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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde

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BA SCORE
78
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614 Ratings
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Ratings: 614
Reviews: 300
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:
No notes at this time.

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

Pennsylvania

1.15/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I tried a bottle of this based upon a recommendation of a friend. As soon as I opened it up, the beer smelled like a yest-filled armpit which really turned me off.

I figured I would taste it anyway, but the taste was just as bad. The smell was so strong, it made my tongue go numb and I almost yakked in the beer itself.

Even when I gulped down the first sip, all I could taste was that yest-filled armpit smell in my mouth. It was bad. I usually like wheat ales, but this one was a loser.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2009 19:38:15 | More by TooleBurger
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beertunes

Washington

2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I first tried this beer a couple years ago (before I started reviewing) I remember thinking, "Damn, whatever Betty's got in her diet, makes her sweat nasty". So, when it showed up again at a local I gave her a clean slate and a fresh chance.

Served in a straight pint glass. poured a cloudy, pale, yellow with an inch of fluffy white head that had medium retention and low lacing.

The aroma was semi-bitter and had a low wheat presence. It didn't have a malt or hop presence either. The flavors were very similar, a little bitter, not much charater otherwise.

The body was thin and dull. Drinkability is on the level of sour water, you drink a lot of it, but why? Overall, this is a fairly unpleasant beer. Not really mean or terrible, just not welcoming or enjoyable.

Betty hasn't improved her diet, her sweat is still funky, and not in the good way.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2010 08:59:13 | More by beertunes
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Windigo

Virginia

2.03/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Sweaty Betty is definitely a dishwater blonde...she's sorta weak altogether. Now look, if you do not like the traditional skunk of a heffe...then you may actually enjoy this. The appearance when poured was cloudy and not in a good way. The nose was a metallic skunk reminding me of fennel. The head was short-lived at best but it kicked up high initially like a wheat should. I expect a fruity experience from an American wheat....totally disappointed as were my Beer Geeks.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2011 21:11:15 | More by Windigo
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Beaver13

Colorado

2.3/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that diminishes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty, stinky earthy yeast with some banana and clove and a little citrus.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some yeast and a little spice and some sweet fruits. The flavor is pretty subdued and a little watery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a watery texture and a touch of harsh carbonation.

Overall, a pretty bland mix of a hefeweizen and a wit.

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2008 03:55:42 | More by Beaver13
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Arielle

Arizona

2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

When I saw the label on this one, I was excited, but it turns out the age old adage is correct, you cannot judge a book by its' cover. Up front this poured a straw yellow, hazy and opaque color, and it had no head, and no lacing. It smelled a little citrusy, kind of minty, and like unbaked bread - kind of sweet, but also a little doughy.

On first sip I knew this one had missed its mark, not by much, but definately not an award winner. It is not balanced between the yeast, the hops, the concept, at all. Sweaty Betty turned out to be a very appropriate moniker, as this beer really did taste kind of sweaty. I want to try the beer this would have been without the 10k it just ran behind it. It has promise underneath it's hesitant, and unfulfilled idea, but for now I will not be purchasing it again.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 01:33:28 | More by Arielle
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Jayli

Massachusetts

2.33/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

Consumed 3/6

A: This beer pours hazy yellow color with a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes quickly leaving thin wispy minimal lacing.

S: Nose is of wheat, banana, yeast and hint of clove in the background.

T: Taste is definitely heavy on the wheat and clove flavoring. Yeast comes through with hints of lemon that aren't detectable in the nose. Some banana also mingles in with a bit of oddly placed sourness in the finish.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, somewhat crisp but far too thin.

D: The funkified finish in this beer absolutely killed it for me. Initially an ok representation of the style, but it went downhill and fast. I won't be getting this one again.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2010 16:29:59 | More by Jayli
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winomark

Missouri

2.35/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Slightly hazy light gold witha small, but vigorous head. Aromas of banana esters dominate. Slight yeasty tones present. Bananas and tropical flavors present with a strong metallic bite in the finish. Mouthfeel is light, with a strange, slightly harsh acidic or overcarbonbation grip up front. I am not impressed with this beer. Too many conflicting flavors and tastes with little direction or focus. No need to look for this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2004 16:42:21 | More by winomark
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rodcom

Pennsylvania

2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this beer at the drafting room in Exton PA. Great name for a beer and certainly got me to try it! As for the taste, it was a wheat beer, but it tasted water downed compared to most...I guess it was the sweat from Betty in the beer. Would not even bother trying.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2008 23:51:37 | More by rodcom
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mentor

Colorado

2.45/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a finger of nearly white one finger head over a cloudy yellow liquid. Smells sulfur, yeast, clove, and minimal earthy hop.

