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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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946 Ratings

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 26
Gots: 74 | 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:
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(Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005)
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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of a10t2
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Brown bottle, pours crystal clear pale orange-yellow with effervescent carbonation and a thin white head that leaves the odd bit of lace.

S: Initial unpleasant, vaguely sour aroma. Fades into a spicy/peppery, stereotypical noble hop aroma. That first noseful, though, not great.

T: Light with some grainy background and a subtle peppery noble hop quality. The flavors are distinct, but well balanced.

M: Smooth and moderately carbonated, it may go down a little too quickly.

D: Very good overall. Everything is in balance, not unlike a macro lager, but without any minor offensive flavors.

Photo of armock
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a golden color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt with some grassy hops

T - Follows the nose the grassy hops up front then the grainy malt come through

M - This beer has a light body with medium carbonation to it

D - Overall this is a fairly average pilsener nothing really bad about it I just wouldn't pick this one up as my first choice

Photo of katan
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz pour into a left hand pils glass

A - Pours a dark golden color, with almost brown highlights. Very clear, filtered. Good bubbling and head formation, 2-3mm, some lacing, well retained.

S - Strong pilsner malt nose, a combination of sweetness and some grainy balance. A noble hop is present, but I can't identify it - its pretty well hidden by the malts.

T - Starts with a very solid pilsner malt sweetness, which then drives into a pretty bitter bite - bringing it into balance to almost a bitter forward beer. Some light grassy hop notes come in, giving way to the sweetness note of the beer - a pilsner malt smack.

M - Good mouthfeel - a medium bodied beer with just a good poke of carbonation bite. Has a very clean finish.

D - Good drinkability. Flavors are balanced enough for sessioning. ABV is manageable. Has gotten a bit filling as I get towards the bottom.

A very solid American brewed German pils beer.

Photo of compass40204
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

When poured into a glass, it has a very nice head- nearly 2 fingers- and leaves nice lacing as it subsides. Crystal clarity, straw color. Aroma, not much beyond some cereal. Flavor also bland and cereal. Finish leaves a hint of creaminess but nothing that lingers. This is not a beer made to impress. I guess it was made as a session beer, or just something you can pound without the nuisance of tasting anything. PIlsners can be great, but this one seems happy with just not being offensive. Given BudMillerCoors or this, I'd drink it again. Otherwise it'll be a long time before I bother with this one again.

Photo of Fezfreak
4.83/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could not resist reviewing this beer, mainly because it gets the same bad rap that all my other favorite Pilsners get. To love and appreciate the Pilsner style, one must understand how difficult it is to make one that is both drinkable and enjoyable.

For me, a typical pour of Polestar Pilsner is golden in color with a one and a half inch head that dissipates to about a quarter-inch and stays for the duration, leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

I'll describe the smell like this: smells like beer.

The flavor is well-balanced between sweet, breakfast-cereal-tasting malt and bittering hops; the hops having the edge at the start and finish with the malt kicking in at the middle. If I didn't know better, I'd say there was an "illusion" of dry-hopping going on (I doubt it really was though, given the fragility of the style).

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer almost identical to the one of my all-time favorite Pilsners, made by Portsmouth (Ohio) Brewing Company; aka Mault Brothers.

Polestar is a perfect Session Beer.

Photo of jsh420
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

bottled date was missing?

pours bright clear yellow with a 1 finger head that fades to a film and leaves no lacing

smells of lemon and grassy hops and a rubber smell

taste is ok - good amount of grassy hop bite and lemon zest - a solid beer

mouthfeel is light with ample carbonation but does not have that crisp finish i want in a pils

drinkability is good - reasonably priced and solid flavors but overall nothing to put it up there witht the best

Photo of Zebus0
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Kind of disappointing honestly, I really like Left Hand Brewing usually. Of course, I have to be honest I'm not a fan of Pilsners, but my girlfriend got me a Left Hand sampler box for my b-day and I was excited to give some new beers a try.

A- I guess it's the right coloring, the color of fresh hay. Head was pretty good when I poured it, but didn't stick around. However, just overall not that impressive.

S- Can really pick up a veg-like scent from it. Surprisingly pleasant scent for a lighter beer, usually stink like cheap 'skank' beer in my opinion.

T- Pretty good, pretty mild. Really not that hoppy like I guessed it might be. Has just a tad of spice on the bottom end, not bad really. I have to say given the first 1/2 of the review I was pleasantly surprised by the taste.

M- Ho-hum. Not really smooth, not really coarse, just in between. Slightly grainy.

D- That's a tough question. This wouldn't be the first beer I reach for, nor one that I select just when I want to have one beer to enjoy the taste. But if it was a beer for later on, or all I had sure. So that's hard to say really, good...with conditions.

Photo of david18
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this at the 5 napkin burger restaurant in New York City. Ordered it because it was the only beer I hadn't had that was under 7%. A good pilsner but there are so many that are better including Prima as well as many german and czech options. However, this was good and reasonably priced.

Good color and carbonation. Forgetable aroma mouthfeel and drinkablity.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Left Hand- Polestar Pilsner

A- Light bright yellow with a big frothy soapy lacing head.
S- Sweet lemon juice with hay/ straw and dry earthy hops.
T- Light sweet earthy malt. Lemony hay and straw with a mild dry citrusy lemony hop finish.
M- Sweet and earthy with a dry hoppy citrus body and finish. Slight malty start.

Overall- Light, sweet, and crisp. A good warm weather beer.

Photo of xtalman
4.45/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very nice golden straw color with a smallish white head. Head retention is very good though.

Nose gives lots of aromatic hops. Simiply great.

Tastes is "crisp" and dry like one expects from a well made pilsner. Just moves along the month like a flowing river. Finishes up with a nice dry hop bitterness.

I have been drinking a fair amount of this lately and find it just is perfect for the hot summer. A very refreshing and full flavored brew to sit and relax with at the end. Of course I did the same thing at times during the winter also.

Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 946 ratings.