Odell Double Pilsner | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Double PilsnerOdell Double Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by russpowell on 06-23-2006

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Reviews: 178 | Ratings: 441
Photo of Auraan
4.24/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured a beautiful golden yellow with two fingers of pure white head. It looks like what a quintessential lager/pilsner beer should look like, like every picture in media one has ever seen. Excellent. Scents of pilsner malt sweetness, Bohemian hops and some very slight citrus. A nose very similar to many a pilsner, but with a unique, American twist. I like it. Flavors of grapefruit, grapefruit pith, citrus and crystal malt sweetness, but with a nice Bohemian hop character present as well. It balances the bitterness with the sweetness as a good pilsner should and is quite pleasant in it's taste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. A bit heavier than a normal pilsner, but fitting an American Imperial Pilsner. It was still quite easy to drink and was not unpleasant. Overall this was a unique, yet familiar beer. It had the hallmarks of the classic pilsner, but with the twist of American Craft. I greatly enjoyed it, and would go back to it again.

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Photo of Bosoxfan20
4.11/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A- Looks like an inviting pilsner. Golden color with a white head that hangs around throughout the drink. Clean

S- Sweet pilsner malt and subtle earthy hops meld together nicely. Not overly grainy like some pilsners tend to be.

T- Sweet and wonderfully malt forward. Buttery and juicy. Full flavor. Earthy, herbal hops give for a late spice and make for great balance. Peppery almost.

M- Love the feel. Alcohol is subtle with no esters at all. Creamy yet crisp. Rich. Light and so refreshing.

O- Paired with a spicy burger at The Foundry in Westport, KC. Simply put, my favorite pils ever.

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Photo of ALZ
3.49/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Fluffy, three-finger head. Plenty of carbonation. Clear, golden color.

S: This is where this beer is slightly lacking; I can't detect any major aromas. It just has a clean, crisp scent.

T: A little syrupy when it first hits the tongue but in a good way. Heavy maltiness with some booziness towards the end.

M: Crisp, clean and refreshing with a lot of carbonation.

O: I'm not a pilsner fan by any means but this one is really good. It has the crisp and refreshing characteristics of a pilsner but isn't watery or boring. It could use a bit more complexity in the smell and taste department but I would still drink this again.

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Photo of ZionNation
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

there is something off about this beer. I love pilsners and I seek them out as much as possible. I also really dig most of the brews from Odell. This one however, the Double Pils is a disappointment. I recently had very fresh on tap and fresh in the bottle and in both cases the alcohol imparted a medicine like taste and smell. I don't enjoy it and will not buy this one again. it promises to be much better for a Double Pils from Odell. maybe it's the most recent batch.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.98/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: yellow-golden hue with a little touch of haze and a lazy effervescence. Head is half a finger of pillowy white foam. Not bad, but not particularly inspiring.

Smell: mostly sour graininess with a little bit of sweet malt. OK, I guess, but not my favorite.

Taste: malt has a bit of a sickly sweetness, although the sour graininess is toned down a bit from the aroma. Strong Pilsners can be real hit-or-miss; this is more like a 10% Lithuanian lager than a crisp Pilsner.

Mouthfeel: at least this is OK. Medium-heavy body combines with a good carbonation to yield a satisfying creaminess. I just wish it tasted better.

Overall: OK, this beer is not horrible. But it really does not float my boat.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.4/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed out of a 12 oz brown bottle at The Foundry. It was poured into bulbous Belgian-style tulip glass that was almost more like a snifter in shape.

Appearance - For some reason, my waiter did an extremely gentle pour, and so there was barely a line of stark white head around the edge of the glass, with spotty film over the rest of the body, which is your Pils-standard golden yellow, crisp and clear.

Smell - Biscuity and malty. Some overtones of phenolic fruit characteristics, but those are in the background and hard to pick up. I even sense some of the alcoholic esters as well, but again faint. Most of the aroma is dominated by bready notes.

