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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde

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614 Ratings
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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 300
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%


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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Boto

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: This one poured a straw yellow color. It was slightle hazy with a thick white head that dropped off rather quickly. Faint whiffs of banana and clove to the nose. The body is rather thin. The flavor isn’t bad, but it is weak. Slight notes of wheat and citrus. OK as a lawnmower beer, but not for any other reason.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2006 20:00:09 | More by Boto
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rarevos

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet

A: 1/2 finger of head, vanished almost instantly. Very light lacing. Some might say "sparse." An island of very light foam floated in the middle. Poured a hazy golden-yellow.

S: Estery--citrus and some clove. Enough citrus and spice to make me wonder why this is categorized as an American Pale Wheat ale. Armoa puts it squarely in the Belgian wit class....

T:... and the taste is squarely in the German-like class. This is pretty schizophrenic, as it has the aroma of a Belgian wit and the flavor of a German weisse. It's lightly fruity, with some banana notes, some clove, and some wheat breadiness. Finish is peppery with a nice mix of pepper, banana and clove. A very light bitterness finishes it off, which comes in abruptly.

M: A bit over-carbonated, even for the style--though I'm no longer sure that this should be held to the standards of any one style, since it's borrowing from a few distinct ones.

D: I could drink a few of these. It's maltier than a Belgian wit, it's lighter in its flavor profile than a German hefeweizen, and it's bolder in flavor than an American Pale Wheat ale. If you were to draw a Venn diagram of all three, this beer would take up the overlapping middle bit. It's refreshing and good for summer.

The name is really unappealing, though.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 16:55:22 | More by rarevos
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw. Reminded me of Boulevards Unfiltered Wheat which I miss very much ... more for nostalgia reasons than anything else. Would likely benefit for a twirl or two when finishing the pour as there is a nice amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I have some more that I will try this with.

Aroma is fruity and yeasty with sour notes...wheat beers yummy.

Taste is light, fruity and refreshing. Nothing better for beatingthe hear than a spicy-sour wheat beer.

Mouthfell is clean and light.

Very drinkable overall if you are an afficianado of this style- no doubt you will find that there are better exemplars out there, but this a passable brew for the dog days of August on the Jersey Shore.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 21:02:17 | More by Citadel82
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 03:26:11 | More by Sammy
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msubulldog25

Oregon

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured this "blonde wheat" from a 12 oz. bottle to a 1/2 pint glass. Bottle on "cooler clearance" at Concordia Ale House - $2.00. Tried this beer at OBF 2006.

A: Light, clear golden with lots of effervescent bubbles and a pillowy 1 finger head.
S: Banana & clove esters and some malty sweetness. Strong wheat smell with an herbal or slightly peppery spiciness.
T: Big wheat flavor, malty and pleasantly sweet up front. Taste develops to a spicy and slightly dry gentle bitterness.
M: Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Medium body.
D: Terrific, refreshing summer beer. Good flavor - would drink this again...not a big fan of the name of the beer, however...

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2006 00:03:47 | More by msubulldog25
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rebel1771

Florida

3.48/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal slear pale yellow with little head.

The aroma consists mainly of wheat scents along with a hint of ginger and coriander. Nothing special.

The flavor is pretty normal for a wheat beer, banana flavor along with hints of citrus, ginger and coriander. Pretty average.

Not a bad beer but not a great one either. Decent but there's nothing to write home about here.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2006 02:04:39 | More by rebel1771
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unklesyd

Oregon

4.13/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer!

Pours out an extraordinarily pale yellow straw color with a thin white head and nicely conditioned carbonation that maintains.

Sweet malty wheat notes, slight hints of vanilla.

Nice vanilla notes also in the flavor, cut with a subtle acidity that prevents cloying sweetness. A little lactic tang as your palate gets used to drinking it. Nice, almost a Belgian flavor down deep here.

Light bodied, very easy just to pour down the gullet, which I did at first as it was my after-bike beer on a warm day here. Very satisfactory in the thirst-quenching mode.

Excellent hot weather brew. I'll definately grab more o' these next time around!

