Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Ratings: 737
Reviews: 310
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 13
Gots: 58 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 737 | Reviews: 310
Photo of Nerudamann
3.85/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a Pint glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with about a finger's worth of off-white foam that dissipates quickly.

Smell - typical wheat beer smell, but more floral and sweeter than I've noticed from other wheats.

Taste and Mouthfeel - typical wheat beer taste too, but pretty smooth and subtle, not overwhelming at all. Texture is very well-balanced. Doesn't seem to have many or any added tastes, except for maybe a slight citrus flavor, to detract from the wheat.

Overall - not a bad brew at all, and I think a good representation of a wheat ale.

Photo of ZackMartin00
3.84/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is what I would consider a staple. Sweaty Betty offers a light, easy to drink banana undertone, with a thin, wispy head of average retention. When you are going with an alternative brew, this is a decent candidate! Don't let the negative reviews keep you from trying it at the very least.

Photo of Cylinsier
3.83/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

tap

Pours a hazy honey gold, white lacing.

Smells of citrus, coriander and grassy malts.

Tastes the same, citrus, fresh grassy malts, and coriander. A bit of mild bitterness, but very subtle.

Light body with soft carbonation.

A pretty decent wheat ale, good flavor character and otherwise solid in everything you would expect from a wheat brew, would have again.

Photo of secondtooth
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold in complexion, with a nice white head and minimal lace.

Nose is sweet honey and biscuits. Solid.

Tastes clean, with a little graininess and honey. I get a kiss of citrus from the mild hops at the finish, too. A nice touch.

A bright and easy-drinking session ale -- quite enjoyable.

Photo of tayner
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

i had to crack her to see if she was a "natural blonde".... well, she is! poured a cloudy yet bright yellow, not much of a lasting head...

She smelled slightly bitter.... but to my surprise she tasted sweet, like liquid sunshine. i enjoyed the way she tasted.. good to the llast drop.... even perhaps a little fruity.. banana maybe...

seemed to be an extra carbonated wheat beer in my mouth... as for drinkability, i live in arizona where lightweight beers are a must in the summer (come on winter!!!) and this one will find a place in my fridge from time to time again.... i just cant tell anyone im tasting sweaty betty again!

Photo of Citadel82
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy pale straw. Reminded me of Boulevards Unfiltered Wheat which I miss very much ... more for nostalgia reasons than anything else. Would likely benefit for a twirl or two when finishing the pour as there is a nice amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle. I have some more that I will try this with.

Aroma is fruity and yeasty with sour notes...wheat beers yummy.

Taste is light, fruity and refreshing. Nothing better for beatingthe hear than a spicy-sour wheat beer.

Mouthfell is clean and light.

Very drinkable overall if you are an afficianado of this style- no doubt you will find that there are better exemplars out there, but this a passable brew for the dog days of August on the Jersey Shore.

Photo of palliko
3.82/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a cloudy yellow with a quarter inch of foam and no lacing. Aroma has spicy hops, barley but not much malt. Initial taste is of banana esters, citrus, grain and some pretty interesting hops. Body is medium and finish is dry. Not a great ale, more of a wheat beer.

Photo of gmfessen
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

What an aesthetic name... poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, watery golden color with almost no head. Smell is actually similar to a hefe; there is a slightly spicy, clovey, banana presence. Taste is just like the nose... much better than the appearance. Mouthfeel is pretty light in both body and carbonation. Overall very drinkable, the alcohol isn't perceivable and it goes down easily. I would recommend this beer.

