Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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435 Ratings
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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: russpowell on 06-23-2006

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Ratings: 435 | Reviews: 178
Reviews by JamesMN:
Photo of JamesMN
4.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy neon yellow/orange with a one finger foamy white head.

Aroma: Yeast and earthy/grassy hops. Subtle crystal and pilsen malts.

Taste: Really good grain flavors in here. Sweet and spicy (maybe rye malt?). There is also a good hop presence and a hop flavor that makes it uniquely Odell's. Citrus and sweet fruit juice. Really digging this one. Almost drinks like an ale. Don't taste any of that 8.1% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and yet assertive on the palate. Medium bodied but feels much more robust. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: If I was drinking this blind I'd probably think it was lager version of Odell IPA. It has that great hop flavor and juicyness that they pack most of their brews. Would I drink it again? Yes, wish they'd make a sessionable version!

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The Double Pilsner is a great example of what American beer is about, take a style and simply make it bigger, bolder and without a doubt, in your face. With that said, the style is gaining popularity from brewers of all sizes. Engaging bubbly white froth forms from a hard pour, radiant pale yellow color is actually lighter than anticipated ... not a bad thing, just very light. Very aromatic with suggestions of wildflowers, black pepper, faint sulfur and a donut-like maltiness. Smoothness before crispness, lovely medium body. The malt character drops a good amount of sweetness that has some bread and honey components. This is swept away quickly by a hop and alcohol combo. Hops come across a bit sharp with a thick herbal flavor, the alcohol brings a vivid peppery and spicy herbal smack to the taste buds. Alcohol is clean throughout with some warmth in the semisweet finish.

Lots of flavors to deal with here, complex, yet still quite drinkable. A sipping brew to say the least and a good example of the style as this one is a tamer in the hops department compared to other versions.

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in Colorado, the limited reviews showed it rated highly and I have a think for imperial pilsners every now and then.

Really freakin pale yellow, could be the lightest beer I've seen, similar to good ol' Bud Light. Perfectly clear body though. Head was only a quarter inch to start with and reduced to a skim layer. A few streams of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Decent looking beer for the style.

Pretty strong aroma though, not over powering, but has some oomph. Lots of Saaz and other Bavarian style hops as expected. Clean malting with some yeasty bread characteristics.

Flavor is intersting and fits the double pilsner moniker well. Lots of bavarian hops showing through again. Has that light bready malt backbone to it and the hops are filled with a straw and floral mixture, a little fruity too. A bit sweet though but has some good bitterness in the finish. Has a bit of spiciness to it in a strange way and some definate yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel is reasonably full, medium bodied really. Light carbonation only lends a little crispness. Good drinkability but the sweetness is a bit much for me to have too many. Overall a solid beer for the style.

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

The head drops a thick crown of lace, clear and bright yellow color. Spicy herbal hops, grassy with a sweet biscuit and clean alcoholic nose. Creamy medium body, smoothness runs deep. Maltiness peels back another flavor after each sip as it slowly warms up. Biscuity, doughy, pasty flour. Bitterness is pretty high but does not go above any other flavor. Alcohol is very warming and very clean. Taste buds have their work cut our for them here, a bit too drinkable for a bigger beer but I'm not complaining.

Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass. Best by August 19, 2011.

Appearance: Clear gold with bright white head and light lacing.

Smell: Mostly smells like an intense Pilsner - apple, pear, lemon, grass, straw and noble hops. Drier aroma than expected considering the high abv.

Taste: A little sweeter than the aroma, with a strong emphasis on fruit (apple, pear, citrus). Turns drier, spicier and more bitter on the finish, with fresh-cut grass and spicy noble hops.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation (not as high as a typical Pilsner) with a fairly full body for a pale lager. Finish is slightly dry, with some residual sweetness carrying through, and leaving a slightly detracting aftertaste.

Overall: Surprisingly refreshing for such a high abv beer. That said, a standard Pils would be more refreshing, so imperializing a style that is meant to be light and refreshing is slightly odd. However, the taste is great, so maybe that is the whole point. If not for the residual sweetness and aftertaste, this would be a home run.

