Friday, June 17, 2011

LoneRider Shotgun Betty Hefeweizen

This is a story about a chick named Betty and her shotgun. No, I'm not talking about Betty Draper from Mad Men. I'm talking about Shotgun Betty from LoneRider Brewing Company out of Raleign, NC. This is the second beer reviewed from LRBC. Click here for a review of their pale ale, Peacemaker.

Shotgun Betty is brewed in the traditional German Hefeweizen style, meaning that it was made by brewers eating giant pretzels and wearing lederhosen. Sorry to stereotype. They were actually eating schnitzel. Hefeweizen is a wheat or white beer, meaning that instead of malted barley, they add wheat to the mix. Special strains of yeast are also used, which give overtones of bananas and cloves as by products of fermentation. For some reason though, all I ever taste is sausage when drinking hefeweizens, except for the one made by Pyramid. I'll have to try that experiment out - take a medium-sized mixing bowl, mash up two bananas, add one half a slice of wheat bread, 1/4 cup water, and 1 teaspoon of cloves. Mix vigorously with a wooden spoon. Eat with said spoon and examine taste. Will it taste like sausage? Go do the experiment! Science!

Shotgun Betty does taste like sausage to me, but not totally in a bad way. And I actually could taste a hint of bananas after my first sip. The beer is kind-of-sort-of-medium heavy, so I would only drink one or two at a time (cuz I only have two hands you know). I enjoyed this hefeweizen more than others, I would put it in the top 25% or so, whatever the hell that means. You can find this stuff all over NC I assume, but here in the Chapel on the Hill it runs about $8-9 a six-pack, depending on what deal you find at Harris Teeter. It runs 5.8% ABV which is strong enough to give you a great buzz if you haven't eaten in a few hours. Plus, there is a chick holding a shotgun on the bottle! And she has a cowboy hat! And is drawn like a comic book character! This beer totally appeals to 15 year old boys that play the shit out of Red Dead Revolver. And people who like decent hefeweizens.

Drinkability: 5/10
Taste : 5/10
Value: 6/10
Curb Appeal: 9/10

Overall: 6.25/10

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