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Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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Reviews: 49
Hads: 341
Avg: 3.79
pDev: 35.36%
Wants: 21
Gots: 75 | FT: 0
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Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style | ABV
American Blonde Ale | 4.50% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: TheBrewo on 08-02-2013

A light coffee note with gentle grains.
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Photo of carlborch
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden and forms a 1-inch creamy, white, head. Wet straw nose? Strong coffee and vanilla notes on the palate. Medium body and modest carbonation. Sweet, creamy lingering with coffee, vanilla, and malt on the palate. The wet-straw notes persist on the nose, but are joined by vanilla and caramel. Very nice on the palate. Modest malt notes, but sweet cream and coffee shows up.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
4.26/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Picked this up while back in the Midwest for my 10 year reunion. Poured a solid vibrant yellow color, 1/3" white head on the top.

Aroma was gorgeous, dropping coffee all over me like that old Live song from the 90s. Taste was coffee too, mild toasted grains. Mouthfeel was great, more waves of coffee. Had a lot of caramel creamer flavor going for it, was pretty neat. Similar to Stone's golden stout that had lots of caramel in coffee, made you think you were drinking the lightest body stout with those adjuncts that are usually in stouts. The hopping here was enough that it warrants a mention too.

Odd Side makes some odd beers, but this is one of their best, thoroughly enjoyed. Great summertime coffee beer.

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Photo of Can_has_beer
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was very lovely. It had a foamy white head with good retention, the aroma was predominantly vanilla and fresh baked bread. It had a nice light taste, more vanilla from the coffee beans, and just a slight tinge of actual coffee. I liked that it did not have any bitterness from too much coffee. It's easy to add too much coffee to a light bodied beer and this ended up nicely balanced.

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Photo of lewdwig
3.16/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

I don't particularly like blond ales. This one was slightly hazy, some sediments in the bottle. The smell was carmel with a slight mustiness in the background. The taste was of slight carmel and malts, better than most blond ales, but it won't be a regular for me.

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Photo of Dactrius
3.79/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Attractive with a decent head and some, but not a ton of lacing. Strong yeast aroma with just a hint of coffee. Taste is light but enjoyable with a mild but pleasant coffee flavor on top of a relatively low flavor blonde ale. I feel Odd Side is hit or miss but this might actually sit in the middle of their usual extremes.

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Photo of brandongoblue24
4.45/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12. oz bottle poured into pint glass

L: Pale yellow color. It was very hazy, but I also poured the yeast out. Strong 1" stark white head, with good retention.

S: Mild hops and bready grains are quickly enveloped by warm coffee and vanilla. When lightly swirled, coffee flavors are especially apparent.

T: A light, creamy ale, with a surprising amount of crispness. In the initial flavor, there are enough bready malts to balance the hops, but the palate is soon overwhelmed by rich coffee, espresso, dark chocolate, and vanilla. Absolutely delicious.

F: The carbonation was slightly prickly for my tastes, but it's a minor complaint. There's a medium body, although the boldness of the coffee is more reminiscent of a stout. It's also creamy and crisp at the same time, a nice combination.

O: I absolutely loved this - it combined my two favorite things, coffee and beer. It's a pretty original, bold idea (putting coffee in something light), and it was very well executed. Props to OddSide Ales - I will definitely be buying this again!

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Photo of GarthDanielson
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a pale, crystal clear, golden coloring with a thin halo of white head. Nose of creamy sweet, bitter roasted coffee, and vanilla. Flavors are rich vanilla sweet forward, with a roasted coffee rich backbone. Smooth and light bodied with an effervesced end-feel. Smooth, dry finish, with a lingering aftertaste of vanilla richness and roasted coffee.

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Photo of Brad_Ford
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle om 09/06/2015

Look: Gold, pours with a think white head that dissipates quickly without a trace. Strong carbonation throughout, though.

Smell: Smells strongly of coffee with hints of hops and grain

Taste: Starts off a bit like a standard lager with just some mild hops but then punched in the face by coffee on the finish. Can't detect much else

Mouthfeel: Smooth, light and refreshing. A little creamier mouthfeel than the standard ale

Overall: Great option for fans of coffee porters during the hot summer months. The coffee punch is surprising from this golden ale.

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Photo of phizzle
3.6/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Taste is decent for a coffee flavored beer. Slight vanilla taste as well. Most coffee flavored beers are stouts so this is a nice lighter alternative. I'd drink one of these over a Ballast Point Calm before the storm.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
4.18/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ratebeer tasting. Pale blonde body, mild haze copious bone white head. Aromas of coffee, assorted nuts, malt, chocolate. Such chocolate and coffee flavor is surprising from such a light colored beer. Really tasty.

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Photo of Clockwork420
2.95/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very straw like color with white head. No coffee smell at all. Wet grassy and grain. Typical plain ale smell. Taste coffee and vanilla for about 2 seconds. Otherwise plain ale notes. Mouthfeel is clean and refeshing. Very light. Medium carbonation. Good for refreshing factor. Not what I expected. Was hoping for much more flavor wise and was disappointed. Name suggests there should be more.

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Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - 4/5
Golden orange, fairly clear with a little bit of haze. About 2 fingers of off-white head. Small particles can beer seen floating in the beer. The rising carbonation is very sparse.

Smell - 4/5
Wow. I knew this was a coffee-blonde beer, but I was not expecting the coffee flavor to be this strong. The coffee aroma is quite strong with hints of dark chocolate and espresso. I can't detect much past the coffee.

Taste - 4.25/5
Wow, this really is as advertised. A blonde ale with very strong coffee flavors. Who knew that such a coffee flavor could be achived in a blonde? Besides the coffee, there are secondary light malt flavors--slightly sweet and fairly light. Hints of banana and light fruitiness as well.