Photo of laramis
3.81/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Guinness pint glass closet thing available to a weizen glass

A: poured a cloudy yellow very soft in color not to large of a head but it did leave some good lacing

S: The wheat is very clear there are also smells of yeast a slight citrus note and a sweet aroma

T: Wheat malts then sweetness and then a bit of spice some what doughy yet refreshing

M: Again it is refreshing not overly carbonated quite enjoyable to drink and easily drinkable in multitudes

O: This beer is a beer i would come back to again and again not only do i like it for the style it is also a beer that is just enjoyable period i am a fan of sweeter brews and there is just something about this beer that i really like

Photo of JohnW
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Have to confess that this was drunk straight from the bottle (yes, I know, unforgiveable) not something I normally do, so cannot really comment with any accuracy on the appearance or aroma. Regretably the circumstances under which I had this made drinking direct from the bottle the only choice! It appeared blonde and almost clear, though from what little I could tell, the aroma hinted at being fruity/malty and slightly sweet. The taste really surprised me, and seemed a lot sweeter and maltier than the usual American Micro beers, and reminded me - more than any other US beer has done - of the Belgium Beer style. Overall a sweet malty flavour, with hints of citrus and fruit in the finish, though light in texture and easy to drink. Not as rich and flavoursome as the better pale Belgium beers, but a good drink all the same. I could drink this easily, though it is maybe a shade too sweet to be a session beer for my taste, whereas the sweeter Belgium beer styles tend to have more body and depth, and are for savouring slowly rather than thirst quenching. Hope to have this again sometime and be able to have it served in a decent glass so I can properly appreciate its qualities.

John W
B'ham UK (but written while in Florida)

Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale yellow color witha thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity wheat scent that boasts of banana and clove along with a yeasty aroma; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat flavor that goes down easy. It's smooth with the traditional banana and clove appeal. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking summer seasonal. It has a nice fruity flavor. I wish it had more of a wheat malt presence, but it drinks well anyway.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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...

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Photo of kshankar
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden with good carbonation. Head is there..but not as much as it should be in a wheat beer. Perhaps my pour wasn't aggressive enough. There was a decent amount of foam though

Aroma: Wheat, banana, citrus and clove..fairly typical for the style. I approve

Taste: The citrus is pretty upfront along with the wheat and clove coming through. Banana..not so much, but the other flavors balance out well

Mouthfeel: Light, well carbonated. Refreshing

Drinkability: Very much so. A pretty good representation of this style. Recommended

Photo of BeerWithMike
3.8/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 5/11/14. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a 10 ounce glass 'boot'.

Pours a light hazy straw yellow in color with a 1/2-finger of a fizzy white head that settles down to along the sides of the glass. Lots of streaming bubbles rising up from the bottom and sides of the boot. Very little lacing is seen. The aroma is of malts and wheat with a hint of light spice. The taste is pretty much the same with a light hint of citrus as well. Very easy to drink with no bitter or harsh aftertaste. A great summer seasonal brew for a hot day. Overall, I like this one.

Photo of hockeyhead
3.79/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into lefthand pint glass orange tan haze with a small bubbled creamy white head
S: fruity malty sweetness with a hint a bannans
T: very tart up front followed by little hint of malt and banannas that leaves little drying bitterness
M: nice ok body not to thin or thick goes down easy nice carbination when served extra cold
D: great summer beer when its really hot and your not doing anything

Photo of Franchise
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a lemon orange with a cloudy body that leaves a thick white head. The aroma is wheat, lemon, pepper, orange zest very nice and complex. The taste starts malty wheat, with a candied fruit body, that is slighty carbonated and slighty thin. The beer finishes light with gentle bubble and a spicy sweetness on your tongue.

Photo of Reaper16
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ Egan's, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass
Quick Hits!

Pours a cloudy, hazy straw yellow color. 1.5 fingers of tiny-bubbled foam swish around without leaving much lacing. Meh.

There's some lemony wheat scents, as expected, but what interests me is the floral notes. They are so strong that upon first smell I thought this was a blonde ale. But then the typical pale wheat aromas came through. The floral notes sort of obscure any hop action that may or may not be going on.

The floral notes! They are assertive! This tastes mostly like dandelions and honeysuckle. There's wheat too. And very light traces of lemon. But mostly floral notes. And I'm Ok with that.

Light body, lively carbonation, low ABV%... what's not to like? This feels correct when drinking and you can drink quite a few of them provided you're into sessioning something that isn't very complex.

