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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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78
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695 Ratings
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Ratings: 695
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.43
pDev: 15.74%
Wants: 10
Gots: 39 | 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

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004)
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Photo of unklesyd
4.13/5  rDev +20.4%
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!

unklesyd, Aug 06, 2006
Photo of manahansf
4.15/5  rDev +21%
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.

manahansf, Mar 09, 2010
Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Hazy Yellow

Fresh citrusy bright aroma with several notes of fruits especially lemons, green apples, honey dew and banana.

Fresh, subtle, solid and refreshing wheat beer. An americanized hefeweizen with the usual banana, clove and nutmeg flavors but also some hints of lemon, ripe pear and apple.

Crosling, Aug 17, 2004
Photo of jondeelee
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sweaty Betty, which thankfully in no way resembles its name in smell or taste, begins with a spicy, peppery, banana-and-clove-laden aroma that closely resembles a Belgian, but is separated by a bit more spice and wildness, and a hint of effervescent lemon.

On the tongue, the first notes are almost Flemish sour, but quickly turn into a clove-and-banana festival, accompanied by lemons, oranges, and berries. There is a not-very-subtle smack of good banana bread in here, eaten alongside a bowl Grape Nuts cereal. Small hints of bitter, citrusy hops waver around the edges, becoming more prominent late in the mouthful. The aftertaste is where most of the wheat flavor comes in, thick fields of wet grain sprinkling the tastebuds, as well as a continuation of the hops. Mouthfeel is medium-light, and carbonation is medium.

Overall, this is quite good beer, and unique enough in flavor to set itself apart from many of its peers. The brew is balanced and flavorful, and would, I suspect, be quite thirst-quenching in mid-summer. Worth trying.

jondeelee, Jul 30, 2011
Photo of NODAK
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nose here is a lot like a hefeweizen, really. Getting a lot of clove spiciness and lemon.

And the taste...again, lots like a hefeweizen perhaps even mixed with a wit. Lemon notes are very obvious at the get-go. This is paired with some good clove spiciness. Together, this is the body of the beer. At the finish, there is some sweet citrus (orange?), more cloves, and some wheat coming through. Certainly a sweet finish. Definitely a summer beer here.

I'm impressed by this beer's drinkability and character. I'm not exactly sure what separates this from a hefe, but it's definitely a tasty summer option.

NODAK, Oct 06, 2010
Photo of cdkrenz
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - She's a blonde alright. Clear and yellow with a moderate amount of rising bubbles. The head is relatively short-lived as it started out around a half inch and receded to a mere trace at the surface.

S - Bananas and a hint of clove make for an inviting aroma. This is a fine characteristic.

T - A tasty beer light in the malt area and firm in the fruity banana notes.

M - The feel is rather smooth and even bordering on silky. It goes down very easy and doesn't have a rough touch on my lips, tongue or throat.

~ This is a fine sessioning beer. The flavor is good and the rest of the beer makes it an easily consumed beverage that I would certainly recommend to friends and would like to see offered in 12 packs.

cdkrenz, Nov 02, 2011
Photo of LimoBarbie
4.18/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I liked this beer a LOT. It was very clean and had a banana note along with a nice mouthfeel and a crisp finish. I had a couple of six packs of this over the summer and they went down easy and although it's not easy to find here, I will be hunting for it in the future. It makes a nice replacement for the Abita strawberry lager that I REALLY love but can't get very often.

LimoBarbie, May 16, 2010
Photo of Brent
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a beer that isn't afraid to have some fun. Gotta' love the name, and the label design and blurb are amusing. Poured a hazy golden yellow with a hefe head. Mild banana aroma, that was equally evident in the flavor. Some tangy citric qualities lend a more American spin to this wheat. Very refreshing - a bit lighter-weight than a German hefe, and meant to be so. Few hefes are good session beers, but this is one where one is not enough.

Brent, Aug 21, 2005
Photo of mkachur
4.2/5  rDev +22.4%

mkachur, Aug 15, 2014
Photo of gos42
4.22/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

First had this beer at the Philly Beer Fest and was happy to buy it again in bottel when my local brewspot started carrying it.

Betty is a lovely lady. Not too harsh or pungent, she flows easily from the bottle into a waiting glass. She smells lighter than she drinks. In an open glass, I was surprised that she didn't have as much of an odor as I remembered trying her on draft. (Of course, that could have been that I was in a huge room full of sweaty guys, but that's a post for a different site.)

It's when Betty touches your lips that she excels. Classic Blonde. Smooth and textured, with elements that hit both the tip of the tongue and hte back of the throat at the same time.

