Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale | Lonerider Brewing Company

Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen AleShotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale
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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.

Added by wagenvolks on 01-16-2009

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Ratings: 463 |  Reviews: 94
Photo of VaterRoss
1/5  rDev -72.8%

Photo of ghowehattrick
1.27/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Tastes like bathroom caulk. Smells like sour fruit. Drain pour.

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Photo of mwbrady12
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Photo of DuffDaddy
1.5/5  rDev -59.1%

Had at Bro's place in Stechoa tasting after a trip to Barber. With Bro and the Sheilds...

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Photo of NCD
1.55/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On tap Very cloudy orange pour with a fluffy short lived white head and a little drippy lace. Aroma is all clove, one dimensional. Clove and mace. No banana no bubblegum, has the looks of a homebrew. meh city strait down the drain. Shogun Betty has taken way too many shots

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of JohnnyK
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of SysopChris
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Way too carbonated.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of hdf561
2.01/5  rDev -45.2%
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 ygtbsm94
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of epyon396
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold with a big bubbled collar, no lace, not too appealing.

Smell is pretty esters, classic Bavarian mix, banana and clove, rubbery.

Taste is similar, big esters, tons bubblegum, a touch phenolic as well. Really candied.

Mouthfeel is a little thin, lacking snap.

Drinkability isn't too high for me, this is just too candied, and the watery stillness doesn't help. Below average.

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Photo of maketheheartglad
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of BBelch
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of JamieLynn81
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of Evoforen
2.75/5  rDev -25.1%

Photo of DeltaGolfSierra
2.87/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a cloudy golden-orange color, with surprisingly little head after a straight-down-the-center pour. All other hefes I've tried had a huge billowy head - this one is the exception. The smell made me look twice to see if I was drinking a hefe. It doesn't have the banana scents typical for hefes - it is more like a wit with lemon and floral notes. Herbal and floral flavors are prominent in the taste; not much banana or bubble gum flavors found in the best hefes. If this were classified as a wit, I'd give it a higher score, but it falls well short of the top hefeweizens.

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Photo of kris10michele
2.91/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: I poured the beer from a bottle into a pint glass, and the color was orangey-yellow. It was slightly cloudy. There was no head to be found. It didn't look too appealing, but I don't go much off of appearances anyway. ;)

Smell: There is a strong banana smell, which was slightly unexpected, and a hint of a yeast bread scent. Pleasant, but not my favorite.

Taste: Apparently hefeweizens aren't my thing. The taste wasn't too bad, but I like my beer to be either heavy or light, and this one was somewhat in-between. The banana flavor is completely lost other than what can be smelled while drinking it, and what is left is a yeasty, slightly bitter, slightly sweet flavor. It's not terrible, but it's not my favorite, either. Overall, I'd say it's just "okay."

Mouthfeel: Almost like water, the mouthfeel left a little to be desired. The way it goes down is fairly smooth, but I wish there was a little bit more dryness in this beer.

Overall, the yeast smell and flavors took me off guard. On the bottle, this beer is noted as a beer with "a rich, banana-clove nose and a refreshing dry finish." The banana was definitely there, but the clove nose and refreshingly dry finish seem to have gotten a little lost along the way.

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Photo of chinchill
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

On tap.
Not good looking, with a hazy brown body and a minimal head.
The aroma is even less appealing.
Redeemed by the flavor which is weird for style but modestly enjoyable.

O: Weak offering from an otherwise recommended brewery.

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Photo of farrago
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Close to two fingers of bleached white froth, mostly loosely knit microfoam which would dimple more if it wasn't evaporating so solidly across the surface anyway, the lacing comes in the form of thin sheets rather than streaks, here there's credible stickiness. Mildly hazy, not cloudy, yellow-orange hued liquid, mostly transparent, touch too dilute to really diminish much at the rims or glass bottom, has a decent glow to it. The nose brings strong clove, cinnamon spice as well as banana and honey aspects, spiced orange peels, ripened unto syrupy peach, apricot, pear, grape fruit scents, little pepperiness but nothing distinctly "wheaty" about it, too sweet overall for that. Full-bodied, here in the mouth there's more corn and meal than dry, bitter wheat or unprocessed grains. The sweet honey, banana and clove notes only really challenged by the effervescent carbonation, which itself could show more restraint. Undercurrent of mineral water below the juicy peach, apricot, pear, pineapple, white grape fruit. The orange to lemon citrus has less focus than in the nose. Odd tacky residue left on the tongue, stays drying after the flavors long gone.

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Photo of gopens44
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a goblet.

A: Pours a cloudy amber color. The head stands at a finger high, with a white shade. Typical of the style, it has a creamy texture and unimpressive retention. Tiny amounts of lacing are left on the glass.

S: The nose has elements of a solid hefeweizen...those elements are just watered down. There are some subtle notes of clove, noble hopping, and wheat. I'm not getting much banana - to be fair, I'm not getting much else either.

T: This works a little better. It leans closer to clove than banana, but I can pick up both...barely. There is an okay touch of hoppiness to finish its clove-y profile, at least. The problem isn't that it's bad - it's that its both muddled and weak-tasting. There aren't any defined flavors here, dragging it down to Averageville.

M: Like the flavor profile, it ticks a lot of hefeweizen boxes: well carbonated, somewhat soft from the wheat malt, and dry on the back end. It goes down fairly easily, but a stronger taste would make the feel even better.

O: This is one of my favorite styles, but even taking that into consideration, this beer is merely average at best. It hits all the right notes, just without any discernible standout qualities. A mere shadow next to the German stalwarts, and even a step or two below the best American examples.

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Photo of ChadA83
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Damian74
3/5  rDev -18.3%

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