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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 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 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 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 Zach136
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cloudy bordering on opaque straw body. Nice white head.

Aroma/Flavor: typical yeast phenol driven character of banana and clove. Light straw/grainyness on the palate.

Mouthfeel: Medium light bodied.

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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 ago...at the beach...while it was a muggy August evening....in 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 tag....it is hard to justify the "thinness" to price ratio.
I rate it a 3.3

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Photo of Mojo
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle -> World marker hefeweizen glass

A - pours up clear gold with a solid two finger head, excellent head retention, and bits of lacing left on the side of the glass.

S - about what you would expect, bananas, clove, and bready notes.

T - taste follows the nose. The finish is sort of dry and yeasty.

M - sort of thin and under carbonated

O - very average at best. Certainly not the best example of the style.

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Photo of Brenden
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thickly clouded Hefeweizen, the color's in the darker range but still a shade of yellow and appropriate for the style. A fizzy white head struggles and doesn't last for more than a few seconds. It does have continuous bubbling, but it doesn't help to constitute more than a bit at the edges, and it doesn't really leave much lacing to speak of. I smell it coming out of the bottle, so I'm not too worried.
The aroma gives off all the banana and clove I could hope for under a backbone of wheat that doesn't interfere too much with letting the yeast do what it does, and the flavor does very much the same. Gentle black pepper spiciness is still able to come out nicely as well. Not too dusty with just a bit of earth to it, there's a good balance also well established, a feat required to be performed by means other than hops.
The body almost reaches medium. There's crispness all the way. It's a bit smooth but overall the edges could be smoothed out in the mouthfeel.

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Photo of n2185
3.57/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear yellow-gold with a finger of white head that into a thin layer with a little lacing. I even swirled the last half of the bottle before pouring--no yeast?

S: Bananas and bubblegum dominate with a light spiciness (clove, coriander, etc.) and sweet breads.

T: The bananas and bubblegum are a bit dialed back here, but still present. Similar spices are also there with some tasty bread flavors. Finishes clean.

M: Light body with medium carbonation, this beer isn't quite as carbonated as I'd like, leaving it just a touch watery.

O: A solid hefeweizen overall, though I wish there were some yeast in the bottle to bring out the breadiness that I love in a good hefeweizen. It could also use a bit more carbonation.

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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 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 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 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 Cyberkedi
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma is wheaty and yeasty with a subtle citrus note, typical but still promising. It pours a hazy solar yellow; I was not able to get much of a head. Mouth-filling flavor has firm wheaty, yeasty and sweet lemon notes plus a hint of orange. Though typical and not complex, it is still pleasing and refreshing. Firm-bodied texture has plenty of sass and fizz, leaving a wheaty, tingly finish with plenty of citrus.

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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 Cylinsier
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Pours a light citrus gold color, whit head.

Smells of light esters and wheat malts.

Flavor is wheaty with citrus and coriander notes.

Medium body with light carbonation.

Pretty decent and tasty hefe, worth trying, among the better American hefes I've had.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer has a hazy straw body with a fair amount of white head and lace. The is a cloudy twisting carbonation to the body.

Smell: It a nectarous aroma that is pleasantly spicy and clove like.

Taste: The flavor is very fruity with tones of clove, banana and mild citrus.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and a little bit lighter than most hefes but that is one of the things that made it so refreshing.

Overall: Definitely, more an American style hefe than a German. Still a good beer all the same. Great logo too.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a bad beer at all, in fact it has some flashes of being very good indeed. The problem is, it's a bit too bitter. Now, don't get me wrong, I'm fine with some bitterness in a hefe, but it's a fine balancing act. If you're going to go that route, you need to be sure that the bitterness stays in balance with the lovely yeast notes in the hefe. Done just right, the bitterness can draw a line under the banana and clove and add a nice dimension. A little too heavy handed and you end up eclipsing the yeast and you essentially have a wheated pale ale. This one has some flashes of nice banana and clove, but the bitterness hides most of the yeasty notes. It also fades a bit on the finish and becomes a little too dry and thin. Still, it has some nice notes of banana, grain, and spice that peek through from time to time, and is fairly enjoyable, but I wish restraint had been the watchword here as far as the hops were concerned.

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Photo of syrupjoe
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into pint glass

Cloudy pale gold with almost white head.

Sweet clove and banana on the nose with a bit of honey and malt flavor.

Taste is sour, crisp, and fruity. Lots of banana and apricot. Moderate carbonation and very clean mouthfeel.

Overall a delicious beer - not as esthery and aromatic (read:banana milkshake) as most, but quite drinkable while still being interesting.

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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 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 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 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 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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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 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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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
3.68 out of 5 based on 446 ratings.
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