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Odell Easy Street Wheat - Odell Brewing Company

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85
very good

171 Reviews
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Reviews: 171
Hads: 504
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 55
Gots: 79 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 01-24-2001

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Reviews: 171 | Hads: 504
Photo of acelin
5/5  rDev +33%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This replaced my years long favorite.

Serving Type: Bottle, but poured into a glass with the last little bit swirled around then poured in. Follow the instructions on the bottle.

Appearance: Lighter in color than most Wheat Beers, almost like Blue Moon but much cloudier.

Smell: Lots of banana tinged smells, very sweet smelling. You can smell the hops they used more so than say Boulevard Wheat.

Taste: here is where I wish they had a 6.0-Amazing rank. This beer is over-the-top good with taste. If you like wheat, white, or Belgian beers, this is for you. Congrats Odell Brewery, you have created a beer that is sweet, thick, has many flavors ( not a boring wheat beer) and is super drinkable.

Mouthfeel: Very thick throughout, very satisfying.

Drinkability: A must try. (778 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
4.87/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

2.5 finger hfoamy head with decent retention for a wheat, nice lacing on a golden with slight crimson hues murky body.

S: a very nice sweet lemon aroma on a wheat and biscuity background.

T: lemon zest and wheat with a mild spice/peppery note. One of the more complete and full tasting wheat, nothing watered down about this one.

M: fuller bodied than most wheats, medium body overall and moderate to high carbonation, crisp and semidry in the finish.

Overall: Wheat beers are not my favorite but this may be the most complete beer in this genre I have had. I am ranking this based on its comparison to others in its field. (627 characters)

Photo of Ben4881
4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A - Pale, straw yellow, fairly clear, and quite bubbly topped with a thin white head with decent retention and fabulous lacing. <4.5>

S - Bananas and clove with a slight tart, citrus aroma. Overall very sweet. <4.5>

T - Playfully sweet and spicy at the front of the pallet that gives way to a hearty malt backbone with a slight alcohol flavor, but the spices remain constant. The hops make a brief and subltle appearance to clean out the finish. Sticky remnants of hop flavor linger in the aftertaste, giving way to the spices and a faint return of banana sweetness. <5>

M - Creamy, medium body, carbonation is very subtle. <5>

O - The clean finish and subtle sweetness makes this beer very drinkable and the complex, spicy flavor begs another sip. One of the better wheat beers out there. <5> (827 characters)

Photo of jowilant
4.83/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle to tall pilsner glass.

A - This unfiltered wheat presents with a distinct and attractive cloudiness, which is contrasted against an orange hue. There is something very pleasing about an unfiltered light-bodied beer which creates a very earthy sense.

S - You absolutely understand the description of a yeasty nose with Easy Street. Very earthy and yeasty, supporting the cloudy appearance.

T - Extremely drinkable and satisfying taste that is very well-balanced. As a result of the yeast a very carbonated beer, creating a lot of action on your tongue upon first impression. The combination of slight dryness with a fruity hint is very satisfying.

M - The high level of carbonation generates a lot of activity in the mouth.

D - Drinkabilty for Easy Street is off the charts. The balance of this beer is accomplished by slight hints of fruit, dryness, earthiness/yeastiness, and carbonation. Perfectly balanced wheat. (931 characters)

Photo of Algebrew
4.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance: Poured a perfect, light, cloudy yellow hinge with a standard white head that built off around the edges and retained a fine cap.

Smell: Not too strong, not too light. A malty wheat prevails with subtle citrus tones.

Taste: The beginning was sweet with slight malt hints, but softly resonated the wheat; the middle dipped down into a mysterious sweetness, still encompassing the wheat tones; the end climaxed the wheat perfectly.

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, very lightly creamy, but I loved it.

Overall: My favorite wheat brew to date. Easy going, Easy Street (to be specific.) (599 characters)

Photo of GeometricBrew
4.76/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Appearance: She poured beautifully into a glass. 45 degree tilt for the first 60%, then aggressively at 90 for the last 30% of the pour. Once in a glass, this beers true colors were able to shine. Light, golden, with a hint of cloudy yellow. The head was egg white in color and full in shape.

Smell: Very light and crisp. The sent of wheat is apparent with a touch of citrus.

Taste: My mouth was met with a delicate sweetness derived from wheat and malt flavors. Taste was very consistent throughout; very light and refreshing. Enjoyed it to the last gulp. Left a gorgeous lace.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and soft. That first sip, when the beer breaks the head, is flawless.

