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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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432 Ratings
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Ratings: 432
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
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Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  8.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: russpowell on 06-23-2006

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Ratings: 432 | Reviews: 178
Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Allpe45
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of bsp77
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of rawfish
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Photo of Tripphop
3.41/5  rDev -11.2%
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.

Photo of ardeano
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of kgotcher
3.37/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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.

Photo of LSUPT
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of busternuggz
2.6/5  rDev -32.3%
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.

Photo of Gueuzedude
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Photo of boomer31
3.46/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

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

Odell Double Pilsner
Odell Brewing Co.
American Double/Imperial Pilsner
8.1% ABV
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 12/15/10 poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint on 09/16/10.

Appearance 3.5/5
Golden yellow with a moderate head and some lacing. Slightly hazy, but I expected it to be clear.

Aroma 3.5/5
Some floral hops, some pils malt. Nothing too exciting here.

Taste 3/5
Little sweetness; bitter in the end with some flavor. Not a horrible beer by any means. But, there is a lot of nothing in this beer: the body is medium-big yet the beer lacks enough malt flavor. However, that doesn't change the fact that it is under attenuated -- cloying and irritating at times. For the kind of impression I have of this beer, it needs a lot more hops to balance things out.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Coats the mouth initially but good carbonation is present to take care of it, in part. Yet there's plenty of unexpected aftertaste. Also, as a pilsner, I want it to be clean and refreshing which this one's not. Carbonation is the only saving grace I must say; otherwise this was getting minimum score in this department.

Drinkability 3/5
Poor because (i) it's cloying (ii) it has a lot of alcohol which doesn't go well with pils character. I still rate it average though because when cold, you can slam it fast.

Perhaps, pilsner is not a style that you can brew "double". I expected a crisp, refreshing, and flavorful beer but it seems like a malty mess, and the hoppiness is way lower than I'd deem appropriate. It seems like an experiment gone wrong. The kind that was done to please big beer seeking crowd. Aside from a mildly good aroma, this is a malt liquor. Just avoid this one unless you're too intrigued.

PS: Fuck "double" everything, really. Excluding Imperial IPA/Stouts which are better than their "enkel" versions at times.

Photo of hardy008
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Light hazy gold with a less than one finger white head with fair retention and some lacing. Earthy hops, lemon, grass, and sweet malt are present in the aroma.

The taste is even sweeter than expected from the aroma. Earthy hops, lemon, grass, and sweet malt make up the majority of the taste. Also a few flavors I can not pick out.

Medium bodied, decent carbonation, and there is a sweet aftertaste. Too sweet for the style IMO. A good double / imperial pilsener, but not as good as the Boulevard / Orval collaboration.

Photo of dbossman
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Bright yellow and quite bubbly with a thick, foamy, solid head that retains its body quite well

S: Fruity and grainy: lots of wet hay/straw but also layers of apple and pear; a touch of citrus hop presence balancing things out

T: Sweet with strong alcohol presence; unfortunately, not as balanced as the aromas let on; grainy and a touch fruity but mostly sweet alcohol flavors dominate. But as the beer warmed the delicate flavors coupled with the alcohol made this damn tasty

F: Decent overall mouth coat and feel--though a touch thin as the beer flows down the throat

D: A decent beer for the style but the alcohol and sweetness make this beer a tad cumbersome

Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue VI:

The Double Pilsner is a great example of what American beer is about, take a style and simply make it bigger, bolder and without a doubt, in your face. With that said, the style is gaining popularity from brewers of all sizes. Engaging bubbly white froth forms from a hard pour, radiant pale yellow color is actually lighter than anticipated ... not a bad thing, just very light. Very aromatic with suggestions of wildflowers, black pepper, faint sulfur and a donut-like maltiness. Smoothness before crispness, lovely medium body. The malt character drops a good amount of sweetness that has some bread and honey components. This is swept away quickly by a hop and alcohol combo. Hops come across a bit sharp with a thick herbal flavor, the alcohol brings a vivid peppery and spicy herbal smack to the taste buds. Alcohol is clean throughout with some warmth in the semisweet finish.

Lots of flavors to deal with here, complex, yet still quite drinkable. A sipping brew to say the least and a good example of the style as this one is a tamer in the hops department compared to other versions.

Photo of gatornation
3.35/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear lemon yellow color with a brilliant white head and not alot of lacing,,smell is lemon and grain with some malts and hops..taste is the same its sweet lemon and citrus with malts and hops all mixed in..mouth feel is medium and alcohol is very well hidden..its easy to drink its just not that tasty to me

Photo of morimech
2.72/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date stamped 12/15/10A

Clear straw color with a large white head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Very active carbonation. Something seems off with the aroma. Cooked vegetables and some soggy cardboard is what I smell. The flavor is not that great either. Tastes like a malt liquor, albeit a good malt liquor with its light malt and boozy qualities. I am not picking out the hop flavor but the bitterness is very much apparent. The body is what I would expect in a double pilsner. Feels fairly large and chewy. Abundantly carbonated but not harsh. This beer was a big letdown. I have liked all the Odell offerings prior to this beer.

Photo of Mdog
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Clear yellow, big head. Looks like a pilsner should.

Smell: Grassy, sweet corn? Hint of booziness.

Taste: Sweetness, fruit flavors with grape being foremost, nice grassy hop finish.

Drinkability: Drinks like a regular pilsner, but will knock you down after a couple.

Probably my favorite double pilsner that I've had so far. It has some of the tastes that I've noticed (and disliked) in HG malt liquors-like grape-like flavors, but there's enough hops to balance it out to make it more than just a craft malt liquor. I would guess this has better ingredients than your typical HG malt, too.

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Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
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