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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

838 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 838
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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djrn2

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9.9%

12-12-2011 19:30:10 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice and light yellow color with some visible carbonation bubbles. Nice fluffy white head. The nose brings some light floral and Noble hops along with a bit of grain. The taste is grainy with a nice bitterness level, which carries over and really creates a nice mouthfeel. Drinks quite well overall; I'm a big fan. Cheers, Left Hand.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2010 02:33:57 | More by Thorpe429
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale polished brass with abundant fine carbonation rising languidly to a three finger chalk white cap with loads of delicate bubbles on its upper surface. The head is in no hurry to depart and leaves drips and drabs and tiny curlicues of lace as it does so. A good look.

In spite of the fact that the beer comes in a brown bottle, my nostrils were assauted with skunk when the cap was popped. Is it my imagination or is Saaz the worst offender in terms of Pepe Le Pew? Once the nastiness fades there's a pretty decent nose in its place: sharply grassy and even a little citrusy. Not bad, not bad.

Same goes for the flavor. Polestar tastes pretty authentic to me. It's more pils malty, sweeter, slightly less hoppy and more lemon citric than your run-of-the-mill version; a worthwhile variation if I've ever tasted one. I'm not sure that a Saaz-exclusive pils (Perle and Vanguard complete the hop bill) would have worked as well.

At just past 6 months since bottling (thanks for the 'bottled on' dates guys) the hops might have been expected to have faded to some extent. If so, I think I prefer the current balance. This is still hop-dominant beer, but the light sweetness of the pils malt gives it a sessionable character. The 5% ABV helps in that regard as well.

As the beer drops below the halfway point of the pint glass, several meaty rings of lace buttress the appearance score that I granted at the start. The body is medium in general and a touch more full for the style, thanks, no doubt, to a few extra bushels of barley. No letdown here.

I really had no idea what to expect from this beer. Left Hand can be all over the map in terms of quality and German pilseners can be hard to get exactly right. I'm impressed though. While it doesn't put a scare into the best of this style, Polestar Pilsner is a quality beer that knows where it's headed and how to get there.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 13:15:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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metter98

New York

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thick, dense ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of biscuit and grainy malts as well as grassy hops in the nose. The smell isn’t very pleasant and seems awkward for the style.
T: A moderate amount of bitterness stands out in the overall taste from start through finish. Flavors of grainy malts are also present along with some notes of biscuit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Provided you can get past the smell (or just hold your nostrils), this beer isn’t that bad and is relatively easy to drink. It doesn’t have any overpowering flavors so it would probably make a good accompaniment to food.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2012 01:22:32 | More by metter98
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a satisfactory head; a few shards of lace complement the visual appeal

Smell: Grasssy, herbacious and tinged with sulphur

Taste: Opens with a nice taste of the biscuit and develops in a grassy, herbacious fashion by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal elements are joined by some lemony citrus and a touch of sulphur; crisp and clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: A decent domestic pils; quite Germanic

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2008 23:49:57 | More by brentk56
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had not tried this one before, so last night when I was out for dinner, decided to try a bottle of it. The pour was rather standard for the style. Very nice clarity with a nice golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste. The finish was quick, crisp, and very clean, leaving virtually no aftertaste, but leaving you looking for more.

Overall not a bad pilsner at all. Nothing really earth shattering here, but still a very solid effort. I would most certainly not turn this one down if offered it again, especially with the warm weather approaching.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2008 00:05:54 | More by mikesgroove
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nmann08

District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

03-07-2014 21:38:49 | More by nmann08
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It seems to me that the American microbreweries are getting better at this style. I am often trying more of these that I like. This beer is one of them. It's more malty in aroma, flavor, and texture than grainy. The hops add a spice, herbal, and earthy character without the bitey astringency. The beer is creamy and hold a good head retention until the end. Finsihes quite clean and crisp with a mild minty, green apple snap. Good summertime beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2006 19:20:36 | More by BEERchitect
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kjkinsey

Texas

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%

12-04-2012 23:18:11 | More by kjkinsey
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow body with a frothy white head.

Smell: Pilsner malt aroma with notes of lime, flowers, and spicy Saaz hops.

Taste: Pilsner malts with a decent amount of sweetness. Very light hint of honey. The juice of one lime. Spicy Saaz character with a mild, palate-cleansing bitterness. Crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly accurate to style and reasonably refreshing. Pretty good for a pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2008 03:34:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-14-2013 04:00:40 | More by jaydoc
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Texasfan549

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

02-05-2013 22:09:55 | More by Texasfan549
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Another shout-out to my brother's increasingly improving beer selections. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light corn, and what seems like powdered sugar (though, admittedly, this may be my glass...I just don't think so). The taste holds notes of light wheat, flowers, light greens, and a strong undercurrent of vinyl. Yowza. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, were it not for the rubbery bitterness pervading this thing, it would be a pretty nice pils. Alas...

