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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Shotgun Betty HefeweizenShotgun Betty Hefeweizen

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83 Reviews

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 414
Avg: 3.7
pDev: 32.7%
Wants: 14
Gots: 92 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  5.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: wagenvolks on 01-16-2009

Shotgun Betty is a sexy, tough cowgirl who is always armed and dangerous. Don’t be fooled by her good looks, she will have you for an appetizer! That’s why we picked her to represent our Hefeweizen. Shotgun Betty is a wheat beer with rich, banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish. Sound good? Try one. But beware, once Betty gets a hold of you there is no escape.
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Photo of oldn00b
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is about a standard of a Hefe as I can think of. Nice banana and clove balance and both are big on the nose. It's a bit more "gold" or yellow than normal but head retention is spot on. Relatively light but not overly so for the style. Refreshing and well made.

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Photo of BrotherDave
4.71/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With the rash of IPA's and other end-boil-hopped varieties dominating store beer shelves, I found myself scouring the selection for any hint of a decent German Hefeweizen. My favorite in this category is Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier [url]http://www.beeradvocate.com/beer/profile/176/613/[/url] ...no chance of finding that in the local Total Wine though. I happened on Lonerider Brewing Company's "Shotgun Betty" - the only hefe weizen in the store I was looking in. I'd never seen a hefe-weizen in a can before - not exactly sure why, but it was different. I usually like to judge a good wheat based on the amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so I had to trust that it was adequate. As of 9/1/2015, where I am a six-pack of 12 oz. cans of Shotgun Betty is $7.99 - not bad at all.

Popped the top on two cans (I like to use my large hefe-weizen glass and 12 ounces won't cut it) and poured, leaving a half ounce in the can and swirling it around to pick up the sediment, then finishing the pour. I was a little disappointed in the lack of sediment; the beer is almost clear although there is a little bit of suspended sediment. The nose is rich with banana and clove - very nice indeed. The head is rich and thick - exactly like you'd expect with a good hefe. The body is nearly perfect as is the flavor, which finishes with a distinct clove and just slight bitter hop (Hallertauer Mittelfrüh perhaps) flavor.

With a respectable 5.8% abv, by the end of my first two 12 oz. cans I'm starting to feel it ever so slightly, and I have no complaints!

Besides, who doesn't love a good hefeweizen on a hot day?

If you see Shotgun Betty in your beer store (or better yet on tap) - grab it - you'll be glad you did!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sudsy, Yeast, Bread, Banana

Rich, spicy, banana taffy. Smooth and easy to knock back. Clove and banana combo are at a perfect level. Yeast is a bit pushy though the bready maltiness is pleasing on the palate. A good sip but just a half step behind the originals / German counterparts. Well worth a go.

STYLE: Hefeweizen | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of lastmango
4.05/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I prefer Paulaner's Hefe to others. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the nice banana and citrus flavor. It is as good as Hoffbrau. Head was more carbonated than creamy, which dissipated quickly. Taste made up for it. I would buy this again to support the local brewery.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice hazy yellow with a very fizzy head that trails the glass. The smell was full of orange and a nice yeast scent. The flavor was similar with a burst of wild yeast coming through before a semi-sweet finish that was very nice and surprisingly clean. Liked it a lot.

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Photo of belljt33
3.73/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can poured into a tulip glass- Golden orange with bright white head, too clear for a hefe but good head retention and lacing, great banana and clove aroma, thin taste that doesn't really match aroma, slightly bitter from citrusy hops with a nice residual sweetness, medium body and slightly over carbed for a hefe. Overall some aspects that don't match the hefe style, but doesn't take away from Lonerider's interpretation. The aroma is really makes this beer, but would like a little less carbonation for a softer mouthfeel. overall a solid beer. 3.73

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Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap.
Not good looking, with a hazy brown body and a minimal head.
The aroma is even less appealing.
Redeemed by the flavor which is weird for style but modestly enjoyable.

O: Weak offering from an otherwise recommended brewery.

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the Biergarten in Charleston, SC into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong banana aroma with some yeast, very appealing (pun intended)
Appearance- A murky amber with a small off-white head.
Taste- An interesting hefeweizen flavor, i really dig the banana.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- This is the second beer that I have had from this brewer and I need to take note. Both have been very strong, great flavor.

