beer by any stretch. Its light and easy to drink, might be good on a hot summer day, but its kind of bland with nothing really exciting happening.

johnnnniee, May 29, 2010
Photo of AARomanov
3.38/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a surprisingly pale yellow. Was expecting something with a slightly more orange hue. Even in a champagne flute (don't ask why I used this) the beer was very opaque. Minimal head and retention and virtually no lacing.

Ar - Can't pick much up besides citrus and light banana with some cloves.

T - Fairly light body. Nothing really stands out in the taste, not even the wheat. Does have a bit of spice in the finish (almost peppery?)

D - Served cold enough this beer would go down easy and refresh on a hot day. Save it for the poolside.

AARomanov, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ADR
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

ADR, May 24, 2005
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

NJpadreFan, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured straw colored opauge with a 1.5" white head. Head retention was poor & some lacing was evident

Smell: Slight spicyness (pepper & cloves) & some fruittyness

Taste: Good wheat character, pepper, fruittyness (think juicy fruit gum) & yeastyness, Finished fruitty & peppery

MF: A little thin, good carbonation

Didn't really go down that easy. Too much going on with out any rhyme or reason

russpowell, May 20, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the store the other day, mainly because I had not seen it around before, and with it being 100 degrees outside. So I threw it in the fridge and opened it yesterday afternoon before dinner as it was just blazing hot outside. Served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint a pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was rather non eventful. A bright golden yellow, with great clarity. Nice three inch high head of white foam, fizzled out after just a few moments and then finally left behind nothing, no side glass lace to speak of either. Good carbonation bubbling up throughout the session.

Smell - The aroma was extremely light. Some floral hops, hints of lemon, and grass, and a touch of wheat were about all you were picking up. Had nice bright profile though.

Taste - The flavor was much more of the same, with a very bright, and appropriate for summer taste. There was a decent hint of orange rind and lemon in the back, with a nice rounded wheat flavor, nothing shocking or extraordinary here though.

Mouthfeel - The feel was very light and highly carbonated. Crisp, and clean with little in the way of aftertaste. Nice beverage for a hot day,

Drinkability - This ties in here as well, as it was just very light, with low abv and just that slightest bit of citrus to make it pop. It could have easily been something that you have multiples of for sure.

Overall not a bad summer beer, however I would have to pass on trying it again. Just not really up my alley as far as flavor. Nothing wrong with it though and as far as blond ales, not half bad.

mikesgroove, Jun 11, 2008
Photo of karst
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale lightly hazed lemon, with a head that goes from 1 finger to zero in under 30 seconds.
Aromas of spice (coriander & ginger) citrus and grassy hallertaus.
Initial flavor of spices and citrus give way to rough grain. As it breaths lemon and orange emerge as the citrus. Spices well behaved as the understated hops dry the finish - leaving no bitterness. Light body and thin mouthfeel.
An unusual wheat beer.

karst, Aug 29, 2005
Photo of LordAdmNelson
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap on a whim, not the best decision, but OK I guess. Pours a pale yellow with little head. Nose is wit-beer-esque, lemony notes, a bit of spice, some wheatiness to it too. Taste follows with the same notes, but there's something off here that I can't quite put my finger on. Light and refreshing body, not a terrible beer, but probably not one I would order again.

LordAdmNelson, Oct 01, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark gold color greeted my beer but not much cloudiness. Decent head that died quickly but left a lace ring around the mug. Weak smell did not give me anticipation for this beer. Very faint clove notes and smelled more like a lime than lemon or orange peel or anything. The taste improved on the smell, thankfully, somewhat. A little weak but a smooth medium-bodied beer that had a little sweetness from the wheat mixed with a decent punch of citric notes, most noticeable was the orange. A little sharp in the backbite but not bad. A light summer beer that isn't bad, but not a standout or anything.

clayrock81, Jun 26, 2008
Photo of unclecrappy
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My most recent sample of Sweaty Betty was part of a mixed case of Boulder stuff. It's a little unfortunate, because compared with Mojo, Hazed and their Flashback anniversary ale, it suffers a little bit.

Appearance is nice, but nothing special. Straw gold, with a little yeasty haze. I wanted more from the nose, as I've been drinking Troeg's Dreamweaver all summer, and that one is loaded. Betty is a little bready, maybe with a touch of banana. I'd hoped the taste would be a little bolder as well; you get some of the banana/clove trademark of the style, but it's pretty subtle. A very fine carbonation lends a creamy mouthfeel, which is one of the things I wanted from this. And drinkability? On the back porch of a friend's house on a warm summer night? Yeah -- that worked pretty well.

I'm a big fan of the style, and Sweaty Betty doesn't quite hold up against some of my favorites. But if you hand me one this summer, I'm going to be happy to see it every time.

unclecrappy, Jul 07, 2009
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.