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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

887 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 887
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of silentjay
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a very clear pale yellow with a small white head that at least leaves some chunks on the glass as it disappears.

the nose is pretty on par. pilsner malt, hops give it some citrus and some spicy and peppery noble character. though its kind of weak.

taste, as well, is relatively weak. has a metallic taste up front which gives way to some bitter, peppery, spicy hops. sweetens up with some white bread and then more pepper on the aftertaste.

light-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

eh. drinks ok. I'd rather not, however. it's not a terribly crafted beer, but I'm glad I bought only one of these.

silentjay, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a good layer of lacing on the glass.

Smells of pale malts and a touch of grassy hops.

Tastes of the soft malts with a small touch of grassy, lemon hops. Malts are sweet but restrained and offer a good base. Again hops are light and add a nice layering on top of the malts.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an airy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-clear golden straw color, decent amount of pure white bubbly head. It actually lingers for a little bit leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is fair in strength, it brings a light toasted malt and grainy aromas with a strong caramel malt backbone

T-the taste is similar to the nose; but a little more happening in a bad way. The caramel malts hold down the base of this beer with the toasted malt up front, graininess towards the back. However, there is also a metallic, medicinal phenol taste towards the back

M-good medium body with a creamy texture. It is highly carbonated and brings a crisp finish

D-very easy to drink but the phenol taste detracts from the beer itself and makes it less enjoyable.

cpetrone84, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color, very transparent with a white head.

Not the cleanest nose, kind of a dirty earth character with grain water added.

Taste is a little better, but it turns kind of harsh. A salad of grass, pepper, and lemon come to mind.

With all the better examples out there I don't think i'll see this one in my glass again any time soon.

brownbeer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams tulip style glass.

A: A very pale yellow body with a small, but reasonable white head. The head fades quickly.

S: Great aroma for the style. Smells heavily of malt, which is surprising from the color. Slightly metallic, but the bottle is a little old. German aroma all the way.

T: Clean, crisp, and very light. Too bad the aroma doesn't come through much in the flavor. Decent hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, nothing surprising for the style.

D: Highly drinkable...I'm not sure there is reason to come back for more of this, but its good.

51mmz0rz, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a belled-pilsner glass.

Bottled on 08/08/08 and somehow I bet it doesn't age as well at the Stone Vertical.

The beer is light golden and very slightly hazy with a fluffy, white head that leaves lacing thickly around the glass an clear to the top.

Sweet citrus and malt in the nose, with a hint of bread.

Tangy, sweet, a bit of grain. There is little pronounced flavor here.

Light, clean and dry with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkable, yes but without much character.

I am sure this bottle suffers a bit from being old. I will have to make a habit of checking when a beer was made before I buy it.

Good beer and I will be sure to try it again.

meeekyh, Feb 09, 2010
Photo of a10t2
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown bottle, pours crystal clear pale orange-yellow with effervescent carbonation and a thin white head that leaves the odd bit of lace.

S: Initial unpleasant, vaguely sour aroma. Fades into a spicy/peppery, stereotypical noble hop aroma. That first noseful, though, not great.

T: Light with some grainy background and a subtle peppery noble hop quality. The flavors are distinct, but well balanced.

M: Smooth and moderately carbonated, it may go down a little too quickly.

D: Very good overall. Everything is in balance, not unlike a macro lager, but without any minor offensive flavors.

a10t2, Feb 04, 2010
Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt with some grassy hops

T - Follows the nose the grassy hops up front then the grainy malt come through

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a fairly average pilsener nothing really bad about it I just wouldn't pick this one up as my first choice

armock, Jan 31, 2010
Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a left hand pils glass

A - Pours a dark golden color, with almost brown highlights. Very clear, filtered. Good bubbling and head formation, 2-3mm, some lacing, well retained.

S - Strong pilsner malt nose, a combination of sweetness and some grainy balance. A noble hop is present, but I can't identify it - its pretty well hidden by the malts.

T - Starts with a very solid pilsner malt sweetness, which then drives into a pretty bitter bite - bringing it into balance to almost a bitter forward beer. Some light grassy hop notes come in, giving way to the sweetness note of the beer - a pilsner malt smack.

M - Good mouthfeel - a medium bodied beer with just a good poke of carbonation bite. Has a very clean finish.

D - Good drinkability. Flavors are balanced enough for sessioning. ABV is manageable. Has gotten a bit filling as I get towards the bottom.

