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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Reviews: 308
Hads: 749
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 66 | 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: 749
Photo of ThickestHead
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Looks a golden yellow color, just slightly hazy, smallish head which didn't stick around long.
Smells kind of yeasty and like a slice of whole wheat bread.
Decently carbonated on the tongue.
Tastes like a hefe with a dash of spice and lemon.
This beer isn't the worst. It has a decent ABV that is well masked. It is easy to drink but not the style that I can appreciate fully so I will give the rest of them to my friends who like this style.

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Photo of Baraka
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

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Photo of callmeclemens
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A nice summer Ale, got on Growler, poured a yellow gold color with minimal head. looks and smells prett unassuming but It's got a nice taste of wheat and yeast with a touch of clove maybe some sort of other fruit to, goes down really smooth nice and refreshing, not to much of a bite but thats alright.

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours a golden, honey color.

Overall: Tastes like a traditional wheat beer should. Good light beer with honey-like sweetness, orange and lemon-like citrus. Sweaty Betty is a decent beer worth a try.

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Photo of powellmg
2.95/5  rDev -15.2%
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.

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Photo of sml505
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy straw color with small white head that disappears.

S - Soft wheat, spice, pepper, yeasty, and some lemon

T - Nice wheat flavor, pepper, lemon fruitiness, and yeast notes.

M/D - Light mouthfeel, and nice carb. Average wheat with common wheat, pepper, yeasty notes. A touch watery, but might be nice on a hot day.

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Photo of hockeyhead
3.79/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: poured into lefthand pint glass orange tan haze with a small bubbled creamy white head
S: fruity malty sweetness with a hint a bannans
T: very tart up front followed by little hint of malt and banannas that leaves little drying bitterness
M: nice ok body not to thin or thick goes down easy nice carbination when served extra cold
D: great summer beer when its really hot and your not doing anything

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Photo of Outchillen
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on draft

A: pale yellow, slightly hazy

S:smelled like a belgian wheat, strong yeast, nice white head

T/M: Had beligan banana and clove taste, light to medium body,

Overall i wasnt too impressed after hearing a story how its an american wheat, it wasnt light bodied or light yeast tasting like a lot of american wheats, more of a hef or wit

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Photo of gos42
4.22/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

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Photo of laramis
3.81/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a Guinness pint glass closet thing available to a weizen glass

A: poured a cloudy yellow very soft in color not to large of a head but it did leave some good lacing

S: The wheat is very clear there are also smells of yeast a slight citrus note and a sweet aroma

T: Wheat malts then sweetness and then a bit of spice some what doughy yet refreshing

M: Again it is refreshing not overly carbonated quite enjoyable to drink and easily drinkable in multitudes

O: This beer is a beer i would come back to again and again not only do i like it for the style it is also a beer that is just enjoyable period i am a fan of sweeter brews and there is just something about this beer that i really like

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Photo of WonderWoman
4.3/5  rDev +23.6%
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.

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

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Photo of JDH2000
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of msjacilynn
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellow with white foamy head

S: definitely sweet masking the malt. Lemon, wheat and a bit of malt.

T: sweet almost sour lemon initially that gives way to a malty body.

M: thin and a bit undercarbonated.

D: very refreshing for a beer and likely to have a few on a hot summer day/night.

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Photo of unclecrappy
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My most recent sample of Sweaty Betty was part of a mixed case of Boulder stuff. It's a little unfortunate, because compared with Mojo, Hazed and their Flashback anniversary ale, it suffers a little bit.

Appearance is nice, but nothing special. Straw gold, with a little yeasty haze. I wanted more from the nose, as I've been drinking Troeg's Dreamweaver all summer, and that one is loaded. Betty is a little bready, maybe with a touch of banana. I'd hoped the taste would be a little bolder as well; you get some of the banana/clove trademark of the style, but it's pretty subtle. A very fine carbonation lends a creamy mouthfeel, which is one of the things I wanted from this. And drinkability? On the back porch of a friend's house on a warm summer night? Yeah -- that worked pretty well.

I'm a big fan of the style, and Sweaty Betty doesn't quite hold up against some of my favorites. But if you hand me one this summer, I'm going to be happy to see it every time.

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Photo of msh4k3
2.73/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

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Photo of Windigo
2.02/5  rDev -42%
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.

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Photo of SouthFLBeerLover
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Very light yellow color with a small head that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Not much going on there. I prefer wheat beer that you can really smell the wheat in it.

T: Not bad, but not great either. Could be little more wheaty, after all this is a Pale Wheat Ale.

M: Small bubbles. Slightly watery.

O: An average wheat beer that goes down smoothly on a hot summer day, but by no means one of the better wheat beers out there.

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Photo of rodcom
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
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.

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Photo of dayswonder
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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Photo of TooleBurger
1.17/5  rDev -66.4%
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.

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Photo of AARomanov
3.35/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of CaptMurdock
3.99/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Nonic Pint

Look: The beer appeared a very cloudy golden and cleared up as it warmed. Even after a very hard pour there was very little head to speak of and minimal lacing throughout.

Smell: The aroma was quite simple but very welcoming. Up front I got the essence of wheat which was followed up with sharp whiffs of lemon and peppery spice.

Taste: Much like the aroma the wheat came right to the front of this flavor. It is a big wheat taste that works very well with the other flavors. Then the citrus and peppery spice creep up on you leaving the finish very dry and refreshing.

Mouthfeel: Very dry with a heavier body than I was expecting given the style and color.

Drinkability: Very drinkable! I just wish I had this on a warm summer afternoon by the grill instead of holed up in my house watching snow fall outside. I will certanly revisit this one once the spring hits.

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Photo of LimoBarbie
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of Johnlikeshefe
4.35/5  rDev +25%
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....

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