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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Quaffer on 06-06-2004

BEER STATS
Ratings:
767
Reviews:
311
Avg:
3.48
pDev:
15.8%
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
80
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Photo of indiapaleale
3.48/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale yellow/gold with a very nice looking quarter inch of nice thick white fluffy head.

Smell is a bit sour, a bit eggy and a bit sweet but not too sweet.

Taste is pretty straightforward, wheaty, a tad malty, a tad sour/bitter and overall a very light, refreshing beer..especially for a beer that comes in at almost 6%.

Easy drinking summer beer in my opinion.

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

It pours a hazy pale straw yellow, with two fingers of frothy white head that sink soon to pips of surface foam. Dalliances of lace loll along with inside of the glass.

The aroma lilts a a thin but present crisp grain sweetness and tangy wheat bite. A light banana note tangles with a slightly more strident clove and coriander due. A mild green apple and dough pairing treads gently.

Upon tasting, there's a quick trip of barely toasted grain along with a tart wheat pucker. Spiciness studs fruit notes of berry and apple. Earthy yeast traipses in toward the close, and the finish is a procession of residual malt, wheat, and a mellow drying bitterness. Very basic, the flavor is quite crisp and refreshing.

Light bodied, the carbonation boosts the grain and spice to a lively presence on the palate.

It's just what I'd expect from a summertime wheat beer: sassy, crisp, snappy, and refreshing. It may not stand out in the memory, but it represents itself nicely while you're drinking it. It's very quaffable, staying light and quenching a thirst capably. I got a kick out of the name, and hey, the beer's not bad either.

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Photo of gwiedman1
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of DudMan
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of cfinch2
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

Photo of ColdOneKev
3.62/5  rDev +4%
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 Gehrig
4.07/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I grabbed this at the sterling Sun Singer on a nice warm day. In part, I've also been on a wheat kick, and this fit the bill. The presentation was decent, standard--thin white head over a light orange body, no discernible lacing. Good color, though.

The nose represented an improvement, full of fruit and a surprising bit of hops. The same with the taste. For a pale wheat, I expected the fruit to outweigh the hop gritty texture and taste. There was a very good balance in Sweaty Betty--grapefruit, apricot, and banana with a nice hop coating. Very nice.

Hops did much for the mouthfeel, which would have been thin to the point of precarious without the ample hop complement. Had I more time, I would have knocked back two more of these in a snap. Delicious and balanced, Sweaty Betty has a harsher name than the beer will ever realize. It's smooth, semi-sweet, not bitter, and great to kick back and enjoy on a hot day. Good stuff.

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Photo of msondel
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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 maxpower
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange yellow, small white head that doesn't last, no lacing either. Aroma of wheat, bananas and spices. Flavors of wheat, banana-clove bubblegum flavors. Medium body with mild carbonation, almost flat, finishes with some sweetness, I was disappointed with this, maybe worth a try but I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of craigbelly
3.71/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Josbor11
3.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a hazy yellow with a small frothy white head that was mostly diminishing and had fair lacing. The aroma was very light of grain malts, flowery hops, sweet yeast and a nice hint of citrus. It tasted sweet and yeasty at first and finished with a light sweet yeast and citrus flavor that lasted a decent amount of time. Mouthfeel was light in body and a little watery in texture. Overall a very nice Blonde Wheat Ale, great for the warm weather (not to heavy, but not to light).

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
3.23/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of FrankShirley
3.19/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of pokesbeerdude
3.18/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From Notes:

A: Hazy, almost neon colored yellow, cloudy and unfiltered. 3.5

S: Very heavy on the yeast, lots of different aromas lemony/citrusy, wheat, almost like chapstick. 3.0

T: Very light, a lot of the yeasty flavors carry from the smell to the taste. Pale wheat malts. Pretty light and refreshing. 3.0

M: Thin, light and crisp. Clean finish. 3.5

D: Great summer session beer. I could drink a lot of these, not a bad beer at all. 3.5

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Photo of Dewey0603
3.85/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a cloudy pale yellow straw with an average sized white head. The smell is very malty and especially "bisquity". Other smells include lemon and wheat. This is a pretty good smelling beer. The taste is very refreshing with lemon, wheat, yeast, and a creamy citrus flavor. The m/f is light and well balanced. A very good summer beer, I can see myself having a few of these.

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Photo of rwilde
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of Bendurgin
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this into a pint glass. This one appears a hazy pale yellow color with about a finger of creamy white head. The head dissolves down to a thin layer of foam pretty quickly.

Kind of grainy in the aroma with a little bit of spicy hops in the background. A little bit of a banana aroma to this also. Toast malt flavor with peppery hops. A little bit sweet to finish in it. Nothing really exciting going on here, but also nothing offensive going on here.

The feel is light and the carbonation is a bit prickley. Overall, nothing bad but nothing great. I don't see myself going back to this one, but I wouldn't turn it away.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle thanks to jhammerly

Pours a hazy straw color with a small white head that fades. No lacing on the glass.

Yeasty and bready aroma with a slightly sour smell.

Tastes likeit smells. Bready and yeasty with a slight sourness that rides through the finish. Not offensive, but misplaced. Maybe this one is past it's prime.

Thin body, light carbonation.

Meh, another plain jane pale wheat with a slight sourness. Unsure if this was intended or if my sample is beyond it's life expectancy. Either way, I probably would have scored it just the same...

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Photo of Bandi
3.75/5  rDev +7.8%

Photo of mmilyko
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%

Photo of zoso1967
4/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of jimmah120
3.27/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle, month past the freshness date

look is a very pale yellow, cloudy, almost no head after 5min. smell is banana, clove, pepper, the usual suspects, with a minty earthiness. taste/flavors are a little flat. not sure if it's because of the age or what.

might come back to this one at some point

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Photo of neonbrown82
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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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Sweaty Betty Blonde from Boulder Beer / Wilderness Pub
3.48 out of 5 based on 767 ratings.
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