Sweaty Betty Blonde | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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:
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Added by Quaffer on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
766
Reviews:
311
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
15.8%
 
 
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14
Gots:
80
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Photo of rowew
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz bottle with a label in the style of their Looking Glass beers. 6 packs are new this spring. Description of the beer on one side, ingredients on the other. Drink by date of July 13 05 on the neck. Kudos to Boulder Beer for providing the consumer plenty of info about the beer.

Appearance: Poured in to a weizen glass. Cloudy yellow color with a nice thick white head. Definitely looks appealing on a warm spring day. Head has nice retention, and leaves a good amount of lacing

Smell: Typical hefe aroma - banana and spices. Beyond that I'm not too adept at picking out the hefe notes.

Taste: Banana flavor, along with a nice what body. Medium bodied with a smooth carbonation. Decent example of the hefe style.

Overall impression: I had this beer last spring, and wasn't too impressed. I feel like they may have changed the recipe slightly, or maybe my tastes changed, but I enjoyed it this time.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
3.58/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy golden yellow with a moderate white head and a lively carbonation which helps retain the head thoughout most of the brew. The nose is bright with mostly wheat- influenced flavors- aromas of banana, peach, white clove- and maybe a faint touch of hoppy flowers. The palate is medium-bodied and creamy with a smooth delivery and flavors of banana, lemon and vanilla leading to a moderate, fruity and mouthwatering finish. This isn't my favorite style, but it's done well for the style.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked Oct 07 2010 and sampled on August 17, 2010. The pour is pale yellow and very cloudy with a thinner but slightly foamy white head that never quite fades. Banana, wheat, and yeast aromas are the first to greet the nose. The taste is about the same with a comforting fresh hop ending. Really not all that bad and fairly easy to drink.

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Photo of barefootbrewer
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a cloudy straw color – thick head. The aroma is quite fruity and a little sour. The taste is fruity and floral with some sourness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is on the light side. This is a flavorful beer that is interesting and refreshing.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A Pale Wheat Ale is probably not the best style to characterize for this beer. The wheat never really shows up. The look is quite clear and not hazzy. The carbonation is fizzy instead of creamy. The aroma is pisnerish and grainy, not estery and fruity. The beer feels too thin and the finish is grainy. Would fare better as a Blonde Ale. Despite the lack of wheat, the beer keeps a persistant lemon flavor and tartness that makes a good summertime refrehing beer. Though fizzy, a mint-like character works in the beer's favor, cutting through the thirst. It's a decent beer, but don't look for a wheat beer when purchasing this.

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Photo of tavernjef
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale smeared light lemony yellow color with some clearish edges. Finger high cap of firm creamy white foam that keeps. Lace breaks up quickly to reveal a glazing and some left over specks.

Aroma is lightly lemony and grassy with a fair exposing of wheaty tang, hints a bit of candied sugar sweetness underneath.

Flavors are quick and mild. Airy wheat tenderness and tang thats non-lasting. Bits of lemon are barely squeezed in along with a bit of grassyness. Has a small dryness in the finish from some kind of tiny hopping action along with touches of plain hard water and stale marshmellows.

Which brings us to the body of the beer; a light and mild tone with a light watery body with enough carbonation to break the surface of complete boredom but not to keep it above average. Where's the wheat texture?

An OK to seldomly enjoyable beer. Not much to it. Just not cutting it for me as any kind of wheat beer.

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Photo of brewandbbq
3.57/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours hazy, light gold, with a smallish white head of various sized bubbles.
Quite mediocre in head and retention. Minimal lacing and only whisps stay atop the short-lived foam cap.
Aromatics are subtle and non-offensive.
Light whiffs of bananna and clove, with some dry, tart wheat character.
Nose rounds out slightly fruity with a peppery bitterness.
Body is light and crispish, a bit thin and tart.
Pallet falls a bit flat and timid. Mostly clean wheat character and not too much influence from yeast and fermentation temperatures.
Hints of bannana, mint, and white pepper.
Very clean and straightforward, a true lawnmower beer, but I'd like more from this beer from such a great brewery.

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Photo of ThickestHead
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a chilled pint glass.
Looks a golden yellow color, just slightly hazy, smallish head which didn't stick around long.
Smells kind of yeasty and like a slice of whole wheat bread.
Decently carbonated on the tongue.
Tastes like a hefe with a dash of spice and lemon.
This beer isn't the worst. It has a decent ABV that is well masked. It is easy to drink but not the style that I can appreciate fully so I will give the rest of them to my friends who like this style.

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Photo of womencantsail
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Boulder Beer Tap House at the Denver Airport

A: The pour is a very hazy yellow with a thick white head.

S: Smells like clove and banana with a fair amount of spice, mostly white pepper. Sweet bread and wheat with a definite citrus character, mostly lemon zest. Actually a bit more hefeweizen like than expected.

T: Tastes sweet with lots of bread and wheat. Light clove and banana flavors, a light pepper flavor, too. Very light in flavor, overall. A bit of citrus flavor to it, seems to be a combination of orange and lemon zest.

M: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Better than many of the other "hefeweizens" out there, but I'd be fine not having this again.

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Photo of atsprings
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer served in a standard pint glass a crisp light yellow with a decent off-white head that diminishes to a thin layer. Aroma is slight Earthy hops, sweet malts and sweet fruit. Taste is a nice blend of wheat and hops with a hint of spice and bubblegum. The beer is quite light crisp and refreshing. This is a decent summer beer.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is bread and citrus/fruit. The flavor is citrus, lemons and bready malts.

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Photo of hero27
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sweet name...and a 5.9% pale wheat ale? Niiice.

