Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale | Lonerider Brewing Company

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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen AleShotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale

Brewed by:
Lonerider Brewing Company
North Carolina, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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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Photo of AuburnDude
5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Did a blind tasting along with Weihenstephaner Hefeweissbier, Franziskaner Hefe-Weisse and Schneider Weisse Tap 4 Mein Grünes. Six of of six picked Shotgun Betty. Enough said.

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Photo of davesfolly
4.75/5  rDev +29.1%
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 halfbeer
4.73/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is amazing. I'm guessing the only reason it has a B+ is that there aren't many girls on this site (who often love the stuff), and it isn't what I consider a typical Hefeweizen. It is a little sweet in a different way. You think Blue moon is ok? Blue Moon sucks balls compared to Shotgun Betty. It is great, great, great to have around in a kegerator, and if you get the keg from Lone Rider, it is pretty much cheaper than anything in the area. Even if you are from out of town and have to pay a premium- get a keg of this beer if you like Hefeweizens, or your girl does.

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Photo of BrotherDave
4.71/5  rDev +28%
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 FloppyDog
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a keg in the brewery by one of the owners. This German-style hefeweizen appeared cloudy yellow, slightly more yellow than I expected, but very pleasing to the eye.

The aroma was of bananas up front with clove and bubblegum coming through after I was able to get past the initial banana.

The mouth feel was medium light; right on for what I look for in a hefeweizen, with the proper amount of carbonation.

The taste was similar to the aroma: banana phenol balanced with a nice wheat malt character.

Overall, a very enjoyable beer.

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Photo of tdm168
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a hazy gold with 1/4" head. Nose offers clove with a little yeast. Initially this beer tastes predominantly of clove and wheat, but as the beer warm clove, wheat, yeast, and a mild banana begin to blend nicely. The beer is light bodied and mildly carbonated. A great offering!

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Photo of barleywinefiend
4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured a deep yellow with good carbonation and a big white head. Nose is banana, clove, wheat, good but standard. Taste is a burst of banana, clove and then some wheat. Very nice and pleasant. Mouthfeel is a great combo of good strong banana, clove and a light booze. Very crisp and very drinkable.

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

On-tap - Imperial pint at The Pit, Raleigh, NC

Served up a very good hazy orange with a very nice, thick head that was well retained. The head pretty well dissolved.

The aroma was a little lighter than expected, but still a very good Hefe aroma, sweet with noticeable banana and clove, but only in the background. There was also another hint of something sweet, almost candy like, but could not really put my finger on it.

The taste is really good, follows the nose but also has the yeast that one expects from a good Hefe. This is probably the best domestic Hefe that I have tried to date.

Lighter medium body with very good carbonation and very refreshing. The beer is extremely smooth with exceptional drinkability.

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Photo of burnstar
4.4/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours cloudy gold with large head which dissipates quickly. Smell is spicy wheat and cloves. Taste has tons of wheat character. Spicy. Bananas. Underlying sweetness. Really really good. Medium bodied. Very easy to drink. This is a great hefe. I've never been particularly impressed by American wheat beers but this one is an exception. The best American wheat beer I've had.

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Photo of ordybill
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the tap at the Biergarten in Charleston, SC into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a strong banana aroma with some yeast, very appealing (pun intended)
Appearance- A murky amber with a small off-white head.
Taste- An interesting hefeweizen flavor, i really dig the banana.
Palate- A medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation.
Overall- This is the second beer that I have had from this brewer and I need to take note. Both have been very strong, great flavor.

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Photo of madjustin
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up a growler at the local beer stop. Poured into a standard pint glass. Appearance is a cloudy dark gold with a sticky white head. Good retention. Aroma is of inviting banana and clove. Slightly thick, smooth mouthfeel with nice balance of banana and clove flavors. Very enjoyable and easily drinkable. All around very good American Hefeweizen, similar in quality to Kellerweis or New Glarus Dancing Man, but not as complex as the latter.

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Photo of KarrHeel03
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried Shotgun Betty at the debut tour of LoneRider and, to my knowledge, the first public tapping of this beer--it doesn't get any fresher than this!

Pours a hazy golden color with a finger of head and not a lot of lacing. Great smell of ripe bananas with some clove--classic Hefe. Mouthfeel is nice and smooth. What I really like about the flavor is the very up-front banana/clove taste imparted by the yeast, but then the finish is a good caramely malt flavor. This could really hit the spot on a hot summer day in NC.

A hefe's a bit of a curious choice for a brewery's 'flagship' beer, but this is a really good first effort by the guys at LoneRider and I'm looking forward to trying more of their stuff in the future...

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Photo of hopmonkeyhop
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Like some of the others I questioned a hefeweizen as a year round beer, but this looks like a winner. Nice cloudy yellow color, with a pleasant nose of bubblegum, cloves, and bananas. The predominant taste for me was bubblegum with banana and some cloves on the back end. This was an extremely refreshing beer without being too light. Just a great example of the style. Enjoyed the beer and the people at Lone Rider were very friendly and helpful as well. Excellent

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Photo of CHickman
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the brewery. Pours so cloudy it's opaque, and has a light orange yellow color with a small white head and looks like guava juice...looks really inviting and smells of yeast, wheat, lemon, orange peel, cinnamon and light spices.

