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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 746
rAvg: 3.51
pDev: 13.96%
Wants: 14
Gots: 65 | 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

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Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004

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Reviews: 308 | Hads: 746
Photo of JohnW
3.8/5  rDev +8.3%
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) (1,240 characters)

Photo of andjusticeforale
3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3

This beer poured to a very pretty gold color form a twelve oz. bottle.

There was a strong smell of wheat and corn, yes corn. I let it warm and the smell of corny type wheat got stronger. There is a twang, and I finally figured out what this smells like. A corn dog from a county fair.

The taste was quite the same as the smell. Wheet with a twang, very little complexity. There was a smoky wheat aftertaste that was somewhat cloying.

One real positive note was the excellent mouthfeel on this beer. It was very very good. Much better than the actiual taste of the beer.

This brew would probably go great with gourmet pizza or at a barbeque, I wanted to like this beer on its own, but I really didn't. I wish they spent more time thinking about what they were brewing, instead of coming up with fancy names and labels. (832 characters)

Photo of Yeastcakes
3.89/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving notes - 45F, served in imperial pint glass.
A - Wheat malt, spicy esters and some light banana phenols.
A - Finger and a half of bright white head that quickly dissipates to a film with some nice lingering fluffiness around the edges. Slightly hazy yellow.
M - medium to full body with low to medium carbonation.
T - Tangerine with the faintest hint of tartness on the front on the tongue and some banana from the aroma on the back. Slight peppery spiciness intermingles nicely with the phenolic flavors. Wheat malt nicely supporting all of this.
D - Very drinkable wheat beer. (586 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 TheWhiskerReview
3.58/5  rDev +2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a moderate white head and a lively carbonation which helps retain the head thoughout most of the brew. The nose is bright with mostly wheat- influenced flavors- aromas of banana, peach, white clove- and maybe a faint touch of hoppy flowers. The palate is medium-bodied and creamy with a smooth delivery and flavors of banana, lemon and vanilla leading to a moderate, fruity and mouthwatering finish. This isn't my favorite style, but it's done well for the style. (495 characters)

Photo of ajmoody76
3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

just noticed this beer at the local beer store. mix a six. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint. pale yellow. hazy. two finger white head. nice lace.

sweet floral smell. some citrus cutting in there a little. no off odors.

sweet and fruity. some sourness. aftertaste fruity also. good balance.

good carbonation. light body. nice beer. i could do a warm weather session. i would not go out of my way to get this but i would drink again. nice blonde. (459 characters)

Photo of rsyberg01
4.09/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz bottle. Date rubbed off, so I cant read it.

A - A hazy pale yellow, head dissipates to a thin surface tight at the edges.

S - Belgian-like spiciness, citrusy, banana, savory in there as well. Exceeded my expectations in a big way.

T - Spice, sweetness, tart. Very palatable. Tart orange and lemon. Not your average wheat.

M - Almost perfect in balance. Refreshing and crisp. Just an all around good beer.

D - I could finish 100 of these without breaking a sweat. A very good beer. (505 characters)

Photo of FleeVT
3.59/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no dates.

A: Pours an extremely pale and dull yellow. This defines straw colored. Tight carbonation of tiny bubble leaves a 1 finger white head that recedes to a thin layering.

S: Wheat comes through in droves; that coupled with the mild hop dosage gives it an American macro characteristic, maybe it's just the adjunct. Either way, it is crisp an inviting.

T/M: The palate is a lot more of the nose. A nice dose of hops gives this beer some great character and a cool crispness that lends itself well to hot summer days. The hops are grainy, perhaps a touch citrusy which nicely complements the wheat. Medium to light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, even though the head is almost gone. (724 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 manahansf
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of unklesyd
4.13/5  rDev +17.7%
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! (672 characters)

Photo of DocAJ
3.7/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12 oz bottle to pint glass

A-cloudy, straw colored, looks like an unfiltered wheat should, thin head

S-earthy, bread, banana-apple-pear fruit notes

T-a little banana, citrus, clove flavor is subtle at first, a little overpowering by the end, tasty nonetheless ( I would have rated taste a bit higher had the clove not been so overpowering by the finish)

M-smooth and creamy, nice carbonation, very clean aftertaste

D-very strong marks here; i had been disappointed with my recent luck with wheat ales, but I found this one quite refreshing and could have quite a few of these (587 characters)

Photo of DuqTroops
3.6/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudyish yellow in color, poured into pilsner glass, a good amount of head laced the top of the glass.

