Sweaty Betty Blonde | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde
BA SCORE
3.42/5
767 Ratings
Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States
boulderbeer.com

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Quaffer on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,815
Reviews:
311
Ratings:
767
pDev:
15.79%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
79
Trade:
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Ratings: 767 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of neonbrown82
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a decent American hefe, but like many attempts, it seems like they really over did it with the banana esters. Pours to a cloudy golden color with a thick white head and an active carbonation. Decent lacing.

The aroma is not bad. Has a strong banana smell with clove and lemon zest. Even has a nice hoppiness.

Sweet with banana, only a hint of clove spiciness. A bit of citrus zest in the finish. Has a cheap malt flavor. I've had much worse though. Fairly hoppy for the style, but not quite a pale, and not enough to counter the cloying banana flavor.

I probably won't buy it again, but it wasn't by any means painful to drink.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, dry coriander and cinnamon. In the taste, cinnamon and a lemon zest. A spicy bite, with a medium to light mouthfeel, and a dry spice to clean aftertaste. Nice spices and easy to drink and decent.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This just came into Jersey recently, the liquor store where I get most of my brews from got it in the same day I bought it this week. I loved Boulder's other offerings - the Hazed and Infused, Mojo IPA, and Never Summer Ale were enjoyable, well crafted, and had a unique hop kick to them. Seeing another entry in the looking glass series, I got excited and thought this would have a bit of a kick to it as well. I wouldn't say that I was let down, but in my opinion, this is the weakest of the bunch...

The pour wasn't bad - not a lot of head, minimal lacing, and the hue was that of a cloudy goldenrod. Not a lot of taste or depth here. This beer seems like a European Hefe Weizen in that it's light, with lots of hint of clove and grass. There is just a bit of citrus-like hops in the back, and there is a lot of peach and champagne that lingers in the front. It has a very soothing, cleansing feel in my mouth, and there's not a lot of change in the flavor between over time, between sips. The maltiness it present, but not overpowering and only slightly reminiscent of a bready taste and feel.

I thought that a beer from Boulder would have a bolder (no pun or alliteration intended), side to it and would show off the Amarillo hops that characterize them, and make them stand out from other brews in that part of the country. This could have used just a bit of that, to liven things up and make it more memorable. Instead, they made a light, enjoyable brew, but the memory of it is just like the taste - it doesn't linger well and hardly stands out among the competition. Certainly, a missed opportunity...

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Photo of thatguy3579
3.65/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A light straw color, very cloudy. Egg-shell colored head which dissipates, clinging heavily to the glass.

S: Mostly sweet, with banana and bread aromas. Some citrus as well.

T: Tastes like it smells - banana bread and lemons. Perhaps a little vanilla as well. Fades to a pleasant sweet flavor. I think it is a little too sweet - would be better if it had a little more citrus bite.

M: Creamy on on the mouth, with average carbonation.

D: Very typical for the style. A nice beer that succeeds but fails to stand out. The persistently sweet finish is a nice touch, but would prevent me from really throwing these back.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.64/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a half finger of head on a hazy light straw body.
The aroma is a nice banana, dry grain and clove.
The taste is a mild lemon bitterness with a touch of honey sweet.
The texture is soft and fizzy.
A nice and easy drinking brew.

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Photo of Jodio
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Baraka
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a local restaurant. Light gold in color with a solid fluffy head. No real lacing to speak of. Fairly cloudy. Smells yeasty and slightly like bananas with lemon and coriander aromas on top. Taste is slightly tarty with bits of the lemon and coriander. Has a solid, high carbonation level. Very drinkable, particularly in the summertime!

Not an earth shattering beer by any means, but a solid, quality summer wheat ale that is both light and delicious.

