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Bean Flicker | Odd Side Ales

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States | website

Style: American Blonde Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A light coffee note with gentle grains.

Added by TheBrewo on 08-02-2013

BEER STATS
Reviews:
58
Ratings:
386
Avg:
3.75
pDev:
33.87%
 
 
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Reviews: 58 | Ratings: 386
Photo of ferndave
1.61/5  rDev -57.1%
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 jsisko01
2.66/5  rDev -29.1%
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 Goblinmunkey7
2.86/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Thanks to JAS45678 for the bottle.

Appearance: Absolutely clear dark straw/light gold. Head is clumpy and white, dropping to a small collar in short order. Minimal carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Boom, coffee beans. Sweet milk chocolate and roast. Vaguely nutty, almost like hazelnut coffee with too much cream and sugar. Malts are incredibly light, offering up a touch of clean roasted sweetness. No hop profile to speak of. Milky sweet.

Taste: A bit biscuit under everything. Light snappy malts with a slight roasted element. Fresh coffee bean with a light cocoa bean finish. Milky sweetness with an otherwise light flavor. A slightly sharp bite on the back, something like a coffee with high acidity. Clean crisp roasted bean. Vague fruitiness.Warming produces a slightly oxidized and harsh coffee bean.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a high, but not bubbly, carbonation. Clean and crisp.

Overall: I won't be lighting any candles and getting to know myself.

An interesting use of coffee with a nice light body. Could be a highly quaffable beer, but it falls apart as it warms and it feels a bit mismatched. Carbonation doesn't help either.

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Photo of Clockwork420
2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
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 ThickNStout
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle from LambicPentameter (thanks man!). Bottled 11/30/15. Served in a goblet.

Pours a dull gold with almost three fingers of rocky white froth. A consisitent veneer is left behind after the head fades with a foamy ring that deposits large, near-solid sheets of lace.

Smells of sugar, dry yeast, bread, faint coffee and something my senses interpret as vague fruit skins.

Tastes like watered down coffee, semi sweet caramel, bitter earthy bark and a vague almost rye-like spice. It's not quite a combination I look for in a brew.

Thin, dry body with moderate carbonation. Aftertaste has more of that watered down coffee and a vague earthy bitterness.

I'm not much of a blonde ale drinker and I can't say that Bean Flicker has done anything to sway me.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
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 carlborch
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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 lewdwig
3.16/5  rDev -15.7%
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 UCLABrewN84
3.2/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Thanks to GRG1313 for sharing this one at his tasting.

Pours a clear yellow-orange with a foamy bone head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Small dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, earth, and slight coffee aromas. Taste is much the same with vanilla and coffee flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of roast bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an above average beer that is drinkable but the coffee aspect doesn't really work all that well with the base beer in my opinion.

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Photo of darktronica
3.31/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly hazy, light orange with modest head that dissipates quickly. The vanilla and malts dominate, somehow giving me a strong suggestion of papaya and macadamia nut on the nose. The coffee was a bit out to lunch, possibly contributing to the nuttiness but otherwise not making much noise until the finish. Interesting, but not really to my liking.

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Photo of mothman
3.42/5  rDev -8.8%
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 1000lbgrizzly
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Slightly hazy golden body, fizzy white head that leaves just a ring, plenty of fine carbonation, and sediment on the bottom. Nose is overly sweet, with floral vanilla bean making up most of it and roasted coffee in the background. Flavor is also heavy on the vanilla and sweetness, reminiscent of white chocolate, but gives more attention to the coffee. The light malt is detectable only here and there, but is mostly blanketed by the namesakes. Body is light and, while fizzy, highly drinkable.
Barely recognizable as a beer, this still was respectful to not go completely overboard with additive flavors. The vanilla did need to be toned down, but overall this was a decently restrained sugary guilty pleasure.

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Photo of joe1510
3.47/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$9.99 6-Pack
Kap N' Keg - Traverse City, MI

Bean Flicker: a "Satisfying stimulation of sessionable self exploration". This here is a blonde ale made with coffee. The pour is a little darker than blonde weighing in at a sturdy golden with soft orange highlights. A clean white head easily rises to a couple fingers before settling at a thick ring with puffy islands. Light lacing decorates the glass.

Looks can be deceiving The nose is nothing like you would expect from a beer that looks the way Bean Flicker looks. Sweetened coffee and cream lead the way and show enough chocolatey sweetness that it at times is reminiscent of tootsie rolls. Light graininess float around back there somewhere but unfortunately at times, mostly with warming, I get some burnt rubber in there. The rubber is unfortunate but it only pops up occasionally.

