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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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353 Ratings
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Ratings: 353
Reviews: 172
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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Photo of pdoran10


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
Photo of eclaycamp


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
Photo of pmccallum86


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
Photo of 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
Photo of blackdog1101


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
Photo of Phelps


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
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


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
Photo of Buebie


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
Photo of ocelot2500


4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw color with a small white head that leaves little lacing.

Smells of grassy hops and some lemon peel.

Tastes of bold hops with a substantial malt backbone. Hops have notes of lemon peel along with some grassy and herbal qualities. Sweet, honey-like malt character with some bready notes to it. Alcohol warmth is present.

Mouthfeel is medium with a crisp amount of carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2010 02:43:17 | More by ocelot2500
Photo of alli4051


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA perfect pint.

Pours a bright, crystal clear, gold with about a fingers worth of light, white head. Head dissipates quickly leaving little lacing. Nose is malty, alcohol and some floral hop notes. Taste is bready malt up front then lots of spiciness, floral hops, and alcohol in the finish. I've had some other offerings from Odell that had surprisingly high ABVs, this wasn't one of them. You can taste every bit of that 8.1%. Overall a good beer, a decent double pils, but tough to have more than one or two in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 02:10:57 | More by alli4051
Photo of Haybeerman


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear straw gold color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that dissipated to a broken skim. Laced in thin rings.

S: Wet bread; slightly sweet. Grassy hops. A little peppery sting.

T: Big bready malt yield quickly to a sharp bitter finish. Alcohol is prominent in the finish.

M: Medium body. Moderate carbonation. Smooth start finishes warm a dry. Does not disguise the alcohol well.

D: It looks like a beer you drink a bunch of, but not a good idea. Big malt was good, but dry and alcoholic finish slows me down.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 14:55:06 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of SFLpunk


2.68/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to sleepnbballrlife for sharing this one.

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

Appearance: Yellow. Straight yellow with thin white head.

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

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

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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2010 05:08:13 | More by SFLpunk
Photo of Bizz88


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

Poured a clear light golden yellow with a white two fingered head that disappeared quickly leaving thin lacing. Light sweet toasty malt fragrance. An excellant sweet hoppy malt balance on the palette. Medium body with a descent amount carbonation. Very drinkable brew even with a 8.1% ABV.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2010 19:38:21 | More by Bizz88
Photo of SamN


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From notes

A- Sparklingly clear. Macro yellow, but more golden and deeper color. Average head- thins to 1/4 inch. Active carbonation, very lively. Great color, clarity.

S- Excellent pilsner smell- toasty light grains, surprisingly little hops aroma- very slight bitter notes. Backdrop of pears. Very nice.

T- Cloying sweetness, thick tastes. Pilsner grains, heavily hopped but not abrasive in profile. Tastes exactly like you'd think a double pilsner would taste. Cons? Overly sweet, thick bitter finish and sludge like thickness. Not a refreshing pilsner at all.

M- Medium body, light carbonation. Pulls very smoothly. Very good!

D- Too thick and overly bittersweet for drinking more than one at a time. Not a terribly drinkable brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2010 20:16:31 | More by SamN
Photo of ClockworkOrange


3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to fretlessman71 over at realbeer for this one. Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my nonic Imperial pint glass. The pilsner appears a hazed golden yellow color with about two fingers of lingering bone white head. Nose and flavor consist of grassy, earthy hops, a bit of peppery spice, toasted grain, a good dose of sweet malt. This pils is approaching full bodied with ample carbonation. Well done, and thanks again fret.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2009 04:53:27 | More by ClockworkOrange
Photo of woodychandler


3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
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 GruvisHops


4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 12 oz. brown bottle. A hard pour only yielded 1/4" of white head with a slight cream tone. Pale straw colored body with the slightest haze. No lace to speak of.

S: Pale and Munich malts along with spicy/grassy hops.

T: The malt profile dominates; very sweet with a spicy hop finish. Once again, pale malt and a very bready character, like an Imperial Pilsner should taste.

