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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
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946 Ratings
THE BROS
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world-class

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 26
Gots: 74 | 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 rawfish
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear pale gold with a small half inch head that reduces to a thin white cap instantly, leaves a nice ring of lacing at the original peak of head.

Biscuit malts come to the forefront, slightly musty like wet soil with a clean, spicy grass hop character that is uplifting and composes itself well above the darker malt aroma.

Biscuit malts, slightly toasted make up the backbone of this pilsner with a good amount of spicy and grassy overtones. Crispness is enhanced ideally with this blend of spice and drying bitterness at the finish. Spices aren't sharp or zesty but rather give a slightly peppery, herbal bite to the flavor.

Light on its feet, medium body for a lager with above average carbonation giving it a slight bite. Finishes smooth and drying.

Nice pilsner, one of the better ones I've had, smell was a bit dank but unique spiciness that makes this one uplifting and refreshing.

Photo of tito42
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into an imperial pint. Bottled 08/05/2010.

A: Light straw with gold hues, and a foamy white head with very good retention. Active carbonation.

S: Grassy hops, malt, and warm citrus.

T: Bitter hops with a strong malt presence. Very nicely balanced. A refreshing citrus flavor that doesn't take away from either the hops or malt. Very light grapefruit or orange flavor. Balanced wonderfully.

M: Light-bodied, slightly watery, nice zestiness from the carbonation and hops.

O: Seems like a great pilsener to me, though I'm no expert on the style. A great hops selection balanced with a nice malt profile and some interesting citrus flavors going on. Reviewed from one bottle out of a mix and match pack, I'd go back and grab a sixer of this, especially in the summer.

Photo of avalon07
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured from a bottle to a pilsner glass. Had a pale yellow color and a mostly clear consistency. There was an inch and a half of foamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A surprisingly sweet aroma, with traces of hops and malt to be had.

T: Tasted of hops, first and foremost, with some malt, a bready quality and a hint of citrus. One of the more dynamic and flavorful pilsners I've tried in a long time.

M: A well-carbonated beer with a dry finish. Light-bodied.

D: Easily one of the best American versions of a pilsner out there. Drinkable.

Photo of wailingwench
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Eye Candy: poured a vibrant clear straw yellow. Clarity is impeccable. A few small rising lines of carbonation that develop into an airy two finger egg shell white head.

The Nose Knows: Unique fruit akin to starfruit with hint of mashed over ripe banana in the background. Herbal grass-like aroma gives way to a peppery finish. Splendid.

Tongueland: For a reputed "thin" style, this brew was mildly thick and tongue coating. Herbal, slight lemon citric intermixed with a sweet bread character. Slight grain that finished dry, zesty, peppery, True depth.

Bender Factor: This pilsner is six pack worthy. Hit the spot, refreshing after a day in the blazing Albuquerque sun. Could see plenty of these going down in no time at all and waking up snuggling a cactus.

Photo of lsrose
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Beer pours a tall head like you would expect from a pilsner. has a decent amount of lacing as well.

S - Smells like a pilsner, not a whole lot special here.

T - Great taste, highly drinkable. A little bit of complexity here.

Beer is nothing super special, but it is a pils and as that it is a good one. Highly drinkable and will get it again.

Photo of secondtooth
4.38/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I've been drinking these for so long and have never properly reviewed it!

Anyhow, Polestar pours a semi-clear yellow, with a nice head and respectable lace. Not fancy, but it's there. And this bottle isn't even "fresh".

Aroma is mild, but with some citrus in there. Good. Hints at the hops, not just malts.

Plenty of flavor. A pleasant whisk of citrus hops, not overwhelming but just a hint. This one's crisp and well-balanced, full-flavored but light-bodied. This is one to gently steer macro drinkers away from their swill.

Overall, a delicious and refreshing beer, easy to session, and one I'll return to gladly!

Photo of shand
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

This brew pours a pale golden color with minimal head, but lacing is pretty alright. The aroma is a little hard to coax out, but surrenders some nice hop aromas along with some graininess. The taste is a nice pairing of biscuity malts and zesty noble hops. Just a well-done, nice tasting pilsner, no gimmicks.

The mouthfeel is a little bit too thick, but perfectly carbonated, and the drinkability is rather good. Overall, this is just a solid pilsner out of the United States. Recommended, but not anything worth chasing down.

Photo of CharcuterIAN
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from 12oz bottle into my globe.

clear gold color. no head or lacing. smell of malt, yeast and bitter hops.
taste of bitter hop, yeast, and clean malt...
crisp, refreshing, light...
this would go really good with chicken or a white fish.
I like it!

Photo of centbeerfest
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another sample beer. First beer of the night poured into a pint glass.