Overall: Top tier wheat beer. Elegant and straight forward, I loved it. Odell done good

From bottle to Glass. EXP date 9/11/13 (808 characters)

Photo of Jason
4.7/5  rDev +25%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Presentation: 12 oz brown long neck bottle with a bottling date in the bottom left hand corner of the label. Label shows to pour most of the beer out then swirl the rest to agitate the yeast and then pour the yeast in the glass.

Appearance: Very cloudy light orange with a well formed rocky white head.

Smell: Earthy yeasty nose with hints of citrus (some lime more lemon) and malt sweetness, clean aroma.

Taste: Medium body with a mildly creamy complex malt palate, sweet malt stays throughout with some doughy bread flavours. Hops are a touch spicy with a light yet balancing bitterness, flowery and herbal flavour fades quick. Nutty and powdery yeast character with an earthy undertone. A relatively sweet brew and all around pleasant to the tongue.

Notes: Clean cut American wheat brew, well focused on the malts with a well balancing hops and yeast. Optimum lunch time beer material here! Right up there with Widmer’s and Harpoon’s UFO. (965 characters)

Photo of ManBearPat
4.69/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

For a style of beer that I almost entirely avoid, I can drink 10 of them without complaining...

Wheat beer does some weird shit to my palate, but this one doesn't gross me out. Therefore, it is the best wheat beer ever. (220 characters)

Photo of GeoffM
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Poured like the bottle says, with the last one-third or so swirled in the bottle before being poured into the glass.

Appearance - Uninspiring and dull, cloudy orange (it's an unfiltered beer) with a head that starts out relatively large but soon diminishes completely.

Smell - A wonderful yeast or dough or wheat smell dominates, with orange or another citrus fruit tagging along. Absolute heaven for the nose.

Taste - Light and crisp but not without complexity. Irresistibly smooth finish, tastes much the way it smells although the wheat is less noticeable. It goes down almost too easy, and yet there is more than enough to keep the palate interested.

Overall - An excellent lighter-style beer, perfect for people just getting into beers but fine for the beer geek as well. I am prejudiced against wheat beers, in fact I can't remember any other wheats that I like nearly as much as this one. But love it I do. Well worth trying. (936 characters)

Photo of Dmart1223
4.51/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Okay, so I'm a bit biased. This has been my favorite wheat beer for as long as I've cared about a beer's taste over its ability to get me wasted.

Without the yeast, the beer pours a bright hay yellow with a think white head. But add the yeast? It transforms to a deep, cloudy gold. When stirred, that yeast spins lazily around in dark plumes, making the beer look like what I imagine I'd see gazing into those orbs from the modern version of "The Day the Earth Stood Still." Who can honestly say they can take that much away from the look of a beer?

The smell is fresh, clean, with hints of lemon. And the taste is surprisingly thick and balanced, with very little bitterness and a slight citrus kick. The malt makes it taste full, but not bready. It finishes clean.

Overall it's the perfect beer to take for granted. Slightly sweet, smooth and easy to drink (especially with pizza), it's easy to overlook the time it must've taken to make the beer taste so simple and refreshing. (985 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours gold to amberslight haze, 1” white clingy persistent foam cap.
S: Light fruit, light grains.
T: Light tartness, fruit, hint of banana, fairly dry, yeast forward.
F: Creamy, medium body, slightly above average carbonation.
O: A full flavored, refreshing, easy to drink beer. (290 characters)

Photo of iSip
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Wheat beers. I never used to like them, until I took a trip to Belgium and had a Hoegaarden on the Grand-Place. Now I nearly exclusively drink Vitamin H (Vitamin Hefewisen) during the summer. It's gotten to the point that I can't wait for summer to come to clear the IPA's out of the fridge and stock up on a variety of my favorite wheats. I have taste tested many side by side, and the Odell Easy Street Wheat is my standard. With a fine head and medium blond color, it's got the perfect blend of sweetness and citrusy tang that make wheat beers so good. I can easily drink a few Easy Streets when it's a nice day out on the deck. (631 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My buddy brought this for me from Colorado. For a non-hoppy wheat beer, this is the best I've ever had from an American Wheat.

First, there is a slight fruitiness to the beer, mainly in the aftertaste. Most wheats are bland as all get out. That fruitiness is subtle enough for this to be an incredibly easy-drinker. But it is strong enough to make me want to sip it again and again.

Incredibly well done. (406 characters)

Photo of pokesbeerdude
4.48/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Picked up a single with a mix pack direct from the brewery. I'm excited to have it as fresh as possible.