M: Full; much more so than expected.

D: Going down the pipe at a fair pace

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2009 20:09:24 | More by GruvisHops
Photo of deereless


4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The color of honey, thin ring of carbonation along the edge of the glass, crystal clear - 3.50, S: Very earthy aromas, some slight spice on the nose as well - 3.50, T: I suppose I shouldn't be surprised given the 'double' billing - but this beer is loaded with hops, the alcohol is noticeable, a certain degree of spiciness on the tongue, candied sugar - 4.25, M: Medium bodied, some lingering on the palate - 3.50, D: I dig the hops on this beer, not sure how many of these I could handle in a sitting given the relatively high-level of alcohol - 3.75

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 01:51:13 | More by deereless
Photo of Hojaminbag


4.3/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One more beer I got from my recent trade with Wasatch, thanks John.

A bright yellow body that is slightly hazy with very active carbonation with bubblesmoving around in strands throughout the body. Only a small head that doesn't have a ton of retention, and doesn't leave any lacing behind.

Hops are noticeable in the nose with scents of floral and earthy German style hops. A pleasant sweetness from pale pilsner type malts.

The hops once again shine through tasting very spicy and grassy; slightly bitter. This has a strong enough Germanic style hop profile to support a "double pilsner." Next the pilsner malts come to balance out the flavor. The malt is very nice, sweet enough withouth becoming overpowering. A very slight taste of both fruit and bubble gum comes through underneath the malt, adding a nice complexity and a pleasant flavor. A little bit of alcohol heat runs throughout the entire beer also, but not in an unpleasant or overpowering way.

Mouthfeel falls into the medium range of both body and carbonation. A little warmth comes from the alcohol. Finishes somewhat dry as the hops stay on the palate.

This beer is very drinkable for its 8.10%ABV, I would guess the content to be a little lower. Very easy to drink, and rather well balanced. A tasty beer overall that was a pleasant surprise for me.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 22:41:37 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of srandycarter


3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Light straw. Not much head. Wispy lacing.

S - medium malt aroma - some hop present.

T - Ahh - yum. Pils not my fav, but lots of flavor here. Nice malt center, sweet and deep with balanced bitter.

M - Medium, good carb and coating, nice sweet to bitter ratio. Deeper flavor and body than first thought.

D - Very easy to drink, despite the ABV.

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 04:12:10 | More by srandycarter
Photo of mikereaser


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

A - poured a straw golden color with very little foam. Anything that was there disappeared into a tiny ring of bubbles around the glass

S - slightly medicine like aroma, can't place it, hints of citrus and floral

T - slightly spice malt flavor with some citrus hints

M/D - My bottle seemed a bit syrupy and a bit flat. Maybe its an old bottle. Although it wasn't bad, maybe fresh would be better, i'm just not a fan.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2008 22:41:54 | More by mikereaser
Photo of tburkhart


3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Wasatch for this one.

Pours a hazy golden with little to no carbonation. Thin layer of head clings to the edge of the glass.

Smells yeasty/sour. Not a huge fan of the aroma.

Tastes a bit sour as well. Something is just off with this beer.

Mouthfeel is decent at best. Lingers a bit on the palate, but not pleasantly.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2008 01:41:46 | More by tburkhart
Photo of brewcrew76


3.48/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks for fugazme for this one.

A - Clear golden with 2 fingers of foamy white head.

S - Very grainy pilsner malt, some honey sweetness, grassy and lemon hops.

T - Big grainy pilsner malt, sweet and dry with some boozy honey, grassy, lemony and spicy hops.

M - Medium to full bodied and slightly slick with a touch of booziness.

D - Big, sweet and malty, maybe becoming a touch cloying. I think I would like this one better if it was a little cleaner and crisper.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2008 02:45:48 | More by brewcrew76
Photo of dirtylou


3.45/5  rDev -10.4%
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 Wasatch


4/5  rDev +3.9%
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
Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 353 ratings.