Review: Double Pilsner, Odell Brewing

Double Pilsner
Odell Brewing Co. — Fort Collins, CO

  • Style:  Double Pilsner
  • Bitterness:  Not provided
  • ABV: 8.1%
  • Malts:   Not provided
  • Hops:  Not provided
  • Sampled: 12 oz. bottle (provided by brewery)

Description:  "We feel the eyes of tradition upon us whenever we brew our Double Pilsner. But this beer is not just our tribute to the classic Bohemian pilsner – it’s our own craft interpretation of it. Refreshing and delicate yet bold and assertive, it’s clear golden color leaves nowhere for imperfections to hide but plenty of room for mystery." — Odell Brewing Co.

Random thoughts:  I’ve recently come to appreciate pilsners after many years of macro mistreatment.  Odell’s Double Pilsner provides an interesting twist on the traditional pilsner.  Formerly part of Odell’s Single Batch Series, Double Pilsner is being released as a summer seasonal in a special 4-pack.  Double Pilsner is a bit of an oxymoron.  Traditionally, pilsners are light in alcohol.  This brew weights in at a whopping 8.1% ABV!  If you’re looking for a thirst quencher for a hot summer day, be wary…

The tasting:  Pale gold in color, clear, effervescent, with a white head that dissipated slowly. Aroma of bready malts, grainy malt, grassy hops, and alcohol.  Sweet malt first comes through in flavor and is immediately followed by the taste of alcohol.  I also noticed notes of citrus and cereal malt . While hops are present in aroma, they are not as apparent in taste.  I assume the subtle noble hop flavors were masked by alcohol.  Medium bodied, with medium-high carbonation, it finishes with sweetness and warming alcohol.

Rating:  3 star.  Good.  I would drink this again if someone gives it to me.   I’m a fan of big beers and was intrigued when I saw Double Pilsner. Imperials and Doubles can take some styles (IPAs and Stouts) to entirely new levels.  However, I don’t think “double” translates as well with pilsners because the high alcohol detracts from the drinkability of the style. Anyway, I don't care if a beer meets style guidelines—I just love trying new variations and twists on classics.  For that reason, give Double a try.  Just don't expect a traditional pilsner!

Have you tried Odell's Double Pilsner or any other amped up pilsners?

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