Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 742
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -29.3%
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. (281 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (526 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +1.7%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweaty Betty pours out like a typical wheat beer with some haze but also seems a bit lighter in color. The aroma smells soft like wheat and some banana. The taste is on the light side, almost too light for a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is very drinkable and easy going. I just wish this beer was a little bit more flavorful. It really doesn't have many bragging rights. There are better wheat beers out there than this one. (435 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright lemony amber with sun-faded yellow accents. Betty needs some help with her head. The cap is simple white and is exceptionally soft. The end result is a weak structure, a rapid descent and not a bit of lace. A second pour fails to stir things up and I'm left with a decent looking beer that has been effectively decapitated.

The nose is a good one since it has more power and personality than most pale wheats. The one and only way that beer of this style can stand out is to use a generous hop load, and it smells as if Boulder has done just that. The hops are spicy more than anything else; a bright, fruity spiciness that is enjoyable. I would have picked something other than Hallertau, but that's just me.

Do my taste buds deceive me or does Sweaty Betty taste just a little hefe weizen-like? The spiciness is clovey and the fruitiness tastes like a cross between banana and lemon. The similarities are subtle, but real. It doesn't taste all that wheaty, thanks to the fruity hoppiness, but then who the hell wants wheat to be the strongest flavor in their beer?

Betty is more tangy (moderately) than sweet (mildly) than bitter (not at all). I'm not imagining it, there are definite banana burps. The flavors coalesce quite nicely during the long finish. This is one of those beers that actually tastes better once it has left the mouth. The mouthfeel seemed light and overly carbonated initially. With repose... it hasn't changed a whole lot. It's hard to fault a summer quaffer for those qualities though.

APWA is a difficult style for me to love because wheat is such an uninteresting grain to build a beer around. The best ones that I've had (Three Floyds Gumballhead and Southern Tier Hop Sun) have one very important thing in common. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? The answer is, of course, hops. Boulder has attempted to follow the hoppy pale wheat ale blueprint, but has chosen the wrong hop.

I'm a huge fan of the Looking Glass series of beers. Sweaty Betty is the first one that hasn't bowled me over, but that doesn't mean that I haven't had a good time with it. It's flavorful and oh so drinkable, as evidenced by the fact that the bomber is empty and the glass is rapidly heading in that direction. Sweaty might be pushing it, but then Mildy Moist Betty doesn't have much shelf appeal. (2,318 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.42/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (1,581 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a cloudy, yellow color with no head. No lacing either.

S - Smelled of sweet citrus flavors, as well as, wheat and yeast.

T - Tasted of wheat and malt, plus some citrus and clove. Fairly sweet, too.

M - It was crisp and relatively dry. Light-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. I had high expectations for a Boulder Beer product and it didn't quite meet them. But it is still a drinakble beer. (405 characters)

Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is a very hazy yellow with a thick white head.

S: Smells like clove and banana with a fair amount of spice, mostly white pepper. Sweet bread and wheat with a definite citrus character, mostly lemon zest. Actually a bit more hefeweizen like than expected.

T: Tastes sweet with lots of bread and wheat. Light clove and banana flavors, a light pepper flavor, too. Very light in flavor, overall. A bit of citrus flavor to it, seems to be a combination of orange and lemon zest.

M: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Better than many of the other "hefeweizens" out there, but I'd be fine not having this again. (692 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, though dense, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma smelling softly of wheat and lemons with a slight underlying note of yeast.

Taste: Pale, wheat malts with a tiny pop of sugared sweetness. Taste of lemon-flavored candy. Very minor, spicy hops and bitterness. Sip of cool, clean water. Hint of yeast. Lightly wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just a light, lightly sweet, something wheaty beer, though it's a fine quaffer for hot summertime Atlanta drinking. (548 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I reach for a tasty beverage, the first thing that comes to mind is "sweat"... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, banana peel, light orange peel, and a dash of muddled spices. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavy bready component leading the charge. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a middling beer at best, one that just kinda sits there with little or no distinguishing character of its own. Sure, I suppose this could be used as a nice enough thirst-quencher in the Summer months, but it's just kinda bland for my tastes beyond that. (750 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, banana, lemon, spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste loaded with flavors of wheat banana & spice with touches of lemon and hops. The malt character is thin but provides a lot of sweetness. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready. This one seems closer to a traditional German Hefeweizen than many other APWA’s that profess to be one.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening, especially if you’re looking for something on the lighter side. (852 characters)

