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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

937 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 937
Reviews: 332
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 26
Gots: 71 | 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 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.

depechemode1983, Mar 19, 2011
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.

nick76, Feb 27, 2011
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')

ktrillionaire, Feb 25, 2011
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.

madjr80, Feb 21, 2011
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!

TheHoppiest, Feb 17, 2011
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.

KarlHungus, Feb 13, 2011
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.

brewdoc75, Jan 24, 2011
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

beersensei305, Jan 02, 2011
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.

Mora2000, Dec 31, 2010
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.

diamondc, Dec 29, 2010
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...

TMoney2591, Dec 14, 2010
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.

JThysens, Dec 06, 2010
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.

merlin48, Dec 04, 2010
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.

plfahey, Dec 01, 2010
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.

cbutova, Nov 18, 2010
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.

EwaldEichstaett, Nov 17, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice and light yellow color with some visible carbonation bubbles. Nice fluffy white head. The nose brings some light floral and Noble hops along with a bit of grain. The taste is grainy with a nice bitterness level, which carries over and really creates a nice mouthfeel. Drinks quite well overall; I'm a big fan. Cheers, Left Hand.

Thorpe429, Nov 14, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine July 2007.

A good part of Polestar's authentic appeal comes from the award-winning Weyermann Pilsner Malt that Left Hand uses. This beer has also has a great blend of Perle, Vanguard and Saaz hops. Very pale golden-yellow hue. Clarity is perfect, with lots of tiny bubbles racing to the top. Impeccable head retention, as two fingers froth stick all the way down to the bottom of the glass. Light and fluffy biscuity malt aroma, as well as spicy, grassy hops in the nose. The crispness is so embedded and the smoothness so laid-back, it's incredibly refreshing. Fresh, biscuity malt flavor throughout--simple yet perfect. The grassy hop bitterness is not abrasive in any way, actually comple- menting and balancing out the beer very well. Suggestions of grape skin appear, minimal but persistent. Dry finish with a spicy hop and a clean graininess that lingers.

By far one of the best and most drinkable lagers brewed in the US today; one that gives the German Pilsners a real run for their money--and not on freshness alone. A heaping bowl of piping-hot chili verde will do the trick for a pairing.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2010
Photo of StoneTSR
3.1/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

APPEARANCE: Poured a light, slightly hazy yellow with a thin bubbly head. Fairly good retention covering about 40% of the glass.

SMELL: Mild orange-like nose.

TASTE: Wallop of citrus flavor attacks the tongue immediately. Hoppy, slightly bitter and tart on the back end. Leaves what seemed to me to be an apple taste on the tongue.

MOUTHFEEL: Fairly smooth with just a few tiny bubbles tickling the tongue on the way down the hatch.

OVERALL: Interesting beer. After detecting some unfamiliar flavors in the taste, maybe I should sit down with a full six-pack of this sometime and give it another try. Maybe I'll be able to focus more on how I feel about it rather than what it is. Of course, it is a pilsner and has many of the characteristics, but it almost seems as though it was a wild/sour pils.

StoneTSR, Nov 05, 2010
Photo of rtepiak
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a pretty well place pilsner on the side of midd but with a0ext cool quality to it. Bright golden yellow with a finger and a half of head but a sufficient carbonation and steady bubbles coming up to the surface. Nose of hops and bitter munich malt on the side of a decent straw but somewhat one dimensional. Palate is that exactly. Bitter crisp and screams for a fatty salted meat. Quite german by popular standard but would drink more than one.

rtepiak, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of BeanBone
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: A crystal-clear straw-colored body capped by a finger and a half of white head that burns off quickly and leaves patchy lacing.

Aroma: Grassy and lemony hops over a pale malt body. Very much to style so far.

Flavor: Just as the aroma promised, the flavor profile consists of lightly bitter, crisp, lemony, and noble-like hops over a sweetish pale malt backbone. It's balanced nicely. Grainy light malt and grassy hops in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light bodied with medium carbonation and a somewhat drying finish.

Drinkability: Easily quaffable, as you'd expect from this style.

Verdict: Polestar is a solid, though generally unexciting, German Pilsener. It's not going to set the world on fire, but Pilsener fans looking for something new shouldn't be disappointed.

BeanBone, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of sixerofelixir
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. Bottled on date clearly stamped on main front label.

Pours a very light golden straw yellow. A thin, but sticky white head hangs around. Smell is biscuity goodness, and a little sweet. Taste is clean, fresh.. bready, with just a hint of sweetness, and a nice, mildly hoppy and bitter finish. Mouthfeel is medium, and just right for the style. Ridiculously easy to drink; a very good pilsener.

sixerofelixir, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked a sixer of this beer up at Spec's a week or so ago. It has some really cool looking art on the box and label of what looks like a woman sitting in a flower in a tribal-like art form. It is eye catching. Regardless, Left Hand makes some pretty good beers, so I was game from the time I noticed it. Here we go.

Appearance: Pours a very light yellow color that is very clear as it should be. There are quite a few bubbles rising, but they don't do that much to maintain the head. The head was made up of pretty active small white bubbles that was about 1/4" high in its "hay day" and faded within about 30 seconds back into the beer.

Aroma: I initially got a healthy dose of spicy Saaz hops that was backed up by some really toasty malts, so my first impression is pretty much dead-on for a Pilsner. After the head fades, the beer still has a hop dominated aroma profile, and now the malts are taking on a more honey-like sweetness.

Taste: The flavor is also pretty close for a Pilsner. I get the spicy Saaz hops in the beginning of the sip, and they are pretty much in charge the whole time. There is some malt that starts to challenge the hops in there somewhere in the middle, but they never dominate at all. The flavoring hops are actually strong enough to carry you into the finish like an IPA, but the beer is balanced very slightly toward the sweet to linger in the finish with the flavoring hops. It is a little weird in this respect, and there seems to be a lack of carbonation in the flavor as it lets the beer sit on the palate for quite some time after the sip and makes it seem almost a bit under attenuated, which I don't think is the case.

Opinion: Well, overall this is a pretty good beer. It is a bit like an IPA with Pilsner ingredients in the way it comes across the palate and maybe this can be solved by simply having a little more carbonation. I expect a Pilsner (German style) to be a little drier in the finish and this one has some sweetness and hops that never stop. Regardless, I will gladly drink all of the six-pack that I got, but I am not sure how much I will be buying it going forward.

SkeeterHawk, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of ectomorph
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle with a bottled on date of 07-08-10 into a Bruery tulip (love this glass).

A - Golden body, crystal clear, hints of orange on the edges,mild carbonation, small white head, decent lacing.

S - Fresh baked crackers, floral and earthy Noble hops in the back ground. Clean fermentation, no diacetyl .

T - Honey on toast, hint of sulfur, floral hops bitterness to balance. Well balanced, though maybe leaning to the hoppy side of things. Nice German Pils.

M - Light bodied, not overly carbonated, clean finish, mild fruity aftertaste fades quickly.

D - High. The German Pilsner is alive and well. Lawnmower session for sure.

ectomorph, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of RickS95
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very straw colored pale beer, even a little light for the type. Little to no head, completely translucent.

Better smell than I expected, flowers and citrusy hops fill the nose.

Tastes like it smells. There's a peppery flavor, but it's balanced by a citrusy sweetness.

I'm not a pilsner fan, nor am I a lager fan, but this isn't bad. There's the bittery pils flavor than I'm used to, but the citrus helps keep it in check making the mouthfeel a bit less aggressive than it could have been.

Surprisingly drinkable. The citrus really saves this beer.

RickS95, Sep 18, 2010
Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 937 ratings.