Looks like a pilsner, tastes like a pilsner. Must be a pilsner, which is okay with me. Grew up on it and still enjoy it.

Appearance was a bit cloudy yellow straw. Head was short-lived and smell was expectedly minimal. Clean and crisp. Not much on the flavor, but quenched the thirst. Good mouthfeel, above average taste.

Good beer for the right occasion. If you are having more than one, and who isn't, then this is a clean crisp and easy drinking beer. Wouldn't want to eat anything heavy with it, but would be good with clams or oysters or on its own.

I like this beer, but on the take home scale I would have trouble justifying the extra cost for this pilsner. I would pass it up on the shelf.

Photo of depechemode1983
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours clear pale golden in color. With a consistent white cap. Retention is great on this one though it doesn't leave much lacing. The nose is very grainy and grassy with lots of hop spiciness in the finish. Very clean smelling. Taste is grainy as well. Lots of wheat and a bit of a pepper spice. After taste is a little bitter and astringent, in a good way. Mouthfeel is bubbly and crisp with a good cleansing feeling to it. This beer is just plain good. Nothing to complex and mind blowing but well above average. It looks delicious and has very good color. It smells delicious, earthy and natural. It taste like it smells. It feels clean. Good stuff.

Photo of nick76
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The appearance is deep gold with not much head. The the aroma is grassy hops and corn like malt. The taste is like a pilsner should be with a good balance of malt and hops with the malt being almost bread like in taste. The palate is smooth. This one just gets you with taste because you are not expecting much by smelling it.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I am looking forward to trying this beer, as I've been advised by friends in the know (who are either German or have lived in the BRD) that this is the real deal, an authentic German-style pils like you'd find in Deutschland.

A - Golden and pristine, capped with a white frothy head that subsides to wisps, but deposits substantial lace on my SA Noble Pils glass.

S - Earthy and grassy hops mingle with summer-evoking grain notes. This is sublimely balanced, and the hops really are the defininition of earthy-grassy.

T - There is a large minerality initially, and an expansive if understated flavor profile that has a modicum of sweetness. The grassy greenness becomes a lrager** part of the flavor, and I am becoming aware of some metallic flavors which are actually pleasant in the same way musty basement is nice in a Gueuze. I also get a lot of the same refreshing character that I find in American Saisons, from this beer. Nice.

M/D - Crisp, clean, beechwood-aged. Wait, no, that's not it... brewed with pure Rocky Mountain water for that... ummm, no, it tastes great, and is less, uhhh. Just kidding; this stuff is pretty awesome, and ethically produced (solar powered brewery).

**(with this typo, I coin a new term, 'l-rager',a portmanteau of 'lager' and 'rager', and a corruption of 'larger')

Photo of madjr80
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pilsner glass.A cloudy Light yellow color with just a little bit of head. Low carbonation, but fine for the style. This beer has a bit of the straw aftertaste that is similar to the euro style. With its smooth consistency and relatively low alcohol percentage, this is a good session lager. A great beer for the warm weather.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The bottle bear a stamp indicating it was bottled on 11/06/10. The beer pours a pale, straw yellow with a crisp 1" white head that readily pillows down. Plenty of carbonation keeps the beer looking lively.

Smell is mostly non-existent, with a faint, sweet grassy smell and a hint of banana.

Taste is another matter, however. Lightly malted, with subtle grain, gentle spice and a hint of banana. While this is certainly not a wheat beer, it does share some taste similarities with one. A hint of hop bitter finishes it off.

Light bodied, with a slightly creamy texture, this has a very pleasant mouthfeel.

This is a easy drinking, great session beer that I will be sure to pick up the next time I host poker night. Much better than the mass-produced corn pilsners out there!

Photo of KarlHungus
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a semi hazy pale golden color. The head is a half inch in height, and recedes quickly into minimal lacing. The aroma is a balance of spicy hops, and bready malt. The taste is a bit maltier than the aroma, but I think that is a good thing. There is a nice bitterness that comes through in the finish. There is nothing on the back end of the taste though. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Overall, this is a decent beer, but there are much better pilsners out there.

Photo of brewdoc75
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Fizzy-yellow. A little cloudy. Nice, 1 inch head at first but it dies to nothing fast. Strong carbonation. Doesn't look too appealing.

S: Fresh grassy hop aroma with some floral and herbal notes. This is followed by a strong graininess. There is a pleasant wildflower honey sweetness in the end. A touch of sulfur in the end. Good aromas, but fairly muted.

T: More of the flower like hoppy flavor with some grassy supplement. The malts add a pleasant grain flavor with a touch of honey. Not bad, but not exciting at the same time.

M: light bodied. Crisp and clean finish with a slight stickiness in the end. Good carbonation for the style.

