Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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Ratings: 1,000
Reviews: 349
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 34
Gots: 104 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005

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Ratings: 1,000 | Reviews: 349
Photo of Decker
4.6/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

It was so delicious, I have never actually had a decent pilsner until this one. It's now also my favorite left hand product.

Photo of JasonMcDrinky
4.84/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a beautiful Pilsner style lager, as close to perfection for this old drinkers palate. It's everything I want in a beer. Sharp, crisp yeasty malt flavor with a dry finish. It's what Budweiser would taste like if there was real truth in advertising. If you're a Pilsner lover, don't miss this one, it's a great beer.

Photo of chefhatt
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice and crisp, good pilsner a

Photo of txdadu
2.58/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Beer Society Beer at One Stop Beer Shop. Compared it to another pilsner that I love Staropramen and it was much lesser.

Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, medium golden in color, with a moderate white head, which retains well, and moderate, slow-rising carbonation. The lacing leaves numerous densely placed beads about the glass walls, resembling a mesh pattern.

Aroma: Light cracker and biscuit malt, with spicy and lemony notes, quite pleasant.

Taste: Opens with cracker and biscuit malts, classic for the style, with spicy and lemony noble hops. As the taste progresses, the hops advance a bit, leaving the malt to play supporting role to the hops. Finishes with a lingering, mild noble hop presence.

Mouth feel: Full and pleasant, with modest carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A solid example of a style that is challenging to brew well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

Photo of beerrat
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is very hoppy pils not bad.Not what I like but not bad.

Photo of Beerma
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Light beer but not watery. Very good very drinkable!

Photo of macbethkid84
4.94/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Not too big on pilsners but this one is delish.

Photo of John44
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I could drink a lot of these. Smooth, crisp, and delightful.

Photo of dramer
4.64/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't immediately impressed with the look and smell of this Pilsner...but once I started drinking it improved greatly! Lot's of taste for a beer that, on the surface, doesn't appear much better than a Bud Light. Will definitely drink again if I see it on the menu

Photo of SamN
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest, Polestar comes out ofthe bottle not much better than a miller light, although with an much more impressive head; at it's peak, about 2 fingers deep of soapy foam. Very, very pale strw yellow and perfect clarity. Smell is an intoxicating bend of flowery hoppiness, spicy notes, and toasty cracker malt aromas. Smell is quite powerful, I can get some hints with the glass just on the table under my nose. Impressive!

Wow, that taste, true pilsner. Light, crisp, alive and very, very good. Lots of complex hops characteristics, with flower pedals, mild bitterness, faint white pepper and all on a firm base of high-quality malts of which I'm afraid I cannot name one by one. Very easy to drink, just begging to quaffed. Mouthfell is just about perfect. Smooth carbonation, with just the right amount of heft to avoid being too "lite" beer like.

Very impressive true pilsner from Left Hand. Tasty and easy to drink, what more to you want from the style??Two thumbs way up. Prost!

Photo of snilsen13
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this from tap several times. It tastes somewhere between a PA and a pils and it works really well. It's refreshing and full flavored. Try it.

Photo of jzlyo
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rather unique for an American Pilsner being that it is not pasteurized. It does give it a fresh flavor but its relatively iffy because its not that full flavored of a beer.

Photo of MarkQ617
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this poured into a Pilsner glass. The color was a straw-gold, transparent. Just the look you want from a Pilsner. I didn't get the fruit flavors that others have spoken of in here, found it a bit watery. Nose is nothing of note, mouthfeel wasn't too heavy, not a ton of carbonation. Slightly above average pils.

Photo of seedyone
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

5/22/13 At Rattle N Hum, NYC, on tap. Hoppier than this un-hoppy guy likes, but not a total skeeve. Once is enough.

Photo of DuffDaddy
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Thanksgiving Day beer tasting at Bro's house.

Photo of TBoneJones
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Tasty pilsner, smooth and slick, with a crisp bite. Cracker with some citrus and grassiness. Recommended.

