Sweaty Betty Blonde | Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub

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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

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Added by Quaffer on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
766
Reviews:
311
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
15.52%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
78
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 766 |  Reviews: 311
Photo of Sammy
2.48/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Light pale with fizzy carbonation and almost no head. Alcohol and cheesy scent. Light bodied but drinkable. A bit acidic sour, and a metallic aftertaste. I even thought it a tad skunky, but apparently this is normal for this beer.Terrible name. I think worst of the brewery's line.

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Photo of Texasfan549
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.32/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Enjoy by 5/28/14.

Pours a hazy light yellow with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. No lacing on the drink down. Smell is of malt, wheat, caramel, banana, and spice aromas. Taste is much the same with banana and spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer with a nice smell, but the flavors aren't as good in my opinion.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of Knapp85
2.8/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sweaty Betty pours out like a typical wheat beer with some haze but also seems a bit lighter in color. The aroma smells soft like wheat and some banana. The taste is on the light side, almost too light for a wheat beer in my opinion. The mouthfeel is very drinkable and easy going. I just wish this beer was a little bit more flavorful. It really doesn't have many bragging rights. There are better wheat beers out there than this one.

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Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -21%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

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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3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.22/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours out a cloudy, yellow color with no head. No lacing either.

S - Smelled of sweet citrus flavors, as well as, wheat and yeast.

T - Tasted of wheat and malt, plus some citrus and clove. Fairly sweet, too.

M - It was crisp and relatively dry. Light-bodied.

D - It is pretty good. I had high expectations for a Boulder Beer product and it didn't quite meet them. But it is still a drinakble beer.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of LXIXME
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of superspak
3.7/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into weizen glass, best before 1/25/2013. Pours very hazy golden amber color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty foamy lacing clings to the glass. Aromas of big lemon, banana, clove, wheat, pear, pepper, light bubblegum, earth, grass, floral, and yeast spiciness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance. Taste of lemon, wheat, banana, clove, floral, grass, orange zest, earth, coriander, light bubblegum, and yeast spiciness. Lingering notes of lemon, banana, wheat clove, light pepper, earth, grass, floral, light bubblegum, and coriander. Nice balance and complexity of flavors; a bit more watered down than I expected; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and slick mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with nearly zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a nice wheat ale. Nice amount of hefeweizen flavor complexity and balance; and extremely smooth to drink. Definitely an enjoyable offering.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of chinchill
2.97/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle dated 23 Dec. 2010 served in a pint glass on a hot day.

Straw color. A moderate pour produced only enough head to cover the top, and that quickly reduced to a thin small island and ring. The beer was only slightly hazy at first, but some sediment in the bottom of the bottle was added with visible effect. Visible carbonation ranging from fine to coarse.

S - a slightly pungent aroma mainly featuring wheat and yeast. Faintly floral and fruity. Not much, if any sign of hops.

T - not a big fan of wheat beers, on the whole, and this one has a unmistakable wheat element, yet I found the beer to be somewhat appealing and drinkable ... not a glowing endorsement, for sure, but about average for style. My main gripe is that is lacks hop presence, even in the faintly hoppy finish.

M - There's some crispness, a thin body, and a slightly dry finish.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.94/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle, into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a very thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, banana, lemon, spice and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste loaded with flavors of wheat banana & spice with touches of lemon and hops. The malt character is thin but provides a lot of sweetness. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready. This one seems closer to a traditional German Hefeweizen than many other APWA’s that profess to be one.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, good representation of style, this is a good beer to stick with for an evening, especially if you’re looking for something on the lighter side.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.46/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden body with a small, though dense, white head.

Smell: Mild aroma smelling softly of wheat and lemons with a slight underlying note of yeast.

Taste: Pale, wheat malts with a tiny pop of sugared sweetness. Taste of lemon-flavored candy. Very minor, spicy hops and bitterness. Sip of cool, clean water. Hint of yeast. Lightly wheaty finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Just a light, lightly sweet, something wheaty beer, though it's a fine quaffer for hot summertime Atlanta drinking.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.69/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bright lemony amber with sun-faded yellow accents. Betty needs some help with her head. The cap is simple white and is exceptionally soft. The end result is a weak structure, a rapid descent and not a bit of lace. A second pour fails to stir things up and I'm left with a decent looking beer that has been effectively decapitated.

The nose is a good one since it has more power and personality than most pale wheats. The one and only way that beer of this style can stand out is to use a generous hop load, and it smells as if Boulder has done just that. The hops are spicy more than anything else; a bright, fruity spiciness that is enjoyable. I would have picked something other than Hallertau, but that's just me.

Do my taste buds deceive me or does Sweaty Betty taste just a little hefe weizen-like? The spiciness is clovey and the fruitiness tastes like a cross between banana and lemon. The similarities are subtle, but real. It doesn't taste all that wheaty, thanks to the fruity hoppiness, but then who the hell wants wheat to be the strongest flavor in their beer?

Betty is more tangy (moderately) than sweet (mildly) than bitter (not at all). I'm not imagining it, there are definite banana burps. The flavors coalesce quite nicely during the long finish. This is one of those beers that actually tastes better once it has left the mouth. The mouthfeel seemed light and overly carbonated initially. With repose... it hasn't changed a whole lot. It's hard to fault a summer quaffer for those qualities though.

APWA is a difficult style for me to love because wheat is such an uninteresting grain to build a beer around. The best ones that I've had (Three Floyds Gumballhead and Southern Tier Hop Sun) have one very important thing in common. Anyone? Anyone? Bueller? The answer is, of course, hops. Boulder has attempted to follow the hoppy pale wheat ale blueprint, but has chosen the wrong hop.

I'm a huge fan of the Looking Glass series of beers. Sweaty Betty is the first one that hasn't bowled me over, but that doesn't mean that I haven't had a good time with it. It's flavorful and oh so drinkable, as evidenced by the fact that the bomber is empty and the glass is rapidly heading in that direction. Sweaty might be pushing it, but then Mildy Moist Betty doesn't have much shelf appeal.

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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 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 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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Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
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