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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 751
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | 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

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004

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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 751
Photo of manahansf
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Strong wheat and banana ester aromas bubble out of this well carbonated brew. White head forms on the top of a beautifully hazy blond color. Wheat and banana flavors dominate the palate and are well balanced with just the right amount of spice. Smooth fruity finish fades gracefully away.

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Photo of unklesyd
4.13/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a nice beer!

Pours out an extraordinarily pale yellow straw color with a thin white head and nicely conditioned carbonation that maintains.

Sweet malty wheat notes, slight hints of vanilla.

Nice vanilla notes also in the flavor, cut with a subtle acidity that prevents cloying sweetness. A little lactic tang as your palate gets used to drinking it. Nice, almost a Belgian flavor down deep here.

Light bodied, very easy just to pour down the gullet, which I did at first as it was my after-bike beer on a warm day here. Very satisfactory in the thirst-quenching mode.

Excellent hot weather brew. I'll definately grab more o' these next time around!

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Photo of Quaffer
4.11/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A pale, golden yellow that was heavy with sediment. A very dense and fluffy, stark white head rose up tall. It was nice and stiff, even towering about 1/2 inch above the top of the glass. It was very sticky, too, ramping high up the side of the glass and leaving lots of lace behind. I really don't think a wheat could look any better than this.

Smell: Classic wheat smell. Lots of grasses, wheat, grains and straw formed the bulk of the aroma. Over the top of this was very light banana and vanilla, combined with a stronger hit of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a very grainy, chewy feel. Almost thick feeling in the mouth.

Taste: The flavor was an exact duplication of the aroma. Tons of thick grain and wheat flavors persisted from start to finish. A light lemon component arose in the middle, but it remained fairly subdued. Some banana, vanilla, and clove appeared on the finish and lingered into the aftertaste with the wheat.

I was extremely impressed by this beer. Definitely need to snag a few more while they are still available.

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4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A very hazy, lemon/straw appearance. White head that forms into a nice retention.

S: The aroma of this Blonde is a perfect balance between present and not overpowering. A nice pale aroma. Very pleasing while sipped.

T: A spicy, medium body on this beer. Good wheat presence, while again with the aroma, not overpowering. Lighter on the carbonation, a easy going down beer.

M: Light and crisp, with a nice mellow lingering taste.

D: Good, perhaps too light and tasty. . . where did the beer in my glass go?!?
Notes: great for drinking after a nice long bike ride, very refreshing.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single bottle just recently purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Great seasonal release from Boulder...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored, golden hue with a minimal head that left a copious amount of lacing around the head of the serving glass...
Citrus-aroma was very noticeable, along with a heavy fruit-factor bursting through...
Taste was laden with wheat, citrus, fresh florals, ripe pears, apples, bananas, oranges, cloves, and coriander...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel made this one a pleasure to drink... Excellent level of drinkability to match... went down easily with no alcohol detectable and no cloying factors...
Good stuff and a great summer beer...

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Photo of rsyberg01
4.09/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle. Date rubbed off, so I cant read it.

A - A hazy pale yellow, head dissipates to a thin surface tight at the edges.

S - Belgian-like spiciness, citrusy, banana, savory in there as well. Exceeded my expectations in a big way.

T - Spice, sweetness, tart. Very palatable. Tart orange and lemon. Not your average wheat.

M - Almost perfect in balance. Refreshing and crisp. Just an all around good beer.

D - I could finish 100 of these without breaking a sweat. A very good beer.

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Photo of Gehrig
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer on a nice warm day. In part, I've also been on a wheat kick, and this fit the bill. The presentation was decent, standard--thin white head over a light orange body, no discernible lacing. Good color, though.

The nose represented an improvement, full of fruit and a surprising bit of hops. The same with the taste. For a pale wheat, I expected the fruit to outweigh the hop gritty texture and taste. There was a very good balance in Sweaty Betty--grapefruit, apricot, and banana with a nice hop coating. Very nice.

Hops did much for the mouthfeel, which would have been thin to the point of precarious without the ample hop complement. Had I more time, I would have knocked back two more of these in a snap. Delicious and balanced, Sweaty Betty has a harsher name than the beer will ever realize. It's smooth, semi-sweet, not bitter, and great to kick back and enjoy on a hot day. Good stuff.

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Photo of fdrich29
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Coolidge Corner Clubhouse.

Poured a light, somewhat cloudy yellow with minimal head and no lacing. Smells like bananas and fruit and tastes very much like the banana smell. Very light and refreshing beer, and very enjoyable. Nice change of pace at the end of your 9-5 day.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours cloudy golden yellow with touches of very white foam. Smells wheaty, with some banana notes. Full wheaty taste with underlying lemon citrus throughout. Smooth mouthfeel, residual tang. Very drinkable, and quite tasty. Refreshing, to boot.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy, pale lemon color with a half-finger soft, lustrious creamy white head that faded rather quickly. Beneath the cloudy turbulence you can sense vibrate nature of the carbonation.

S: Light tart lemons and a nice wheaty aroma which was very smooth and pleasant in nature graces the nose.

T: The initial flavor was much the same with tart lemons and wheat backing. The overall flavor was light, smooth with a great citrusy (lemon) nature along with light oranges and bananas sneaking through. Finishes with a great smooth subtle fade of lemon-wheat.

M: light and smooth with a great lemony tang and finish. The carbonation feels very light and soft on the tongue despite the vivid appearance.