Photo of jamesm7485
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i really wanted to like this beer, but i cant force myself to.
The pour is typical pilsner with a fair amount of lacing

the smell is kinda like wet cut grass and sweaty gym socks not terribly pleasant

Taste is ok but the alcohol isnt hidden whatsoever and it has an odd aftertaste that i cant quite pinpoint

Mouthfeel is your average pilsner light and airy

the bad aftertaste and harsh taste of the alcohol keeps me from ranking even a c here

all in all im disappointed as ive come to respect odells but am not fond of this at all

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp malty aroma with lots of bready pale malts and wheat grains. Good hints of cracker, biscuit, and citrus lemon. Also some good hints of herbal and spicy European hops to balance out the malty sweetness. Nicely full and crisp for the style.

Taste: A pretty rich taste for a pilsner, definitely a double one. Big presence of bready malts and grains. Notes of biscuit, crackers, yeast, and citrus lemon zest. Some earthy and herbal European hop spices lingering in the background smack the tongue with some pepper in the finish. This is very bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly creamy. Hop spices linger on the tongue. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good amped up take on a pilsner. Very full and bready with a nice spicy hop presence in the back end.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks to Stubone for throwing such an awesome beer in as a trade extra! Went great back to back with the Twisted Smile Imperial Pilsner on a hot summer weekend around the pool (sorry neighbors, for playing W.A.S.P. at 1am at high volume)

Pours a somewhat hazy for style bright yellow. Lace was impressive. Aroma even more impressive, grassy and pungent, nothing like the absent aroma in most pilsners I've had.

Taste, wow, for what Stone's 14th did for English IPA's, is akin to what this beer does in terms of pilsners. I mean, there's flavor, and hops! It wasn't just all carbonation and a muted combo of hops and malt. They weren't super bitter like an ipa, they were just right, you'd never know this was an 8%'r. A little expensive so I've been told, but I really can't think of better pilsner options.

Photo of FrognutUnl
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

01-2008 bottling.
Thanks to cjsell for including this in a trade.

Pours a nearly crystal clear yellow with a small quickly dissipating head. Smells earthy, lemony, and a little piney. Initial taste is sweet and citrusy, the malt character really steals the show here. Further down the glass the bitter, piney taste of the hops begins to shine through. Body is medium to light. Overall I typically am not that excited by pilsners, but I think that this would be something I would purchase occasionally if available in my area.

Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful golden yellow with two fingers of pure white head. It looks like what a quintessential lager/pilsner beer should look like, like every picture in media one has ever seen. Excellent. Scents of pilsner malt sweetness, Bohemian hops and some very slight citrus. A nose very similar to many a pilsner, but with a unique, American twist. I like it. Flavors of grapefruit, grapefruit pith, citrus and crystal malt sweetness, but with a nice Bohemian hop character present as well. It balances the bitterness with the sweetness as a good pilsner should and is quite pleasant in it's taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit heavier than a normal pilsner, but fitting an American Imperial Pilsner. It was still quite easy to drink and was not unpleasant. Overall this was a unique, yet familiar beer. It had the hallmarks of the classic pilsner, but with the twist of American Craft. I greatly enjoyed it, and would go back to it again.

Photo of GilGarp
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorites from Odell. It has a very distinct flavor that is truly unique.

Poured from a growler with less head than expected. Probably lost over the past few days since it sat in the fridge. Nice pale golden color with pure white head and lacing.

Aroma is spicy and complex. Difficult to describe but enjoyable.

The taste is distinctly pilsner but turned up to eleven! Lot of pilsner malt with an over abundance of hops and spice. A little bit of burn on the finish but clean and crisp.

The drinkability score could be higher if it wasn't so high in alcohol. 8% is crazy for a pilsner but I enjoy it.

There's some familiarity for people who have had german and american macro pils but it has been amplified to it's limit.

