Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale
Lonerider Brewing Company

Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen AleShotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale
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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #242
Ranked #36,639
3.69 | pDev: 14.91%
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States
Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen AleShotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale
Notes: Shotgun Betty is a sexy, tough cowgirl who is always armed and dangerous. Don’t be fooled by her good looks, she will have you for an appetizer! That’s why we picked her to represent our Hefeweizen. Shotgun Betty is a wheat beer with rich, banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish. Sound good? Try one. But beware, once Betty gets a hold of you there is no escape.
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Reviews: 104 | Ratings: 500
Photo of kevintaraross
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On draft at Bar Louis in Raleigh.

Nice hazey looking Hefe with one finger foam and a quickly dispensing head with semi-OK fingers.

It doesn’t have a light wheaty mouth feel BUT a good Fall-Time-ish full mouth feel....if that makes sense.

Faint clove smell.

All in all: great tasting locally made American Hefe!

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Photo of vette2006c5r
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clearer golden color, little long lasting head. Big clove and banana aroma. Taste is full of clover and banana. Good body and feel. Overall a very soild hefe.

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Photo of Sgt_1991
4.89/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Had this beer while working in downtown Charleston SC. Very good American hefe. Banana and clove are present on the nose and taste. Nice tick foamy tan head. Mouthfeel is medium with a dry finish that leaves you wanting more. Very pleased with this 2/$3 16oz.

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.37/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a hand washed weizen glass. Poured an orangy-brown color with a quickly disappearing head. A light dry taste that follows through to the aftertaste. Mouth feel is ok, just nothing special. Would rate a most likely no on the Would I Like to Sit Down with a 12 Pack of this beer scale

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Photo of mj24053
4.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite American hefeweizen. Tastes the most like the German ones of any American hefe I've had. Maybe this style is just harder to do? This one is excellent though. Not too light, not like one of the banana tastings wheats.

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Photo of psycHOPathy
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Hazy orange-brown body, not much head
Bright and yeasty, tangy, banana, wheat, ester
Ester, banana, orange peel, alcohol
Dry and tingly feel
It's okay. It isn't very flavorful

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Photo of JayQue
3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had a can at the Tale of the Whale Restaurant on the causeway between Nags Head and Manteo NC. Captured the style well: Nice size white head, better than average retention and some lacing, straw yellow color. Bananas/bubblegum, yeast and lemon and cloves in the aroma and flavor. Mouthfeel is light, a little astringent with the yeast and spicing playing out nicely on the tongue. This isn't Paulaner's, but it is still pretty good!!!

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Photo of hottenot
4.72/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A real nice rendition of a genuine German Hefeweizen. I spent 30 months in Giessen Germany and the White biers were always my favorite. Shotgun Betty would not seem out of place on tap in Giessen. Almost want to float a slice of lemon on top. It's that authentic.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.56/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

DATE: JULY 24, 2018... OCCASION: enjoying Shark Week's 30th anniversary with the fam... GLASSWARE: Erdinger weisBier weIsengard glass... pours a clear, golden body with crisp effervescence... its head fills the bulb of the glass, a three-fingered, thick, clumpy and resolute snow white froth that forms windows as lacing... rIch banana, bright bubblegum, a pinch of clove, some light fruit--apple, peach?--and tea leaves suggest a rich, full hefe... creamy and mellow, with a smoothness that paces each sip well into the throat.... no cloying here... not much in the aftertaste, but not necessarily a detriment... clean and refreshing, as advertised... banana and clove, light biscuit, and a late pass of peach, pomegranate, or mango, which makes for an even brighter profile than the average hefe.... this is clean, clear and effective--a nice summer refresher, with a swag can to boot... my first Lonerider is a solid one...

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Photo of Guppy314
3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

