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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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414 Ratings
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Ratings: 414
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 27
Gots: 24 | 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 aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +1.6%
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 +6.3%
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 +4.2%
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 +8.1%
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 +1%
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 +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.

Bighuge, May 31, 2011
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.

ZAP, May 29, 2011
Photo of katan
3.98/5  rDev +3.6%
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 -8.1%
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 +6.3%
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 +5.5%
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.

Jason, May 17, 2011
Photo of bsp77
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
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 12, 2011
Photo of rawfish
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
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 -10.7%
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
Photo of ardeano
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle (lazy, shoulda used a glass):

S - The beer had a great pilsner aroma: crisp grain.

T - Classic pilsner taste but much more bold - super crisp and right on the money.

M - Really smooth with a champagne like fizz (probably because I'm drinking from the bottle)

D - If you enjoy the style this will probably be the best pilsner your going to be able to get. But remember, it's 8.1% so take it easy...

I'm really not into pilsner but since it's a 'double' I figured one 12 oz bottle would be fine and I was right, it's crisp, clean, refreshing and worth a try. If you like the pilsner then you must get it.

ardeano, Apr 30, 2011
Photo of kgotcher
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner glass

Clear pale yellow hue. 1 finger head with a good carbonation for the high ABV. Lots of lazy bubbles meandering to the top.

Aroma is huge, Sweet with melon fruit and citrus from the hops. Sourdough, bready grains, orange peel, nice.

Moutfeel is pretty thick, from the looks I expected a lighter beer but this is a heavy beer. The carbonation helps but the finish is very heavy and sour. Not the best part of this beer.

Taste is at first malty and bitter but finishes very salty. The profile in the aroma is somewhat lost in the taste. You can get a little of the heavy malt flavor but the salty, hoppy finish kills it.

I can only imagine this beer to be like a Blonde Bock that has been over hopped. I love a Blonde Bock, the malty sweetness is awesome. I almost feel that this beer would have been a great bock if they had laid off the hops and the salty finish really kills it for me.

kgotcher, Apr 28, 2011
Photo of UnionMade
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this because I loved the label, and like double pils most of the time. I poured this brew into a .5L willibecher glass.
Chrome Yellow, topped with a fugitive puff of white head. The foam dies down to a thin collar quickly. Brilliantly clear, with a few carbonation bubbles slowly a break for the exit. No head on the last third of the glass.
Smells very malty, with a simple, pilsy graininess. Noticeable boozy sweetness. Sweet, a little sugary, with a bit of grassiness and floral hops in the background.
The flavor opens with a blast of unfermented sugars. Very sweet, though the moderate carbonation does help hold it down, and leaves a nice sparkle on the lips after a good pull. A bit of pear, along with stronger grassy esters. Tons of pils malt flavor. If you want to know what a lot of pils malt would taste like, this is it. A hint of boozy sweetness and mild hops in the finish. Very nice hop flavor, but it's too subdued. Very full bodied, even a bit syrupy. I don't know what the bitterness level is, but I would double it.
Comes off more like a pale bock, maibock or one of those 7%+ eastern european strong lagers, rather than a double pilsner. I would like the hops to shine through more, even be on the aggressive side. I'm not so into these maltier double pilsners. When I think of pilsner, I think of hoppy lager. The soapier, the more I like it.

UnionMade, Apr 21, 2011
Photo of LSUPT
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

LSUPT, Apr 13, 2011
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

OlRasputin989, Dec 21, 2010
Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
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.

KarlHungus, Oct 13, 2010
Photo of busternuggz
2.48/5  rDev -35.4%
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.

busternuggz, Oct 11, 2010
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.

Gueuzedude, Oct 07, 2010
Photo of boomer31
3.45/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

boomer31, Oct 01, 2010
Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 414 ratings.