Odell Easy Street Wheat - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
85
very good

170 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 170
Hads: 497
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.56%
Wants: 50
Gots: 73 | 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: 170 | Hads: 497
Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy pale yellow until you add the last 1/3 with a strong swirl before draining the 12 oz bottle into the 0.5 L sohm Erdlinger glass @ 50°F. Two fingered head lingers long with some lace. A little plain to the nose but very nice drinking. Seems mostly about malts offering a very drinkable flavor. Hops are just noticable drying mild sweetness at the finish.

This is what you brew if your not trying to offend anyones palate. Best by 11.24.06 (455 characters)

Photo of expatsteve
3.31/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light golden color, with a little yeast hazing. No head, low viscosity.

Aroma: Smells like a pilsner - yeast and light malt. Honey, orange and citrus notes hanging around, but not much of an aroma.

Taste: Very light, and pretty refreshing - but not really characteristic of a wheat beer. My wife compares this (not particularly favorably) to Leinie's wheat/weiss offerings. Tastes to me like a pilsner. Subtle citrus notes, and a little banana at times.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Low carbonation. No bitters in the finish at all.

Drinkability: Great, but not wheat beer drinkability. Reminds me more of micro-macro styles (New Glarus Spotter Cow and Naked, Capital Island Wheat, Straub etc) than of more solid American wheat beers. Seems to havethe characteristic Odell underdevelopment of flavors too. If I could find it at the right price, it could still be a great yardwork/summer porch beer that you could work on for hours without ending up strung out. (988 characters)

Photo of bort11
3.19/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into an Imperial pint glass. Very nice head to start off with. Quite chunky and white, about 2 1/2 fingers. It took it's time to settle down, about 5-8 minutes. Good lacing retention, lasted almost to the very end. Color was a typical hazy yellow/orange for a wheat. Smell was wheat and yeasty biscuits. A tad hint of citrus hops. Taste was very bready, but as it warmed a more lemon zest comes out. Mouthfeel is light and a bit watery, pretty mild in the carbonation. This is a pretty standard wheat. Not the greatest, but not the worst. (558 characters)

Photo of ChrisA
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My friend really enjoys wheat beers. He usually drinks Bristol's Beehive or Blue Moon. I encouraged him to try something new. He picked up this six-pack and I'm glad he did. Very nice wheat beer. Poured a nice unfiltered cloudy gold. A slight head takes away from the appearance. Good aroma and an enjoyable malt profile. Nice crisp finish. I don't typically prefer wheat beers, but this was a good change of pace. Very refreshing, but I think I'll have an IPA next. (466 characters)

Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle left at my house by some BA after a BA gathering. Thanks for the opportunity. Pouors a one finger white frothy head. Very cloudy straw yellow, as I swirled the sediment and dumped it into the glass. Smells peachy and earthy clove. Tastes richly of peaches. Wheat and honey. Clove edge is mild. This beer is heavy on the fruity wet and mild on the phenols. Simple and easy drinking. Md-lightbody and moderate carbonation. (427 characters)

Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle compliments of jhammerly.

Pours a hazy, dull and pale yellow-orange. Has a thin white head that fades. Nice lacing on the glass.

Very light aroma. Mostly yeatsy and bready with just a touch of fruitiness.

Taste is light and bready upfront with barely a trace of fruitiness. Finishes clean and boring.

Body is thin.

Not hard to drink, but really not much to it at all. Boring and forgettable. (419 characters)

Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Texas Roadhouse, Fort Collins, CO.

If you want to prove to someone that beer doesn't have to be bitter, this is one beer to give him/her. Very pretty and nice, with a nice white head. It's a decent, light smell and taste, with lots of smooth wheatiness and some citrus and a hint of clove. Nice mouthfeel and very drinkable. A good introductory Hefe-weizen, but it certainly doesn't measure up to many of the German imports. (437 characters)

Photo of bennetj17
2.93/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: No head, slight froth of very large bubbles. Carbonation looks strong at first but after a minute appears more flat. Color is deep yellow and mostly clear.

S: Weak. Light lemon/citrus aroma.

T: Clean lemony flavor, low hops, slightly sour in finish. Non-complex.

MF: Fairly thin and watery, carbonation feels adequate, however.