A very solid American brewed German pils beer.

katan, Jan 09, 2010
Photo of compass40204
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a glass, it has a very nice head- nearly 2 fingers- and leaves nice lacing as it subsides. Crystal clarity, straw color. Aroma, not much beyond some cereal. Flavor also bland and cereal. Finish leaves a hint of creaminess but nothing that lingers. This is not a beer made to impress. I guess it was made as a session beer, or just something you can pound without the nuisance of tasting anything. PIlsners can be great, but this one seems happy with just not being offensive. Given BudMillerCoors or this, I'd drink it again. Otherwise it'll be a long time before I bother with this one again.

compass40204, Dec 27, 2009
Photo of Fezfreak
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could not resist reviewing this beer, mainly because it gets the same bad rap that all my other favorite Pilsners get. To love and appreciate the Pilsner style, one must understand how difficult it is to make one that is both drinkable and enjoyable.

For me, a typical pour of Polestar Pilsner is golden in color with a one and a half inch head that dissipates to about a quarter-inch and stays for the duration, leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

I'll describe the smell like this: smells like beer.

The flavor is well-balanced between sweet, breakfast-cereal-tasting malt and bittering hops; the hops having the edge at the start and finish with the malt kicking in at the middle. If I didn't know better, I'd say there was an "illusion" of dry-hopping going on (I doubt it really was though, given the fragility of the style).

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer almost identical to the one of my all-time favorite Pilsners, made by Portsmouth (Ohio) Brewing Company; aka Mault Brothers.

Polestar is a perfect Session Beer.

Fezfreak, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled date was missing?

pours bright clear yellow with a 1 finger head that fades to a film and leaves no lacing

smells of lemon and grassy hops and a rubber smell

taste is ok - good amount of grassy hop bite and lemon zest - a solid beer

mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation but does not have that crisp finish i want in a pils

drinkability is good - reasonably priced and solid flavors but overall nothing to put it up there witht the best

jsh420, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of Zebus0
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Kind of disappointing honestly, I really like Left Hand Brewing usually. Of course, I have to be honest I'm not a fan of Pilsners, but my girlfriend got me a Left Hand sampler box for my b-day and I was excited to give some new beers a try.

A- I guess it's the right coloring, the color of fresh hay. Head was pretty good when I poured it, but didn't stick around. However, just overall not that impressive.

S- Can really pick up a veg-like scent from it. Surprisingly pleasant scent for a lighter beer, usually stink like cheap 'skank' beer in my opinion.

T- Pretty good, pretty mild. Really not that hoppy like I guessed it might be. Has just a tad of spice on the bottom end, not bad really. I have to say given the first 1/2 of the review I was pleasantly surprised by the taste.

M- Ho-hum. Not really smooth, not really coarse, just in between. Slightly grainy.

D- That's a tough question. This wouldn't be the first beer I reach for, nor one that I select just when I want to have one beer to enjoy the taste. But if it was a beer for later on, or all I had sure. So that's hard to say really, good...with conditions.

Zebus0, Oct 17, 2009
Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the 5 napkin burger restaurant in New York City. Ordered it because it was the only beer I hadn't had that was under 7%. A good pilsner but there are so many that are better including Prima as well as many german and czech options. However, this was good and reasonably priced.

Good color and carbonation. Forgetable aroma mouthfeel and drinkablity.

david18, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand- Polestar Pilsner

A- Light bright yellow with a big frothy soapy lacing head.
S- Sweet lemon juice with hay/ straw and dry earthy hops.
T- Light sweet earthy malt. Lemony hay and straw with a mild dry citrusy lemony hop finish.
M- Sweet and earthy with a dry hoppy citrus body and finish. Slight malty start.

Overall- Light, sweet, and crisp. A good warm weather beer.

NJpadreFan, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of xtalman
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very nice golden straw color with a smallish white head. Head retention is very good though.

Nose gives lots of aromatic hops. Simiply great.

Tastes is "crisp" and dry like one expects from a well made pilsner. Just moves along the month like a flowing river. Finishes up with a nice dry hop bitterness.

I have been drinking a fair amount of this lately and find it just is perfect for the hot summer. A very refreshing and full flavored brew to sit and relax with at the end. Of course I did the same thing at times during the winter also.

xtalman, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of hossua34
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light gold, clear. A thick head, good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Sweet floral aroma. Hoppy yet subtle. Crisp and balanced.

T - Sweet, slightly hoppy. A little light on flavor IMO. Also slightly metallic.

M - Refreshing. Good consistency.

