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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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BA SCORE
82
good

874 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 874
Reviews: 328
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.84%
Wants: 21
Gots: 47 | 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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Jayli

Massachusetts

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

08-02-2008 03:49:11 | More by Jayli
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Zadok

Kansas

2.88/5  rDev -20.9%

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.

08-01-2008 15:03:14 | More by Zadok
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kinger

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%

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.

07-29-2008 20:13:54 | More by kinger
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Slynger

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +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.

07-29-2008 05:27:18 | More by Slynger
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1fastz28

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev -21.7%

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

07-29-2008 00:36:57 | More by 1fastz28
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Rayek

Colorado

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%

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.

07-09-2008 16:51:28 | More by Rayek
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Drew966

Florida

4.33/5  rDev +19%

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.

07-09-2008 00:04:37 | More by Drew966
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Beerbuddha

Louisiana

3.28/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

06-30-2008 14:04:32 | More by Beerbuddha
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bobbyc881

South Carolina

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%

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...

06-29-2008 23:01:46 | More by bobbyc881
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ommegangpbr

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

06-25-2008 00:39:40 | More by ommegangpbr
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cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%

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.

06-17-2008 22:27:23 | More by cvstrickland
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everetends

Alabama

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

06-04-2008 02:16:00 | More by everetends
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

05-31-2008 09:14:04 | More by woodychandler
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uwmgdman

Wisconsin

4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

This one pours very clear, dark straw color with a moderate white head. The aroma is moderately malty with noticeable spicy hoppyness. The flavor is a bit sweet and malty upfront with moderate bitterness and spicy hop flavor emerging at the swallow. The finish is crisp with a bit of lingering hop. Body is medium and moderate carbonation. Overall a good looking very tasty Pilsner.

05-31-2008 02:00:40 | More by uwmgdman
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AChamberlain

Texas

3.18/5  rDev -12.6%

Picked up a sixer from Central Market. Poured the beer into a pint glass. It had a nice golden clear color, but the head had no retention. Grainy malt aroma. At first the beer tasted syrupy, but finished dry. Not bad, not great. The mouthfeel was the best thing in this pilsner. It had a nice fizz, yet overall was pretty smooth. Although this is not exactly the pilsner I was hoping for, it was fairly drinkable. Easy to knock back, mostly due to the mouthfeel.

05-29-2008 01:53:56 | More by AChamberlain
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

4/5  rDev +9.9%

Appears a brilliant light pale golden hue with a large foamy white head. With each sip streaks of scattered lacing are left behind. The smell is nice spicy herbal hops flowing with grassy and citrus notes galore, lightly toasted biscuit with honey malt sweetness with a touch of mineral water notes going on as well. Flavor is balanced yet has an assertive hoppiness to it more herbal grass with citrus peels on the palate with a semi sweet lightly toasted two row cereal malt flavor with hints of crackers with honey drizzled on it. Mouthfeel has sturdy carbonation with a dry finish from the hop bitterness perfect German style pils. Drinkability is all day a nice summer offering that I hope to catch more of, I realized that the folks at Left Hand know how to brew lagers after trying their Ofest this past season, it was definitely one of my favorites I got to try.

05-27-2008 16:04:34 | More by WVbeergeek
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +14%

Pours a clear straw colored yellow. Very few bubbles and just an asymetrical film of foam on the top of the beer. Hardly any lacing. Light, crisp, and dry pilsner malt wth a littl herbal hop aroma well blended. The taste is a simple medium malt with notes of dried fruit upfront, but the hops give just a toch of grass and lemon. Very well balanced tasting pilsner. Very refreshing and crisp palate. Hits the spot while you wait for your dinner to cook after a hard summer days work.

05-21-2008 05:42:57 | More by scruffwhor
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stumac

Texas

3.75/5  rDev +3%

was this under another name before?

pours a regular transparent straw color. but a decent white head. lacing falls quick. aroma is slight crisp hops. taste is light malt backbone. more-so than the light hop crispness. most importantly, its not a skunky pils!!!

05-14-2008 03:49:32 | More by stumac
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CamuMahubah

Nebraska

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%

Poured a golden color with a foamy head...

The smell was a bit off...is that salty seaweed essence?...At first I thought this beer might be out of date but it was bottled on 3/10/08...should be good to go!...

