Double Pilsner
Odell Brewing Company

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American Imperial Pilsner
3.86 | pDev: 11.66%
Odell Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Very Good
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Notes: The wise eyes of tradition focus on our brewhouse as we concoct our famed Double Pilsner. Refreshing and delicate yet bold and assertive, its golden straw color leaves nowhere for imperfections to hide. Scents of pilsner malt and light floral hop aromas combine with a rich malt flavor to create a balanced and warming Imperial Pilsner. Rest assured, you’ve made a wise choice.
Reviews: 186 | Ratings: 454
Photo of jdense
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle shared at PDX BA bottle share, 9.9.11.

One finger pure white head, small bubbles, medium dissipation with decent lacing. Very hoppy nose for style, big floral notes, some malty sweetness in the middle. Taste mirrors nose, one of the most hoppy pilseners I've had, quite tasty. Mouthfeel is medium, real good effervescence, fairly dry finish, though the ABV is fairly noticeable. Another winner from Odell, definitely worth a try.

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Photo of Zorro
3.73/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white head. Looks like a normal lager.

Smell is slightly skunked with some pilsner malt and a little noble hop.

Starts out dry with a stout noble hop bite. slightly spicy this does get a bit sweeter as you drink it. Bitterness is strong but well balance with the malt. Grassy hop with traces of saffron.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall a tasty Double Pils. Doesn't smell like much but the flavor is nice and it isn't harsh at all.

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Photo of Bockrules
3.58/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a perfectly transparent golden blonde. Plenty of bubbles of various sizes vigorously rush to the white, dense, 1-finger head.
Head stays intact all the way down the glass. Leaves behind a nice cobweb of lacing.

S -Lemon zest and herbs with a bit of grassy hops and a hint of sweet malt.

T - Spicy alcohol and buttery malt upfront. The body is a good balance of zesty lemongrass hop notes and buttery malt. A bit of lemon flavor as the beer passes over the back of the tongue with a crescendo lemongrass finish.

M - On the heavier side of medium bodied with high carbonation. Suits the style well.

After having and loving their Double IPA, Myrcenary, I had to try the double pilsner, but swapped half of the 4-pack out for more Myrcenary. Glad I did. While Double Pilsner is a fine beer, it doesn't measure up to the Double IPA. My biggest problem is that the flavor is too buttery without the requisite peppy citrus hop punch I expected. Besides disguising it's ABV of 8.1% remarkably well, there really isn't anything special about this beer, which coupled with the price tag of $2.50 a bottle, is enough to keep me from picking up more of this in the foreseeable future.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
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 HopDiggityDawg
3.93/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Got this one in a trade, thanks fortsambo.
Appearance - yellow golden, straw color
Smell - I am used to DIPAs so the nose was a little weak
taste - corn, sorta sweet, not bitter, No alcohol hotness from an 8% abv beer, no aftertaste, a pretty clean taste.
Mouthfeel is really good, frothy, sticks to the back of your throat without a dry finish.
Overall this is my first experience with a double Pilsner but I enjoyed it. Tastes like a very sessionable beer but the 8% abv suggests otherwise. I will let you know tomorrow.

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Photo of kyleelton
3.56/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look of this beer was very promising. I've never had a double pilsner, so I didn't know what to expect, but this has a thin head that is frothy and beautifully stable (although thin). It is perfectly golden and foggy.

Don't get much in the nose. What I can smell has a nice sweet maltiness. It's mild, but nice.

Taste is a bit of a letdown. I know this is a big beer at 8.? but I was hoping for a smoother taste. The alcohol is much too hot and the taste is maltier than I like. I can taste hops but I think more hops could have balanced things out. It blends better as it sits, but I still was a little disappointed.

Really nice mouthfeel. What I was hoping for.

I like this, but it isn't what I was hoping for in the taste department. Still a nice beer by a great brewery.

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Photo of kylehay2004
4.27/5  rDev +10.6%
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 RipTornRick
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Well balanced mid-bodied imperial pilsner with nice malty tones. I love to have a nice refreshing pilsner every now and then but this one really takes the cake. This has been the first beer I have had the pleasure to enjoy from Odell and overall I am impressed.

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Photo of iSip
4.06/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Odell Double Pilsner: When buying a four pack for over $10, you expect something special. The Odell Myrcenary Double IPA was great, so I figured I should try their Double Pilsner. Once in the glass, you will see a clear, straw colored body, with a very average head. Nothing to write home about, and you are wondering if money was well spent. But the aroma is fantastic, the head lasts right to the bottom, and the flavor is top shelf. Very smooth, and despite appearances, this is not a light beer. It delivers a sophisticated range of flavor that any serious beer drinker will appreciate.

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Photo of paperbackfoster
3.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - A golden, straw-colored, lightly clouded body. Little active carbonation. The head comes up almost to a finger.

S - Crisp, light bread malts, notes of corn, with a clean, neutral hop tang.

