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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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BA SCORE
82
good

846 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 846
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 19
Gots: 38 | 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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SLeffler27

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A tall frothy head with a slight orange tint drifts above a bright straw, almost gold, clear beer with light carbonation. Lots of sticky lace clings to the walls of the glass.

Strong scent of hay, followed by lemon, earthiness and a touch of soap.

Lightly acidic, well-balanced, but leaning towards bitter. Unfortunately, the flavor profiles lack complexity, but do contain coriander and a touch of honey.

Smoothly coats the palate, has light carbonation, and no presence of alcohol.

A refreshing lawn-mower beer or thirst-quencher during the heat of the day on the deck with family.

Date consumed: 3 September 2008

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2009 21:11:30 | More by SLeffler27
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bort11

Missouri

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 7/3/08, and poured into a fluted pilsener glass. Not a lot of head with this one, which is a little disappointing. Lacing is OK, and the color is a clear straw yellow.

Smell has a crisp lemon grass aroma. Taste is very clean and crisp as well. Citrus fruit mixture and the yeast gives a mild peppery finish.

Mouthfeel is light, and the carbonation is scrubbing. This would be a good aperitif beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2009 02:37:20 | More by bort11
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orangemoustache

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow with a touch of cloudiness. On top sits a three finger cap of white fluff that resembles melting Styrofoam,a nice amount of chunky lace is left behind as it ever so slowly recedes. The nose is a bit understated,mostly floral and subtle grainy notes. This is pretty dead on the style,as far as the pallet goes this is slightly sweet with just the right touch of graininess and hop bitterness. This has a slightly skunked finish that gives it that traveled beer feeling. The mouthfeel is light with carbonation that is semi creamy,and a drying finish. A nice German Pils and I think this could stand up with the best of them.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 18:06:47 | More by orangemoustache
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very pale look for a pilsner. More like a wit than a pilsner. Cloudy white/lemon yellow body. Pure white cap. On the nose, there's a nice blend of floral hop notes and bready malts. Flavor brings more of the same. The bready and biscuity malt notes, with a little sweet graininess as well. Hops add some floral notes and grassiness. I'm guessing Saaz was at least part of the hopping schedule. Good thirst quencher. Active carbonation level and medium stature to this beer. Quite agreeable overall.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2008 04:16:27 | More by Bighuge
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Vancer

Illinois

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polestar pours a clear lemon yellow in the Sammy freebie glass, decent frothy white head floats on top. Does a nice job of tossing ring laces as she goes down.

Biscuit malts in the aroma, quaff adds a bit of summer spice to the equation. A bit rough in the finish, still ends up crisp and dry.

A fairly nice cut at a pilsner, but I wouldn't seek it out in the summer heat.

Serving type: bottle

12-05-2008 21:34:27 | More by Vancer
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HomebrewPgh

Pennsylvania

2.1/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Blah! What a boring pilsener. Pour was a light gold with no head and no bubbles. Aroma was almost nothing. I blew my nose and tried again...nothing; so it's not my allergies. Taste was a semi carbonated mix of corn, grain and grass. A little biscuit in the aftertaste. Very watery and thin. Nothing to remember.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2008 17:02:08 | More by HomebrewPgh
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mcsquint

Missouri

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.
A - Golden yellow, crystal clear. Thin white head that diminishes very quickly.
S - Grassy hop smell
T - Grassy hops with minimal malt flavor. Not what I expect from a pils.
M - Well carbonated, crisp and light.
D - The lightness and crispness would make it a decent session brew, however, for my taste and money there are better ones out there.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 20:43:22 | More by mcsquint
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beersheppard

Texas

3.2/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: blond, a finger of foam that is fleeting, a trace of lacing.

Smell: pilsner hops, hay, light malts.

Taste: very light and pilsner-y, slight hops, hay, not malty as expected, not skunky nor grassy. Very fresh tasting.

Mouthfeel: watery, a little tingle on the tongue, rather light on the palate.

Drinkability: Pilsners are not really my thing and they have to be rather special to bowl me over and this one is about average. Nothing great, nothing terrible, a decent beer for those who don't enjoy a more robust brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2008 06:10:50 | More by beersheppard
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a wonderful creamy white head that is very much like whipped egg whites. The head has really nice retention. Bright gold in color and crystal clear. Lots of visible carbonation.

Aroma is fresh, light and of grain and a little yeast.

Taste was very smooth and quite nice. You get a nice grain/cereal taste up front that gives way to a slight yeast flavor. Then it ends with a bit of hop bitternes. I would have liked a little more hop bight. A slight sweetness is evident as well.

The mouthfeel was very light and a touch flat. I would have enjoyed a little more carbonation.

Very Very drinkable. A nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2008 21:14:34 | More by Reagan1984
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Tolnik

Colorado

3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Straw colored light brown pilsner

S - Smells of your typical smelling pilsner with hints of long cut grass.

