Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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1,011 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,011
Reviews: 354
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 35
Gots: 110 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005

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Ratings: 1,011 | Reviews: 354
Reviews by SouljaSaia17:
Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Wow, lots of carbonation in the initial pour. Very pale color almost like a pear juice, with a 1/2 in soapy white head.

S: This beer has a lemon shandy type of smell. I get some malts, followed by some dry wheat and a slight lemon peel. The finish is a bit of a biscuit type of aroma.

T: A very sweet wheat flavor that is accompanied by some lemon zest, a hint of pepper and finishes with a bread-type biscuit feel.

M: This beer has a very floral/grassy body. Mild in flavor and carbonation is still going strong. Very sessionable beer.

O: For a beer that says its a Malt Liquor, it sure has some flavor to it. Very good beer, more like a summer time session. Never have been disappointed by a brew from Left Hand. Never seen a color so pale before, but its unique and doesnt indicate a lack of flavor at all.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

A good part of Polestar's authentic appeal comes from the award-winning Weyermann Pilsner Malt that Left Hand uses. This beer has also has a great blend of Perle, Vanguard and Saaz hops. Very pale golden-yellow hue. Clarity is perfect, with lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Impeccable head retention, as two fingers froth stick all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Light and fluffy biscuity malt aroma, as well as spicy, grassy hops in the nose. The crispness is so embedded and the smoothness so laid-back, it's incredibly refreshing. Fresh, biscuity malt flavor throughout--simple yet perfect. The grassy hop bitterness is not abrasive in any way, actually comple- menting and balancing out the beer very well. Suggestions of grape skin appear, minimal but persistent. Dry finish with a spicy hop and a clean graininess that lingers.

By far one of the best and most drinkable lagers brewed in the US today; one that gives the German Pilsners a real run for their money--and not on freshness alone. A heaping bowl of piping-hot chili verde will do the trick for a pairing.

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 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 brownbeer
3.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color, very transparent with a white head.

Not the cleanest nose, kind of a dirty earth character with grain water added.

Taste is a little better, but it turns kind of harsh. A salad of grass, pepper, and lemon come to mind.

With all the better examples out there I don't think i'll see this one in my glass again any time soon.

Photo of BeerIsland
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this case from Rick in Alexandria after seeing it highly rated in a NYTimes review. It pours slightly cloudy, pale gold, lots of bubbles coming up. The soft fluffy head dissapates after a bit but leaves a ring. There's a slight flowery aroma with a bit of malt but it's not a great nose. It tastes very flavorful, nice malt/hops balance. It's soft in the mouth and goes down wonderfully. I think this is a somewhat better beer than the average rating indicates.

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 merlin48
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a clear pale yellow body with a two finger white head. Good retention and some grainy patch lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued but features spicy and grassy hops, a hint of lemon, and a solid pils malt biscuity malt base. Light to light medium in body and well carbonated. Taste is pleasantly balanced between the slightly sweet biscuity malt base and the grassy and spicy hop bitterness. A hint of lemon underneath. Finishes clean and even. Another solid American made pilsener that is tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of Billolick
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with bottled on dating printed on the front label. Pours light and clear, golden uner a nice looking fine white, leaving plenty of fine lace. Grassy is how I would describe the moderatly pungent nose. Pleasant, easy drinking lager, with wiffs of lime, more grass with some snappy and quite dry hops sealing the deal. Thirst quenching, crisp and dry. Respectable sessioner. Nice for a summer lunch.

Photo of tigg924
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright caution light yellow, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: yeast, grass, and malt

Taste: sweet malt, sugar, grass, honey, and small hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium light, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet with a small bitter finish

Drinkability: A highly sessionable pils that I could have in any season. This is a little on the sweet side. Another winner from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very clear straw color with a large white head . The aroma is classic pilsner. I get a lot of lighter pilsner malts, as well as some honey and grass. About what I expected. The flavor is pilsner malt and a lot of grassy hops. Fairly hoppy for a pilsner. Medium bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A nice, easy drinking pilsner.

Photo of PsychoJedi
2.18/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a perfect look. Just the right shade of golden with a nice thick head. Could not help but notice the born on date. Smudged, it showed a little over a month ago. Then, the smell. I smelled that smell before and I cursed the day when I first smelt it. The smell is a dead ringer for Milwaukee's Best, The Beast. The salty smell was overwhelming. Being hopeful with the looks, I took a drink. The salty beast was all over it, though I remember The Beast (been over 10 years) to be worse. Not smooth in the mouth or going down. After drinking the beer, which was good enough to finish but it is rare that I would ever not finish a beer, I needed a drink of water to kill the taste out of my mouth. Assessment, if you are dirt poor and want to get drunk to drown your worries, drink something cheaper.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.96/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

Very nice big 2 finger head, light golden color. Smells like Corona. Tastes better though. Good mouthfeel, just the right amount of body for a light beer. Overall I'd say it's a decent summer beer but I wouldn't buy it often.

Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant straw under a 2” bone white foam cap that slowly dissipates while clinging to the side of the glass.
S: Light grainy nose with some floral hops, some biscuit.
T: Light grains with a faint sweetness finish clean, dry and crisp supported by a moderate bitter accent.
F: Very creamy and very fine soft carbonation, a great texture.
O: Dry, drinkable, refreshing and pleasant.

Photo of Osiris9588
3.01/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a sampler pack. Pours an extremely clear pale gold. Two-finger, creamy head, showing decent retention and some slight lacing.

The aroma is faint, dominated by grain and dry hoppiness. The flavor is standard pils, though seems out of balance on the end, a bit of a bite, rather then a strong hopped finish. The hops are lacking and there's a bit of a plastic bite.