Photo of JamesBondGA
3/5  rDev -17.4%

pours a light yellow in color kind of like a Mello Yello. VERY Carbonated. hints of various citrus. wasn't it really my thing

Photo of corywalston
3.84/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Slightly aggressive poor 1 ½ inch of head that looks to be over carbonated but hey it’s a pilsner. Color light yellow.
S. Bud Light
T. Citrus, hints of grapefruit, lime, yeast, hops tastes more like rice and malt. No bitterness whatsoever. Can not taste any alcohol. If I didn’t know any better I would say this is a non alcoholic brew.
M. Watery , crisp very refreshing.
O. I could suck down an entire pitcher after a good run to quench my thirst. Little to no buzz for 5.5%. I’m still sure this is a no alcoholic. Very refreshing for a pilsner goes down faster than water.

Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Pilsners tend to bore a lot of people, but this one is perfect to have on a hot summer day. Light and easy to drink, plenty of flavor despite a lowish alcohol content, and a great tasting beer. Don't ignore this one at the store.

Photo of cervezango
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light lacy head and a very pale yellow transparent body. looks like it wont be a challenge to drink.

floral yeasty smell reminds me a little or a Heineken smell surprisingly enough. not bad.
wow super refreshing, mouth feel with the sharp carbonation and slight hops chill.

sour green grapes yeast and good pilsner balance bitterness, without being over powering make this joy to drink.

Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal clear straw-to-golden hue with short cap of ivory, tiny bubbled foamy head with good retention and nice trim lacing down the glass.

S: Clean grainy, lightly bready-crackery aroma with crisp floral and lightly spicy noble hopping, no yeast esters

T: The flavor is right in the center of the German pilsener style with crackery malt flavors meeting slightly sharp but not astringent floral and spicy noble hopping with moderate bitterness. No yeast esters, very clean, with a light grassy, floral, honeysuckle finish. A really nice example of the style and surprised it is not higher up on the BJCP list, I would put it above the sweeter Koenig pils for sure. It brings the crackery, lightly bready character with an even crisp noble hopping.

M: Polestar does a great job of bring a light beer that is dry in the finish without seeming watery. The malt backbone is solid and this is a well-fermented beer with a good mix of some dextrins to tread that line nicely. Bitterness is well-incorporated as well.

O: I was not surprised that this was an excellent beer -- Left Hand's classic lineup is stronger than the new direction they have taken their beers (see 900-Pound, Stranger Pale Ale, Safety Round #3, etc). I hope they move back to the solid beers with better flavor melding than their current lineup of beers with sharp-edged and not that enjoyable flavors. Polestar Pilsner is one of Left Hand's best brews for sure.

Photo of OnTheRoadAgain
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Please bear with me...my first review.
Poured into clean straight beer mug.

Appearance - very clear pour. Full tightly composed head +- 2.5 inches.

Smell - crisp

Taste - Two things lead me to give such a high rating:
1. Structure. Beer gave a solid slightly bitter composed crisp slightly citrus finish. I took off some due to realtively high bitterness.

2. Long mouthfeel

Mouthfeel - refreshing and highly carbonated. Bitterness leaves a pleasing long long finish. Once again, well structured.

Overall - One of the few US brewed pilsners to taste like a pilsner and not a skewed ale...the disparity of reviews was surprising. I get to drink a fare amount of beer around the world and this one led me to register. The brewers deserve a pat on the back for crafting something very worthy of drinking. This one will go on my list.

Photo of ReedEzekiel
4.67/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a luminous golden yellow with brisk carbonation; large head with decent retention.

S - Hoppy and floral, little bit of hay.

T- Brisk and bitter, dry and curled. Comes in flat, curls around the back of the palate beautifully. Not as hoppy as the nose suggests; perfectly balanced.

M - Lithe but substantial.

O - A stellar pilsner to rival the great Czech offerings.

Photo of ZachT
4.36/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant amber gold, medium-high carbonation with good head retention, crisp, slightly bitter, bread malt and subtle herby hop flavours, dry and slightly bitter finish, a very good pilsner

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,000 ratings.