Very pale yellow color with a head that doesn't stick around too long. Smell is subtle ginger, coriander, cloves, and mild citrus.
Coriander (when overdone, I can't stand) is present in this beer, but it's fairly modest and doesn't distract too much from the wheat & citrus taste. Taste is light and refreshing. Slides down the hatch effortlessly.
You could drink cases of this stuff in the summer..and get pretty damn drunk doing so. A summer offering that's worth a try if you find it.

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Photo of Cynic-ale
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of ElGordo
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy light golden color with a wispy white head that disappears after about a minute. Nice, crisp aroma of light wheat, citrus, banana, and weizen yeast. Palate is fairly standard for a wheat beer - light wheat and citrus flavors, with banana and bubble gum esters present in the background. Body is a bit thin and not particularly well-carbonated. Not bad, but I'm glad I only bought one bottle of this.

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Photo of GarrettB
3.54/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sweaty Betty is Boulder Beer’s entry into the wheat beer style. I personally love wheat beers - they’re refreshing, taste like a meal, and have a wonderful consistency and high standard between breweries, with enough flexibility in style and character to make each one different. Boulder Beer’s wheat feels less like a unique brew than others (Easy Street Wheat, for example, tastes very different) but remains an deeply satisfying beer. The aroma is strong and seducing, packed with lemon, white grapes, and the by now familiar coupling of banana esters and a touch of exotic clove. The flavor is less thrilling, losing much of its depth in a haze of heavy carbonation. I mostly detect wheat and corn tortilla flavors, gradually panning out to include some banana on the tongue, but tragically little. The Sweaty Betty is still a fair sample of the style, and I hope to set it aside and drink it in comparative calm and quiet. However, as a coaster-dampener for a cool summer evening it fared admirably, even if not spectacularly. The memory of that evening belongs to the grill and the sunset, not the beer.

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Photo of DMACH
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of mikereaser
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a golden yellow with little foam

S - orange, lemon & wheat

T - it just had a plain wheat taste to it. nothing too exciting

M/D - This one is very drinkable but only because there isn't alot of taste to it. You could drink many in a row and not be over excited, there aren't any overpowering flavors to be too much.
A decent beer but not one I would seek out.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.53/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy, milky gold with a fluffy, feathery white head. Head retention is quite good and there is a moderate amount of lace.

S: Aromas of green apple, unripened banana, minerals, lemon, herbs, grass, and wheat toast are present on the nose. In terms of smell, this ale is reminiscent of both a Bavarian weissbier and an American pale wheat ale.

T: Fruity notes of unripened bananas, unripened pears, and green apple are immediately evident, underscored by traces of wheat toast, minerals, lemon, lime, grass, and herbs. The finish is bready and crisp with notes of grassy, mildly citrusy hops and wheat.

M: Predictably light in body, very dry, and a bit chalky in the mouth. Carbonation is relatively crisp and intense. Very quaffable.

O: I'm not a huge fan of Boulder Beer, but this wheat ale is far from bad. Some may not like the slightly muddled character, but I kind of appreciate it. I would not go out of my way to find this again, but I wouldn't have a problem knocking back one of these if it were readily available.

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Photo of msjacilynn
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: pours a golden yellow with white foamy head

S: definitely sweet masking the malt. Lemon, wheat and a bit of malt.

T: sweet almost sour lemon initially that gives way to a malty body.

M: thin and a bit undercarbonated.

D: very refreshing for a beer and likely to have a few on a hot summer day/night.

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Photo of djeucalyptus
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours a slightly chill-hazed, effervescent golden yellow hue reminiscent of alka-seltzer in monkey piss. A bleach-white two finger frothy head fades down leaving some respectable lacing.

aroma is better than monkey piss. bananay esters up front, clove, cinnamon, a appealing touch of barn-ish mustiness. a touch of herbal hops. fairly potent aromas might help hide a bit of off-putting funk.

taste is citrusy, and zesty up front, giving way to a bit some grass and damp hay. banana skins and mace, a touch of clove. Fairly earthy with a bit of light caramel sweetness. I keep hoping for my taste buds to find the hops, but they're subtle if there at all.

Mouthfeel is sprightly. And not really in a good way. Just a hint over acceptable carbonation, it comes across a bit fizzy and a bit too thin.

All in all, not bad. Drinkability is high and with the warm weather, Sweaty Betty is a welcome face. A funky colored face with some interesting flavors and pungent aroma, but a drinkable face none the less.

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Photo of rrski198
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: small white head that disapears quickly. Very little bubbles and no lacing. Cloudy and yellow in color.

S: Lemon, Banana, Merangue. Smells of a traditional german hef.

T: The flavors follow the nose, however, not as strongly. The flavor is a clean, traditional wheat beer flavor. Nothing blows me away here, but for the style, its above average.

M: Clean, light, good carbonation. Refreshing but nothing special.

D: I marked the drinkability as a 4, good, because again, for the style, it is above average and I could have quite a few of these (if in the mood for a light refreshing, summer beer)

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Photo of j0hnc2468
3.52/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of warriorsoul
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale yellow w/ a half finger of bright white head...disappears quite rapidly w/ a thin layer remaining.
Lacing is very thin, but has a bit of hold to the side of the shaker glass.
Aroma is a hint of spiced hops and sweet malt...decent.
Not a huge fan of wheat beers, but the flavor is enjoyable and has a decent dose of hops. Not as spiced as the nose was portraying, but enough to give this one a slight edge.
Mouthfeel and carbonation average for the style.
I could enjoy a few of these on a hot day such as this...another fine offering from Boulder...a nice addition to the lineup.

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Photo of chudson1992
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of elBecko
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.48 out of 5 based on 766 ratings.
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