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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BA SCORE
78
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685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 34 | 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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4/5  rDev +16.6%

jak, Dec 26, 2011
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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

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4/5  rDev +16.6%

JimmyFlatRock, Jul 07, 2013
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.98/5  rDev +16%

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.

SixpointJMH, Jul 08, 2006
Photo of LarryV
3.98/5  rDev +16%

Pours an opaque lemon yellow with a 1/4 inch creamy head that fades quickly. Smell is citrusy and spicy. Taste is banana - cloves as one would expect from this style. Hints of pepper as well. Carbonation is slightly stinging, but not inappropriate. Mouthfeel is light and creamy, quite refreshing on a hot day after working your butt off outside.

LarryV, May 25, 2006
Photo of Rayek
3.98/5  rDev +16%

A: Cloudy banana peel yellow. A rocky off-white head has nice retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Cloves really stand out. Behind them are aromas of sourdough biscuits, anise and lemon.

T: Dry and spicy. A dry wheat flavor is quickly joined by a generous clove spiciness. Lemon and sourdough come on late. Finishes tart and dry, with a lingering clove flavor.

M: The grainy body has a nice level of prickly carbonation.

D: I was impressed with this one overall. One of the better beers I've had from Boulder Beer. It's a nice refresher that seems best suited to warm summer days. Definitely worth a revisit.

Rayek, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of Mitchster
3.98/5  rDev +16%

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.

Mitchster, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

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.

TheManiacalOne, Jul 08, 2007
Photo of TastyTaste
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

My final bottle from the six pack, and it opened with a flow of foamy beer, unlike it's brothers that were lost before it. Nicy cloudy dark gold color, head is small after the initial pour. Nice strong banana and clove smell, pretty solid for the style. The taste is a little bland, but still good, with alot of tart banana flavor, pretty good. Nice beer for a hot day, I have yet to find a beer in the Looking Glass Series that wasn't interesting.

TastyTaste, Jun 04, 2005
Photo of BigCheese
3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

12 oz bottle from a mix pack. Its been a very long time since I've had a wheat beer, been kinda craving one, this should be interesting.

A: Lemonade color, almost white, very cloudy, minimal head, no real lacing, could be due to non pristine glassware.

S: Theres that wheaty yeast I've been missing, very sweet with some banana in there. Also has a sweaty/barnyard laundry smell, must be why they call it sweaty b

T: Wheaty/yeasty up front, lot of non-sour lemon (i.e. fake lemon), quite sweet.

M: Low carbonation but for the style seems a bit heavy/rich in body. Alcohol not dominating, not as sessionable as many of this style though.

O: I'm not crazy about the style but this is one of the better offering for the style. These types often taste "cheap" this one doesnt. That said I wont seek it out.

BigCheese, Jan 21, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

12 oz bottle

Amazing pour! This unfiltered wheat ale really comes alive in your glass, up-end the bottle and your eyes are givin a real treat. Awesome folds, waves and loops of sediment stay suspended in the beer and slowly settle out. Nice 2 inch white head too. Betty has a solid white ale nose, definitely with some Belgian influence. Solid roasty wheat flavor, Belgian yeast and spicyness, some banana and bland citrus notes. Above average white ale body, very bright carbonation. This one is pretty damn drinkable and chewy. A good choice for the drinker who wants a white ale with a little bit of body and decent character.

ATPete, Jun 15, 2008
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3.95/5  rDev +15.2%

12oz bottle

A—Strong bright yellow and mid-range cloudy, Average white head that quickly dissipates into top lace.

S—strongly citrus, grassy.

T—touch of lemon, stronger taste of wheat, soft grass taste at end of swallow.

M—light and refreshing, effervescent and bubbly. Wheat adds a nice character to the tongue without overpowering mouth.

D—very easy to drink beer. Excellent warmer weather beer.

Dubbercody, May 01, 2006
Photo of Tone
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, biscuit, lemon, and some tart malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight lemon, yeast cleanliness, some biscuit mustiness, and slight hop in the background. Overall, a good bodied beer with a slightly off aroma, but still worthy of a try.

Tone, Apr 23, 2009
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3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Served from a 12oz bottle in a Weiss glass at between fridge and cellar temperature.

A - Pale straw yellow, and very clear until the sediment is swirled in. Decent white head that sinks to an obscuring mat with good staying power. Lacing is very sparse.

S - Wheat malts, obviously. Some light citrus notes and very light banana -- perhaps lemon peel? Could be mistaken for a low-spiced Wit.

T - Off-sweet maltiness and a very distinct wheat-cereal backbone. Light citrus spritz in the middle with whispery clove undertones, and a delicate finish with almost no bittering.

M - Decent swelling over nice, prickly carbonation. A bit fluffy in the swallow, but full of body.

D - A good offering in a category that seems to be rife with simply "fair" beers. I would recommend this one for those "not quite summer yet" spring days.

