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 brentk56
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color and while the head is decent, it is somewhat lacking for the style; not a whole lot of lacing, either

Smell: Rather subtle elements of banana and bubblegum to go along with the more spice forward elements

Taste: Bready, up front, with a lemon and clove spice character jutting forward; a hint of banana appears by mid-palate and lingers, after the swallow, but the overall effect is more lemony and clovey

Mouthfeel: Medium body and moderate carbonation; lacks a bit of the creamy character but it does have a bit of puckery crispness

Overall: Not anywhere near the great German hefes, this is a decent beer and would make for a good American wheat but it lacks the banana and mouthfeel that it needs to get into the upper echelon

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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 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 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 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 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 wedge
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Foggy golden yellow with a fluffy, pure-white head. Wheaty, funky, yeasty clove aroma...a whiff of sweet banana and must. Lots of fresh wheat flavor - cereal grain, fruity esters, lemon, light bubblegum, unripe banana. Bright and somewhat herbal feeling, tart, and dry. Medium bodied and slightly creamy. Certainly a decent local stab at the style. A tasty choice for warmer days...

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very hazy orange yellow color with a thick white head and a little bit of lacing. Smells of strong wheat, orange, and a good funk. Tastes of strong wheat, malts, orange, more citrus, and a little yeast and funk. Mouthfeel is medium and carbonation is high. I really liked this one.

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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 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 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 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 SFrankBrew
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy straw color. Thick white head retains well. Minimal lacing. Smells somewhat of ripe banana, but more spice and grain than phenols. Some banana, but more spicy than banana. Some vanilla and lemon flavors, but a good spice character is definitely predominant. Effervescent carbonation. Dry finish. A very good hefe. I don't know if it's as world-class as it is made out to be, but it's still a very good beer.

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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 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 rapidsequence
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. No date.

Appearance: Adding the yeast gives a slightly cloudy appearance to this previously clear dark yellow beer in my Weihenstephan weizen glass. A puffy, rocky head with reasonable retention and lacing.

Smell: Expected banana-clove aroma and slightly bready maltiness. Pretty darn good.

Taste: Again, banana, clove, and bread. The finish has a little more hoppy bitterness than expected, but still remains a little to sweet in the finish, without drying to the right crispness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is right on. I feel like its a bit too sticky in the mouth.

Drinkability: What a surprise. This is a pretty good hefeweizen. I'd definitely get it on draft at a bar or restaurant.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.72/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle from a mixed batch of mid-Atlantic brews sent by beer buddy Metalmonk. Never even heard of this Raleigh, NC brewery, so bonus points to Jeff for the bottle; double bonus points for the 'sexy, tough cowgirl' label (rifle-toting, lace-bodiced brunette) a keeper that'll be displayed in the beer cellar, next to others on the 'sexy label' shelf (alongside Southern Star Bombshell Blonde, Upright Four Play, High Noon Annie's Amber & Central City Red Racer IPA).

Poured to a pint glass.

A: Murky, almost muddy, butterscotch orange pour - hours after its cross-country journey ended, I'm guessing this perfectly-stirred hefeweizen is at its peak, appearance-wise. Vague head, barely a cover of creamy eggshell. Head recedes to a slim film . Low-hanging shards of droopy lace hang like fangs.

S: Good bready-yeasty aroma with enough banana and clove to be convincingly 'Bavarian'. Quite 'wheaty' and filled with spice.

T: Sufficiently malty - a chewy and gooey, sweetly spiced cereal grain. Unripe banana and dusty clove spice before a drier, dustier finish. 'Bread crust' toastedness underlies every sip, then something a little citrus-y, even concord grape. I like it.

M: Starts very thin, but fills out after a sip or three. Thickening grittiness, maybe too far on the sticky side for my liking. Still, it's refreshing and crisp and has good carbonation

D: Nothing particularly bad or good about this one, certainly drinkable and tasty enough. On its own, I'd like to have it again; amidst all the other fine hefeweizens out there, Germanic or not, this is well ensconced in the middle of the pack. However, if this is your local, drink up! ~ you could do far worse. Thanks, Jeff, for the chance to try it!

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Photo of Metalmonk
3.59/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beautiful. After the pour-swirl-pour, an abundant, fluffy, bubbly, cloud-like snow-white head is formed. It sits on top of a hazy peach/sunset yellow-gold color. Nears perfection, in terms of appearance.

Would that the aroma was as good. It's not bad, but doesn't do justice to the hefeweizen style. Rather than banana and clove, I get a musty, almost soggy sort of fruit aroma, like mushy peach and pear. That sort of soft wheat smell comes in too, but ultimately it smells like any number of average U.S. wheat ales.

More pear/peach succulence in the taste, in fact, quite a bit of that, and while the yeast is present, it's a little less nutty/earthy/clove-like than those great German hefes. Not really getting much banana either, but this still carries a flavor that stands on its own and benefits from not being placed in a specific category. It's certainly bright, enjoyable, and flavorful. Just a light bit of herb and sweet spice character in the finish. Somewhat dry for a "hefe" and almost puckery.

Very nice feel here, plenty round and creamy, with just the right measure of carbonation to top it off. Slick, smooth, silky. Nice.

This would have been more acceptable if they'd NOT called it a "hefeweizen" on the label. I think there's a big difference between an authentic hefe and an American wheat, which this is more like. "American wheat" is not even a bad thing, but if they're gonna call this a "hefeweizen," I'll judge it by that standard. And it's no Weihenstephaner or Franziskaner hefeweizen. That said, it's a good-drinking U.S. wheat. I'll look forward to the others that are left from the 6-pack I picked up.

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

12oz bottle poured into a glass mug.

A: Hazy, glowing golden beer with a good head retention. A little lacing, but mostly a small, persistent head makes this beer look very beer-ish. It's not frothy by any means, but it looks good for a hefeweizen.

S: Earthy, wheaty, and spicy.

T: It's got some spice to it, with a strong wheat backbone. It's thick and rich, with plenty of banana.

M: Medium, with a sort of thickness that can be associated with the style.

D: Very drinkable. It has some body to it, but it's also very refreshing. I would have no complaints if this were the only beer available.

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Photo of shocker1219
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Acme Restaurant, poured a cloudy yellow. Nice frothy, tall white head. Medium body. Hints of banana and clove with a strong wheat taste. Carbonation was just right. A smooth and subtle aftertaste. Cool and refreshing on a hot summer day. Very drinkable.

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Photo of oberon
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a hazed mix of honey and peach colors, fluffy white head atop.Aromas were mainly of toasty wheat malt,a light tinge of clove came thru as well.Lighter flavors with more wheat flavors than many of the style,there is subtle clove and banana notes but not real big.Not a bad stab at the style,went down well yesterday in the heat down here.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Evenly coudy golden yellow color. Poured a 1 finger coarse, stark white head with fair retention. Laced in broken rings.

S: Pleasant bready wheat malt. Muted banana and clove notes with some lemon zest in the background

T: Very consistent with aroma. Even, noble hop bitter adds a cleansing bite to the crips, refreshing finish.

M: Medium body. Ample carbonation. Crisp and refreshing finish; great for a warm, spring afternoon.

D: Very drinkable. Refreshing. Calssic for teh style.

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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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Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen Ale from Lonerider Brewing Company
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