Odell Double Pilsner | Odell Brewing Company

Odell Double PilsnerOdell Double Pilsner
BA SCORE
71.3%
Liked This Beer
3.85 w/ 442 Ratings
Odell Double PilsnerOdell Double Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
odells.com

Style: American Double / Imperial Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 8.10%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by russpowell on 06-23-2006

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#10,098
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
442
Liked:
315
Avg:
3.85/5
pDev:
11.69%
Alströms:
3.88
 
 
Wants:
35
Gots:
41
Trade:
0
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 442 |  Reviews: 180
Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

 313 characters

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of jaydoc
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.65/5  rDev -5.2%
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 kjkinsey
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of Knapp85
3.16/5  rDev -17.9%
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 kojevergas
2.69/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | 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-

***
06.20.17 on-draught @ the Thirsty Lion in Denver, CO:

Too malty, almost evoking Graham cracker. Lacks the delicate harmony of flavour observed in the best (imperial) pilsners.

C / AVERAGE

 1,182 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a reasonable, rocky head that sticks fairly well and laces modestly

Smell: Grassy, tangy, honey-citrusy

Taste: Opens with a sweet honey-lemon flavor that is joined, after quite a while, by the grassy tang from the Germanic hops; after the swallow, the bitterness persists as the dominant flavor characteristic, but there is a lingering honey-lemon quality that is rather appealing

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate, but slightly prickly carbonation

Drinkability: A style that can be intriguing but often butchered, Odell has shown that they can brew this one with the best of them; drinking it with 1 1/2 years of age on it, the second time I sampled it, the bitterness has mellowed and the honey graham flavors dominate, but there is a subtle hint of lemon and grassy hops that still make the beer interesting to taste

Thanks, brewjones, for the opportunity and GilGarp, for the chance to try it with a little age

 974 characters

Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a cloudy golden yellow color with a small, fizzy white head. Left no lace.

S - It smelled of grains and corn.

T - It tasted rahter floral. It had some nice hops and was sweet. It was almost a cider-like taste.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light to medium-bodied beer.

D - This was pretty good. It didn't look or smell to great but it had a really nice flavor.

 379 characters

Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of mothman
3.67/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Glad to have scored a bottle of this one.

Poured into St. Bernardus chalice.

Pours a light layer of white head that fades down fast. Color is a clear golden straw yellow.

Aroma: Bready malts with some grassy hops. This beer has a crisp aroma to it. I really can't distinguish anything different from a regular pils.

Taste: Has a much more earthy hop profile, yet still grassy. Seems to have some kind of spice notes and maybe a hint of black pepper. The booze shows a bit which kind of surprised me. Has a biscuity malt profile to it.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and that is about it. A lighter bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and earthy.

Overall, this beer was decent, but nothing over the top. I was expecting a bit more hops from a double pilsner. It is fairly easy to drink however and could be enjoyed on a hot summer day.

 844 characters

Photo of mactrail
3.15/5  rDev -18.2%
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 Gagnonsux
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Batch 1, 2007

Pours effervescent (& stays that way throughout) golden with 2 fingers of fluffed up white head. Very good lacing & above average head retention

S: Grassy with perfumy hops.

T: Rich breadyness, lemony hops & honey malt up front. As this warms I get some boozey apple-tinged warmth (reminds me of the afflewien from near Frankfurt) & jammy notes. Finishes dry, a little fruity, with nice hops ( citrus & floral) snap

MF: Rich & semi-slick with great carbonation

Drinks good for the abv, not as flavorful as last year, but still pretty damn good & a bit pricey at $ 10 sixer

 602 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Lightly foggy sunflower yellow with lemonade edges. Atop the liquid sits an ivory colored crown whose modest expansion allowed me to get all 12 ounces into the glass on the initial pour. The foam is smoothly rocky, melted creamy and is depositing quite a bit of delicate lace.

An Imperial pilsner's nose should feature German hops above all else. Mission accomplished. The spicy/grass/earthiness of the Tettnanger and Saaz is scaled back (just a bit) so that the lemon peel quality of those particular hops is accentuated. If the beer is this pungent now, I would have loved to have smelled it back in February or March.

At this stage of the game (10 months since bottling), Double Pilsner is on the balanced side, although it still favors hops. If you have one around, I'd suggest drinking it before the end of the year. Incidently, is this offering really retired? That isn't my impression after perusing the Odell website.

The malt backbone is substantial, as the malt backbone on an 8.1% beer should be. It tastes like primarily pale malt was used, with a hint of something slightly more toasted. I'm reminded of a hunk of crusty French bread. The remainder of the flavor profile is made up of clover honey, a dash of lemon oil and new mown hay.

Sweet gives way to bitter at roughly the midway point, although the hop-favored balance is maintained to and through the finish. The mouthfeel is full enough to be pleasurable and light enough to maintain gulpability. No letdown here at all.

If you want the best beer of this style in the known universe, pick up some Samuel Adams Hallertau Imperial Pilsner. That said, Odell Double Pilsner is a damn good effort. I hope this a seasonal release because I'd love to drink it again. Isn't it about time that these guys expand their distribution to Iowa?

 1,807 characters

Photo of woodychandler
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got just a thin, white head with low retention from my pour. The color was a honey-lemon yellow with a slight haze. The nose was quite malty with just a light hop presence. The mouthfeel was medium-to-thick and the taste was quite sweet with a bit of an alcohol burn on the tongue. That last caused me to look more closely at the label - 8.1 % ABV! Wow! After STSPHL09 yesterday, I may never sober up at this rate. Finish had a good hop bite, but I think that I would prefer a single Pils, especially if I were making an afternoon of it.

 539 characters

Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle with a freshness date.

The head drops a thick crown of lace, clear and bright yellow color. Spicy herbal hops, grassy with a sweet biscuit and clean alcoholic nose. Creamy medium body, smoothness runs deep. Maltiness peels back another flavor after each sip as it slowly warms up. Biscuity, doughy, pasty flour. Bitterness is pretty high but does not go above any other flavor. Alcohol is very warming and very clean. Taste buds have their work cut our for them here, a bit too drinkable for a bigger beer but I'm not complaining.

 549 characters

Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -21.3%
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

Photo of MarkyMOD
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Hopheadjeffery
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Odell Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 71.3% out of 100 with 442 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.