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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Reviews: 351
Hads: 1,053
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 25.48%
Wants: 38
Gots: 133 | 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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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised. Not. Big craft beer pilsner fan, sometimes it feels like a gimmicky way to fill up a variety pack. But this was big on malts and had a pleasant bready taste. Almost like an ipa before it gets dry hopped and has all its malts just asking for that mouth hole. Go Bills!

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Photo of Dikfour
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two fingers of creamy white head. Pretty decent retention. Average lacing. Medium carbonation. Crystal clear golden yellow in color.

Smell: bread malts and some grains. Floral fruity hops.

Taste: Bright bread malts up front. Hops develop mid-palate and finish with a biting metaliic flavor on through the aftertaste.

Feel: Not quite oily... maybe inky. Dry finish. Carbonation is probably a little much.

Overall: Not bad. It is a bit harsh but if you like the Pils stupid bitter, go for it.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pilsner pours to a brief thin pebbly white head on a crystal-clear, effervescent straw-colored body. It smells exactly like a pilsner should smell: a moderate level of Noble hop character over a light bready maltiness with faint alcohol undertones. On the front of the palate, it is all hoppy bitterness, joined midway by a slightly-sweet bigger-than-expected swell of malt that washes the bitter away, only to have it return and linger a bit after a fairly crisp, prickly finish. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and is creamy and prickly from the very fizzy carbonation. The dynamic adversity of the hops and malt on the palate (vs. simple coexistence) makes this an interesting beer to drink; the crisp finish and strong carbonation make it refreshing; the excellent nose makes it a beer to come back to.

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a pilsner, which is to say smells mild. Very nice and very mild, which is exactly what it should be. A great option if you want a session beer but don't want an IPA.

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Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one hits all of the right notes for a classic German variety. Nice golden hue and meaty head, biscuit and lemongrass nose followed by a mild hoppy topping to the slightly tinny taste indicative of the style. The ABV is on the upper end of the usual range, but Left Hand has crafted this beer so well that I don't get even a hint of booziness. Very drinkable and well worth trying for anyone wanting to sample a well done American take on one of the world's foundational beer types.

Perfect for the summer but I enjoy this one all year long.


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Photo of maedhros09
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear straw gold with a finger or two of white head.
Taste: Gently sweet maltiness with a mild to moderate herbal and floral hops bitterness. Balanced, refreshing, very drinkable
Feel: Light with average carbonation

Overall: This is a pretty easy going no frills pilsner, similar to what I would expect of a european example of the style. It's almost so understated that you take it's subtlety for granted. Victory's Prima Pils, by comparison, has more flavor and intensity, especially in the hops. However, in a pilsner I'm usually looking for something light, subtle, balanced, and refreshing (not intense). This one hits the spot.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 10/11/15. Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume and lacing, normal retention.

Nose of lager yeast, lemongrass and a touch of noble hops.

Almost medium body with a texture so smooth it approaches light creamy. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a finish that has a nice burst.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, slightly complex and very well balanced. It begins with a blend of light hop flavor that yields to an ascending biscuit sweetness. This sweetness is, however, overtaken by a mild bitterness in the middle. The bitterness is of the noble hop family in terms of flavor. As the bitterness fades, biscuit comes to the forefront and provides balance. The finish is almost crisp and leaves you with a nice lemongrass flavor over a mild bitterness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from The Drinkery Derry.
Brilliantly clear light golden color with a smallish bubbly white head. A bit of skunk escaped from the bottle as I popped this open but quickly subsided. Light grainy malt, light fruitiness, light floral hops, and hints of sulfur. Not as clean as this should be for the style.

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Photo of tarkulich
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to pour this beer at a brew fest in Syracuse, NY. It was my first time having it, and I was very pleased with it. Poured a nice clear yellow color (can't give much description on the head, as we were having problems with foaming from the kegs). Nose was a pleasant spicey hop note. Tasted very crisp with a tender malt core and a lingering but not overpowering hop bitterness on the tongue. I'm typically more of a Czech pilsner guy, but this was a great beer to savor. I'll have to search this one out for my personal stash at home.

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Photo of BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a very light golden straw with pillowy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lots of rising bubbles. Okay distribution from small to medium. Good clinging.

Smell - Lots and lots of lime, smells as though lime was squeezed int the beer. Backdrop of straw malt, and a bit of grass, but I'm mostly getting lime.

Taste - Sweet bready malt with a fairly bitter finish, with the lingering flavor of lime. Somewhat astringent and metallic. A bit of honey.

Feel - Light, refreshing and effervescent. Leaves a cool feeling and activates the saliva glands. Tingle in the middle of the tongue.

Overall - A solid pilsner but not my favorite. Great hot weather beer, however.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A refreshing offering for an often overdone and poorly offered style, taste is crisp with lingering hop notes, drinkability is off the charts, I would probably say it would be dangerous to have a 6 pack or two lying around as they are easily sessionable. The hype is real with this beer, would definitely have again, and thats saying a lot for a style I'm not really too fond of.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Best by: 10/24/15.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, grass, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grass, herbal hop, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a great set of aromas, but there is a metallic quality in the taste that isn't too pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

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Photo of JasonMcDrinky
4.84/5  rDev +32.6%
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.

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

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Photo of dramer
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
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

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Photo of SamN
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
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!

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Photo of snilsen13
4/5  rDev +9.6%
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.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of corywalston
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

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Photo of cervezango
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

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Photo of OnTheRoadAgain
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 351 ratings.