Odd Side Ales

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Fruit and Field Beer
Ranked #744
Ranked #47,481
3.41 | pDev: 9.38%
Odd Side Ales
Michigan, United States
Reviews: 16 | Ratings: 68 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bottled 5/16/16; drank 6/8/16 @ the Yarchives.

Cloudy pale yellow appearance; champagne bubbles throughout.

A rough pour yielded a small, bright white head; decent, frothy lace.

Watermelon & fresh cut grass notes in the nose.

Medium thin mouthfeel.

Watermelon & fresh cut grass flavors up front; mildly dry wheat notes on the finish.

Watermelon forward & quite sessionable; simple but effective. Summer day vibes.

Dec 10, 2019
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BEERchitect from Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Wheat and watermelon converge in a beercentric taste that elevates both where neither could go alone. The tried and true summertime crowd pleaser in watermelon provides a stark overlay to a simpleton of an American pale wheat ale. Their fusion is one out of the story of cocktails.

Pouring a hazy brunt gold color, the ale builds a fluid white cap that radiates with strong overtones of overt watermelon but also its floral, vegetal and fruity sides. A light doughy must rolls off of the rim before its taste soothes the early palate with cereal, grain, light honey and agave.

As the flavors unfold, the creaminess of wheat gives way to the splash of watermelon that hits the middle palate with force. Juicy, orchard-like and radiant with melon flavor, the floral nature seems almost basil-like. Trending modestly bitter and with the bite of green that resides on the late palate, a part-hops, part-rind flavor balances the fruit and malt to even keel precession.

Medium light and herbal late in taste, the beer develops a dry drinkability but also a watering character that's almost forgivable, given that watermelon is used. Its green spices affirm that the flavors used to folly up this wheat beer are genuine, watermelon rind and all.

Aug 02, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I surprised myself by really enjoying this one - light, crisp, refreshing, not too sweet, and the perfect beer for drinking while I was grilling at the beginning of summer. Looks pretty good, pale yellow color with a tiny little bit of haze, lots of fluffy white head that settled and a few spotty rings of lingering lacing. Smells very faintly of some wheat aromas, malt, maybe a touch of watermelon - but I had to really search for it and likely wouldn't have noticed it if I didn't know what I was looking for. Taste follows the nose, but the watermelon is more pronounced and was quite pleasant. Very mildly sweet, not overpowering or cloying at all. Smooth, mild, thin mouthfeel and a good amount of carbonation. I didn't know what to expect from this beer since I don't normally like wheat-forward beers and I'm not a big fan of artificial watermelon flavors, but this one did the trick. Would be great for any hot outdoors summer event.

May 26, 2019
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at brewery:
Pours a pale yellow with a haze that blurs objects behind the beer. White head is formed by tightly coupled bubbles, sustained well by visible streams. Lacing is moderate to heavy.

Nose is of a wheat beer the has a bright fruity aspect, but I cannot discern watermelon easily. I’m partially not sure I want to, as it’d probably be too sweet if it were obvious. There’s a hint of it, but there’s also aspects of cucumber and musk melon that all randomly seem more or less obvious.

The taste lives up to the name, with a lightly husky grain base providing an earthiness while the watermelon is brought to near mid taste. A cucumber note starts, and morphs into watermelon rind before the red flesh of the star fruit comes to my palate. The watermelon does not seem artificial, perhaps due to the watery aspects of the cucumber notes. The feel is a bit to prickly, with a somewhat dry and lightly peppery ending.

No bad, fairly refreshing, but I wish the beer were a little smoother. The good thing is that, to me, the flavors stayed away from being too sweet - the watermelon brought a little bit, but it never overtook the beer.

Sep 04, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

people swear by this one, im not sure why, watermelon in beer so rarely works well, at least to me, it just always comes through a little forced, sweet, and fakey to me, and thats kind of the case here, but i like watermelon candy from time to time, so the little bit of sweetness with it in here in oddly appealing to me, even though i almost always prefer my fruited wheat beers as dry as can be. no color from the fruit at all here, looks like a light straw colored hazy wheat brew, frothy from the tap and with great carbonation. i love how light this feels but how expressive it still is, and how much flavor there actually is from the wheat, its not all watermelon, this has that diluted sweetness like juiced watermelon has, but also seems more sugary than the real thing on its own. good but maybe a little forced. a light tang here too from somewhere keeps it on the right side of refreshing for what it is, even light salt and brine notes for a flash, and i could happily pound a few of these before they got old, especially if they were nice and frosty cold. appealing in the summer, but not one of my favorite odd side beers overall. still, better than its ratings here i reckon...

Aug 02, 2018
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jzlyo from Iowa

3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is wheat/bread and mild watermelon/fruit. The flavor is watermelon/mild Jolly rancher, wheat, fruit and a lightly sweet//candy/slightly tart finish.

Oct 31, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.57/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale pear juice color, hazy and light. Fluffy head on top, starting out way overfermented and spilling, but then finally settling down.

Aromas of wheat germ, cucumber, watermelon, corn dust, cold meat.