Tastes moderate malt sweet that carries medium-strong clovey phenol. Also quite yeasty. Mild hop bitter and little hop flavor. Very german in character, is this beer mis-classified here on BA as an American Pale Wheat? Judged to category listed here on BA. Wet on the tongue, but dries out in the finish accompanied by a gentle peppery sting. Some creaminess in mouthfeel and modest carbonation. Epic fail for the style, but a decent german wheat.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2009 03:30:34 | More by mentor
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light pale with fizzy carbonation and almost no head. Alcohol and cheesy scent. Light bodied but drinkable. A bit acidic sour, and a metallic aftertaste. I even thought it a tad skunky, but apparently this is normal for this beer.Terrible name. I think worst of the brewery's line.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2006 03:26:11 | More by Sammy
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bundy462

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a cloudy blonde. Fizzy white head with very little retention. Looks like watered down orange juice.

S: Orange, lemons, wheat, bready.

T: Wheat base with a very artificial citrus twang throughout. Not very good, just tastes metallic and over fruited.

M: Water.

O: Not a very good brew, NEXT!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:21:52 | More by bundy462
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer pours a very clear golden color with a light quickly dissipating head. The smell is decent, weak with a smell citrus and pears. The taste is very light with mild carbonation, it kind of tastes like beer mixed with the juice of a fruit cup actually. Mouthfeel is light and thin, if you want a light beer with a peach and pear taste, this beer is for you.

I will not buy this beer again, there are many other better versions of the style. On the plus side you could probably down many of these no problem, you know, if you had a rough day at work or something.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 04:38:48 | More by pmccallum86
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pinotboy007

Virginia

2.53/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Would love to meet the gal who inspired this. :)

Nevertheless . . .

A-Quick, bright white head evolves and vanishes, with no lacing. The beer itself is a clear, light straw color.

S-As it warms it starts to gain some complexity but it's nothing exotic with some of the usual bubble gum aroma.

T-Pretty straight forward which given our 100 degree heat of late, is not a bad thing. Some minor wheat inflection and a tad bland, to be honest. Not much aftertaste, but if you're having mussles or some shellfish this would work.

M-Nice up front but thins out a bit much in the middle, leadign me to belive this would be good with shellfish on a warm day.

O-Not bad. I'd buy it again for some sort of summer event.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2011 19:19:56 | More by pinotboy007
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dturchin

Massachusetts

2.6/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

not a fan at all...clear bright yellow hue reminiscent of your standard "macro muck" not much in the way of pronounced smells, slight citrus and subtle grassy notes, but otherwise pretty flat...

taste is pure citrus...big, slick artificially lemony, hint of orange, medium hoppiness, tart tart tart...too tart, very light mouthfeel and overly prickly, fortunately, i just want to get this stuff down

not a big fan of this beer...i know you shouldnt expect the same delicious flavors from the phenols and esters you get from the German version but there's not much too exciting about this beer.

that said, it rates higher on drinkability, but most American Pale wheats do...it would make a pretty damn good summer sessioner...medium hops, citrusy character, light body...a great beer to bring to the beach or have at a bbq though there are much better options (try left hands haystack if you want to stay in style)

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2006 22:37:33 | More by dturchin
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mwa423

Ohio

2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours a light gold with only a minimal amount of haze (surprising) with minimal head that dies almost instantly but does have good lacing retention

S - Awful, fucking god awful. The aroma has to be what this beer is named after. Smells like stale wheat, mixed with burnt beans. This is definitely one I should have drank out of the bottle.

T - There is plenty of wheat flavor, but it almost tastes like it is a wheat extract flavor that was poured into the beer. There's a pale malt flavor that is prevalent and makes up the aftertaset.

M/D - If it wasn't for the smell, the drinkability would be higher. I dread the next sip because I will smell the beer from my glass. The mouthfeel is weak, but that's to be expected given the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 21:06:02 | More by mwa423
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Brew_42

Massachusetts

2.63/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours hazy yellow with a white head that hangs around

Smells like bananas with a little bit of citrus. Very pleasant smell.

Taste was a bit of a let down. Not as much favor as the smell would suggest. Maybe It was a bad keg. A little bit of banana and citrus but not much.

Palate-Next to no carbonation.