D: Average drinkability. I could see putting a lemon wedge in here to enhance the flavor a bit, and it could be enjoyable on a hot day. Otherwise its not a great Hefeweizen overall... (527 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Cloudy golden orange tint fluffy white head leaves even specks of lacing. Aroma: Wheat sharpness no esters here, we have an American Wheat, with biscuit yeast character to it and light herbal hop dose with citrus zest tones. Taste: Mix of sharp wheat sweetness touch of the citrus tartness herbal hop character very well balanced and tasty at the same time. Mouthfeel: Light bodied evenly carbonated smooth on the palate. Drinkability: No lemon needed refreshing great tasting unfiltered wheat ale beats the pants off of Widmer and many other similar productions of the style. (588 characters)

Photo of Dithyramb
2.83/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was poured from a fresh bottle into proper glassware as soon as we deplaned and arrived in Boulder. It was deliciously beautiful. A hazy yellow brew with a thick three fingered head. Retention sat through the normal "howyadoin" pleasantries, and then some. Lacing was textbook. Just nigh of perfect.
Aromas were slightly wheaty and grainy.
I can't remember the last time a brew let me down so much after such beautiful sights. The expected phenols were virtually nonexistant. Banana and clove were out for vacation, though there was some grainy wheat malts and extremely faint lemon to be had.
Mouthfeel was very light and well carbonated. Drinkable only to be nice and not to seem like a snob when someone offered it to me in kind. (742 characters)

Photo of hoffman
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice pour, head retention is not great as it fades almost completely by the end of the first sip, but does hang with the glass for a while. Overall appearance is what you would expect from any average wheat beer. The smell is faint at best but does have a citrus edge underlying mostly grainy tones. The taste of this beer is decent with a nice kick of hop bitterness to complement the grainy, citrus taste of this wheat. I was impressed with the full body feel of this beer. The creaminess almost reminds me of a good whitber. Overall a good drink I will buy again.

Update 6/12/2006:

Sometimes I look back on my old reviews and see what a dope I sounded like at the time. Note my spelling of witbier....nice one. (719 characters)

Photo of palliko
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance is hazy, as a Wheat Beer should be, with yeast that needs to be swirled into the glass. Color is a yellow amber with lots of foam and some lace. Aroma is like fresh dug earth, sweet malt, citrus – producing a nice crisp sensation. Body is medium. Initial taste is dominated by sourdough bread, creamy malt, floral hops are just-right bitter. Aftertaste has a touch of yeast with dark notes, but overall sweet malt. (426 characters)

Photo of rowew
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck bottle - Odell's new label design. Freshness date stamped on the lalbe. Description of the beer and pouring instructions on the label.

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass per instructions on label to swirl and pour the sediment. Nice sized offwhite head on a cloudy orange beer with plenty of sediment visible.

Smell: Lots of grain and wheat in the aroma, with a hint of lemon.

Taste: Lots of wheat and light malt, with a slight yeast spice. The lemon shows up very subtly here as well.

Overall impression: Nice wheat beer - nothing out of the ordinary, but this beer is well made. Highly drinkable for the summer months, and compliments food nicely. (697 characters)

Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a nice and refreshing wheat malt and yeast scent. It is light and a bit citrusy. The taste is good also. It has a smooth wheat malt flavor that is a bit grainy. It goes down easy and finishes dry and fruity. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low/medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good wheat beer. It's light, tastey and highly drinkable. (480 characters)

Photo of ghurux86
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried this beer last night. To sum it up in one word: citrus. It smells slightly of lemon, and the taste hints at a lot of lemon as well. The mouthfeel was somewhat thin, but not overly watery. It did have a nice head in my glass with a nice cloudy yellow color, overall not a bad brew, just not as good as some other american wheats and not even close to some of the better German hefe-weizens i've had. Drinkability seems that it would be best in the summer by the pool like ice tea or lemonade or something. Worth a try but not a regular buy in my book. (558 characters)

Photo of MarcGetty
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is good, typical milky-foam head of a wheat beer. Light golden in color, looks similar to a lager.

One can barely smell the beer at all. Very slight fruity smell.

Tastes okay but one of the least flavorful wheat beers I've ever had. Zero aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is an interesting combination of the head of a wheat beer but the consistency of a lager. No complaints but not as rich as most wheat beers.

Drinkability is fine, but other then the milky head you might as well be drinking Budweiser. (516 characters)

Photo of swid
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

[served at the Spearfish, SD Applebee's]

A rich, golden body, nearly (but not completely) opaque, served with a lemon (fortunately, it hadn't touched the beer yet). A thin head, about 3/8"; laces fairly well. The aroma is quite sweet and malty with some notes of citrus as well.

