Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,013
Reviews: 355
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 35
Gots: 111 | FT: 0
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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 mcellis
3.44/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: This beer poured a one finger head that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and slow moving bubbles coming up through the glass. Nice lacing in the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: sweet and bready malts followed by mild hop aromas.

Taste: Same as above with mild hop bitterness and lime characteristics.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, chewy, low to medium bodied, medium carbonation, and a little tingly bitterness.

Overall: An enjoyable German pilsner styled beer. Easy drinking and very enjoyable with a little hops to it too.

Photo of spoony
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a 12 oz bottle (best by September 13, 2013) into pokal.

A-This brew is pale yellow/gold and crystal clear with a pretty impressive display of carbonation. The bubbles sustain a one-finger head of white head that sticks around for a bit and leaves some lacing on the glass. Nice looking.

S-The smell is clean, crisp, and packs a decent buttery biscuity punch. There is also some grassy hops and a touch of lemon.

T-The taste is crisp and pleasant, but sweeter and more fruit-forward (lemon and apple) than I would like to see in the style. Hops are mild and provide a grassy, light bitterness.

M-The feel is crisp with refreshing carbonation and a light body befitting of the style.

O-I like my pilseners to be chalk-dry and sharp with lots of cracker and biscuit, but this pils did not fit that bill...it has too much sweetness and fruit flavor. Nevertheless, it is a good-looking brew and the mouthfeel is spot-on for the style. I have tried it twice now (with a gap of eight months in between tastings) with consistent tasting notes.

Photo of DenverLogan
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz bottle into a Stone tulip glass.
Straw gold with big head that fades fairly quickly leaving little bubble islands.
Light aroma of grains.
Significant carbonation and moderate mouthfeel.
Flavors of light grains, minerals, straw, grassy hops. All in all a light body with some crisp, penetrating hops and a dry finish.

Photo of rajendra82
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Better than a typical Pilsner pour, with a page golden body, lively carbonation streamers full of tiny bubbles, and a two finger thick, craggy head. The smell was flowery, grassy, and had a hint of cooked corn in it. The taste was a mixture of simple sweetness with a lemony and spicy hop presence. Easy to drink, due to a light, aired out body, and clean lemon drop like finish. I just wanted a lighter diversion this week from the usual ales I drink, and this was just what I expected. Nothing spectacular, but who buys a Pils expecting that?

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a yellow and gold color, substantial clarity, so fresh and so clean, 1" of white head on the top, good lacing, remnants stick on the non drinking side of the glass for the duration of the 12oz.

Aroma, pretty crisp, a little bit of sawdust in it at times. Assume that's the pilsner malt.

Floral hop taste, mild, spritzy carbonation, still smelling/tasting a mild sawdust component in this beer. Reminiscient of Mendocino's lager/pilsner beer. Higher ibu count than most pilsners. The bitterness seems to be a little to similar to a metallic bitterness moreso than one derived from beer ingredients. Noble hopped I suspect.

Mouthfeel tries to be dry and clean, but there is a musty sawdust clove lemon aspect of the aftertaste that just doesn't go away.

I dunno, this is really only a Left Hand offering that I think would be a repeat drink in the summer months, at best.

Photo of Wrigfen
4.52/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No date noted. Served very cold as recommended in a chilled pilsner glass. Excellent taste, extremely smooth and not over powering. Has the full body taste but a light feeling. Feels like you can drink quite a few without becoming bloated. Nice mid level alcholol content. A real winner. Will be stocking up on this one. The appearance gave no indication of how fine tasting this is which was a pleasant surprise.
Try this one folks.

Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Wow, lots of carbonation in the initial pour. Very pale color almost like a pear juice, with a 1/2 in soapy white head.

S: This beer has a lemon shandy type of smell. I get some malts, followed by some dry wheat and a slight lemon peel. The finish is a bit of a biscuit type of aroma.

T: A very sweet wheat flavor that is accompanied by some lemon zest, a hint of pepper and finishes with a bread-type biscuit feel.

M: This beer has a very floral/grassy body. Mild in flavor and carbonation is still going strong. Very sessionable beer.

O: For a beer that says its a Malt Liquor, it sure has some flavor to it. Very good beer, more like a summer time session. Never have been disappointed by a brew from Left Hand. Never seen a color so pale before, but its unique and doesnt indicate a lack of flavor at all.

Photo of BeerDawgs
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A very light pale yellow, with a touch of head and lace left on the glass

S - Wow, huge malty wheat notes.

T - A damn tasty Pilsner. Like the smell, lots of wheaty malts. Nice german malt selection. This is as good a pilsner as it gets

M - Mouthfeel is very light bodied, and light carbonation

O - A very good pilsner. Well done

Photo of beerzerker
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Smell is non existent very clean. After poor head builds into around two fingers. White head. Taste is crisp but good. This would be a good summer beer its a good beer that i would recommend for a newbie drinker.

