Odell Double Pilsner | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Double PilsnerOdell Double Pilsner

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

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Added by russpowell on 06-23-2006

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Reviews: 179 | Ratings: 442
Photo of lastdazeman
5/5  rDev +30.5%

OK, I'm not a experienced beer-rater. I just know that this is one of the first beers I've had that really made me pay attention and think, "Man that tastes great."
I had one other Pilsener Bohemian style and I decided then that I was going to start learning about beers and which kinds I liked. This was my starting point getting serious about the taste of beer.
I may find better in the future, but for today, this is one of the two beers that got me started paying attention. So, for now, I have a loyalty to Pilsener Bohemian Style and a couple of breweries.

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Photo of ManBearPat
5/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

My favorite beer Odell makes.

It's essentially the perfect balance of malt and light hops, with the strength to get you where you wanna go.

I like it because it is basically a balanced 'beer' flavor. Plus it has the coolest label I've ever seen.

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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 donaldchapman
4.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Brilliant clarity, light golden color, white head.

S - Hop dominates the nose accompanied by malt and hints of alcohol.

T - Sweet malt, great hop flavor, bitterness, and alcohol warmth, work together to give this beer an amazing balance.

M - Full bodied with appropriate carbonation.

This is an amazing beer, very well made, everything is well balanced and profiles the hops and alcohol in this beer very well.

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Photo of Oxymoron
4.65/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm surprised this beer doesn't do better. Pours a lemon yellow color with great clarity. A soft white head with good retention through the whole tasting. Good lacing as well.

The nose is malty with a more German pilsner nose and hoppy compared to style. Some spicy aroma almost like a wheaty note but enhances the malt profiles. The hops have a nice earthy and spicy that I associate with saaz. Very feint yeast and alcohol notes but very subtle considering the ABV.

The taste is super malt with a great hop finish. The German malt shines very nicely with a definite presence. Some honey malt notes and a light bready flavor add to the complexity. The hops are balanced between bitterness and finishing with more of a spicy, peppery flavor. Some rose like notes come out but very light yeast notes overall. A sweeter finish leaves a nice clean palate.

The body is moderate to full. Some sweetness in the finish but still a nice clean flavor. Feels full attenuated for sure. Very enjoyable beer that imo is under rated. Maybe a bit hoppy for style but a Double Pils is more of a US beer so bring it on!

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Photo of Bighuge
4.52/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant gold with a thin white foam collar.
S: Spice and light grains, traces of floral.
T: Rich malt flavors – bread to light biscuit - seasoned with a strong hop accent. Also some alcohol in the taste. Medium dry.
F: Medium body, medium to medium low carbonation.
O: Smooth and clean double pilsner – excellent beer.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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Photo of nickhiller
4.47/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: pale yellow, brass colored. steady bubbles and thin head
S: sour yeast, intense Belgian yeast, white wine grapes--almost like a Riesling, dandelions
T: cider and whiskey, nutty, green apples, so many flavors in such a complimentary package, mineral, Swiss cheese aftertaste, Chardonnay
M: smooth, bubbly, just the right amount of carbonation
D: this beer is just about perfect. easily the best Double Pilsner I've ever had.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a light yellow with just a tinge of gold. The head is fairly large and rocky, but falls rather quickly.

This beer smells of malt. Sweet, pure malt. If you let your nose hang around the edge of the glass long enough, you'll get some hop aroma near the end of the sniff, but mostly, the nose picks up an earthiness from the malts that permeates the aroma from beginning to end. Very, very appetizing.

The initial taste is very clean and crisp, if one can describe a taste that way. There's hops up front, in a tangy bitterness, followed by a very clean and sweet maltiness. The drink closes with a biting -- but not harsh -- bitterness, which hangs on long into the aftertaste. The balance is excellent, in the manner of bitterness and malt sweetness appearing in equal measure, but not usually at the same time. They alternate in equal parts. This isn't particularly fruity, nor would you want it to be. Carbonation has the sensation of being perhaps higher than what it actually is, leading to a bite and the end of each drink, adding even more to the sensation of bitterness. The alcohol content is well hidden throughout. This is really very good.

The mouthfeel is decidedly light, and almost perfect for the style.

