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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

Odell Double PilsnerOdell Double Pilsner

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very good

326 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 326
Reviews: 171
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%

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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Photo of BuckeyeNation


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

Lightly foggy sunflower yellow with lemonade edges. Atop the liquid sits an ivory colored crown whose modest expansion allowed me to get all 12 ounces into the glass on the initial pour. The foam is smoothly rocky, melted creamy and is depositing quite a bit of delicate lace.

An Imperial pilsner's nose should feature German hops above all else. Mission accomplished. The spicy/grass/earthiness of the Tettnanger and Saaz is scaled back (just a bit) so that the lemon peel quality of those particular hops is accentuated. If the beer is this pungent now, I would have loved to have smelled it back in February or March.

At this stage of the game (10 months since bottling), Double Pilsner is on the balanced side, although it still favors hops. If you have one around, I'd suggest drinking it before the end of the year. Incidently, is this offering really retired? That isn't my impression after perusing the Odell website.

The malt backbone is substantial, as the malt backbone on an 8.1% beer should be. It tastes like primarily pale malt was used, with a hint of something slightly more toasted. I'm reminded of a hunk of crusty French bread. The remainder of the flavor profile is made up of clover honey, a dash of lemon oil and new mown hay.

Sweet gives way to bitter at roughly the midway point, although the hop-favored balance is maintained to and through the finish. The mouthfeel is full enough to be pleasurable and light enough to maintain gulpability. No letdown here at all.

If you want the best beer of this style in the known universe, pick up some Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. That said, Odell Double Pilsner is a damn good effort. I hope this a seasonal release because I'd love to drink it again. Isn't it about time that these guys expand their distribution to Iowa?

Serving type: bottle

12-24-2007 16:44:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of citrus, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2011 15:26:36 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a reasonable, rocky head that sticks fairly well and laces modestly

Smell: Grassy, tangy, honey-citrusy

Taste: Opens with a sweet honey-lemon flavor that is joined, after quite a while, by the grassy tang from the Germanic hops; after the swallow, the bitterness persists as the dominant flavor characteristic, but there is a lingering honey-lemon quality that is rather appealing

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A style that can be intriguing but often butchered, Odell has shown that they can brew this one with the best of them; drinking it with 1 1/2 years of age on it, the second time I sampled it, the bitterness has mellowed and the honey graham flavors dominate, but there is a subtle hint of lemon and grassy hops that still make the beer interesting to taste

Thanks, brewjones, for the opportunity and GilGarp, for the chance to try it with a little age

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2008 16:28:50 | More by brentk56
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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
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

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 04:43:58 | More by russpowell
Photo of zeff80


3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golden yellow color with a small, fizzy white head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and corn.

T - It tasted rahter floral. It had some nice hops and was sweet. It was almost a cider-like taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. It didn't look or smell to great but it had a really nice flavor.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2007 03:27:29 | More by zeff80
Photo of Gueuzedude


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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
Photo of Knapp85


3.15/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy looking yellow color with a strong white head on top. The head retention on this beer is very impressive since its a high abv. The smell of the beer is malty, there are some hints of grass in there as well some hops. The taste of the beer is grainy with a decent sweetness to it, there is also some booze heat in there also. The mouthfeel was a little on the creamy side I thought. The body was medium with a solid amount of carbonation. Overall it's not a bad brew just not as impressive as I was hoping for.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 04:13:23 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


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

Thanks to cesky for including this in a trade.

Pours light golden yelllow with a thin head that is pretty well-retained. Thin rings of vanishing lace stick to glass.

The smell is grassy/grainy/floral, a bit doughy.

The taste is better than the nose, but not quite enough to lift the score. It is grassy/grainy - very well-balanced - floral, lemony contintental-type hops and earthy/nutty maltiness work well together.

The feel is creamy, yet crisp.

This is a well-made brew. A tradtional pils that has been pumped-up. Drinkable despite alcohol notes.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2008 00:37:48 | More by jwc215
Photo of mactrail


3.13/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seriously perfumey taste. Reminds me of drinking malt liquor at the laundromat. Love that fresh scent! Head dissipates but the mouthfeel is spritzy for that first sip or two. Then top it off again for maximum pleasure.

Not really bad, just an exercise in futility. Lovely owl graphics in a folksy Lithuanian style, for some reason. They should have called it Fresh Rat for Dinner Malt Liquor. Actually, there is some interesting malt flavor as it warms up. The perfumey nose has more spice. Makes me think of cardamom and nutmeg. Sharp and hot with alcohol.