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Photo of DSnow85
3.86/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The banana clove makes this beer stand out. Great German hefenweizen. Good carbonation all the way through with a rich wheat flavor that keeps it light and crisp. The banana clove nose makes this an intriguing tasty beer. Great beer for rolling into spring.

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Photo of Zcrizer
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Does the more Americanized, lighter style pretty well, just with a lot of emphasis on citrus flavors. It was my first beer from the brewery and was good enough that I tried some more.

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Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did a blind tasting along with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse and Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Mein Grünes. Six of of six picked Shotgun Betty. Enough said.

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Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A big thanks to the legendary woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a cloudy golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of bananas, some wheat. Taste is banana, wheat, cloves, smooth and refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Can shared by RussianDragon. Pale golden / dark yellow body with a small head. Candied sugary aroma with the expected banana and clove. Thin body. A bit sweet, but not too. Pretty good.

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Photo of hophugger
3.67/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beautiful color with an amazing head and great lacing. Aroma is of banana, banana, banana.....did I mention banana??. Taste is like eating a slice of banana bread with a background hint of spice. Feels cool going down and very fruity..

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Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. Bottom of can says PCKG 06/30/2014.

A- Pours a hazy light amber color with a 1/2 inch off-white head that retains decently before becoming a thin ring around the edge of the glass and minimal surface foam. Non-resilient lacing leaves a couple short-lived clots behind.

S- Rich yeasty aroma brings notes of lemongrass and banana. Also some spice.

T- Flavor follows suit with plenty of fruity esters from the yeast. Quite sweet with minimal bitterness. There's even a kind of vanilla wafer thing going on as well as lots and lots of banana.

M- Milky in texture with medium-low carbonation and a body leaning toward the lighter side.

O- Though this brewery's choice of branding had me questioning whether or not their beer is legit, this second offering I've had from them is making me realize you just can't judge a book by its cover. Solid beers thus far.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a weisse vase, the beer is a hazy, almost opaque, orange-yellow coloring with a tall, frothy, clingy, foamy, off-white head, and a tone of carbonation action in the body. The aromas are subtle banana and clove, with a bready backbone, and light cinnamon spicing. Flavors are spice blend forward, with clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon, on a smooth and sweet banana backbone. Light and balanced. The body is smooth and light, with a dry undertone. The aftertaste is like a sweet piece of banana bread, with a slight sugary highlight. Smooth, roasted linger on an otherwise dry finish. Not bad.

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Photo of Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow brown in color, mostly clean with a thin amount of white head on the top of it.

S: Nice bread aroma with clove and banana. This tends to be closer to the clove and spice than the banana type aromas.. Nice and clean.

T: Nice bready notes, with clove, coriander, and possibly a touch of citrus peel. Lovely beer for a hot day.

M: Medium light, carbonation is pretty active, and the finish is dry, leaving the mouth wanting another sip.

O: Overall a pretty good offering from a brewery I don't know a lot about but have been impressed with so far.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -20%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head stands at a finger high, with a white shade. Typical of the style, it has a creamy texture and unimpressive retention. Tiny amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

S: The nose has elements of a solid hefeweizen...those elements are just watered down. There are some subtle notes of clove, noble hopping, and wheat. I'm not getting much banana - to be fair, I'm not getting much else either.

T: This works a little better. It leans closer to clove than banana, but I can pick up both...barely. There is an okay touch of hoppiness to finish its clove-y profile, at least. The problem isn't that it's bad - it's that its both muddled and weak-tasting. There aren't any defined flavors here, dragging it down to Averageville.

M: Like the flavor profile, it ticks a lot of hefeweizen boxes: well carbonated, somewhat soft from the wheat malt, and dry on the back end. It goes down fairly easily, but a stronger taste would make the feel even better.

O: This is one of my favorite styles, but even taking that into consideration, this beer is merely average at best. It hits all the right notes, just without any discernible standout qualities. A mere shadow next to the German stalwarts, and even a step or two below the best American examples.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.04/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD 3/20/14. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with zero head. Slight nose of banana and clove. Light bodied with a nice effervescent carbonation level. The flavor profile is on the weak side of a typical Hefeweizen. It has weak banana and clove notes over a sulfur like background. The finish is smooth and effervescent. The sulfur off taste lingers.

