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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

839 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 839
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 19
Gots: 32 | 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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Travcofarms

Pennsylvania

5/5  rDev +37.4%

01-16-2013 02:29:19 | More by Travcofarms
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TheSquire23

Colorado

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-28-2011 02:08:35 | More by TheSquire23
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Spider889

Ohio

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-14-2011 12:24:20 | More by Spider889
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niceonebro

Florida

5/5  rDev +37.4%

01-02-2012 03:04:33 | More by niceonebro
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BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Red White And Brew in Mount Holly at the reccomendation of Jeff Shaw

sweet malt aroma with a citrus hop boquet. no off odors.

some malt sweetness with a herbal hop presence. well balanced. bitter hoppy aftertaste.

good carbonation. medium body. leaves nice lace. good drinking beer. has a smoothness to it.

WHAT A GREAT BEER I WILL MOST ASSUREDLY BUY IT AGAIN

Serving type: bottle

04-14-2008 01:37:24 | More by BeerLover48Fan
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RoryOMoore

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37.4%

11-22-2011 00:16:38 | More by RoryOMoore
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MaddDogg84

Texas

5/5  rDev +37.4%

06-15-2013 23:11:47 | More by MaddDogg84
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Fezfreak

Pennsylvania

4.83/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could not resist reviewing this beer, mainly because it gets the same bad rap that all my other favorite Pilsners get. To love and appreciate the Pilsner style, one must understand how difficult it is to make one that is both drinkable and enjoyable.

For me, a typical pour of Polestar Pilsner is golden in color with a one and a half inch head that dissipates to about a quarter-inch and stays for the duration, leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

I'll describe the smell like this: smells like beer.

The flavor is well-balanced between sweet, breakfast-cereal-tasting malt and bittering hops; the hops having the edge at the start and finish with the malt kicking in at the middle. If I didn't know better, I'd say there was an "illusion" of dry-hopping going on (I doubt it really was though, given the fragility of the style).

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer almost identical to the one of my all-time favorite Pilsners, made by Portsmouth (Ohio) Brewing Company; aka Mault Brothers.

Polestar is a perfect Session Beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 07:07:47 | More by Fezfreak
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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the good pleasure of having the first pint poured out of the keg at my local watering hole. I've spent a little time in Germany and Czech so I KNOW what good pils is supposed to taste like--and what a rare thing it is in the states.

Pilsner is known as one of the most delicate beers, hence it spoils quickly--hence also why good German or Czech pils just don't taste right in the USA, compared to in the old country--they're usually very stale. So my beer on tap, a couple weeks old max, is surely more representative of what Polestar is supposed to be than beer from a bottle several months old (one reviewer used a 6 month old bottle, for example). Anyway, in my opinion, this is about as close, as good or perhaps better than some, of what you get on tap in the Czech Republic. I say Czech, as this tastes to me like a Bohemian pils, extremely well balanced, but with slightly more emphasis on the malt than on the hops. It has that sweet bread-like taste one finds in good honest fresh pilsner--a very rare commodity here in America.

Pours well, with a perfect head. Nice clear light golden color.

Smells sweet and beery, the Saaz can definitely be detected.

Tastes very well ballanced, without the overhopping so typical of American craft beer.... The older I get, the less of a hophead I am--to me, it's a fad.... Again, this pils has the characteristic bready taste and aftertaste one finds in nice pilsners (a bit like Bitberger, but sweeter)

Nice full mouthfeel, but not heavy--a pils is not supposed to feel like an Ale!

Extremely drinkable. More than a lawnmower beer, still this beer is the kind that could convert your Bubba friends to throw away the mass-produced yellow fizzy water....

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2007 05:14:13 | More by AnalogReigns
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ninaturner

Florida

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

06-26-2013 01:48:47 | More by ninaturner
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MikeB12

Pennsylvania

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

06-28-2014 15:24:28 | More by MikeB12
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tsherm91


4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

11-05-2012 22:58:10 | More by tsherm91
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Gstolas

Illinois

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

08-23-2012 19:10:00 | More by Gstolas
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alexipa

Colorado

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

02-14-2014 03:57:51 | More by alexipa
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Soneast

Wisconsin

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

04-19-2014 17:32:41 | More by Soneast
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ReedEzekiel

Vermont

4.71/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2014 16:04:46 | More by ReedEzekiel
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head.

Sweet pilsner malt and a spicy noble hop aroma.

Very crisp pilsner malt. Light and refreshing. Finishes dry with a nice noble hop kick.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style and carbonation levels are medium-high.

My favorite pilsner. Perfect for a nice summer day. Crisp and dry just how I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:21:40 | More by jmarsh123
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Wrigfen

South Carolina

4.55/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No date noted. Served very cold as recommended in a chilled pilsner glass. Excellent taste, extremely smooth and not over powering. Has the full body taste but a light feeling. Feels like you can drink quite a few without becoming bloated. Nice mid level alcholol content. A real winner. Will be stocking up on this one. The appearance gave no indication of how fine tasting this is which was a pleasant surprise.
Try this one folks.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2013 21:21:55 | More by Wrigfen
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jkrich

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date of 7/25/07 - now that is fresh. Poured into a pilsner glass showing a clear gold color with a persistent half inch head with lacing.
The smell of European hops is obvious because of the freshness of the beer. Bready aromas prevail.
A classic pilsner taste with a slightly bitter taste with a little malt in the aftertaste. With all the emphasis on hoppy ales, i.e. IPAs by American brewers, it is nice to see a traditional, well made lager, especially a pilsner. I would choose this over most of the imported pilsners. It is doubtful one could buy an import that was bottled less than a month before.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 23:35:51 | More by jkrich
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hydroplaner

Kentucky

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-29-2013 00:47:46 | More by hydroplaner
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Hobbit

Oregon

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

04-22-2014 03:20:50 | More by Hobbit
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Bigben0328

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

06-29-2012 00:08:36 | More by Bigben0328
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Anmaglahk

Georgia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

07-11-2014 21:18:03 | More by Anmaglahk
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TaylorK

Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-14-2014 23:56:28 | More by TaylorK
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Michaeldmanley

Texas

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

03-01-2013 20:23:52 | More by Michaeldmanley
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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 839 ratings.