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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
87
very good

345 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 26
Gots: 14 | 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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LSUPT

California

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stella glass, best by date of 8/4/11, the new bottle label art is awesome.
Crystal clear light yellow hue. 1 finger bubbly head that shows good lacing for a pilsner and medium retention.
Smells dry with a good alcohol scent as well as mild bread and medicinal scents.
Tastes very smooth with bread and yeast being the main flavors, hops are definitely there but much more subtle than expected, think prima pils with the hops toned down. The malt profile still manages to hide the alcohol well and there is still a nice bitter hop finish. As it works around the palate the taste encompasses a wide range of complex changing flavors and it’s hard to put a finger on them. Alcohol starts to show as it warms.
Medium-high carbonation, very enjoyable mouthfeel and goes down smooth with a warming alcohol feel.
Overall a very enjoyable pilsner and at such a high alcohol content this one could be dangerous.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2011 02:43:40 | More by LSUPT
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OlRasputin989

Arkansas

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: pours a hazy marigold with a small tightly held together cap of white bubbles that fades to a thin cloudiness within a couple of minutes. leaes small spots of lacing

S: sweet aromas of herbal hops, lemon peel, hawaiian bread, honey, and an almost apple-pie like aroma. not as intense as i would like from this style. more sweet than hoppy, but still enjoyable

T: sweet bread flavors almost like angel food cake up front, then becomes fruity with lemon peel, green apple, and orange. also a touch of honey. finishes out spicy and hoppy.

M: medium full body for style, accentuated by a low carbonation and oiliness. just slightly dry with a very warming finish.

Overall, another well done beer by Odell. With a few minor tweaks this could be a world class beer. Would recommend this to fans of the classic pilsner styles.

Serving type: bottle

12-21-2010 01:25:29 | More by OlRasputin989
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KarlHungus

Minnesota

4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a clear spun gold color. The head is one and a half inches of bright white foam that recedes slowly into a quarter inch cap of lacing. The aroma is of grass, and spicy noble hops with a nice malt backbone. It isn't the most complex aroma, but it is strong and what is there is very appealing to me. The taste is considerably maltier than the aroma. It is almost maibock like. There is a long grassy finish. There is also a present but well integrated alcohol note. The mouthfeel is full bodied with moderate carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is a great beer that I will surely drink again.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 15:16:30 | More by KarlHungus
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busternuggz

California

2.48/5  rDev -35.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 22:36:56 | More by busternuggz
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Gueuzedude

Arizona

3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12/15/10A Bottle Date; Sampled July 2010
A solid pour into my large Tripel Karmeliet tulip yields a one-finger thick, pale tan colored head. The beer is a bright gold color that shows a brilliantly clear, pretty gold hue when held up to the light. The aroma smells of hay like grain and hops with a back-drop of lemon zest. This has a nice, bright herbal character that is characteristic of a Pilsner, I wouldn't even say it is outside the range of some versions of the Pilsner style. The malt character contributes a sort of honey-like, pale malt sweetness that nicely accents the hop character here; this even seems to move towards an almost cotton-candy like malt character as the beer warms up.

Quite sweet, which is really where the Double Pilsner part shows up. This has the clean, pale malt sweetness of a Helles Bock. There is a firm bitterness here as well as a soft herbal and almost grassy, but more hay like hop character. The hops and the malt combine to contribute a candied lemon zest like touch to this beer. This has quite a bit of body to it, it really clings to the palate with its sweet malt character and comes off as sipping beer, especially on this hot summer's night.

This actually does remind me of a Helles Bock more than anything, especially the malt character with its pale grain sweetness. This doesn't have the drinkability and lightness that a normal strength Pilsner should have, in fact I wish that it did somehow; it would be nice if this was more like an equivalent of Pliny the Elder. While I wasn't expecting this to be quite as refreshing as a Pilsner, I was hoping for more expressive hops and a touch less malt than is here; like I said this strikes me more as a hoppy Helles Bock (there are even traditional German examples of this), than a Double Pilsner. Somehow a bit dissapointing in the end b/c of this last; this would likely hit the spot in the March time frame of the year, but is just a bit too sweet and chewy for me at this moment.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2010 14:15:57 | More by Gueuzedude
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boomer31

Minnesota

3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A - Golden straw comes to mind here...not sure why?!? Looks like your classic American Pilsner with a thinner head, but similar bright white. Almost sticks to glass.

S - I bought this in a mix 6 so I'm not sure how fresh this is (I've never seen it sold in 6 pakcs either). That classic pilsner nose of bread, perhaps a touch of sweet hop and very clean. Not much else

T - Almost a bready flavor, and a hint of bitterness as it goes down. Not nearly as bitter or forward as Sam Adams Imperial Pilsner. Here you get much more clean malt. I'm missing the bitterness

M - Rich and chewy. A very different mouthfeel than what I was anticipating. Low carb

D - At 8% this is surprisingly mellow and drinkable. Balanced as the malt and hops don't over stiep their roles.

