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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

934 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 934
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 26
Gots: 71 | 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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TheSquire23, Nov 28, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

Spider889, Nov 14, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

niceonebro, Jan 02, 2012
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5/5  rDev +37.7%
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

BeerLover48Fan, Apr 14, 2008
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

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5/5  rDev +37.7%

RoryOMoore, Nov 22, 2011
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5/5  rDev +37.7%

MaddDogg84, Jun 16, 2013
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4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

Fezfreak, Nov 02, 2009
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4.78/5  rDev +31.7%
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....

AnalogReigns, Aug 31, 2007
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

ninaturner, Jun 26, 2013
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

MikeB12, Jun 28, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

tsherm91, Nov 05, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Gstolas, Aug 23, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

ChrisMaestro, Oct 26, 2014
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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +30.9%

Soneast, Apr 19, 2014
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4.71/5  rDev +29.8%
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.

ReedEzekiel, May 26, 2014
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4.7/5  rDev +29.5%
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.

jmarsh123, Nov 06, 2011
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4.56/5  rDev +25.6%

AP224, Nov 02, 2014
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4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

Wrigfen, Mar 01, 2013
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4.53/5  rDev +24.8%
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.

jkrich, Aug 21, 2007
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4.5/5  rDev +24%

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 934 ratings.