Smell - lemon, wheat, smells like i am in a cornfield, very soothing.

Taste - little bit of hops, but enough to taste them. very smooth, flavorful of citrus.

Mouthfeel - easy to drink, no carbonation.

Drinkability - love to have more, but i only have one bottle. (391 characters)

Photo of danmcg62
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a semi clear golden blonde with minimal head retention.

S-Lemons with other citrus fruits.

T-Thin lemon taste with no real hop character. Grainy, straw taste as well. Just OK.

M-As with the taste it is very thin and watery.

O-Overall this is an OK wheat beer. Would drink this on a hot summer day, but probably wouldn't actively seek it out again. There's better wheat beers out there. (397 characters)

Photo of Guinness4me
3.32/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wow...one sip of this beer and I felt like I was back in Kansas again! While I usually miss the maltiness in wheat beer, this specimen was a nice contrast.

The beer poured cloudy as most wheat beers do, with a light head and layered lace. The smell was earthy and grassy and quickly took me back to a memory of freshly cut wheat in Kansas.

The taste was acidic at first then went with an alcohol flavor which didn't impress me. My favorite part of this beer is the mouthfeel which is heavier than I expected. It has a wonderful wheaty aftertaste which lingers nicely. (574 characters)

Photo of Rio
4.02/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle, sold in singles, no dates for brewing or best before dating found.

Pale, golden color to it, very cloudy. Bit of a head formed upon pouring, left a thin line around the outside of the glass.

Wheat smell with something strong over it, citrusy flavor, perhaps? I want to say a lemon, but I'm not sure exactly.

Thick feel to it in the mouth, little bit of the carbonation bubbles tickling the cheeks. Fuller feel than I expected from something that appeared so light.

Good taste to it, strong component of lemon, I think, but not so strong as to bash you with the taste. Reminds me of maybe a Boulevard Wheat or something of that nature.

All in all, a good brew. Didn't like it so much at first gulp, but from there, I've grown to like the taste a bit more. I'll plan to stock the fridge with a few more before it disappears. (851 characters)

Photo of Mardukk
3.37/5  rDev -4%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of Beefeater57
3.07/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, straw color. No head. I'll be honest, it looks like a Budweiser.

S: Clean, floral smell. Hints of wheat...

T: Light, get some fruity notes of apple up front, but some citrus notes of lime in the finish. Tangy, the acidity of citrus lingers. No hop flavors present, nor do I expect them to be.

M: Fizzy, carbonated - stings the tongue like soda.

D: It is definitely drinkable - easy to drink, decent flavors. Not a preference, however. Would drink again if offered, but probably not buying a six pack of this stuff... (530 characters)

Photo of Bobikel
3.25/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a slightly cloudy very pale whitish/blond, with a small head that dissipates fairly quickly. Lacing is present, but minimal.

Smell - Wheat tang and strong yeastiness dominate. A very soft floral aroma comes through underneath.

Taste - Very wheaty, with a slight cereal edge at swallow. Some very mellow citrus hops help to balance things out.