Taste - To me, the higher ABV is not well disguised, which essentially is the key to producing a good double pils. In addition to the heat from the alcohol, the grain backbone is dominant, with some counterpoint from bittering hops. Again the generic fruit elements are present, lending some sweetness to the beer.

Mouthfeel - Crisp and clean, hovering on the light side of medium body. Carbonation is moderate to light as well.

Overall, probably a one-timer for me. The style intrigues me, mostly because the first double pils I ever had was fantastic (and unfortunately a one-time release) and I've been searching for an equivalent ever sense. This definitely was not it, in spite of the pretty snappy looking label.

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Photo of jhawth
3.32/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank three out of a four pack over the course of two evenings.

Appearance: Poured (into a flute, then later into a mug) a light gold with fluffy two finger head which slowly dissipated over a few minutes time. Visible carbonation in the glass, lots of bubbles.

Aroma: Cereals, biscuity notes. Maybe a little bit of herbal spiciness (had to search for it)?

Taste: Well balanced mixture of crisp, rounded grain flavor and hop bitterness, that spiciness I thought I smelled showed up as well. A little bit of warming alcohol in the finish. Malt sweetness became more noticeable as the beer warmed.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, with medium carbonation.

Overall: I wouldn't consider myself at all knowledgeable on pilseners, but I found this to be an enjoyable if somewhat unexciting beer. I found myself wanting a bit more complexity, especially for something that was 8% Abv, though I appreciated the hop flavors the more I drank it. Very drinkable for 8%. Paired pretty well with Chinese take-out.

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Photo of beergoot
3.46/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Slightly grainy, slightly vegetable with the aroma. Body appears lightly yellow with a decent, lasting white head and good carbonation. Taste reinforces the aroma with more emphasis on the malt aspects with the added hint of alcohol in the background; pretty bitter at the finish. Medium-bodied with a dry finish.

This is an okay beer for the style but seems rough around the edges with a slightly disagreeable bite all around.

Seems my past experiences have been pretty enjoyable with this beer. Maybe this batch isn't quite up to par (freshness date on bottle is 9/12/13A). This is my second bottle from this four-pack (had the first last night: same overall impression).

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Photo of Algebrew
4.09/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a bright, clear golden yellow with a tiny white head that disippated in just a few seconds.

Smell: A grainy biscuit is right on the forefront. From the (lack of) pilsners I've smelled, this has a close to traditional scent. A tad bit of alcohol lingers.

Taste: The beginning was crisp and wheaty; the middle brought out lots of grains and amplified the subtlety of the specific style; the end slowly faded the middle taste into a bit sweeter, maltier sensation.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, rich, carbonated just right.

Overall: I was pretty letdown by the appearance, but there was nothing bad about the drinking process. It fit its style pretty well from what I've tried and did not even notice the high ABV. Odell could (and can) improve on this one, but so far so good.

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Photo of xmorgan
4.94/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

God bless the pilsner makers for they are few in craft beer world
8% Pils that is not sweet and goes down like a session beer.
I had it at The Happy Gnome in St. Paul.

Appearance was good with plenty of lacing
Smell: was down a bit for most pilsner a
Taste, got the pilsner crisp and hop balance nice refreshing mouth feel

I could drink Albright exept the 8% abv

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Photo of JamesMN
4.23/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy neon yellow/orange with a one finger foamy white head.

Aroma: Yeast and earthy/grassy hops. Subtle crystal and pilsen malts.

Taste: Really good grain flavors in here. Sweet and spicy (maybe rye malt?). There is also a good hop presence and a hop flavor that makes it uniquely Odell's. Citrus and sweet fruit juice. Really digging this one. Almost drinks like an ale. Don't taste any of that 8.1% ABV.

Mouthfeel: Silky smooth and yet assertive on the palate. Medium bodied but feels much more robust. Highly drinkable.

Final Thoughts: If I was drinking this blind I'd probably think it was lager version of Odell IPA. It has that great hop flavor and juicyness that they pack most of their brews. Would I drink it again? Yes, wish they'd make a sessionable version!

