Odell Double Pilsner | Odell Brewing Company

very good
442 Ratings
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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Photo of tuckerlikesbeer
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

3.8/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into 6oz tasting chalice. Bottle code: 8/4/11B – New label with an owl on it.

A: This Pilsner pours classic to style, with a light white head and a very clear and clean looking straw body. The head retention is low as well as overall formation. The lacing is almost non-existent.

S: The aroma shows nice light malt character, but a hint of high hop usage. As the brew warms, the malt becomes more dominate, but still a grassy straw note is consistent. The hops give a nice level of spice to the aroma as well.

T/M: The first impression is a bit of a strong flavor profile of pilsen malts, with a smooth overall mouthfeel and character. This is a bit on the spicy side, on the finish, imparted by the hops that seem to be used quite well and in quantity. The grassy, wheat field notes run from the aroma to the lingering finish and create a pleasant refreshing beer. The ABV is found, but not over powering. Lingering finish, shows new levels of lemon characters, with a bit low carbonation, this would be the only thing that I would change.

O: Overall really nice Imperial Pils. I found it to be very enjoyable, while on a hot summer day, this brew is refreshing, while still packing the warming punch of a winter warmer and getting the ABV on your side to get the task at hand completed. Well done.

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Photo of SamN
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

From notes

A- Sparklingly clear. Macro yellow, but more golden and deeper color. Average head- thins to 1/4 inch. Active carbonation, very lively. Great color, clarity.

S- Excellent pilsner smell- toasty light grains, surprisingly little hops aroma- very slight bitter notes. Backdrop of pears. Very nice.

T- Cloying sweetness, thick tastes. Pilsner grains, heavily hopped but not abrasive in profile. Tastes exactly like you'd think a double pilsner would taste. Cons? Overly sweet, thick bitter finish and sludge like thickness. Not a refreshing pilsner at all.

M- Medium body, light carbonation. Pulls very smoothly. Very good!

D- Too thick and overly bittersweet for drinking more than one at a time. Not a terribly drinkable brew.

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

Poured from 12oz bottle into Globe glass.

A. Poured a 2 finger light white head. Good lacing and good retention. Nice golden light yellow color. Looks like a Pilsner. Continous stream of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass.

S. Nice crisp pale malt smell. Has some citrus and yeast also. A bit of sweetness lying underneath but overall pretty balanced and dry. Nice Imperial Pilsner smell.

T. Some sweet citrusy flavor up front. Has a nice pale malt flavor that is pretty sweet. Some yeast and citrus come out. Well balanced and smooth. ABV is not apparent in any shape or form.

M. Medium bodied. Medium carbonation. Finishes pretty dry with just a touch of sweetness.

O. Overall this is really a good beer. Imperial Pilsner is one of my favorite styles and Odell's does not disappoint. A very easy drinking beer that is not flashy with big bold flavors, but excels in the simple things.

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Photo of dhbiker0889
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

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 Cyclone8
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of ColoradoBobs
4.19/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Common price for this is $9.99 a six pack in northern Colorado. Never heard of a "double pilsner," so I was suspicious.

Moderate pour yields a pretty light yellow body in my chalice under a two-finger head that is thick and creamy looking. To the eye, there's obviously more to this than your normal pilsner: looks thicker and chewier.

Smell is like liquid crackers with some heavy-duty spice notes: clove, oregano (?!), some pepper. Maybe there's a little sour-cherry jam on those crackers. There's a sweet-butter aroma as well. Smells really good and quite complex, very much UNlike a standard pilsner. The Hallertau hops are overtly present: sweet!

Taste is surprising: spicey, buttery, biscuity malt and crisp, sweet, floral Hallertau hops. Pepper notes come up. The 8.1% is completely hidden in the taste. There is a lot going on here. As it warms, it gets sweeter and butterier, and a caramel-malt richness comes to the front to match the sweet floral hops.

Mouthfeel is really very rich: like a good stout on the palate, smooth and full, thick and chewy, but it's got that pilsner crispness.