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 21:35:01 | More by unklesyd
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear light golden brew. Head lasts nicely, with heavy lacing. Aroma is cloves and wheat character. Taste is sweet malts upfront, with the clove kicking in after a minute, and lingering in the mouth. Mouthfeel is to-style smooth, and drinkability is good, but limited slightly by the possibly over-sweet start.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2006 21:22:18 | More by ppoitras
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BadBadger

New York

4/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2006 23:18:13 | More by BadBadger
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yemenmocha

Arizona

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Clear Pale lager. On appearance it doesn't look like a wheat beer, well, at least not a traditional one.

Nose is creme de bananna with not much else, perhaps a little sour smell.

On the palate is some bananna sweetness and estery notes to confirm it is indeed a wheat beer, but not much else going on.

Is this made by AB? This can't be a Boulder Beer?!?! NO!!!

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 03:34:40 | More by yemenmocha
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a fan at all...clear bright yellow hue reminiscent of your standard "macro muck" not much in the way of pronounced smells, slight citrus and subtle grassy notes, but otherwise pretty flat...

taste is pure citrus...big, slick artificially lemony, hint of orange, medium hoppiness, tart tart tart...too tart, very light mouthfeel and overly prickly, fortunately, i just want to get this stuff down

not a big fan of this beer...i know you shouldnt expect the same delicious flavors from the phenols and esters you get from the German version but there's not much too exciting about this beer.

that said, it rates higher on drinkability, but most American Pale wheats do...it would make a pretty damn good summer sessioner...medium hops, citrusy character, light body...a great beer to bring to the beach or have at a bbq though there are much better options (try left hands haystack if you want to stay in style)

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 22:37:33 | More by dturchin
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 18:54:14 | More by BEERchitect
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guinness33

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a decent looking cloudy light golden colour. THe head is a quickly dissolving frothy white colour.

The aroma is a nice blend of wheat, lemon, hints of spice, and touch of hops.

The flavour is more of the same and actually hits a bit on hefeweizen charateristics here and there. Citrus and spice abound everywhere wit ha nice hop balance and a definite wheat base. Mouthfeel is crisp and biting for this light bodied brew.

This is a nicely amped up Pale Wheat Ale. It's got much more flavour than you'd expect from the style. It's not the be all end all, but a nice summer thirst quencher indeed.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2006 00:09:26 | More by guinness33
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz. brown bottle, no date information.

Hazy golden sunshine. Short, quickly receding head of off tan bubbles that left a skim coat and a short collar, but no lacing. Only a few lazy carbonation streams rise. Light wheat with some clove and gum aromas. Lemon pith and cloves up front and carrying through the finish. There is a bit of lemon zest that rises as well, and the finish is short. Light to medium body with active carbonation creates a refreshing mouthfeel. There is a slightly tart component that lingers briefly. Refreshing overall, and the wheat notes are somewhat downplayed.

Thanks go out to Heath for trucking me a box of fresh CO beers on a recent east coast visit.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2006 02:11:59 | More by hopsaplenty
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bjohnson

Massachusetts

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a nice white head. Slight retention and not much lace.
S: Banana notes hit the nose first with a slight matly background. Very fresh smelling.
T/M: Light tasting at first. Banana and wheaty notes come in after the initial light taste. Not much of a hop profile, but they're in there. Good carbonatoin with a smooth refreshing finish. Good citrus like aftertaste with a bit of grassyness. Crawls through the mouth sticking to the sides a bit. I like this one.
D: Definately a drinkable beer on a hot summers day. Seems very refreshing and thirst quenching. Almost reminds me of a hefe.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2006 23:57:00 | More by bjohnson
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DuqTroops

Texas

3.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudyish yellow in color, poured into pilsner glass, a good amount of head laced the top of the glass.

Smell - lemon, wheat, smells like i am in a cornfield, very soothing.

Taste - little bit of hops, but enough to taste them. very smooth, flavorful of citrus.

Mouthfeel - easy to drink, no carbonation.

Drinkability - love to have more, but i only have one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 01:36:52 | More by DuqTroops
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very pale banana skin hue with crappy bubbling and terrible head retention.

