Odell Double Pilsner | Odell Brewing Company

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Odell Double PilsnerOdell Double Pilsner

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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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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 busternuggz
2.6/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.
Pours a beautiful, clear goldenrod with a 1/4" fluffy white head. Pretty good head retention, head returns with a swirl easily. Leaves some soapy lacing.
Nice clean smell of grass, some lemon/orange citrus, and a floral note.
The taste is initially off-putting, like malt liquor, kind of cheap-tasting. Cloying malty sweetness with some orange notes, a little grassy bitterness on the end but not enough to balance the malt. No real aftertaste. It makes me grimace, I am not liking this beer.
Texture is medium-bodied and kind of sticky.
I'm torn on drinkability. It doesn't taste like 8.1%, I'll give it that, but I don't want to finish one. A Bud drinker might be able to drink a few.
Smells and looks nice, but as far as taste, this reminds me of drinking Colt 45 when I was 19. I expected something crisper and cleaner, or at least balanced. A rare miss for Odell. Grab their IPA instead, or St. Lupulin when it's in season.

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Photo of SFLpunk
2.68/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of morimech
2.72/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Date stamped 12/15/10A

Clear straw color with a large white head that had great retention before settling to a thick cap. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. Very active carbonation. Something seems off with the aroma. Cooked vegetables and some soggy cardboard is what I smell. The flavor is not that great either. Tastes like a malt liquor, albeit a good malt liquor with its light malt and boozy qualities. I am not picking out the hop flavor but the bitterness is very much apparent. The body is what I would expect in a double pilsner. Feels fairly large and chewy. Abundantly carbonated but not harsh. This beer was a big letdown. I have liked all the Odell offerings prior to this beer.

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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 eclaycamp
2.74/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The pilsner is one of the most approachable and drinkable styles on the planet, enjoyed by both novice and expert beer geeks both. So for me when it comes to pilsners, I'm generally unafraid. Even if it's macro swill you can still chill it and chug it down. However, I'm approaching this beer with a bit more trepidation, and that's because it's in an imperial style. My experience with the Imperial style pilsner has generally been a mixed bag. Samuel Adams Hallertau Pilsner gave me nothing except a headache; Boulevard Collaboration was tastier and a bit more forgiving on my brain synapses. It'll be interesting to see where this beer falls in the spectrum. I'm curious to see what I experience.

12 ounce bottle. Odell always does such a nice job with their labels, and this one is no exception. Love the detail, especially the little castle on the label. For this beer I'm using a chilled pilsner glass, which seems appropriate. The first thing you notice when you pour the beer is the color, it's a very bright, almost neon, yellow. It's a very opaque color, if that makes sense, kind of a deep light gold in the middle radiating out to a brighter yellow. Despite my attempt at a vigorous pour the beer has very little head, which is disappointing. One of my favorite parts of drinking a good pilsner is a thick creamy head. This one came out flat. There's less bubbling than I would expect in a beer of this style as well. The smell is thick and dense, more than in a typical pilsner. This is no doubt due to the imperial style in which it was brewed. Sourdough bread rises, followed by lemongrass and light skunkiness. Smells quite inviting, actually.

The first thing you notice when drinking is the mouthfeel. It's thicker than you would expect from a pilsner, even an imperial one at that. There's less effervescence and bubbling than I like in this style, as it's quite flat. The taste comes across as a little muddled, as malt and hops fight to be distinguished. The only clear thing you get at first is the alcohol finish, which is actually quite unpleasant. If you're not prepared for this you could easily find yourself pitching the brew. As continue to drink the beer you get some medium cereal and white bread notes, maybe even some light grass. They are, however, hard to distinguish. There's just too much alcohol for the body of the pilsner to stand up. What happens is that the other flavors end up just being destroyed by alcohol flavor, especially in the finish. When drinking this it's almost like drinking beer followed by a vodka chaser.

Look, I enjoy big beers just as much as the next guy. Belgian Quads, Double and Tripple IPAs, Russian Imperial Stouts, they're all delicious. High alcohol percentages, while they aren't necessarily required in those styles, don't take anything away from them either. However, with the lighter style of beers, especially the golden lager category, there's just nowhere for the alcohol to go. In most cases, especially in this one, this causes alcohol to overpower what otherwise might be a great beer - though there's no real way for you to know. Unfortunately in the case of O'Dell's Imperial Pilsner, this means the beer just isn't that enjoyable to drink. It's an interesting experiment in brewing, but not one I'll be reaching for again any time soon.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
2.85/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

thanks to mushroomcloud via Secret Bunny '07 for this bottle

A - this pilsner pours a light yellow/golden color, with a thin pure white head and clear save a few scant carbonation bubbles streaming to the top

S - a lemon/citrine zest atop a yeasty wheatiness, a rather nice combination, behind it lies a slight candy-esque sweetness

T - weird, the citrine/wheatiness persists from the aroma, however the dominant aroma is highly medicinal, like, for those who have had it, cepacol, that hospital use throat spray/lozenge/rinse, not a bad flavor, just has that menthol/cepacol flavor, not what i expected

M&D - medium bodied, more so than i expected after seeing the pour and the crispness of the beer, biscuity would be a good term, however that medicinal quality throws the drinkability off slightly

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Photo of champ103
2.96/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at D&T in Houston.