Really tasty as it tastes just like it smells... yeast, wheat, lemon, orange peel, cinnamon, clove, some banana, light spices, grass, and a little skunky whiff which I couldn't figure out as it ended. Decent lacing with a lot of sediment that lasts throughout the pour and always seems like a fresh fruit shake in the glass. This was a heavy beer for this style, but it captured all the flavors well and still went down very smooth and easy.

A great hefeweizen that's packed with flavor and very breaks the mold and is one of the best hefeweizen's that I've ever had! A definite recommendation.

If you are in the Raleigh-Durham area, seek this brewery out. It's right by the airport and the guys that own and run the place were great to everyone at the brewery bar. A wonderful experience.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a shaker pint glass at the brewery in Raleigh NC.

Your classic Hefe is presented with a cloudy orb glowing lemon yellow with wonderful dark gold hues on the edges. Simple white creamy head. Looks great.

Brings the classic hefe sense, fresh banana ripe and peeled, with hints of clove. Very LARGE nose on this it's very obvious and aggressive.

It feels like a large beer is coming, but even for a hefe on taste this is very light. Light bodied fruit sense and esters, kind of wet with an airy clove finish.

Overall still a very solid beer, but it seems to smell better than it tastes if you ask me. Nobody though, is complaining.

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Photo of BeerNoobNC
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat beers in general are not my favorite styles, but I can safely say that this is one of the best, if not the best, that I have had in this style. It is a local beer from North Carolina, and I had it on tap at Chili's.
At first, I was very skeptical to try it, but with the limited selection they had, I went for it. They garnished it sort of gay, with a frosted mug and a wedge of lime and orange. I thought I had made a bad decisions. However, once I got past that, the taste was amazing with a good mouthfeel, aroma, and taste. I would highly recommend this beer, especially if it can be tried on tap.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Shotgun Betty is a very cloudy light peach toned body with plenty of esters in the nose that scream banana. The clove is there just in the background playing its part well. There's also a slight bit of gummyness to the nose as well. The taste is matched with a slight spice character as well. The mouthfeel stands right at about medium with slightly lighter carbonation than some heffes. Overall a great beer that will most likely please the masses and beer geeks alike.

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Photo of Luigi
4.07/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy orange color with a good two finger head on it. Retention is decent as it settles down to some nice lacing around the glass.

The smell of fresh yeast and a hint of banana nut bread. Some hint grassy hops make for a nice clean aroma overall.

The flavor hits the spot. Sweet malt and baked bread, cloves, and hints of orange zest. Nothing is over down and balances nicely with some clean hop bitterness.

Finishes crisp, clean, and has a light body with slight carbonation. Very easy to drink and is always around because I can drive to the brewery in just 20 mins. Just no thrills tasty Hefeweizen!!

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Photo of lastmango
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
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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Photo of beer2day
4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served at the Marriott in downtown Durham.

Pours a nice cloudy yellow gold. Two-finger head adorns the glass and stays for a nice long visit.

Big banana-clove nose as anticipated. Lonerider delivers on that expectation, though. The bartender says "hope you like bananas" when he brings the beer over.

Very rich, thick taste and feel. Slightly bitter in the finish with a faint lemon feel. Very nice desert beer.

A little chewy for a hefe, but not bad. A little thick to drink more than one.

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Photo of blackie
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: big hefe glass picked up in msn, frothy two-finger deep white head falls back slowly to leave a full coating, opaque cloudiness from the roused yeast, deep golden yellow in color

s: solid wheat foundation, creamy yeast presence with green banana and subtle clove, clean noble hops, a thick, rich hefeweizen aroma

m: carbonation medium-full, pretty lively but smoothly so, medium body

t: full wheat malt body provides a subtle sugar offset to the crisp noble hop profile, lots of white bread yeast, underripe banana and clove, nice finishing bitterness

d: hokey marketing aside, this is a really nice, easy drinking hefe - didn't think much of it a few years ago at the WBF, but I'll be looking for other Lonerider beers in the future

single from Sam's, Durham

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Photo of metter98
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: The beer is cloudy yellow in color and poured with a finger high white head that slowly faded away and left lacy patterns of bubbles on the surface.
S: There are moderate aromas of banana, clove and lemon in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has some initial sweetness followed by a slight amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is also quite refreshing.

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Photo of kneeland
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I get this on tap every time I visit 16 Taps here in Wilmington (soon to be Pour House Music Hall).

It pours a hazy, heavy, faded orange amber color. Foam laced head sticks around throughout the pint.

A little citrus, clove, peach. I've yet to try a hefeweizen that I didn't love. I like to keep it regional with this one.

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Photo of callisbeers
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have not been a huge Hefe fan since a bad experience passing the a boot filled with Hefe several years ago. However, since I have matured and am now a refined drinker I thought I would give it a go, glad I did. Had this on tap at home over the summer. Great appearance, good smell, good taste, good mouthfeel, all you would expect and more. This was the perfect summer beer.

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Photo of Amalak
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this off the tap at the luxury box in Raleigh, NC.
a. Hazy, opaque straw. Some head no lace.
s. Wheat and malt scent.
t. Crisp and wheats. Some citrus to it. Mild maltiness.
M. Refreshing and carbonated.
D. Very nice mildness to it. Goes down easy. Fine wheat, thought not special.

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