I look forward to having the Morimoto Imperial Pilsner to compare with this one.

Photo of ALZ
3.49/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Fluffy, three-finger head. Plenty of carbonation. Clear, golden color.

S: This is where this beer is slightly lacking; I can't detect any major aromas. It just has a clean, crisp scent.

T: A little syrupy when it first hits the tongue but in a good way. Heavy maltiness with some booziness towards the end.

M: Crisp, clean and refreshing with a lot of carbonation.

O: I'm not a pilsner fan by any means but this one is really good. It has the crisp and refreshing characteristics of a pilsner but isn't watery or boring. It could use a bit more complexity in the smell and taste department but I would still drink this again.

Photo of aval89
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: light golden yellow.. fingers worth of head.. lots of active carbonation & bubbles sticking to glass..

s: pale malts.. light lemon zest..biscuits.. almost like a wet hay kind of smell.. faint citrus with a touch of spiciness.. dry aroma..

t: sweet pale malts upfront.. touch of lemon.. has some kind of fruit taste that i can't detect.. almost like a fresh pear.. back end of the palate has some spicy earthiness to it with a touch of alcohol.. i almost forgot this was 8% abv.. as i continue sipping, i pick up more bready qualities.

mf: medium bodied with crisp carbonation.. nice dry finish just begs for another sip.. minimal alcohol fumes in this one.. scary drinkable..

o: very interesting brew.. definite winner in my book. very refreshing.. had to keep reminding myself that this wasnt no ordinary pils.

3.8/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 6oz tasting chalice. Bottle code: 8/4/11B – New label with an owl on it.

A: This Pilsner pours classic to style, with a light white head and a very clear and clean looking straw body. The head retention is low as well as overall formation. The lacing is almost non-existent.

S: The aroma shows nice light malt character, but a hint of high hop usage. As the brew warms, the malt becomes more dominate, but still a grassy straw note is consistent. The hops give a nice level of spice to the aroma as well.

T/M: The first impression is a bit of a strong flavor profile of pilsen malts, with a smooth overall mouthfeel and character. This is a bit on the spicy side, on the finish, imparted by the hops that seem to be used quite well and in quantity. The grassy, wheat field notes run from the aroma to the lingering finish and create a pleasant refreshing beer. The ABV is found, but not over powering. Lingering finish, shows new levels of lemon characters, with a bit low carbonation, this would be the only thing that I would change.

O: Overall really nice Imperial Pils. I found it to be very enjoyable, while on a hot summer day, this brew is refreshing, while still packing the warming punch of a winter warmer and getting the ABV on your side to get the task at hand completed. Well done.

Photo of dirtylou
3.43/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz single, under 100 bif

appearance: poured into bells goblet, straw-yellow body with a modest beige foam head and light retention

smell: not a total hop invasion on the nostrils like most of the other imperial pilsners i have had...there is a distracting urine aroma that i find a bit puzzling

taste: grainy and grassy, lemon peel, sweet malts...fading citrusy hops but far less hoppy than some other versions (DFH, sierra nevada, sam adams, etc).

mouthfeel: grainy and medium-light body with an alcohol sting

drinkability: ok

Photo of kyleelton
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer was very promising. I've never had a double pilsner, so I didn't know what to expect, but this has a thin head that is frothy and beautifully stable (although thin). It is perfectly golden and foggy.

Don't get much in the nose. What I can smell has a nice sweet maltiness. It's mild, but nice.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. I know this is a big beer at 8.? but I was hoping for a smoother taste. The alcohol is much too hot and the taste is maltier than I like. I can taste hops but I think more hops could have balanced things out. It blends better as it sits, but I still was a little disappointed.

Really nice mouthfeel. What I was hoping for.

I like this, but it isn't what I was hoping for in the taste department. Still a nice beer by a great brewery.

Photo of MrKennedy
4.17/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip. Big thanks to mulder1010 for sending this back from vacation in Colorado!

Pours a very clear, golden colour with a nice white head of foam that falls away just a touch quicker than expected.