Mouthfeel - Light and effervescent - nice

Drinkability - Grabbed a sixer of this because it's hot outside, and this does quench on a hot day, but like many american wheat beers, flavor is not overly complex, or exciting. At least for me... (615 characters)

Photo of GarrettB
3.54/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweaty Betty is Boulder Beer’s entry into the wheat beer style. I personally love wheat beers - they’re refreshing, taste like a meal, and have a wonderful consistency and high standard between breweries, with enough flexibility in style and character to make each one different. Boulder Beer’s wheat feels less like a unique brew than others (Easy Street Wheat, for example, tastes very different) but remains an deeply satisfying beer. The aroma is strong and seducing, packed with lemon, white grapes, and the by now familiar coupling of banana esters and a touch of exotic clove. The flavor is less thrilling, losing much of its depth in a haze of heavy carbonation. I mostly detect wheat and corn tortilla flavors, gradually panning out to include some banana on the tongue, but tragically little. The Sweaty Betty is still a fair sample of the style, and I hope to set it aside and drink it in comparative calm and quiet. However, as a coaster-dampener for a cool summer evening it fared admirably, even if not spectacularly. The memory of that evening belongs to the grill and the sunset, not the beer. (1,115 characters)

Photo of PiecefulToker
3.15/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Very hazy golden straw color. Head poured with very large fizzy bubbles that dissipated very quickly, leaving some sticky lacing behind.

S: Straw, yeast, freshly cut grass, pale malt, and a slight hint of floral hops.

T&M: I immediately notice that the carbonation is too low. I expect something more effervescent for this flavor profile. There is a lot of the grassy straw taste represented in the nose, with some sweetness and slight hop bitterness. Corn and wheat flavors present throughout.

D: I wish the carbonation was higher on this, but it is still pretty drinkable. Smooth and subtle, but there is some complexity if you look for it. (648 characters)

Photo of WaveRebel51
3.3/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty standard beer for the style. Appears a hazy pale gold with almost no foam, the fruity aroma is very inticing, however, for some reason, the taste never seemed to come through.

It was a typical, wheaty, bready taste with a faint sweet aftertaste of fruits and honey. Got better as it warmed, but still seemed a little thin. Drank this after a light jog in 90-degree weather and this was refreshing.

Although I found the taste a little lacking, this is one of the better summer beers and given Boulder's track record, I'd be interested in trying this again. (569 characters)

Photo of undeadozzy
3.67/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Kinda murky goldish-yellow, with a quickly dissipating thin head. Very little lacing to speak of, but the color is pretty nice.

S - Oddly, smells alot like bananas. Banana Nut Bread to be exact, with some slight citrus overtones. Very interesting to say the least.

T - Not bad for a wheat ale. Has a hint of banana, with some rich wheatiness and a little citrus on the finish. Has a very pleasant banana nut bread aftertaste.

M - Some carbonation, but overall it has a fairly pleasant feel to it. Not too light, not too heavy, right where it should be.

O - Not bad for a wheat ale, as you may know already I haven't had many, but this one isn't bad for what it is. A pleasant little beer with a good unique character. Works for me! (740 characters)

Photo of FatSean
3.48/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I'll be honest, I am not a fan of wheat beers. I bought this sixer as an impulse because I wanted something I had not tried yet. I didn't realize it was a wheat beer till I got home. The saucy blonde with blue eyes on package was a cute idea, caught my eye in the craft beer section.

Beer poured a cloudy golden brown with a finger-width of head that soon faded.

Had a some-what spice, some-what earthy smell with slight tropical fruit under-tones

Taste had some of that fruity/cloying flavor to it that many adore and I can put up with. Well balanced, the notes were there and not too overpowering.

Nice fizziness! Almost reminded me of mineral water. As you swallow the fruity/banana/whatever flavors pass over the palette and you're left with a pleasant wheaty aftertaste. A bit sticky and a little thin, but that's just being critical.

Very drinkable given the style. The clean finish is very appealing in a wheat beer. (931 characters)

Photo of LunaChick
3.11/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pour a very light yellow. Stong aroma of mashed banana. Whispy head that leaves some lacing. Flavor is crisp to start. Slight citrus, good carbonation, refreshing. The end is disappointing as it lacks the depth of flavor from other styles I've tried. I'll try it again to see if its just my allergies messing with my taste buds. Overall I think its a fair representation of the style. Cool artwork on the bottle. (412 characters)

Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
80 out of 100 based on 308 ratings.