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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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709 Ratings
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Ratings: 709
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004)
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Photo of Brenden
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from last weekend.

Betty's a bit pale, something of a pale yellow-gold color. The head is soft and by no means permanent, but there's enough of a foam the rest of the way and thin, light lacing to just push this past mediocre.
Wheat forms a backbone in an otherwise surprisingly hops-intensive(for the style) aroma with lemon zest and an interesting yeast note. The hops aromas are spicy and citric.
The flavor is a little paler, with more of the yeast coming up front and a banana note I wasn't expecting. Wheat retreats to the background in here so more of the citrus and spice comes out. Still pale, though.
The body is light and, with a moderate carbonation and a good crispness, this one is pretty refreshing.

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle with a bottle stamp of NOV2509. Pours a very light yellow with a light and airy white foam. Retention is ok and it leaves a little bit of lace.

Nose is kind of a cross between a wit and a hefe...bananas, some cloves, lemony wheat and some sort of a coriander-like aroma. I am digging on the smell of this beer. Very nice.

Very light-bodied refresher that has quite a bit of flavor. The aroma of the beer says hefe more than the taste. There is a touch of cloviness, but the crisp wheat is the main flavor. The light mouthfeel of the beer even allows some mild hop notes through. A pretty good beer that I would drink some more of, I like the name and the label as well.

Photo of BBM
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer cascaded from the tap into a bar mug a cloudy, pale goldenrod. A nice fizzy head rest atop the brew. The aroma was a bit skunky, with notes of sour lemon and slight spices.

To be honest, this is one of the better American attempts at the hefe weizen that I've come across. There isn't much of that Bavarian flare to it that makes the German iterations so great, but there was a decent amount of flavor, sweetness, and carbonation to make it very enjoyable. Notes of lemon, honey and spices come together nicely. It is a more classic take on the pale wheat category, and I think Boulder did a solid job with it.

Photo of Stimack
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gave this brew a try, it poured to a dull yellow color with some cloudiness. Possessed virtually no head and what was there was a white cap that broke down very rapidly and left no lacing. The aroma was pretty good, wheat scent comes out first with a little citrus character, I would saw mostly lemon. Slight sweet smell also mixed in with a light hop highlight. The taste is ok, not as good as the aroma. Has a grainy feel, light hop presence but just seems very plain, finishes somewhat dry. Overall I would say that this is a good drinking beer during the warmer months but feel that we have better choices both nationally as well as locally.

Photo of DocAJ
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A-cloudy, straw colored, looks like an unfiltered wheat should, thin head

S-earthy, bread, banana-apple-pear fruit notes

T-a little banana, citrus, clove flavor is subtle at first, a little overpowering by the end, tasty nonetheless ( I would have rated taste a bit higher had the clove not been so overpowering by the finish)

M-smooth and creamy, nice carbonation, very clean aftertaste

D-very strong marks here; i had been disappointed with my recent luck with wheat ales, but I found this one quite refreshing and could have quite a few of these

Photo of schoolboy
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know I've had this in a bottle at least a couple times, but this bar has nothing but Colorado beers on tap so I thought I would try this. Out really compliments the heavy hors doevers nicely.

It's mostly cloudy and yellow with a very weak head. The Tate is nice add yeasty as it should be. The overall impression is of a light to medium wheat. It is similar to the bottle and somewhat disappointing.

Photo of clvand0
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me a lot of an American Wheat - some US hops and a backing of wheat and graininess. The flavor is just as expected - reminds me of an American wheat - just like the aroma. Not my favorite style, but the flavor on this one is better than most. More smooth than expected. The body is light and the drinkability is good.

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22oz bottle this beer was a slightly hazy pale gold color with tons of visible rising carbonation. The head was off-white, a full three fingers high, displayed modest retention as a cap and left some scattered lacing. The aroma was floral hops, wheat, lemon and orange zest and doughy malt. The flavors were much like a witbier, sweet citrus tang up front with wheat in the middle and some pale malt flavors in the background. Simple but pleasant enough. The flavors do seem to compete with each other a little, however. The body was medium, the mouthfeel a little watery and the carbonation good.

Photo of thatguy3579
3.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light straw color, very cloudy. Egg-shell colored head which dissipates, clinging heavily to the glass.

S: Mostly sweet, with banana and bread aromas. Some citrus as well.

T: Tastes like it smells - banana bread and lemons. Perhaps a little vanilla as well. Fades to a pleasant sweet flavor. I think it is a little too sweet - would be better if it had a little more citrus bite.

M: Creamy on on the mouth, with average carbonation.

D: Very typical for the style. A nice beer that succeeds but fails to stand out. The persistently sweet finish is a nice touch, but would prevent me from really throwing these back.

Photo of gunnerman
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a wheat glass pours a yellow with a serious white head that leaves some nice thick fat lace on the glass. Smell is of summer sweatyness with hints of lemon, tweed, earth and resin, spicy grape. Taste hits the palate, heavy carbonation, taste is a bit toned down I can taste a bit of hop in there, a bit of acid and a light taste of grapefruit. Overall not a bad offering but not a great one either, I could see myself drinking this again though, average at best.

Photo of neonbrown82
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry coriander and cinnamon. In the taste, cinnamon and a lemon zest. A spicy bite, with a medium to light mouthfeel, and a dry spice to clean aftertaste. Nice spices and easy to drink and decent.

