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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

906 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 906
Reviews: 330
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 24
Gots: 57 | 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 philbertk
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Left Hand Brewing Company--Motherlode Golden Ale--1998 Release--22 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV. (2.5 / 5.0) Golden Ale--Straw Golden, light Body with light fruit touch. Clean, refreshing finish. Hot weather brew.

Tabernash Brewing Company--Tabernash Pilsner Lager--2002 Release--12 oz. Bottle--5.00% ABV--30 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Pilsner--Malt of the Earth Selection November 2002. Clear light thin golden color. Rich Saaz hop front. Smooth crisp tangy buttery Pilsner malt body. Butterscotch notes. Clean balanced mild hop citrus end. Creamy. Medium head and lace. Sampled 11/26/2002.

Left Hand Brewing Company--Polestar Pilsner--2008 Release--12 oz. Bottle--4.68% ABV--33 IBU's. (4.5 / 5.0) Pilsner--Rich lacy white head. Clear thin bright yellow gold color. Rich zesty Saaz hop front. Crisp tangy zesty CO2 hop spice mild butter caramel earthy dry body. Crisp refreshing dry hop spice snappy Pils end. Fresh Hoppy Well Made Pils. Sampled 8/29/2008. 6-Pack--$9.50.

left hand brewing company--polestar pilsner--Malt Liquor--2010 12 oz. bottle. 5.50% ABV. 33 IBU's. (4.0 / 5.0) Rich lacy white long lasting head. Clear pretty bright yellow gold color. Rich buttery hop Saaz? Magnum? front. Mildly creamy mellow sweet snappy butter caramel Pils malt crisp richly flavored body. Lingering malt mild bitter hop refreshing nourishing end. Sampled 8/22/2010. 6-Pack $9.75.

philbertk, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of wcintula
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw-colored with a nice two and a half finger billowy head, with little activity to support it. The retention is okay and the lacing is pretty good. It has a strong floral and citrus hop smell with yeast notes in there. The taste is dry and hoppy with bready flavors. This pils has got a light body and light carbonation and is just a pleasure to drink. I enjoyed this pilsner quite a bit.

wcintula, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of cjgator3
2.38/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12oz bottle

A- Pours a pale golden yellow color with a white head with pretty good lacing and retention.

S- The aroma is grainy malts with some light floral and citrusy hops.

T- The taste like the aroma starts out with some grains up front and an odd lingering bitterness. I'm not a huge fan of this one.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I didn't really care for this one and probably wouldn't purchase again.

cjgator3, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of Mebuzzard
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

So I'm at a crossroads with this beer. It seems simple, but I think that's its best quality. I poured it while on the porch sitting with my non-beer geek friends (yes, they do exist). And their comment was, "hey, that's not a strange, exotic beer". And it's not, really.
Still, a solid beer.
Pours a bright yellow color with orange tints. Good sized, white foaming head that, when swirled, would return to about 1/2 finger.

Aroma is a touch weak. Nothing bad in it; it has nice biscuit undertones and sharpness in the front and end.

Taste and mouthfeel. Balanced very well. The malt backbone is solid and provides a sweetness that's just a hint creamy. The hops break it up, but don't take over. This one would probably have more of a hop kick when very fresh, but as it is, it's still good.
Very drinkable...sitting on the porch.

Mebuzzard, Aug 10, 2010
Photo of CampusCrew
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: golden hued body with a thinnish, near white head. little lacing.

Smell: pale malts, typical pils bitterness

Taste: failry classic, low on the hops, which is comon for german style.

Mouthfeel: light-Medium body.

Drinkability: not a bad beer, but I have had better pils living in czech.

CampusCrew, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of Lauthaha
1.8/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a 12 ounce beer mug at around 40 degrees Fahrenheit.

Appearance: Well, it looks like beer, which is more than I can say for the last beer I reviewed. Pale golden color, light carbonation, oddly translucent and no head with light lacing.

Smell: Very light corn scent, gentle alcoholic tones waft through the air. Nothing outstanding about this one.

Taste: This is pretty bad. Seriously...it's salty with almost no hop flavor, and way too yeasty for a pils. There is little to no foretaste, and a bitter and unrewarding aftertaste. No go.

Mouthfeel: Fluffy, if you try to savor the flavor. This beer is on par with bark-flavored styrofoam tea.

Drinkability: I can handle it...but would not recommend it to a friend. The foaminess is too much, and takes away from any redeeming potential the taste could have.

Maybe it's the spaghetti I ate for dinner, but there's something starchy about this beer that just doesn't sit right with me. I wouldn't dissuade someone from trying this beer, but I would urge them to partake with caution. Not impressed.

Lauthaha, Aug 05, 2010
Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A past white fluffy head rises to 1 finger and fades slowly over a crystal clear golden yellow colored beer.

