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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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BA SCORE
78
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717 Ratings
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Ratings: 717
Reviews: 305
rAvg: 3.42
pDev: 15.79%
Wants: 11
Gots: 52 | 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:
Beer added by: Quaffer on 06-06-2004

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Photo of gos42
4.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

Photo of SIRSOG
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of smarkham24
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of Mccanlessj
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of BiomedHawk
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of WonderWoman
4.3/5  rDev +25.7%
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

Photo of soulliard
3.5/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of LightsOut3000
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of norm36
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of laramis
3.81/5  rDev +11.4%
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

Photo of papman
3/5  rDev -12.3%

Photo of JDH2000
3.18/5  rDev -7%
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.

Photo of Theorganizer81
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of CyBEERooster
2.5/5  rDev -26.9%

Photo of msjacilynn
3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of KristaHall
3.25/5  rDev -5%

Photo of Waypoint
2.75/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of unclecrappy
3.38/5  rDev -1.2%
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.

Photo of msh4k3
2.73/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

Photo of dpottsy3
4/5  rDev +17%

Photo of mholm815
3.32/5  rDev -2.9%

Photo of ksbeernuts
3.75/5  rDev +9.6%

Photo of GarrettB
3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of hopfiend666
5/5  rDev +46.2%

Photo of Windigo
2.02/5  rDev -40.9%
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.

Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
78 out of 100 based on 717 ratings.