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

Poured clear, light gold, with a modest white head.
Not much duration or height on the foam, and left behind a ring with a few whisps on the surface.
Aromatics are a mix of corn pulp, honey, and white pepper dust.
The sweetish malt character shines through, with a some nice grassy hop notes and corn silks.
Mouthfeel is smooth and a bit sticky. Carbonation could be greater a to add some crispness and help fend off some residuals.
The pallet is lightly malty, with a mild toasted note and more honey. Peppery and spicey hops add some pizzaz to a fairly straightforward malt and corn profile.
Bitterness is firm and blends well with some warming alcohol.
Fiishes with some lingering bitterness and sticky honey.
Thanks to Gbontrag for this one!

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Photo of zeff80
3.82/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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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 NatetheGreat
3.77/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a straw color, golden, almost looks like a Chardonay. Not a strong head or much lacing, but a nice grassy, citrusy smell - lemons prevalent in the aroma. The taste was even better. They achieved good balance between hops and malt - I was expecting a stronger hoppy taste, but was surprized by the candy-like sweetness of the beer from the malts. There was an interesting combination between the citrus smells and tastes and the sweet, candy flavors, sort of like lemon drops (sugery and tart) that was really nice. This is a very smooth beer, and the higher alcohol concentration isn't noticeble IMO. Smooth, soft mouthfeel, still with good carbonation, but not overpowering. Very good beer, pleasant experience. I was hesitent to buy it with it's $12 price tag for a six-pack, but with the quality of the brew, it was worth it.

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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 ArrogantB
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The aroma was an earthy hop smell. The color was clear golden with a bubbly white head. Taste was sticky, slightly sweet, earthy, and good. I liked this, probably the best pilsener I have ever had. It certainly had an “Imperial” feel to it. I now need to go buy a sixer of this for the old fridge. The only thing that suffers here is drinkability but that is to be expected with a Double Pilsener.

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Photo of ChrisA
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Kicking it up a notch for a BBQ weekend. Pilsners are just perfect for the summer. It poured a golden color with a two finger head. Nice crisp aroma. The double hits you on the palate. Much maltier than most pilsners and the alcohol is driven home. I would have preferred it to be more refreshing, but as a double pilsner this is perhaps what I should have expected. A well crafted brew regardless, but should be taken in moderation.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this is a better beer from the bottle, imo. Poured a clear, crisp looking golden body; like a rich pilsner. Dense white head, almost looked like frosting on a cake. Good retention. A look better than the tap version I had a while ago.
Smell of malt is immediate, yet balance and tamed by some mild hops and florals. Good balance, nice.
Taste follows aroma. Nice malty start, then moves to more of a mild spice and herbal flavor. Hops nip the malt quick and subtle. Some citrus and herbal spice comes into shape, but is quited by a grainy-malt finish. Crisp, though. I like this. Goes well in the warm evening. Perhaps a bit pricey, but worth it.

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Photo of russpowell
4.1/5  rDev +7%
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

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4.2/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a pale yellow with a generous white head and minimal lacing.

Smells slightly metallic with a citrusy lemon and slight biscuit aroma.

The taste was crisp, deep and biscuity. The hops are present as is a nice amount of maltiness to give it balance.

Mouthfeel is crisp, rich and balanced. Moderate carbonation.

This is one great pilsner or should I say double pilsner. Drink on, friends!

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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 bort11
3.81/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsener glass. Thick whipped cream cap of head with excellent retention. Leaves a sticky lace, so much so that when I put the glass by the sink the next day there was still a good amount of lace stuck to the glass. Color was a darker clear golden yellow, with an amazing amount of carbonation. There just wasn't streamers, there were swirling little eddies moving around.
Smell was very dry with a lemony/biscuity flavor. Taste was more on the malty side, still dry with hints of lemon grass.
Mouthfeel was a little grainy. Finishes with a biscuit dry after taste.
Not too bad. another good one from Odell

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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 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 BretSikkink
3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Mostly yellow with golden highlights, creamy head not too excitable. Very clear. Aroma is pale malt, grain husk, a touch of earthy hop, with some sweetness backing it up.