Nice floral aroma, some biscuity, bready malt comes through along with noble style hops. Touch of grassiness as well. I kind of wish i could order a german lager that smells like this!

Solid palate of sweet malt that retains good consistency and balance. Some alcohol is present, but for an 8.1% ABV imperial pilsner it masks it better than most.

Clean, consistent mouthfeel with a body that matches the size of the flavour and style well. Nice balanced finish to it.

Overall a good imperial pilsner from a brewery that i am loving more and more with everything i come across from them.

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright yellow and quite bubbly with a thick, foamy, solid head that retains its body quite well

S: Fruity and grainy: lots of wet hay/straw but also layers of apple and pear; a touch of citrus hop presence balancing things out

T: Sweet with strong alcohol presence; unfortunately, not as balanced as the aromas let on; grainy and a touch fruity but mostly sweet alcohol flavors dominate. But as the beer warmed the delicate flavors coupled with the alcohol made this damn tasty

F: Decent overall mouth coat and feel--though a touch thin as the beer flows down the throat

D: A decent beer for the style but the alcohol and sweetness make this beer a tad cumbersome

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, 2007

Pours effervescent (& stays that way throughout) golden with 2 fingers of fluffed up white head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy with perfumy hops.

T: Rich breadyness, lemony hops & honey malt up front. As this warms I get some boozey apple-tinged warmth (reminds me of the afflewien from near Frankfurt) & jammy notes. Finishes dry, a little fruity, with nice hops ( citrus & floral) snap

MF: Rich & semi-slick with great carbonation

Drinks good for the abv, not as flavorful as last year, but still pretty damn good & a bit pricey at $ 10 sixer

Photo of Glibber
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a half an inch of white froth that laced the glass quite well. A light straw color, slightly cloudy and well carbinated. Not much of an aroma, and a very light taste with florals and some alcohol. Some hops come out on the back end. I thought it was a pretty good beer for the style- not may favorite style, but a decent beer.

Photo of nickhiller
4.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale yellow, brass colored. steady bubbles and thin head
S: sour yeast, intense Belgian yeast, white wine grapes--almost like a Riesling, dandelions
T: cider and whiskey, nutty, green apples, so many flavors in such a complimentary package, mineral, Swiss cheese aftertaste, Chardonnay
M: smooth, bubbly, just the right amount of carbonation
D: this beer is just about perfect. easily the best Double Pilsner I've ever had.

Photo of morimech
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date stamped 12/15/10A

Clear straw color with a large white head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Very active carbonation. Something seems off with the aroma. Cooked vegetables and some soggy cardboard is what I smell. The flavor is not that great either. Tastes like a malt liquor, albeit a good malt liquor with its light malt and boozy qualities. I am not picking out the hop flavor but the bitterness is very much apparent. The body is what I would expect in a double pilsner. Feels fairly large and chewy. Abundantly carbonated but not harsh. This beer was a big letdown. I have liked all the Odell offerings prior to this beer.

Photo of Tripphop
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color in the glass, light and fizzy. Nice carbonation, quick white head with minimal lacing. Aromas are light and bready, decent hop presence. Flavor is spot on American Pilsner, crisp, light, doughy, but fuller bodied than expected. Very drinkable, not a big fan of the pilsner style in general, but I could do this one, has the strength and body that I look for in other styles of beer.

Photo of TSJ4000
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Underrated. This imperial pils was first introduced to me years ago and I remember loving it. And I still do. It has a great fullness in the Pilsen crisp hop, yet the moxy and complexity of a full-bodied beer. Odell has done it again. The alcohol isn't noticable but the richer maltiness (than most Pilsners) is noticeable...in a good way that adds complexity. It drinks like an ale.

Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and some lemon peel.

Tastes of bold hops with a substantial malt backbone. Hops have notes of lemon peel along with some grassy and herbal qualities. Sweet, honey-like malt character with some bready notes to it. Alcohol warmth is present.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

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Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
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