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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

425 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 425
Reviews: 176
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 28
Gots: 29 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

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

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: russpowell on 06-23-2006)
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2/5  rDev -47.9%

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2.28/5  rDev -40.6%

Photo of busternuggz
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Pours a beautiful, clear goldenrod with a 1/4" fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention, head returns with a swirl easily. Leaves some soapy lacing.
Nice clean smell of grass, some lemon/orange citrus, and a floral note.
The taste is initially off-putting, like malt liquor, kind of cheap-tasting. Cloying malty sweetness with some orange notes, a little grassy bitterness on the end but not enough to balance the malt. No real aftertaste. It makes me grimace, I am not liking this beer.
Texture is medium-bodied and kind of sticky.
I'm torn on drinkability. It doesn't taste like 8.1%, I'll give it that, but I don't want to finish one. A Bud drinker might be able to drink a few.
Smells and looks nice, but as far as taste, this reminds me of drinking Colt 45 when I was 19. I expected something crisper and cleaner, or at least balanced. A rare miss for Odell. Grab their IPA instead, or St. Lupulin when it's in season.

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2.5/5  rDev -34.9%

Photo of kojevergas
2.55/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; I've tried this before and recall not thinking much of it.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, okay thickness, no real cream, and okay retention. Colour is a clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Straw, clean malt, bland barley, and a vague off-urine note. A mild strength aroma.

T: Straw, bland malts, and somewhat pathetic barley. Hardly full-bodied. Simple and bland. Boring. I don't much care for it. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a touch overcarbonated, and a bit too thick. Too heavy on the palate for the style.

Dr: An underwhelming double pilsner. One of Odell's worse offerings to be sure. I wouldn't get it again. Horribly simple.

Low C-

Photo of eclaycamp
2.65/5  rDev -31%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pilsner is one of the most approachable and drinkable styles on the planet, enjoyed by both novice and expert beer geeks both. So for me when it comes to pilsners, I'm generally unafraid. Even if it's macro swill you can still chill it and chug it down. However, I'm approaching this beer with a bit more trepidation, and that's because it's in an imperial style. My experience with the Imperial style pilsner has generally been a mixed bag. Samuel Adams Hallertau Pilsner gave me nothing except a headache; Boulevard Collaboration was tastier and a bit more forgiving on my brain synapses. It'll be interesting to see where this beer falls in the spectrum. I'm curious to see what I experience.

12 ounce bottle. Odell always does such a nice job with their labels, and this one is no exception. Love the detail, especially the little castle on the label. For this beer I'm using a chilled pilsner glass, which seems appropriate. The first thing you notice when you pour the beer is the color, it's a very bright, almost neon, yellow. It's a very opaque color, if that makes sense, kind of a deep light gold in the middle radiating out to a brighter yellow. Despite my attempt at a vigorous pour the beer has very little head, which is disappointing. One of my favorite parts of drinking a good pilsner is a thick creamy head. This one came out flat. There's less bubbling than I would expect in a beer of this style as well. The smell is thick and dense, more than in a typical pilsner. This is no doubt due to the imperial style in which it was brewed. Sourdough bread rises, followed by lemongrass and light skunkiness. Smells quite inviting, actually.

The first thing you notice when drinking is the mouthfeel. It's thicker than you would expect from a pilsner, even an imperial one at that. There's less effervescence and bubbling than I like in this style, as it's quite flat. The taste comes across as a little muddled, as malt and hops fight to be distinguished. The only clear thing you get at first is the alcohol finish, which is actually quite unpleasant. If you're not prepared for this you could easily find yourself pitching the brew. As continue to drink the beer you get some medium cereal and white bread notes, maybe even some light grass. They are, however, hard to distinguish. There's just too much alcohol for the body of the pilsner to stand up. What happens is that the other flavors end up just being destroyed by alcohol flavor, especially in the finish. When drinking this it's almost like drinking beer followed by a vodka chaser.

Look, I enjoy big beers just as much as the next guy. Belgian Quads, Double and Tripple IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts, they're all delicious. High alcohol percentages, while they aren't necessarily required in those styles, don't take anything away from them either. However, with the lighter style of beers, especially the golden lager category, there's just nowhere for the alcohol to go. In most cases, especially in this one, this causes alcohol to overpower what otherwise might be a great beer - though there's no real way for you to know. Unfortunately in the case of O'Dell's Imperial Pilsner, this means the beer just isn't that enjoyable to drink. It's an interesting experiment in brewing, but not one I'll be reaching for again any time soon.