N: A typical pilsner nose, with some toasty malts which are lighter than most, a lager crisp and light aroma, a little sweetness, a little wheat, and this one seems to have the slightest musty off aroma that can come from pilsners often.

T: Very crisp and refreshing, toasty malts are present now, lots of wheat, some round lager tastes, some sweetness too, and a bitterness that doesn't seem to play very well, it's an earthy bitterness that doesn't balance into the rest of the beer, with a little more of that musty taste that seems to ride on the back of the bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still partially sweet but mostly dry, with that lingering bitter taste that doesn't play too well. It hurts the drinkability of what should be very crisp and refreshing, although it does have it's crisp and refreshing taste. A touch of lingering toasty malts and wheat.

jlindros, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of btorsdog
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Real Deal is how I'd describe this brew .Another Outstanding brew in the line-up from an Outstanding brew company!
A.- Transparent gold w/bright white lasting head.
S.-Beer with hops and some sweetness/floral
T.-Mid range of hops and malt,right amount of bitterness for a pils.
M.- decent mouthfeel kind of on the lighter side.
D.- real easy drinker nice complexity but not real intense. Cool label-Great Beer.Try it Out!

btorsdog, Aug 01, 2010
Photo of Spica66
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass during Left Hand tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/22/10. The brewery rep was pouring and telling us all about the beers as we went. Very informational and fun.

A: Perfect light pilsen color and carbonation. The only reason I did not score it a five is that I could not judge the head from the sample pour.

S: Smells exactly like the beer I used to drink on tap when I had business in Lemgo, Germany a couple of times a year.

T: Noble hops and just the right amount of malt balance out perfectly.

M: Carbonation dances on the tongue, hops and malt in harmony - the world is good!

D: This will be my new "hot day" drink.

I am absolutely amazed how authentic German this American-made pilsner is!!

Spica66, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one finger head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, pale golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves average lace.

S - A light aroma of sweet pilsner malt with a hint of honey. Herbal, european hops blend nicely with the malt.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with some earthy honey. Herbal, noble hop flavors come out in the middle with moderate bitterness. Finishes with more pilsner malt and a hint of dry toast as well as moderate bitterness and spicy hop character.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a nicely made, dry German style pilsner with an emphasis on the hop character. An excellent hop presence in both aroma and flavor with a dry, but rich malt profile to back it up. This is one to add to the short list of authentic and enjoyable American made pilsners.

nickfl, Jul 23, 2010
Photo of uustal
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Golden appearance with a very white 2 finger head. Good lacing and retention throughout. Slight grassy and lemon aroma. Not very strong. Flavor follows. Semi-sweet up front with some lemon flavor. Grassy hops and bready malt notes. Malt overpowers the hops here, especially as you get into the beer. Good crisp mouthfeel.

uustal, Jul 21, 2010
Photo of WesWes
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a dry, pilsner malt scent along with a slightly grainy, bitter aroma. It's lightly hopped and basic in malt composition. The taste is decent as well. It has a light pilsner malt flavor with just a hint of Munich malt sweetness. The German hops provide adequate bitterness. It's easy drinking with little off-flavors. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good example of the German pilsner style. It's a bit less complex than some authentic version, but it's easy drinking and enjoyable.

WesWes, Jul 14, 2010
Photo of mytireisfat
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

P: Drank this beer off tap.

A: No head. Beer was a clear yellow color. No lacing.

S: Some caramel malt, a hint of lemon.

T: You can tell the hops are there. Slight malt flavor.

M: Light body. and low carbonation.

D: So i think this one is pretty weak for left hand brewery. Not much going on with flavor. However it is easy to drink, and could be drank on a hot day of fishing, cause its kind of like water. i wouldn't buy it again.

mytireisfat, Jun 20, 2010
Photo of seh410
2.68/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: 2 fingers of fluffy and thick pure white head that retains well and leaves lacing. The beer itself is yellow and clear with bubbles of carbonation streaming through it. It looks crisp and light.

Aroma: Light, crisp smell. Malty and sweet - a little citrus in the back.

Taste: Ugh. I'm immediately getting fish or dishwater - something is off and it is gross. The taste is nothing like the nose... After a few sips, my palette has adjusted a little, and the taste is less offensive - the off flavors mellow a little, but I still think it's weird. Not a fan.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp

Notes: Easy to drink, I just don't like it.

seh410, Jun 17, 2010
Photo of clayrock81
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light clear gold with decent head and some lace patches on the glass. Has an earthy, breezy hop smell that is light and non distinct. Taste is alright w/ a decent pils malt taste along with minor citric flavor and a little bit of chewiness. Goes down easy and finishes nice and crisp. A good summer beer to relax with.

clayrock81, May 22, 2010
Photo of Liverpool08
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Botled 2/16/10

A nice Pilsner. Comes out pale yelow witha small white head. Good carbonation. Nice earthy grassy bitter aroma. Taste follows, nice crisp bitter flavor, with a grassy finish. This is very drinkible and a great hot summer thirst quencher.
This is what all of the big macros need to be. No corn overtones here. Just the nice bitter finish from the style.

