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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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975 Ratings
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Ratings: 975
Reviews: 343
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 31
Gots: 91 | 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 NuclearDolphin
4.09/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - Light golden-straw color that is pretty clear. Head is thin and disappears quickly

Smell - Nice healthy bread smell with a hint of hops. There is also a "cider" aroma that adds to the quality.

Taste - The hops and yeast qualities are more noticeable upon tasting, as well as the cider taste. This is my first Pilsner that I've have that has a cider-like taste to it and I'm very impressed as to how well it blends with the rest of the brew. Finish is a more bitter

Mouthfeel - Carbonation is light, as well as the body. Feels really smooth while drinking.

Overall - I enjoyed this beer. It's different from the other Pilsners I've tried due in part to the slight cider taste, but even if that weren't present, this would still be a very solid Pilsner.

Photo of rfgetz
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clean golden straw color with thin cap of white froth, little lacing. Scent is pure pilsener with lightly twangy malt and some lemony and faintly grassy hops. Simple, clean pilsen malt taste leads with solid lemmony and lightly grassy, but not over the top hopping found in many American pilsener versions these days. Lighter side of medium bodied, crisp. A good all around refreshing pils.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.62/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Good golden color and foam. A bit too much carbonation for my liking.

Smell: Grassy hops and turn floral as this warms. Good.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Overall I like this. Carbonation is fairly well balanced, maybe on the rough side though, and the flavors mellow nicely. Good balance of grassy, floral, and citrus hops with some faint honey sweetness. Wish it was a bit stronger overall.

Drinkability: Good, not great.

Overall: One of the better American interpretations of a German pilsner.

Photo of jsprain1
3.31/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Perfectly clear light honey color. Head is one and a half fingers foamy white. Lots of carbonation bubbles rising.
S- Smell is quite clean. Grainy, with light apple and grass aromas.
T- Leans on the pilsener malt a bit much. I mean I enjoy the grainy, crackery, biscuit flavor, but a bit more of the grassy hops that are there would be appreciated.
M- Medium body, smooth, clean, refreshing,
O- This is a so-so pilsener that's just short a bit on the hops. Add some spicy hops or more of the light grassiness that's there and you've got a top notch beer

Photo of allforbetterbeer
3.91/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange glass. "Born on date" clearly stamped on bottle neck.

The body is slightly hazy bright light golden yellow. The head is a fantastic fluffy compact white mountain that laces like crazy and lasts seemingly forever. Seriously, maybe the best head I have seen on an American made Pilsener.

The nose is a bit muted by the awesome head, but I can smell sweet grass, extra pale malts, lightly toasted white bread, and some very light and mild hops.

The flavor of this beer is quite easy going. It isn't watery or light, but it does take it easy as it fills the senses. Thus the malts are light and soft, the hops are even softer and provide a kiss of flavor (sweet grass and a touch of floral) and a quaint dose of bitterness. Nothing attacks, but it doesn't feel terribly lacking either.

The mouthfeel is much smoother and softer than some German Pilseners can be, but I feel that this is still a good example. I enjoy sipping it.

Conclusion: This is another thoughtful and well crafted beer from Left Hand, which is earning my respect with each new beer I try. I enjoy the laid back character of this beer, and the soft but clean flavors it provides.

Photo of emmasdad
2.78/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Picked up a bottle of this one as part of a mixed six. Poured a clear golden yellow with a min imal white head. Aromas of straw and light citrus. Palate was light bodied and crisp. Flavors of straw, bread and spicy hops with a crisp dry bitter finish.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent golden straw color with a thin layer of head. Very little lacing. Smells slightly sour. Yeast, cut grass, and a bit of orange peel. Taste is more of the same. Sour yeast dominates with some earthy, grass flavors. A bit of orange peel near the end. Light, easy drinking beer. Pretty decent for warm days but the sourness and orange peel are a bit off putting to me for some reason. Mouthfeel is actually a bit creamy which I did not expect. Overall, its an alright beer but nothing special.

Photo of surprenant1138
3.03/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very hazy straw colorwith almost no head and minimal lacing. Aroma is light: yeasty, slightly grassy, lemony, with a hi t o hops. Mouthfeel is light, slightly carbonated. Taste is actually a bit bland; some hops, fairly yeasty, some spices, and a hint of grass is noticed before finishing with a metallic touch. If cold, this is a pretty refreshing beer, but nothing extremely exciting.

Photo of JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this three times on tap, on two separate occasions. I'm convinced now that it rivals Sierra Nevada's Summerfest. I'll have to do a side-by-side to determine which I prefer most.

Style-wise, it hits the target with good clarity, nice light honey color, an initial white cap that settles after a bit, and an aroma that is hoppy in the Noble sense. The aroma definitely bests most pilsners I've come across with those hops being so noticeable.

Flavor is where it really stands out. It has a pronounced bitterness, light body (but not so light you can't taste the clean malts), and a dry finish. It goes down smoothly, and truly leaves me wanting more. I really appreciate the generous amount of hops in this pils.

It's not often a pilsner really grabs my attention. I'm glad I finally gave this a shot. I'll be working it into my regular rotation from now on. Nice work, Left Hand!

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.

Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 975 ratings.