Odell Easy Street Wheat | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Easy Street WheatOdell Easy Street Wheat

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Todd on 01-24-2001

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Photo of Eriktheipaman
3.71/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy gold with not as big of a white head as I would have liked.

The smell is simple. I pick up some wheat and some very slight fruit which I'm not sure if it's from the yeast or hops to be honest.

The taste is veryy malty. It's pretty much all that I pick up, but some ever so light cirtus comes through as it warms.

Amazing body which is the highlight for sure.

Nothing stands out on this beer but I think that's why I like it. Not the best but by far not the worst.

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Photo of Kegatron
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazed and unfiltered looking gold, topped with a couple fingers of foamy bright-white head. This retains with a smooth and thin frothiness, leaving back a smattering of rich spotty lacing. The aroma is crisp, tangy, and fruity, all rolled up into one. This in turn is wrapped up in a fresh and floral feel that is showing a touch of spice as well. This just has a bright and full flavored feel to it in the nose.

The taste has a crisp twang of wheat and ripe fruitiness to it, with a tingle of citric bitterness giving the profile a bit of assertiveness. The finish on this is dry and bitter, with a touch of lingering fruit. The mouthfeel is medium bodied, with a crisp and lively feel throughout, yet the overall effect is quite smooth and quenching on the palate. Maybe just a smidge of warmth shows itself at times.

I think that I was a bit shocked by how much I liked this one. It’s a full flavored Wheat Ale with a decidedly hoppy American edge to it and just overall packs a tasty crisp tanginess to it that is quite refreshing and drinkable. I’d go for a glass of this, not just on a hot summer day, but any day period!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.25/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

We sampled this one at the Odell Taproom with some friends, a few Saturdays ago. Poured a hazy dark golden color with a decent white head. Aromas of citrus and bready yeast. On the palate, this one is light bodied and very refreshing, with citrus, yeast and wheat. One of the better wheat offerings out here.

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Photo of corby112
3.61/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy dark golden orange color with golden banana yellow hues and a one finger frothy white head that slowly fades into a lasting cap.  Glass is left with large streaks and rings of soapy lacing.  

Sweet citrus aroma with hints of bready yeast and zesty spice.  Hints of peppery clove and orange peel but not much banana slight alcohol phenol character.

Medium bodied with a nice balance of zesty spice, bready yeast and sweet citrus fruit.  Very similar to the aroma with hints of wheat, bread yeast along with peppery clove, lemon zest and orange peel.  The spice character is prominent but the other notes still shine through.  Mineraly dry finish.  Clean and refreshing with a nice dry spicy character to give balance and complexity.  Good wheat beer for the summer.  Lacking in alcohol an banana flavor but still pretty solid.  

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.55/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Time for a nice light summer beer. Odell’s Easy Street it is!! Picked up this bottle while in Phoenix, AZ on a recent business trip. Bottle is stamped 6/30/11 so we are within the freshness window.

Poured with a wispy pale white head that faded rather quickly. The initial pour was a clear light gold color, but this became hazy as I swirled in the sediment. Light orange hints of color. Some splotchy lacing.

Aroma is very delicate and fresh. Light citrus and perhaps a hint of orange. Light wheat and a hint of yeast.

Very light flavor. Mostly light citrus like the aroma and a light wheat bread flavor. Finishes with a crisp finish that leaves you wanting more. Goes down so easy its scary.

Light refreshing mouth feel. Perhaps a touch watery if you focus on it.

A very drinkable beer. Fine, but not a lot of character. This is not a dis at the style as I believe some more yeast and wheat character would have made this much more interesting.

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Photo of lawlerj
4.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A - pours a hazy goldenrod. Smallish head, dissipates quickly - leaves a little collar with a bit of foam bubling at the top. Appears to be well carbonated.

S - wheat and yeast dominate, with citrus and possibly some banana notes underlying. Some malt in the mix as well. Very nice.

T - bready and biscuity wheat flavors up front with a burst of citrus at the end. Spice? Maybe.

M - smooth, silky body paired w/ nice carbonation. Very pleasing and quite enjoyable.

O - overall, a very nice beer. I had some time ago but have forgotten how solid it is. The aroma in particular was very nice.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Back home now, pouring this into a Pint glass.