Overall decent. I can't say I've had many examples of 'double/imperial pilsner' but this is a nice clean balanced beer overall. According to the description there should be more hops presence. Probably a good beer to have a BMC drinker drink side by side to introduce him/her to good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 20:25:04 | More by boomer31
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tewaris

Minnesota

3.13/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Odell Double Pilsner
Odell Brewing Co.
American Double/Imperial Pilsner
8.1% ABV
OG?
IBUs?
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 12/15/10 poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint on 09/16/10.

Appearance 3.5/5
Golden yellow with a moderate head and some lacing. Slightly hazy, but I expected it to be clear.

Aroma 3.5/5
Some floral hops, some pils malt. Nothing too exciting here.

Taste 3/5
Little sweetness; bitter in the end with some flavor. Not a horrible beer by any means. But, there is a lot of nothing in this beer: the body is medium-big yet the beer lacks enough malt flavor. However, that doesn't change the fact that it is under attenuated -- cloying and irritating at times. For the kind of impression I have of this beer, it needs a lot more hops to balance things out.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Coats the mouth initially but good carbonation is present to take care of it, in part. Yet there's plenty of unexpected aftertaste. Also, as a pilsner, I want it to be clean and refreshing which this one's not. Carbonation is the only saving grace I must say; otherwise this was getting minimum score in this department.

Drinkability 3/5
Poor because (i) it's cloying (ii) it has a lot of alcohol which doesn't go well with pils character. I still rate it average though because when cold, you can slam it fast.

Other
Perhaps, pilsner is not a style that you can brew "double". I expected a crisp, refreshing, and flavorful beer but it seems like a malty mess, and the hoppiness is way lower than I'd deem appropriate. It seems like an experiment gone wrong. The kind that was done to please big beer seeking crowd. Aside from a mildly good aroma, this is a malt liquor. Just avoid this one unless you're too intrigued.

PS: Fuck "double" everything, really. Excluding Imperial IPA/Stouts which are better than their "enkel" versions at times.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2010 07:21:34 | More by tewaris
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hardy008

Minnesota

3.55/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy gold with a less than one finger white head with fair retention and some lacing. Earthy hops, lemon, grass, and sweet malt are present in the aroma.

The taste is even sweeter than expected from the aroma. Earthy hops, lemon, grass, and sweet malt make up the majority of the taste. Also a few flavors I can not pick out.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, and there is a sweet aftertaste. Too sweet for the style IMO. A good double / imperial pilsener, but not as good as the Boulevard / Orval collaboration.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2010 03:39:47 | More by hardy008
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dbossman

Nebraska

3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 01:51:11 | More by dbossman
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-10-2010 13:48:14 | More by BeerAdvocate
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gatornation

Minnesota

3.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear lemon yellow color with a brilliant white head and not alot of lacing,,smell is lemon and grain with some malts and hops..taste is the same its sweet lemon and citrus with malts and hops all mixed in..mouth feel is medium and alcohol is very well hidden..its easy to drink its just not that tasty to me

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2010 21:15:13 | More by gatornation
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morimech

Minnesota

2.73/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2010 20:13:06 | More by morimech
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Mdog

Minnesota

4.35/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, big head. Looks like a pilsner should.

Smell: Grassy, sweet corn? Hint of booziness.

Taste: Sweetness, fruit flavors with grape being foremost, nice grassy hop finish.

Drinkability: Drinks like a regular pilsner, but will knock you down after a couple.

Probably my favorite double pilsner that I've had so far. It has some of the tastes that I've noticed (and disliked) in HG malt liquors-like grape-like flavors, but there's enough hops to balance it out to make it more than just a craft malt liquor. I would guess this has better ingredients than your typical HG malt, too.

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2010 21:50:56 | More by Mdog
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smm

Minnesota

4.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's Tulip, very thin almost non-existant head.

A- Yellow-Orange, color of sunlight. Lighter than I expected, very bright, can see right through it.

S- Somewhat sweet and malty, hint of alcohol.

T- Tangy and malty as well, lingering aftertaste. The boost of hops hits you in the back of the throat. The alcohol doesn't really come through.

M- Syrupy on the tongue, nicely low-med carbonation. Not a whole lot of bite, very mellow.

D- Very drinkable, goes down smooth. I could see myself drinking several of these in a row despite the higher ABV. Doesn't get bogged down like I would have imagined.

Overall very impressed. A pilsner with more body than usual, but not too heavy. This is the Double Pilsner I've tried and quite enjoyed it.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 20:23:07 | More by smm
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nickhiller

Texas

4.47/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 07:44:39 | More by nickhiller
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright and clear lighter dairy egg yellowed body. Medium sized cap of starchy white foam sits atop and stays with a good length before fading to an always present thick skim. Long and thick strings of lace stick about the glass.

Bold aroma of starchy malts that encompasses both a bready sweetness as well as a dry bread crust. Nice heavy notes to Pils hopping with some Saaz, but in a duller, mellower sensability that grabs a bit of grass and hay.

Taste is a mellow display of dullish grassy stuff with a good amount of sweet tender breadyness filling in spaces everywhere else. Warming front and middle with a slight dulled fruityness like that of spiked fruity pebbles cereal soaked in a Wheatwine. Quite beefy and malty. Lots of warmth to fill the gullet and back of the throat as it sits like a loaf of bread being cooked from the inside out.