This is like a blonde ale/pale wheat hybrid. I think it mostly succeeds.

Photo of NEhophead
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Very cloudy pale straw in color. Fizzy, carbonated white head that evaporates quickly. Little to no lacing left along the glass.

Mild, fruity esters: banana with a touch of lemon. Bright, spicy clove over a clean-smelling wheat.

An initial bright, solvent-like citrus tartness over a slightly dry, toasted oat and wheat backbone. Notes of clove and corriander that attempts to cut through the thick citrus flavor. The lemony-tartness lasts however, well into the aftertaste.

Light in body; a nice balance of spice, crispness, and carbonation.

A flavorful Pale Wheat compared to the onslaught of boring summer releases. Too heavy on the lemon-sourness, but one I would go back to.

Photo of smanders
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudy straw.

Smell - cloves, bananas, grain, nutmeg.

Taste - the bananas sock you right in the mouth followed quickly by lots of good wheat notes.

Mouthfeel - tons of effervescence. Light and crisp.

Drinkability - This broad would be good on a hot day, but the bananas may overwhelm some palettes.

Photo of rarevos
3.77/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into goblet

A: 1/2 finger of head, vanished almost instantly. Very light lacing. Some might say "sparse." An island of very light foam floated in the middle. Poured a hazy golden-yellow.

S: Estery--citrus and some clove. Enough citrus and spice to make me wonder why this is categorized as an American Pale Wheat ale. Armoa puts it squarely in the Belgian wit class....

T:... and the taste is squarely in the German-like class. This is pretty schizophrenic, as it has the aroma of a Belgian wit and the flavor of a German weisse. It's lightly fruity, with some banana notes, some clove, and some wheat breadiness. Finish is peppery with a nice mix of pepper, banana and clove. A very light bitterness finishes it off, which comes in abruptly.

M: A bit over-carbonated, even for the style--though I'm no longer sure that this should be held to the standards of any one style, since it's borrowing from a few distinct ones.

D: I could drink a few of these. It's maltier than a Belgian wit, it's lighter in its flavor profile than a German hefeweizen, and it's bolder in flavor than an American Pale Wheat ale. If you were to draw a Venn diagram of all three, this beer would take up the overlapping middle bit. It's refreshing and good for summer.

The name is really unappealing, though.

Photo of beer2day
3.76/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow straw gold color. 1/2 finger of pale foam gives way to thin cap of foam. No lace.

Weak nose. Faint citrus and lemongrass. Slightly tangy. Malt in the nose, too.

Flavor is pretty sweet. Lemon mostly with a strong malt backing. Slightly sour finish.

Decent malt body, too.

Easy session beer on a hot day.

Photo of stampfler07
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw with a finger of bubbly white head that dissipates and leaves some light lacing

S- Floral yeast and some light citrus, banana

T- Floral notes and yeast at the beginning, quickly changes to a nice wheat breadiness and some very light hop, banana tones to finish

M- Light carbonation and body, smooth, fits the style

O- Has some good qualities for a wheat: light, floral, refreshing. Although not a style I usually go for, this one is good

Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small, dense white head. Extensive bubbles coming up from the bottom. Cloudy as expected. Dark straw/light gold color.

Notable but muted wheat presence. Golden malt aromas.

Close resemblance to the spicy Belgian Whites. Lots of wheat, providing a souring finish. Very highly carbonated; tiny bubbles, there's some body to counterbalance this, but it is still quite spritzy on the tongue.

Photo of Bighuge
3.75/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy sun yellow. Thin white head leaves a good amount of lace. This one's good on the nostrils. Lemon, citron, tangy wheat, hay... Very pleasant. Not as much to talk about on the buds though. Still decent enough, but the lively tones on the nose don't translate to the palate. Dulled wheat tones and a little lemongrass. Just a little spritz of hops that give the beer a slightly dry finish. Mouthfeel is not quite as active as I'd like in a Wheat brew, but not a lot else to complain about. Body is a little better than medium. This one's not too bad. I'd hit it up again.

Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 737 ratings.