A sweet artificial chocolate presence kicks things off again with the tootsie roll presence while cold coffee and cream pops up here and there. A muddled graininess runs through mid palate and the finish is slightly coffee bitter. I liked the first few drinks of this beer but now that it's in my head that astringent burnt rubber is in play now that I've picked it up, again, it's very mild but there.

The body is all at once soft and light. A nice velvety feel as it enters and the finish is mildly bitter from the coffee notes. A touch of dryness cleans things up on the swallow making for an overall nice mouthfeel.

Bean Flicker is another interesting beer from Odd Sides. I can't say I'm a huge fan but the concept is fun and unique and certainly worth a try. The nose and flavor are both comforting until I get those strange notes of rubber. If the rubber wasn't present this would be a much better beer.

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Photo of abeerview
3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Golden with a little haze, little head and tiny bubbles.
S: There is a sweetness, but also a bit of stale beer to it.
T: I get some bready/biscuity flavor followed by a sweetened coffee taste at the end. The coffee flavor in a blonde ale is obviously an unusual setup, but it actually works.
F: Very light body with a dry finish. I know it wasn't going be as if I were drinking a cup of coffee, but I could have used more body.
O: If you isolate each part of the beer (look, smell, taste, feel) it comes across as underwhelming. But, if you take it as a whole it works. A classic example of the sum being greater than the parts. This is a very drinkable beer with some unusual (in a good way) character.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Served from a can in an Ohio State Shaker pint glass.

Nice to see a bit of equal opportunity for masturbation references in the beer world... Anyhoo, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger of relatively short-lived lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises rich coffee, complete with that chocolate sort of smell that tends to tag along with it in those coffee stores in the mall (they still have those stores, right? I don't get out much...). It's pretty simple and straightforward. The taste brings in more of the same, but the richness is decidedly toned down here, forcefully waned by milquetoast grains (I meant that as the pure adjective, not as the specific grains that go into the creation of said bready treat). The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, a nice coffee blonde, but one I wish had a bit more of that coffee character on the tongue. I'm not saying I want as much as my 'strils get, as that would likely be a bit much, but some real coffee oomph would have worked far better than this blend of mild coffee and vague breadiness.

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Photo of TheBrewo
3.54/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

We pour a brew of dirty golden blonde into our Great Lakes pint glasses. It holds a generous three finger head of yellow-tinged cakey bubbles that slowly glug away. Thick sheets of lacing are left as it goes. No haze or sediment is noted, and carbonation appears to be highly, highly active. The aroma gives pale and steely pilsner malts, yeasty metallics, rich hazelnut roast, moderate citric hop zest, and soft chemical phenols. With warmth we also get notes of fresh vanilla, muddy metallics, fresh grassiness, and shaving foam. Our first impression is that this beer tastes like your simple coffee stout, but the lighter malt base gives significant bitterness and puck. As we sip, strong hazelnut, lime rind, quinine, tonic water bite, bittered metallic pils grain, murky pale malts, and basement must. The middle comes to a peak with raw coffee bean grittiness, continued lime and lemon zest, distant earthy hops, crumbling dry leafiness, oak sap, and mint root, as the metallic pilsner malts come to a head at the back of the palate. Washing through the finish is more bittered pale maltiness, peanut butter sweetness, soapy hops, tinny metallics, white flour, sulfuric mineral, and mild cherry flesh fruitiness. The aftertaste breathes of fusel booze, clean pale and pilsner graininess, hollow hazelnut, biscuity breadiness, yeasty echoes, tin, kidney bean dryness, chalkboard, pencil eraser, and light grassy and earthy hops. The body is light, and the carbonation is extreme. The latter builds up to a strong prickle, even with the standard, easy motion of the swallow. Each sip affords great slurp, smack, cream, froth, and pop. The mouth is initially coated, but drips dry into satiation, and puck without that intense astringency. The abv is seemingly sessionable, and the beer sips easy once you get used to it.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its aroma. Here we get an instantly curious juxtaposition of a clean blonde ale base, with nicely bittered grain, while atop it we ride alongside stronger coffee flavoring than we’ve experienced in some straight coffee stouts. The case is very much the same through the flavoring, with the first and last thing you’re left thinking about is this bright hazelnut coffee roastiness. It’s quite the odd pair, no pun intended. That said, it seems as if they’ve accomplished what they set out to do with this one, and we are happy to have been a part of the experiment. One downside was the carbonation, which approached the level of champagne, slowing drinkability a bit. This beer will certainly not appeal to everyone, but if you’ve got the interest it is certainly worth your time.