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Photo of morebeergood
3.63/5  rDev +6.1%
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 dbossman
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Lemon cream yellow with a sudsy, thick, and foamy head; decent retention and decent lacing

S: Grainy and grassy with lemon citrus and even a touch of banana and spice; this smells mostly like an American wheat but there's a touch of a German hefeweizen in there as well

T: Lemon zest up front followed by grassy grains and just a touch of banana and cloves; this is a simple yet refreshing and tasty beer--perfect for mowing the lawn, which is exactly how it came in handy just now

F: Medium body and fairly sticky which works okay

O: This is a nice little beer and like I said perfect for what it is: an easy drinking and refreshing summer beer; I think Boulder did a nice job with this one and when I want something like this again, I will return

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Photo of ColdOneKev
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A - Straw, slight haze. Didn't stir the yeast cake up at the bottom. Maybe I should've. Fluffy off-white head, fades quickly. Very nice lacing throughout.

S - Coriander, pepper, citrus, lemon. spice.

T - Light biscuit, spice, orange.

M - Medium body. Not as light as other wheat beers. Medium carb.

O - I don't have a lot of experience with wheat beers, but this one seems to be a slightly above average.

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Photo of DavoleBomb
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

3.5 A: Hazed golden yellow color. Two fingers of frothy white head. Retention is average and a good sized ring of lacing is left.

4.0 S: Yeast has things going well in the nose. Banana, clove, light bubblegum. Strong neutral wheat. Associated yeastiness.

3.5 T: Pretty much follows the nose, though a bit more subdued. Tasty.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good active carbonation. Light creaminess and crisp.

3.5 D: Decent beer. I like me a good APWA from time to time.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This one pours a bright, clear yellow color, topped by a two finger white head. The head falls to a thin crown and leaves only specks of lace.

The aroma is lemon, banana with some accompanying butter. Taste is pretty lemony and honey. There is a small bit of hop bitterness. Overall, the taste is like lemon butter.

Mouthfeel is full flavored with a medium body.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My first summer seasonal purchase for 2005. Looked and sounded interesting, with a sale price of $5.99, I gave it a try.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass (I'll maybe try a Weizen glass next time). Pale yellow, a little hazy with a decent 1/2 inch head. Some carbonation bubbles float to the surface. Head fell to a covering of a few clouds, with a prominant ring aroung the glass, minimal lacing.

Smell: Interesting aromas. Definitely a wheat malt presence, and citrus fruit (I'm thinking lemons), yet their is a definite hop scent. I was told this was dry-hopped, similar to the Hazed and Infused, but way toned down. I like it.

Taste: Somewhat subdued. This is one of Boulder's Looking Glass series of beers. I have found these beers to be over the top in taste, (in the case of H&I, unbalanced IMO). This one did not grab me by the shoulders and shake me like I expected, but still good. Malty, almost bready wheat flavor, a little citrus fruit, and a nice little hop bitterness, but dialed down. I guess it does stay true to the style.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium in body, good carbonation. A little sweet in the middle with a nice, clean dry finish. Subsequent beers I found to be somewhat buttery and slick.

Drinkability: Unfortunately there are many other seasonals I want to try yet that this will have to compete with. Later, as summer winds down, if I see this on sale I would probably pick some more up, I just am not going to go rush out and get more right away.

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Photo of BBM
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer cascaded from the tap into a bar mug a cloudy, pale goldenrod. A nice fizzy head rest atop the brew. The aroma was a bit skunky, with notes of sour lemon and slight spices.

To be honest, this is one of the better American attempts at the hefe weizen that I've come across. There isn't much of that Bavarian flare to it that makes the German iterations so great, but there was a decent amount of flavor, sweetness, and carbonation to make it very enjoyable. Notes of lemon, honey and spices come together nicely. It is a more classic take on the pale wheat category, and I think Boulder did a solid job with it.

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Photo of katan
3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz into an imperial pint

A - Holy yeast suspension, batman. Mega cloudy - certainly a bottle conditioned wheat beer. Head formation light, bright white, leaves behind a film. Gold to straw in color.

S - A light malt note combined with a wheat astringency. I have to say that this is odd, but I almost think I detect the smoke of a BBQ. Could be a winter hallucination.

T - Starts off very light, dry, astringent. Has a fair amount of biting huksy notes. Yeast makes the balance here, strong bready notes. Finishes with the strongest sweetness, but then goes to an almost sherry like flavor which could be oxidation. An almost inverted beer in flavor: balanced to sweet. More potent than most american wheats i've had.