Drinkability is really excellent for 8.1%. There is so much going on in this beer that I could drink two or three without boring my palate.

What a delightful surprise. This is the best Odell brew I've had. Get some of this! Highly recommended.

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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 aflies
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Photo of jordanmckell
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.97/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured on tap into a snifter

A- Very clear golden straw color, nice carbonation and lacing, very clear.
S-The aroma is very refreshing, mild aroma overall, hops are present, citrus, nice earthiness, bready malts.
T- The taste is very smooth, nice hoppy citrus flavor is present that really makes this pilsner stand out for me, spice, malts, really enjoyable.
M- Light mouth feel, nice carbonation, and smooth, especially for how high the abv is.
O- I was impressed with this beer; usually do not enjoy the pilsner style beers, very tasty, and balanced, easy drinkability as well.

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Photo of ThurmondTX
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of Musineer
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of gfg0020
4/5  rDev +4.4%

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 maltlikker
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Photo of fivetime
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of blitz134
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Picked this up while in Colorado, the limited reviews showed it rated highly and I have a think for imperial pilsners every now and then.

Really freakin pale yellow, could be the lightest beer I've seen, similar to good ol' Bud Light. Perfectly clear body though. Head was only a quarter inch to start with and reduced to a skim layer. A few streams of carbonation bubbles rise to the surface. Decent looking beer for the style.

Pretty strong aroma though, not over powering, but has some oomph. Lots of Saaz and other Bavarian style hops as expected. Clean malting with some yeasty bread characteristics.

Flavor is intersting and fits the double pilsner moniker well. Lots of bavarian hops showing through again. Has that light bready malt backbone to it and the hops are filled with a straw and floral mixture, a little fruity too. A bit sweet though but has some good bitterness in the finish. Has a bit of spiciness to it in a strange way and some definate yeast characteristics.

Mouthfeel is reasonably full, medium bodied really. Light carbonation only lends a little crispness. Good drinkability but the sweetness is a bit much for me to have too many. Overall a solid beer for the style.

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Photo of LSUPT
4.04/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Stella glass, best by date of 8/4/11, the new bottle label art is awesome.
Crystal clear light yellow hue. 1 finger bubbly head that shows good lacing for a pilsner and medium retention.
Smells dry with a good alcohol scent as well as mild bread and medicinal scents.
Tastes very smooth with bread and yeast being the main flavors, hops are definitely there but much more subtle than expected, think prima pils with the hops toned down. The malt profile still manages to hide the alcohol well and there is still a nice bitter hop finish. As it works around the palate the taste encompasses a wide range of complex changing flavors and it’s hard to put a finger on them. Alcohol starts to show as it warms.
Medium-high carbonation, very enjoyable mouthfeel and goes down smooth with a warming alcohol feel.
Overall a very enjoyable pilsner and at such a high alcohol content this one could be dangerous.

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Photo of UncleAddie
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of prock180
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Photo of Huffaroma
4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

Photo of calcutron
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of BrewerB
3.84/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vasdef42 for the hookup on this and other Odell beers!

Appearance was clear and golden with a 1 finger white head that retained itself well.

Aroma included a moderate level of spicy hop aroma and equally present pilsner graininess. Slightly sweet. Would liked to have more hop presence to counteract the sweetness.

Flavor included a malty sweetness with some melanoidin-type character. Reminiscent of a doppelbock with a grape-like flavor. Moderate level of bitterness, bordering on mid-high and lingering on into the medium-dry finish. A little sweet for a pilsner, I think a drier finish might help clear that up and bring about the crispness we expect for the style. Floral/spicy hop flavor. A little munich malt (I think).

Medium-bodied with a slightly syrupy nature that felt out of place. Moderate-high carbonation level left some effervescence on the tongue. Very slight astringency.

Overall I enjoyed the beer. I'd say it's a little too sweet but there was a range of character in the flavor. Could benefit from being drier, getting some more hop aroma, and clearing up that syrupy texture in the mouthfeel.

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