D: This was an ok beer overall. Not one I'd turn away, but not one I would seek out. It really didn't look too pretty. This paired with a lackluster aromatic profile and boring flavors made it just slightly above average.

Photo of beersensei305
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Unremarkable apperance, plain thin white head, no lcaing, straw gold, decent carbonation

S- Light smell, sweet, malty, somewhat grassy from hops

T- Pretty hoppy, sweet malts, a bit citrusy, bready, a tad bitter from the hops

M- Light, good carbonation

D- Decent brew, good to drink nothing spectcular though

Photo of Mora2000
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours a very clear straw color with a large white head . The aroma is classic pilsner. I get a lot of lighter pilsner malts, as well as some honey and grass. About what I expected. The flavor is pilsner malt and a lot of grassy hops. Fairly hoppy for a pilsner. Medium bitterness. Medium carbonation and medium mouthfeel. A nice, easy drinking pilsner.

Photo of diamondc
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

No bottled on date on the label despiting having a 'bottled on' on the label. Weird.

A: Not a very inspiring looking pilsner. Pale yellow, no head on the pour. Leaves a wisp of foam and some subpar lacing after a few swigs.

S: Lemon, floral, grassy & earthy.

T: Lemon & honey, a bit buttery with a very earthy, dirt-like bitterness. I like it.

M/D: A good pilsner. Crisp and refreshing. I wish there was a bit more sweetness and hops though. Not as good as some of the German imports I usually buy though.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Another shout-out to my brother's increasingly improving beer selections. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light corn, and what seems like powdered sugar (though, admittedly, this may be my glass...I just don't think so). The taste holds notes of light wheat, flowers, light greens, and a strong undercurrent of vinyl. Yowza. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, were it not for the rubbery bitterness pervading this thing, it would be a pretty nice pils. Alas...

Photo of JThysens
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Look- Clear light yellow, Small thick head.

Smell-Lemony zest and metal

Taste- Lemony, metalicf, a slight malty taste, smooth bitterness

Feel-very smooth and crisp

Drink- best part about this beer. The lemon gave it a very refreshing taste which encouraged me to drink more and more of it.

All and all a pretty good beer, but im not a huge fan of the metalic taste.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle pours a clear pale yellow body with a two finger white head. Good retention and some grainy patch lacing. Aroma is a bit subdued but features spicy and grassy hops, a hint of lemon, and a solid pils malt biscuity malt base. Light to light medium in body and well carbonated. Taste is pleasantly balanced between the slightly sweet biscuity malt base and the grassy and spicy hop bitterness. A hint of lemon underneath. Finishes clean and even. Another solid American made pilsener that is tasty and highly drinkable.

Photo of plfahey
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip glass

Appearance-Pale-yellow gold in color. Brilliant clarity. Moderate fine white head with decent retention and nice lacing

Aroma-Light pleasant Pils malt aroma blends gracefully with soft, spicy hop aromas. Very faint fruity aroma, but barely perceptible. The aroma is inviting, but I could use a stronger hop presence.

Flavor-Pils malt flavors are grainy and just a hair biscuity. Hop flavors are moderately low spicy and grassy in character with a hint of citrus. Hop bitterness is moderate to moderately low and grows a bit in the finish, though there is still some residual sweetness left at the end. Aftertaste is a balance of grainy malt and hop bitterness, and eventually the hops win out.

Mouthfeel-Medium body. Medium carbonation. Somewhat smooth. Not as crisp as other examples because of low residual sweetness.

While definitely good, I could use a bigger aroma on this beer, that was my main gripe. Also, while I didn't mind the bit of sweetness in the finish, the beer was not as crisp and refreshing as it could be.

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

A- Amazingly clear lightly tinted straw color with a small white cap. Head retention is decent. Very small amount of lace.

S- Hops lend a lot of floral aroma as well as a slight citrus/fruit. Light malt and bread notes round out the smell.

T- Pretty big hop profile with good floral/spicy/herbal and citrus zest influence. Malt lends some sweetness as well as slight caramel.

MF- Very light as expected with a nice creaminess to it. Carbonation is pretty big but very silky. Moderate bitter finish.

DB- Balanced and enjoyable. It has a nice hop profile that works well with the light body and smooth carbonation. Definitely a beer worthy of sessioning as well.

Photo of EwaldEichstaett
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is far better than most American attempts at the style. Nice crisp appearance with great head and lacing. The smell is a bit funky, but there is a decent amount of hops offset by some malt.

The taste is very crisp, clean and bitter. It is pretty straightforeward, but that is what you are looking for in this style. The mouthfeel is nice and smooth, dries out your mouth. Excellent beer to drink with dinner because the hops contrast with the flavours of the food. Pretty decent job Left Hand.

Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.