The taste makes up for it...nice clean malt profile with an abundant hops kiss. Smooth and only a bit unbalanced. Touch of salt...

Very good on the palate. Crisp...

This is a summer beer, or rather this is one you reach for when you are thirsty! This beer makes you want to wash the car in shorts and flip-flops! Or better yet get out the chips and shuffle the cards! I like to think this is what the orginal American beer used to taste like. Maybe a time machine this beer!

05-14-2008 02:51:06 | More by CamuMahubah
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paco1029384756

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%

Pale yellow pour with a small fizzy white head. Bitter malty scent with some oats and wheat. Light flavor with some malts, wheat, and oats. Mouthfeel has a bit of a bite, but has a nice smoothness as well. Drinkability is quite good.

I prefer a stronger beer, but this one did surprise me. A solid beer, and I can't complain about that.

05-06-2008 02:05:56 | More by paco1029384756
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MrHungryMonkey

Texas

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%

Pale straw, good clarity, nice bubbly meringue head.

Toasty malt and a light fruitiness. Quite pleasant.

Impressive body - it's thick and smooth while maintaining good carbonation. Soft malt is toasty with biscuit tones and a touch of honey-crisp sweetness. Hops balance the malt with prominent bitterness and modest flavor - tart and floral mostly, not unlike a bright white wine. Touch of alcohol. More sweetness.

04-20-2008 02:37:53 | More by MrHungryMonkey
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Cyberkedi

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev -3%

Aroma is fairly strong, malty, with a whisper of citrus. My nose was a little stopped up by hay fever, but I still got a good whiff. It pours a typical clear straw-yellow with a thick, white head that dissipates fairly quickly - about average for a pils. Flavor is a little fuller than most pilsners I have tried, with a firm hop component and some bitterness in the aftertaste. I prefer darker and more flavorful beers, but this one is fine by me.

04-18-2008 02:43:22 | More by Cyberkedi
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pmcadamis

Illinois

2.48/5  rDev -31.9%

A - This clear lemon-yellow brew puts up a big fluffy four finger head that shows nice retention and leaves a lot of crusty white lace on the glass. The head gets fluffy and puffy as it slowly shrinks down to a solid two fingers.

S - The aroma is grainy and husky, with some sweet lemon notes and a whole wheat cracker malt note (like the little rectangular crackers that you get in a two-pack with a salad). I'm not really getting any of the spicy hops that I crave in a GP.

T - A bit more hops are present in the flavor, and the cracker notes are there too. This tastes more like a bitter "green bottle" Euro lager to me, and I taste what might be described as a mustard seed note...and that's throwing me off big time. It's more along the lines of Heineken or Groslch than a GP.

M - Light bodied and slightly slick. The carbonation is relatively low for the style, and a lingering bitterness dominates the finish.

D - A very average and forgettable pils. Not bad, but definitely not very good.

04-16-2008 17:35:59 | More by pmcadamis
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animal69

Louisiana

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%

the last of my LH sampler ; pours a clear yellow-gold w/ a thin white head which dissipates quickly leaving little rings of lacing behind in my pils glass ; a sweet cereal grain smell, some floral noble hops and a touch of adjunct twang ; a bold pilsn malt flavor, w/ a mild hop bite, a bit of hops present midway as well, a bit chalky and metallic in the finish ; a dry, light body made a bit creamier by the ample level of co2 ; not a bad beer at all, quite drinkable and a decent rep. of a classic style, on par w/ any euro-macro for sure...

04-16-2008 02:02:20 | More by animal69
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sleazo

New York

3.65/5  rDev +0.3%

A_Pours a pale straw colour with an eggshell tight bubbled head. A steady stream of bubbles continue to cascade up the sides of the pilsener glass til the end. Plenty of lacing to attract the eye.

S_Noble hops, floral and grassy are at the forefront while lurking just behind is a nice light cereal grain.

T_Fairly crisp up front with a pleasing grain sweetess. The follow through is floral hoppy bitterness. Very clean with no off flavours.

M_Light bodied, mid-high carbonation

D_Very drinkable American Pilsener. I would have a few more if possible. Thanks to pimpp for the sample.

04-15-2008 00:46:10 | More by sleazo
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