Photo of Jadjunk
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Available as part of the Left Hand Mixer Variety 12 Pack. Polestar Pilsner is brewed in the German Pilsener style. Bottled on 5/08/12. No bottle info.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pilsner glass. Served at 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a frothy clean 1 inch head, near white with above average retention. Body is a largely clear pale straw yellow with sparse active carbonation. Spotty lacing throughout the drink. Overall a pretty nice looking pilsner, not superb in appearance but it certainly looks to be a pilsner. 3.5

(Smell) Rich biscuity malts with a touch of sweet honey and a fainter, albeit still full clean grassy hop profile with a mild bitterness. Well rounded aroma, potency is high and drink smells bright, clean and balanced. 4

(Taste) Flavor is quite nicely balanced, too. A mildly sweet but flavorful and clean light malty pilsner base with a complimentary grassy hop blend that adds some flavor complexity but none take a front seat to the malt base. Bitterness is relatively low, just enough to compliment the malt character. Finish is clean and abrupt with little hop character in the aftertaste, but a slight sweet drop of malt nectar prevails. Overall, its a simple, yet delicately balanced pilsner, and an enjoyable one at that. 4

(Mouthfeel) Crisp, spritely carbonation with a near crystal clean finish and a touch of creamy froth. It's a good compliment to the pilsner style in general as well as the flavors in this beer and not overdone. Body is medium amongst pilseners and light overall. Alcohol presence is low. The texture is spot on for this beer. 5

(Overall) A very enjoyable German-style Pilsner with a great balance of malt and hop presence and a lively carbonation to match. This is a great pilsner lager for those who don't like bitter pilsners and are looking for a beer with high drinkability. A great beer by Left Hand, and highly recommended. 4

Left Hand Brewing Company's
Polestar Pilsner
4.08/5.00

Photo of rodney45
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Extraordinarily clear brass color, with a very quickly disappearing head.

S: distinctly pilsner aroma, with touches of whole wheat, sour apple and floral notes.

T: First profile is comprised of walnut, citrus and big pilsner malt. Secondary notes are banana, sour cherry and more pilsner malt. Distinct german hops come through right before the end flavors. Moderately dry finish.

M: Light and moderately carbonated, with no alcohol ethers, and low bitterness.

O: An above average pilsner. I wouldnt recommend anyone to go search this beer out, but if you're in the mood for a good pils, this is the place to grab it. I really do like left hand brewery, and i do plan to search out more of their brews in the near future.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polestar Pilsner pours to a clear, pale straw/yellowish color with a good amount of foam that leaves broken lace on the sides of the glass as you consume. The nose on this beer is similar to what you expect in a pilsner beer, with grassy/spicy hops dominating along with a touch of sulfur.

Tasting Polestar Pilsner reveals flavors of biscuit malt, bread, a touch of lemon, and grains. The hops make themselves known in the finish, adding a nice degree of balance with their grassy and herbal notes. The beer is crisp, clear, and clean all the way through.

Among the qualities of Polestar Pilsner, the ones I find most memorable are the crispness and cleanness. The carbonation is just right and the crisp, refreshing qualities make this a good pilsner for a warm summer day. The balance is also quite good, with the hops providing a good bittering edge in the finish that lingers on in the aftertaste.

Pilsners are a popular beer style the world over and Left Hand Brewing Polestar Pilsner is one of the better I have sampled. There is a certain sulfur- like quality in the nose that some may not like, but I found it more than tolerable and the overall taste is generally smooth and very drinkable. It is a fine pilsner beer that most fans of the style will find to their liking.

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 7/7/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining a head. Aromas of pear, lemon, herbal, floral, bready malt, grass, pepper, and light earth. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and earth. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, bread, cracker, pepper, grass, herbal, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity. Fairly dry on the finish but does not feel watery at all. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a fairly crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Pilsner. Not quite as bold as some others I have had. However, it is nicely balanced with a good amount of flavor; and very smooth to drink as expected. Nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, bright yellow with a soft, short, white head

S - lemon, faint grass, faintly herbal

T - herbal, grassy, light malt; rather hoppy and well balanced

M - crisp, light bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, hoppy, sessionable beer. The flavor is solid and the drinkability is great. I'll definitely have this again.

Photo of AEArider
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright gold with an appealing white head leaving plenty of lacing and bubbles dancing for the drinker's pleasure. Smell is of grain and foliage, overall earthy. Taste expands with a deliciou,s and complex hop profile. Mouthfeel is a bit dry and extremely refreshing. Overall, a great lager.

Photo of Lemke10
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear light yellow color with very little head. Scents has that great grainy pilsner smell. Taste is light, grainy, and slightly dry as to be expected. After taste is slightly chalky and dry. Light and easy drinking beer but could be better. Personally I was expecting something a little better from Left Hand.