T - I admit, I’m fairly undereducated in the pilsner game, and this is only the second “big” pilsner I’ve purchased. As such, I’m not entirely sure what to be looking for in such a style. This beer seems intentionally understated. Yeasty, reminiscent of sourdough, with a slight bitterness, but no aromatics, from hops. The flavor seems unadulterated, perhaps unembellished. Not grainy, not pungent, just a clean beer.

M - Round, for what it is. A watery version of this beer would be a sour “domestic” pilsner. I’d say they hit a target.

Overall - As stated, I’m just now breaking into imperial pilsner territory. I’m no authority here. This beer falls neatly under the “clean” category - neither spice nor bitterness seems to crop up from malt or Noble hops. The ABV is hidden, but behind what I couldn’t say. My last foray into the imperial pils was fruitier, with a lot of yeast character. This one seems to have a palette all its own. I’ll be sure to edit this review if I get future insight.

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Photo of claytong
3.83/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance - big fluffy head, great retention. straw color, a bit more vibrant than others of the style.

smell - hops, corn husk

taste - big malt coming through, oddly enough. bubblegum and hops. alcohol after two big mouthfeels hits the back of the throat.

mouthfeel - drinkability is crazy for a 8 percent beer. heavy carbonation, medium to heavy body for the style.

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Photo of sunkistxsudafed
3.96/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured into a pint glass from the tap at Anodyne bar in downtown Albuquerque.

A- typical for the style. straw with a fizzy white head, with good retention.

S- nothing amazing, similar to corn flakes in a neutral way. some hop bitterness. not too sour.

T- Surprisingly good! the alcohol isn't hot at all, especially for the style. This beer has a unique malt character to it that i was not expecting at all; similar to corn flakes in the good way.

M- light and crisp. nothing more to really say here.

O- i was surprised by this beer's taste profile, but nothing else about is that extraodinary. if you find it on tap, then give it a try, but i wouldn't seek this one out.

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Photo of bld81
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: not surprised here, golden yellow, quite clear, thick white head, lots of visible action as it settles
S: bready malts, with sweet honey, and alcohol, bold and earthy
T&M: clean with grass, wheat, and malt, biting hops yield balance, medium mouthfeel coats the tongue and lingers well
O: Very tasty, great choice for fall, heavy enough to satisfy and warm you up without being overwhelming

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Photo of CPeterson
4.05/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A -- A golden brew pours to a three finger white head and settles to a thin skim, leaving patched lacing.

S -- Big round malt sweetness with a toasted grain and some herbal earthy qualities.

T -- Biscuity, toasted malts, a hint of sweetness that is quickly effaced by the herbal hop bitterness and balanced quite eloquently.

M -- Full bodied and moderately carbonated, hefty but even.

D -- Very nice Impy Pils, solid and worth a try and repeat.

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Photo of endincolorado
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The liquid is an attractive, pale-gold, clear and bubbly. Head is clean and white. A fair amount of spotty lacing clings to the glass.

Aroma is of pale malt, cereal, light fruit, and some floral hop notes.

Flavor is a tasty and refreshing balance of crisp, cereally pale malt and a nice, bitter hop-presence in back to balance. It's a bit maltier than I'd expected. Texture is pleasant and surprisingly full with an excellent amount of carbonation and it all ends with a clean, light aftertaste.

Very refreshing, very drinkable, and full of subtle flavor.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.04/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Fits the bill appearance-wise: light yellow, active carbonation, white head. I’d knock it slightly for not developing a taller head, though possibly I didn’t pour it aggressively enough. Good lace curtains are left along the way.

Smell gets special recognition for being one of the cleanest pilsners I can recall smelling. Normally there’s a sulfur quality to be found, but not in this. All I get are inviting, sweet/bready malts, honey, and some grassy and floral hops. It’s not a bold aroma like Sam Adams’ Noble Pils, but it is nice.

It’s immediately apparent this is a bigger-than-normal pils with it’s thick, almost syrupy body. Carbonation is quite a bit lower than a regular pils too. But this is supposed to be amped up, so it’s to be expected and shouldn’t be faulted. The texture is nice, but I think a tad more carbonation would aid well.

Flavor is pretty well balanced with an equal heaping portion of pale malt and noble hops. Malts for the most part dominate the front and mid-pallet, but hops resurge in the finish with a pronounced herbal/grassy bite. Just a nip of alcohol heat in the finish; otherwise, it hides its weight (8.1%) awfully well. Slight wet stone aftertaste, which is enjoyable. Dry finishes leaves me wanting more.

This is only my second imperial pilsner (Boulevard’s Collaboration No. 1 being the first). I like it quite a bit. Initially I thought maybe it was a tad too thick and sweet, and could use a bolder hop bite. But really, it’s a nicely balanced big beer that’s easy—and enjoyable—to drink. Not sure I’d buy a four-pack of it, but a single certainly and on tap somewhere definitely.

