Sweaty Betty Blonde | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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Sweaty Betty BlondeSweaty Betty Blonde

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Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
Colorado, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Summer

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Added by Quaffer on 06-06-2004

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Reviews: 311 | Ratings: 765
Photo of mikesgroove
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this one up at the store the other day, mainly because I had not seen it around before, and with it being 100 degrees outside. So I threw it in the fridge and opened it yesterday afternoon before dinner as it was just blazing hot outside. Served right out of the fridge and poured into a pint a pint glass.

Appearance - The pour was rather non eventful. A bright golden yellow, with great clarity. Nice three inch high head of white foam, fizzled out after just a few moments and then finally left behind nothing, no side glass lace to speak of either. Good carbonation bubbling up throughout the session.

Smell - The aroma was extremely light. Some floral hops, hints of lemon, and grass, and a touch of wheat were about all you were picking up. Had nice bright profile though.

Taste - The flavor was much more of the same, with a very bright, and appropriate for summer taste. There was a decent hint of orange rind and lemon in the back, with a nice rounded wheat flavor, nothing shocking or extraordinary here though.

Mouthfeel - The feel was very light and highly carbonated. Crisp, and clean with little in the way of aftertaste. Nice beverage for a hot day,

Drinkability - This ties in here as well, as it was just very light, with low abv and just that slightest bit of citrus to make it pop. It could have easily been something that you have multiples of for sure.

Overall not a bad summer beer, however I would have to pass on trying it again. Just not really up my alley as far as flavor. Nothing wrong with it though and as far as blond ales, not half bad.

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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 russpowell
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured straw colored opauge with a 1.5" white head. Head retention was poor & some lacing was evident

Smell: Slight spicyness (pepper & cloves) & some fruittyness

Taste: Good wheat character, pepper, fruittyness (think juicy fruit gum) & yeastyness, Finished fruitty & peppery

MF: A little thin, good carbonation

Didn't really go down that easy. Too much going on with out any rhyme or reason

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.03/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I know when I reach for a tasty beverage, the first thing that comes to mind is "sweat"... Anyway, this stuff pours a hazy brass topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises cracked wheat, banana peel, light orange peel, and a dash of muddled spices. The taste brings in more of the same, with a heavy bready component leading the charge. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a sorta/kinda drying finish. Overall, a middling beer at best, one that just kinda sits there with little or no distinguishing character of its own. Sure, I suppose this could be used as a nice enough thirst-quencher in the Summer months, but it's just kinda bland for my tastes beyond that.

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Photo of smcolw
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small, dense white head. Extensive bubbles coming up from the bottom. Cloudy as expected. Dark straw/light gold color.

Notable but muted wheat presence. Golden malt aromas.

Close resemblance to the spicy Belgian Whites. Lots of wheat, providing a souring finish. Very highly carbonated; tiny bubbles, there's some body to counterbalance this, but it is still quite spritzy on the tongue.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at the Angry Mexican aka Mad Mex in Robinson...any way I was expecting a blonde from Boulder when I heard Sweatty Betty. Nope I was wrong appears a cloudy golden yellow with a frothy white head wow impressive appearance the billowing head dwindles slowly leaving even bands of lacing. Aromatics com packed with citrus tones sharp wheat acidity soft vanilla and other herbal spices but the hops also stand out here with a spicy finish. Tastes very well balanced yet packing abundant flavor light and fluffy citrus and wheat sweetness with a softer vanilla fruity tone and finishes with a nice hop bite, well done. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied evenly carbonated no harshness here at very smooth on the palate. Drinkability is great a very refreshing summertime offering that put's the typical American Pale Wheat to shame good job to the folks out at Boulder Brewing.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly fogged straw with a minimal white head that falls quickly. Nose is strange. Kind of sour and weird. Flavor is strange too. Kind of an odd banana edge that is enough to notice, but really makes everything odd and unusual. Feel has a fairly full carbonation, but the liquid is thin. I don't really like this beer, but I know a lot of it has to do with my dislike of the style (said it before...saying it again). Too thin on the flavor and what's there just doesn't keep it interesting enough. Pass.