A: Poured a hazy golden color, lots of yeast in this one, nice white head about two inches thick, reduced to a billowy half inch pillow.

S: Wheat malts, citrus, definitely towards the lemon end of the spectrum, pleasantly fresh and crisp.

T: Smooth and wheaty up front, a hint of hops at the very end, nice citrusy twist, biting sour flavor hidden underneath everything, very faint, but very much like the style.

M: Very smooth in the mouth, little carbonation, and very wet and slippery.

D: Very drinkable and with such a low alcohol content this a great session beer. One of my favorites on a hot day, or when wanting to put back a great wheat beer. Very good. (774 characters)

Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clearish (especially for a wheat beer) golden yellow body. Only the sediment at the bottom of the bottle adds fogginess. A small amount of visible carbonation bubbles floating up. Don't usually see those in hefes. Floaters too. Thick white head with medium retention and great lacing.

Smell - Different. Particularly lemon/lime-peel. Most hefes are usually more like orange/banana, but this one is definitely lemon peel. Very dry. A little too faint.

Taste - Wow. Definite lemon peel. Should have seen that one coming. The lemon peel lasts until the aftertaste but is not bitter. Very pleasing. No off flavors. Perfect balanced.

Mouthfeel - Extremely velvety texture. One of the best mouthfeels of any beers I've ever had.

Drinkability - Very interesting beer. The perfect mouthfeel, combined with the smooth easiness of the flavor, and great aftertaste make the drinkability of this beer very high. (916 characters)

Photo of Kemmerlin
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

A: Light golden unfiltered color with a very thick creamy head and outstanding lacing on the glass.

S: Strong yeast notes with a slight lemon citrus and mint aroma but mostly yeast. Where's the wheat?

T: There's the wheat and a very sweet type of wheat taste at that. Also highlights some citrus and yeast notes in the aftertaste.

M/D: This beer just works magic in the mouth, creamy, smooth and packs just the right amount bite from the carbonation and hops. The drinkability if you couldn't tell already is great I could drink many of these and I have on many occasions. (575 characters)

Photo of SamN
4.43/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Grab bag (of sorts)-- six different brews, local hero Easy Street is on deck. Poured into a hefe glass.

A- Killer dark golden color; straw at edges, dark orange in the center. Poured properly, so it has a great cloudy creaminess to it, lots of yeast and sediment swirling around. Quartzen (is that a word?) head-- just off white, surprisingly thin but still slightly rocky, small lacing. A real American wheat, thank god.

S- First impressions is of Belgian beer- Duvel, specifically. Strong hoppy and clove scents. Surprisingly strong, I don't remember that aroma being this intense; I did swirl the hell out of it. Slight banana, coriander, anise, lemon, lots of tartness here.

T- Starts off rather bland and adjunt, but swells to an a more lemon citrus flavor. Not lots of the creaminess I look for in a wheat, but the Street makes up for it it with a remarkably hearty, refreshing character. This is a hit here in Collins for one reason-- this beer is goddamn good.

M- Exceptional mouthfeel for a wheat. More body than your usual APW with well balanced carbonation that does not burn the tongue, like some lesser examples of the style.

D- High notes for drinkability; the citrus and yeast make perfect pairs in the heat of summer. However, I feel the stronger-than-usual lemony flavors may become tiring and overpowering after a bunch of these.

Bottom line; Excellent brew from the excellent brewers at Odell's. See you all there this summer! (1,453 characters)

Photo of bbkd3b
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Hazy, golden body sits in the glass with a pretty little head. Wafts of yeast and wheat scents are immediately carried up to the nose on the advised 2/3's pour... Certainly an attractive start. Further aroma has a hint of citrus and a sweet, smooth maltiness to round it off. Very potent smell, and a very good one at that.

This brew's chock full of delicious! Heavy citrus and wheat balance each other out. Tart, but not quite full-blown sour flavor doesn't overwhelm the tastebuds. Light, easy body carries the beer to the back of the tongue, slowly letting the wheat do the talking along the way. Clean finish rounds things off nicely as the lacing let's me know it's almost time to call this one finished. That'll be a sad moment, but so it goes...

Overall/notes - This is the American Wheat I've been waiting for! Finally, a clean, easy beer with massive amount of flavor. Definitely a summer beer in my book, and hell, I could drink this anytime regardless. Fantastic first go-around with Odell... I look forward to the rest of the brews that await me in the fridge. (1,074 characters)

Photo of MOShepp
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Cloudy medium yellow after adding the yummy yeast. Small stiff head that lasted a while.

