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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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966 Ratings
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Ratings: 966
Reviews: 339
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 30
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of output01x
3.46/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of crossovert
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of PDXHops
2.06/5  rDev -43.3%
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.)

Photo of hosehead83
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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.

Photo of flavoursaviour
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.63/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of Tucquan
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of xnicknj
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of Tballz420
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw colored brew, just the slightest of haze, lots of rising carb bubbles support a large pillowy white head which sticks all over the glass. Light sweet malt scent, pretty grainy with a slight touch of hops. Very grainy and bready taste, light sweet malts, a light floral hop finish. Grassy with a bit of lemon. Very clean and refreshing, fairly full bodied. Very solid pils, might become a go-to for the summer months.

Photo of JRed
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear yellow body with lasting white bubbly head. Aroma is spicy greens, sharp clean hop with some pepper and orange peel. Tastes of spicy hop character,vague cereal, lemon peel, hop bitterness and a clean but slight lemon cookie aftertaste. Light in body but a bit dull in carbonation. Good session but I wish it was crisper.

Photo of DCon
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bought a 12 oz bottle of this from the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $2. Poured from the Cool, Artsy Blue bottle into a Pint Glass. Has a Bottled On Date of 04 26 11 on the box (not the bottle...).

Aroma- Starts grainy with a flowery background. It is obvious that there were only the minimum amount of hops and malts used here though... Very plain and dry.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger bubbly head with a light gold body. A good amount of lace is left on the sides of the glass. Good all-around appearance!

Flavor- Sweet flavor from the malt at the beginning and then has a mild hop hitting the palate. Like it! Finishes dry and I'm pretty sure this would be an appropriate attribute for a German Pils. Very clean as well.

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, High Carbonation, and leaves a nice, medium strength wheat flavor on the palate.

Overall Impression- Enjoyed thoroughly! Can be compared to New Belgium's Blue Paddle but more body to it (B.P. more watery). Very drinkable and a good beer to classify a German Pilsner! Will be having many more times this summer.

Photo of DrinkingDrake
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light yellow and bubbly. About a finger of head with good retention. Very floral and fruity hop mix with a solid amount of light bready Pilsner malt. The flavor has a lot of hop character for a Pilsner but it is great. Awesome balance of peppery, floral and fruity hops. A light straw malty body backs up this large amount of hops nicely. A lot of flavor and extremely drinkable.

Photo of csiewert
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of foamy white head that dissipates quickly and leaves no lacing. The aroma has hints of malty sweetness and lots of grassy hops. The taste has some skinniness with grassy and earth hops thrown in and some malty sweetness at the end. The mouthfeel is slightly overcarbonated but finishes clean. Overall a decent pilsner.

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

12oz bottle, sitting in my current "landlord's" fridge - leftover from a weekend gathering

appearance: served in an imperial pint, bright golden body, sticky white film, strong carbonation

smell: grassy hops, toasted grain, touch metallic

taste: tasty pilsner - clean and fresh, light lemon zest, grassy hops, brass, toasted grain and malt, delicate bitterness. exceeded my expectations - not something i would necessarily buy, but happy to drink

mouthfeel: oily body, nice and refreshing

overall: good

Photo of speter
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful clear pale golden yellow with two-finger fluffy white head that fades to a nice thin layer that leaves great lace.

S: Sweet German biscuity malt with notes of spicy noble hops in just the perfect balance.

T: Amazing! There is a crisp up-front sweetness that is balanced right at mid-palate by the kiss (rather than bite) of the hops. The finish and aftertaste are wonderfully bitter and have the (correct) lager metal-like overtones.

M: A near-perfect summer beer. The carbonation features small bubbles, and the crispness brings back last year's trip to Germany, without the massive travel expense.

O: Living near eastern PA, home of some of the best American-brewed pilseners, I was surprised and very pleased at this entry from Colorado. Siriusly good.

Photo of Brunite
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very clear straw yellow. A snow white head that leaves amazing lace all the way down. Visible carbonation was light-medium.

S: Skunk on the open. After that settles down....mostly hop spiciness.

T: The initial flavor was dry with a lot of biscuity malt....along with the bite from the hops. Good for a Pils.

M: Light body with a bit of stickiness.

O: A decent Pils and blows away macro stuff. But a little tame for me compared to a Prima. Drinkable but at the same pricepoint would take a Victory PP instead on most occasions.

Photo of schoolboy
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a good tasting pils, but that's the only thing that is above average. The taste is exactly what a pilsiner should be. The right amount of hops and bitterness. But not the right amount of aroma. I like more stink.

The beer is well crafted and has not problems but I will avoid it in the future.

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

Poured a pale straw gold into a tulip with almost a finger of loose white head. Slightly sweet aroma with a little honey mixed with lemon and grassy hops.

Moderate carbonation and a smooth, creamy mouthfeel. Lemony hops up front followed by sweet honey/caramel grain and a lingering lemon/grass character on the finish.

Really easy-drinking pilsner with some nice hop character and a little extra touch of malt sweetness for fullness and balance.

Photo of ngeunit1
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a bright clear golden-yellow color with a finger of frothy white head. The head fades quickly down to a ring leaving behind some lacing on the glass.

S - Aroma is a mix of light sweet malt and some grassy hops. Touch of biscuit and some light fruity aromas also in the background.

T - Starts off with some bready malt flavor, even some biscuit, and some grassy hops. There is a bit of citrus fruit blended in as well. Through the middle, some yeast and like grassy hops come in. The finish is a mix of light citrus, sweet malts, and just a touch of hops that linger nicely.

M - Medium-light bodied with moderate carbonation. Really crisp and smooth and not at all watery. Really nice clean finish.

D - Very drinkable. The flavors are all smooth and well balanced. While on the lighter side, it does not feel empty or bland which is great.

Photo of rawfish
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
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
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
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
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 966 ratings.