Grapefruit Wheat - Odd Side Ales

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Grapefruit WheatGrapefruit Wheat

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Ratings: 66
Reviews: 8
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 11.21%
Wants: 0
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Zaphog on 05-23-2014

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Ratings: 66 | Reviews: 8
Reviews by StoutHunter:
Photo of StoutHunter
3.32/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Odd Side Ales Grapefruit Wheat last week for $1.89 at The Lager Mill. I had this beer recently at a local beer fest and I wasn't too impressed with it, but I had already had a few beers at that point and I thought I would pick up a bottle to try while my palate is fresh, so lets see how it goes. Bottled on June 30th 2014. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it goes well with the name since it has the two main ingredients to this beer on the label, I think it's a little eye catching. It poured a very cloudy golden yellow color that took on more of a dark golden hue when held to the light, but the cloudyness prevented a lot of light from coming through and it had one fingers worth of white head that quickly faded to a thin ring that eventually faded away and it didn't leave any lacing behind.. This was a ok looking beer, but I wish the head, lacing and retention were all better.

S- The aroma starts off with a higher amount of medium sweetness followed by the wheat being the first to show up and it imparts a nice and noticeable wheat aroma with some bready and sweet malts showing up in the background along with a little bit of doughy yeast. Up next comes a light spicy aroma with a coriander like aroma seeming to stick out the most and it's followed by the grapefruit which has a nice natural Grapefruit like aroma, but it's a little on the light side and there's some citrus rind like aromas showing up in the background. This beer had a nice aroma, both aspects the beer was named after show up, but I wish the grapefruit showed up a little more.

T- The taste seems to be pretty similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness followed by the wheat still being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that they did in the aroma, but this time they show up a little more and they seem to be the flavor that sticks out the most in this beer. Up next comes some noticeable doughy yeast and hardly any spices with some grapefruit flavors showing up, but they might be even lighter than it was in the aroma. On the finish comes a very light amount of medium bitterness that is unique and must be from the grapefruit since it doesn't have that sharpness that I expect from hops and it had a very wheat like aftertaste with just a little grapefruit coming through. This was a decent tasting beer, but it seemed to be pretty unbalanced and I wish the grapefruit showed up more.

M- Smooth, clean, crisp, slightly refreshing, on the slightly thicker side of being medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and it worked well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was pretty close to being an average example of the style, the wheat base showed up nicely, but I was left wanting more grapefruit in every aspect except for the bitterness, I thought the bitterness showed just at the right level. This beer had ok drinkability, it was smooth, clean, crisp, slightly refreshing, not too filling, but the taste didn't do the best job at holding my attention and I think one would be enough for me, the flavors doesn't really leave me wanting more of it. What I liked the most about this beer was the aroma and mouthfeel, they seemed to be the highlights of this beer and they were both nice. What I liked the least about this beer was the lack of balance, it seemed like the wheat base showed up a lot, but the grapefruit didn't and I wish it was a little more noticeable. I don't think I would buy this beer again, if i want a wheat beer I would go with a straight up wheat beer and if I wanted a Grapefruit beer I would go with some type of radler, but I wouldn't turn one. This beer is worth a try, but I can't say I would recommend it as a good beer. All in all I was a little let down with this beer, Oddsides does a pretty good job at making a beer taste like the name suggests, but I think they were just a little off the mark with this one and I don't think it turned out as good as it could have. This just might be my least favorite Oddsides beer and as far as fruity wheat beers go it isn't at the top. Better luck next time guys, this one could use a little bit of work.

More User Reviews:
Photo of buschbeer
2.69/5  rDev -20.6%

12 FL. OZ bottle
Served in a weizen glass

It is yellow to orange in color and very cloudy. It has a tight, off-white head of about two inches the leave some lacing.

The smell begins sweet. Then I get some caramel, cardboard, and I guess some semblance of grapefruit.

The taste is like someone put grapefruit rind in a Blue Moon. There is some unappealing bitterness masking the taste of an unremarkable wheat beer. Then I get tastes of candy corn.

This is easily the worst beer I have had from Odd Side. I like pretty much everything else I have had from them. this takes everything bad in a Blue Moon and combines it with the worst aspects of grapefruit.

