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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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398 Ratings
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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 11.69%
Wants: 27
Gots: 22 | 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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Photo of endincolorado
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is an attractive, pale-gold, clear and bubbly. Head is clean and white. A fair amount of spotty lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is of pale malt, cereal, light fruit, and some floral hop notes.

Flavor is a tasty and refreshing balance of crisp, cereally pale malt and a nice, bitter hop-presence in back to balance. It's a bit maltier than I'd expected. Texture is pleasant and surprisingly full with an excellent amount of carbonation and it all ends with a clean, light aftertaste.

Very refreshing, very drinkable, and full of subtle flavor.

endincolorado, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of JEdmund
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fits the bill appearance-wise: light yellow, active carbonation, white head. I’d knock it slightly for not developing a taller head, though possibly I didn’t pour it aggressively enough. Good lace curtains are left along the way.

Smell gets special recognition for being one of the cleanest pilsners I can recall smelling. Normally there’s a sulfur quality to be found, but not in this. All I get are inviting, sweet/bready malts, honey, and some grassy and floral hops. It’s not a bold aroma like Sam Adams’ Noble Pils, but it is nice.

It’s immediately apparent this is a bigger-than-normal pils with it’s thick, almost syrupy body. Carbonation is quite a bit lower than a regular pils too. But this is supposed to be amped up, so it’s to be expected and shouldn’t be faulted. The texture is nice, but I think a tad more carbonation would aid well.

Flavor is pretty well balanced with an equal heaping portion of pale malt and noble hops. Malts for the most part dominate the front and mid-pallet, but hops resurge in the finish with a pronounced herbal/grassy bite. Just a nip of alcohol heat in the finish; otherwise, it hides its weight (8.1%) awfully well. Slight wet stone aftertaste, which is enjoyable. Dry finishes leaves me wanting more.

This is only my second imperial pilsner (Boulevard’s Collaboration No. 1 being the first). I like it quite a bit. Initially I thought maybe it was a tad too thick and sweet, and could use a bolder hop bite. But really, it’s a nicely balanced big beer that’s easy—and enjoyable—to drink. Not sure I’d buy a four-pack of it, but a single certainly and on tap somewhere definitely.

JEdmund, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of mulder1010
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ending trip back home the same way as I started it, on an Odell.

12 oz into a wine glass

A-- Poured a clear, golden straw color. lots of carbonation bubbles with this. Good bright white head, one finger in height. Good head retention also. Kept it's body well. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Lots of biscuit in this. Bread, spicy hops, citrus, and just a slight bit of ethanol in the back of the nose.

T-- Bread and more bread. Almost straight out of the oven. Get fresh grass and grapefruit tones as well.

M-- Clean, crisp, and dry. Bread turns a bit to mineral and still get the grass and grapefruit hops. Finishes a doughy bread and grapefruit taste. Medium feel and lower medium carbonation.

O-- Quite refreshing for a bigger bodied Pilsner. Alcohol is evident here and there but it hits the marks of what a Pilsner is. Something I would want a lot of and a good summer beer. Another reason why I am a homer on this brewery. They rarely make duds.

mulder1010, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter

A- Very clear golden straw color, nice carbonation and lacing, very clear.
S-The aroma is very refreshing, mild aroma overall, hops are present, citrus, nice earthiness, bready malts.
T- The taste is very smooth, nice hoppy citrus flavor is present that really makes this pilsner stand out for me, spice, malts, really enjoyable.
M- Light mouth feel, nice carbonation, and smooth, especially for how high the abv is.
O- I was impressed with this beer; usually do not enjoy the pilsner style beers, very tasty, and balanced, easy drinkability as well.

Chriscrundwell12, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of MrKennedy
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip. Big thanks to mulder1010 for sending this back from vacation in Colorado!

Pours a very clear, golden colour with a nice white head of foam that falls away just a touch quicker than expected.

Nice floral aroma, some biscuity, bready malt comes through along with noble style hops. Touch of grassiness as well. I kind of wish i could order a german lager that smells like this!

Solid palate of sweet malt that retains good consistency and balance. Some alcohol is present, but for an 8.1% ABV imperial pilsner it masks it better than most.

Clean, consistent mouthfeel with a body that matches the size of the flavour and style well. Nice balanced finish to it.

Overall a good imperial pilsner from a brewery that i am loving more and more with everything i come across from them.