D - Very drinkable. Would be fantastic with fried food.

Overall a pretty good pils. A weak flavor and just the slightest hint of a metallic/macro brew taste bring the score down a little.

hossua34, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bleached white, creamy looking microfoam, pours big and then holds on very well at about half finger level, even the sticky lacing looks foamy. Quite clear and transparent yellow-orange color, no visual match for the head. Very bready nose, neither uncooked nor too sour in nature, like a big loaf of white bread, the lemon peel about as bitter as anything gets, this said, the malts seem muted and submerged in general grassiness, no real fruit scents to speak about. Medium-bodied, not as lightweight as you'd think while still keeping a steady pace moving forward. The fizz is pretty damn active and does contribute to the overall weight. Bready and crusty, pretzel-like with more of a sourness here (duh, sourness is related to taste not the olfactory sense but, hey, it all makes sense in the end). Grassiness not as biting, though, and the lemon citrus toned down too. Touch of peach to apricot pit, skin for fruit. Stays square shouldered through the finish, no wimping out at the end. Not complex by any measure but one might guess that it was made more for hot weather chugging than contemplation.

farrago, Jul 09, 2009
Photo of kingcrowing
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

Very nice big 2 finger head, light golden color. Smells like Corona. Tastes better though. Good mouthfeel, just the right amount of body for a light beer. Overall I'd say it's a decent summer beer but I wouldn't buy it often.

kingcrowing, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of emsroth
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Nice puffy pils head. Light golden in color.

Smell: Sweet pilsener malt and refreshing alcohol. A slight bit of hop scent.

Taste: Light on the malt. Greeted by bitterness up front. Very grassy hop flavor. Ends with a light lingering bitterness and a strong mineral taste. Low in taste.

Nice, crisp, and dry. Wonderful light body. Refreshing and highly drinkable, but when paired with food it tastes like soapy chemicals.

emsroth, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright caution light yellow, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: yeast, grass, and malt

Taste: sweet malt, sugar, grass, honey, and small hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium light, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet with a small bitter finish

Drinkability: A highly sessionable pils that I could have in any season. This is a little on the sweet side. Another winner from one of my favorite breweries.

tigg924, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Emptied this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pils glass. Bottled on date: 2-11-09. The body was light golden and clear. The crisp white head left some light lacing.

Smell was clean grains very lightly floral. Understated.

Taste was tart crisp hops balanced with a grainy sweetness. Satisfying, but I would like to try this one again when it is very fresh. Well built.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side. Moderate carbonation.

Cresant, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of PsychoJedi
2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a perfect look. Just the right shade of golden with a nice thick head. Could not help but notice the born on date. Smudged, it showed a little over a month ago. Then, the smell. I smelled that smell before and I cursed the day when I first smelt it. The smell is a dead ringer for Milwaukee's Best, The Beast. The salty smell was overwhelming. Being hopeful with the looks, I took a drink. The salty beast was all over it, though I remember The Beast (been over 10 years) to be worse. Not smooth in the mouth or going down. After drinking the beer, which was good enough to finish but it is rare that I would ever not finish a beer, I needed a drink of water to kill the taste out of my mouth. Assessment, if you are dirt poor and want to get drunk to drown your worries, drink something cheaper.

PsychoJedi, Jun 07, 2009
Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12 03 08. Could explain the loss of hop flavor/aroma

A- Pretty clear with a bit of slimy yeast in the last few drops. Light straw color. Many streams of quick-moving carbonation feed a solid head which leaves plenty of lacing. I'm a fan of bottle conditioning, so the yeast is a plus for me.

S- Clean pilsner grain with some sulfuric, metallic yeast notes and a hint of spicy german hops.

T- Taste is well-developed with a very nice yeast characteristic. Starts sweet and doughy, and proceeds to more husky grain flavors and traditional pilsner lager yeast. Hops are present but not as effective as I would prefer them to be.

M&D- Damn good. High carbonation and a light body make a drinkable lager. Body is light without being airy.

EnojysAnyBeer, May 27, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with bottled on dating printed on the front label. Pours light and clear, golden uner a nice looking fine white, leaving plenty of fine lace. Grassy is how I would describe the moderatly pungent nose. Pleasant, easy drinking lager, with wiffs of lime, more grass with some snappy and quite dry hops sealing the deal. Thirst quenching, crisp and dry. Respectable sessioner. Nice for a summer lunch.

Billolick, May 12, 2009
Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 887 ratings.