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2010 08:43:41 | More by TMoney2591
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a white, one-finger head. Actually, left a little lace, though.

S - It smelled of grains and some sweet malts.

T - It tasted quite sweet and a little fruity. Also grain and yeast flavors. A little hop character, too.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good beer, but not fabulous. It is nice to fine a pils with a little bit of hops in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 20:45:20 | More by zeff80
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nickfl

Florida

4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one finger head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, pale golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves average lace.

S - A light aroma of sweet pilsner malt with a hint of honey. Herbal, european hops blend nicely with the malt.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with some earthy honey. Herbal, noble hop flavors come out in the middle with moderate bitterness. Finishes with more pilsner malt and a hint of dry toast as well as moderate bitterness and spicy hop character.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a nicely made, dry German style pilsner with an emphasis on the hop character. An excellent hop presence in both aroma and flavor with a dry, but rich malt profile to back it up. This is one to add to the short list of authentic and enjoyable American made pilsners.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2010 05:30:52 | More by nickfl
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a medium-sized white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is light, bready and well-balanced, with your typical, straight-forward, pilsener flavors of light malts and mild hops. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filing at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound away several of over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2008 22:20:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

10-16-2012 16:33:54 | More by RblWthACoz
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand Polestar Pilsner

Clear, pale yellow, pillowy white head, active and bubbly.

Soft, clean, pleasant aromatics. Lightly hoppy.

Taste:easy on the palate, and all the way down. Nice little display of hops up front, then it fades back, and the mellow malt takes over. Slight lemon/citrus flavor, hangs in the back of the throat. Quite a quencher, this, goes down so easy. Just enough flavor to make it worth drinking. I don't often reach for pilsners, but if you're looking for one, I'd recommend the Polestar.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 09:10:01 | More by feloniousmonk
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours Yellow to straw color with a head white that drops quickly. Below average head retention and so-so lacing

Smell: Earthy hops, mown grass and alcohol

Taste: Citrusy hops and clean graininss up front. Some sweetness in the middle with a dry/sweet finish

MF: Good balance and carbonation, pretty crisp

Clean tasting and pretty drinkable, not very memorable, but worth a try

Couldn't read the bottled on date on any of the bottles, space is just whited out...weird

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2006 03:03:29 | More by russpowell
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 16:04:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

05-25-2013 16:18:08 | More by Slatetank
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A past white fluffy head rises to 1 finger and fades slowly over a crystal clear golden yellow colored beer.

N: A typical pilsner nose, with some toasty malts which are lighter than most, a lager crisp and light aroma, a little sweetness, a little wheat, and this one seems to have the slightest musty off aroma that can come from pilsners often.

T: Very crisp and refreshing, toasty malts are present now, lots of wheat, some round lager tastes, some sweetness too, and a bitterness that doesn't seem to play very well, it's an earthy bitterness that doesn't balance into the rest of the beer, with a little more of that musty taste that seems to ride on the back of the bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still partially sweet but mostly dry, with that lingering bitter taste that doesn't play too well. It hurts the drinkability of what should be very crisp and refreshing, although it does have it's crisp and refreshing taste. A touch of lingering toasty malts and wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2010 01:28:57 | More by jlindros
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WesWes

New York

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pilsner malt scent along with a slightly grainy, bitter aroma. It's lightly hopped and basic in malt composition. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pilsner malt flavor with just a hint of Munich malt sweetness. The German hops provide adequate bitterness. It's easy drinking with little off-flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good example of the German pilsner style. It's a bit less complex than some authentic version, but it's easy drinking and enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2010 16:48:26 | More by WesWes
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Mora2000

Texas

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2010 23:02:38 | More by Mora2000
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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

1.8/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

I like Left Hand beers. I think the problem here with this one is that it was unfortunately past its prime. It was actually pretty undrinkable, and our ratings for this one were discarded. Hopefully I'll be able to sample it again in the future and give a better rating, because I have to believe they couldn't make a beer this bad.

Clear golden-yellow pour, foamy white head...everything looked like a normal pils. Aroma of grains, sulfur, heavy funk. All signs seemed to be pointing to oxidation. Taste was a blast of funk and skunk, sulfur, wet grass and cardboard, distant flavors of what may have been a good beer: spent grains and generic hop bitterness. I didn't see a freshness date, nor do I know when our host got the bottle, but I think it's safe to say, this one was not fresh. Lighter body, and pretty much undrinkable; "drain" pour.

I'll still take it over a Bud though.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2012 03:31:54 | More by Rifugium
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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.