Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company
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3.75/5 rDev +3%
My first time trying the new Left Hand brews in these parts. This brew pours a clear gold with a creamy, but slightly fizzy white pilsner head on it that is very thick and never goes away. Aroma is mostly wet grass and herbs with some sugar in the background. A little lemon pepper as well. Taste is crisp and clean, some citrus and grains with a nice hop bite at the end. The overall mouthfeel is a bit watery but overall still pretty good.
Probably a step down from the Prima Pils class, but still a very good American-style German pilsner.
03-13-2008 03:37:09 | More by saintwarrick
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
A - Pours a nice golden hue with a two finger head that disipates leaving a light lace after an agressive pour.
S - Buttery corn with some light and oily peanut hint.
T - Corn and salty hops that lends to a chrisp finish with a slight citrus bite.
M - Light and chrisp with a moderate carbonation that eximplifies the style.
D - Good brew, definately will join my session beer line up.
03-10-2008 05:22:26 | More by turbine2475
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Into a pilnser glass, this is a pale bright gold color with a moderate but lasting head of foam. Nose is sweet malt, a little grassy hops, and, very oddly for a pilsner, a light fruitiness. Nice flavor (the fruitiness I kept detecting in the nose is not present), with lightly sweet malt and a moderately high bitterness. Lots of hop flavor tending floral. Clean finish.
03-10-2008 02:57:42 | More by allengarvin
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
Single 12 oz bottle just copped from Gary's in Madison for $2.25...
Pours a clean, clear, lucid, light-apple juice colored appearance with a minimal frothy head that soon dissipated leaving a decent amount of lacing around the glass...
Smell was pretty much average and on-point for a Pilsner, with noticeable hop and vanilla characteristics bursting through...
Clean, crisp, unfiltered-like taste, not too hoppy or overbearing but pleasantly satisfying and refreshing with slight carbonation visible and minimal spiciness...
Slightly watered-down mouthfeel with a little bit of spritziness and pepper...
Very easily drinkable with a relatively modest 5% ABV wihout any cloying or interfering flavors...
Good stuff, worth a shot, but not the best depiction of the style or sample from Left Hand...
02-26-2008 00:13:10 | More by dsa7783
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
A clean Very pale yellow beer. Has a nice thick white head and a nice bit of lace. The aroma has a light biscuit malt character with grassy and lemon notes. The taste starts with a light floral hop bite on the tip of your tongue. The middle has plenty of easygoing grassy and lemony notes flowing around and the finish goes back to that nice floral hop note. Quite refreshing.
02-25-2008 23:06:02 | More by ybnorml
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
If you plan on reviewing the Polestar Pilsner you'll want to have more than one on hand, given how easily and quickly this beer will disappear from your glass.
The Polestar has a brilliant pale golden color with a big white head that leaves a spotty lace. The smell is grainy malt with a sulfury component over gentle noble hop notes. The taste is clean with a distinctive pilsner malt bitterness. Light bodied with medium carbonation, this Pilsner is an easy drinking and refreshing lager beer. The finish is crisp and dry with a long lasting moderately bitter finish.
Overall, an excellent Pilsner that's light and refreshing without being dull.
02-17-2008 22:30:29 | More by 86sportster883
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
A- Bright golden yellow and transparent. No lacing to speak of. Head is 1/2" and bright white.
S- Grassy and smells like a wet bail of hay. Smells of corn are in there too. There are faint aromas of hops on the end.
T- Still grassy like drinking blades of grass in a glass. (try saying that 5 times really fast) There is a somewhat harsh taste of husk. Bittering hops are the best part of the beer. Aftertaste is somewhat sweet.
M- A little thick for a pils being medium and mid on the carbonation.
D- Not my thing, so I am not up for sessioning, but maybe some folks would be.
Overall- Not a fan of pilsners, so I don't like it too much. It is true to style, not straying at all, but not my favorite of styles. I would rather have a Miller Lite if I wanted a Pilsner, and I dont like that either.
02-17-2008 20:44:47 | More by MMAJYK
4.18/5 rDev +14.8%
Pale yellow straw color with a white 1-finger head that quickly fades to small patches and clumps. Ultra-fine bubbles lace well.
Very grainy Pils malt aroma with a definite noble hop accent. Some carbonic whiffs.
Taste mirrors the aroma. Lots of grainy Pils malt taste witha good spicy Saaz bite on the dry bittering finish.
Some stingy carbonation, but not completely out of line for the style. Great American Pilsener in a more traditional style that say, Prima Pils.
02-15-2008 06:38:06 | More by BeerZack
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Appearance: Pours a clear yellow body with a frothy white head.
Smell: Pilsner malt aroma with notes of lime, flowers, and spicy Saaz hops.
Taste: Pilsner malts with a decent amount of sweetness. Very light hint of honey. The juice of one lime. Spicy Saaz character with a mild, palate-cleansing bitterness. Crisp, clean finish.
Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Fairly accurate to style and reasonably refreshing. Pretty good for a pilsner.
02-05-2008 03:34:05 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
A: Poured a very clear and light gold color with a big foamy white head that was moderately lasting leaving a slight lacing. Visible carbonation was light-medium.
S: light oranges and a touch of hop spiciness.
T: The initial flavor was dry, with some light citrus (lemon peel) to start things off. There was a slight wheat malting and sour oranges in the background. The middle of the palate had a slight buttery malt sweetness to it before yielding to a noticeable herbal hoppiness of oregano and grass in the finish. The finish was short-moderate in fade and quite dry and hoppy per style. Overall a very nice and hopped pilsner (maybe a touch to much for the traditionalist) that ended dry and grassy.
