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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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BA SCORE
82
good

903 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 903
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 24
Gots: 56 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005)
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Reviews by brewdoc75:
Photo of brewdoc75
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fizzy-yellow. A little cloudy. Nice, 1 inch head at first but it dies to nothing fast. Strong carbonation. Doesn't look too appealing.

S: Fresh grassy hop aroma with some floral and herbal notes. This is followed by a strong graininess. There is a pleasant wildflower honey sweetness in the end. A touch of sulfur in the end. Good aromas, but fairly muted.

T: More of the flower like hoppy flavor with some grassy supplement. The malts add a pleasant grain flavor with a touch of honey. Not bad, but not exciting at the same time.

M: light bodied. Crisp and clean finish with a slight stickiness in the end. Good carbonation for the style.

D: This was an ok beer overall. Not one I'd turn away, but not one I would seek out. It really didn't look too pretty. This paired with a lackluster aromatic profile and boring flavors made it just slightly above average.

brewdoc75, Jan 24, 2011
More User Reviews:
Photo of brownbeer
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

brownbeer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of woodchipper
4/5  rDev +10.2%

woodchipper, Jun 22, 2014
Photo of Shakerman
2.5/5  rDev -31.1%

Shakerman, Feb 29, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of Doomcifer
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Doomcifer, Jul 27, 2014
Photo of Guden
4/5  rDev +10.2%

Guden, Jul 05, 2014
Photo of BeerIsland
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

BeerIsland, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

merlin48, Dec 04, 2010
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Billolick, May 12, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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.

tigg924, Jun 30, 2009
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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
Photo of PsychoJedi
2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
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.

PsychoJedi, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

kingcrowing, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of MajorDizaster
4/5  rDev +10.2%

MajorDizaster, Feb 25, 2014
Photo of xdefeatsy
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

xdefeatsy, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of virinow
3/5  rDev -17.4%

virinow, Nov 16, 2011
Photo of Osiris9588
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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.

Osiris9588, Jun 02, 2007
Photo of nasa60
4/5  rDev +10.2%

nasa60, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of mte1972
4/5  rDev +10.2%

mte1972, Mar 09, 2014
Photo of Golden32
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Golden32, Apr 26, 2014
Photo of Cynic-ale
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Cynic-ale, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of TKEbeerman
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

TKEbeerman, May 01, 2013
Photo of centbeerfest
3.45/5  rDev -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.

centbeerfest, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Mar 01, 2013
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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 903 ratings.