A: Pours a chilled hazed golden/orange color which persists even after this warms a bit. A minimal white head forms, and recedes in a second. Not much lace.
S: Sweet, lightly breaded malts up front. Then very fruity and hoppy in the nose. Plenty of esters. Maybe some odd spice in the nose?
T: Lightly sweet and sugary malts. Then the fruity hops take over. Mango, passion fruits even. Fruity esters as well. Not much more is going on, and really has no resemblance to a Pilsner in any sense. Not bad if you think of it as a slightly sweet DIPA.
M/D: A full body with low carbonation. Not nearly enough crisp, dry bite with to much sweetness. A slow sipper, but kind of enjoyable. I got trough the pint, but probably am not getting anymore.

If I forget this is suppose to be any kind of lager, it is just a middle of the road DIPA. I am not sure what a Double Pilsner is suppose to be, but this is not what I have in mind. Fails miserably on style points. Really just an average DIPA that happens to be made with a lager yeast that seems to be fermented at warmer than normal temperature.

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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 mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
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.

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Photo of Phelps
3.03/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Enjoyed on tap at tops in a small taster snifter.

Looks: pours an absolutely clear pale straw with an almost unnoticeable white head and some gray surface residue. Brilliant clarity, like a pils should be.

Smells: of bread dough, before it's baked. Toasty ritz crackers and some muskiness, with very light earthy hops. An alcohol burn singes the nostrils unexpectedly.

Tastes: thought-provoking. Taking a usually crisp, somewhat subtle style and doing new things with it. I taste the alcohol more than anything else. Grain rules, with flavors of white bread and yeasty sourdough.

Feels: medium carbonation and a medium body. Not exactly crisp, it's a bit heavy on the palate. It doesn't really gel with the style.

Drinks: like overstepping. Pilsners are traditionally light, refreshing drinks -- inherently something that probably shouldn't be imperialized. Double Pils is an interesting take on the style, but a bit overbearing in terms of mouthfeel and alcohol. I'm glad I had only a small sampler.

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Photo of jamesm7485
3.07/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

i really wanted to like this beer, but i cant force myself to.
The pour is typical pilsner with a fair amount of lacing

the smell is kinda like wet cut grass and sweaty gym socks not terribly pleasant

Taste is ok but the alcohol isnt hidden whatsoever and it has an odd aftertaste that i cant quite pinpoint

Mouthfeel is your average pilsner light and airy

the bad aftertaste and harsh taste of the alcohol keeps me from ranking even a c here

all in all im disappointed as ive come to respect odells but am not fond of this at all

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Photo of woemad
3.09/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

From notes.

12oz bottle purchased at Pilgrim's in Coeur d'Alene. According to the label, this was either brewed on or best by 9/20/13.

Poured a clear, yellow-gold color, with a creamy white-colored head. Spotty lace.

Grassy hop aroma and bready malts in the nose. There was an odd, unplaceable aroma in the background.

The flavor was mostly malty, with some grassy hop bitterness, and...veggies? Weird vegetable oil-like off-flavor really barges into the taste about midway through.

Thin bodied, with a bland, watery mouthfeel.

Even without the off-flavor, this beer wasn't much to be impressed with. Don't think I'll have another.

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

Odell Double Pilsner
Odell Brewing Co.
American Double/Imperial Pilsner
8.1% ABV
12 oz bottle with a freshness date of 12/15/10 poured into a Samuel Adams perfect pint on 09/16/10.

Appearance 3.5/5
Golden yellow with a moderate head and some lacing. Slightly hazy, but I expected it to be clear.

Aroma 3.5/5
Some floral hops, some pils malt. Nothing too exciting here.

Taste 3/5
Little sweetness; bitter in the end with some flavor. Not a horrible beer by any means. But, there is a lot of nothing in this beer: the body is medium-big yet the beer lacks enough malt flavor. However, that doesn't change the fact that it is under attenuated -- cloying and irritating at times. For the kind of impression I have of this beer, it needs a lot more hops to balance things out.

Mouthfeel 3/5
Coats the mouth initially but good carbonation is present to take care of it, in part. Yet there's plenty of unexpected aftertaste. Also, as a pilsner, I want it to be clean and refreshing which this one's not. Carbonation is the only saving grace I must say; otherwise this was getting minimum score in this department.