Betty will be in my rotation as long as she's around.

gos42, May 06, 2009
Photo of rorjets
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

rorjets, Dec 06, 2013
Photo of AJ01923
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

AJ01923, Oct 05, 2013
Photo of jmgault1
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

jmgault1, May 05, 2013
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

EnojysAnyBeer, Jul 20, 2014
Photo of Stinger80OH
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Stinger80OH, Jul 11, 2012
Photo of Mikeymcglynnigan
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

Mikeymcglynnigan, Apr 11, 2012
Photo of GoodOmens1986
4.25/5  rDev +23.9%

GoodOmens1986, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of RickS95
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What can you say? It's blonde. Looks like someone took a whiz in a glass. Straw-colored and marginally hazy enough that it doesn't look like a mass-produced American lager. Thinnish white head with little retention.

Smells much better than it looks. Similar to a Belgian. Spicy notes of cloves and coriander, with some cut grass and citrus making cameos.

Pleasant taste. Spices play supporting roles with sweetness being provided by wheat and bananas. Would give this a 4.0 taste score for 'beer-general' but it's a 4.5 for the type.

A softness on the palate. The spices are hidden nicely and their is no heat from the alcohol and no lingering bitter.

A quality beer that should be consumed over and over. One of my new favorites.

RickS95, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of Brad007
4.28/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a light golden color with a one-finger head into my glass. A bit cloudy but not much.

Aroma is full of wheat, citrus and a bit of clove. Standard for the style and they show in the nose, which is critical.

Taste is light and citrusy with a good hint of wheat and clove upfront. Tasty. Clean and inoffensive.

Mouthfeel does feel a bit odd though. The wheat leaves a bit of veggie taste (not sure how to describe it) toward the middle-end of the mouth. Probably my taste buds are a bit off. Otherwise, it tastes like a standard american pale wheat ale with lingering clove and citrus as well.

Not bad. I like it and it's easy to drink and could be sessionable as well

Brad007, May 06, 2009
Photo of TheSMUSpaz
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really enjoyed this beer. It's probably my favorite wheat beer not from a bar tap. I bought it at the same time as some Samuel Adams Summer Ale, and while that was good, this was just slightly better. It had a little more of a citrusy taste, which I enjoyed.

TheSMUSpaz, Jun 30, 2007
Photo of DCon
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought this beer in a 6-pack from Smoke Land in a Samuel Adams Pint class.

A: Yellow color with thick cloud

S: Fruit with a hefeweizen smell.

T: Tastes like a blue moon with an orange or even a hefeweizen.
You can taste the blonde in it and definitely the fruit. Very Sweet.

M: Light Bodied, awesome flow through palate and mouth

D: A mix between a Hefeweizen and a Blue Moon. Awesome beer! Easy for a new beer drinker or a party beer.

DCon, Dec 14, 2010
Photo of WonderWoman
4.33/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Updated 09/04/06:
I basically stand by what I had written before however I would like to add that the smell this time was more of a citrus fruit than banana, and the taste had quite a bit of lemon tang to it. I wasn't served with a lemon, thank goodness, but it still had that nice citrusness to it.
I once again enjoyed this beer.

Original:
This beer poured a cloudy light copper color.
Smelled of yeast and bananas. The taste was of canned peaches and bread dough.
It had quite a bit of carbonation with a dry finish.
I felt this was a great hefe. I had this beer after a weekend of backpacking, my mind was quite numb and my notes on this beer were sparse. I’m sure it deserves more description than I can decipher from my notes

WonderWoman, Jun 17, 2006
Photo of Johnlikeshefe
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer recently took 1st place in the American Wheat category at a Brew fest in Rhode Island. Widmer Bros hefe came in second. Widmer Bros. hefe is my everyday favorite brew. So I had to give Sweaty Betty a try.... Not available in Utah I brought some home from a recent trip to AZ. This is a nice American Wheat. It has a hint of banana and clove, but not like a Bavarian style-hefe. It is more in the American wheat camp....smooth and not too spicy. It' s well worth a try if you like American wheats like Widmer, Pyramid, etc... If you're looking for a Bavarian style like Keller Weiss or any of the German wheats then it may not be spicy enough. If you're looking for a smooth American wheat with a just a hint of spice that goes down nice, then Sweaty Betty is a good choice. If it were available locally, I'd drink it regularly.
It also has a higher ABV at nearly 6 percent, but without the heavier spirit taste. You'd never know it from the taste. It goes down like a 4.8, so beware...it's smooth and w/. The higher alcohol content could pack a punch....

Johnlikeshefe, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of Iheartbeer
4.38/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Crisp, Clean and refreshing. I will buy over Harpoon and SA. Certainly will suit the non-traditional Hefe taster as it may seem "light" to those more experienced palates. Also, checks in at 5.9% but doesn't taste like it. I loved the finish and after taste.

Iheartbeer, Jul 13, 2012
Photo of dauss
4.4/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly hazy, nearly opaque golden yellow, with just a tiny hint of copper. The white head was tiny, even after a hard pour. Little lacing. Smell is wheaty and pleasant, with slight hints of banana and lemon. Taste is sweet, lots of the wheat flavor, just a small hint of bitterness and lemon. This is right up there, next to paulaner Hefe-Weizen. This one isn't quite as fruity as paulaner's is, but absolutely great.

dauss, Jul 23, 2004
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 695 ratings.