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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde

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613 Ratings
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Ratings: 613
Reviews: 299
rAvg: 3.44
pDev: 15.41%


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:
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(Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004)
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2011 15:21:34 | More by secondtooth
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-22-2012 23:06:06 | More by Cylinsier
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palliko

California

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2005 14:30:07 | More by palliko
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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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JohnW

United Kingdom (England)

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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)

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2006 18:52:21 | More by JohnW
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gmfessen

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2007 22:11:15 | More by gmfessen
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kshankar

District of Columbia

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-12-2009 07:54:54 | More by kshankar
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hockeyhead

Colorado

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2009 07:52:06 | More by hockeyhead
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ZackMartin00

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2010 02:43:38 | More by ZackMartin00
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laramis

South Carolina

3.83/5  rDev +11.3%
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

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 05:31:09 | More by laramis
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rarevos

New York

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2006 16:55:22 | More by rarevos
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 01:24:30 | More by beer2day
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Reaper16

Alabama

3.8/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2010 09:19:51 | More by Reaper16
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WesWes

New York

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2005 01:20:28 | More by WesWes
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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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ttfreek

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I open the bottle and pour, eyes focused on the game on this gloomy spring day. The first sip intrigues me. It is wheat, it is blonde. It is the fermented drops of Betty's Sweat. And it tastes wonderful. Golden like blonde locks, wheaty but not overly fruity or citrusy. Refreshing and I am away from the game, dancing with the mysterious Betty in fields of dandelion. The 6 pack is gone, my team wins.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 04:56:25 | More by ttfreek
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-13-2009 22:27:20 | More by smcolw
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stampfler07

Colorado

3.78/5  rDev +9.9%
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

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 00:40:09 | More by stampfler07
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Franchise

Oregon

3.75/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2006 15:56:18 | More by Franchise
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NEhophead

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2006 00:01:52 | More by NEhophead
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow body with some yeasties floating around. About a finger of white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells like lemon zest and wheat.

Taste follows nose. Not very complex, mostly lemon with wheat, a little bit of spiciness mixed in. A good refreshing beer, but nothing outstanding. Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

I'm a sucker for wheat beers as far as drinkability goes. I could down tons of these.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2008 00:57:05 | More by Hojaminbag
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smanders

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-14-2009 20:26:37 | More by smanders
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thecarster1

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a weizen, light yellow hazy color, one finger white bubbly head, minimal carbonation, decent lacing mix of wisp and bubbles with a ring around the glass.

s- sweet floral wheat, banana, spices, little lemon.

t- nice light wheat flavor, i get some banana, minimal citrus, finish isn't too dry, nice.

m- little thin, but still goes down very easy, it's almost creamy.

d- very drinkable on a nice hot day, i'd have another one.

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2009 21:38:07 | More by thecarster1
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droomyster

Virginia

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The guy who sold the bottle to me gave this beer a lot of praise. Pours a cloudy witbier blond with a disappointing soda fizz for a head. Smells good, though. Cloves, banana, yeasty sweet rolls. Altogether makes for an enticing aroma. Tastes just like it smells. For my taste it badly needs more carbonation. Rather than dancing on the tongue or delivering a refreshing feel, its body feels flat and lifeless, a bad quality in a summer beer. All in all, it tastes good and is worth trying but needs that extra carbonation to give it some snap.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2009 04:20:22 | More by droomyster
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Tballz420

Minnesota

3.75/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

It pours out a pale straw colored beer, pretty cloudy, with a small and short-lived white head topping it off. The nose consists of wheat grain and pale malt, with some hints of floral hop and lemon zest. The taste starts off with pale malt, a fair amount of wheat grain, a bit of sweetness, and finishes with a splash of lemon juice, and a light, floral hop background. A bit of spice as well. Maybe just a hint of banana as well, a taste I more often associate with Hefes than filtered wheats. Light mouthfeel and pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 19:58:54 | More by Tballz420
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.