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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by Todd on 01-24-2001

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Photo of NBake
3.98/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured aggressively into a pint glass (of course swirling the last 1/3 just as the label suggests) to build a 1 inch creamy white head on top of the cloudy straw colored liquid. Leaves some thin lacing. Seems drinkable enough. On to the smell!

S: I'm picking up some general wheat malt smell, along with some lemon. Smell isn't spectacular, but I wasn't expecting anything crazy from a wheat.

T: Seems more malty than most with a little lemon zing and a lingering grainy and lemony finish. I also noticed a little spicy, hoppy character, but no hop flavor. More flavorful than many wheat beers I've had, however.

M: This one is thin, with little carbonation, but somehow begs you to drink more and more. I dig it.

D: Easy Street is crazy refreshing, and I think I could drink gallons in the summer. It has a great flavor profile and is very balanced. I'm not usually a huge fan of wheat beers, but this one has definitely grown on me.

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Photo of TexIndy
4/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had during my trip to Denver since not available in Texas. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Label had a best by date. It had a yellowish, light honey color. It had a thin head with good carb. It had a good APWA smell with sweet malt and a worty smell. The mouthfeel was good. The taste was really good for the style. Was smooth and easy drinking and would be a good session beer. I always have at least a couple when I visit Colorado. Really wish I could get here. Recommend trying. These beers aren't going knock you over with their taste but for what they are this one is really good. (4, HR, T, Y, session)

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Photo of Bobikel
4.1/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Pours a very pale gold, befor the yeast is added. After adding the yeast is added more of a muddy yellow color is present. A smallish head forms with a hard pour. Retention is good, as is lacing.

Smell - Yeasty and bready, with hints of apricots and white pepper. I can't seep to find any hops.

Taste - Slightly tart wheat, and malt dance around the mouth to great effect. With the wheat dominating after swallowing. A little bannanna and clove from the yeast, but it doesn't over power at all. A slight bitterness creeps around in the middle, lingers, and cleanses the pallate after swallowing. This is a nice wheat beer.

Mouthfeel - Thin and slick, slightly creamy. About par for the style.

Drinkability - An easy drinking wheat, that is as refreshing as it is quaffable. And at 4.6% ABV. lends its self nicely to long summer drinking sessions, possibly on a boat with a grill....

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

Easy Street Wheat pours a murky off-yellow color, traces of gold-like sediments that will be quickly absorbed by the bubbling carbonation. Wheats, fresh lemon juice and on-off notes of grainy hops. Toasty wheat malts with a fair amount of carbonation. Sweet citrus tones, orange and lemon zest. Medium in body, powdery light yeast tones and as it warms, some yeast, bread and floral hops. The finish is dry and sweety-sour; great flavorings and a pretty decent wheat ale.

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Photo of Beaver13
3.51/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a glowing hazy dirty yellow with a fluffy white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is lemoney wheat.

The flavor is a little citrus with a grainy earthy wheat flavor. It has a lightly bitter citric finish. The mouthfeel is medium with soft carbonation and is a little watery.

Overall, I don't really care for American wheat beers, but this is a well done version. I'm happy to grab it at places where more adventurous micros aren't available.

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Photo of aaronh
3.08/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly hazy, pale straw colored beer with a minimal head. No lacing whatsoever. Aroma hints of crisp malt and not much else. Flavor is clean, with a touch of wheat. No yeast flavors apparent and just a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is also fairly light, but not thin. Drinkability is OK. One was enough, but I would pick this over any macro lager. Might be a toss-up with Blue Moon. Seriously, just not enough here to bring me back. However, I won't avoid other offerings by Odell either if the opportunity presents itself. It's a well-brewed beer, just not interesting or remotely captivating.

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Photo of SuperSpy
4.32/5  rDev +14%
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.

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Photo of dfried
4.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Hazy straw yellow in color. Decent sized white head that stuck around pretty well as it died down. Wheaty, bready, earthy aroma, that was realtivly sweet and fruity. The taste was a lot like wheaty lemon grass, yeasty and bready but with at citrus and lemon-like zing. A fair amount of fruity bubbble gum flavor as well. It was a lot like standard American hefes, but with more fruity rich flavor. Tangy, but not too much mouthfeel. Very drinkable. One of the best American wheat beers I have had.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
3.76/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

One of the better American Brewed wheat beers.. at least in terms of what I've been able to sample. A little more substance all around.

The pour: simply lovely. Nice and cloudy orange apperance and a very nice lingering head to boot. Belgian lace throughout the entire glass.

The taste was wheaty with a hint of citrus. The citrus was held in check and fairly tame given the style. This is both good and bad, as sometimes I find myself really enjoying a citrus feel to my wheat beers and other times find myself not enjoying it as much.

For what it's worth, there's enough here to keep me pleased regardless of whether I'm craving a more citrus flavor profile or not.

The drinkability factor is solid with this one. It goes down easy and while it's not the most complex beer in the world, there's enough here to keep the drinker pleased. Could see myself easily drinking three or four of them, with little worry about getting bored in the process.

Still feel that The Germans are the undisputed kings in the world of wheat beers, but this is a pretty solid beer regardless and much better than most beers, in a style I find boring overall.

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Photo of russpowell
3.7/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I liked this better than the bottled version, not by a whole lot, but it was an upgrade.

Poured hazy straw with 1" white head & effervesence. Okay head retention & a bit of lacing

S: Tart malt & a hint of lemon

Taste: Tart & fruitty. Tangy wheat malt holds the middle up & finishes quenching & semi-grassy/tangy

MF: Medium bodied for the style with some spritzyness. Okay balance

Hot day & this went down too quick. An okay take on the style, nothing to get fired up about

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Photo of thaichile
2.06/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a smidge hazy yellow/gold with no much of a head. Aroma is grains, a little skunky. Flavor is thin, slight citrus flavors and wheat mustiness. I am coming to the conclusion that American Wheats are not my thing. Thanks to jhammerly for the bottle.

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Photo of karst
3.83/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of expatsteve
3.31/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

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Photo of bort11
3.19/5  rDev -15.8%
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.

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Photo of ChrisA
3.97/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

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Photo of mentor
3.6/5  rDev -5%
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.

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Photo of MaltyGoodness
3.03/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.68/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of bennetj17
2.93/5  rDev -22.7%
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...

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.78/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of Dithyramb
2.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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.

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Photo of hoffman
3.48/5  rDev -8.2%
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.

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Photo of palliko
4.2/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

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Photo of rowew
3.93/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of WesWes
4/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Odell Easy Street Wheat from Odell Brewing Company
3.79 out of 5 based on 560 ratings.
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