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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

832 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 832
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 19
Gots: 29 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005)
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BeerLover99

Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: straw yellow body, trace body, patchy lacing

S: clean crisp, earthy/grassy nose, malt

T: mild sweet yeast, earthy pine, grain,
semi-dry crisp finish

M: Med/light body, mild prick
on tongue, semi-dry crisp mouth

O: Quite nice, fine session brew
and good gateway beer for your reticent friends.
Can't go wrong with this brew for Summer.

VERY GOOD, WORTH GETTING!

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2011 17:01:17 | More by BeerLover99
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jmarsh123

Indiana

4.7/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head.

Sweet pilsner malt and a spicy noble hop aroma.

Very crisp pilsner malt. Light and refreshing. Finishes dry with a nice noble hop kick.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style and carbonation levels are medium-high.

My favorite pilsner. Perfect for a nice summer day. Crisp and dry just how I like it.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2011 22:21:40 | More by jmarsh123
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osusullins

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is about an average pilsner in my opinion. I'm not a huge lager fan anyway, and this just seems like most pilsners I've tasted.

Pours a clear gold. Nice white head.

Smells dry with subtle hops.

Taste is very malt forward. Dry and crisp. Carbonation and hops come through on the back end. The beer finishes more aggressively then it begins.

Serving type: on-tap

11-03-2011 02:54:01 | More by osusullins
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. The beer is a clear golden color, the perfect color that a pilsner should be, not too light. A creamy white head sits on top, and dissipates a little. What is left is a medium thin layer of bubbles. I appreciate this very much, as the head never goes away completely. Good sticky lacing down the glass. Smells of citrus, lemongrass, and faded hops are present. The taste is interesting. A bit too lemony and herbal for me. It has a light grassy taste, if that makes sense. A great summer beer for sure. The mouthfeel is just right, very lager-esque. Overall, I think my rating will be higher than what i would actually prefer. It's a complex beer, but therein lies the brilliance of it. I wouldn't want to session this at all, but it would make an awesome beer for lunch on a spring or summer day. Again, I keep trying to find faults with this, but when i break down each individual area it's pretty good, yet unique in all of them. I probably won't try it again though. How weird.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2011 14:55:18 | More by JuicesFlowing
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mrfrancis

Kentucky

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear gold with a tight, compact white head that laces fairly deep into the glass. Really, this beer looks like every other pilsner one will run across in one's lifetime.

S: Aromas of lemony, grassy hops and biscuity malt come across strongly on the nose. As the beer warms, the hop aromas fade, while the malt becomes more pronounced. Unique.

T: Opens crisp and dry with notes of minerals, lemon, biscuits, grass, and straw. The finish is clipped and quenching with biscuity malt notes again coming into focus.

M: Medium-bodied, but a bit thin and watery. I found this beer to feel a little harsh. I expected more in this regard.

O: This is not a bad pilsner, but it is a tad watery. I would have also liked a more assertive flavor profile. I guess I expected a bit too much.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2011 20:10:38 | More by mrfrancis
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3.35/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.

Look – light golden color, clear, with good carbonation with about three fingers’ worth of frothy whit foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell – not a very typical pilsner smell, a little more hoppy, but still a tad malt dominant.

Taste – a little more typical in taste for that of a pilsner. It has a pretty bright, crisp bite, and only a slightly lingering bitter aftertaste. The hops are felt more than they’re tasted.

Mouthfeel – typical in that it leans a little more on the watery side.

Overall – for the most part not a very pilsner-tasting pilsner, at least not so in my opinion. It’s not bad though, and somewhat thought-provoking.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2011 17:20:15 | More by Nerudamann
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elNopalero

Texas

4/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden color, like clear straw, with thin lacing around the top. A light hoppy aroma and a delicate sweetness to the palate, almost honey-like. This is a light, crisp, refreshing pilsner that doesn’t overwhelm or disappoint. Big guys, take note: pilsners don’t have to be fizzy and flavorless!

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2011 21:52:00 | More by elNopalero
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NuclearDolphin

Minnesota

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden-straw color that is pretty clear. Head is thin and disappears quickly

Smell - Nice healthy bread smell with a hint of hops. There is also a "cider" aroma that adds to the quality.

Taste - The hops and yeast qualities are more noticeable upon tasting, as well as the cider taste. This is my first Pilsner that I've have that has a cider-like taste to it and I'm very impressed as to how well it blends with the rest of the brew. Finish is a more bitter

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is light, as well as the body. Feels really smooth while drinking.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer. It's different from the other Pilsners I've tried due in part to the slight cider taste, but even if that weren't present, this would still be a very solid Pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2011 01:51:30 | More by NuclearDolphin
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rfgetz

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden straw color with thin cap of white froth, little lacing. Scent is pure pilsener with lightly twangy malt and some lemony and faintly grassy hops. Simple, clean pilsen malt taste leads with solid lemmony and lightly grassy, but not over the top hopping found in many American pilsener versions these days. Lighter side of medium bodied, crisp. A good all around refreshing pils.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2011 13:20:11 | More by rfgetz
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good golden color and foam. A bit too much carbonation for my liking.