Photo of abcsofbeer
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a bright, clear yellow color, topped by a two finger white head. The head falls to a thin crown and leaves only specks of lace.

The aroma is lemon, banana with some accompanying butter. Taste is pretty lemony and honey. There is a small bit of hop bitterness. Overall, the taste is like lemon butter.

Mouthfeel is full flavored with a medium body.

Photo of Baraka
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local restaurant. Light gold in color with a solid fluffy head. No real lacing to speak of. Fairly cloudy. Smells yeasty and slightly like bananas with lemon and coriander aromas on top. Taste is slightly tarty with bits of the lemon and coriander. Has a solid, high carbonation level. Very drinkable, particularly in the summertime!

Not an earth shattering beer by any means, but a solid, quality summer wheat ale that is both light and delicious.

Photo of morebeergood
3.63/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Smoken Joe's. Served in a 16 oz mug. Probably the most yellow and cloudy looking pale wheat ale I've had. Almost looked like a witbier. Super faded yellow in color. Thin white head. Clove smell. Not overly flavorful though, which was a bit of a letdown. It was good, but it was not bursting at the seams with all the flavors I love from a wheat beer. That said, it was mighty smooth and easy to drink from a large glass. Almost too easy to drink, as it went down fast. If only I enjoyed it more before it was gone...oh well. I'd order one again.

Photo of FleeVT
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no dates.

A: Pours an extremely pale and dull yellow. This defines straw colored. Tight carbonation of tiny bubble leaves a 1 finger white head that recedes to a thin layering.

S: Wheat comes through in droves; that coupled with the mild hop dosage gives it an American macro characteristic, maybe it's just the adjunct. Either way, it is crisp an inviting.

T/M: The palate is a lot more of the nose. A nice dose of hops gives this beer some great character and a cool crispness that lends itself well to hot summer days. The hops are grainy, perhaps a touch citrusy which nicely complements the wheat. Medium to light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, even though the head is almost gone.

Photo of dbossman
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lemon cream yellow with a sudsy, thick, and foamy head; decent retention and decent lacing

S: Grainy and grassy with lemon citrus and even a touch of banana and spice; this smells mostly like an American wheat but there's a touch of a German hefeweizen in there as well

T: Lemon zest up front followed by grassy grains and just a touch of banana and cloves; this is a simple yet refreshing and tasty beer--perfect for mowing the lawn, which is exactly how it came in handy just now

F: Medium body and fairly sticky which works okay

O: This is a nice little beer and like I said perfect for what it is: an easy drinking and refreshing summer beer; I think Boulder did a nice job with this one and when I want something like this again, I will return

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Straw, slight haze. Didn't stir the yeast cake up at the bottom. Maybe I should've. Fluffy off-white head, fades quickly. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - Coriander, pepper, citrus, lemon. spice.

T - Light biscuit, spice, orange.

M - Medium body. Not as light as other wheat beers. Medium carb.

O - I don't have a lot of experience with wheat beers, but this one seems to be a slightly above average.

Photo of erosier
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a medium bodied but tall white head that settles to a small film over the beer.
S: It smells of sweet wheat malts and some citrisy flavors perhaps from the hops.
T: It has a sweet wheat taste underneath some citrisy flavors and then a touch of a more tart fruitiness at the end.
M: It is very crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable in the summertime. Decent summer beer.

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.6/5  rDev +5%
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.

Photo of deac83
3.6/5  rDev +5%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lemony golden into my pint glass with a rocky crisp head that takes a few minutes to die down.

Aroma is mild, but for such a pale wheat, it's defintly a good amount of punch.

Taste is really a good punch for a light pale wheat. Nice grain and seedy flavors. Some fruity underripe bananna and an earthy spiceiness. Finish is a bit stickysweet, but overall a good mouthfeel.

A well made blonde/pale wheat. Goes dwn easy and is very enjoyable.

Photo of BigRedN
3.6/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first summer seasonal purchase for 2005. Looked and sounded interesting, with a sale price of $5.99, I gave it a try.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (I'll maybe try a Weizen glass next time). Pale yellow, a little hazy with a decent 1/2 inch head. Some carbonation bubbles float to the surface. Head fell to a covering of a few clouds, with a prominant ring aroung the glass, minimal lacing.

Smell: Interesting aromas. Definitely a wheat malt presence, and citrus fruit (I'm thinking lemons), yet their is a definite hop scent. I was told this was dry-hopped, similar to the Hazed and Infused, but way toned down. I like it.

Taste: Somewhat subdued. This is one of Boulder's Looking Glass series of beers. I have found these beers to be over the top in taste, (in the case of H&I, unbalanced IMO). This one did not grab me by the shoulders and shake me like I expected, but still good. Malty, almost bready wheat flavor, a little citrus fruit, and a nice little hop bitterness, but dialed down. I guess it does stay true to the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, good carbonation. A little sweet in the middle with a nice, clean dry finish. Subsequent beers I found to be somewhat buttery and slick.

Drinkability: Unfortunately there are many other seasonals I want to try yet that this will have to compete with. Later, as summer winds down, if I see this on sale I would probably pick some more up, I just am not going to go rush out and get more right away.

Photo of corywalston
3.6/5  rDev +5%

Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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