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 NCD
1.55/5  rDev -57.9%
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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Photo of hdf561
2.01/5  rDev -45.4%
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 ccrida
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%
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 DeltaGolfSierra
2.87/5  rDev -22%
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 -20.9%
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 -20.7%
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 -20.4%
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 ThisWangsChung
2.96/5  rDev -19.6%
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 BeerDocT
3.02/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance 3.0: Certainly nothing special as far as appearance goes. Attractive golden color, but pitiful head. I mean NOTHING formed. No lacing whatsoever. Like water.

Smell 3.5: Now we're talking. Cloves, bananas and...a deep, cloying malt. I'm hoping for an Oberon-type taste.

Taste 3.0: Oh, mama. What a letdown. Front is somewhat yeasty like all good hefes, but the middle...bleargh. Pure water. Finish is also a disappointment: just a watered-down semi-sweet maltiness. A missed opportunity.

Mouthfeel 2.0: Awful. Watery (hate to use that word again) and flat. WAY off the style.

Overall 3.0: Ok...I guess. There are some taste elements that are on the mark for the style, but there is SO much way off the mark here that it is just a hot mess in a pint glass. Weak, flat, no bubbles, whatever you want to call it, "Shotgun Betty" is one firearm that should have stayed in the gun safe. Not recommended.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.04/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

BBD 3/20/14. Pours a slightly hazy golden amber with zero head. Slight nose of banana and clove. Light bodied with a nice effervescent carbonation level. The flavor profile is on the weak side of a typical Hefeweizen. It has weak banana and clove notes over a sulfur like background. The finish is smooth and effervescent. The sulfur off taste lingers.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale golden-yellow color with lots of haze; opaque pretty much all the way though, except for maybe the very edges. A thin white head forms momentarily before it wisps away into nothing. Pretty standard looking hefeweizen, although maybe a slightly brighter shade of yellow than most.

I take a whiff and ugh, what the hell am I smelling? Something very weird and off-putting caught me off guard and took me a bit by surprise. Almost like a wet dog, or sweaty socks. Funky, but not an acceptable "brett" or "barnyard" kind of way. Funky as in old or mildew-ish. Lots of sulfur and yeast lay behind that weird-ass smell. Tons of yeast. That characteristic mint, clove, bubblegum combo is there, but it's almost too powerful, not to mention doesn't work well with the other strange aromas.

Luckily it doesn't taste nearly as bad as it smells, although it's still far from impressive. Mild astringency up front - not a tartness, just a small bite that grabs the back end of the tongue for a moment. Lightly fruity and sweet with some apple skins and lemon zest floating about. The yeast is also a bit lighter at first, but gets heavier towards the end, and even heavier when the beer has time to warm up. Light hop bitterness stings around three-quarters of the way through, but dissipates quickly without a trace. The aftertaste leaves your mouth coated with the yeast, and a bit of clove and bread. Thin-medium body, decent carbonation.

Yeesh, this one was strange. The smell was all over the place and unfortunately not too enjoyable. The taste was much better, yet still wasn't anything to rave about. Thanks to Jeff for sharing this, but I'll be passing this one up if I ever see it again.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From the bottle at SAVOR 2011. Served in a goblet.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a small white head that diminishes pretty quickly. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings some bread and then the typical hefeweizen triumvirate of banana, clove, and bubble gum. Light astringency, actually. The flavor is a bit off in a manner that's difficult to describe, though the right components are all there. Light body with average carbonation. Not bad, though not something I would seek out again.

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Photo of mactrail
3.18/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Average wheat beer with modest German flavors.

Nice head with small bubbles and leaves a decent patch of lacing. Mouthfeel is nice with just enough carbonation. Wet cardboard nose. Faint esters and fruity flavors. Some hops give it a touch of bitterness. A little bubble gum. More bitterness than those in the the nice rich, malty German style.

Not much here if you're looking for a Hefeweizen style, but quite drinkable. Could be refreshing on a hot day. But flavor doesn't stay long, like the perfect guest.

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Photo of jploving
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I have had this beer in the past...maybe a year the beach...while it was a muggy August South Carolina....and it was the perfect beer at the perfect moment....but....
It was not as good this time. It was not bad at all, just not the same experiance I remember at the beach.
It pours a little thin and the head does disappear rather quickly. I would expect a little more body to accomidate the abv. It was a little hazy from the yeast sediment, which was nice.
It is quite refreshing-sticking to the Bavarian clove, minty, slightly ripened banana and slight bubble gummy flavors-although not as pronounced as I feel it should be...the flavor is kinda of like the body and mouthfeel---needs a little more "umph!"
I like this beer but for the $8.47 price is hard to justify the "thinness" to price ratio.
I rate it a 3.3

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Photo of Rhettroactive
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From bottle to Bruge hybrid glass on 2/11/11
*From notes

A big thanks goes out to Escargobier for this one - cheers Mike!

It should be noted that I separated the sediment, and poured it back in after finishing half of the beer.

A: Cloudy - it's got a rugged vanilla haze to it that envelopes the light. The separated sediment looks murky and thick.

S: Smoked pork belly and fried peanut butter and banana sandwich.

T: Buttery and creamy, it really showcases that hefe flavor profile of banana and nila wafer. It finishes with a good dose of pork fat and yeast.

M: Lighter body then I would have expected, but it's balanced once the dregs are introduced back into the brew. Well carbonated.

