Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company
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4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
06-13-2014 17:21:33 | More by argock
4.04/5 rDev +11%
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.
Serving type: bottle
06-03-2014 04:46:19 | More by OnTheRoadAgain
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
Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.