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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Ratings: 373
Reviews: 85
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 15.07%
Wants: 12
Gots: 62 | 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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Ratings: 373 | Reviews: 85
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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed mix of honey and peach colors, fluffy white head atop.Aromas were mainly of toasty wheat malt,a light tinge of clove came thru as well.Lighter flavors with more wheat flavors than many of the style,there is subtle clove and banana notes but not real big.Not a bad stab at the style,went down well yesterday in the heat down here.

Photo of tectactoe
3.1/5  rDev -15.1%
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.

Photo of kris10michele
2.91/5  rDev -20.3%
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.

Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -20%
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.

Photo of KarrHeel03
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried Shotgun Betty at the debut tour of LoneRider and, to my knowledge, the first public tapping of this beer--it doesn't get any fresher than this!

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head and not a lot of lacing. Great smell of ripe bananas with some clove--classic Hefe. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. What I really like about the flavor is the very up-front banana/clove taste imparted by the yeast, but then the finish is a good caramely malt flavor. This could really hit the spot on a hot summer day in NC.

A hefe's a bit of a curious choice for a brewery's 'flagship' beer, but this is a really good first effort by the guys at LoneRider and I'm looking forward to trying more of their stuff in the future...

Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Metalmonk
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful. After the pour-swirl-pour, an abundant, fluffy, bubbly, cloud-like snow-white head is formed. It sits on top of a hazy peach/sunset yellow-gold color. Nears perfection, in terms of appearance.

Would that the aroma was as good. It's not bad, but doesn't do justice to the hefeweizen style. Rather than banana and clove, I get a musty, almost soggy sort of fruit aroma, like mushy peach and pear. That sort of soft wheat smell comes in too, but ultimately it smells like any number of average U.S. wheat ales.

More pear/peach succulence in the taste, in fact, quite a bit of that, and while the yeast is present, it's a little less nutty/earthy/clove-like than those great German hefes. Not really getting much banana either, but this still carries a flavor that stands on its own and benefits from not being placed in a specific category. It's certainly bright, enjoyable, and flavorful. Just a light bit of herb and sweet spice character in the finish. Somewhat dry for a "hefe" and almost puckery.

Very nice feel here, plenty round and creamy, with just the right measure of carbonation to top it off. Slick, smooth, silky. Nice.

This would have been more acceptable if they'd NOT called it a "hefeweizen" on the label. I think there's a big difference between an authentic hefe and an American wheat, which this is more like. "American wheat" is not even a bad thing, but if they're gonna call this a "hefeweizen," I'll judge it by that standard. And it's no Weihenstephaner or Franziskaner hefeweizen. That said, it's a good-drinking U.S. wheat. I'll look forward to the others that are left from the 6-pack I picked up.

Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a hazy gold with 1/4" head. Nose offers clove with a little yeast. Initially this beer tastes predominantly of clove and wheat, but as the beer warm clove, wheat, yeast, and a mild banana begin to blend nicely. The beer is light bodied and mildly carbonated. A great offering!

Photo of jploving
3.33/5  rDev -8.8%
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

Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Photo of Blargimus
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of shocker1219
3.81/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Acme Restaurant, poured a cloudy yellow. Nice frothy, tall white head. Medium body. Hints of banana and clove with a strong wheat taste. Carbonation was just right. A smooth and subtle aftertaste. Cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. Very drinkable.

Photo of hophugger
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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..

Photo of PhillyStyle
4.43/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap - Imperial pint at The Pit, Raleigh, NC

Served up a very good hazy orange with a very nice, thick head that was well retained. The head pretty well dissolved.

The aroma was a little lighter than expected, but still a very good Hefe aroma, sweet with noticeable banana and clove, but only in the background. There was also another hint of something sweet, almost candy like, but could not really put my finger on it.

The taste is really good, follows the nose but also has the yeast that one expects from a good Hefe. This is probably the best domestic Hefe that I have tried to date.

Lighter medium body with very good carbonation and very refreshing. The beer is extremely smooth with exceptional drinkability.

Photo of tone77
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +37%
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.

Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC

A- a cloudy gold color. NIce head about 2 giners that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S- Light pepper and banana spice. Some clove comes through in the nose as well. not bad could be better for a hefe though.

F- The start of the brew isnt bad with banana and peppery spice mixing well but the aftertaste leaves behind a musty pepper clove flavor.

M-wheaty clove and carbonation. The phenols overmatch everything else.

O- decent hefe but i have had much better. This is an average brew and nice color.

Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at the brewery in Raleigh NC.

Your classic Hefe is presented with a cloudy orb glowing lemon yellow with wonderful dark gold hues on the edges. Simple white creamy head. Looks great.

Brings the classic hefe sense, fresh banana ripe and peeled, with hints of clove. Very LARGE nose on this it's very obvious and aggressive.

It feels like a large beer is coming, but even for a hefe on taste this is very light. Light bodied fruit sense and esters, kind of wet with an airy clove finish.

Overall still a very solid beer, but it seems to smell better than it tastes if you ask me. Nobody though, is complaining.

Photo of wedge
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy golden yellow with a fluffy, pure-white head. Wheaty, funky, yeasty clove aroma...a whiff of sweet banana and must. Lots of fresh wheat flavor - cereal grain, fruity esters, lemon, light bubblegum, unripe banana. Bright and somewhat herbal feeling, tart, and dry. Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Certainly a decent local stab at the style. A tasty choice for warmer days...

Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

decided to go the full round with lonerider and try a couple of new ones as well while i was at it. a nice hazy yellow pour with a good bit of carbonation coming up towards the surface. a smooth and even lacing that permeated throughout the glass.

aroma is very faint, lots of wheat, hints of light fruit and touches of earthy notes, but again nothing really standing out to me as being different then any other in the style. light flavor but as it warms it starts to come around. nice touches of banana and light bready malts make up the back bone here with a clean and crisp flavor that seems to bounce off the palate. smooth and lean finish leaves you thirsty for more.

not a bad offering at all, just needs a little bit more of a punch.

Photo of Immortale25
3.98/5  rDev +9%

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.

Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: big hefe glass picked up in msn, frothy two-finger deep white head falls back slowly to leave a full coating, opaque cloudiness from the roused yeast, deep golden yellow in color

s: solid wheat foundation, creamy yeast presence with green banana and subtle clove, clean noble hops, a thick, rich hefeweizen aroma

m: carbonation medium-full, pretty lively but smoothly so, medium body

t: full wheat malt body provides a subtle sugar offset to the crisp noble hop profile, lots of white bread yeast, underripe banana and clove, nice finishing bitterness

d: hokey marketing aside, this is a really nice, easy drinking hefe - didn't think much of it a few years ago at the WBF, but I'll be looking for other Lonerider beers in the future

single from Sam's, Durham

Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this off the tap at the luxury box in Raleigh, NC.
a. Hazy, opaque straw. Some head no lace.
s. Wheat and malt scent.
t. Crisp and wheats. Some citrus to it. Mild maltiness.
M. Refreshing and carbonated.
D. Very nice mildness to it. Goes down easy. Fine wheat, thought not special.

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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen from Lonerider Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 373 ratings.