Flavor is surprisingly present for being a cucumber-watermelon wheat beer. Notes of clove, wheat, pale malt, followed by watermelon rind, briny cucumber, and toasted wheat.

Medium bodied with a light crisp finish.

Overall, though I wouldn't revisit, it's not a bad beer at all. I can see it working well on a hot summer's day.

Oct 03, 2016
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mfnmbvp from Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle, bottled 05/16/16 printed on the label. Another new one to me from Odd Side Ales, this one "Wheat beer brewed with watermelon". No abv listed on the bottle this time; Odd Side is strangely inconsistent with that.

Poured into a Duvel tulip snifter.

A - A crisp pale yellow body on the pour, with about one finger of frothy soapy white head that lingers as a ring, leaving minor fluffy spotty lacing. Lots of grainy sediment visible in the body. Appears aptly carbonated. Looks very nice.

S - Aroma is nice and pleasant: fluffy earthy wheat meets fresh watermelon juice / water / rind. Invokes images of cucumber, grass, and cantaloupe / musk melon. The wheat plays its fair part also with subtle notes of husk and grain emerging further as the beer sits.

T - Flavor follows the nose and is pleasant enough. Actual watermelon flavor is hard to discern; but there is lots of watery vegetal flavors to go around: notes of grasses, cucumbers, melons, cantalouple, watermelon, some sort of indistinct berryish flavor. Very drinkable, and not harsh or offending. Will please the discerning drinker.

M - Feel is very smooth, crisp, clean, & quenching. A refresher of a beer, especially for a hot summer day. Light-bodied with good carbonation.

Overall, I'd call it an average representation of what a watermelon wheat beer can be; I've had better and I've had worse. We'll call it a draw with this one, and i look forward to other fruited wheat beers from Odd Side.

Odd Side Ales Whatermelon -----3.5/5

Jul 04, 2016
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Prager62 from Colorado

3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Can't discern the poorly printed bottle date, but I'm assuming it's relatively fresh being a summer seasonal. Label states wheat beer brewed with watermelon, no Abv. listed.

Look- Pours a uber clear yellow with very little foam.

Smell- Watermelon rind with a hint of bready yeast.

Taste- A bready flavor to start that opens up revealing a watermelon candy flavor with a mild tart finish.

Feel- It's light, thin and very kolsch like.

Overall- A very easy drinking summer beer with a watermelon candy flavor. I bought a single to sample and will definitely seek out more to finish out the final weeks of summer.

Jul 26, 2015
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superspak from North Carolina

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 5/8/2015. Pours very hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of big watermelon, strawberry, lemon, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good complexity and balance of watermelon, fruity/earthy yeast, and bready malt notes; with good strength. Taste of big watermelon, strawberry, lemon, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, herbal, and yeast earthiness. Light herbal bitterness/yeast spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of watermelon, strawberry, lemon, pear, apple, light banana/clove, wheat, biscuit, light honey, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Damn nice complexity and robustness of watermelon, fruity/earthy yeast, and bready malt flavors; with a great yeast/malt/fruit balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Light-medium carbonation and medium body; with a very smooth and moderately creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4%. Overall this is a damn nice fruited wheat ale. All around great balance and robustness of watermelon, fruity/earthy yeast, and bready malt flavors; and very smooth and very flavorful to drink for the ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

Jun 28, 2015
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SerialTicker from Michigan

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 5/7/15 and poured 6/6/15. Another beer from Odd Side I haven't gotten a chance to try yet. I think a bottle was about two bucks.

Appearance: A pale orange, almost yellow color with a very short-lived head that eventually becomes just a ring around the glass. There's a to-be-expected haze to this as well. Not much lacing.

Smell: Reminds me a bit of Short's Strawberry Shortcake in the sense that it doesn't smell "clean" -- it has a rustic aroma, for the lack of a better word, due to a slightly gritty malt character. There's also a heap of wheat in the aroma as well. For the watermelon, there's a definite sweetness coming out of this beer, but the actual watermelon character is pretty light.

Taste/feel: Well, there's the watermelon -- immediately, there's a fresh watermelon flavor on the front of the tongue that turns a bit tart as it goes down. The aftertaste is where the wheat really comes through, as there's a big wheat flavor with only a subtle, lingering watermelon flavor on the aftertaste. The aftertaste is a bit watery as a whole, but seeing as this is 4%, it doesn't come as a huge surprise. The feel isn't quite water thin, but it's definitely understandably thin, and the carbonation is high... both things that I expected, and think make sense for a watermelon flavored beer, but the carbonation is almost too intense. It has a pop-like carbonation.

Wheatermelon offers what I had expected -- wheat and watermelon without much depth of flavor, but it's a very refreshing beer, and one that could help getting newbies into the craft beer scene. The carbonation could be a little less harsh, but other than that, I don't think I'd change anything about this beer: it is what it is, and what it is is enjoyable.

Jun 06, 2015
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StoutHunter from Michigan

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Oddside's Wheatermelon a few days ago for $2.19 at The Lager Mill. I haven't tried too many Watermelon beers and I'm interested to see how this one turns out, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a imperial pint glass.