As the smells promised, the taste was also sweet and malty; the hops are noticed a bit later. The mouthfeel was excellent: light, crisp, and mildly bitter at the end. This is a solid wheat beer, but strikes me as being more of an American Wheat than a Hefe. Still, it goes down as another tasty wheat beer made right here in the central US. (625 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Written From Notes Compiled 6/04-8/04:
Hazy gold in color, topped by 1/4" head that lastst the duration. Scents of citrus and wheat, slightly unusual. Taste is bolld, then ends mellow. Sharp citrus flavors offset by a smooth wheat/banana finish. Great summertime beer. To bad it's 60 degress here in july... (308 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazed banana-amber with an eggshell white, finely pitting, mildly tacky head. The cap falls over time to a thick film and leaves an acceptable amount of lace in broken rings. Softly wheaty, mildly grain-like aroma with the merest suggestion of citrus peel. It's a pretty standard wheat beer nose that is neither impressive nor off-putting.

As far as taste, Easy Street could safely be called run-of-the-mill. The flavor profile consists of very lightly toasted wheat malt with a mild hoppiness. The fact that it's slightly sweeter than the style average keeps it from acheiving a dry, crisp finish. That's not a negative in my book, it's a perfectly acceptable variation. The body is medium in heft, doesn't lose its way in the bottom of the bottle and has a sprightly mouthfeel due to a generous amount of carbonation.

This is a barely better than average wheat beer from a quality Colorado microbrewery. Unfortunately, there's nothing here to bring me back a second time. I'm sure that I'll forget about Easy Street Wheat by the time my pint glass has drip-dried. (1,079 characters)

Photo of jimdkc
3.38/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow pour with a medium-sized white head. Mild smell with a hint of citrus. Taste was pretty good, but not as much wheat or yeast flavor as expected in a wheat beer. Slight citrus taste and good hop flavor. Very smooth mouthfeel with good carbonation. Good drinkability. No off flavors... well made. Pretty good example of an American wheat. (350 characters)

Photo of maxpower
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy, hazy yellow color, with a huge white frothy and sticky head that stays around for awhile. This has citrus and wheat aromas, light wheaty, and yeasty flavors of lemon, medium in body, great soft and creamy mouthfeel, has a nice clean and refreshing finish, well done. (274 characters)

Photo of Crosling
3.82/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid wheat beer from my hometown. Easy Street pours a Hazy Cloudy Yellow. The head was fantastic. This beer screamed "drink me!". Fantastic Lacing as well.

The aroma on this wheat was the low point. Nothing really to speak of. A very faint citrus aroma but nothing much else.

Yeasty flavors are are highly present in this beer as well as wheat and very subtle hops. I also picked up some citrus tones and a pinch of banana. Overall, a sold wheat. One of the better wheats brewed in Colorado. (500 characters)

Photo of alexgash
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange with a medium-sized white head--not as big as expected. Lots of bubbles though. Smell is yeasty with a citrus tinge. Very good mouthfeel, bubbly, and crisp. Light malts up front, followed by a rush of crisp, yeasty lemon. Finish is dry and tangy, almost bitter. Not quite Oberon, but I could drink this all summer long. (339 characters)

Photo of Quaffer
2.98/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: An amber-orange beer that was cloudy from yeast sediment. The head was white and coarse, disappearing very quickly and leaving almost nothing behind. A very faint ring around the edge of the glass was all that managed to survive.

Smell: It was almost macro-like in smell, with a faint hint of orange and lemon.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and smooth.

Taste: Upfront were flavors of citrus, malt, and other grassy things. The finish was grassy sweet (for lack of better terms) combined with yeast. The sweetness seemed to cling to the mouth. This beer was pretty straightforward, not having a very complex flavor profile. Actually, it was pretty thin.

This brew wasn't bad, but there are many better wheat beers on the market. It would do in a pinch, but would never be my first choice. (806 characters)

Photo of Dogbrick
2.75/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to prAna for this one. This is possibly the least wheaty Wheat beer I have tried. Pours a very foggy orangish-yellow color with a thin white head. Aroma of light hops, straw, and citrus. The flavor is very light and carbonated and was more reminiscent of a Lager than a Wheat. Strange. Tasted of mellow hops and not much else. Dry finish. Not very impressed with this one. (379 characters)

Odell Easy Street Wheat from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 170 ratings.