Odell Double Pilsner - Odell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

435 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 435
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.84
pDev: 11.72%
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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: russpowell on 06-23-2006

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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-

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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%.

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

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.)

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..

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

Got this one in a trade, thanks fortsambo.
Appearance - yellow golden, straw color
Smell - I am used to DIPAs so the nose was a little weak
taste - corn, sorta sweet, not bitter, No alcohol hotness from an 8% abv beer, no aftertaste, a pretty clean taste.
Mouthfeel is really good, frothy, sticks to the back of your throat without a dry finish.
Overall this is my first experience with a double Pilsner but I enjoyed it. Tastes like a very sessionable beer but the 8% abv suggests otherwise. I will let you know tomorrow.

Photo of kyleelton
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer was very promising. I've never had a double pilsner, so I didn't know what to expect, but this has a thin head that is frothy and beautifully stable (although thin). It is perfectly golden and foggy.

Don't get much in the nose. What I can smell has a nice sweet maltiness. It's mild, but nice.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. I know this is a big beer at 8.? but I was hoping for a smoother taste. The alcohol is much too hot and the taste is maltier than I like. I can taste hops but I think more hops could have balanced things out. It blends better as it sits, but I still was a little disappointed.

Really nice mouthfeel. What I was hoping for.

I like this, but it isn't what I was hoping for in the taste department. Still a nice beer by a great brewery.

Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: single finger head, a little lace. Gold and slighlty hazy

S: a little sweet with mostly grain and bread

T: bread and herbal up front with a nice semisweet and earthy finish. Not at all bitter.

M: moderate carboation and medium body.

Overall: excellent beer. This may be the best double pils I have tried.

Photo of RipTornRick
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well balanced mid-bodied imperial pilsner with nice malty tones. I love to have a nice refreshing pilsner every now and then but this one really takes the cake. This has been the first beer I have had the pleasure to enjoy from Odell and overall I am impressed.

Photo of iSip
4.06/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell Double Pilsner: When buying a four pack for over $10, you expect something special. The Odell Myrcenary Double IPA was great, so I figured I should try their Double Pilsner. Once in the glass, you will see a clear, straw colored body, with a very average head. Nothing to write home about, and you are wondering if money was well spent. But the aroma is fantastic, the head lasts right to the bottom, and the flavor is top shelf. Very smooth, and despite appearances, this is not a light beer. It delivers a sophisticated range of flavor that any serious beer drinker will appreciate.

Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 435 ratings.