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Photo of mulder1010
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ending trip back home the same way as I started it, on an Odell.

12 oz into a wine glass

A-- Poured a clear, golden straw color. lots of carbonation bubbles with this. Good bright white head, one finger in height. Good head retention also. Kept it's body well. Some spotty lacing on the sides of the glass.

S-- Lots of biscuit in this. Bread, spicy hops, citrus, and just a slight bit of ethanol in the back of the nose.

T-- Bread and more bread. Almost straight out of the oven. Get fresh grass and grapefruit tones as well.

M-- Clean, crisp, and dry. Bread turns a bit to mineral and still get the grass and grapefruit hops. Finishes a doughy bread and grapefruit taste. Medium feel and lower medium carbonation.

O-- Quite refreshing for a bigger bodied Pilsner. Alcohol is evident here and there but it hits the marks of what a Pilsner is. Something I would want a lot of and a good summer beer. Another reason why I am a homer on this brewery. They rarely make duds.

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Photo of Chriscrundwell12
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 MrKennedy
4.17/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a Mikkeller tulip. Big thanks to mulder1010 for sending this back from vacation in Colorado!

Pours a very clear, golden colour with a nice white head of foam that falls away just a touch quicker than expected.

Nice floral aroma, some biscuity, bready malt comes through along with noble style hops. Touch of grassiness as well. I kind of wish i could order a german lager that smells like this!

Solid palate of sweet malt that retains good consistency and balance. Some alcohol is present, but for an 8.1% ABV imperial pilsner it masks it better than most.

Clean, consistent mouthfeel with a body that matches the size of the flavour and style well. Nice balanced finish to it.

Overall a good imperial pilsner from a brewery that i am loving more and more with everything i come across from them.

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Photo of emmasdad
4/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having enjoyed this one immensely in the past (if memory serves), I was still leary of picking up the new $10/4packs (previously $9/6packs), although I eventually did due to an upcoming trade. Poured a crisp golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. Aromas of slightly floral hops, biscuit and pepper. On the palate, this one was light to medium bodied, with flavors of hops, biscuit and a slight pepperiness.

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Photo of arizcards
4.02/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a 4 pack at Total Winde in late May for $9.49.

Neer poured a pale golden color with a decent white head on initial pour.

Nose is of strong pale malts and european hops.

Taste is very well balanced. This malt bomb has enough hopping to leave a bit of a bite in the finish.

Mouthfeel is full and chewy, yet freshing from a decent amount of carbonaton.

Overall another solid beer from Odell!

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3.8/5  rDev -1.6%
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 GarrettB
3.95/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

6/25/2011 - Summer is putting its foot in the door here in Colorado, sweating and heaving with awkward heat. The rest of us emulate summer, panting and clamoring for panaceas to the heat. It's time to put away the stouts and porters for good and find some lighter brews. Today's cooling agent is the O'Dell Double Pilsener. I've been slowly consuming my four-pack since May, but I'm finding it's just as much a Spring beer as it is a Summer beer. This dandelion yellow beer takes on a beautifully chilled haze, and beckons for the drinker to share in it's thermal alms. Before I indulge (desperately and greedily, with beads of sweat racing across my face) I take in the aroma - a fresh and balanced pilsener aroma with corn and fresh cashews, and not too dry. The taste is refreshing, cooling and engaging - it's a light flavor objectively, but a relatively intense pilsener, packed with flavor. O'Dell's Double Pilsener doesn't rely on alcohol to mask clumsy flavors. It's open and honest, packed with pilsener goodness, and perhaps the closest I'll come to the flavors of a fresh Pilsener Urquell. Roasted corn, dandelion petals, and a superbly executed bitterness all make the O'Dell Double Pilsener a beer worth splurging on, and a fine brew for a late summer afternoon where the winds are as lazy as us, the awkward guests to an burdensomely hot summer day.

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Photo of aerozeppl
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Super clear golden color with a thin covering of white head. The perfect looking pilsner.

S: Not of bready pilsner malt in the nose. Clean fermentation. Clean lager yeast with just a touch of citrus like hops in the nose. The nose is spot on.

T: This is a good pilsner period. You do get a slight touch of alcohol in the finish but the gentle hops cut it down a bit. Super clean beer. Lager yeast. Lots of pilsner malt.

M: Little bit of a heavy side of medium body. To be expected for the ABV.

D: Super drinkable. Really nice beer from these guys.

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Photo of garymuchow
3.88/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks as it should. Brilliantly clear with full white head.
Malt aroma with a breadiness adn a mild soft yeasty flavor.
Full rich malt flavor with solid bitterness and nice hop flavors in part of Am variety. Mild extended bitterness (which increases as it warms) and soft dryness. This beer drinks very easily. Alcohol is subdued for level advertised. Richness from malt gets a little big in time.
The hopping is the most unique part of this and I'm still deciding if it works. I'm conflicted at this moment.

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Double Pilsner from Odell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 87 out of 100 with 454 ratings