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Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a slightly hazy looking yellow color with a strong white head on top. The head retention on this beer is very impressive since its a high abv. The smell of the beer is malty, there are some hints of grass in there as well some hops. The taste of the beer is grainy with a decent sweetness to it, there is also some booze heat in there also. The mouthfeel was a little on the creamy side I thought. The body was medium with a solid amount of carbonation. Overall it's not a bad brew just not as impressive as I was hoping for.

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Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A random single I procured while visiting the States.

A - Pours a clear golden colour, finger of fine bubbles head with solid retention and some nice sheeting lacing.

S - Scent is grassy, hints of buttered bread and sweet corn, touch of sour citrus rind and a peppery finish.

T - Flavour is incredible. The grassy notes come through nicely alongside a subtle sweet citrus and cotton candy hop, bready caramel comes through on the finish and some wheat grass lingers on the finish. Hints of iced tea linger alongside a citrus bitterness.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and a touch of dryness.

O - This is my first Imperial Pilsener, but this stuff is incredible. The ABV is undetectable and the flavour profile makes this brew insanely drinkable. I will definitely be searching this stuff out next time I head south, and I highly recommend this brew. My biggest problem with this beer was that there was only one on the shelf at the store.

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Photo of FRANKLIN88
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Served on draft at Odell, in typical american pint.

Appearance: Great appearance, a deep gold color. Had about a inch of head on the beer. Very appealing.

Smell: Light note's of malt and very sharp on the nose. Typical lagered pil's smell.

Taste: Very crisp from the start and rich and complex taste to finish. Small note's of alcohol in the beer. Came in around 7.0% I believe.

Mouthfeel: This is a very dry beer, Very refreshing and made me want more after each sip.

Good beer all around

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Photo of Ilafan
3.29/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had never heard of a double pilsner before this beer, so I was pretty curious. Hey, Odell makes quality stuff, so it was a safe order. I got it on draft, and the look was classic pilsner . . . Clear and golden. Like most pilsners, this one has a very faint , slightly cleaning fluid smell. The taste is light and crisp. But with the higher than average alcohol content, the taste also had a slightly bitter bite to it. Not an unpleasant beer. Just, guess, "meh."

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Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on draft, Double Pilsner pours a mostly clear, burnished golden color. The brew is capped by a thin, white head that is well retained and provides plenty of lace. Bready malt aromas meet a slight grassiness in a wonderful pilsner bouquet. Sweet bready malt flavors dominate the pallet before being reigned in by grassy and light citrus hop notes, a slight alcohol burn is also noticeable. This smooth brew is medium-high in body, and features a moderate level of carbonation. Make it a double!

Cheers!

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Photo of FroggerMan
3.88/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear golden color with a small head that leaves fairly good lacing. A lot of carbonation bubbles can be seen.

S: A breaded malt aroma is easily detectable while other aroma's are more difficult for me to identify.

T: It's full of flavor with the breaded malt upfront and then citrus hops in the finish. I can taste some lemon and grapefruit coming through with some spiciness as the beer warms.

M: I would say it has a medium level of carbonation with a creamy mouthfeel that is slightly sticky.

O: Overall this was another solid brew from Odell's. It's a full flavor beer while very drinkable at the same time. Although it lacked the wow factor that some of their other beers provide I would buy it again.

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Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the Tap House in Apple Valley, MN.

Poured into a goblet, very inviting golden slightly hazy, glowing liquid with a white foam head that persisted and left rings of lace.

Lemon and floral elements framed in a background of earthy malt and grain.

Taste is lightly sweet on the tip of the tongue filling in with lemony-orange, flowery hop, set in balance against earthy, malty, cereal grain backbone.

Subtle but slightly warming ABV.

Firm, carbonated mouthfeel works well.

Finish is clean. Highly drinkable, frames all the right elements of a well crafted pilsner. Delicious on tap.

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Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Seriously perfumey taste. Reminds me of drinking malt liquor at the laundromat. Love that fresh scent! Head dissipates but the mouthfeel is spritzy for that first sip or two. Then top it off again for maximum pleasure.

