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Sweaty Betty Blonde - Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde

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308 Reviews
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Reviews: 308
Hads: 751
Avg: 3.48
pDev: 24.14%
Wants: 13
Gots: 69 | 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: 751
Photo of Mitchster
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out to a very clear and sparkling pale yellow, forming a modest white head with poor retention and minimal lacing. Since this is supposed to be a bavarian-style Hefe, I added the firmly deposited yeast into the brew. Carbonation is moderate. The aroma is quite nice...cracked wheat, cloves, green bananas, and a clean ferment. Hopped with Hallertau. 5.9% ABV, BTW. Mouthfeel is crisp and light, zingy and brisk with a light body. The taste is as expected...cloves, green bananas, cracked wheat, pale malts, mild bitterness and a pleasant acidity. Aftertaste of green bananas. Little to no hop flavor is discernable, and the majority of the flavor is all in the yeast. A little bit of yeasty burnt rubber is in there, similar to Bell's Wheat series yeasties.

This is definitely a hefe-weizen so I wonder why they call it a blonde...probably just to have something go with the name "Sweaty Betty". At any rate, it seems to have confused quite a few reviewers on this site. Quite enjoyable. I will have to check out 6-pack prices, because if it's cheaper, it may replace Summit as my summer hefe-weizen. Tasty.

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Photo of Beaver13
2.36/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a hazy golden yellow with a thin fizzy white head that diminishes to a thin film and leaves a little lacing.

The aroma is musty, stinky earthy yeast with some banana and clove and a little citrus.

The flavor is wheaty malts with some yeast and a little spice and some sweet fruits. The flavor is pretty subdued and a little watery. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a watery texture and a touch of harsh carbonation.

Overall, a pretty bland mix of a hefeweizen and a wit.

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

Boulder- Sweaty Betty

Purchased at Joe Canals- Lawrenceville, NJ $1.29 for a 12oz bottle.

A- Bright cloudy fizzy yellow with a huge billowing white head.
S- Strong sweet hay and straw. Slight lemon zest.
T- Strong sweet lemony wheat with a touch of funky barn straw.
M- Sweet and light. Lemony in the end.

Overall- A thirst quencher. This can replace gatorade. Not bad.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.2/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From notes. Poured a hazy straw color wit ha small head that fell to nothing at all over the brew. The nose was orangey nd lemony with light wheaty notes. I found the flavor to be rather bland. Just nota lot going on in that one at all. The feel was light moderate with a moderate carbonation. Overall impressions were nothing of note. A fairly average brew. Pedestrian.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
3.73/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow body with some yeasties floating around. About a finger of white head that leaves some lacing.

Smells like lemon zest and wheat.

Taste follows nose. Not very complex, mostly lemon with wheat, a little bit of spiciness mixed in. A good refreshing beer, but nothing outstanding. Medium mouthfeel, lots of carbonation.

I'm a sucker for wheat beers as far as drinkability goes. I could down tons of these.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz single bottle just recently purchased from Buy Rite on Oak Tree in South Plainfield...
Great seasonal release from Boulder...
An aggressive pour yielded a hazy, cloudy, straw-colored, golden hue with a minimal head that left a copious amount of lacing around the head of the serving glass...
Citrus-aroma was very noticeable, along with a heavy fruit-factor bursting through...
Taste was laden with wheat, citrus, fresh florals, ripe pears, apples, bananas, oranges, cloves, and coriander...
Creamy, thick mouthfeel made this one a pleasure to drink... Excellent level of drinkability to match... went down easily with no alcohol detectable and no cloying factors...
Good stuff and a great summer beer...

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Photo of ADR
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another "Looking Glass" series beer, now it comes in six packs. Moslty clear greenish gold color with a very white head that reduces to a collar pretty quickly. Lace is minimal at best. Aroma of dusty hay with some cotton candy sweetness. Solid mouthfeel with minimal carbonation -- which helps the estery qualities shine, candy "circus peanut" impressions. Distinct vanilla tone seems to dominate mid mouth, like Cream of Wheat with sugar and bananas on top. Sucrose finish, not a lot of complexities and without a lot of citrus notes to cut in. There's little doubt in my mind that this is an American Wheat with a hefty dose of that grain tossed in.