A slightly hazed yellow color. Small white head. Minimal retention an lacing, even for style.

Smells of nice lemony citrus over a wheat malt note. The taste is about the same. The fact that this isn't crazy busy is actually nice and refreshing. When a beer is a one-trick-pony, it's always nice when that trick is well-executed.

The body is medium with more carbonation than the looks suggest.

Overall, this is pretty easy to drink. The light sweetness of the malt with the lemony citrus finish is nice and refreshing.

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Photo of bbkd3b
4.42/5  rDev +16.6%
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.

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Photo of tempest
3.85/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A fine example of a clean American wheat beer and not a bad session ale. The aroma is not quite citrusy, but there's a floral note behind the sweet-smelling wheat and barley malt. The flavor has a slight sugar cookie taste to it upfront with more nuanced bread dough and clove notes in the finish. I'm not usually a big fan of the style, but this is very well done, right down the light (but not too light) body and smooth mouthfeel. I'd take another.

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Photo of olympuszymurgus
2.81/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A mix six carried lovingly across country by a vagabond wilderness firefighter turned grad student.

Pours nice, a stale piss yellow with hints of orange and yeast brown. a shockingly white head that thins fast and leaves a galaxy spinning in little white bubbles. Smell is unremarkable for the style, as is the flavor. Mouthfeel is about right, thin and bubbly. Leaves a hair of sweetness in the tip of the tongue.

Not a bad brew, but nothing I would travel or trade for.

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Photo of rrski198
3.62/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: slightly cloudy yellow colored ale. SMall white head that disapeared quickly. Big huge bubbles that clung to the bottom of the glass and rose tothe top fast.

S: light malt and heavy yeast smell. Awesome fruity aroma that doesn't overpower the beer. Its a spicy aroma, like maybe lemon peel. Some wheat are to "banana" scented, this is not so and i like it.

T: Biting beer. Quick spicy bite that is surprising due to the low ABV. The yeast is absolutely the key here. Good flavor.

M: Round and full with a spice bite again on the gums. Good carbonation.

O: A nice refreshing beer. I do like it for a style I usually shy away from.

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Photo of rawfish
3.81/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a Odell shaker pint using bottle instructions (pour 3/4 of bottle, swirl then pour the remaining containing the sediment into the glass. Transformation is instant from golden translucent to a muddy stream type of cloudiness. A pillowy soft 2 finger head results from the two pour combination white with decent retention and light lacing.

Aroma is rather earthy lemon grass hops, grains and light malt all mixed with a yeast backing. Rather dark and raw, a stark deviation from most other wheats which are bright and citrusy.

Taste is also rather earthy, light malt bill with a coarse grainy taste. Starts bright with citrus and lemon tartness and evolves slowly into a wheat twang and light malt. Then rather heavy with earthy hops for balance and a yeast aftertaste that lingers on the palate for some time. Not sweet at all, refreshing yet carries some heft.

Odd. Drinks a little heavy because of all the sediment but feels watery and thin on the palate. Adequate carbonation but not incredible lively. Could use more bubble to kick this thing up.

This wheat gives the feel really of being down to earth, its raw and organic while still being refreshing and crisp. A more sophisticated wheat than the filtered varieties that pop out around summer and does well as a hefewiessen without the fruity character.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
4.43/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
4.02/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Rich golden yellow. Love how clear it is before the yeast is agitated and added and I love the cloudiness the yeast adds. Like a tequila sunrise sans grenadine. Bready thick head. Decent lace.

S: A little chalky/dry. Fruity (orange essence.)

T: A good bitter powers through the thickness of the wheat. Only a touch of citrus comes across. Full. Rich. Excellent.

M: Very nicely viscous. Creamy.

D: One of my absolute favorites of this style. Will patronize this one much during the summer.

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

A - Pale yellow in color and fairly translucent. Small head fades quickly.

S - Banana, clove, and earthy wheat.

T - Pretty straightforward taste really. Banana mixes well with the spices and finishes with a very slight bite from the carbonation.

M - Light and thin.

D - Very drinkable. While this beer is not breaking new ground in beer, they make this style well.