T - Pilsner tasting american style though. Not as dry in taste nor in smell.

M - Not as tartful as a english style pilsner but good flavorful feeling

D - Good all around anytime drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 04:58:04 | More by Tolnik
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pulled from a variety case. Pours a clear yellow-gold with a short white head.

The aroma reminds me of a Belgian pale ale, for some odd reason, with grassy hops. The flavor lacks the dry biscuit character of most great pilsners and the mouthfeel isn't as dry. The hops are also more American with grapefruit and citrus rind. So it's a lot more like an American Pale Ale, not a pils, which isn't necessarily bad, just different for the style. I'd rather be tasting hops that nothing. Worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2008 21:44:34 | More by tempest
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BradLikesBrew

Missouri

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

Nothing like using your day off to catch up on beer reviews (& consumption) and watch a tape of your shitty, rebuilding football team beat the broncos @ arrowhead.

a: Crystal clear pale yellow body with a creamy white head.

s: Hay and straw, what you would expect.

t: Soft, pale malt with herbal noble hops in the finish.

m: light, easy, pilsnerey.

d: pretty much what I expected. A good pilsner, great for mindless consumption, but nothing to sit down and contemplate.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2008 21:20:08 | More by BradLikesBrew
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daliandragon

North Carolina

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

This pours nice and crisp into a tall Warsteiner pokal with a pale straw color and a quick disappearing head. The nose is sweet with floral, herbal hops.

A sip reveals plenty of flavor from crystal malts and Noble hops. The aftertaste is full of satisfying bitterness and the texture is smooth and carries the taste well. This is a quality German style pilsner and a good last gasp for summer beers as we head into the fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 02:38:37 | More by daliandragon
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mwa423

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark straw, almost amber with one finger of head. Aroma was a bit bland and didn't set my expectations very high. Fortunantly I greatly enjoyed the taste, not much malt but a nice bit of hops on the back end. Drinkability was very good, crisp and the bite of hops made me order a second one.

I would say that while it isn't fantasticly complex it is a good session or crossover beer.

Serving type: on-tap

09-23-2008 00:26:49 | More by mwa423
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supercolter

Wisconsin

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

For me this beer was just kind of meh...
Appearance was rather lackluster. A pale straw yellow color, no real head, and some slight lacing. Smell is a bit more promising, the hops are a little light but refreshing, no real malt and maybe a bit of unknown spice. Taste is a bit lighter than the smell, not as much hops as I am used to and no recognizable malt.Some slight yeasty taste as well. This could be the spice I was unable to recognize in the nose.
Mouthfeel is light as expected, but not a lot of carbonationor any body whatsoever.
Drinkability is nice and easy, sort of like water.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2008 04:47:07 | More by supercolter
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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy with a straw color. Good head that leaves splotches of lace on the glass.

Slightly skunky; more malt than hop--grainy, almost grassy aroma.

The flavor is a notable step up. The grassiness is stronger here as is the hop bitterness (dramatically stronger in the aftertaste). Lots of pine, clove, and pepper in the swallow. There is a light creaminess to the flavor as well. The body is quite full for the style, although the carbonation is higher than necessary.

Not the classic flavor or smell, this is still a very good beer that will refresh you better than any macro after a long day of mowing the lawn.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 20:50:19 | More by smcolw
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abankovich

Ohio

4.15/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Pours a crisp clear golden yellow with decent carbonation seen throughout. A great full, creamy white head dissipates to leave lacing all the way down.

Light floral aroma with some great German bitterness and crispness from the hops. Also a great fleeting sweetness hits the nose.

Full flavors up front with a great roundness to the hops and malt presence. The bittering hops are a great presence on the back end leaving a crisp dry finish. The malt sweetness isn't lacking either on the end and comes in waves between the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light as it should be with some carbonation. This beer is amazingly drinkable. it all goes down super smooth and still maintains a great amount of flavor throughout.

Serving type: on-tap

08-25-2008 18:04:50 | More by abankovich
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beveritt

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presenatation: Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a pilsner glass. Label depicts two figures looking into the night sky; one with a walking stick and one with a sextant. This picture is surrounded by a Native American influenced compass rose. Bottled on 06/18/08.

Appearance: Pours with 3 fingers of pure white foam. This settles slowly into a half finger head, leaving behind lots of sticky lacing. The beer itself is pale yellow with a slight chill haze.

Smell: Spicy and metallic Saaz hops, underpinned by a sweet and bready malt. I also pick up a strong nutty aroma.

Taste: Sweet malt upfront, yeasty and bready. Mild bitterness mixes well with some tartness from the hops. Finishes with a nice astringent dryness.

Mouthfeel: Average to a little lower than average carbonation level. Body is good, a little slick.