Big, bold, and beefy body. Quite full and warm with a quenchable ease of smoothness and dulled sweetness thats creamy and thick, yet balanced just enough for a full flavored, and long lasting warmth of malty goodness.

A very solid Impy Pils by Odell. Balanced in a malty sweet warmth and goodness and somehow still maintainable to drink down with a decent ease. Well, to a point anyways as that warmth really sinks in.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2010 00:16:53 | More by tavernjef
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly hazed, bright golden hue, short white head.

Aroma: ripe fruit meets grain alcohol. Clean and smooth like a classy malt liquor. Lovely floral hops complement the malt and booze.

Taste: Big sweetness, massive malt, for a pilsner. Drinks down deliciously. Perfectly integrated and balanced. I'm not a big fan of this style, and find them too sweet often, too boozy, too much like a "craft malt liquor", as evidenced by my comments above. But this is good! Sleek and supple. Alcohol's actually well hidden. Until...

I should know better than doubt Odell. The best version of this double/ imperial pilsner style I've ever had. Almost wish I'd gotten more than one bottle.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2010 07:07:49 | More by feloniousmonk
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.23/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a brilliant clear yellow color with very little head, about what I expect from a pilsner.

Smell is bready malt, a bit of must, pepper and spice. not all that pleasant.

taste follows the smell, but an excessive sweetness comes through that i do not like in a pilsner even if the malt is doubled. nice hop finish . the hops really shine as an aftertaste.

mouthfeel is thick but not overly so with moderate carbonation. no problems here.

surprisingly drinkable if you can get past the initial overwhelming sweetness. solid effort could be better.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 22:45:18 | More by pdoran10
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eclaycamp

Kansas

2.65/5  rDev -31.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 00:53:16 | More by eclaycamp
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pmccallum86

Minnesota

3.63/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a small white colored head.

Smell is full earthy notes with light malt.

Taste is a little muddled, there is quite a bit going on and it's tastes a little messy at first. Its kind of like a big boozy pilsner with a sweet malt finish. Very interesting but not exceptional.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, light carbonation for a pilsner.

Drinkability is okay, fun to try but not sure I'd seek it out again.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:22:36 | More by pmccallum86
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have scored a bottle of this one.

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a light layer of white head that fades down fast. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Bready malts with some grassy hops. This beer has a crisp aroma to it. I really can't distinguish anything different from a regular pils.

Taste: Has a much more earthy hop profile, yet still grassy. Seems to have some kind of spice notes and maybe a hint of black pepper. The booze shows a bit which kind of surprised me. Has a biscuity malt profile to it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and that is about it. A lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and earthy.

Overall, this beer was decent, but nothing over the top. I was expecting a bit more hops from a double pilsner. It is fairly easy to drink however and could be enjoyed on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 03:20:46 | More by mothman
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blackdog1101

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I purchased this bottle as a single about an hour ago, from the refrigerated section of my local store. Poured into a traditional pilsner glass.

A - Pours a lovely golden color, perfectly clear, but with very little head. What little head there is dissipates quickly, and leaves no lacing.

S - Smells like freshly kneaded bread dough. A bit of citrus too.

T - The taste is quite bready, but with a solid alcohol taste as well. Sweet and malty, but it is kept from being cloying by the sharp hops bite. I do not taste much of the citrus I smell in the aroma.

M - Thick, sticks to the tongue. Creamy.

D - I like this beer, but I would want it more in the winter. To me this seems like it would have benefitted from more carbonation; there is very little carbonation in this particular beer. I'm guessing the grain and hops bill are very similar to a Belgian trippel. With more carbonation and a different yeast this would have been a very nice tripple.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 00:45:59 | More by blackdog1101
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Phelps

Arizona

3/5  rDev -22.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-08-2010 03:29:19 | More by Phelps
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

4.16/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 23:54:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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Buebie

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the last remaining six pack from the store today for $11.

Poured from the bottle into a pils glass, head production of about 2 fingers. For a pils, really great staying power, settling after a couple minutes. Leaving a frothy coating, generous retention.
Color is a golden clear yellow with champagne like bubble rise.
s few misc legs of swooping lace left behind. All in all it looks like a normal pils, following the style of a single well.

Aroma is mildly sweet, grassy hops, a touch of spice, pils cereal grain, earthy hops and malt really sums it all up.

Taste upfront is a bit sweet with a nice presentation of malt, almost tastes a little like sweet corn right off the uncooked stalk.
Hops are present through the middle with a good snap of earthy hayish spice. some floral hop leaf flavors and malt staying prime on the pallet with plenty of semi sweet flavor.
Still finishing dry and light with a snappy crisp finish.

Mouthfeel is somwhat slick and fuller to me, but finished dry at the end.

A very interesting take, cant say I've had a double pils before. This one resembling a single pils and bringing all that was missing, or what I had hoped to see from a pils amplified.
Very nice beer. No indication that this is anything but 3 or 4 %, but 8%? Well you could have fooled me.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 23:06:48 | More by Buebie
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