Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

YOUR RATING = None |
BA SCORE
83
good
359 Reviews
BEER STATS
Reviews:
359
Ratings:
1,103
Avg:
3.65
pDev:
25.48%
 
 
Wants:
41
Gots:
168
For Trade:
0
Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 07-10-2005

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 359 | Ratings: 1,103
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.

 173 characters

Photo of svenness
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 03/02/16 stamp on bottle

L: Brilliant yellow, fast carbonation, thin white head faded quickly
S: Subdued malts, light cracker, not getting much hop aroma, a little metallic
T: Bready, fruity, moderate bitterness
F: Nice mouthfeel, light bodied but not thin, moderate carbonation
O: Light and refreshing, a good local pils

 334 characters

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.

 317 characters

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.

 585 characters

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.

 231 characters

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.

 389 characters

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.

 1,503 characters

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.

 835 characters

Photo of ReedEzekiel
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
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.

 380 characters

Photo of ZachT
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant amber gold, medium-high carbonation with good head retention, crisp, slightly bitter, bread malt and subtle herby hop flavours, dry and slightly bitter finish, a very good pilsner

 189 characters

Photo of DenverHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 7/30/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - flat, white grape juice. Thin white head that vanishes very quickly. Lacing is nonexistent.
Smell - lemon bread and a hint of mango.
Taste - some lemon zest and sour dough.
Feel - a bit tangy, but too light.
Overall - a nice pils; the styles just not for me.

 342 characters

Photo of Mojo
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> pilsner flute glass

A - very clear light straw colored with a small one finger head, good retention, and good lacing.

S - very light aroma, floral and biscuit notes.

T - light and flavorful, subtle malt profile with a bit of a rye and hop finish

M - good carbonation, bit of an aftertaste

O - A refreshing easy drinking offering.

 356 characters

Photo of jmw4437
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear golden color akin to a light champagne or white grape juice. Minimal, stark-white head which covers the top of the glass well.

S: Smells light and refreshing with hints of malt and hops.

T: Taste was a big letdown for this brew and leads me to think that I may have picked up a bad bottle. Starts off as a good example of a pilsner and what I expected but finished very metallic-like.

M: Nothing exceptional but in no way disappointing either.

O: Would try again, after reading reviews, possibly a bit of an older bottle that wasn't treated too well before I purchased it.

 585 characters

Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am a left hand fan. This pilsner is as good as any.

A: Dense white head atop a pale brass body, with pin point carbonation and a bit of lace.
S: Smell is the weakest link here. Grass, white biscuit malt, flowers, and bit of skunk.
T: Lovely. Could drink this all night. Authentic, lovely hop and sweet citric, grassy profile. Light and tingly refreshing finish.
MF: Lovely body and finish, good weight, leaves you in a great refreshing place, Great Food BEER!

As good a pilsner gets.

 492 characters

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

Very light golden color, clear, with good foamy head with dallops.

Nice herbal qualities on the nose, and these hops are enticing indeed. Clean, fresh aroma.

Prominent Saaz on the palate, dry, drinkable, nice balancing malt in there too. Great balance of flavorful yet drinkable. One of the better European style Pilsners on the market from American brewers.

 360 characters

Photo of AUGRAD06
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light in color with a white head about a finger in size. A almost sweet start with a strong yeasty finish. Leaves the tongue nice and clean and wanting more. I'm not usually much of a Pilsner fan, but I really enjoy this one by Left Hand. I will definitely get it again. I think this would be a great bridge beer to get a budweiser or miller fan into craft brewing. I plan on introducing my dad to it the next time we cook out together.

 441 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has a super clean super clear body of straw yellow coloring but it did mount a nice thick cloud of dense white foam.

The aroma is nice with soft grains and bready sweetness but it's very soft and light.

For a Pilsner this is quite tasty with a bread or white bread toast, oat, grain and slight hop flavor.

The feel is so smooth and full for a Pilsner with easy drinkability and tons of refreshment.

Pilsners will never win the BA Top 250 but if I had to pick a good one this is certainly a favorite.

 508 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, hops, grass

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grass and it ends with a faint hop aftertaste.

Overall – Doesn't live up to the higher reviews in my opinion. It's a little too grassy/adjunct tasting to be a world class pils.

 600 characters

Photo of alphagnome
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
Is this champagne? Poured into a flute, it's to figure out at first glance. Clear, pale yellow color body with a thin, white ring around the top. Considering the lack of head, there is decent lacing. Nice stream of bubbly.

Aroma:
Leaves a lot to be desired.. Faint citrus zest, mild earthy hop notes, and damp hay. Light spicing.

