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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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 742
Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, milky gold with a fluffy, feathery white head. Head retention is quite good and there is a moderate amount of lace.

S: Aromas of green apple, unripened banana, minerals, lemon, herbs, grass, and wheat toast are present on the nose. In terms of smell, this ale is reminiscent of both a Bavarian weissbier and an American pale wheat ale.

T: Fruity notes of unripened bananas, unripened pears, and green apple are immediately evident, underscored by traces of wheat toast, minerals, lemon, lime, grass, and herbs. The finish is bready and crisp with notes of grassy, mildly citrusy hops and wheat.

M: Predictably light in body, very dry, and a bit chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is relatively crisp and intense. Very quaffable.

O: I'm not a huge fan of Boulder Beer, but this wheat ale is far from bad. Some may not like the slightly muddled character, but I kind of appreciate it. I would not go out of my way to find this again, but I wouldn't have a problem knocking back one of these if it were readily available. (1,037 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.2/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance –Pours a lightly hazed golden color with a one finger head. The head fades slowly over time to give a fair amount of lacing.

Smell – The aroma was heaviest of bread with lighter notes of caramel and some yeast. Mixed with this was a very light lemon citrus hop aromas as well as some banana.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter malt taste with strong caramel and wheat tastes. As the flavor advances the sweetness fades slightly with notes of a lemon hop flavor coming to the tongue. This takes the taste to the end were it mixes with yeast and banana flavors to leave a satisfying flavor on the tongue.

Mouthfeeel – The brew was on the average side in body with a medium level of carbonation. Both are fitting for the flavors but nothing spectacular.

Overall –Very easy drinking, but a little subtle and boring for the most part. (895 characters)

Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

First off, I’m not sure sweaty should ever be used to describe something you are planning to consume. That being said, it does make for a rhyming name. This beer poured a bright, hazy yellow. The head is white and sparse. The smell is wheaty, the taste follows suit: wheaty, and banana-like. Very refreshing and reminds me of a hefeweizen. What is the difference a wheat and a hefeweizen anyway? (396 characters)

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

This beer pours a semi-cloudy pale orange color. The head is half an inch in height, and recedes quickly for a wheat beer into a thin cap of lacing. The aroma is of of orange peel, lemon zest, and tangy wheat. The aroma is tangy, with only hints of the lemon and orange peel from the aroma. The mouthfeel is thin and water; not what I would expect from even an American wheat beer. Overall, this is a decent beer that I could drink again. (438 characters)

Photo of whartontallboy
3.1/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours out a cloudly golden yellow with barely any white head. Not looking so great in this department.

Smell is pleasant, a lot of clove and lemony scents, and a tiny hop bit that comes through. Smell could be a little heftier, though.

Flavor is somewhat watery with lemony citrus, light clove, some banana, and a little hoppiness. Basically, it tastes just like it smells: someone bland with little bits of certain flavors watered down. Thin, fizzy carbonation.

Overall: I love a lot of beers in this style, but this one just doesn't have enough flavor to hold up to the better examples. Pleasant enough to drink, but there are much better choices. (660 characters)

Photo of FosterJM
3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
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. (1,050 characters)

Photo of tpd975
3.5/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one on draft as part of a summer tour of beers at my local Old Chicago bar.

A: Cloudy milky yellow in color. Some fizz, but nothing too special here.

S: Citrus with a splash of vanilla and honey.

T: This is a very wheaty beer. There is some honey sweetness and a nice hint of orange. There is some clove spiciness in the background as well. Pretty nice.

M: Very light beer that goes down easy.

D; Goes down very smooth. Not a bad summer beer. Would drink again if offered.

Overall: I could see this one being enjoyed by the masses. It is a very easy drinking beer that tastes pretty good though it’s not groundbreaking. It's very mild and goes down nicely.

Ah the beauty of summer and all the good beers that comes with it. (757 characters)

Photo of hopdog
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
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 (389 characters)

Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a beer that isn't afraid to have some fun. Gotta' love the name, and the label design and blurb are amusing. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a hefe head. Mild banana aroma, that was equally evident in the flavor. Some tangy citric qualities lend a more American spin to this wheat. Very refreshing - a bit lighter-weight than a German hefe, and meant to be so. Few hefes are good session beers, but this is one where one is not enough. (444 characters)

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (487 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
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. (512 characters)

Photo of argock
3.74/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz brown bottle into a clear pint glass.

A: Straw yellow with a fizzy one-finger head and one thin rim of lace after an especially large quaff. Head has minimal to no retention -- gone in seconds.

S: Lively clove and fruity banana and lemon aromas mingle with a little tangy wheat. Smells like a hefe only with more citrus.

T: The taste is clean and crisp with citrus dominating the palate, but with plenty of banana and pear flavors and some yeastiness to boot.

