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Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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397 Ratings
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Ratings: 397
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 Beerandraiderfan
4.16/5  rDev +8.1%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of Buebie
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Buebie, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

ocelot2500, Jul 26, 2010
Photo of alli4051
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

alli4051, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Haybeerman
3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

Haybeerman, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of SFLpunk
2.68/5  rDev -30.4%

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.

SFLpunk, Jul 04, 2010
Photo of Bizz88
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%

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.

Bizz88, Jul 03, 2010
Photo of SamN
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

SamN, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

ClockworkOrange, Aug 21, 2009
Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

I got just a thin, white head with low retention from my pour. The color was a honey-lemon yellow with a slight haze. The nose was quite malty with just a light hop presence. The mouthfeel was medium-to-thick and the taste was quite sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn on the tongue. That last caused me to look more closely at the label - 8.1 % ABV! Wow! After STSPHL09 yesterday, I may never sober up at this rate. Finish had a good hop bite, but I think that I would prefer a single Pils, especially if I were making an afternoon of it.

woodychandler, Apr 12, 2009
Photo of GruvisHops
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%

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

GruvisHops, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of deereless
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%

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

deereless, Jan 17, 2009
Photo of Hojaminbag
4.3/5  rDev +11.7%

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.

Hojaminbag, Jan 10, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
3.85/5  rDev 0%

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.

srandycarter, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%

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.

mikereaser, Dec 07, 2008
Photo of tburkhart
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

tburkhart, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of brewcrew76
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

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.

brewcrew76, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of dirtylou
3.45/5  rDev -10.4%

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

dirtylou, Oct 12, 2008
Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks goes out to bort11 and raverjames for this brew.

Pours a cloudy pale yellow color, nice carbonation, tiny fizzy white head, with some minimal sticky lacing. The nose is hoppy, with some malts, grapefruit, with some spice. The taste is hoppy, malty, citrus, and some spicy. Medium body. Drinkable, this is a pretty tasty brew.

Wasatch, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of WaveRebel51
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours out a clear, dark mustard yellow with very little foam. Slight lacing left on the glass. Smells very sweet, perfumy, fruity and floral, but mostly a very pleasant candy-like aroma. Taste is on the sweet side. The floral, candy-like malt flavor dominates, with only a small hint of hop bitterness. This was my first double pils and was hoping for more of that spicy, grassy hop flavor. Still, this was not bad. Alcohol hits pretty quick but it was still very drinkable. I would definitely drink this again.

WaveRebel51, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of sleazo
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%

A_Pours a clear straw yellow with a steady stream of bubbles. The bubbles manage to keep the smallish white head a float. Nice streaky lacing.

S_A Nice big aroma of noble hops, slightly medicinal and grassy melds well with a slight background of cereal malt aroma. Outstanding.

T_The taste is sweeter than the smell would indicate. The initial sip is sweetish cereal grains, bread and honey and the finish is the noble hops. There isn't too much to it in the middle. The alcohol does make its presence known.

M_A little thick with a vigourous carbonation.

D_The smell was what I was looking for. A good Czech pilsener on steroids, highly hopped and slightly cereal. Tastewise it veers too much into the sweet realm. While not bad I would prefer it to be a bit sweeter. Still this is a good one DP to try.

sleazo, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of KUpolo
3.68/5  rDev -4.4%

A- Very clear yellow with a thin head

S- Hoppy and floral

T- Alcohol is the first thing that hits. It's a little too strong and takes away a bit from an otherwise very nice beer. One the alcohol washes away I get nice a earthy and floral taste.

M- Nice carbonation. Refreshing as a pilsner should be.

D- I think one is enough due to the over powering alcohol. It's a nice beer but I with a little more balance it could be amazing.

KUpolo, Sep 09, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.48/5  rDev -9.6%

pours a thin yellow, clear with little head, looks like a pilsner.

smells crisp, grassy hops are strong, not incredibly pleasing, but then again this is a fairly unknown style for me.

has a strong alcohol taste, very grassy and earthy, tingles on the way down possibly just way too much alcohol. not enough hops to overcome the alcohol.

overcarbonated for me, but pilsners are typically that way, finishes slightly bitter and clean. and drinks well, this is definitely a beer to drink slowly.

naterock, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of SpecialK088
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Thanks to my girlfriend for picking this up cause she knew i wanted it!

A-Very typical small head small lace

S-More than I thought going on here can smell the hops, grain and some degree of sweetness as well like a fig or grape

T-Bready and grainy but also a supriingly sweet taste followed by a alcohol and hop kick no real lingering finish just kinda goes down with a slight burn.

M-A little overcarbonated medium body overall pretty smooth

D-Not one I would want all the time but being that its limited release I woul pick up a 6 everytime it comes around

SpecialK088, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.83/5  rDev -0.5%

A - typical-looking pilsner; very clear and a minimal head
S - very, very sweet - grains and malts and a grape-ish scent as well
T - this is kind of all over the place; it starts with a very sweet malt, which turns spicy and sort of grapey in doppleback kind of way. It finishes with a somewhat bitter hop finish, with the overall grain and grape taste still lingering around.
MF - went down easily but a tad bit thin for my liking
D - this is pretty good, but powerful both in flavor and in alcohol making it hard to have more than a couple. However, I am glad that I tried this for my 100th review...

birchstick, Aug 30, 2008
Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 397 ratings.