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Photo of BeerDocT
3.02/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance 3.0: Certainly nothing special as far as appearance goes. Attractive golden color, but pitiful head. I mean NOTHING formed. No lacing whatsoever. Like water.

Smell 3.5: Now we're talking. Cloves, bananas and...a deep, cloying malt. I'm hoping for an Oberon-type taste.

Taste 3.0: Oh, mama. What a letdown. Front is somewhat yeasty like all good hefes, but the middle...bleargh. Pure water. Finish is also a disappointment: just a watered-down semi-sweet maltiness. A missed opportunity.

Mouthfeel 2.0: Awful. Watery (hate to use that word again) and flat. WAY off the style.

Overall 3.0: Ok...I guess. There are some taste elements that are on the mark for the style, but there is SO much way off the mark here that it is just a hot mess in a pint glass. Weak, flat, no bubbles, whatever you want to call it, "Shotgun Betty" is one firearm that should have stayed in the gun safe. Not recommended.

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Photo of kris10michele
2.91/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: I poured the beer from a bottle into a pint glass, and the color was orangey-yellow. It was slightly cloudy. There was no head to be found. It didn't look too appealing, but I don't go much off of appearances anyway. ;)

Smell: There is a strong banana smell, which was slightly unexpected, and a hint of a yeast bread scent. Pleasant, but not my favorite.

Taste: Apparently hefeweizens aren't my thing. The taste wasn't too bad, but I like my beer to be either heavy or light, and this one was somewhat in-between. The banana flavor is completely lost other than what can be smelled while drinking it, and what is left is a yeasty, slightly bitter, slightly sweet flavor. It's not terrible, but it's not my favorite, either. Overall, I'd say it's just "okay."

Mouthfeel: Almost like water, the mouthfeel left a little to be desired. The way it goes down is fairly smooth, but I wish there was a little bit more dryness in this beer.

Overall, the yeast smell and flavors took me off guard. On the bottle, this beer is noted as a beer with "a rich, banana-clove nose and a refreshing dry finish." The banana was definitely there, but the clove nose and refreshingly dry finish seem to have gotten a little lost along the way.

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Photo of Zach136
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy bordering on opaque straw body. Nice white head.

Aroma/Flavor: typical yeast phenol driven character of banana and clove. Light straw/grainyness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied.

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Photo of jploving
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer in the past...maybe a year ago...at the beach...while it was a muggy August evening....in South Carolina....and it was the perfect beer at the perfect moment....but....
It was not as good this time. It was not bad at all, just not the same experiance I remember at the beach.
It pours a little thin and the head does disappear rather quickly. I would expect a little more body to accomidate the abv. It was a little hazy from the yeast sediment, which was nice.
It is quite refreshing-sticking to the Bavarian clove, minty, slightly ripened banana and slight bubble gummy flavors-although not as pronounced as I feel it should be...the flavor is kinda of like the body and mouthfeel---needs a little more "umph!"
I like this beer but for the $8.47 price tag....it is hard to justify the "thinness" to price ratio.
I rate it a 3.3

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Photo of Mojo
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World marker hefeweizen glass

A - pours up clear gold with a solid two finger head, excellent head retention, and bits of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - about what you would expect, bananas, clove, and bready notes.

T - taste follows the nose. The finish is sort of dry and yeasty.

M - sort of thin and under carbonated

O - very average at best. Certainly not the best example of the style.

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thickly clouded Hefeweizen, the color's in the darker range but still a shade of yellow and appropriate for the style. A fizzy white head struggles and doesn't last for more than a few seconds. It does have continuous bubbling, but it doesn't help to constitute more than a bit at the edges, and it doesn't really leave much lacing to speak of. I smell it coming out of the bottle, so I'm not too worried.
The aroma gives off all the banana and clove I could hope for under a backbone of wheat that doesn't interfere too much with letting the yeast do what it does, and the flavor does very much the same. Gentle black pepper spiciness is still able to come out nicely as well. Not too dusty with just a bit of earth to it, there's a good balance also well established, a feat required to be performed by means other than hops.
The body almost reaches medium. There's crispness all the way. It's a bit smooth but overall the edges could be smoothed out in the mouthfeel.

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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen from Lonerider Brewing Company
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