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Photo of jwc215
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy yellow with a thin head that became a lacing that held on.
The smell was a bit thin - citrusy wheat - a hint of yeast.
The taste was of malty wheat and citrusy hops. Well-balanced - malty with some hop backbone.
The mouthfeel was creamy at first - some citrusy lemon cleans the palate. A bit tangy, but smooth.
This is a decent summer brew - a good change from most of the boring summer brews out there. Refreshing enough and the taste is good.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.4/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy golden straw color with a tiny white head quickly fades to a ring on the top. Smells of banana clove, spicy wheat, and a hint of phenolic. Taste is sweet upfront followed by a clove and banana assault with a hint of lemon in there. A spicy tartness rounds us off with maybe a hint of metallic. Is this a pale wheat? Hefeweisen? Lines are very blurry. Medium body, tart and syrupy mouthfeel, medium level of carbonation. Not my favorite beer by any stretch. Its light and easy to drink, might be good on a hot summer day, but its kind of bland with nothing really exciting happening.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the least appetizing beer names since Moose Drool. I wonder if Sweaty Betty is friends with Messie Bessie or Juicy Lucy? Does she know Large Marge, maybe?
Pours a pale, hazy yellow, with vanishing white foam above.
Aroma is citrus and spice, coriander, ginger....so far, I'm fairly certain that this is mis-entered as a hefe weizen, and instead should be seen as a witbier, perhaps.
Taste: gritty grain on the palate, then smooth and refreshing. Full of spice on the palate, but softens assuredly, and there are light orange and lemon flavors at play as well, with a bit of banana?
Drinks down easily. Medium bodied, dry finish, fades fast. Perhaps that is just as well, for their aim is refreshment, with a twist.
After downing the bottle, I'm sure it's more toward a witbier and nowhere near a hefe. The label calls it "a perfectly balanced blonde wheat beer with a wild side." Well, wilder than Blue Moon, anyway.
And more characterful than the last can of Wittekerke I had.
I'm starting to get warm on the name, now, too...sweaty or not, Betty's my kind of girl.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap at La Festa Brick and Brew in Dover, NH. The beer was poured in a pint glass, and it settles into a pale, unfiltered look, with a musty yellow coloring and lots of carbonation. There is a thin, quarter-inch small-bubbled head. The nose is citrusy, with lemon zest and butter characteristics. The beer's flavors are light and crisp, with a slight toasting and underlying citrus sweetness. The aftertaste is minimal, but with a zesty and tangy fruit sweetness. The finish is a little sweet and syrupy. Good light brew for a hot day, but not anything extraordinary in terms of substance.

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Photo of vfgccp
2.87/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A – Pale banana yellow. Thin white head.

S – Yeast, hay, wheat. Just a hint of banana sweetness.

T – Tastes like a light hefeweisen. Banana, wheat, orange zest. Lime-like acidity on the backend. Touch of coriander.

M – Light body. Shade watery. Underwhelming carbonation.

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Photo of Billolick
3.45/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, no freshness dating, just some dumb sexist stuff on the label. This kind of stuff just adds to the objectification of women in our culture, but hey, this is probably not the forum to go off on these types of issues.

This one pours a very cloudy yellowish tone, White head with morerate retention and next to no lacing. The nose here is of heavy clove. On the tongue its more strong cloves, some buting cirtic notes and some soft tropical fruits in the background. This one is quite tart and leaves an allmost stinging bite on the tongue. Not my favorite wheat type brew. Needs to be softened up, less clove notes would be a start. It should be easy to find better drinking summer brews.

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Photo of Tone
3.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow color. 5/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of earthy malt, biscuit, lemon, and some tart malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, slight lemon, yeast cleanliness, some biscuit mustiness, and slight hop in the background. Overall, a good bodied beer with a slightly off aroma, but still worthy of a try.

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Photo of WesWes
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale yellow color witha thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a fruity wheat scent that boasts of banana and clove along with a yeasty aroma; very refreshing. The taste is decent. It has a light wheat flavor that goes down easy. It's smooth with the traditional banana and clove appeal. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking summer seasonal. It has a nice fruity flavor. I wish it had more of a wheat malt presence, but it drinks well anyway.

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Photo of Gavage
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear yellow in color with a 1/2" head that falls quickly. No lacing develops.

Smell: lemons and a bit of grassiness are detectable.

Taste: huge lemon zest tones seem to dominate the flavor. This beer is slightly tart, with grass, yeast, and some wheat flavors rounding it out. Very mellow bitterness too.