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Photo of Crosling
4.15/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

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Photo of PorterLambic
2.74/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy grapefruit color with a decent (controlled) head and great lace.
Smell is MIA with just the faintest hints of citrus, malt amd banana.
Taste is betteer, with malt, grapefruit, banana and light hops. Hops fades to banana in the aftertaste and gets a bit cloying.
A medium bodied ale, OK to drink but I wouldn't recommend or repeat.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale yellow body, topped by two fingers of snow white micro bubbles, heavy on the "snap, crackle, pop".

Pleasant lemon / wheat aroma, while not at hefe levels, better than many American Wheats.

Lands on the tongue softly, a little brushing of wheat. Mild lemon. Little pepper tingle. Loose finish from swallow to aftertaste. No bite and then a light lemon aftertaste that's a little watery.

Light mouthfeel, suitable for a summer refresher. Drinkability is easy, though not exciting. I could have another, but I'd check what else is chill' too.

A not bad, not exceptional pale wheat that seems to have wandered into Boulder's Looking Glass series by mistake. Fine to grab a cool one of, but I'd pass on a steady diet.

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Photo of atsprings
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp light yellow with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is slight Earthy hops, sweet malts and sweet fruit. Taste is a nice blend of wheat and hops with a hint of spice and bubblegum. The beer is quite light crisp and refreshing. This is a decent summer beer.

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Photo of bditty187
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale gold in hue, kind of pasty. Yet it was still surprisingly transparent. Not much animation either, it looks a bit lifeless. The head was white in color and about a finger in height on a hard pour. Head retention was poor as it quickly faded to a loose cap. For a Hefeweizen these features are not up to par as the head was too small and the retention was to short. The subsequent lacing was spotty and it didn’t cling well, yet another dull aspect of the appearance. The nose is soft with musty notes being the most noticeable. Yeasty. Weak banana aromas as well, hint of vanilla. Wheaty. There is a faded indication of citrus at the back. The nose does play along with the idea that this is a Hefeweizen. I’m not totally convinced. Maybe I’d call it a kicked up American Wheat. Then again I haven’t tasted it yet. This is solely based on the look and smell. The bouquet is inviting, regardless. The palate is very similar to the nose. Upfront is a meshing of yeasty musk with some wheaty notes. In the middle the banana finds a way to the foreground, moderate citrus notes that are stronger in flavor than in the scent. Modest vanilla flavors, malty, and thickly wheaty, pleasantly sweet. The aftertaste is mostly banana with just a trace of clove. This is a zesty and quite tasty Hefeweizen with an American twist. Still, the palate has now conviced me this was German roots. The carbonation is lively, as desired. Tasty. Bring on the pancakes and scrambled eggs. Medium in body, the mouthfeel is quite pleasant. I enjoyed this beer it is yet another dandy from the Looking Glass Series. This is enjoyable enough that I might have to buy a few more bombers. Purchased in Omaha.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle poured into my Sly Fox shaker "pint" glass. Appears a hazy yellow color (I kicked up the yeast on purpose) with about a finger of white head. Smells of spicy yeast/bread, bananas, and clove. Tastes of said bananas, peppery spice, and a hint of clove. Medium in both body and carbonation. Finish is dry and clean. This is a beer I could drink a few of and not get bored.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.59/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale yellow with a bit of haze and a big white head. No retention, no lace.

Bubblegum/banana/yeast/clove notes. Some nutty wheat. THis works.

Not super strong in the flavor dept. Sweet wheat, some yeast, some grain and a little husk bitterness. Finishes with light bitter, carbonated water, and sweet wheat.

A little thin, but still ok.

A decent one, although flawed. The balance of flavor is there, just lacks strength/intensity of flavor.

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Photo of BretSikkink
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy light yellow brew, nice white head recedes to a soapy few bubbles. Some chill haze, also a little cloudy.

