Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company
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4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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?
12-24-2007 16:44:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.15/5 rDev +7.8%
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
07-12-2008 16:28:50 | More by brentk56
3.03/5 rDev -21.3%
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.
11-05-2011 15:26:36 | More by mikesgroove
4.3/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
10-02-2011 06:01:03 | More by kylehay2004
3.15/5 rDev -18.2%
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.
09-29-2012 04:13:23 | More by Knapp85
3.85/5 rDev 0%
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.
10-04-2007 03:27:29 | More by zeff80
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
4.1/5 rDev +6.5%
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
06-23-2007 04:43:58 | More by russpowell
3.98/5 rDev +3.4%
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.
08-23-2010 07:07:49 | More by feloniousmonk
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
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
04-10-2012 19:33:47 | More by StonedTrippin
3.13/5 rDev -18.7%
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.
07-25-2012 06:04:42 | More by mactrail
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
04-18-2008 00:37:48 | More by jwc215
3.65/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
10-07-2010 14:15:57 | More by Gueuzedude
2.55/5 rDev -33.8%
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.
07-08-2012 07:01:59 | More by kojevergas
3.75/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
04-12-2009 18:34:05 | More by woodychandler
3.78/5 rDev -1.8%
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.
12-02-2011 02:52:20 | More by Zorro
United Kingdom (Wales)
3.7/5 rDev -3.9%
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.
08-12-2010 03:20:46 | More by mothman
4/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
09-13-2008 23:02:14 | More by Wasatch
4.03/5 rDev +4.7%
this is a better beer from the bottle, imo. Poured a clear, crisp looking golden body; like a rich pilsner. Dense white head, almost looked like frosting on a cake. Good retention. A look better than the tap version I had a while ago.
Smell of malt is immediate, yet balance and tamed by some mild hops and florals. Good balance, nice.
Taste follows aroma. Nice malty start, then moves to more of a mild spice and herbal flavor. Hops nip the malt quick and subtle. Some citrus and herbal spice comes into shape, but is quited by a grainy-malt finish. Crisp, though. I like this. Goes well in the warm evening. Perhaps a bit pricey, but worth it.
06-23-2007 21:32:28 | More by Mebuzzard
Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
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