Drinkability: Not my favorite style, but Left Hand does it well. Another solid offering.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2008 01:28:50 | More by beveritt
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diabecktic

Illinois

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

Appearance:
This beer is colored a slightly dark shade of gold with a hint of cloudiness; it looks a little dark relative to other pilsners. Head formation is quick; retention is actually quite good, though there isn't a whole lot of lacing. They seem better than what you'd observe in an average pilsner, though.

Smell:
A lemony citrus aroma seems to be the dominant smell. Moderate grassiness compliments both this and slight hoppy bitterness. Relative to some other pilsners that I've had, this one's smell has a lot of "character." There's also a subtle maltiness that makes this brew smell even more inviting.

Taste:
For the most part, this beer matches the nose pretty well. It seems like some of the complimentary aromas are more dominant in the palate than the stronger scents are. The hop flavor balances quite nicely with the lemon/citrus and spice flavors; citrus is the main component of the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel:
This beer feels great in the mouth; like most pilsners, it's relatively light. The citrus and spice flavors definately dance on the tongue as the brew is being consumed. Since the beer isn't too heavily carbonated, I don't really feel too much on the tongue.

Drinkability:
Due to the citrus character, this beer is quite crisp. It finishes cleanly and goes down very smooth; the light body no doubt attributes to this. Pounding this beer would be quite easy - it seems like a great summer beer.

Summary:
This is one of the better pilsners that I've had the chance to taste. I typically find pilsners to be a little bare in terms of flavor and sometimes a bit on the watery side, but this one seems to tell convention to "shove it." The beer is pretty well balanced, but I was quite happy that the citrus character was accentuated a bit more than the hops. This easily makes the brew something that I would love to consume when it gets too hot. It's pretty light, but the folks at the Left Hand Brewing Co. don't skimp out on the flavor to make the brew more drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2008 01:53:21 | More by diabecktic
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Mardukk

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a light slightly cloudy yellow.
Nice amount of head for the style with some lacing.

Smells like a typical macro pilsner but a bit more astringent.

Smooth intially with a metallic bitterness on the back of your tongue. Something off putting about the taste. Maybe too much of a metallic/astringent taste for my liking.

Mouthfeel is a bit more substantial than your typical light beer.

Easy to drink if you like the taste.

I'm a big fan of the pilsner type style and this is quite a dissapointment.

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2008 01:42:54 | More by Mardukk
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naterock

Missouri

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

C: yellow and cloudy, not very much head to speak of. I guess fairly typical for a pilsener.

S: Grassy and slightly citrusy hops.

T: slightly hoppy and bitter bite, with a grassy/earthy finish. enjoyable but typical

M: nicely carbonated, feels like a steady tingle on the tongue, helps the flavor come forth.

I would probably buy this one again, if I really needed a refreshing beer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-10-2008 15:00:05 | More by naterock
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budsboy

Ohio

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear, one tick more amber than straw. Frothy white head is here and gone in a hurry.

Grassy-spicy smell mixed with some pine sap and candy sugar sweet aroma.

Earthy flavors of grassy hop bitterness balanced with a caramel and candy sugar sweetness. Underwhelming flavor, subdued. Pleasant enough. A lingering grassy bitterness disappears a wee too quickly.

It's a smooth, light-bodied pils.

Maybe it's me, but Left Hand brews always leave me wanting a bit more flavor. This one is unoffensive and pleasant enough, and I wouldn't have a problem recommending it to those who aren't quite ready for full-figured beers.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2008 22:13:10 | More by budsboy
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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A friend of mine put together a sampler, and this is the second to last of the batch. The beer pours a clear yellow-gold with a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little rings of lacing behind in my pilsner glass. It's a bold pilsner malt flavor, with a mild hop bite, a bit of hops present midway as well, a bit chalky and metallic in the finish. It's a dry, light body that is made a bit creamier with the carbonation. It's not a bad beer at all and is pretty drinkable. It has a classic style and can be enjoyed for a bit.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2008 03:49:11 | More by Jayli
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Zadok

Kansas

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Light golden yellow with a quarter inch pure white head.

S-Yeast and mild citrus are the main aromas I am detecting.

T-Hate to say but I can't really taste anything, at a loss for words I guess.

M-Very light and smooth with mild carbonation.

D-First real disappointment with Left Hand, but on the other hand this is just not my style of beer. Tried to be objective nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2008 15:03:14 | More by Zadok
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kinger

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up as part of a boxed set of different micro-brews. Poured a clean golden yellow with abundant head that soon diminished to pencil thin. The lacing around the glass stuck for the duration of the beer. Real good hoppy aroma. The flavor captures the typical pilsner essence, hoppy with a slight bite at the end. Very crisp and clean, easily drinkable. This is a relatively basic pilsner, not bad at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2008 20:13:54 | More by kinger
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