Mouthfeel: crisp all around. The lemon lingers on the tongue. Light-medium bodied beer.

Drinkability: if you are looking for a thirst quencher, this may fit the bill. But the strong lemon and tartness gets a bit boring after a while.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Summer time calls for lighter beers. Here's hoping Sweaty Betty can deliver. On to the beer:

A little paler thank banana peel yellow with a cloudy body, a thick semi-creamy head, and impressive head retention. The aroma is solid, bringing a watered down banana note, a vague spiciness, and light notes of grass.

Pleasant overall light flavor with enough soft flavors to give you drinking more and more. It's sweet in a creamy kind of way, tasting more like a cream-based dessert than a clean American wheat or full flavored German hefeweizen. Creamy banana is more present here than it was in the aroma, and makes the strongest point of the beer's taste. Subtle clove hits too. The beer has a light mouthfeel with soft carbonation, leading to easy drinkability.

Fair summer refresher out of Boulder, and a better choice than what you'll find at many summer parties.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy yellow color, some carbonation, small head, some lacing. Scents of citrus, and wheat. Nice taste for a wheat ale, dry, but kinda flat. Light body. Very drinkable for sure, not too sure about the ABV, nice taste. Would recommend, but will probably not buy again.

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Photo of tone77
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy golden color with a small head. Smell is of citrus and spices. Taste like it smells, spices and citrus, quite delicious. Feels full bodied in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a high quality brew.

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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 beerthulhu
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured a cloudy, pale lemon color with a half-finger soft, lustrious creamy white head that faded rather quickly. Beneath the cloudy turbulence you can sense vibrate nature of the carbonation.

S: Light tart lemons and a nice wheaty aroma which was very smooth and pleasant in nature graces the nose.

T: The initial flavor was much the same with tart lemons and wheat backing. The overall flavor was light, smooth with a great citrusy (lemon) nature along with light oranges and bananas sneaking through. Finishes with a great smooth subtle fade of lemon-wheat.

M: light and smooth with a great lemony tang and finish. The carbonation feels very light and soft on the tongue despite the vivid appearance.

D: A citrusy and refreshing drink that slides effortlessly off the tongue. Would be on of my top 5 choices for a summer time quencher. Case worthy by all means.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice dark gold color greeted my beer but not much cloudiness. Decent head that died quickly but left a lace ring around the mug. Weak smell did not give me anticipation for this beer. Very faint clove notes and smelled more like a lime than lemon or orange peel or anything. The taste improved on the smell, thankfully, somewhat. A little weak but a smooth medium-bodied beer that had a little sweetness from the wheat mixed with a decent punch of citric notes, most noticeable was the orange. A little sharp in the backbite but not bad. A light summer beer that isn't bad, but not a standout or anything.

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Photo of beertunes
2.03/5  rDev -41.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I first tried this beer a couple years ago (before I started reviewing) I remember thinking, "Damn, whatever Betty's got in her diet, makes her sweat nasty". So, when it showed up again at a local I gave her a clean slate and a fresh chance.

Served in a straight pint glass. poured a cloudy, pale, yellow with an inch of fluffy white head that had medium retention and low lacing.

The aroma was semi-bitter and had a low wheat presence. It didn't have a malt or hop presence either. The flavors were very similar, a little bitter, not much charater otherwise.

The body was thin and dull. Drinkability is on the level of sour water, you drink a lot of it, but why? Overall, this is a fairly unpleasant beer. Not really mean or terrible, just not welcoming or enjoyable.

Betty hasn't improved her diet, her sweat is still funky, and not in the good way.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.38/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Bright, clear straw/gold color. Poured a 2 finger rocky white head with good retention; was an aggressibe poir. Thin, sticky lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Wheat malt, light floral hops and citrus ; very clean (almost too clean)

T: Light fruity taste up front, the bready wheat, ciitrus and light clove. Not too complex.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and fizzy.

D: Easily drinkable. Decent flavors, certainly nothing offensive - just nothing special either.

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Photo of ppoitras
4.05/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" white head over the clear light golden brew. Head lasts nicely, with heavy lacing. Aroma is cloves and wheat character. Taste is sweet malts upfront, with the clove kicking in after a minute, and lingering in the mouth. Mouthfeel is to-style smooth, and drinkability is good, but limited slightly by the possibly over-sweet start.

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Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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