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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:
No notes at this time.

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

California

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a surprisingly pale yellow. Was expecting something with a slightly more orange hue. Even in a champagne flute (don't ask why I used this) the beer was very opaque. Minimal head and retention and virtually no lacing.

Ar - Can't pick much up besides citrus and light banana with some cloves.

T - Fairly light body. Nothing really stands out in the taste, not even the wheat. Does have a bit of spice in the finish (almost peppery?)

D - Served cold enough this beer would go down easy and refresh on a hot day. Save it for the poolside.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 00:36:55 | More by AARomanov
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Brenden

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Notes are from last weekend.

Betty's a bit pale, something of a pale yellow-gold color. The head is soft and by no means permanent, but there's enough of a foam the rest of the way and thin, light lacing to just push this past mediocre.
Wheat forms a backbone in an otherwise surprisingly hops-intensive(for the style) aroma with lemon zest and an interesting yeast note. The hops aromas are spicy and citric.
The flavor is a little paler, with more of the yeast coming up front and a banana note I wasn't expecting. Wheat retreats to the background in here so more of the citrus and spice comes out. Still pale, though.
The body is light and, with a moderate carbonation and a good crispness, this one is pretty refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 20:41:30 | More by Brenden
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kingcrowing

Vermont

2.78/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:18:46 | More by kingcrowing
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Oct 07 2010 and sampled on August 17, 2010. The pour is pale yellow and very cloudy with a thinner but slightly foamy white head that never quite fades. Banana, wheat, and yeast aromas are the first to greet the nose. The taste is about the same with a comforting fresh hop ending. Really not all that bad and fairly easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2010 22:29:45 | More by puboflyons
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Baraka

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local restaurant. Light gold in color with a solid fluffy head. No real lacing to speak of. Fairly cloudy. Smells yeasty and slightly like bananas with lemon and coriander aromas on top. Taste is slightly tarty with bits of the lemon and coriander. Has a solid, high carbonation level. Very drinkable, particularly in the summertime!

Not an earth shattering beer by any means, but a solid, quality summer wheat ale that is both light and delicious.

Serving type: on-tap

08-05-2010 14:33:12 | More by Baraka
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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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JDH2000

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Picked up a six-pack of 12oz bottles at Fenwick Beer & Wine in Silver Spring, MD. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours with nice blond/golden color with thin head that keeps throughout. No lacing on the glass.

Smell provides hints of wheat, bananas, and a little lemon.

Taste is light with not as much spiciness that I would have expected from this style of beer. Though it hides its 5.9 ABV rather well. Overall it is pretty light and refreshing and makes a nice summertime drink.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 15:05:05 | More by JDH2000
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Mardukk

Ohio

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small white head that quickly dissipates, lacing is present.

Smells of banana/wheat maybe with a hint of hops.

The taste has a hint of the typical wheat twang with a very small hop bite in the finish. I can't really make out any taste/flavor whatsoever. Watery and thin almost light beer like...with more ABV.

Extremely thin mouthfeel with the non taste makes this dangerously drinkable.

To its credit I would never guess that the ABV is this high.

Overall, this is not a good wheat ale as there is a definite lack of taste throughout. Maybe if they dropped the price and marketed this as a cheap lawnmower beer it would be worth it.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2010 00:37:48 | More by Mardukk
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dayswonder

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

minimal to zero head, the foam dissipates rapidly after being poured

tart sour grapefruit come do mind when taking a sniff of this one

a very mellow somewhat bland taste, not full of spices like some other wheat beers

great mouthful, after the initial tingle on the palette the smoothness coats your tongue

if your looking for a beer that is light and refreshing for summer, id go with this one

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2010 00:47:10 | More by dayswonder
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donniecuffs

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured gold with less than one finger of white, poor retention, and spotty lacing. Not much of a nose besides some modest banana and lemon. Very thin flavor profile, and raw bitter finish. Definitely missing more fruit balance. Thin bodied and decently carbonated. Nice feel for sessioning, but unfortunately not enough flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 18:48:18 | More by donniecuffs
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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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hustlesworth

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- nice looking hazed golden amber with an exceptionally firm and creamy eggshell colored head. foam doesn't retain itself as well as some of my favorite german versions but it's doing a decent job. lace is sticky and there's plenty of it in the form of well defined drippy rings.

S- somewhat hefeweizeny but with a twist of lemon and pineapple. some wheat aromas and a touch of sulfur as well. banana and clove notes hide way in the background keeping this one from being the bavarian style wheat i was expecting from the brewer's description.

T- light and pleasant, but without much yeast flavor the beer gets pretty bland. bready wheat flavors and a malty sweetness up front quickly fade leaving some leafy hop flavor and not much else. a little bit of candied pineapple gives this one a fruity edge. finishes more or less dry and clean with faint banana and cereal flavor.