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Photo of Nerudamann
3.58/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Look - golden in color, with some particulates floating around in it, probably the wheat particles. About a finger of off-white colored foam that dissipates quickly. Good carbonation.

Smell - malty smell with the sweet hint of wheat. Maybe a little citrus too.

Taste and Mouthfeel - lovely wheat taste, subtle citrus flavor. Texture is great and well-balanced.

Drinkability - very easy to drink, not VERY complex, but good-tasting.

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Photo of iSip
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of Onenote81
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Awesome bottle tossed-in from readbaron recently. Thanks!

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a cloudy deep gold with a moderate foamy white head on top. Bits of lace drip down the glass edge. The aroma carries notes of yeast, orange, bread, and honey. Nice.

Good mellow body; ample carbonation. Light feel. Well-crafted combination of sweet bread, mild yeast, faintly tart citrus tones, and smooth oats. Great refreshing beer! This is a beer I would crave all through the summer months. Wish I had access to it locally.

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Photo of Pahn
4.03/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into Duvel tulip. Best by 4/25/11. Included as an extra from generous trader, codewarrior.

Appearance: Free pour (with 1/3 bottle yeast swirl as directed on the bottle) yields a one inch fluffy white head that dissipates quickly leaving a tight lacing ring. Pours a hazy orange juice orange and leaves a few small arches of lacing.

Smell: Herbal, yeasty, and mild citrus notes. Airy effervescence. The somewhat vague, orangy citrus has some boldness to it, though overall the smell is a little faint, especially for the style.

Taste: Light flavor up front, the same citrus and mild hops from the nose, some nice bitterness, leading to a big yeasty/bready bite in the end.

I'm really appreciating the lack of sweetness in the beer; I hate wheat beers as cloying sweetness bombs. It finishes slightly dry and is overall very juicy, which gives the beer a very succulent, satisfying character.

Could definitely argue for a higher score for taste. I'm "only" giving it a 4.0 because there could be a greater depth of flavor, but the mild citrus, bitterness, yeast, and breadiness work extremely well together.

Mouthfeel: Light side of medium bodied. Juicy but not watery. Very carbonated but not distracting. Slight dryness at the end. Overall, the mouthfeel elevates the beer significantly.

Drinkability: Very refreshing beer. Could easily have many of these, especially in Summer. Would go great with light food.

This is a finely crafted American wheat. I would imagine that Odell sells a lot of this, and rightly so.

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Photo of jowilant
4.83/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of codewarrior
3.57/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz from a 6-pack, poured into a snifter.

Picked this up as part of a mixed case while up at the brewery for the Mountain Standard '10 release (and to return some contaminated '10 BBS). Freshness date reads 4/25/11.

L: Clear auburn with half-a-finger soapy white head. Nothing wrong here, nothing indicating greatness either. Just looks good.

S: Crisp, clean, cold, wheat. Very clean, no bitter after-smell like in a belgian wit, just unfiltered american wheat-y goodness.

T: Starts out fat and wide wheatiness, cleans up into a focused sweet and simple middle. Finish is crisp with a hint of corn? Pretty good, if a touch bland in comparison to a world-class american unfiltered what like Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat Beer.

F: A touch heavier than I'd like, but smooth and still quite refreshing.

D: If it weren't for Boulevard's Unfiltered Wheat beer, this would be a go-to wheat. Still an understated and elegant attempt, pretty standard fare for Odell.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.5/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. On tap at the brewery in August 2009.

Pours a hazy yellow gold color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some light wheat and lemon and not too much else. The same can be said of the taste, though it incorporates some light grain and bread. Light feel with nice carbonation; this is a good way to start and is quite sessionable.

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Photo of drabmuh
3.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Beer is yellow and hazy with almost no head and very little lacing. Carbonation is moderate.

Aroma is a little wheaty and a little fruity. It smells good.

Beer is light in body and its a little wheaty in the mouth. Some sweet fruits flavors are in the mid palate and finishes with a slight aftertaste. Its highly drinkable. Mouthfeel is OK, could use considerably more carbonation, could just a little more wheat flavor, but I guess I'm asking an American wheat to be a hefeweizen. This beer is handicapped.

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Odell Easy Street Wheat from Odell Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 175 ratings.