Smell- Pretty lager like for a wheat ale. Makes me think of adjuncts mixed with wheat. Hints of bananas and some bubble gum. But very fleeting.

Taste- Starts with really clear malts with a wheat chaser. Finish a refreshing yet sub par blonde ale flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 01:33:47 | More by scruffwhor
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jmz62565

Connecticut

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 23:51:21 | More by jmz62565
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Very cloudy pale straw in color. Fizzy, carbonated white head that evaporates quickly. Little to no lacing left along the glass.

Mild, fruity esters: banana with a touch of lemon. Bright, spicy clove over a clean-smelling wheat.

An initial bright, solvent-like citrus tartness over a slightly dry, toasted oat and wheat backbone. Notes of clove and corriander that attempts to cut through the thick citrus flavor. The lemony-tartness lasts however, well into the aftertaste.

Light in body; a nice balance of spice, crispness, and carbonation.

A flavorful Pale Wheat compared to the onslaught of boring summer releases. Too heavy on the lemon-sourness, but one I would go back to.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 00:01:52 | More by NEhophead
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with a thin head that became a lacing that held on.
The smell was a bit thin - citrusy wheat - a hint of yeast.
The taste was of malty wheat and citrusy hops. Well-balanced - malty with some hop backbone.
The mouthfeel was creamy at first - some citrusy lemon cleans the palate. A bit tangy, but smooth.
This is a decent summer brew - a good change from most of the boring summer brews out there. Refreshing enough and the taste is good.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2006 22:37:16 | More by jwc215
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Foxman

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

It pours a hazy pale straw yellow, with two fingers of frothy white head that sink soon to pips of surface foam. Dalliances of lace loll along with inside of the glass.

The aroma lilts a a thin but present crisp grain sweetness and tangy wheat bite. A light banana note tangles with a slightly more strident clove and coriander due. A mild green apple and dough pairing treads gently.

Upon tasting, there's a quick trip of barely toasted grain along with a tart wheat pucker. Spiciness studs fruit notes of berry and apple. Earthy yeast traipses in toward the close, and the finish is a procession of residual malt, wheat, and a mellow drying bitterness. Very basic, the flavor is quite crisp and refreshing.

Light bodied, the carbonation boosts the grain and spice to a lively presence on the palate.

It's just what I'd expect from a summertime wheat beer: sassy, crisp, snappy, and refreshing. It may not stand out in the memory, but it represents itself nicely while you're drinking it. It's very quaffable, staying light and quenching a thirst capably. I got a kick out of the name, and hey, the beer's not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2006 19:56:05 | More by Foxman
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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...

Serving type: bottle

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

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 09/04/06:
I basically stand by what I had written before however I would like to add that the smell this time was more of a citrus fruit than banana, and the taste had quite a bit of lemon tang to it. I wasn't served with a lemon, thank goodness, but it still had that nice citrusness to it.
I once again enjoyed this beer.

Original:
This beer poured a cloudy light copper color.
Smelled of yeast and bananas. The taste was of canned peaches and bread dough.
It had quite a bit of carbonation with a dry finish.
I felt this was a great hefe. I had this beer after a weekend of backpacking, my mind was quite numb and my notes on this beer were sparse. I’m sure it deserves more description than I can decipher from my notes

Serving type: on-tap

06-17-2006 15:31:42 | More by WonderWoman
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DarkerTheBetter

Pennsylvania

4.7/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer came a pale cloudy cider color that fades to gold near the bottom of the glass. The head consists of a wide collar of small white bubbles.

Smells of sweet honey and creamy wheat with some orange citrus. There’s also a smooth milky yeast that seems to ties this all together.

Tastes of doughy wheat and oats with an awesome, milky banana and clove presence. This is followed by a snap of citrus that helps dry the flavors out and helps this finish with a little clove and a pasty wheat.

The mouth feel is light to medium bodied and not too heavy at all.

This one’s a dead ringer for a Bavarian Weitzen. Well done!

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2006 16:35:58 | More by DarkerTheBetter
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.