What a shame this is a limited edition. This beer is crisp, easy to drink, quite good. It's also oddly refreshing, in spite of the high alcohol content. I'd highly recommend seeking this one out. Well worth the trouble.

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Photo of karst
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a white dense head with above average rentention and some lace.

Aroma floral noble hops and a honey like malt background with some alcohol as it warms.

Flavors are well balance of the Saaz and Hallertau and big malt body that offers an excellent mouthfeel. Alcohol and IBUs combine to offer a dry clean finish. Some other interesting things are some lemon honey malt notes. Drinkability suffers a little from the big ABV of 8.1 and some resins from the bittering hops grow a little tiring.

A great addition to Odell's line up. A must try that goes beyond most Bohemian Pilsners but adds some American style hopping.

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Photo of sacrelicio
4.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Delicious doubles pils from Odell. I like double and imperial variations on beer styles. This is a great German pils with some iron pumped to it meine freunde aufschlagen. Very nice straw color, good white head, nice lacing. Nice spicy aroma with some pale malt scents. Excellent flavor, with fantastic malt backbone fleshed out with spicy noble hop flavors. Great beer from a great little brewing company in Fort Collins, USA. These guys need more kudos.

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Photo of alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Another treat from Liquor Mart on my last stop. Lovely pour into the Duvel tulip glass. Clear, clean golden yellow body with a pillowy, dense creamy white head. Pungeant honey malt mixes with cantaloupe and fruity alcohol. Saazish hop aroma of sea air. Taste doesn't disappoint. Herbal, bitter hop edge up front that lasts throughout and intensifies in the finish. Sweet, smooth fruit and honey malt come through mid-palate providing balance. The hop flavor is perfect for the honey candy malt intensity. A winner. Medium-full bodied with a near-syrupy feel. It clings to the inside of the mouth. Reminds me of Rogue's. A big compliment!

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Photo of ardeano
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Photo of Mdog
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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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Photo of TxTechBrewer
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautifully clear straw color with nice carbonation and a lacy thin white head with good retention.
Aroma: Soft aromatics with lots of biscuit and soft hops backed by malty sweetness.
Taste: Biscuit comes through really well and this beer has a nice malt backbone. Has good hop bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue. Hop flavor is soft and mellow with just a bit of an edge at the end. Overall balance is excellent and outstanding for a beer with this much alcohol (8.1%). The alcohol hides itself well but you can subtly detect it's there.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and finishes dry.
Drinkability: Very drinkable beer but would limit intake because of the alcohol content. It's definitely not a lawnmower beer but it's an excellent example of what I envision a double Pilsner style would be.

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

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.

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Photo of Bizz88
4.3/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of rowew
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12 oz longneck. Matches the style of the other Odell offerings. Very nice, embossed bottle with a great looking logo. ABV, beer description, and a year and batch #.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a smallish head, decent retention and lacing.

Smell: Lots of bready malt - just a hint of sweetness and noble hops.

Taste: Quality pilsner flavors - heavy on the bready malt flavors, a fairly dry finish. Quite a bit of hop flavors, of the noble variety.

Overall impression: This is a highly drinkable beer - and it hides the alcohol suprisingly well. Dangerous! Nice balance of flavors, I would love to see this become a year round offering.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of hobbes2150
4.26/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At first glance, the Double Pilsner doesn't look like much. As soon as the nose hit me, however, I knew I was in for an experience. The nose and the taste both reminded me of the smell of honeysuckles on a summer night. Kind of specific, but that's what I got. Very floral and smooth, and it masked its high alcohol content well. I could see myself enjoying a few of these outside on a warm night.

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Photo of smm
4.25/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Bell's Tulip, very thin almost non-existant head.

A- Yellow-Orange, color of sunlight. Lighter than I expected, very bright, can see right through it.

S- Somewhat sweet and malty, hint of alcohol.

T- Tangy and malty as well, lingering aftertaste. The boost of hops hits you in the back of the throat. The alcohol doesn't really come through.

M- Syrupy on the tongue, nicely low-med carbonation. Not a whole lot of bite, very mellow.

D- Very drinkable, goes down smooth. I could see myself drinking several of these in a row despite the higher ABV. Doesn't get bogged down like I would have imagined.

Overall very impressed. A pilsner with more body than usual, but not too heavy. This is the Double Pilsner I've tried and quite enjoyed it.

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Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
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