Taste:
Follows the aroma closely, thankfully more character is present. Clean, grassy hops hit up front followed by lemon peel and pepper with other spices that I'm unable to identify. Rides a fine line between bitter and sweet. Well done!

Mouthfeel:
Fairly light body and pleasant carbonation, although I'd like more. Semi-sweet finish with a spiced aftertaste.

Overall:
I found myself enjoying this one considerably! It's light enough to enjoy multiple in one sitting, yet packs enough flavor to keep you interested, only if just. Definitely worth consideration.

 910 characters

Photo of steveh
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First try for this beer from a brewery that can be hit or miss for me.

Best by 1/27/14 right on the brown longneck.

A -- Clear, straw yellow with a dense white head. Lots of cascading bubbles.

S -- Nice spicy noble hops right up front. Mild hint of DMS and light graininess.

T -- Mild breadiness up front that folds into graininess then immediately into bitter hops. Finish is a balance of spicy hops and hop bitterness with some mild breadiness in the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is lightly soft up front then crisp and dry in the finish.

O -- Once again, an American attempt at a German style that falls short in good malt character. I see the web site says that Weyermann German malts are used with 2 row in this beer -- they should have left out the 2 row. I also have to wonder if a decoction mash was used.

Overall this is a good drinker, made very well and worth picking over some of the German imports if you can get it at a good price. Otherwise, I miss the good melanoidin malts that the better German labels will have.

 1,035 characters

Photo of DeFaz
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I found this for $1.29 at Belmont Party Supply. For that price, I frankly wasn't expecting much. It pours an attractive golden color with fine bubbles swimming frantically to the top. The medium head shows very good retention. Smell is somewhat fruity with biscuit and mild hop aromas. Taste is on the sweeter side for a pilsner but still offers a nice biscuit flavor. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin with carbonation on the lower end of the spectrum. Overall, this beer tastes fresh, complex (for a pilsner), and remarkably balanced. It would make a great session beer.

 565 characters

Photo of Qbdoo
3.56/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I'm revisiting this after trying it once before and being blown away. Unfortunately, doesn't live up to my memory of it. Nevertheless, a solid, good-drinking quaffer that deserves a better rating than it gets here. When I drank it before I remember a rather distinct almost sweet creamy taste and feel (especially for a pilsner) but I don't detect that now. I wonder if this is a bit past prime. Scent is floral and the taste is pretty middle of the road slightly bitter pilsner style. I drank it first in 90 degree weather and it was perfect then. I'm gonna try this again in July and see what I think.

 603 characters

Photo of TownDunkel
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pilsner the ultimate hot day beer.

A _ light gold yellow with tons of white head bubbles

S _ mild hops with not much else wished there could have been more

T _ noble hop forefront with chamgaign like dryness in the middle then back to a bitter hops. Quenched the thirst quick almost too fast.

M _ long lasting carbonation goodness..

Not the biggest fan of pulsners but this is one to have

 395 characters

Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Dull straw/golden color. Three fingers of rocky white head retain extremely well. Lacing is very stubborn, sticky, and foamy.

S: Fragrant nose of grass and hay, slightly lemony, touch of sulfur, sweet and grainy pilsner malt. Very authentic.

T: Pronounced herbal and slightly metallic hop edge up front. Oily and spicy. Hops tastes soften a bit toward the middle as grass and citrus zest begin to come through. Sulfury minerality. Biscuity and doughy pilsner malt form a nice base. Finishes with a lingering oily, spicy hop bite.

M: Light bodied, but with that textbook firm and round feel. Ample scrubbing carbonation. Great.

O: I had this beer years ago and wrote it off completely. I ordered a bottle of it at a bar, and it tasted skunky and stale. Since then I've passed it over on store shelves countless times. Holy Christ, what a mistake. i never realized Polestar had this type of game. This is right up there with the best American-made pilsners, and it could challenge the best imports too. Goes to show you how much of a difference beer freshness can make.

 1,118 characters

Photo of Liquoric3
3.22/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

My first American Pilsener!

Looks a little bit paler than your average German Pilsener, but it has light golden beautiful colour with a foamy white head. Moderate carbonation.

The smell is suprisingly sweet for a pilsener with some mild hop flavour in the background.

First you get some sweet almost grainy malt flavour. The body is light. Then in the middle of the beer the earthy hops try to dominate to end this beer with a slightly dry finish. I somehow miss a clean and crisp flavour in this beer, because I can taste the sweet malts until the end.

More bitter hops and less sweet malts, please!

Don't know how old this bottle is though.

 648 characters

Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 359 ratings.