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly fogged straw with a minimal white head that falls quickly. Nose is strange. Kind of sour and weird. Flavor is strange too. Kind of an odd banana edge that is enough to notice, but really makes everything odd and unusual. Feel has a fairly full carbonation, but the liquid is thin. I don't really like this beer, but I know a lot of it has to do with my dislike of the style (said it before...saying it again). Too thin on the flavor and what's there just doesn't keep it interesting enough. Pass. (513 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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 (404 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14%
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. (878 characters)

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small, dense white head. Extensive bubbles coming up from the bottom. Cloudy as expected. Dark straw/light gold color.

Notable but muted wheat presence. Golden malt aromas.

Close resemblance to the spicy Belgian Whites. Lots of wheat, providing a souring finish. Very highly carbonated; tiny bubbles, there's some body to counterbalance this, but it is still quite spritzy on the tongue. (389 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the least appetizing beer names since Moose Drool. I wonder if Sweaty Betty is friends with Messie Bessie or Juicy Lucy? Does she know Large Marge, maybe?
Pours a pale, hazy yellow, with vanishing white foam above.
Aroma is citrus and spice, coriander, ginger....so far, I'm fairly certain that this is mis-entered as a hefe weizen, and instead should be seen as a witbier, perhaps.
Taste: gritty grain on the palate, then smooth and refreshing. Full of spice on the palate, but softens assuredly, and there are light orange and lemon flavors at play as well, with a bit of banana?
Drinks down easily. Medium bodied, dry finish, fades fast. Perhaps that is just as well, for their aim is refreshment, with a twist.
After downing the bottle, I'm sure it's more toward a witbier and nowhere near a hefe. The label calls it "a perfectly balanced blonde wheat beer with a wild side." Well, wilder than Blue Moon, anyway.
And more characterful than the last can of Wittekerke I had.
I'm starting to get warm on the name, now, too...sweaty or not, Betty's my kind of girl. (1,080 characters)

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 1/25/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, banana, clove, wheat, pear, pepper, light bubblegum, earth, grass, floral, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of lemon, wheat, banana, clove, floral, grass, orange zest, earth, coriander, light bubblegum, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of lemon, banana, wheat clove, light pepper, earth, grass, floral, light bubblegum, and coriander. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; a bit more watered down than I expected; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice wheat ale. Nice amount of hefeweizen flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Definitely an enjoyable offering. (1,091 characters)

Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (464 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (868 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale yellow color witha thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity wheat scent that boasts of banana and clove along with a yeasty aroma; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat flavor that goes down easy. It's smooth with the traditional banana and clove appeal. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking summer seasonal. It has a nice fruity flavor. I wish it had more of a wheat malt presence, but it drinks well anyway. (565 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellow in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: lemons and a bit of grassiness are detectable.

Taste: huge lemon zest tones seem to dominate the flavor. This beer is slightly tart, with grass, yeast, and some wheat flavors rounding it out. Very mellow bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: crisp all around. The lemon lingers on the tongue. Light-medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: if you are looking for a thirst quencher, this may fit the bill. But the strong lemon and tartness gets a bit boring after a while. (563 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (701 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer time calls for lighter beers. Here's hoping Sweaty Betty can deliver. On to the beer:

A little paler thank banana peel yellow with a cloudy body, a thick semi-creamy head, and impressive head retention. The aroma is solid, bringing a watered down banana note, a vague spiciness, and light notes of grass.

Pleasant overall light flavor with enough soft flavors to give you drinking more and more. It's sweet in a creamy kind of way, tasting more like a cream-based dessert than a clean American wheat or full flavored German hefeweizen. Creamy banana is more present here than it was in the aroma, and makes the strongest point of the beer's taste. Subtle clove hits too. The beer has a light mouthfeel with soft carbonation, leading to easy drinkability.

Fair summer refresher out of Boulder, and a better choice than what you'll find at many summer parties. (870 characters)

Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (604 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -1.7%
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. (598 characters)

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Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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