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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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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Photo of benito
4.06/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

From a bottle that I picked up at the brewery yesterday. An odd side note--my entire six pack was labeled upside down. I'll have to look at some other six packs to see if this is a real oddity or some strange
marketing ploy. In either case, maybe I should hang onto a few of these bottles. Imagine how valuable an errata first edition Odell Double Pilsner bottle might be if Odell bottles are worth something someday...

Odell's Double Pilsner is a bright golden with a creamy white head and lots of carboanation. It has that shimmering beauty of a great pilsner-- true eye candy. The bouquet has a heavy breadiness and a sugary aroma as well. There's no sign of a hop presence. There are also light notes of sulfur.

It has a dominant grape flavor up front that slowly melds into a peppery, bitter finish. The balance between the initial sweetness and the later dryness masks the strength of this beer (and it's strong!). What's more,
I really like the simplicity of flavors--this is a strong pilsner that still honors its original style roots. Emminently drinkable; and very dangerous because of its strength.

Odell has done a great job with this one. With this brew in their line-up, they continue to build their case as one of the most underrated breweries in North America.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.42/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer poured a light yellow with just a tinge of gold. The head is fairly large and rocky, but falls rather quickly.

This beer smells of malt. Sweet, pure malt. If you let your nose hang around the edge of the glass long enough, you'll get some hop aroma near the end of the sniff, but mostly, the nose picks up an earthiness from the malts that permeates the aroma from beginning to end. Very, very appetizing.

The initial taste is very clean and crisp, if one can describe a taste that way. There's hops up front, in a tangy bitterness, followed by a very clean and sweet maltiness. The drink closes with a biting -- but not harsh -- bitterness, which hangs on long into the aftertaste. The balance is excellent, in the manner of bitterness and malt sweetness appearing in equal measure, but not usually at the same time. They alternate in equal parts. This isn't particularly fruity, nor would you want it to be. Carbonation has the sensation of being perhaps higher than what it actually is, leading to a bite and the end of each drink, adding even more to the sensation of bitterness. The alcohol content is well hidden throughout. This is really very good.

The mouthfeel is decidedly light, and almost perfect for the style.

What a shame this is a limited edition. This beer is crisp, easy to drink, quite good. It's also oddly refreshing, in spite of the high alcohol content. I'd highly recommend seeking this one out. Well worth the trouble.

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Photo of TxTechBrewer
4.31/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: A beautifully clear straw color with nice carbonation and a lacy thin white head with good retention.
Aroma: Soft aromatics with lots of biscuit and soft hops backed by malty sweetness.
Taste: Biscuit comes through really well and this beer has a nice malt backbone. Has good hop bitterness that lingers at the back of the tongue. Hop flavor is soft and mellow with just a bit of an edge at the end. Overall balance is excellent and outstanding for a beer with this much alcohol (8.1%). The alcohol hides itself well but you can subtly detect it's there.
Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and finishes dry.
Drinkability: Very drinkable beer but would limit intake because of the alcohol content. It's definitely not a lawnmower beer but it's an excellent example of what I envision a double Pilsner style would be.

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Photo of Domingo
4.16/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

WOW...I have to say that I was pretty amazed by this brew.
Pours an amazing golden yellor color. Possibly the best looking beer I've ever come across. A 1/4 inch head forms and laces the glass the whole way down.
Smell is crisp. Smells just like a pils from Germany. No trace of the over 8% ABV.
Flavor is sweet, crisp, hoppy, and still refreshing. Again, no alcohol stands out. One of the better tasting pilsners I've had, too. Reminds me more of a maibock because of the sweetness, but the bitter bavarian hops kick in a little in the end.
I like the carbonation in this beer. Just right for a warm day.
Pretty amazing for a beer over 6% to be this easy to drink. With the exception of the intoxication factor, I could drink these all day.
Wonderful beer!

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