Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Reviews: 79
Hads: 391
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 14.48%
Wants: 12
Gots: 74 | FT: 0
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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 lastmango
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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. (276 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (274 characters)

Photo of belljt33
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 (562 characters)

Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
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. (235 characters)

Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
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. (465 characters)

Photo of DSnow85
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
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. (257 characters)

Photo of Zcrizer
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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. (183 characters)

Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +34%
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. (176 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of Huhzubendah
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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. (185 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
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.. (235 characters)

Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%

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. (909 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (609 characters)

Photo of Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -20.6%
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. (1,314 characters)

Photo of tillmac62
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
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. (352 characters)

Photo of BeerDocT
3.02/5  rDev -19%
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. (912 characters)

Photo of kris10michele
2.91/5  rDev -22%
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. (1,239 characters)

Photo of jploving
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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 (850 characters)

Photo of Mojo
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (428 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
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. (972 characters)

Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a finger of white head that into a thin layer with a little lacing. I even swirled the last half of the bottle before pouring--no yeast?

S: Bananas and bubblegum dominate with a light spiciness (clove, coriander, etc.) and sweet breads.

T: The bananas and bubblegum are a bit dialed back here, but still present. Similar spices are also there with some tasty bread flavors. Finishes clean.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite as carbonated as I'd like, leaving it just a touch watery.

O: A solid hefeweizen overall, though I wish there were some yeast in the bottle to bring out the breadiness that I love in a good hefeweizen. It could also use a bit more carbonation. (734 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden-yellow color with lots of haze; opaque pretty much all the way though, except for maybe the very edges. A thin white head forms momentarily before it wisps away into nothing. Pretty standard looking hefeweizen, although maybe a slightly brighter shade of yellow than most.

I take a whiff and ugh, what the hell am I smelling? Something very weird and off-putting caught me off guard and took me a bit by surprise. Almost like a wet dog, or sweaty socks. Funky, but not an acceptable "brett" or "barnyard" kind of way. Funky as in old or mildew-ish. Lots of sulfur and yeast lay behind that weird-ass smell. Tons of yeast. That characteristic mint, clove, bubblegum combo is there, but it's almost too powerful, not to mention doesn't work well with the other strange aromas.

Luckily it doesn't taste nearly as bad as it smells, although it's still far from impressive. Mild astringency up front - not a tartness, just a small bite that grabs the back end of the tongue for a moment. Lightly fruity and sweet with some apple skins and lemon zest floating about. The yeast is also a bit lighter at first, but gets heavier towards the end, and even heavier when the beer has time to warm up. Light hop bitterness stings around three-quarters of the way through, but dissipates quickly without a trace. The aftertaste leaves your mouth coated with the yeast, and a bit of clove and bread. Thin-medium body, decent carbonation.

Yeesh, this one was strange. The smell was all over the place and unfortunately not too enjoyable. The taste was much better, yet still wasn't anything to rave about. Thanks to Jeff for sharing this, but I'll be passing this one up if I ever see it again. (1,701 characters)

Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave Guay for sharing this one. Best before 06.08.12 indicated on the label. Pours a pale, orange-gold with no head. Nose is somewhat subdued - clove, light banana esters and a suggestion of yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however a wheat character comes out in the flavor profile which is a bit forward of those qualities expressed in the nose. There is also a light, non-distinct citrus character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that comes off a bit coarse. Overall, not a bad domestic hefeweizen; however, there are definitely better examples of the style out there. Not sure if age has affected this beer. (644 characters)

Photo of Blargimus
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Best before 5/4/2012, but who's counting?

Pours a crystal clear straw color until I stir up the yeast bed, then it's fairly cloudy. Not much head retention for a wheat beer. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells of wheat, yeast, and light sour lemon. Pleasant.

Taste is also quite pleasant, but not particularly intense. Mostly wheat and clove, with a little banana at the end. No hop character and only a hint hint of bitterness.

High carbonation, but thin beer. Nice and light.

Nice hefe. I wish I had tried this fresher. (565 characters)

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84 out of 100 based on 79 ratings.