D: A citrusy and refreshing drink that slides effortlessly off the tongue. Would be on of my top 5 choices for a summer time quencher. Case worthy by all means.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear light golden brew. Head lasts nicely, with heavy lacing. Aroma is cloves and wheat character. Taste is sweet malts upfront, with the clove kicking in after a minute, and lingering in the mouth. Mouthfeel is to-style smooth, and drinkability is good, but limited slightly by the possibly over-sweet start.

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Photo of UnionMade
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Grabbed a sixer of this, Boulder recently entered the state. I was looking for something easy going, and it was a toss up between this and Boulder's Hazed and Infused. I haven't had this yet, so what the hey. Sweaty Betty sounds a little naughty. Why's she so sweaty, may I ask?

Hazed flaxen gold, topped with a thick puff of white head. Decent head retention, keeping a thin collar. No lacing. Big, wheaty aroma. Lots of clove, with a bit of banana and lemony citrus. Prominent powdery, wheaty sourness, kinda sweaty smelling. Ha. The flavor is sweetish to start, pale wheat malt hints towards creamed corn, banana and brown pear fruitiness, powerful clove phenols dominating the finish, along with wheat tartness. Maintains a mellow sweetness, some brown sugar notes, with earthy, doughy yeast working with the clove and wheat sourness to create an almost sweaty flavor. Just a bit spicy. Not unenjoyable, actually quite quenching while enjoying some mid-spring sun and planting hot peppers. Medium body, no doubt assisted by the generous yeast pour, with mellow carbonation. A rich mouthfeel, full on the tongue.

Sweaty Betty, you go down easy! For all of that, I wish you gave better head. You're leaving the bottom of my glass bald. I don't mind bald, but not on my beer. Feels substantial enough to be satisfying, but not so flavorful that you'd wince at every sip while tipping back at a BBQ. Good, especially for the style. One of the more complex american wheats I've had. The wheat sourness and vague spiciness leans towards a witbier, some aspects are more bavarian hefeweiss, and others are american wheat. A nice little hybrid you are, Betty.

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Photo of JayS2629
4.03/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Rich cloudy straw yellow with thin white lace that leaves creamy lace. Looks like a good wheat beer should.

S- Bready notes, wheat, hints of citrus and spice. Clove and banana notes. Earthy, grassy notes. Orange, lemon zest, and coriander.

T- Follows the nose. Nice hints of citrus and grasses with spicy notes of coriander and clove. Hint of banana in the aftertaste. All on top of a solid rich wheat.

M- Smooth, creamy, medium bodied.

D- Very tasty and easy to drink.

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Photo of Rio
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, sold in singles, no dates for brewing or best before dating found.

Pale, golden color to it, very cloudy. Bit of a head formed upon pouring, left a thin line around the outside of the glass.

Wheat smell with something strong over it, citrusy flavor, perhaps? I want to say a lemon, but I'm not sure exactly.

Thick feel to it in the mouth, little bit of the carbonation bubbles tickling the cheeks. Fuller feel than I expected from something that appeared so light.

Good taste to it, strong component of lemon, I think, but not so strong as to bash you with the taste. Reminds me of maybe a Boulevard Wheat or something of that nature.

All in all, a good brew. Didn't like it so much at first gulp, but from there, I've grown to like the taste a bit more. I'll plan to stock the fridge with a few more before it disappears.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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Photo of BadBadger
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

What to give a try on a hot and humid day? Why not Sweaty Betty, a fine offering from Boulder Beer. Sweaty Betty pours a nice gold color. The rather pleasant smell is grassy, citrusy, wheaty. The taste is nice mixture of lemon-citrus, wheat and yeast. The mouthfeel is refreshingly crisp. A very highly drinkable and enjoyable beverage.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I do enjoy Hefe's and Pale Wheat Ale's so I may be a tad biased.

A: An extremely cloudy golden straw color. Minimal head. A decent amount of lacing.

S: Heavy banana smell, with some hints of coriander or clove.

T: Lemon, wheat, banana and spice all combed together. The banana hits first and the aftertaste is not overwhelmingly spicy but it is there.

M: Really crisp and smooth. Very light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation

D: I could drink this type of beer frequently. It is a very well rounded American Wheat.

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Photo of ArrogantB
4/5  rDev +14.9%
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?

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Photo of CaptMurdock
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic Pint

Look: The beer appeared a very cloudy golden and cleared up as it warmed. Even after a very hard pour there was very little head to speak of and minimal lacing throughout.

Smell: The aroma was quite simple but very welcoming. Up front I got the essence of wheat which was followed up with sharp whiffs of lemon and peppery spice.

Taste: Much like the aroma the wheat came right to the front of this flavor. It is a big wheat taste that works very well with the other flavors. Then the citrus and peppery spice creep up on you leaving the finish very dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Very dry with a heavier body than I was expecting given the style and color.

Drinkability: Very drinkable! I just wish I had this on a warm summer afternoon by the grill instead of holed up in my house watching snow fall outside. I will certanly revisit this one once the spring hits.

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Photo of Patrick999
3.98/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I've been delinquent on my reviews....I'm going LIFO now, unfortunately.

A - Nicely clouded, it's good to see an American Pale Wheat that hasn't been filtered to hell. About as much foam as you'd expect.

S - Some nice wheat bread, a little of that musty wheat aroma. No clove or banana, but no points deducted as this is not trying to be a hefeweizen.

T - Tasty. I didn't smell any banana, but I actually taste some. Lot of fresh, light wheat with just a little alcohol nip.

F - Feel is a step above most American Pale Wheats, due to it being unfiltered. Has a slightly more creamy, robust feel than most, without becoming heavy.

D - This is a very good hot weather beer, just what the doctor ordered. A little underrated, I am a fan of this beer.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of LarryV
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
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.

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