Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 742
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 13
Gots: 61 | FT: 0
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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: 742
Photo of pmccallum86
2.5/5  rDev -28.8%
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. (570 characters)

Photo of pinotboy007
2.53/5  rDev -27.9%
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. (714 characters)

Photo of mwa423
2.55/5  rDev -27.4%
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. (743 characters)

Photo of dturchin
2.6/5  rDev -25.9%
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) (923 characters)

Photo of fscottkey
2.65/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: [2.50] Very clear pale yellow. The beer forms almost no head. Has an enjoy by date of 3/10/15. No listed ABV or IBUs.

S: [2.50] Grassy wet straw smell.

T: [2.75] Strong Belgian wheat flavor. Some lemon zest flavor.

M: [3.00] Carbonation is good. The body is a little thin.

O: [2.50] I really don't like the Belgian wheat flavor. The nose let me know that this was going to be not a hit for me. (408 characters)

Photo of Brew_42
2.66/5  rDev -24.2%
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. (454 characters)

Photo of goblue3509
2.68/5  rDev -23.6%
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. (358 characters)

Photo of scruffwhor
2.69/5  rDev -23.4%
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. (349 characters)

Photo of BradLikesBrew
2.7/5  rDev -23.1%
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. (913 characters)

Photo of msh4k3
2.73/5  rDev -22.2%
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. (655 characters)

Photo of PorterLambic
2.74/5  rDev -21.9%
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. (346 characters)

Photo of rye726
2.75/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (295 characters)

Photo of boss302
2.77/5  rDev -21.1%
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. (708 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
2.79/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a 12oz tumbler.

I'm sweatin' up a storm after cooking up some Old Rasputin beef stew, so I figured this would be appropriate.

Pours a very crisp light golden color with a nice creamy one finger white head that looks awesome, nice light streams of bubbles up the side. Nose is not so nice, it's got a bit of a chemical note to it, also some very faint hops.

Very fruity, very light, a bit of that clearning solution from the nose comes through as well. It's a good intro to craft beer, nothing to write home about. Theres a bit of a lemon that I'm starting to notice as well. Mouthfeel is nice and big with lots of carbonation.

It's a good hot day drinker but I wouldn't get it again. (711 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweaty Betty pours out like a typical wheat beer with some haze but also seems a bit lighter in color. The aroma smells soft like wheat and some banana. The taste is on the light side, almost too light for a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is very drinkable and easy going. I just wish this beer was a little bit more flavorful. It really doesn't have many bragging rights. There are better wheat beers out there than this one. (435 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
2.8/5  rDev -20.2%
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. (302 characters)

Photo of Kemmerlin
2.82/5  rDev -19.7%
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. (382 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A – Pale banana yellow. Thin white head.

S – Yeast, hay, wheat. Just a hint of banana sweetness.

T – Tastes like a light hefeweisen. Banana, wheat, orange zest. Lime-like acidity on the backend. Touch of coriander.

M – Light body. Shade watery. Underwhelming carbonation. (282 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Poured a not-as-hazy-as-expected golden-straw brew. Head receded relatively quickly.

S-Wheaty and bready, minimal citrus.

T-Very similar to the aroma, strong on the wheat and bready malt flavors, with a slight semi-sweetness balanced by the wheatiness. Tastes a bit too dry feeling (this may make no sense at all...).

M-Flabby, thinnish body. Carbonation was a bit lower than expected.

D-Given the right place and time, this beer would hit the spot (though that can probably be said about just about any beer), especially on a hot summer Saturday afternoon. That said, for sitting down and enjoying a brew, this beer is of average quality and not my favorite of Boulder's lineup. (727 characters)

Photo of kflorence
2.87/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a very light, wheaty yellow color with a thin layer of foam. It is hazy, but looks to be more on the watery side.

S: Smells heavily of wheat, bread and some rubber aroma. No citrus or spice detected.

T: Betty is not a complex girl, in fact she is quite simple, almost bland. Lots of wheat, some bread and malty sweetness... there is a very subtle amount of citrus in there somewhere; probably a good beer to throw a lemon in (blasphemy, I know).

M: Like the appearance led me to think, this beer is a bit on the watery side, though the particulates do lend it some substance. Carbonation is low, which makes it very smooth on the way down.

D: Although this beer is dangerously drinkable and rings in at 5.9% ABV, it just doesn't have much flavor. While this could definitely be downed easily, there are much cheaper beers out there for that purpose. (862 characters)

Photo of matty
2.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was not too impressed with this beer.Extremely light yellow color and the smell had a hint of sourness to it.The taste is OK but there is a subtle metallic taste to it.It is drinkable but there are much better beers out there to try.I would only drink again if it was free. (275 characters)

Photo of WJVII
2.93/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head that left no lacing. The aroma of this brew is a little disappointing (I am a fan of the Boulder Brew, especially the anniversary brews). It is a little wet grassy smelling and has some banana and slight hop notes. The taste is a little bland with a higher carbonation than anticipated. The most dominant is banana with a light malt backbone and a little bitter hop finish. This is by far the least tasty of the brews I have had from them as of late. Good thing picked it up as a single. (573 characters)

Photo of powellmg
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A slightly hazy, yellow beer with a fizzy, white head that dissipated quickly. Wheat aroma with some citrus. Taste has the slight spice of a wheat beer but no complexity. Mouthfeel is prickly, a little harsh.

Overall acceptable, but there are better choices. (260 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.95/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Hazy light golden color with a very thin and fizzy but lasting white head. No lacing to be found. The aroma is a little fruity along with mild hops. Light-bodied and bubbly with fruit and wheat flavors. Kind of a watery texture too. The finish is short and lemony. I am against any beer that makes reference to something secreted from the human body. Even without that this is a below average beer. (398 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.97/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 23 Dec. 2010 served in a pint glass on a hot day.

Straw color. A moderate pour produced only enough head to cover the top, and that quickly reduced to a thin small island and ring. The beer was only slightly hazy at first, but some sediment in the bottom of the bottle was added with visible effect. Visible carbonation ranging from fine to coarse.

S - a slightly pungent aroma mainly featuring wheat and yeast. Faintly floral and fruity. Not much, if any sign of hops.

T - not a big fan of wheat beers, on the whole, and this one has a unmistakable wheat element, yet I found the beer to be somewhat appealing and drinkable ... not a glowing endorsement, for sure, but about average for style. My main gripe is that is lacks hop presence, even in the faintly hoppy finish.

M - There's some crispness, a thin body, and a slightly dry finish. (868 characters)

Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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