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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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706 Ratings
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Ratings: 706
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 42 | 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 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 Redemption575
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%

Redemption575, Nov 02, 2014
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
Photo of 1759Girl
3.4/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Special tasting for a special sweaty betty in my life=) She was very impressed, but even she thought there was a little room for improvement.
Appearance> Hazy, warm blonde. Medium liveliness. Big head disappears promptly. Absolutely no lacing. Still, it looks tasty.

Smell>Sweet. Sugar, cereal.

Taste> Lacking complexity. A little too sweet of a hang for me, but drinkable and refreshing.

Mouf> little too tingly.

Drinkability> refreshing, easy. Good one for a pitcher in the sunshine with your mates.

1759Girl, Nov 12, 2009
Photo of Gusler
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours forth from the 12-ounce brown bottle sets in the glass a slightly chill hazed straw color, the head smallish and white, the texture semi-creamy, as it erodes faster than the speed of light, the left over lace a thin sheet that conceals the glass. Nose has a fair wheat aroma, fresh and crisp, also a bit of malt sweetness, start is lightly sweet, grain profile adequate; the top feels light to the palate. Finish is spiny in its acidity, the hops light but present, quite dry aftertaste, not a bad beer, hits the spot on this hot Arizona day.

Gusler, May 20, 2006
Photo of riversider76
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy straw color. Head disapears quickly, to a nice lace. This beer is a lighter version of Flying Dog's In Heat Wheat. I like the Flying Dog a bit better,but this is not bad at all. In fact on a hot day I may go for this because it is lighter.

riversider76, Sep 25, 2005
Photo of psinderson
3.43/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsner glass.

Appearance: Cloudy goldenrod color (I had to rouse the yeast at the bottom of the bottle). Thin white head was disappointing and it didn't have much staying power.

Smell: Predominant aroma is yeast, quite strong. There is a peppery spice note, very faint, in the background.

Taste: Again, the yeast screams, but there is a slight fruity sweetness, but much less than a hefe. Mild yeasty hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Feels mostly medium body. Needs some more carbonation to be good.

Drinkability: Overall, a very neutral brew that finishes pretty clean.

psinderson, Jun 15, 2007
Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Billolick, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a standard pint glass. The beer is a hazy light straw color. It looks watery. The fizzy white head settles to a film of bubbles and there is decent lacing. The beers smells ... sweet and floral, but there's something in the aroma I can't pinpoint. Something metallic and tangy. The beer follows the general pattern for wheats, with it's grainy, grassy backbone, but there's something metallic and weird in this beer. The mouthfeel is light bodied, but highly carbonated.

Overall, I just didn't like this beer, period. Everything from it's appearance to taste had something about it i didn't like. I also don't like the 5.9% for a wheat beer, seems a bit high. However I don't regret trying it and I'll finish the sixer. Just not again.

JuicesFlowing, Jun 21, 2012
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at La Festa Brick and Brew in Dover, NH. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and it settles into a pale, unfiltered look, with a musty yellow coloring and lots of carbonation. There is a thin, quarter-inch small-bubbled head. The nose is citrusy, with lemon zest and butter characteristics. The beer's flavors are light and crisp, with a slight toasting and underlying citrus sweetness. The aftertaste is minimal, but with a zesty and tangy fruit sweetness. The finish is a little sweet and syrupy. Good light brew for a hot day, but not anything extraordinary in terms of substance.

GarthDanielson, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of Morey
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy yellowish blonde with a half inch head following a medium pour. The head is sticking around and actually has some nice retention .

Smell is typical for the style...wheat. No hop presence in the aroma.

The initial bite leads you to believe that this beer is going to be over-carbonated, but it rounds out nicely and finishes smooth.

Mouthfeel is thin with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

I could drink this for a session, but I'd rather have a pale ale or a red.

Morey's Bottom Line: I tried to be as fair as possible while reviewing this beer, but this just isn't my favorite style. If you're a fan of wheat beers then I see no reason why you wouldn't enjoy this blonde for an evening.

Morey, Nov 24, 2009
Photo of Buebie
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a turbulator.
Freshness date od July 2008.
1 finger cola like fizzy white head off the pour. Some spotty thin watery lace.
Color is a hazy golden unfiltered.

Aroma os lemon zest, dried hay, and lots of bready yeasty aroma.

Sweet and carbonated up front. Switching to a more gerainy flavor, lots of wheaty yeasty flavors, then at the swallow becoming more dry with a spice kick. Some sour lime rind like flavors off the linger.

Quite good and refreshing for the style. Wheats have never been my cup of rea, but this is great for the style.

Buebie, Jan 08, 2009
Photo of jettjon
3.45/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 oz bottle stamped Jul1707 on the neck. Into a pint glass. Hazy, wheaty yellowish color with visible sediment from pour-swirl-pour. Thin white cap fades quickly leaving a thin ring and specks of lace. Nose of wheat, yeast, and spicy cloves. Tastes of spicy cloves, yeast, mild wheat. Light, spicy finish. Mouth is light and wet, with heavy carbonation yet still palatable. Drinkability is good; it’s tasty and smooth, inoffensive yet with a bit of spice. Alcohol is well masked.

Overall: Decent but nothing to actively pursue. Worth a try if one comes your way.

jettjon, Jun 22, 2007
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
79 out of 100 based on 706 ratings.