Photo of SFLpunk
2.68/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to sleepnbballrlife for sharing this one.

12oz brown glass pry-top. Label dated 12/15/10A.

Appearance: Yellow. Straight yellow with thin white head.

Nose: Corn bread (props), with a smokey yeast note and some floral aromas. Fairly simple.

Palate: Crisp and bitter right off. Lots of corn and corn husk come up right away. Not super complex. Decent bitterness, but not aggressive. No alcohol noticeable, so that's a bonus.

Notes: This beer seems like a "craft malt liquor" like Tool & Die from People's Pint or Daddy's Little Helper from Rogue. Not a good pils, double or otherwise.

Photo of ZionNation
2.69/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

there is something off about this beer. I love pilsners and I seek them out as much as possible. I also really dig most of the brews from Odell. This one however, the Double Pils is a disappointment. I recently had very fresh on tap and fresh in the bottle and in both cases the alcohol imparted a medicine like taste and smell. I don't enjoy it and will not buy this one again. it promises to be much better for a Double Pils from Odell. maybe it's the most recent batch.

Photo of morimech
2.73/5  rDev -28.9%
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.

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -28.4%

Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.8/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

thanks to mushroomcloud via Secret Bunny '07 for this bottle

A - this pilsner pours a light yellow/golden color, with a thin pure white head and clear save a few scant carbonation bubbles streaming to the top

S - a lemon/citrine zest atop a yeasty wheatiness, a rather nice combination, behind it lies a slight candy-esque sweetness

T - weird, the citrine/wheatiness persists from the aroma, however the dominant aroma is highly medicinal, like, for those who have had it, cepacol, that hospital use throat spray/lozenge/rinse, not a bad flavor, just has that menthol/cepacol flavor, not what i expected

M&D - medium bodied, more so than i expected after seeing the pour and the crispness of the beer, biscuity would be a good term, however that medicinal quality throws the drinkability off slightly

Photo of champ103
2.94/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a chilled hazed golden/orange color which persists even after this warms a bit. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace.
S: Sweet, lightly breaded malts up front. Then very fruity and hoppy in the nose. Plenty of esters. Maybe some odd spice in the nose?
T: Lightly sweet and sugary malts. Then the fruity hops take over. Mango, passion fruits even. Fruity esters as well. Not much more is going on, and really has no resemblance to a Pilsner in any sense. Not bad if you think of it as a slightly sweet DIPA.
M/D: A full body with low carbonation. Not nearly enough crisp, dry bite with to much sweetness. A slow sipper, but kind of enjoyable. I got trough the pint, but probably am not getting anymore.

If I forget this is suppose to be any kind of lager, it is just a middle of the road DIPA. I am not sure what a Double Pilsner is suppose to be, but this is not what I have in mind. Fails miserably on style points. Really just an average DIPA that happens to be made with a lager yeast that seems to be fermented at warmer than normal temperature.

Photo of flagmantho
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a little touch of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is half a finger of pillowy white foam. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

Smell: mostly sour graininess with a little bit of sweet malt. OK, I guess, but not my favorite.

Taste: malt has a bit of a sickly sweetness, although the sour graininess is toned down a bit from the aroma. Strong Pilsners can be real hit-or-miss; this is more like a 10% Lithuanian lager than a crisp Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: at least this is OK. Medium-heavy body combines with a good carbonation to yield a satisfying creaminess. I just wish it tasted better.

Overall: OK, this beer is not horrible. But it really does not float my boat.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

Photo of Phelps
3/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at tops in a small taster snifter.

Looks: pours an absolutely clear pale straw with an almost unnoticeable white head and some gray surface residue. Brilliant clarity, like a pils should be.

Smells: of bread dough, before it's baked. Toasty ritz crackers and some muskiness, with very light earthy hops. An alcohol burn singes the nostrils unexpectedly.

Tastes: thought-provoking. Taking a usually crisp, somewhat subtle style and doing new things with it. I taste the alcohol more than anything else. Grain rules, with flavors of white bread and yeasty sourdough.

Feels: medium carbonation and a medium body. Not exactly crisp, it's a bit heavy on the palate. It doesn't really gel with the style.

Drinks: like overstepping. Pilsners are traditionally light, refreshing drinks -- inherently something that probably shouldn't be imperialized. Double Pils is an interesting take on the style, but a bit overbearing in terms of mouthfeel and alcohol. I'm glad I had only a small sampler.

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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3/5  rDev -21.9%

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Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 425 ratings.