M: Very clean and fairly dry with light medium body and medium-heavy carbonation. Aftertaste is yeasty and metallic.

D: Easy to drink and a nice summer offering from Boulder. It's not the best Looking Glass series beer, but it's enjoyable enough spin on a usually boring and underwhelming style. (777 characters)

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

12 oz bottle.

This wheat ale poured a slightly hazy, yellow color with creamy, very white foam that slowly settled and clung to the glass, leaving some lace. The smell was fruity and citrusy with a hint of sweetness, and wheat malt beneath. The taste was wheat malty with citrus fruitiness and very light hoppiness. The mouthfeel was smooth and creamy with medium-light body and moderate carbonation. The light fruitiness lingered in the finish. This was a very easy-drinking beer. A good example of the American Wheat style. (528 characters)

Photo of jsh420
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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 (450 characters)

Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is a nice banana, dry grain and clove.
The taste is a mild lemon bitterness with a touch of honey sweet.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
A nice and easy drinking brew. (233 characters)

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

Poured from bottle into pint glass at buffalo wild wings in Hammond, LA. Aside from the typical Abita brew on tap, this was the extent of the craft beer selection - and this is one of two left in the cooler.
Pours a golden color with no head...it looks like the miller lite currently being consumed by the guy next to me. Very faint citrus fruity banana aroma, but mostly malt. Taste again is slight fruity malt with a hint of noble hops. Slight wheaty taste and feel. Some slight banana ish flavors. Its an ok brew, but I would never choose this over anything else...sad this is the only micro here...
I won't get again. (622 characters)

Photo of Boto
3/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (327 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.52/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - straw, hazy pour, little to no head formation.

Aroma - heavy on the yeast. Doughy, banana, as authentic it can be.

Taste - lots of yeast, same as the aroma. Some light sweet/sour lemon flavor, diluted and distant. The banana and yeast dominate, this reminds me of the better German wheats I've tried, very well done.

Mouthfeel - smooth, muted carbonation, on target.

Drinkability - a hidden gem, this one. For an American wheat, it can compete with some of the best German hefes out there. (514 characters)

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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... (653 characters)

Photo of Morey
3.43/5  rDev -2.3%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of PittBeerGirl
4.28/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- Cloudy, opaque pale yellow body with a healthy creamy white head. Leaves behing plenty of lacing in the glass.

S- Citrus and spice immediately hit the nose followed by hints of wheat and yeast.

T- Citrus upfront with spice and wheat in the background. Finish is smooth and refreshing. Yeast lingers in the back of the palate until the next sip.

M- medium carbonation and yeasty body. Goes down easy and very smoothly.

D- This is very drinkable and is a great representation of the wheat beer style. The wheat and yeast can be tasted, seen, and felt but are accented with citrus and some spices. (609 characters)

Photo of thecheapies
3.85/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow body with a beaten egg white head. Slight haze. Okay retention. Tight lacing. 3.5

Wheaty malts with light sweetness. Lemon twist and light hop presence. Some herbal/mint notes. 3.5

Grains are a little coarser in the taste. Banana notes and the same lemon zing, a little less juicy, pairing with very muted notes of coriander spice. Could use more of a hop presence. Refreshing flavor. No complexities needed. 4.0

Crispy carb makes for a great refreshment. Thin body, but just milky enough. 4.0

Nice summer brew from Boulder. Simple and quenching. 4.0 (567 characters)

Photo of yemenmocha
3.26/5  rDev -7.1%
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!!! (370 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
3.97/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very clear and sparkling pale yellow, forming a modest white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Since this is supposed to be a bavarian-style Hefe, I added the firmly deposited yeast into the brew. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is quite nice...cracked wheat, cloves, green bananas, and a clean ferment. Hopped with Hallertau. 5.9% ABV, BTW. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, zingy and brisk with a light body. The taste is as expected...cloves, green bananas, cracked wheat, pale malts, mild bitterness and a pleasant acidity. Aftertaste of green bananas. Little to no hop flavor is discernable, and the majority of the flavor is all in the yeast. A little bit of yeasty burnt rubber is in there, similar to Bell's Wheat series yeasties.

This is definitely a hefe-weizen so I wonder why they call it a blonde...probably just to have something go with the name "Sweaty Betty". At any rate, it seems to have confused quite a few reviewers on this site. Quite enjoyable. I will have to check out 6-pack prices, because if it's cheaper, it may replace Summit as my summer hefe-weizen. Tasty. (1,116 characters)

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

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy yellow color with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of cloves, bananas, and Belgian yeast.

The taste is definitely Belgian by design which caught me by surprise. Big taste of bananas, bubble gum, lemon and wheat. Finish is quite clean.

Medium bodied and very carbonated.

An interesting and very drinkable beer. Should make a nice beer for the summer months for sure. (416 characters)

Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
80 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.