M - Decent body for a APWA - body is not light. Strong carbonation buoys it significantly. Leaves behind a very dry biting sensation.

D - Easy drinking by flavor, although I would find this to be a pairing beer. Something I would put with a meal to counteract its stronger flavors. ABV is a cut above for a wheat, so this may knock you out as it refreshes you.

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Photo of erosier
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

L: Pours a cloudy golden yellow color with a medium bodied but tall white head that settles to a small film over the beer.
S: It smells of sweet wheat malts and some citrisy flavors perhaps from the hops.
T: It has a sweet wheat taste underneath some citrisy flavors and then a touch of a more tart fruitiness at the end.
M: It is very crisp and refreshing with the right amount of carbonation.
D: Very drinkable in the summertime. Decent summer beer.

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Photo of deac83
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of SurlyDuff
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lemony golden into my pint glass with a rocky crisp head that takes a few minutes to die down.

Aroma is mild, but for such a pale wheat, it's defintly a good amount of punch.

Taste is really a good punch for a light pale wheat. Nice grain and seedy flavors. Some fruity underripe bananna and an earthy spiceiness. Finish is a bit stickysweet, but overall a good mouthfeel.

A well made blonde/pale wheat. Goes dwn easy and is very enjoyable.

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Photo of clvand0
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
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 corywalston
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of DuqTroops
3.6/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - cloudyish yellow in color, poured into pilsner glass, a good amount of head laced the top of the glass.

Smell - lemon, wheat, smells like i am in a cornfield, very soothing.

Taste - little bit of hops, but enough to taste them. very smooth, flavorful of citrus.

Mouthfeel - easy to drink, no carbonation.

Drinkability - love to have more, but i only have one bottle.

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Photo of FleeVT
3.59/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with no dates.

A: Pours an extremely pale and dull yellow. This defines straw colored. Tight carbonation of tiny bubble leaves a 1 finger white head that recedes to a thin layering.

S: Wheat comes through in droves; that coupled with the mild hop dosage gives it an American macro characteristic, maybe it's just the adjunct. Either way, it is crisp an inviting.

T/M: The palate is a lot more of the nose. A nice dose of hops gives this beer some great character and a cool crispness that lends itself well to hot summer days. The hops are grainy, perhaps a touch citrusy which nicely complements the wheat. Medium to light bodied with a nice amount of carbonation, even though the head is almost gone.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.59/5  rDev +5%
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 output01x
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Enjoy By 10/20/11) into a pint glass.

A strong pour yields a 2-finger off-white head that fades after a few minutes to a thin, clumpy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is an extremely cloudy straw gold. Some light lacing can be noticed throughout consumption.

The nose is dominated by wheat with notes of lemon zest, banana, and clove. A light floral hops aroma is also detectable. The nose is not super-strong but is decent.

Similar to the nose, the taste is primarily wheat with lemon zest, orange peel, banana, and, of course, clove. Some light honey and biscuit flavors are also there. Also like the nose, the taste is not as strong as some other beers in this style, but it is complex and enjoyable.

Light to medium bodied with moderate carbonation, this beer has an easy-drinking quality about it. The body, while not thick, definitely has a meatiness to it that really helps the flavors stand out. The carbonation is a little fizzy but does not seem to detract from the flavors.

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Photo of karengarys
3.58/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This pours the typical wheat light greenish amber. A bit of a head, not much though. An island remains, and so does a foam ring.

Smells very mellow spicey (not sure of the spice, my apologies), grassy, with a touch of malt and hop.

Tastes light, mostly dry hints of lemon, and some bread.

Mouthfeel is okay - somewhat foamy, the good kind, but also a bit wet.

Finish is clean. The hop is not overpowering, but there is some cleansing dryness.

This isn't a bad brew. The style is a bit watery for my tastes, and this beer does seem a tad watery. Give it a try anyway, it would be very refreshing.

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Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Beer rating: 3.42 out of 5 with 767 ratings
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