EPseja, Feb 25, 2010
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3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Appearance - Quintessential cloudy golden color with a decent head that lingered for a while.

Smell - A bit citrusy with a fair amount of spices.

Taste - The taste actually reminds me a bit of Hoegaarden. Light pear flavor with a bit of banana and a good amount of spice.

Mouthfeel - Medium body with a good bit of carbonation. Finishes very smooth.

Drinkability - Even though it tastes a bit fair, it finishes well, and leaves a good aftertaste. This has actually become one of my favorite wheat beers.

sevopie, Jul 17, 2008
Photo of BeerDawgs
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

A 12 oz bottle picked up at Total Wine in Columbia, SC

A - a hazy blonde, with a decent amount of clarity. 1 finger of head and a touch of sticky lace left on the glass

S - Banana, sweet malts, wheat. Very nice aroma

T - Pears, bananas, wheat, with a slight hop kick at the end. Tasty!

M - Medium bodied, well balanced. High carbonation.

O - A very tasty blonde wheat ale. Excellent for a hot summer july evening.

BeerDawgs, Jul 22, 2012
Photo of cswhitehorse
3.93/5  rDev +14.6%

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle. The lazy hazy straw color appeared with little bit of a head that disappeared as fast as it came.

Smelled of wheat and yeasty citrus aroma.

The taste was pretty standard for this style. I found it relaxing. I assumed the wheat malt was used.

The wheat malt was what I felt on the tip of my tongue.

I will talk with Betty again soon.

cswhitehorse, Aug 13, 2007
Photo of Yeastcakes
3.9/5  rDev +13.7%

Serving notes - 45F, served in imperial pint glass.
A - Wheat malt, spicy esters and some light banana phenols.
A - Finger and a half of bright white head that quickly dissipates to a film with some nice lingering fluffiness around the edges. Slightly hazy yellow.
M - medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
T - Tangerine with the faintest hint of tartness on the front on the tongue and some banana from the aroma on the back. Slight peppery spiciness intermingles nicely with the phenolic flavors. Wheat malt nicely supporting all of this.
D - Very drinkable wheat beer.

Yeastcakes, Aug 31, 2009
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3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

jmz62565, Jun 24, 2006
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3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Hazy, pale gold in hue, kind of pasty. Yet it was still surprisingly transparent. Not much animation either, it looks a bit lifeless. The head was white in color and about a finger in height on a hard pour. Head retention was poor as it quickly faded to a loose cap. For a Hefeweizen these features are not up to par as the head was too small and the retention was to short. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well, yet another dull aspect of the appearance. The nose is soft with musty notes being the most noticeable. Yeasty. Weak banana aromas as well, hint of vanilla. Wheaty. There is a faded indication of citrus at the back. The nose does play along with the idea that this is a Hefeweizen. I’m not totally convinced. Maybe I’d call it a kicked up American Wheat. Then again I haven’t tasted it yet. This is solely based on the look and smell. The bouquet is inviting, regardless. The palate is very similar to the nose. Upfront is a meshing of yeasty musk with some wheaty notes. In the middle the banana finds a way to the foreground, moderate citrus notes that are stronger in flavor than in the scent. Modest vanilla flavors, malty, and thickly wheaty, pleasantly sweet. The aftertaste is mostly banana with just a trace of clove. This is a zesty and quite tasty Hefeweizen with an American twist. Still, the palate has now conviced me this was German roots. The carbonation is lively, as desired. Tasty. Bring on the pancakes and scrambled eggs. Medium in body, the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. I enjoyed this beer it is yet another dandy from the Looking Glass Series. This is enjoyable enough that I might have to buy a few more bombers. Purchased in Omaha.

bditty187, Aug 20, 2004
Photo of tone77
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste like it smells, spices and citrus, quite delicious. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality brew.

tone77, Mar 23, 2010
Photo of supercolter
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

A very decent pale wheat. Appearance is golden with some head and almost no lacing. Smell is good but a bit weak with sweet malt and caramel coming through. Taste has a bit more of dry fruit on the back end but other than that prety straight forward. Mouthfeel is right on par, well carbonated and light. Drinkability is good.

supercolter, Jun 06, 2009
Photo of DrDemento456
3.88/5  rDev +13.1%

A - Clear yellow in color with an inch and a half of foamy head. Carbonation looks good.

S - Smells of light grain, sweet malts, banana, clove... wtf? Is this a hefeweisen? Even the yeast smell is there

T - Not bad for a pale wheat. Expected just hops with slight heavy grain or wheat but got some sweet overripe banana and a bit of spicy yeast. Surprised the hell out of me (How did they do it without the hazy color?)

M - Pretty much the best part really light to medium which is pretty nice for the ABV

Overall wow to surprised those expecting to review to style? Fail for the brewery. But for a guy expecting the typical blonde. It drank rather well. Kudos guys this is a nice brew.

DrDemento456, May 16, 2011
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.