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Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by maxpower on 07-10-2005

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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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Photo of Flounder57
3.61/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

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Photo of DenverLogan
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of rajendra82
3.86/5  rDev +5.8%
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?

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

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Photo of SouljaSaia17
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of BeerDawgs
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
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

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Photo of beerzerker
3.47/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Jadjunk
4.07/5  rDev +11.5%
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

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Photo of rodney45
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of AEArider
3.98/5  rDev +9%
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.

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Photo of Lemke10
3.59/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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Photo of cfrances33
3.67/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of BarryMFBurton
4.05/5  rDev +11%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
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.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 360 ratings.