Aromas of bread dough, lemons and a raw floral smell, and you can smell the yeast.

The bread dough comes through right away and then the hops blend in nicely adding an interesting herbal/floral taste along with lemon. Very balanced.

Refreshing and intriguing, very easy to drink. A lot going on for a beer on the lighter side. (418 characters)

Photo of MashMouth
4.4/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Easy Street is a good hot summer day beer. Its mild flavor allow for easy drinkability and quenches a heavy thirst. It has a hazy dark yellow to orange color and pours to a decent but not impresive head. The swirling and addition of the yeast as indicated on the bottle quickly reduces the head but does add to the citrusy flavor. The malt has bread like tones but is not all that sweet. This is a good step up beer for those ussually drinking large commercial lagers who want to experiment into the craft brew market. (518 characters)

Photo of Murph
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale straw with a nice creamy white head. Smell is of wheat and a nice yeast aroma. Yeasty flavors are throughout this beer as the wheat and very subtle hops make themselves known. Well balanced and very creamy in the mouth. Highly drinkable. A very nice american wheat ale, very full yeast flavors throughout make this very creamy and drinkable. Great summertime brew. (389 characters)

Photo of SuperSpy
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Nice hazy straw color. A thick and bubbly white head that disappeared quickly. Typical head of American wheat. Why can't American brewers get that nice rocky hefeweizen head? This is an American wheat so don't interpret that comment as something negative.

S - A very earthy aroma with a hint of sweet cool melons, cantaloupes and honey dew.

T - A very earthy taste mixed with some sweet fruits. A little apple, even some of those melon flavors picked up in the aroma. Hard to place a name of the sweet fruit flavor but it's there. This is one really tasty brew!

M - Not overlly carbonated and very light.

The drinkability factor is way up on this beer. Despite the fact that there really isn't much complexity this beer is quite tasty and very refreshing. If this were available in Texas it would be a regular summertime resident in my refrigerator. (865 characters)

Photo of GilGarp
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best before 12/20/10.

12oz. bottle served cold into a pint glass.

Easy Street is an unfiltered wheat beer and, even before opening it, I can see an appreciable amount of yeast/sediment in the bottom of the bottle.

That said, it should come as no surprise that it is a hazy cloudy pale yellow color. I poured it as instructed by the label by swirling in the sediment. The head is creamy smooth but settles with a couple of minutes.

The aroma is sweet and wheaty (I just made a new word) and has a great light lemon citrus that brings a nice freshness.

Flavor is very good as well. I've probably had more German than American wheat beers over the past year so this comes a little as a surprise: no cloves, no bananas, and no German yeast esters, obviously. What it does have is a very clean, fresh, smooth what base with just a hint of citrus. Not as complex as the Germans but just as tasty in its own right.

Mouthfeel is medium-plus bodied with a creamy smooth texture that likely comes from the unfiltered sediment and lower carbonation.

Overall a fantastic, easy-drinking, lighter summer ale. Certainly worth a try if you're into this style. I can't imagine why it doesn't score higher here. Maybe because it isn't 10%+ ABV and it doesn't have over 80 IBU. (1,266 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.26/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a chalice. Enjoy by date of 9/4/15.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy yellowish orange with a moderate amount of bubbles. Solid finger of white head which slowly settles into a thin creamy layer.

Smell: A fruity and bready wheat driven aroma with hints of grains and citrus fruit. Big upfront scent of wheat with bready hints of grains, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Citrus fruit hints of orange and lemon zest. Slight hints of coriander and clove along with some light hops. A very solid aroma.

Taste: Like it smells, a bready, fruity, and crisp wheat driven taste with notes of grains and citrus fruit. Bready upfront presence of wheat with notes of grains, cereal, straw, biscuit, and cracker. Zesty citrus fruit notes of orange, lemon, and pineapple. Light spice notes of coriander and clove. Also some subtle grassy hops. A very good wheat taste.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, creamy, and very smooth.

Overall: A very good take on a Wheat Ale. Good crisp bready wheat notes with some nice citrus tones. (1,080 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy gold with creamy thin white head. Good retention and nice lacing. The aroma is of sweet wheat, a touch of citrus, and fresh cut grass. The taste follows with a strong, sweet bready wheat backbone, a hint of banana, orange peel zest, black pepper and faint hint of clove. Very well balanced, medium bodied, and refreshing. Great summertime beer. (357 characters)

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Odell Easy Street Wheat from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 171 ratings.