The malt flavor is actually quite fruity, with a good dash of flowery and citric hop oils that keep things on the ground. The alcohol is quite evident in the back of the mouth. Finish is good, big fruits.

Not as viscous as some double pils, maybe medium body with pretty high carbonation although maybe not for the style. A whole lot of alcohol, becomes more and more evident.

Drinkable and flavorful, not a particular favorite but not a bad choice.

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Photo of gmcfarre
4.21/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a modified pilsner glass
Bottle is dated "2006 2"

A - Pours a brilliant clear straw color with a proper 1/2 inch white head that dissipates quickly, leaving a thin yet persistent layer. A nice and steady stream of carbo bubbles.

S - Slightly sour noble hop bitterness with a nice malt sweetness in the backbone of this brew. Has time affected this brew? I don't recall it being quite this sour.

T - Brisk and clean with lots of noble hop bitterness. A touch of sweetness accompanies, making this a drinkable and well-balanced brew. A Breaded grain taste and slightly sour feel make the first affront, with sweetness and then bitterness following.

M - Tingly carbonation with a medium to light body. Clean and drying aftertaste that is slightly cloying.

D - A tasty brew that I can't decide if it has improved or worsened over time (since I last tasted one many months ago). Regardless, I recommended trying this out if you can. Its a very drinkable brew that hides its alcohol well and is interesting enough to keep you coming back.

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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 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 Phatz
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a light golden yellow color with a creamy white head.

Smell: The aroma is big pilsner malts and sweet honey with a floral hop attribute.

Taste: floral hops, fruity malts and a hint of alcohol this is simply everything pilsner doubled. Honey and orange and lemon hide beneath the zippy hops and fruity finish.

Mouthfeel: This smooth medium body beer has moderate carbonation.

Drinkability: Aside from the 8.1% ABV this is a very drinkable beer. It is not a session beer but great choice to accompany a meal.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of mentor
3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a half finger nearly white sticky head over a partly cloudy dull straw liquid. A few bubbles arising at any given moment from no particular source. Smells potently hallertauer hoppy. Honey, orange, and a touch of pine.

Tastes really wet sweet with a strong, but not brutal hop flavor. Deliciouos sweet malt complimented by rounded esters. Wonderful apricot aftertaste. Hop bitter is nearly absent and hop flavor dances with honey, oranges, hay, and the slightest green apple sour. As the beer warms, it becomes less sweet, a bit woody, adn gains a small amount of rough grassy co-humulone.

Thick mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Nice beer, but not one I need to spent $11 on for a 6-pack.

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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 yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a pleasing clear gold with white head. Nose is melony sweet and salty, with herbs.

On the palate... whoa, is this a Mai Bock? Big malt flavor, good Saaz spice, but then a malty flavored alcoholic hot whop finishes out the flavor. Finish is alcohol dominant with some lingering sweetness. I don't mind the latter charactersistics due to a preference for Maibocks, but those not preferring such a beer may want to pass on this offering from Odell.

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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 Bitterbill
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle a straw gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipated slowly leaving a solid layer on the beer and some lacing on the sides of the glass.

The smell is of sweet malt..typical for many of the pilsners I've had before.

The taste is rather smooth but there's definitely a lot of malt sweetness up front with a good infusion of hops that's rather bitter but not in a citrusy way...more of a grassy bitterness. The finish ends on a sweet note with some alcohol noticeable but not intrusive. Overall, this is a good representative of a Double Pilsner but...I'd find it a bit difficult to drink more than 1 at a sitting.

Revisited on June 2, 2008: I saw this on the shelf again after a long absence.(I think we in Casper missed out in 2007)

The only changes I could say for sure is that I now find it more drinkable than in my first review and it seems to have a better nose. I don't know what happened but dang, the alcohol is *very* well hidden this time around and my new scoring will reflect that. Darn good stuff!!

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