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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen - Lonerider Brewing Company

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Shotgun Betty HefeweizenShotgun Betty Hefeweizen

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Reviews: 85
Hads: 418
Avg: 3.69
pDev: 32.25%
Wants: 14
Gots: 102 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States | website

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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Reviews: 85 | Hads: 418
Photo of Mojo
3.51/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.1/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.47/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a slightly hazy light orange color. Very thin layer of head if you can even call it that.

S- Spicy smell with a hint of banana. I definitely enjoy the smell and it's appropriate for the style.

T- The spicyness is what hits you the most with a bit of bitterness. This gives us quite a twang up front. Don't get a lot of banana. Disappointing finish without much flavor on the end.

M- Thin slightly watery body, medium/high carbonation. Kind of lacking.

O- It's a pretty good sessionable beer - the taste and finish don't match up to the smell but it's still enjoyable.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a subtle citrus note, typical but still promising. It pours a hazy solar yellow; I was not able to get much of a head. Mouth-filling flavor has firm wheaty, yeasty and sweet lemon notes plus a hint of orange. Though typical and not complex, it is still pleasing and refreshing. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of sass and fizz, leaving a wheaty, tingly finish with plenty of citrus.

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Photo of Luigi
4.07/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a good two finger head on it. Retention is decent as it settles down to some nice lacing around the glass.

The smell of fresh yeast and a hint of banana nut bread. Some hint grassy hops make for a nice clean aroma overall.

The flavor hits the spot. Sweet malt and baked bread, cloves, and hints of orange zest. Nothing is over down and balances nicely with some clean hop bitterness.

Finishes crisp, clean, and has a light body with slight carbonation. Very easy to drink and is always around because I can drive to the brewery in just 20 mins. Just no thrills tasty Hefeweizen!!

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Photo of Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a light citrus gold color, whit head.

Smells of light esters and wheat malts.

Flavor is wheaty with citrus and coriander notes.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Pretty decent and tasty hefe, worth trying, among the better American hefes I've had.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a hazy straw body with a fair amount of white head and lace. The is a cloudy twisting carbonation to the body.

Smell: It a nectarous aroma that is pleasantly spicy and clove like.

Taste: The flavor is very fruity with tones of clove, banana and mild citrus.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a little bit lighter than most hefes but that is one of the things that made it so refreshing.

Overall: Definitely, more an American style hefe than a German. Still a good beer all the same. Great logo too.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all, in fact it has some flashes of being very good indeed. The problem is, it's a bit too bitter. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm fine with some bitterness in a hefe, but it's a fine balancing act. If you're going to go that route, you need to be sure that the bitterness stays in balance with the lovely yeast notes in the hefe. Done just right, the bitterness can draw a line under the banana and clove and add a nice dimension. A little too heavy handed and you end up eclipsing the yeast and you essentially have a wheated pale ale. This one has some flashes of nice banana and clove, but the bitterness hides most of the yeasty notes. It also fades a bit on the finish and becomes a little too dry and thin. Still, it has some nice notes of banana, grain, and spice that peek through from time to time, and is fairly enjoyable, but I wish restraint had been the watchword here as far as the hops were concerned.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Cloudy pale gold with almost white head.

Sweet clove and banana on the nose with a bit of honey and malt flavor.

Taste is sour, crisp, and fruity. Lots of banana and apricot. Moderate carbonation and very clean mouthfeel.

Overall a delicious beer - not as esthery and aromatic (read:banana milkshake) as most, but quite drinkable while still being interesting.

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Photo of halfbeer
4.73/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. I'm guessing the only reason it has a B+ is that there aren't many girls on this site (who often love the stuff), and it isn't what I consider a typical Hefeweizen. It is a little sweet in a different way. You think Blue moon is ok? Blue Moon sucks balls compared to Shotgun Betty. It is great, great, great to have around in a kegerator, and if you get the keg from Lone Rider, it is pretty much cheaper than anything in the area. Even if you are from out of town and have to pay a premium- get a keg of this beer if you like Hefeweizens, or your girl does.

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Photo of ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold with a big bubbled collar, no lace, not too appealing.

Smell is pretty esters, classic Bavarian mix, banana and clove, rubbery.

Taste is similar, big esters, tons bubblegum, a touch phenolic as well. Really candied.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, lacking snap.

Drinkability isn't too high for me, this is just too candied, and the watery stillness doesn't help. Below average.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat beers in general are not my favorite styles, but I can safely say that this is one of the best, if not the best, that I have had in this style. It is a local beer from North Carolina, and I had it on tap at Chili's.
At first, I was very skeptical to try it, but with the limited selection they had, I went for it. They garnished it sort of gay, with a frosted mug and a wedge of lime and orange. I thought I had made a bad decisions. However, once I got past that, the taste was amazing with a good mouthfeel, aroma, and taste. I would highly recommend this beer, especially if it can be tried on tap.

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Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.87/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color, with surprisingly little head after a straight-down-the-center pour. All other hefes I've tried had a huge billowy head - this one is the exception. The smell made me look twice to see if I was drinking a hefe. It doesn't have the banana scents typical for hefes - it is more like a wit with lemon and floral notes. Herbal and floral flavors are prominent in the taste; not much banana or bubble gum flavors found in the best hefes. If this were classified as a wit, I'd give it a higher score, but it falls well short of the top hefeweizens.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +8.4%
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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Photo of kneeland
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get this on tap every time I visit 16 Taps here in Wilmington (soon to be Pour House Music Hall).

It pours a hazy, heavy, faded orange amber color. Foam laced head sticks around throughout the pint.

A little citrus, clove, peach. I've yet to try a hefeweizen that I didn't love. I like to keep it regional with this one.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color and while the head is decent, it is somewhat lacking for the style; not a whole lot of lacing, either

Smell: Rather subtle elements of banana and bubblegum to go along with the more spice forward elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a lemon and clove spice character jutting forward; a hint of banana appears by mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow, but the overall effect is more lemony and clovey

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; lacks a bit of the creamy character but it does have a bit of puckery crispness

Overall: Not anywhere near the great German hefes, this is a decent beer and would make for a good American wheat but it lacks the banana and mouthfeel that it needs to get into the upper echelon

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +22%
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!

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head that diminishes pretty quickly. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings some bread and then the typical hefeweizen triumvirate of banana, clove, and bubble gum. Light astringency, actually. The flavor is a bit off in a manner that's difficult to describe, though the right components are all there. Light body with average carbonation. Not bad, though not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a hazy medium yellow- orange with an average sized white creamy head that lasted quite a while and produced excellent lacing. The aroma was robust with yeast and had a mild strawlike malt scent with notes of banana, clove and some citrus. It tasted lightly sweet with hints of banana and some spice at first then became very yeasty with a nice citrus note at the end. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and very creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall this is a good hefeweizen, very refreshing and quite pleasing to the palate.

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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen from Lonerider Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.