A- The label looks nice and it goes well with the name. It poured a hazy and slightly pale golden color that took on more of a orange golden color when held to the light with two fingers worth of slightly creamy off white head that died down to a thin ring that stayed till the end and it left just a little bit of patchy lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, but I wish the lacing was a little better.

S- The aroma starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the wheat beer base being the first to show up and it imparts the some typical wheat, bready and grainy aroma with that signature Witbier yeast showing up in the back ground with some orange rind and coriander aromas coming through. Up next comes the watermelon and it's really light, but it does have a natural watermelon aspect to it. This beer had a decent aroma, but I wish the watermelon was more than just barely noticeable.

T- The taste seems to be fairly similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the witbier base being the first to show up and it imparts the same aspects that it did in the aroma with the yeast also impart the same aspects that it did in the aroma to make for a nice Witbier base. Towards the end comes the watermelon which is still a little on the lighter side, but it's much more noticeable than it was in the aroma and it still retains that natural Watermelon aspect and it lingers into the aftertaste with no bitterness and some Witbier flavors. This is a decent tasting beer, the base is nice, but i wish the Watermelon showed up more and was brighter.

M- Smooth, fairly clean, little crisp, on the very light side of being medium bodied with a slightly lower amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and I thought it was a decent example of a watermelon beer, I thought the Witbier base was nice and true to style, but it came to the watermelon aspect it left me wanting more. This beer has a decent drinkability, it went down easy, but the flavors don't do the best job at holding my attention. What I like the most about this beer is the Witbier base, it's nice and true to style. What I like the least about this beer is that the watermelon aspect isn't brighter and bolder. I don't think I would buy this beer again, but i wouldn't turn one down and I can't say I would highly recommend it, but it may be worth a try if it sounds interesting to you. All in all I thought this beer was Ok, but I didn't love it, I may have rated it a little higher, but not too long ago I hard Kuhnhenn's Watermelon Wit and I enjoyed that one much more and it seemed to have all the aspects that were missing from this beer. It's not a favorite Oddsides beer and i would say it's pretty close to average for the style. I appreciate the effort, but this one could use a little more work.

May 25, 2015
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justinp444 from Michigan

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Hazy straw yellow with a thin white head. Smells of wheat, watermelon, spice, tiny bit of clove, and yeast. Taste is artificial watermelon, with a yeasty wheat beer base. Not a lot of complexity, okay amount of crispness, light to moderate mouth feel. A bit watery and sweet.

May 21, 2015
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hardysf from Michigan

3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pretty plain Jane. Hazy color, pours with a little head that mostly dissipates quickly. Very strong wheat smell. No smell of hops or melon.

Crisp clean taste with subtle watermelon on the finish. A little too light for me.

I understand the reasoning though keeping it low abv. Probably a good all day beach beer, not a end of a hard day work beer.

May 21, 2015
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Tripel_Threat from Michigan

3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Given a bottle to try at a friends backyard party, lots of local Michigan brews being passed around that evening. Had this one straight from the bottle.
Aroma from the bottle came as the usual wheat aromas with some sweet watermelon. Somewhat subtle at first, becoming more pronounced as warmed.
Taste follows, if wheats are your thing, this isn't going to blow you away but it hits the appropriate notes. The watermelon gives it an edge as a summer-time drink.
Not something I'd seek out but not something I'm turning down if offered, I'd really be curious to have it on tap.

May 20, 2015
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tectactoe from Michigan

2.48/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap, Michigan Summer Beerfest 2013. The only other watermelon wheat beer I can recall having is Hell or High Watermelon, and I wasn't the biggest fan. Figured I better give this one a go, to see if there's any redemption for the style. Hazy orange with copper-ish tints, translucent enough to let a bunch of light through. The white heat settles neatly at a few millimeters; it's foamy and shows pretty decent retention throughout.

Hmmm... I'm not sure this is even a beer. VERY light aroma... nearly no smell at all. It takes several, successive, huge whiffs to finally be able to pick up on anything. Faint grass, some soft wheat, and a mild vegetal smell. I wouldn't call it watermelon. Not at all. Just a mild, strange, vegetable-ish and leafy kind of thing. That said, the aroma is still incredibly vapid and almost nonexistent. I understand it's a lighter beer, but... come on.

The flavor doesn't pick up much slack from the aroma, unfortunately. More vagueness with each sip. Mild yeast, mild wheat, maybe the faintest mention of musty hops and citrus zest. But then again, maybe not. No watermelon. None. Really, even the mild vegetal character in the aroma doesn't show up on the palate. But there's not a mention of watermelon here. Thin bodied, crispy with tight carbonation and a watery, slick mouth feel.

Disappointed to say the least. I didn't much care for the taste of Hell or High Watermelon, but at least it kind of had some watermelon taste to it. This had none. None at all. And in turn, it ends up just being a mediocre wheat beer. It's just so underpowered and ghostly. It's hard to really believe this is a beer in my cup. I don't want to completely slam the ratings, as it's still not offensive or off-putting, but that's really only because it lacks substance. Pass on this one.

Aug 12, 2013
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