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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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354 Reviews

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Reviews: 354
Hads: 1,067
Avg: 3.65
pDev: 25.48%
Wants: 39
Gots: 141 | 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:
Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005

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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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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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.

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

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!

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

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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Photo of stella77artois
4.11/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Drank from the bottle. Assuming it looks like most lagers/pilseners. Didn't notice much carbonation.

S - A very slight bit of dank, touch of hops and lemon, also a hint of fresh cut grass. Nice smelling beer.

T - Pretty darn tasty lager. Can notice a touch of hops, quality malts, and a very light citrus taste. The bottle describes the beer as "spicy", and I agree, there is a bit of spice. A general peppery spice. Very flavorful lager.

F - Extremely refreshing, as a quality pilsener should be. Didn't notice a lot of carbonation, but there was still some fizz.

O - Wish I could find this in 6er's or 12er's, as this is an excellent pilsener. Lot's of flavor yet stil refreshing. Highly recommend this beer.

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Photo of puboflyons
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 16, 2013 when it was 91 degrees outside.

It looks the way a good pilsener should with a straw yellow appearance and a full, foamy white head that sticks around in the short time it takes me to drink it.

The aroma is of grainy malts, moderate sweetness, and a notable clean, crisp hop scarf to wrap everything up in.

The body is light and creamy.

The taste is a bit bolder in hops which creep up after the grainy and sweetness tickle the tongue. Dry at the finish. This is an ideal pilsener for a hot, humid day like today. I could drink several of them.

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Photo of barczar
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant light golden yellow with an almost non-existent ivory head that dissipates into a slight ring of foam.

Floral hops and biscuity malt dominate the aroma. There's a bit of earthiness, but the aroma is fairly subtle.

Flavor is very floral throughout and decidedly bitter at the finish. Cracker-like dry pilsner malt and notes of grain surface mid palate, drying out the final impression. The initial impression is of bready malt, but this succumbs to the hop bitterness and flavoring. Peppery spice emerges late.

Body is moderate, with carbonation on the low side, and slight alcohol warmth.

Fairly bitter and dry, but there's enough malt sweetness early to keep my interest. Carbonation is off. Wonder about the age on this one.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours faded yellow with a finger of white foam that fell pretty fast but left a thin skin on top and some good lace. Perfect clarity. Nose is pilsner all the way. Yeasty and dank. A touch of lemon and some fresh cut grass. Some spice on a good light malt. A little bit of a mineral quality too. Taste is light biscuit and floral hops. Grassy with a touch of bitter. Body is soft and smooth the malt is airy and light. Really an outstanding pils that isn’t too bitter and offers a graceful malt through out the drink. Finished dry with a delicate texture, a touch bitter and a kiss of honey sweetness. Well done! You could happily drink this beer all day.

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Photo of mcellis
3.44/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable, especially for Summer food - Hot Dogs, Hamburgers, you get the idea.

Pros: Nice thick head after pouring. Smells like fresh cut grass and seawater. Bright clear yellow color with nice carbonation. Creamy mouth feel makes an interesting contrast with the briny, malty taste.

Cons: Less of a con, but as a word of caution, this is a beer lover's beer. You have to like the taste of hops and malt and general "beer-ness" to enjoy this beer. I can easily see my Wood Chuck loving friends turning their noses up to this. Enjoy this with other beer lovers only.

Overall: Left Hand does no wrong in my opinion, and Polestar certainly didn't try to convince me otherwise. Not my favorite of their brews, but I would happily drink it at a cook-out. Very refreshing and has a nice complexity to tease your palate.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 354 ratings.