Smell: Grassy hops and turn floral as this warms. Good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Overall I like this. Carbonation is fairly well balanced, maybe on the rough side though, and the flavors mellow nicely. Good balance of grassy, floral, and citrus hops with some faint honey sweetness. Wish it was a bit stronger overall.

Drinkability: Good, not great.

Overall: One of the better American interpretations of a German pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 02:22:45 | More by tjsdomer2
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jsprain1

Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Perfectly clear light honey color. Head is one and a half fingers foamy white. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising.
S- Smell is quite clean. Grainy, with light apple and grass aromas.
T- Leans on the pilsener malt a bit much. I mean I enjoy the grainy, crackery, biscuit flavor, but a bit more of the grassy hops that are there would be appreciated.
M- Medium body, smooth, clean, refreshing,
O- This is a so-so pilsener that's just short a bit on the hops. Add some spicy hops or more of the light grassiness that's there and you've got a top notch beer

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 00:31:29 | More by jsprain1
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allforbetterbeer

Colorado

3.93/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass. "Born on date" clearly stamped on bottle neck.

The body is slightly hazy bright light golden yellow. The head is a fantastic fluffy compact white mountain that laces like crazy and lasts seemingly forever. Seriously, maybe the best head I have seen on an American made Pilsener.

The nose is a bit muted by the awesome head, but I can smell sweet grass, extra pale malts, lightly toasted white bread, and some very light and mild hops.

The flavor of this beer is quite easy going. It isn't watery or light, but it does take it easy as it fills the senses. Thus the malts are light and soft, the hops are even softer and provide a kiss of flavor (sweet grass and a touch of floral) and a quaint dose of bitterness. Nothing attacks, but it doesn't feel terribly lacking either.

The mouthfeel is much smoother and softer than some German Pilseners can be, but I feel that this is still a good example. I enjoy sipping it.

Conclusion: This is another thoughtful and well crafted beer from Left Hand, which is earning my respect with each new beer I try. I enjoy the laid back character of this beer, and the soft but clean flavors it provides.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 21:07:17 | More by allforbetterbeer
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emmasdad

Colorado

2.75/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this one as part of a mixed six. Poured a clear golden yellow with a min imal white head. Aromas of straw and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, bread and spicy hops with a crisp dry bitter finish.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2011 21:15:35 | More by emmasdad
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent golden straw color with a thin layer of head. Very little lacing. Smells slightly sour. Yeast, cut grass, and a bit of orange peel. Taste is more of the same. Sour yeast dominates with some earthy, grass flavors. A bit of orange peel near the end. Light, easy drinking beer. Pretty decent for warm days but the sourness and orange peel are a bit off putting to me for some reason. Mouthfeel is actually a bit creamy which I did not expect. Overall, its an alright beer but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2011 15:08:02 | More by PicoPapa
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surprenant1138

Connecticut

3.03/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy straw colorwith almost no head and minimal lacing. Aroma is light: yeasty, slightly grassy, lemony, with a hi t o hops. Mouthfeel is light, slightly carbonated. Taste is actually a bit bland; some hops, fairly yeasty, some spices, and a hint of grass is noticed before finishing with a metallic touch. If cold, this is a pretty refreshing beer, but nothing extremely exciting.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 01:39:24 | More by surprenant1138
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JEdmund

Kansas

4.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this three times on tap, on two separate occasions. I'm convinced now that it rivals Sierra Nevada's Summerfest. I'll have to do a side-by-side to determine which I prefer most.

Style-wise, it hits the target with good clarity, nice light honey color, an initial white cap that settles after a bit, and an aroma that is hoppy in the Noble sense. The aroma definitely bests most pilsners I've come across with those hops being so noticeable.

Flavor is where it really stands out. It has a pronounced bitterness, light body (but not so light you can't taste the clean malts), and a dry finish. It goes down smoothly, and truly leaves me wanting more. I really appreciate the generous amount of hops in this pils.

It's not often a pilsner really grabs my attention. I'm glad I finally gave this a shot. I'll be working it into my regular rotation from now on. Nice work, Left Hand!

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2011 13:25:26 | More by JEdmund
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle with a spot for 'bottled on' but no stamp. Pours crystal clear with a modest cap of fine-bubbled white head. Retention and lacing are both decent.

Nose is clean, light grains with an equal portion of floral hops. Well balanced and fresh smelling brew.

This one has some unique aspects that make it a little different from the typical, fairly narrow style confines of a pilsner. The malts are super clean with a biscuit dough creaminess and I dont find them to be grainy or husky at all. The hops also lend a somewhat uncommon biting bitterness that is somewhere between grassy, floral and even piney in its lingering aspect. I wouldnt mind seeing more hop flavor and less bitterness. It works ok in the end, but I prefer my pilsners with more grainy/husky malt flavor and a distinctive saaz-y hop flavor with just enough bitterness for balance.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2011 19:51:08 | More by twiggamortis420
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output01x

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. capped bottle (Bottled On 06/13/11) into a pilsener glass.