Not really bad, just an exercise in futility. Lovely owl graphics in a folksy Lithuanian style, for some reason. They should have called it Fresh Rat for Dinner Malt Liquor. Actually, there is some interesting malt flavor as it warms up. The perfumey nose has more spice. Makes me think of cardamom and nutmeg. Sharp and hot with alcohol.

I remember this as being better. From the 12 oz bottle that has been in my cool basement at least six months.

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Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow in color with a flurry of bubbles and an almost pure white head that ends in a wild and sticky lace.

Clean aroma with straw and sugar prevalent.

Grain, fresh-cut grass, a vein of fruit, and a snappy hop bite to the tongue. This one is working brilliantly so far.

Has a medium body and goes down smooth at the edges with a soft core.

I haven't had a good double pils in a while, and this is the perfect beer to draw me back to the genius of this oft overlooked style.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into a conical Guinness pint glass in me gaff in low altitude Los Angeles, California. Reviewed live. Expectations are low; I've tried this before and recall not thinking much of it.

Served straight from the refrigerator. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: Pours a one finger head of beige colour, okay thickness, no real cream, and okay retention. Colour is a clear yellow. No yeast particles are visible. No bubble show.

Sm: Straw, clean malt, bland barley, and a vague off-urine note. A mild strength aroma.

T: Straw, bland malts, and somewhat pathetic barley. Hardly full-bodied. Simple and bland. Boring. I don't much care for it. Meh.

Mf: Smooth, wet, a touch overcarbonated, and a bit too thick. Too heavy on the palate for the style.

Dr: An underwhelming double pilsner. One of Odell's worse offerings to be sure. I wouldn't get it again. Horribly simple.

Low C-

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Photo of goatgoat
3.2/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Tulip glass. Dated 7/25/12, so almost too late.

Gentle pour pulls a low white head that quickly dissipates. Nice golden color, a haze which clears as it warms. Active effervescence. Aroma is grainy, grassy and overlaid with continental hops (I ain't calling them noble anymore). Taste is more malty than I expected. It doesn't have the same crisp bite as a regular pilsner. Solid, but I do enjoy that crispness. The feel is thicker, as expected for a "double". Nice effervescence in the mouth.

I wish they had a regular pilsner as the extra heft isn't worth it.

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Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle with no date

Appearance is a cloudy gold with an orange hue. Smell is dusty, corn, grain, musk, light hops, lemon, clove, sweet cornmeal. Taste is sweet, crisp, whitebread, grain and corn, accentuated by earthy hop bitterness. Notes of spice, pepper, lemon. Alcohol shows through a bit, and it is slightly cloying, but otherwise this is extremely drinkable.

Would drink this more often if it was a little cheaper. Screw BMC, there needs to be more big pilsners like this.

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Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and slightly hazy golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Solid three finger white head with good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

Smell: A bright and crisp malty aroma with lots of bready pale malts and wheat grains. Good hints of cracker, biscuit, and citrus lemon. Also some good hints of herbal and spicy European hops to balance out the malty sweetness. Nicely full and crisp for the style.

Taste: A pretty rich taste for a pilsner, definitely a double one. Big presence of bready malts and grains. Notes of biscuit, crackers, yeast, and citrus lemon zest. Some earthy and herbal European hop spices lingering in the background smack the tongue with some pepper in the finish. This is very bready.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Crisp and fairly creamy. Hop spices linger on the tongue. Starts sweet and finishes somewhat dry. Very smooth.

Overall: A pretty good amped up take on a pilsner. Very full and bready with a nice spicy hop presence in the back end.

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Photo of TSJ4000
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Underrated. This imperial pils was first introduced to me years ago and I remember loving it. And I still do. It has a great fullness in the Pilsen crisp hop, yet the moxy and complexity of a full-bodied beer. Odell has done it again. The alcohol isn't noticable but the richer maltiness (than most Pilsners) is noticeable...in a good way that adds complexity. It drinks like an ale.

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Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 178 ratings.