From a can, pours as a beautiful gold with a three finger white head that rapidly disbursed. Aroma of spicy banana-bread. Lots of flavors of banana, cloves, yeasty bread, sweet malt and some little bitter hops in the background. Overall, really drinkable.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.91/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lonerider Brewing Co. "Shotgun Betty"
12 fl. oz. can, "24 BEST BY 09/15/17" and sampled on 08/23/17
$2.17 @ Beer Belly's, State College, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Nice label. Pours like an American hefeweizen with two-fingers of frothy then rocky off-white above a cloudy golden-amber body. The aroma is phenolic, but of course it's supposed to be, with plastic and clove and wheat and a bit of berry and banana. Green banana. Not bad. The flavor follows the aroma pretty closely, but there are some additions that I'm finding that round it out: there's a light edge of caramel to the malt (which might even just be from caramelization of the wort in the kettle), some pear and apple in the fruitiness, a hint of spiciness from the yeast, and the bitterness, which of course you can't smell, and which is minor here. There's also a very light hint of smokiness way in the background but it comes forward a bit more in the lingering finish. It's a little bit unusual, but I've had other hefeweizens like this, and in a way I find it quite charming. Had this come from a small brewery in Bavaria everyone would love it! So why not love it here? Because it's not like the best known hefeweizens? That's ridiculous. To quote Carol Stoudt, "Why make a beer that tastes like everyone else's?" This is just fine. It's fairly complex, it's easy to drink, and it's refreshing. Medium-light in body and gentle effervescent - I always forget about the mouthfeel until the end. There are better, more malty, or more yeasty versions out there but this is perfectly acceptable on its own. Probably worth trying. - Oh, one additional note post script, the lacing is limited which hurts it's appearance.

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Photo of CantDrinkEveryBeer
3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a weizen glass.

Look: Pretty, golden, with an ample two fingers of head that stay around for quite a while.

Smell: Lots of banana, a bit of clove, caramel. Definitely smells sweet and tasty.

Taste: Just like the smell, we have bananas front and center, a bit of wheat bread and yeast coming in second, with a banana peel aftertaste. Despite the sweetness, there's no cloying notes that stick around on the tongue, which is quite nice.

Mouthfeel: Smooth. Quite smooth, and not too thick, as befits the style.

Overall: An enjoyable hefeweizen. I love the sweetness and would look forward to getting another can or two. Or three.

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Photo of JeffH_SC
3.5/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I tried this after partaking a very hoppy IPA. Huge difference. Almost no hoppy taste at all in this one and tasted very sweet in comparison. Could definitely taste the banana/bubble gum right off. Wasn't my favorite but isn't a bad change up for me. Could be paired well with certain foods.

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Photo of gopens44
2.96/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Nothing unique in the appearance, as it's a crystal clear, golden beer with just about half a finger's worth of fizzy head that leaves no lacing once faded. Nose is strong on bubble gum and/or circus peanuts and maybe a hint of clove. Tastes a bit more tart than I expected for the style, and I mean tart as in that dirty tap line taste. Unfortunately, this is from a can, so it clearly isn't tap lines. Moving along, that off putting tart taste is quickly followed up with that bubble gum clove thing. Finish is water and thin, plus it leaves that weird tartness behind.

I fear that people will try this and forever swear off the Hefeweizen for the poor experience they'll surely have in this.

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Photo of Wer34truh
3.76/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy golden color with a rather small head.

Smell is typical to style, a lot of cloves and subtle notes of bananas.

Taste is similar to the smell, but just a little bit over the top for me. Besides being slightly unbalanced, this is quite good though. And it has the subtle mouthfeel to prove it.

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Photo of davesfolly
4.75/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I remember going to a little hole in the wall called Im Fass. This was back in the day when I was in the Army in Germany.
They served a hefeweizen with an orange slice floating on top. This, combined with the best soup and ham sandwich in Giessen, made me very happy.

This Shotgun Betty brings back memories of Im Fass, which is long gone now. I need to get some oranges to slice for the top of this beer. If only I could make soup like the owners did. God they must be 70 or 80 by now! There was something about that place that was like home. I hope they are still together.

But enough nostalgia. This is one fine brew. Yep Bananas and cloves. Some slight bitterness you would expect from a hefe. Head is more fluffy and short lived than than most people might like. But real hefeweizen is not known for sporting a rich foamy head like a stout. At least from my experience with German Bier.
I will be getting this on a more regular basis when I get a Job. Ha!
At 5.8% this is a little stiffer than German hefeweizen.

I did find some Licher hefeweizen at Aldis one time. But they are notorious for not having the same beer all the time.
For the record, I lived less that a K from Lich.

It is very satisfying to have access to such a good beer.

Thanks Lonerider!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy Amber with a thick white head.

Smell: Grassy notes with cloves and citrus.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth medium bodied. Taste of sweeter grassy notes with clove and citrus aftertaste.

Overall: Great beer. Very refreshing.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On one of my recent trips down to visit my aunt & uncle in DC, I came across a few of Lonerider's CANs in furtherance of The CANQuest (tm). I am now over 1,300 CANned beer reviews!