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Photo of Ri0
3.55/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured 12oz bottle into snifter.

A - Hazy dark pine wood colored with micro particles suspended in the liquid. A one finger head rapidly dissipates into a thin ring and leaves some spotty lacing.

S - Aromas of cheap chocolate Christmas candy, bread and some grain. It doesn't smell like the coffee I am used to drinking,

T - The taste is of...hmmm...Some type of coffee like flavor and cheap chocolate. The bolnde ale gives it a bready and grainy quality. It just doesn't come together for me. It's not that it is bad, but odd.

M - It is somewhat watery and thin with astringency and leaves an odd aftertaste.

O - It was worth trying and an interesting attempt at a unique beer. Somehow the flavors do not mesh right and leaves the beer without any great qualities. Perhaps the recipe can be tweaked to make it blend better.

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Photo of Badger6
3.56/5  rDev -5.1%
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 andrewjraab
3.59/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Golden with some darker tones, slightly hazy and cloudy. Really nice stick and lace.

S - Yeast, bread, coffee, roasted malts, lemon grass.

T - Heavy on the coffee beans, chocolate - this all over powers the blonde ale that takes the back seat to the more dominant flavors. Medium bodied - slightly dry / bitter aftertaste.

O - Is it a lager, is it a stout? What is this concoction? I applaud the brewer for creativity, but the lack of identity makes this more of a novelty. I'd try it again, but I will not seek it out.

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Photo of Brenden
3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A big, billowing soapy white head condenses down to a full finger of a heavy, craggy crown that shows off some good retention, while bubbling from the bottom of the glass continues to keep it strong. It rests on a chill hazed but bright dark yellow-gold brew. Lacing is left in thick, sturdy spotting starting from the top.
The aroma is quite distinctive. It's an interesting idea to use a blonde beer as a base. It allows the coffee to rule, though this beer is brewed well enough that the coffee doesn't completely overshadow the pale malts or the light floral and citrus hops notes. Underneath is a touch of earth and a grassy, not quite herbal note.
The flavor is more interesting. The parts try to separate themselves and get a little muddled doing so. Particularly of note is an initial tangy, tart citrus note that drops for straight coffee to come through and then puts some zest back in when the coffee falls back. Grains go in and out underneath, malts asserting themselves a bit.
The feel has too much spritz at first, though that drops after time. While appropriately light-bodied, it tends toward a watery feel in the middle with nothing to really make up for the loss. a smoothness seems to attempt to develop but doesn't really. A minerality comes out at the end of each sip.

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Photo of phizzle
3.6/5  rDev -4%
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 Fcolle2
3.62/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light golden with some shit floating around in it. Aromas of blonde roasted coffee, vanilla, and caramel. Coffee flavors are somewhat mild and are backed up with a mild vanilla presence over a light grainy malt.

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Photo of Cresant
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
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 NateDyk47
3.67/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I've had this a bunch of times, usually get a pitcher when we go to the local sports bar.

Look: light transparent golden color, thin white head
Smell: coffee
Taste: mild coffee flavor overpowers an even milder grain taste. a little dry at the end.
Feel: light body, light to medium carbonation

Overall: solid, easy-drinking light beer.

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Photo of biegaman
3.71/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

There's couldn't have been that much coffee used - this Blonde Ale is still very much blonde. There's a not a drop of brown anywhere in its golden tone, bright radiance, or spotless clarity. Bean Flicker even lacks the foam of a latte or espresso; there's but a thin quilt of bubbles.

The aroma, on the other hand, tells a very different story - blindfolded, you'd swear you were drinking a highly caffeinated beverage. It smells like roasting beans - not so much brewed coffee - and has an astringent aura, one generated in collaboration with pungently earthy hops.

I had no idea what to expect from a blonde ale brewed with coffee - I couldn't imagine how it might taste. Turns out it's just as it sounds: a soft malty sweetness, light flavours of toasted bread and biscuit, blended with the oily astringency and smokiness of roasted coffee beans.

Even more surprising, there's a considerable amount of hops added too. As if there wasn't enough going on already; as if this wasn't unique enough as is. Bean Flicker is perhaps the most unusual recipe I've come across, not for its use of bizarre ingredients, but for its peculiar contrast of ingredients. This is unexpectedly agreeable and appealing.

I assumed something so dark, roasty and powerful as coffee would overwhelm a style that is clean, neutral, and light but I was amazingly wrong. Who'd have thought that a pale, easy-drinking and approachable beer could retain those qualities amongst such an appreciable coffee presence? Oddside Ales you are indeed very odd - but also clever and talented.

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