O: I do not like hefe's and I never have. Having said that, I can still appreciate a good beer when I come across it, and this is one. It's fairly solid - it doesn't flash greatness in any one area, it all just comes together for a total package that's worth drinking.

I would recommend consuming Shotgun Betty fresh, as I had one but a week or two off the line and it was even better.

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Photo of Yoda22
3.39/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Poured a slightly hazy light orange color. Very thin layer of head if you can even call it that.

S- Spicy smell with a hint of banana. I definitely enjoy the smell and it's appropriate for the style.

T- The spicyness is what hits you the most with a bit of bitterness. This gives us quite a twang up front. Don't get a lot of banana. Disappointing finish without much flavor on the end.

M- Thin slightly watery body, medium/high carbonation. Kind of lacking.

O- It's a pretty good sessionable beer - the taste and finish don't match up to the smell but it's still enjoyable.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.4/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to Dave Guay for sharing this one. Best before 06.08.12 indicated on the label. Pours a pale, orange-gold with no head. Nose is somewhat subdued - clove, light banana esters and a suggestion of yeast. Taste consistent with nose; however a wheat character comes out in the flavor profile which is a bit forward of those qualities expressed in the nose. There is also a light, non-distinct citrus character. Mouthfeel is light in body with a lively carbonation that comes off a bit coarse. Overall, not a bad domestic hefeweizen; however, there are definitely better examples of the style out there. Not sure if age has affected this beer.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Hazy honey. Really disappointed by the lack of head retention on this one. Fizzed out much too qiuckly.
S- Wheat with some peppery notes, and just a touch of banana.
T- The beginning is a pleasant banana flavor but this is almost immediately overwhelmed by a peppery spice flavor. Not bad, but it lacks balance between the phenols and the spice.
M- Relatively full bodied for style. Moderate carbonation.
D- Just an average hefe, in my book. It has all the right parts (except head retention), but it doesn't balance the banana/bubblegum with the spice right.

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Photo of KajII
3.42/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

[Best served in a Weizen glass]

Poured a hazy medium yellow- orange with an average sized white creamy head that lasted quite a while and produced excellent lacing. The aroma was robust with yeast and had a mild strawlike malt scent with notes of banana, clove and some citrus. It tasted lightly sweet with hints of banana and some spice at first then became very yeasty with a nice citrus note at the end. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and very creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall this is a good hefeweizen, very refreshing and quite pleasing to the palate.

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Photo of daliandragon
3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My mom's name is Betty so this one was a no brainer. These guys make some quality beers, but nothing yet that's blown my socks off. Typical cloudy body with finger off white head that could linger a little longer. Banana, clove, apple peel; nice but par for the course.

Plenty of carbonation but it doesn't adversely affect the flavor except perhaps to mask it. The flavors are mostly on point but there's something in the aftertaste I don't love. A bit dryer than usual for the style. Some kind of metal or chemical tinge becomes apparent a few seconds after the sip. Not a deal breaker, but not up with Bavaria's best either. Being local it should be fresh and the drink before date isn't until April so it's not skunked. Just something a little different that doesn't quite agree. I'd like to try it again, preferably on tap.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.46/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

decided to go the full round with lonerider and try a couple of new ones as well while i was at it. a nice hazy yellow pour with a good bit of carbonation coming up towards the surface. a smooth and even lacing that permeated throughout the glass.

aroma is very faint, lots of wheat, hints of light fruit and touches of earthy notes, but again nothing really standing out to me as being different then any other in the style. light flavor but as it warms it starts to come around. nice touches of banana and light bready malts make up the back bone here with a clean and crisp flavor that seems to bounce off the palate. smooth and lean finish leaves you thirsty for more.

not a bad offering at all, just needs a little bit more of a punch.

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Photo of Blargimus
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into weizen glass. Best before 5/4/2012, but who's counting?

Pours a crystal clear straw color until I stir up the yeast bed, then it's fairly cloudy. Not much head retention for a wheat beer. Lots of visible carbonation.

Smells of wheat, yeast, and light sour lemon. Pleasant.

Taste is also quite pleasant, but not particularly intense. Mostly wheat and clove, with a little banana at the end. No hop character and only a hint hint of bitterness.

High carbonation, but thin beer. Nice and light.

Nice hefe. I wish I had tried this fresher.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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 Beejay
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Yellow brown in color, mostly clean with a thin amount of white head on the top of it.

S: Nice bread aroma with clove and banana. This tends to be closer to the clove and spice than the banana type aromas.. Nice and clean.

T: Nice bready notes, with clove, coriander, and possibly a touch of citrus peel. Lovely beer for a hot day.

M: Medium light, carbonation is pretty active, and the finish is dry, leaving the mouth wanting another sip.

O: Overall a pretty good offering from a brewery I don't know a lot about but have been impressed with so far.

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Photo of Dodo2step
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

P- Thanks to my buddy Trask in NC

A- a cloudy gold color. NIce head about 2 giners that leaves a nice sticky lacing.

S- Light pepper and banana spice. Some clove comes through in the nose as well. not bad could be better for a hefe though.

F- The start of the brew isnt bad with banana and peppery spice mixing well but the aftertaste leaves behind a musty pepper clove flavor.

M-wheaty clove and carbonation. The phenols overmatch everything else.

O- decent hefe but i have had much better. This is an average brew and nice color.

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