Drinkability 3/5
Poor because (i) it's cloying (ii) it has a lot of alcohol which doesn't go well with pils character. I still rate it average though because when cold, you can slam it fast.

Perhaps, pilsner is not a style that you can brew "double". I expected a crisp, refreshing, and flavorful beer but it seems like a malty mess, and the hoppiness is way lower than I'd deem appropriate. It seems like an experiment gone wrong. The kind that was done to please big beer seeking crowd. Aside from a mildly good aroma, this is a malt liquor. Just avoid this one unless you're too intrigued.

PS: Fuck "double" everything, really. Excluding Imperial IPA/Stouts which are better than their "enkel" versions at times.

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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 pdoran10
3.19/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a brilliant clear yellow color with very little head, about what I expect from a pilsner.

Smell is bready malt, a bit of must, pepper and spice. not all that pleasant.

taste follows the smell, but an excessive sweetness comes through that i do not like in a pilsner even if the malt is doubled. nice hop finish . the hops really shine as an aftertaste.

mouthfeel is thick but not overly so with moderate carbonation. no problems here.

surprisingly drinkable if you can get past the initial overwhelming sweetness. solid effort could be better.

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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 UnionMade
3.23/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Picked up a 4 pack of this because I loved the label, and like double pils most of the time. I poured this brew into a .5L willibecher glass.
Chrome Yellow, topped with a fugitive puff of white head. The foam dies down to a thin collar quickly. Brilliantly clear, with a few carbonation bubbles slowly a break for the exit. No head on the last third of the glass.
Smells very malty, with a simple, pilsy graininess. Noticeable boozy sweetness. Sweet, a little sugary, with a bit of grassiness and floral hops in the background.
The flavor opens with a blast of unfermented sugars. Very sweet, though the moderate carbonation does help hold it down, and leaves a nice sparkle on the lips after a good pull. A bit of pear, along with stronger grassy esters. Tons of pils malt flavor. If you want to know what a lot of pils malt would taste like, this is it. A hint of boozy sweetness and mild hops in the finish. Very nice hop flavor, but it's too subdued. Very full bodied, even a bit syrupy. I don't know what the bitterness level is, but I would double it.
Comes off more like a pale bock, maibock or one of those 7%+ eastern european strong lagers, rather than a double pilsner. I would like the hops to shine through more, even be on the aggressive side. I'm not so into these maltier double pilsners. When I think of pilsner, I think of hoppy lager. The soapier, the more I like it.

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Photo of biking4beer
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle into a pint glass (I didn't have access to my glassware).

Nice golden color like you would expect from a pilsner. Nice but nothing special. Thick 2 finger frothy head forms when pouring. Slight lacing and a constant bubbling from the beer.

Crisp and slightly skunky like you would expect from a lager. Smelled nice, but again, nothing special.

Nice fresh taste with bitter finish. Nothing in particular stands out about the taste.

The mouthfeel was the highlight of this beer. This one was real creamy and slightly oily. Thick. Kind of a funny feeling for a pilsner.

I only had one of these and I'm not sure when I'll finish the rest of the sixer. For $11, I probably wouldn't buy any more. For a similar taste, I would probably go with something more ordinary like Pilsner Urquell or some Euro Lager. I had been looking around for this beer for a while. I was expecting a lot more from a double pilsner.

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Photo of Fugazme
3.26/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bright, bright yellow... clarity is great... excellent 1/2" head with great staying power... hasn't moved a bit in nearly ten minutes...

Aroma is pretty earthy/grassy... some hints of wheat, even... herbal and only a hint of fruitiness... ripe apricot.

Smooth on the palate... crisp... not fully clean after the swallow.

Very fruity and sweet flavor... My first thought was "Juicy Fruit" gum... a touch of hop flavor lingers, but I'd like more... way to sweet for me.

Wish it had a touch more hop flavor to balance the sweetness, but overall a good beer... I would drink more...

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Photo of NilocRellim
3.27/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a rich, golden colour. Smells like clean, cereal malts, and slightly sweet. Tastes a bit sweet, medium-bodied, and fresh malts. Very typical pilsner tastes, but much more intense and heavier.

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Photo of rallison
3.28/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden color with a fizzy 1/2 finger head that basically dies.

Smell is of butter and hops. Seems like some diacetyl here.

Taste unfortunately also has buttery characteristics. Behind this is a decent level of hopping with a crisp malt backbone. Despite the diacetyl, it is still tasty - but from a technical standpoint, this is definitely flawed. 3.0 rating here since it still is decent tasting.

Mouthfeel is ok - relatively light on the tongue with a good crispness. The 8% is not noticed. Drinkability is good.

I want to like this beer. Absent the diacetyl, this would be altogether good and tasty. As is, I would pass.

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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 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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Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
3.83 out of 5 based on 442 ratings.
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