A moderate pour yields a 1-finger snow white head that recedes after a few minutes to a thin uneven dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a slightly hazy pale gold with a good amount of large carbonation bubbles. Some light lacing can be seen clinging to the glass edges throughout consumption.

Grainy malt with sweet biscuit combine well with earthy and floral hops aromas. The nose is not bold but pleasant and inviting.

Sweet biscuity malts start each sip but are quickly joined by floral hops with an earthy undertone. A slightly lemon zest note can also be detected. A little grassy bitterness joins and leaves an almost drying aftertaste.

Light bodied with decent carbonation, this beer is as drinkable as any pilsener should be. The body is light and refreshing. The carbonation is a little fizzy but not overpowering or overly noticeable.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2011 16:43:03 | More by output01x
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crossovert

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Brewed on 6/13/11.

It pours a deep gold, pretty standard for a pils with a straight white head that sticks seemingly forever.

The hop scent is very nobley. It also has some clean grain notes, it actually smells pretty true to style.

The flavor is more of a letdown, though style-wise it is to style, one of the few american pilseners that I have ever tasted that tastes like it actually came form Germany. Unfortuneately other than that it ranks among maybe a Binding or a Karlsberg pils, not bad, but not amazing.

Nice effort though, if they tweaked it a bit more they could reach the next level.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 00:14:22 | More by crossovert
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PDXHops

South Carolina

2.05/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Growler poured into a pils glass. Bubbly light gold with a modest-for-style frothy white head and some drippy lacing.

I see I'm the first to review this beer from a growler, and I'm inclined to give it another shot from a bottle. Something definitely seemed off here (although it was consumed fresh, poured about 20 minutes after purchase). Some earthy and grassy hops in the nose, some lightly sweet malt, but not as lively as you'd expect from a pils. Nice lemony bitterness, but the noble hop flavors are subdued, it seems overly sweet, and even at this modest ABV, it's rather boozy.

Overall impression: I'll give this another shot in a bottle, but this growler provided a subpar pils experience. Old keg, maybe? (This was one of the first kegs in the state.)

Serving type: growler

08-02-2011 01:51:28 | More by PDXHops
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Clear straw color, with two fingers worth of bright white foam that hangs around to the bottom of the glass.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, biscuit, faint hop note.
Taste-Biscuit malt, cracker, baked bread. Nice hop bite that doesn't overwhelm, but balances nicely. Very crisp and refreshing finish. A fine take on a German Pilsener that would be welcome at any summer outdoor gathering. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2011 17:42:47 | More by hosehead83
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flavoursaviour

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

At home. From the bottle, into a pint, and then into my mouth.

Pours a translucent golden-straw with streams of bubbles adding to a pillow of white head. Beautiful in the glass.

Aroma of baked bread, crackers and yeast. A mild nose.

Tastes slightly of sweetbread in the malt and washed with a crisp hop bitterness.

Mouth feels nicely coated with malt sweetness, and then balanced out by the mild hops, which linger in the aftertaste.

Overall a fantastically well-balanced pilsner. Drink one, you'll want another.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2011 03:32:08 | More by flavoursaviour
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mdcrouser

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a traditional pilsner gold, with little head. Almost zero carbonation from the bottom.

Corny, slightly salty and fairly muted malts touch the nose. It takes a few good whiffs to get there though.

Maltiness comes through with a distinct punch, sweet and distinctly biscuity. The malt is more pronounced here than with most pilsners. Slight burn from the hops to close.

The carbonation really drives the matliness home, popping it on the tongue.

That's a nice pilsner that differentiaties itself from others on the market.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:40:59 | More by mdcrouser
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Tucquan

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on 2011-03-09 at the Drafting Room in Exton, PA (from tasting notes)

A - Completely clear, light straw with a 1-finger white head that lasts, and good lacing.

S - Mild. Light biscuit, yeast and citrus.

T - Lots of biscuit. More hop bitterness than expected. Crisp with a dry finish. The flavor is simple and very well balanced.

M - Light body and medium-high carbonation.

O - Easy to quaff. There's a lot of flavor in this lager.

Serving type: on-tap

07-11-2011 21:34:42 | More by Tucquan
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pilsner glass

Pours a clear golden straw yellow with plenty of visible carbonation. A nice tuft of white head rests on top, retaining while leaving some trails of lacing on the glass.

Grainy malt in the nose, some grassy hops and light citrus. Hints of cereal and lemon zest. Faint sweetness as well.

Zesty, almost spicy floral hops right up front. Some citrus juice and grassy notes. Grainy malts with decent body and faint sweetness. Light notes of spice towards the finish, with another kick of hops.

Lighter medium body, higher carbonation, brisk and refreshing on the palate. Drinks quick and easy, a nice American offering if you're looking for that warm weather pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 00:36:35 | More by xnicknj
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