Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

178 Reviews
THE BROS
87
very good

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Reviews: 178
Hads: 437
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.46%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -17.7%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of andrenaline
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
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. (938 characters)

Photo of FRANKLIN88
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (494 characters)

Photo of Ilafan
3.29/5  rDev -14.3%
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." (464 characters)

Photo of phishsihq
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
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! (510 characters)

Photo of FroggerMan
3.88/5  rDev +1%
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. (722 characters)

Photo of JackieTH
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
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. (597 characters)

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -18%
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. (669 characters)

Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of kojevergas
2.53/5  rDev -34.1%
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- (987 characters)

Photo of goatgoat
3.2/5  rDev -16.7%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of jimmah120
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (485 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (1,132 characters)

Photo of TSJ4000
4.3/5  rDev +12%
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. (383 characters)

Photo of Glibber
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

About a half an inch of white froth that laced the glass quite well. A light straw color, slightly cloudy and well carbinated. Not much of an aroma, and a very light taste with florals and some alcohol. Some hops come out on the back end. I thought it was a pretty good beer for the style- not may favorite style, but a decent beer. (332 characters)

Photo of denver10
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow with an orange hue, effervescent with bubbles continually rising to the surface. A half thumbs width white head.An aroma of hay, cracker, and a hint of citrus. Flavor matches the aroma quite well with a strong malt backbone giving it a nice sweetness and cracker taste, some hay and grass, and the slightest hint of lemon. The alcohol is dangerously hidden on this one A silky, active medium bodied mouthfeel to this. Odell with another fine beer that hits the spot as I sit back and watch some Rockies baseball. I don't care for pilsners but they got me to enjoy this one. The high abv to this makes this a tease, as this beer strikes you as a great session beer but at 8% it will get you into trouble really quickly. (739 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a clear light golden color with a small white head. smells like sweeter german malts and floral hops, very delicate for an double, very unassuming. flavor is mild too, malty but in a refreshing way, not a filling way. very light hops in the finish. you would never guess this was over 8% abv. mouthfeel is nice, very prominent carbonation makes it easy drinking, and the just medium body is perfect for this beer. potentially a nice session beer despite its strength. odell does not have any bad beer, and this one is no exception. very well made, a good spring seasonal, but not the most exciting brew in their lineup. worth a try for sure though (653 characters)

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.82/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 29 Nov 2011. Served in the 0.4 L EKU mug.

Large white head with a yellowish cast. Well carbonated. Clear bright yellow in color. Aromas of pale malt, lemon, grain, touch of ethanol. Starts malty sweet but rapidly turns herbaly bitter. Medium body, noticeable ethanol. Some mineral in the finish. Aftertaste is warming with a lingering herbal bitterness.

Easy to drink considering it's a bit over 8%. (422 characters)

Photo of hopfacebrew
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Note: This review was a re-post from my former account, jmkratt, which was hacked and I lost all my reviews...sorry for the redundancy.

Poured from 12oz bottle to Pilsner Glass.

A - The beer poured a vivid clear gold color with a 1 finger light tan colored head with good retention and lacing.

S - The beer had a grainy aroma and herbal character.

T/M - Similar to the nose the beer had a grainy flavor profile with some citrus zest with melds nicely with the malty sweetness. More sweet than I anticipated though. The beer finishes crisp with a sweet malty character lingering.

D - For a double this is very drinkable.

Overall, I enjoyed this beer. It was my first experience with a double pilsner and I look forward to the next release. l

Serving type: bottle

Reviewed on: 02-05-2011 20:55:04 (802 characters)

Photo of StJamesGate
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

White gold with loose snowy froth that sets and leaves whisps. Honey on cream crackers and wildflower and grass nose.
Butter, lemon curd, musk melon and country loaf cut by big lemongrass and aniseseed hops.
Citrus zest bitter, slight soap and licorice linger. Medium verging towards full, chewy, round, burny aftertaste, sticky.

Chewy body, herbal hops, syrupy malts, and a kick - nails the style. Can't drink more than one, but shouldn't anyway. Cloys a bit; hops could clean up a bit more, but I'm gonna give it the benefit of the doubt and put that down to age (labelled 5/26/11 - forums tell me that's a best-by date.) (627 characters)

Photo of mdagnew
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

330ml bottle bought online from MyBreweryTap.com

Poured a slightly hazy golden honey colour. Slightly off white head poured with a whipped meringue like top then faded slowly to light covering which lasted throughout... lots of sticky lacing patches coat the glass all the way down...

Aroma - Spicy tart fruits (oranges peel, pears, lime), very grassy (freshly cut), lots of floral notes, sea saltiness, quite rubbery, chalky notes, some soapiness, peppery hop bitterness, very herbal - some hints of basil, some tobacco notes, some graininess...

Taste - Grassy and peppery hop bitterness up front followed by lots of herbal notes, light biscuity malts, some grainy sweetness, marzipan traces, tart fruits (grapefruit, lime, pear), some alcohol warmth just coming through, faint tobacco...

Feel - Pretty sharp and dry... medium \ full bodied... a bit cloying to be very drinkable..

Overall - A decent enough double pilsner but nothing earth shattering... worth a try though.. (980 characters)

Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle shared at PDX BA bottle share, 9.9.11.

One finger pure white head, small bubbles, medium dissipation with decent lacing. Very hoppy nose for style, big floral notes, some malty sweetness in the middle. Taste mirrors nose, one of the most hoppy pilseners I've had, quite tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, real good effervescence, fairly dry finish, though the ABV is fairly noticeable. Another winner from Odell, definitely worth a try. (444 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white head. Looks like a normal lager.

Smell is slightly skunked with some pilsner malt and a little noble hop.

Starts out dry with a stout noble hop bite. slightly spicy this does get a bit sweeter as you drink it. Bitterness is strong but well balance with the malt. Grassy hop with traces of saffron.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty Double Pils. Doesn't smell like much but the flavor is nice and it isn't harsh at all. (468 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent golden blonde. Plenty of bubbles of various sizes vigorously rush to the white, dense, 1-finger head.
Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a nice cobweb of lacing.

S -Lemon zest and herbs with a bit of grassy hops and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Spicy alcohol and buttery malt upfront. The body is a good balance of zesty lemongrass hop notes and buttery malt. A bit of lemon flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue with a crescendo lemongrass finish.

M - On the heavier side of medium bodied with high carbonation. Suits the style well.

After having and loving their Double IPA, Myrcenary, I had to try the double pilsner, but swapped half of the 4-pack out for more Myrcenary. Glad I did. While Double Pilsner is a fine beer, it doesn't measure up to the Double IPA. My biggest problem is that the flavor is too buttery without the requisite peppy citrus hop punch I expected. Besides disguising it's ABV of 8.1% remarkably well, there really isn't anything special about this beer, which coupled with the price tag of $2.50 a bottle, is enough to keep me from picking up more of this in the foreseeable future. (1,235 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

amber with a nice cap of white hanging over the top of the glass. Nice rich looking head of foam on the top of the glass here now as well, nicely done I have to say. Aroma immediately is a bit boozy with hints of grass, touches of hops, and a light fruit note that seems to pick up the warmer it gets. Interesting flavor profile as well here. Not at all what I was expecting. Hints of citrus, a touch of herbal, floral notes and a really nice and well laid out malty background. (478 characters)

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