Mouthfeel - 4/5
The feel is medium bodied and quite crisp. Yet the coffee flavor still comes through strongly, as if this was a full-bodied coffee stout. There is a medium amount of medium-high intensity carbonation. The beer is quite crisp. Overall quite a good feel.

Overall - 4/5
Overall I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. The coffee flavors were much more present than I was expecting, and it made for a quite enjoyable brew. The only qualms I have is that when I am desiring a light brew, I am usually not looking for a coffee beer. But presumably there are some people out there who like coffee beers, yet are not huge stout or porter fans. In that case this is an excellent beer which would fulfill that niche market.

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Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A very odd take on a blonde ale. Reminds me of cartons coffee. Light bready flavors and then some stale coffee. It is drinkable, but not my style for a coffee beer or a blonde ale. More flavor than a traditional blonde, but I don't know if that is a good thing. Tough to rate this one.

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Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is one that surprised me a little, as I found it more crisp and refreshing than I thought it would be. In the mood for a coffee forward stout but it's like summer and hot out? This may be just the ticket! Certainly well worth the try to say the least.

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Photo of jsisko01
2.66/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I am not a fan of coffee flavor. It tastes like a mocha drink. Most who are into that style of flavor would probably love it though. It's just not my thing.

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Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.67/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Poured from bottle to pint glass. Pale, pale yellow with a little head. No lacing. Smells of coffee and cream, slight bitterness, roasted sweet caramel. Taste follows, sweet coffee with a tiny bite on the end. Mouthfeel is thin, could be a perception thing since I was expecting something thicker to go along with the coffee flavor. Little to no aftertaste.

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Photo of ferndave
1.61/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Sounded intriguing. Tasted disgusting. Could not even finish the bottle. I'd drink a warm Bud Light Lime out of a dirty work boot before I have this again.

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Photo of acostuhhh
4.27/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I was made to try this with my eyes closed and guess the color. Yep got it wrong. Love the light coffee flavor and crispness of the blonde. My palate isnt so sophisticated, but this tastes deliciously.... delicate? Im not sure but I enjoy this beer.

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Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%

Lots of vanilla flavor. Some coffee and a little chocolate. As someone else said, little carbonation which is ok with me. Smooth and drinkable but probably not a regular go to beer for me given the intensity of the vanilla flavor. But, a refreshing change of pace!

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Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle dated 9/0/13, drank in Jan. 2014 (reviewed from notes). The body was a hazy straw/blonde. The head was off-white and faded to a ring and little island pretty quickly.

The smell was coffee and vanilla, mostly vanilla. Chocolate too. It mad me think of brownies. However, there were some strange whiffs of plastic.

The taste was sweet coffee. Chocolate and vanilla. Creamy. A mocha a suppose. Easy to drink.

The body was medium to light with modest carbonation.

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Photo of Badger6
3.56/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass. No date.

A: Clear golden, amber colored body. Some visible carbonation. One finger, bone white head rapidly receded into thin film on the surface with a small ring at the edge.

S: Chocolate, and malty graininess. Can't find the coffee.

T: Chocolatey, the coffee flavors are more mocha than a black brewed café. There is a clear blonde ale character there. Interesting...

M: Light, really thin, mouthfeel...watery, almost no carbonation feel. Slightly astringent on the tongue at the finish.

O: One word: unique. Flavors make this interesting. Billed as a blonde ale with coffee...its a misleading label. This is a blond ale hidden within a mocha. Tone down the chocolates, turn up the coffee, but not too much letting the blonde come through, this might be a really interesting beer.

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Photo of Sparkyinsurf
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I really enjoy the long-boarder porter made with coffee and this is the blond ale version. It is fantastic and they have mastered the coffee flavor but without compromising the taste of the beer. Because of the smell and mouthful was more like that of a cream ale instead of a blond ale i rated it a bit low, this doesn't take away the fact that the texture of the flavor is Superb!

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Photo of KRH9
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Very interesting and a delightful surprisingly good beer! I wasn't sure what to expect, but decided to try it because it wasn't like anything I had tried before. I could taste some vanilla, and the coffee flavor is detectable, but not at all overpowering.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.05/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, bottled 2/14/2014, poured into a Bell's snifter today, 3/18/2014. Extra courtesy of Kevin. Thanks man.

App- Clear light copper body, minimal <1 finger white head with minimal retention, no lacing. Looks carbonated with a fair amount of small bubbles rising to the surface.

Smell- Smells like watered-down coffee. Faint bitter black coffee with a bit of 2% milk, not much else. A bit different, smells OK.

Flavour- Stale chocolate milk is all I can get out of this beer. Not getting any Belgian blonde characteristics whatsoever. My guess is that it's muddled in a lot with the coffee to produce that stale chocolate milk flavour.

Mouthfeel- A bit creamy though thin bodied and watery. The carbonation helps to make up for the wateriness. Aftertaste is a faint milk chocolate sweetness.

Overall- Weird beer. As per the brewery, this is certainly odd and different than anything else I've ever had. I don't think I've even had a blonde with coffee added before, period. Otherwise forgettable.

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Photo of thinkinflicka
3.91/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

sounded kinda weird, didnt really know what to expect.
Looks like a stanterd blonde with verry light head
light coffee on the nose not alot else
coffe beers that are nt stouts or porters normally dont go verry well, i have had a few coffee brown ales that i hated so to be honest i thought id hate this too but i fucking loved it perfect body and just enought coffee so not to be over bearing.
i would drink this often if i could for sure.

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Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
85 out of 100 based on 49 ratings.