Photo of justinp444
3.63/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a tulip glass this beer has a thin white frothy head with a hazy orange body. The smell is of grapefruit, yeast, citrus, and light malt. Taste is of bitter grapefruit, orange citrus, some lemon, tiny bit of spice, and a lot of bread-y yeast. It has a moderate mouth feel with a nice smoothness for a bitter beer.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pint glass; no bottle dating, but is a recent release. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 2 finger dense and fluffy off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, orange zest, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance of grapefruit, pale malt, and fruity/spicy yeast notes; with solid strength. Taste of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon, orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Fair amount of citrus peel bitterness and yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of grapefruit, tangerine, lemon/orange peel, pear, apple, pepper, wheat, bread, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice robustness and balance of grapefruit, pale malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; with a good malt/yeast/bitterness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/sticky mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a very nice fruited pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness and balance of grapefruit, pale malt, and fruity/spicy yeast flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of barnabasdog
3.48/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A- very cloudy with zero visibility, minimal head with some lacing, burnt orange Carmel color

S-lots of citrus with some honey and light hops

T- grapefruit right away, bread, hops, honey and cane sugar

M- medium bodied with little carbonation, refreshing, after taste dissipates right away

O- not bad but was a little disappointed I had high hopes for this grapefruit style wheat. I enjoyed it but felt it was missing something. Overall I would drink it again. I like oddsides beers.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
3.29/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into shaker pint. Pours a golden yellow, with a finger of fluffy white head with great retention. Not much in the way of lacing. The aroma of grapefruit is strong, I can get whiffs of it even though it's on a tray about a foot and a half away. Bringing it closer, the grapefruit is there, but also lemon, bread, wheat... it smells like your average wheat, for the most part. Not bad, but not great; decent. Taste follows, with a tang of citrus on the back end. Enjoyable, but not spectacular.

Photo of SerialTicker
3.19/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 6/30 and poured 8/7 into a shaker pint, since it was all that was clean.

Appearance: Gross. It's a yellow orange color, but this is one of the least appealing looking beers I've seen... super clumpy bits of yeast floating and sitting at the bottom. It looks like a snow globe, really. I have never seen a beer with so much sediment. Basically no head to speak of, but there is a bit of clingy lace, which helps the score a bit.

Smell: Weird. A bit of wheat, but not really grapefruit. It smells more like vegetables or something than grapefruit specifically, or even fruit at all, at least at first. As I take more whiffs, it actually smells like apple and grape juice. I start to pick up some grapefruit aromas, but it doesn't smell like grapefruit and wheat like I was fully expecting it to. Smells pretty decent.

Taste/feel: Not working for me. The tartness from the grapefruit melding with everything else creates a strange "off" bitterness that I'm not enjoying. The flavor is decent... wheat with a little bit of grapefruit and slight spicy character. Creamy body with a fairly mild carbonation may be the best part about this beer, but that's not saying all that much.

Finally, Odd Side lets me down... and quite hard. It has a wheaty aspect to it, and a fruity sort of flavor, I guess, but it's as if the fruit was spoiled or something when the beer was bottled. Not very appealing at all, but it's drinkable at the very least. I probably wouldn't buy it again, as it tastes like a mediocre home brew. It seems like a beer that the people of Odd Side brewed because someone paid them to, or they lost a bet. The label is boring (although fairly colorful), and the description of the beer at the bottom of the bottle is just dull, "WHEAT BEER WITH GRAPEFRUIT ADDED." Yeah, that's what it is, but Odd Side usually comes off as more enthusiastic. I don't know. I'm looking too deep into things, but there's no denying that this is the worst Odd Side beer that I've had.

Photo of Mitchster
2.8/5  rDev -17.4%

Pours out to a very cloudy medium golden, forming a modest bone white head with good retention and lacing. Carbonation is moderate, ~2.5 carbs or so. The nose is not very something Leinenkugel would brew, or like a pyramid apricot hefe...ick. Basically, it's lemon and overwhelming doughy yeasty wheat. I wonder if they were trying to go for the Oberon thing, because it has a similar, very bready yeasty nose. The mouthfeel is soft, medium light bodied, a little tart. Taste opens with abundant bready yeast, then lots of lemon, then some metallic bitterness. Bitterness lingers into the aftertaste.

I am not digging this beer. Way to doughy and yeasty (despite a careful decant), the metallic bitterness is weird, and the tartness just doesn't sit well. Pass on this one from Oddside.
L=2.0, A=2.25, T=2.5, MF=3.0, D=3.0

Grapefruit Wheat from Odd Side Ales
78 out of 100 based on 66 ratings.