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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BA SCORE
78
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657 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.7%
Wants: 10
Gots: 25 | 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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FosterJM

California

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 17:57:26 | More by FosterJM
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clayrock81

Virginia

3.4/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2008 12:18:42 | More by clayrock81
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tpd975

Florida

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2007 20:04:43 | More by tpd975
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 01:41:39 | More by KarlHungus
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hopdog

Pennsylvania

3.33/5  rDev -3.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2008 16:50:48 | More by hopdog
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Brent

Kentucky

4.2/5  rDev +22.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2005 03:52:11 | More by Brent
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AngusOg

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

12-10-2013 15:43:07 | More by AngusOg
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2006 18:53:15 | More by UncleJimbo
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twelveinches

Washington

3.75/5  rDev +9%

04-23-2013 06:02:24 | More by twelveinches
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3.18/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 00:45:55 | More by Darkmagus82
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DavoleBomb

Ohio

3.6/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 20:19:18 | More by DavoleBomb
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deapokid

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

11-25-2011 15:14:04 | More by deapokid
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jfcaa193

Connecticut

3/5  rDev -12.8%

02-19-2012 22:57:18 | More by jfcaa193
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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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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
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

Serving type: on-tap

05-25-2012 02:03:00 | More by thecheapies
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brewdlyhooked13

Ohio

4.53/5  rDev +31.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2007 20:42:52 | More by brewdlyhooked13
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argock

Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2008 01:53:59 | More by argock
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Whiskeydeez

Kansas

3/5  rDev -12.8%

09-13-2013 19:29:09 | More by Whiskeydeez
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williamjbauer

West Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

04-14-2014 09:32:19 | More by williamjbauer
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ste5venla

California

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%

08-12-2013 01:44:11 | More by ste5venla
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tommy5

Michigan

3.25/5  rDev -5.5%

09-04-2013 03:09:57 | More by tommy5
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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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Mitchster

Michigan

3.98/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2007 01:05:52 | More by Mitchster
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petermethot

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -20.1%

06-26-2013 00:11:04 | More by petermethot
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birchstick

Colorado

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2010 03:49:08 | More by birchstick
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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