Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company
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3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
09-10-2010 13:48:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-07-2006 02:01:57 | More by blitz134
4.05/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-17-2011 03:32:43 | More by Jason
3.73/5 rDev -3.1%
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.
05-11-2011 23:03:21 | More by bsp77
3.05/5 rDev -20.8%
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
06-06-2008 04:59:48 | More by jamesm7485
4.33/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
06-08-2012 05:53:46 | More by MattyG85
4.16/5 rDev +8.1%
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.
08-03-2010 23:54:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
3.58/5 rDev -7%
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.
07-12-2008 03:05:57 | More by FrognutUnl
4.24/5 rDev +10.1%
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.
08-24-2013 00:16:35 | More by Auraan
4.13/5 rDev +7.3%
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.
06-14-2008 03:57:25 | More by GilGarp
3.5/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
07-20-2013 21:20:23 | More by ALZ
3.9/5 rDev +1.3%
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.
06-17-2011 10:13:48 | More by aval89
3.83/5 rDev -0.5%
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.
06-28-2011 15:36:38 | More by GDBEERMAN
3.45/5 rDev -10.4%
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
10-12-2008 20:39:58 | More by dirtylou
Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 388 ratings.