It's light bodied and well carbonated, seems a bit unbalanced, kind of chalky and acidic. Not that drinkable, just do the misaligned flavor profile. Not one of the better offerings from LH.

Photo of centbeerfest
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another sample beer. First beer of the night poured into a pint glass.

Looks like a pilsner, tastes like a pilsner. Must be a pilsner, which is okay with me. Grew up on it and still enjoy it.

Appearance was a bit cloudy yellow straw. Head was short-lived and smell was expectedly minimal. Clean and crisp. Not much on the flavor, but quenched the thirst. Good mouthfeel, above average taste.

Good beer for the right occasion. If you are having more than one, and who isn't, then this is a clean crisp and easy drinking beer. Wouldn't want to eat anything heavy with it, but would be good with clams or oysters or on its own.

I like this beer, but on the take home scale I would have trouble justifying the extra cost for this pilsner. I would pass it up on the shelf.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow and gold color, substantial clarity, so fresh and so clean, 1" of white head on the top, good lacing, remnants stick on the non drinking side of the glass for the duration of the 12oz.

Aroma, pretty crisp, a little bit of sawdust in it at times. Assume that's the pilsner malt.

Floral hop taste, mild, spritzy carbonation, still smelling/tasting a mild sawdust component in this beer. Reminiscient of Mendocino's lager/pilsner beer. Higher ibu count than most pilsners. The bitterness seems to be a little to similar to a metallic bitterness moreso than one derived from beer ingredients. Noble hopped I suspect.

Mouthfeel tries to be dry and clean, but there is a musty sawdust clove lemon aspect of the aftertaste that just doesn't go away.

I dunno, this is really only a Left Hand offering that I think would be a repeat drink in the summer months, at best.

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

Appears a brilliant light pale golden hue with a large foamy white head. With each sip streaks of scattered lacing are left behind. The smell is nice spicy herbal hops flowing with grassy and citrus notes galore, lightly toasted biscuit with honey malt sweetness with a touch of mineral water notes going on as well. Flavor is balanced yet has an assertive hoppiness to it more herbal grass with citrus peels on the palate with a semi sweet lightly toasted two row cereal malt flavor with hints of crackers with honey drizzled on it. Mouthfeel has sturdy carbonation with a dry finish from the hop bitterness perfect German style pils. Drinkability is all day a nice summer offering that I hope to catch more of, I realized that the folks at Left Hand know how to brew lagers after trying their Ofest this past season, it was definitely one of my favorites I got to try.

Photo of rhoadsrage
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

(Served in a strange)
bottled 9/27/11
A- This beer pours a crystal clear golden yellow with some lacy snow white head that clings to the glass for a bit before sliding back into the beer. There is a gliding wave of microbubbles pushing to the surface.

S- The soft aroma of wet rocks and green hops is dry and clean but full.

T- The touch of Pils malt has a dry corn note to follow that is soon covered up by a green Noble hop flavor that is just a touch on the dry side.

M- The tight fizz in the medium mouthfeel is crisp with a slightly creamy texture as the beer warms a bit.

O- The crisp and refreshing beer has nice balance of between the fizz texture and the full crisp hops with some nice malt support.

Photo of pwoods
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

12oz. single(7/25/07) from Party Source poured into a Pils glass.

A: Pours a light golden raisin. 1 1/2 finger pearly white pillowy head. Decent retention and lacing.

S: Crisp, clean smelling. Not getting the corn smell normally associated with pilseners. Getting a little bit of graininess.

T/M: Nice crisp taste of a pils but with more flavor than a macro.. but still a pils. Earthy, grainy taste with a lack of hops.. though I get just a touch of bitterness at the finish. Light body with moderate to high carbonation.

D: Very easy to drink and tastier than an everyday macro. Could make a great session brew and highly recommended for a gateway beer.

Photo of CamuMahubah
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a golden color with a foamy head...

The smell was a bit off...is that salty seaweed essence?...At first I thought this beer might be out of date but it was bottled on 3/10/08...should be good to go!...

The taste makes up for it...nice clean malt profile with an abundant hops kiss. Smooth and only a bit unbalanced. Touch of salt...

Very good on the palate. Crisp...

This is a summer beer, or rather this is one you reach for when you are thirsty! This beer makes you want to wash the car in shorts and flip-flops! Or better yet get out the chips and shuffle the cards! I like to think this is what the orginal American beer used to taste like. Maybe a time machine this beer!

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

Left Hand- Polestar Pilsner

A- Light bright yellow with a big frothy soapy lacing head.
S- Sweet lemon juice with hay/ straw and dry earthy hops.
T- Light sweet earthy malt. Lemony hay and straw with a mild dry citrusy lemony hop finish.
M- Sweet and earthy with a dry hoppy citrus body and finish. Slight malty start.

Overall- Light, sweet, and crisp. A good warm weather beer.

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 emsroth
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Nice puffy pils head. Light golden in color.

Smell: Sweet pilsener malt and refreshing alcohol. A slight bit of hop scent.

Taste: Light on the malt. Greeted by bitterness up front. Very grassy hop flavor. Ends with a light lingering bitterness and a strong mineral taste. Low in taste.

Nice, crisp, and dry. Wonderful light body. Refreshing and highly drinkable, but when paired with food it tastes like soapy chemicals.

Photo of cokes
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sunny dilute golden hue under a scattered spume of ashy white.
Dank and herbaceous on the nose, undercut with minerals and diesel fumes.
Vague malt structure up front, assembled of saltines and shortbread. Clear and wet through the middle, slaked through at the close with a green herb Saazy lemon-seed sparkle.
All told, it presents as a decently built pils, but the body is hollow and frail. With added structure and support, this could be standoutish. Presently, it sits at respectable.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
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