MrKennedy, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed this one immensely in the past (if memory serves), I was still leary of picking up the new $10/4packs (previously $9/6packs), although I eventually did due to an upcoming trade. Poured a crisp golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of slightly floral hops, biscuit and pepper. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of hops, biscuit and a slight pepperiness.

emmasdad, Jul 07, 2011
Photo of arizcards
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack at Total Winde in late May for $9.49.

Neer poured a pale golden color with a decent white head on initial pour.

Nose is of strong pale malts and european hops.

Taste is very well balanced. This malt bomb has enough hopping to leave a bit of a bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy, yet freshing from a decent amount of carbonaton.

Overall another solid beer from Odell!

arizcards, Jul 02, 2011
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

GDBEERMAN, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of GarrettB
3.95/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6/25/2011 - Summer is putting its foot in the door here in Colorado, sweating and heaving with awkward heat. The rest of us emulate summer, panting and clamoring for panaceas to the heat. It's time to put away the stouts and porters for good and find some lighter brews. Today's cooling agent is the O'Dell Double Pilsener. I've been slowly consuming my four-pack since May, but I'm finding it's just as much a Spring beer as it is a Summer beer. This dandelion yellow beer takes on a beautifully chilled haze, and beckons for the drinker to share in it's thermal alms. Before I indulge (desperately and greedily, with beads of sweat racing across my face) I take in the aroma - a fresh and balanced pilsener aroma with corn and fresh cashews, and not too dry. The taste is refreshing, cooling and engaging - it's a light flavor objectively, but a relatively intense pilsener, packed with flavor. O'Dell's Double Pilsener doesn't rely on alcohol to mask clumsy flavors. It's open and honest, packed with pilsener goodness, and perhaps the closest I'll come to the flavors of a fresh Pilsener Urquell. Roasted corn, dandelion petals, and a superbly executed bitterness all make the O'Dell Double Pilsener a beer worth splurging on, and a fine brew for a late summer afternoon where the winds are as lazy as us, the awkward guests to an burdensomely hot summer day.

GarrettB, Jun 25, 2011
Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super clear golden color with a thin covering of white head. The perfect looking pilsner.

S: Not of bready pilsner malt in the nose. Clean fermentation. Clean lager yeast with just a touch of citrus like hops in the nose. The nose is spot on.

T: This is a good pilsner period. You do get a slight touch of alcohol in the finish but the gentle hops cut it down a bit. Super clean beer. Lager yeast. Lots of pilsner malt.

M: Little bit of a heavy side of medium body. To be expected for the ABV.

D: Super drinkable. Really nice beer from these guys.

aerozeppl, Jun 23, 2011
Photo of garymuchow
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks as it should. Brilliantly clear with full white head.
Malt aroma with a breadiness adn a mild soft yeasty flavor.
Full rich malt flavor with solid bitterness and nice hop flavors in part of Am variety. Mild extended bitterness (which increases as it warms) and soft dryness. This beer drinks very easily. Alcohol is subdued for level advertised. Richness from malt gets a little big in time.
The hopping is the most unique part of this and I'm still deciding if it works. I'm conflicted at this moment.

garymuchow, Jun 19, 2011
Photo of aval89
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

aval89, Jun 17, 2011
Photo of dirtyskunk
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from a bottle into my pokal and its clear, straw colored, with lots of visible carbonation and a decent head/retention although lacing is minimal.

IMO this smells better than any pilsner (or lager for that matter that I've ever had. Dry spicy noble hops, lingering citrus and fruit in the background.

Everything in the nose is amplified in taste. The dry lager taste is spicier and less like sawdust to me. The citrus is lemon but there's another bit of fruit I can't quite place. Peaches? Apricots? Grapes? Pears? It's all subtle and perfectly balanced though. Best tasting pils ever.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, perfect carbonation, I could drink the whole four-pack on a hot summer day like this, but then I'd be trashed because of the 8.1% ABV.

Overall very light and subtle and well balanced. Interesting and spicy and slightly floral and sweet but without pushing the pilsner envelope past the limits of the style. A bit too drinkable for the ABV almost. Great beer, worth the price tag (every now and then).

dirtyskunk, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of siradmiralnelson
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 2 finger light white head. Good lacing and good retention. Nice golden light yellow color. Looks like a Pilsner. Continous stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S. Nice crisp pale malt smell. Has some citrus and yeast also. A bit of sweetness lying underneath but overall pretty balanced and dry. Nice Imperial Pilsner smell.

T. Some sweet citrusy flavor up front. Has a nice pale malt flavor that is pretty sweet. Some yeast and citrus come out. Well balanced and smooth. ABV is not apparent in any shape or form.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry with just a touch of sweetness.

