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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
82
good

886 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 886
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 23
Gots: 51 | 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 tempest
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

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.

tempest, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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.

BradLikesBrew, Sep 29, 2008
Photo of daliandragon
3.98/5  rDev +9.6%

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.

daliandragon, Sep 28, 2008
Photo of mwa423
3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

mwa423, Sep 23, 2008
Photo of supercolter
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%

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.

supercolter, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of smcolw
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

smcolw, Sep 12, 2008
Photo of abankovich
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%

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.

abankovich, Aug 25, 2008
Photo of beveritt
3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

beveritt, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of diabecktic
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%

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.

diabecktic, Aug 15, 2008
Photo of Mardukk
3.15/5  rDev -13.2%

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.

Mardukk, Aug 14, 2008
Photo of naterock
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%

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.

naterock, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of budsboy
3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

budsboy, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.63/5  rDev 0%

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.

Jayli, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Zadok
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%

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.

Zadok, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of kinger
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%

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.

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Slynger
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Polstar pours a pale lemony gold, very clear, with a nice cap of fine off-white fuzziness.

Smell/tastes of lightly sweet pale malts and lemony citrus with lightly toasted grains and a solid noble fresh earthy-grassy spiciness. Light-medium body has nice, light, oily-smoothness with a good amount of softly fuzzing carbonation.

One of the better offerings of the style. Nice light and tasty, sessionable pils.

Slynger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of 1fastz28
2.85/5  rDev -21.5%

pours a very pale light lager color, looks about as clear as bud light, but has a pure white head that stays around for almost the entire beer. Smell is kinda skunky with a very light maltiness. tate is average, pretty standard lager overall. its an average beer i suppose

1fastz28, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3.63/5  rDev 0%

A: Brilliant gold color with very good clarity. Big foamy head has good retention and leaves nice lace.

S: Spicy. A lot of pepper backed by citrus and grass aromas. Citrus is a combination of lemon and grapefruit.

T: Black pepper and citrus. Pepper comes through strong in the bitterness. Malt is dry and plays second to the hops. In the background lies a grapefruit flavor that tastes out of place in this style. Finishes with a lingering spicy bitterness.

M: Medium body with a bit too much fizz.

D: Interesting take on a Pils. I could see myself having several of these.

Rayek, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Drew966
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%

Polestar Pilsner pours a yellow color with a fluffy white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There is a nice, hoppy aroma. There is a nice, spicy hop flavor with the malt in the background. I wouldn't call this a traditional German pils, but it's very nice.

Drew966, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Beerbuddha
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%

Appearance- This beer poured a clear, straw color with little to no head and minimal lacing.

Smell- Not much to it. A bit of grain and perhaps citrus.

Taste- Again with the grainy taste and the citrus. ALL were overpowered by the tin taste which dominated the beer.

Mouthfeel- Crisp and refreshing. Medium body as well.

Overall- I have a feeling this can be a great beer but that tin taste just ruined it. I'd like to try it on draught.

Beerbuddha, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of bobbyc881
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%

Perhaps one of the lightest beers I've had in a while -- straw/yellow in color. White head collapses down thin rather quickly. Lively carbonation.

Aromas are minimal, but clean. Faint lemon, grass, cereal grains.

Crisp and clean taste. Some graininess, some earthy hop notes, and an ever so slight sweetness in the finish. Light is the word here. Nothing outstanding, but nothing off-putting.

Lively carbonation, great mouthfeel. Highly drinkable on a hot day -- as most pilsners are. Certainly one I'll reach for during the summer months, but there are better pilsners out there...

bobbyc881, Jun 29, 2008
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%

Lawnmower, gateway, accessible, blahdy blahdy blah...
Nothing about this makes it too special in the spectrum of beer. There's some lemon notes; the hops could have more a voice but they aren't precisely shy.
Light, easy to drink, clean flavors, a touch of grain. There are other pilsners I would choose before this one but I wouldn't kick this one out of bed.

ommegangpbr, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of cvstrickland
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%

12-ounce bottle poured into a weizen glass yields a clear pale straw body capped with a fine-bubbled white head of two fingers that retains nicely at a fat sheet that leaves plenty of sticky lacing.

Smells deeply malty and dry with a nice herby, earthy hop note.

Surprisingly a mouthful... big, biscuity malt character with the slightest essence of caramel is neatly finished by a nice dry bitterness. Crisp and clean with fantastic drinkability.

cvstrickland, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of everetends
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass, picked this one up in Birmingham.

A: Poured a light straw color with a big foamy head. Not much lacing to mention.

S: Smell was of a light malt character with some citrusy hops. Grains are also present.

T: Good taste of light hops and light malt. Citrus flavor comes through just enough to let you know it is there. A little bit of grains can be found too.

M: A good carbonation makes this light bodied beer very crisp and refreshing. Very nice, little aftertaste.

D: Absolutely. Does what it sets out to do and tastes pretty good in the process. Will pick up again.

everetends, Jun 04, 2008
Photo of woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%

Nathaniel presented this to me with a big, fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention. The color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a really pleasant Saaz hops snap. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a great Saaz hops presence on the tongue. The finish was not as strong as it had been in the mouth, but it still evidenced as much hops as I had experienced over the course of a long, blazingly hot day. It was a welcome experience.

woodychandler, May 31, 2008
Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 886 ratings.