The aroma is a little weak, maybe light spicing, wheat grain profile. The flavor is much better, and significantly more full. Along with some coriander spicing, the wheat is more assertive. Pretty straightforward blonde ale, it's not too weak but very drinkable. Mouthfeel is a little watery, but otherwise a solid brew.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Out of a 22oz bottle this beer was a slightly hazy pale gold color with tons of visible rising carbonation. The head was off-white, a full three fingers high, displayed modest retention as a cap and left some scattered lacing. The aroma was floral hops, wheat, lemon and orange zest and doughy malt. The flavors were much like a witbier, sweet citrus tang up front with wheat in the middle and some pale malt flavors in the background. Simple but pleasant enough. The flavors do seem to compete with each other a little, however. The body was medium, the mouthfeel a little watery and the carbonation good.

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Photo of TastyTaste
3.95/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My final bottle from the six pack, and it opened with a flow of foamy beer, unlike it's brothers that were lost before it. Nicy cloudy dark gold color, head is small after the initial pour. Nice strong banana and clove smell, pretty solid for the style. The taste is a little bland, but still good, with alot of tart banana flavor, pretty good. Nice beer for a hot day, I have yet to find a beer in the Looking Glass Series that wasn't interesting.

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Photo of rye726
2.75/5  rDev -21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This brew pours a cloudy yellow color and has a marginal whitish head. The nose has some quiet citrus tones and wheaty malts. The taste is mostly wheat malts with again subtle fruit. The body is really light for the style and over carbonated. Needs lots of glass swirling to help go down smooth.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my weizen glass a murky pale yellow with a decent-sized off-white head on top. Very little lacing sticks to the glass. Smells of bananas, light spices, and bread. The mouth was crisp and bubbly. A little wet, but not that bad. The flavor is a little zesty to start with, but it finishes bready and grainy. Sort of a Cheerio flavor going on. This is more like a Hefe rather than a Pale Wheat. Not bad, but a little different than I expected. Refreshing, nonetheless.

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Photo of sholland119
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-Pours a hazy lemon yellow with a bit of thin white head.

S-Lots of clove, some citrus and some faint sweetness. Surprising, interesting, possibly in a good way.

T-Lemony and spicy. Kind of like if you made lemonade and soaked a ham in it for a couple of days. I am not crazy about this concept.

M-Light and summery, good bubbly carbonation.

D-I think one will do just fine, thank you.


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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a hazy yellow color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave any lacing on the glass. The aroma reminds me a lot of an American Wheat - some US hops and a backing of wheat and graininess. The flavor is just as expected - reminds me of an American wheat - just like the aroma. Not my favorite style, but the flavor on this one is better than most. More smooth than expected. The body is light and the drinkability is good.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.63/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at Smoken Joe's. Served in a 16 oz mug. Probably the most yellow and cloudy looking pale wheat ale I've had. Almost looked like a witbier. Super faded yellow in color. Thin white head. Clove smell. Not overly flavorful though, which was a bit of a letdown. It was good, but it was not bursting at the seams with all the flavors I love from a wheat beer. That said, it was mighty smooth and easy to drink from a large glass. Almost too easy to drink, as it went down fast. If only I enjoyed it more before it was gone...oh well. I'd order one again.

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Photo of Jayli
2.4/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, light gold, with a smallish white head of various sized bubbles.
Quite mediocre in head and retention. Minimal lacing and only whisps stay atop the short-lived foam cap.
Aromatics are subtle and non-offensive.
Light whiffs of bananna and clove, with some dry, tart wheat character.
Nose rounds out slightly fruity with a peppery bitterness.
Body is light and crispish, a bit thin and tart.
Pallet falls a bit flat and timid. Mostly clean wheat character and not too much influence from yeast and fermentation temperatures.
Hints of bannana, mint, and white pepper.
Very clean and straightforward, a true lawnmower beer, but I'd like more from this beer from such a great brewery.

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Photo of Rayek
3.97/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Cloudy banana peel yellow. A rocky off-white head has nice retention and leaves spots of lace.

S: Cloves really stand out. Behind them are aromas of sourdough biscuits, anise and lemon.

T: Dry and spicy. A dry wheat flavor is quickly joined by a generous clove spiciness. Lemon and sourdough come on late. Finishes tart and dry, with a lingering clove flavor.

M: The grainy body has a nice level of prickly carbonation.

D: I was impressed with this one overall. One of the better beers I've had from Boulder Beer. It's a nice refresher that seems best suited to warm summer days. Definitely worth a revisit.

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