I remember this as being better. From the 12 oz bottle that has been in my cool basement at least six months.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 06:04:42 | More by mactrail
Photo of StonedTrippin


3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden color with a small white head. smells like sweeter german malts and floral hops, very delicate for an double, very unassuming. flavor is mild too, malty but in a refreshing way, not a filling way. very light hops in the finish. you would never guess this was over 8% abv. mouthfeel is nice, very prominent carbonation makes it easy drinking, and the just medium body is perfect for this beer. potentially a nice session beer despite its strength. odell does not have any bad beer, and this one is no exception. very well made, a good spring seasonal, but not the most exciting brew in their lineup. worth a try for sure though

Serving type: bottle

04-10-2012 19:33:47 | More by StonedTrippin
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-

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 07:01:59 | More by kojevergas
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 03:32:43 | More by Jason
Photo of Zorro


3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white head. Looks like a normal lager.

Smell is slightly skunked with some pilsner malt and a little noble hop.

Starts out dry with a stout noble hop bite. slightly spicy this does get a bit sweeter as you drink it. Bitterness is strong but well balance with the malt. Grassy hop with traces of saffron.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty Double Pils. Doesn't smell like much but the flavor is nice and it isn't harsh at all.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2011 02:52:20 | More by Zorro
Photo of Wasatch


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

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, grapefruit, with some spice. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrus, and some spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2008 23:02:14 | More by Wasatch
Photo of woodychandler


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

I got just a thin, white head with low retention from my pour. The color was a honey-lemon yellow with a slight haze. The nose was quite malty with just a light hop presence. The mouthfeel was medium-to-thick and the taste was quite sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn on the tongue. That last caused me to look more closely at the label - 8.1 % ABV! Wow! After STSPHL09 yesterday, I may never sober up at this rate. Finish had a good hop bite, but I think that I would prefer a single Pils, especially if I were making an afternoon of it.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2009 18:34:05 | More by woodychandler
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2010 23:54:11 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of Bighuge


4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear golden body. Thin tight white head. Awesome aroma. Perfect pilsner malt aroma...bready and cracker like. That's all I need right there, but there's also a little lemon and hay. Perfect A/V for the style. I don't need a 10% or 11% hot bomb when I have a Double pilsner. 8% is perfect. And there is hardly any alcohol noticeable in the flavor. Adds a little dryness to the mouthfeel perhaps, but nothing else. Body is medium or so and the carbonation is medium at best. Could use a little bit more CO2 in my opinion. Flavor is quite nice and the bready, biscuity, doughy, cracker like malt base is the showcase. Hops add a little hay and lemon. Very smooth and very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2011 04:32:41 | More by Bighuge
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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
Photo of dirtylou


3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2008 20:39:58 | More by dirtylou
Photo of kylehay2004


4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head, a little lace. Gold and slighlty hazy

S: a little sweet with mostly grain and bread

T: bread and herbal up front with a nice semisweet and earthy finish. Not at all bitter.

M: moderate carboation and medium body.

Overall: excellent beer. This may be the best double pils I have tried.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 06:01:03 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of tavernjef


4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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
Photo of Bitterbill


4.13/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a straw gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a solid layer on the beer and some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is of sweet malt..typical for many of the pilsners I've had before.

The taste is rather smooth but there's definitely a lot of malt sweetness up front with a good infusion of hops that's rather bitter but not in a citrusy way...more of a grassy bitterness. The finish ends on a sweet note with some alcohol noticeable but not intrusive. Overall, this is a good representative of a Double Pilsner but...I'd find it a bit difficult to drink more than 1 at a sitting.

Revisited on June 2, 2008: I saw this on the shelf again after a long absence.(I think we in Casper missed out in 2007)

The only changes I could say for sure is that I now find it more drinkable than in my first review and it seems to have a better nose. I don't know what happened but dang, the alcohol is *very* well hidden this time around and my new scoring will reflect that. Darn good stuff!!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2006 23:45:51 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of ZAP


4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Nice golden color..great clarity. Light head.

S-Nice and malty with big pilsner malt aroma. Also some light grassy hops.

T-Definitely leans malty. Big pilsner malt impression. Also a lemony hop finish. Some grassy notes as well but the malt is the main component. Tasty.

M-Definitely bigger bodied than a regular pils. High side of medium bodied. Clean. Don't think I would say crisp though as it has more of malty feel.

O-Really drinks more like an amped up Helles than a Double Pilsner. Lacks the spicy hopiness I was hoping to see but is a very tasty lager with some heft to it. The lemony hops are fine but would prefer a bit more spicy hop feel.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 23:08:32 | More by ZAP
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2013 01:05:13 | More by flagmantho
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Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 326 ratings.