Overall- A big let down. I got it from a bar that offered a ton of different beers to maybe it was a stale keg but I probably wont try this again.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2013 03:58:58 | More by Brew_42
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I ended up drinking this because my in-laws insisted it was terrible and having enjoyed other offerings from Boulder Beer, I had to see for myself.
No freshness info.

a: A crystal clear light gold, like a macro-lager. White head quickly subsides, no lacing to speak of.

s: Some lemon notes, not much else.

t: Lemon up front, some bitterness in the finish, don't taste any hops.
I think I see what they area complaining about, there is a strange sourness.
I don't know how to explain it exactly, it is somewhat tart and surprisingly acidic. Not sure if this is intentional or if this bottle is just past its prime.

m: Very light body.

d: The sourness/tartness and the acidity hurts the drinkability. It is a very light beer that doesn't have much flavor. What flavor is present is not particularly enjoyable. I don't know if it was just my bottle or not, but if this is how it always tastes, I would avoid it.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2007 00:56:05 | More by BradLikesBrew
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goblue3509

Pennsylvania

2.68/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy yellow color with a slight head to it. The smell is of wheat with hints of some floral notes. The overall taste is of wheat with hints of some citrus hop notes. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. The drinkability of this is okay, there is nothing to make you dislike the beer, but there is nothing to make you sit up and say hey i really like that.

Serving type: on-tap

07-13-2009 01:21:55 | More by goblue3509
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scruffwhor

Illinois

2.7/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Very pale banana skin hue with crappy bubbling and terrible head retention.

Smell- Pretty lager like for a wheat ale. Makes me think of adjuncts mixed with wheat. Hints of bananas and some bubble gum. But very fleeting.

Taste- Starts with really clear malts with a wheat chaser. Finish a refreshing yet sub par blonde ale flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 01:33:47 | More by scruffwhor
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rye726

Colorado

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy yellow color and has a marginal whitish head. The nose has some quiet citrus tones and wheaty malts. The taste is mostly wheat malts with again subtle fruit. The body is really light for the style and over carbonated. Needs lots of glass swirling to help go down smooth.

Serving type: bottle

05-21-2008 17:20:39 | More by rye726
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boss302

Florida

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sweaty betty Blonde. This beer didn't look like a wheat beer, it was very clear and had an odd acidic taste. Maybe this beer was handled poorly before I tasted it, but maybe not.

A This beer was poured by the bar keep and was super clear, so much so that it looked like an American pils. It had a big head that went away almost immediately.

S sweet estery smell.

T There is a little acidic green apple taste that has a puckering effect. It is unique and unlike other wheat beers.

M Thin a little malty sweet. Low carbonation.

O This is not my style. I like wheat beers, but prefer the banana flavors over the apple, it's a personal thing I know. It is worth a try, but I'm glad I don't have a six pack.

Serving type: bottle

07-01-2010 01:29:04 | More by boss302
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msh4k3

Michigan

2.73/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle into a chalice

date says best before july 4th.

a. A light lemony yellow bottom and a musty yellow kind of golden color top. poured gently with a bit of head that lingers.

s. You smell a bit of wheat malts and a tad bit of a banana.

t. a bit of wheat malts tamed by a tiny bit of a lemon flavor and a hint of banana in it. It taste like a pale lager mix with a wheat beer.

M. Its the best bit. Its really kind of yeasty creamy, and smooth. Pretty refreshing but i guess thats the only redeeming quality.

O. It is a refreshing beer, but if you are looking for something with a little flavor or complexity, you've been barking up the wrong tree.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 03:39:14 | More by msh4k3
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PorterLambic

Florida

2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a decent (controlled) head and great lace.
Smell is MIA with just the faintest hints of citrus, malt amd banana.
Taste is betteer, with malt, grapefruit, banana and light hops. Hops fades to banana in the aftertaste and gets a bit cloying.
A medium bodied ale, OK to drink but I wouldn't recommend or repeat.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2005 18:16:25 | More by PorterLambic
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fairly strong aroma is wheaty and yeasty with just a touch of lemon. It pours a slightly hazy straw yellow with a fluffy and none too persistent white head. Flavor is wheaty with a hint of citrus, slightly yeasty, not all that inspiring. Flavor is smooth and fairly tingly, sometimes just a tad watery.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 21:19:06 | More by Cyberkedi
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Kemmerlin

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: hazy golden color with a 1 finger width quickly dissolving head.
S: has a deep wheat and yeast smell with sweat apricot sliding in.
T: little to much taste coming from the yeast making it a little over powering and hides the rest of the beer's character.
M/D: medium bodied and feels slightly harsh in the mouth. Drinkability is ok but not something I like to continue drinking.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 00:36:01 | More by Kemmerlin
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Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 614 ratings.