Liverpool08, May 08, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold, with good clarity and a decent but fading white head. Some lacing.

Grassy aromas and light malt. What'd you expect from the style?

Grassy sweetness/bitterness, with some fair hop bitterness, and then some lighter malt. A solid german pils.

Light body, cleaner finish. Easy drinking, but a couple and I'd be looking for more depth. Worth trying.

OtherShoe2, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of horshack7
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden but a litle pale color with a head that is light fluffy and airy. The head up thinning out does leave some decent lacing behind.

Aroma: Minor phenols a plesant floral hop aroma. Malts are way in the back of this beer. Smell of fresh cut grass with subtle piney notes.

Taste: A very crisp mouthfeel to start but it does mellow out as it's flows around the pallate. A floral hop bite not alot of malt which not a surprise for this style. A little bit of a buttery finish.

Notes: This is a tasty and very drinkable German Pilsner. Cheers.

horshack7, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand Polestar Pilsner

Clear, pale yellow, pillowy white head, active and bubbly.

Soft, clean, pleasant aromatics. Lightly hoppy.

Taste:easy on the palate, and all the way down. Nice little display of hops up front, then it fades back, and the mellow malt takes over. Slight lemon/citrus flavor, hangs in the back of the throat. Quite a quencher, this, goes down so easy. Just enough flavor to make it worth drinking. I don't often reach for pilsners, but if you're looking for one, I'd recommend the Polestar.

feloniousmonk, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of silentjay
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours a very clear pale yellow with a small white head that at least leaves some chunks on the glass as it disappears.

the nose is pretty on par. pilsner malt, hops give it some citrus and some spicy and peppery noble character. though its kind of weak.

taste, as well, is relatively weak. has a metallic taste up front which gives way to some bitter, peppery, spicy hops. sweetens up with some white bread and then more pepper on the aftertaste.

light-bodied with plenty of carbonation.

eh. drinks ok. I'd rather not, however. it's not a terribly crafted beer, but I'm glad I bought only one of these.

silentjay, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of ocelot2500
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw golden color with a frothy white head that leaves a good layer of lacing on the glass.

Smells of pale malts and a touch of grassy hops.

Tastes of the soft malts with a small touch of grassy, lemon hops. Malts are sweet but restrained and offer a good base. Again hops are light and add a nice layering on top of the malts.

Mouthfeel is medium-light with an airy amount of carbonation.

ocelot2500, Mar 13, 2010
Photo of cpetrone84
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-clear golden straw color, decent amount of pure white bubbly head. It actually lingers for a little bit leaving a light lacing on the glass

S-the nose is fair in strength, it brings a light toasted malt and grainy aromas with a strong caramel malt backbone

T-the taste is similar to the nose; but a little more happening in a bad way. The caramel malts hold down the base of this beer with the toasted malt up front, graininess towards the back. However, there is also a metallic, medicinal phenol taste towards the back

M-good medium body with a creamy texture. It is highly carbonated and brings a crisp finish

D-very easy to drink but the phenol taste detracts from the beer itself and makes it less enjoyable.

cpetrone84, Feb 20, 2010
Photo of brownbeer
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright golden color, very transparent with a white head.

Not the cleanest nose, kind of a dirty earth character with grain water added.

Taste is a little better, but it turns kind of harsh. A salad of grass, pepper, and lemon come to mind.

With all the better examples out there I don't think i'll see this one in my glass again any time soon.

brownbeer, Feb 16, 2010
Photo of 51mmz0rz
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Sam Adams tulip style glass.

A: A very pale yellow body with a small, but reasonable white head. The head fades quickly.

S: Great aroma for the style. Smells heavily of malt, which is surprising from the color. Slightly metallic, but the bottle is a little old. German aroma all the way.

T: Clean, crisp, and very light. Too bad the aroma doesn't come through much in the flavor. Decent hop bitterness on the finish.

M: Highly carbonated, nothing surprising for the style.

D: Highly drinkable...I'm not sure there is reason to come back for more of this, but its good.

51mmz0rz, Feb 15, 2010
Photo of meeekyh
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a 12oz bottle into a belled-pilsner glass.

Bottled on 08/08/08 and somehow I bet it doesn't age as well at the Stone Vertical.

The beer is light golden and very slightly hazy with a fluffy, white head that leaves lacing thickly around the glass an clear to the top.

Sweet citrus and malt in the nose, with a hint of bread.

Tangy, sweet, a bit of grain. There is little pronounced flavor here.

Light, clean and dry with medium carbonation and a dry finish.

Drinkable, yes but without much character.

I am sure this bottle suffers a bit from being old. I will have to make a habit of checking when a beer was made before I buy it.

Good beer and I will be sure to try it again.

meeekyh, Feb 09, 2010
Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 906 ratings.