From the CAN: "Handcrafted"; "Ales For Outlaws"; "Part vixen, part vigilante, Shotgun Betty uses her sharpshooting skills to target those that show a weakness for wheat beer with a body that won't quit. This German-style hefeweizen features a rich banana-clove nose and refreshing dry finish."

I Crack!ed Shotgun Betty open and turned her upside down for a Glug that she was not soon to forget! This raised two-plus fingers of dense, eggshell-white head that quickly fell to wisps. Color was a cloudy Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7). Nose smelled like fresh banana bread straight from the oven! I know that it is stylistically appropriate, but I prefer my hefeweizens to be more clove-forward. It is a personal preference, but since it CAN be done, that is what I prefer. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but close. The taste was closer to banana ice cream than banana bread, but at least I was starting to perceive some of the clove esters. Finish was sweet, but not cloying. It was a decent rendition of one of my least-favorite styles. I CANnot recommend it, but YMMV. More of me damning with faint praise. Sorry.

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Photo of hdf561
2.01/5  rDev -45.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a can into a English pub style glass, a hazy gold color with lacing that lasts and a quickly disappearing head.

Smells of citrus right of the bat and actually very strong kind of masking other smells.

Taste was kid of flat and skunky, smooth but just an unappealing flavor...had real high hopes for this beer but just didn't deliver...won't buy again

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours cloudy murky orange color decent white head that is gone in a flash, no lacing head goes away completely
Smell the cloves for sure come through little malt slight banana notes
Taste cloves malt some banana taste a little watered down
Feel light bodied pretty dry I wanted to keep drinking or have a water to go with it.
Overall it is a decent beer probably would not have another.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.47/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This drinks so easy and light it is downright sessionable. The flavors are typical Hefeweizen with wheat malt, starches, bubblegum, sweetness and a very light clove or yeast. Never been my favorite style but this is very easy to drink.

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Photo of oldn00b
3.66/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is about a standard of a Hefe as I can think of. Nice banana and clove balance and both are big on the nose. It's a bit more "gold" or yellow than normal but head retention is spot on. Relatively light but not overly so for the style. Refreshing and well made.

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Photo of BrotherDave
4.71/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

With the rash of IPA's and other end-boil-hopped varieties dominating store beer shelves, I found myself scouring the selection for any hint of a decent German Hefeweizen. My favorite in this category is Julius Echter Hefe-Weissbier [url][/url] chance of finding that in the local Total Wine though. I happened on Lonerider Brewing Company's "Shotgun Betty" - the only hefe weizen in the store I was looking in. I'd never seen a hefe-weizen in a can before - not exactly sure why, but it was different. I usually like to judge a good wheat based on the amount of sediment in the bottom of the bottle, so I had to trust that it was adequate. As of 9/1/2015, where I am a six-pack of 12 oz. cans of Shotgun Betty is $7.99 - not bad at all.

Popped the top on two cans (I like to use my large hefe-weizen glass and 12 ounces won't cut it) and poured, leaving a half ounce in the can and swirling it around to pick up the sediment, then finishing the pour. I was a little disappointed in the lack of sediment; the beer is almost clear although there is a little bit of suspended sediment. The nose is rich with banana and clove - very nice indeed. The head is rich and thick - exactly like you'd expect with a good hefe. The body is nearly perfect as is the flavor, which finishes with a distinct clove and just slight bitter hop (Hallertauer Mittelfrüh perhaps) flavor.

With a respectable 5.8% abv, by the end of my first two 12 oz. cans I'm starting to feel it ever so slightly, and I have no complaints!

Besides, who doesn't love a good hefeweizen on a hot day?

If you see Shotgun Betty in your beer store (or better yet on tap) - grab it - you'll be glad you did!

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Sudsy, Yeast, Bread, Banana

Rich, spicy, banana taffy. Smooth and easy to knock back. Clove and banana combo are at a perfect level. Yeast is a bit pushy though the bready maltiness is pleasing on the palate. A good sip but just a half step behind the originals / German counterparts. Well worth a go.

STYLE: Hefeweizen | ABV: 5.8% | AVAILABILITY: Year-round

Review from BeerAdvocate magazine issue #94 (NOV 2014)

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Photo of lastmango
4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

I prefer Paulaner's Hefe to others. However, I was pleasantly surprised by the nice banana and citrus flavor. It is as good as Hoffbrau. Head was more carbonated than creamy, which dissipated quickly. Taste made up for it. I would buy this again to support the local brewery.

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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 500 ratings