Bean Flicker - Odd Side Ales

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very good

291 Ratings
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 51
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 13.54%
Wants: 19
Gots: 59 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

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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Ratings: 291 | Reviews: 51
Photo of death2brutus
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Total liquid joy to consume.

Photo of TheBeigeKnight
3.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I really enjoyed this beer, surprisingly light and refreshing with a nice coffee overtone. Very refreshing. Nice color, not much for the aroma.

Photo of ER527
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer has the longest head retention of any beer I've ever seen. Not sure if that's good or bad, nevertheless, wow.

Photo of Clockwork420
2.95/5  rDev -23.2%
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.

Photo of mchegash
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Photo of bgreen2
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Surprisingly clean and fresh finish. Coffee underwhelming. Nice vanilla/ toffee undertones.

Photo of Swettenham_Shire
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Enjoy the coffee scent and taste. Nonexistent coffee flavor on the finish though.

Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -10.9%
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.

Photo of gopens44
3.8/5  rDev -1%
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.

Photo of jsisko01
2.66/5  rDev -30.7%
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.

Photo of Tripel_Threat
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of Kevinpitts
2.75/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Just an odd flavor combination for me. Blonde ale and coffee...blah!

Photo of ferndave
1.54/5  rDev -59.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

What I imagine a coffee enema tastes like.

Photo of Bosoxfan20
3.59/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The coffee aroma is Divine. Smell of delicious coffee and vanilla. Taste is a bit messy. Pretty solid for a coffee blonde though

Photo of jbierling
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Odd side coffee taste. Ok but not a repeat.

Photo of Vogie
2.91/5  rDev -24.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Artificially flavored coffee and caramel added to water. Nice attempt but lets be real, there is no complexity to this beer.

Photo of OleBruin
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Coffee forward on a light-bodied blonde

Photo of acostuhhh
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of Wolvmar
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%

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!

Photo of Dope
4/5  rDev +4.2%

Tastes like cream soda with a coffee aftertaste.

Photo of DRush11
3/5  rDev -21.9%

neccos chocolate candies is all I can taste .its chalky .its coffee / chocolate /it's an ale-ish thing .

Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of Badger6
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of Sparkyinsurf
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
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!

Photo of KRH9
4.83/5  rDev +25.8%
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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Bean Flicker from Odd Side Ales
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