O. Overall this is really a good beer. Imperial Pilsner is one of my favorite styles and Odell's does not disappoint. A very easy drinking beer that is not flashy with big bold flavors, but excels in the simple things.

siradmiralnelson, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
4.15/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a Pilsner glass.

Look - light golden color, clear, with about half or three-quarters worth of two fingers of white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - smells more malty than hopy. Not a strong note of spices or herbs.

Taste and Mouthfeel - intense bitterness with the beginning and a bit into the middle, but mostly a subtle fade into a bit of a musky flavor in the finish, which also sweet for a second and then tart in the aftertaste. This beer seems to have it all! Texture is pretty well balanced.

Overall - very interesting beer!! I love the morphing quality of the taste!

Nerudamann, Jun 07, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.88/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear pale yellow with a thin white head.

Light and crisp nose that smells pleasant. Pale malt, candy sweetness and fruity hop presence.

Honey and pear fruit sweetness, moderate hop presence. Clean and refreshingly tasty.

Smooth, medium-full body that is crisp and dry.

This is really good and drinks well. The flavor will appeal to many as it is not overbearing, yet satisfies. A really nice beer for the style.

jera1350, Jun 03, 2011
Photo of Bighuge
4.5/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Bighuge, May 31, 2011
Photo of ZAP
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
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.

ZAP, May 28, 2011
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz into a pint

A - pours a relatively deep golden color. Lots of pearly white head that doesn't stick around for long. Very clear.

S - A combination of the grainy pilsner malts and some bright fruity noble hops.

T - Starts off with lots of pilsner malts, but then starts to get cut with some hopping. Gets almost spicy in the mid-stream. Mid-stream gets some alcohol warmth. Lots of sugary notes in the finish - must have a huge malt backbone. Finishes very clean, with only a light hoppy taste.

M - Strong beer body, moderate carbonation, leaves it feeling a little bit thick and sugary. Perhaps as a loger I would have looked for a little bit lighter profile. Some alcohol warmth.

O/D - Deceivingly drinkable - easy on the palette and hidden alcohol. Although no one would ever confuse this for its single strength brother.

katan, May 24, 2011
Photo of Allpe45
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle marked 8/4/11B

Appears golden and crystal clear, 2 fingers white head. Very active carbonation. Remarkable lace all the way down the glass when it was finished.

Smells grassy with spicy hops, fusel alcohol and a slight yeastiness.

Powerful taste of sweet bready malts, followed by straw, grass, and a hop bitterness that doesn't completely balance the sweetness.

Medium bodied, very smooth but sticky sweet residual feeling instead of a crisp dry finish.

Allpe45, May 22, 2011
Photo of TenHornsProud
4.08/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with a big, fluffy white head that lingers and laces well.

Smells of toasty malt, spicy hops, and spicy yeast.

Tastes of spicy hops with some nice lightly toasted malt creeping in. The yeast character is there but enhances the spice. A slight touch of biterness is nice.

The mouthfeel is smooth...really smooth. This one goes down impossibly easy.

I can only think of one or two other Pilsners I'd enjoy this much. Another job well done here.

TenHornsProud, May 17, 2011
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Jason, May 17, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

bsp77, May 11, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours clear gold with many effervescent bubbles rising slowly beneath a good two inch white cap of foam. Good retention and a nice amount of sticky lacing.

Pretty floral with a clean grassiness from the hops paired with sweet honeydew and a touch of soap. Malts are doughy with yeast playing a strong hand with a touch of honey and roasted grains.

Smooth with a blast of yeast and bready malts battling it out beneath a silhouette of sweet honey, melon and citrus zest. Hops are very grassy but don't play a major role as this brew is very sweet overall. Ends with a slighty soapy finish not very crisp.

Alcohol is well masked beneath a above average body for a pilsner, more carbonation would be good to give it a crisper finish and blast away these sticky malts. Hop profile needs to be more pronounced.

Double the alcohol is well hidden but it also seems that the malt was doubled which hurts the crispness and sweetens the beer. A nice flavorful pilsner but one that I will take much colder the next time around.

rawfish, May 07, 2011
Photo of Tripphop
3.43/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden color in the glass, light and fizzy. Nice carbonation, quick white head with minimal lacing. Aromas are light and bready, decent hop presence. Flavor is spot on American Pilsner, crisp, light, doughy, but fuller bodied than expected. Very drinkable, not a big fan of the pilsner style in general, but I could do this one, has the strength and body that I look for in other styles of beer.

Tripphop, May 05, 2011
Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 398 ratings.