Photo of cfrances33
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Varga Bar in Philadelphia on 8/4/12, served in a shaker.

Pour: Clear light straw yellow with a finger of white head. Leaves great lacing.

Smell: Bready sweetness bursts out, along with a light grassy hoppyness. Can already tell the mouth on this is going to have a biscuit profile.

Taste: Very bready with a grassy/floral bitterness. Some light citrus in there as well. Entire flavor lingers.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing. Light bitterness lingers very well.

Overall: Refreshing but forgettable.

Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I’ve been waiting to have this one fresh for a while. Cheers to young beer.

About four months until the best-by date (BEST BY 06/05/13).

A: I never thought I’d be so happy to see fizzy yellow beer in my glass. This one’s more of a gold, with a half-inch of white cream accented with strings of lacing. Man, those bubbles just don’t stop coming up from the nucleation site…

S: Crusty French bread, mineral water, and herbal, Noble hops – standard pilsner nose. Hints of sage, sugary banana, and even a slight butteriness add some complexity.

T: A hoppy, well-rounded palate that starts with a crisp hoppiness, lemony, gingery, and peppery. Perfectly balanced with a taste of sweet, weightless bread (like angel food cake) and light banana-clove yeastiness; nothing overbearing here. Vanilla and soft fruits (pear, red apple) appear, as well. Finishes crisp and dry.

M: Smooth and insanely drinkable. Refreshing, but with heft to the body – just perfect.

O: One of the best American pilsners I’ve ever had. It won’t win any awards for complexity, but every little thing about it is enjoyable. Sessionable, and then some.

Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug and I got a very nice crystal clear beer with medium carbonation and a thick white head that slowly dissipates into a thin layer of bubbles. Mild lacing dresses the mug as the beer moves around inside, its got the distinct German pilsner aroma to it, very fresh and crisp; lemon zest, wheat smells come through. Its light on the tongue, some lemon flavors are present along with some other mild citrus fruits like orange, apple and wheat flavors are present but I didn’t pick up any hops. Its goes down really smooth and leaves a slight tangy aftertaste with just a hint of alcohol.

Photo of schlimenhaumer
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass at high altitude near Denver, CO.

A: Pours a clear light yellow color with a foamy two- to three-finger stark white head. Carbonation flows upward toward the top of the glass in a series of columns toward the center. Great retention and a little bit of lacing on the glass.

S: Although the smell is relatively subtle overall, noble hops dominate with faint grains in the background.

T: Sweet malt notes open followed by a light bitter finish. Cleanses the palate very nicely -- clean.

M: Medium-bodied and well-carbonated. Complements the refreshing flavors.

O: I'm generally not a fan of pilsners, but this beer is very clean and refreshing -- the best pilsner I've had to date. I'd be happy to have another one of these, especially on a hot day.

Photo of wedge
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled On: 05/17/2012

Pours a clear yellow color with a solid, creamy white head. Nice spicy hop presence in the aroma...pale malty sweetness, grass, and mild lemon. Sweet malt flavor and further hop spiciness. Herbs, grass, and grain add an earthy element to compliment the spice. Not bad all around, a decent stab at the style actually. Crisp and refreshing. There's just something keeping it from being really good. I could drink a few of these with ease though...

Photo of soju6
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a light golden color with a decent head that fades to some lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and bit of malt sweetness. Aroma is a bit mild but quite clean.

T: Taste starts with a nice clean crispness then a mild malt sweetness and some grain. There is a pleasant bitterness and a clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp, smooth and refreshing. Has a good clean feel.

O: Enjoyable beer that goes down very easy. Good beer that goes well with Summer activities

Photo of TheCondor
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has anyone else ever had the Mountain Mixer from Left Hand? There are a lot of good brews in there, but the Milk Stout, for which Left Hand is most known, is not in there. Needless to say, I picked up a Mountain Mixer, and this was in it. Side poured with standard vigor from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Pours a straw yellow color with a nice, two finger pillowy white head head on top that sticks around for some time. Carbonation and effervescence can be observed inside the glass. The head leaves adequate lacing.

Smell - Grassiness dominated the nose, with a touch of breads, zesty hops, and citrus rounding out the nose. But the grass essence was certainly the primary olfactory stimulation.

Taste - I got a good grassiness from the taste as well, along with a pop from the hops in the middle of the drink. There is certainly a funkiness to the flavor too, almost brett-like, but not quite that remarkable. Just a smooth drinking pils all around.

Mouthfeel - Finishes fairly crisp, clean, and smooth. Mild bitterness in aftertaste from hops.

Overall - This isn't too bad of a beer at all. I generally don't drink pilsners, but this was an exception. I enjoyed it, it's a pretty good beer. I would recommend it, probably buy it again but I would absolutely drink it again.

Photo of Rifugium
1.84/5  rDev -49.3%
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.

Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 1,013 ratings.