MF- soft and smoothly carbonated with tight gently rolling bubbles lingering long on the tongue. wheat gives the body some structure and there's also somewhat of a menthol coolness.

D- an easy drinking and mild brew with some citrus character. it's nice for summertime- light, thirst quenching, refreshing, etc. but as far as being bavarian style i could appreciate a bit more yeast spiciness.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2010 06:18:31 | More by hustlesworth
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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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thatguy3579

Virginia

3.65/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light straw color, very cloudy. Egg-shell colored head which dissipates, clinging heavily to the glass.

S: Mostly sweet, with banana and bread aromas. Some citrus as well.

T: Tastes like it smells - banana bread and lemons. Perhaps a little vanilla as well. Fades to a pleasant sweet flavor. I think it is a little too sweet - would be better if it had a little more citrus bite.

M: Creamy on on the mouth, with average carbonation.

D: Very typical for the style. A nice beer that succeeds but fails to stand out. The persistently sweet finish is a nice touch, but would prevent me from really throwing these back.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2010 22:32:07 | More by thatguy3579
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philbertk

Washington

3.5/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Rockies Brewing Company--Boulder Beer Company--Sweaty Betty Blonde Wheat Beer--Looking Glass Series--2007 22 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV--25 IBU's? (4.25 / 5.0) Hefeweizen--Bavarian--Rich foamy lacy head. Clear bright cloudy lemon yellow color. Tangy Bavarian coriander banana mild hop front. Crisp refreshing mild tangy wheat spice banana ester mild creamy body. Satisfying clean end. Sampled 6/8/2007.

Rockies Brewing Company--Boulder Beer Company sweaty betty blonde wheat beer--Looking Glass Series 5th Release--2010 12 oz. Bottle. 5.90% ABV. 12 IBU's? (3.5 / 5.0) Wheat Ale--Wit? Thin lace fizzy thin white head. Clear thin white gold color hazes dark lemon with light sediment. Coriander wheat mild banana minor hop front. Thin dry sweet crisp citrus banana zesty wheat spice Belgian Wit hint body. Refreshing tangy clean citrus spice end. Sampled 6/14/2010. 6 Pack $8.99.

Serving type: bottle

06-15-2010 06:22:18 | More by philbertk
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GDBEERMAN

Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: A very hazy, lemon/straw appearance. White head that forms into a nice retention.

S: The aroma of this Blonde is a perfect balance between present and not overpowering. A nice pale aroma. Very pleasing while sipped.

T: A spicy, medium body on this beer. Good wheat presence, while again with the aroma, not overpowering. Lighter on the carbonation, a easy going down beer.

M: Light and crisp, with a nice mellow lingering taste.

D: Good, perhaps too light and tasty. . . where did the beer in my glass go?!?
Notes: great for drinking after a nice long bike ride, very refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2010 22:02:40 | More by GDBEERMAN
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djeucalyptus

Oregon

3.53/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a slightly chill-hazed, effervescent golden yellow hue reminiscent of alka-seltzer in monkey piss. A bleach-white two finger frothy head fades down leaving some respectable lacing.

aroma is better than monkey piss. bananay esters up front, clove, cinnamon, a appealing touch of barn-ish mustiness. a touch of herbal hops. fairly potent aromas might help hide a bit of off-putting funk.

taste is citrusy, and zesty up front, giving way to a bit some grass and damp hay. banana skins and mace, a touch of clove. Fairly earthy with a bit of light caramel sweetness. I keep hoping for my taste buds to find the hops, but they're subtle if there at all.

Mouthfeel is sprightly. And not really in a good way. Just a hint over acceptable carbonation, it comes across a bit fizzy and a bit too thin.

All in all, not bad. Drinkability is high and with the warm weather, Sweaty Betty is a welcome face. A funky colored face with some interesting flavors and pungent aroma, but a drinkable face none the less.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2010 01:27:15 | More by djeucalyptus
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.38/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a tiny white head quickly fades to a ring on the top. Smells of banana clove, spicy wheat, and a hint of phenolic. Taste is sweet upfront followed by a clove and banana assault with a hint of lemon in there. A spicy tartness rounds us off with maybe a hint of metallic. Is this a pale wheat? Hefeweisen? Lines are very blurry. Medium body, tart and syrupy mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Not my favorite beer by any stretch. Its light and easy to drink, might be good on a hot summer day, but its kind of bland with nothing really exciting happening.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 23:44:25 | More by johnnnniee
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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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LimoBarbie

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +21.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2010 22:09:24 | More by LimoBarbie
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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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tone77

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste like it smells, spices and citrus, quite delicious. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2010 14:07:14 | More by tone77
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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
Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 613 ratings.