M: light, slick, with a very soft carbonation lacing and herbal hopping (oregano).
D: drinkability was good. A touch dry and increased hopping adds some depth.
02-04-2008 23:56:26 | More by beerthulhu
3.85/5 rDev +5.8%
Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.
A: The beer is a very light gold color with a medium-sized white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a decent amount of hops.
T: The taste is light, bready and well-balanced, with your typical, straight-forward, pilsener flavors of light malts and mild hops. The after-taste is slightly bready.
M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.
D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filing at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound away several of over the course of an evening.
02-03-2008 22:20:31 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.58/5 rDev -1.6%
Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a satisfactory head; a few shards of lace complement the visual appeal
Smell: Grasssy, herbacious and tinged with sulphur
Taste: Opens with a nice taste of the biscuit and develops in a grassy, herbacious fashion by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal elements are joined by some lemony citrus and a touch of sulphur; crisp and clean finish
Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent
Drinkability: A decent domestic pils; quite Germanic
02-02-2008 23:49:57 | More by brentk56
3.6/5 rDev -1.1%
i bought a variety case of Left Hand brews at some place in Conshohocken, Pa. I can't remember the name of the place and I can't find it on BA.
Appearance: A very pale straw color with lots of carbonation and a large white fluffy head producing a lot of lace but having poor retention.
Smell: Very mild of everything. There were bits of malts, but so little nothing was able to be distinguished.
Taste: Pretty good, bitterness is present al the way through, but not over powering. A very solid backbone of malty backbone.
Mouthfeel: Nice and crisp, not to off putting but not very stiff.
Don't drink and review.
01-28-2008 01:54:20 | More by treehugger02010
4.48/5 rDev +23.1%
12 oz bottle
got home incredibly thirsty today, and this was the first thing that came to mind. Perhaps I'm giving the beer a too-generous score because of the great thirst-quenching nature; I'll have to rerate when I have a chance.
Pours a light gold color, with a very large bright white airy head, despite the careful pour. Clarity is great, lacing is spotty, and it retains a cap of foam all the way to the bottom after the initial recession. Nose is less spectacular, but then again this isn't an IPA. Pale, barely toasted sweet malt, little spiciness, and general flowery, spicy, slightly lemony hops. no fruitiness or off flavors. Very clean, seems fresh, and inviting. Impressive
Taste is even better. Sweet with pale malt, and a slightly tart lemon hop flavor in the finish. A bit drying, begging another sip (gulp). I enjoy the hops in the flavor much more than I would think from just taking a little whiff. Bitterness is moderate, just slightly sharp in the finish like I appreciate in this style, appropriate for the malt level without overwhelming.
Even on a subfreezing day, coming home a bit hot and tired this went down very easy and I promptly went looking for something similar. The mouthfeel is medium and carbonation appropriate - nothing spectacular, nothing to detract either, just right where it should be. Overall just a great beer.
01-24-2008 01:06:18 | More by udubdawg
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
Pours into a pilsner glass slightly cloudy and golden starting with a big fluffy head which dissipates but leaves good lacing. The sent is slightly floral with a light hint of lemon and some bready grains. Taste starts off bitter with some light malts and finish with a bit of a hop bite. The mouthfeel is just right for a sesionable beer, and the drinkability is their although the flavor is less intriguing then the smell.
01-07-2008 00:34:49 | More by dickieb
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
I got this case from Rick in Alexandria after seeing it highly rated in a NYTimes review. It pours slightly cloudy, pale gold, lots of bubbles coming up. The soft fluffy head dissapates after a bit but leaves a ring. There's a slight flowery aroma with a bit of malt but it's not a great nose. It tastes very flavorful, nice malt/hops balance. It's soft in the mouth and goes down wonderfully. I think this is a somewhat better beer than the average rating indicates.
12-30-2007 00:34:05 | More by BeerIsland
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
Sample through Brewfan and Secret Santa BIF 2007.
Clear yellow colored beer with an OK but not long lasting white head, also has a high carbonation level.
The smell is a little sweet and quite yeasty with a clear bread aroma. Hops are there but not so strong. Scent is mostly of flowers with a little bit of herb and spice to it. Something here is giving off a slight metallic note but it is subtle.
The flavor begins sweet and a little bitter, muck like Bitburger does. The flavor dries out quite a bit as you drink it as the hops really kick in. Good herbal bitterness level, it is about average for a good pilsener there are far more bitter versions out there.
Mouthfeel is good.
Pretty spot on for the style this is a lot like a drier version of Bitburger. I could see buying this a lot it was distributed here in California.
12-25-2007 02:40:30 | More by Zorro
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
Thanks to ucusty for this one.
Poured from a 12oz. bottle, bottled on date: 07-25-07
Paired with fish.
Appearance: Pale gold, plenty of small bubbles rising with a nice thick head
Smell: Floral & citrusy
Taste: Mild hops flavour with some fruitlike character (citrus) and a nice, light bitterness
Mouthfeel: Gentle and smooth, the carbonation gives it a nice feel
Drinkability: Very drinkable, smooth beer that went down easy. Not too bitter with a nice hop balance
Overall: I would have liked a couple more of these, would definitely try again.
12-07-2007 15:30:06 | More by papat444
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
A: Light Straw, with thick fluffy head about 3 fingers worth and it coated the side of the glass until the end. There wasn't as many tiny bubbles as I am used to for the style.
S: bready, yeasty, and biscuity.
T: Biscuit, bready, and a tinge of hop bitterness.
M: Light bodied, dry and crisp.
D: Good example of the style and plenty drinkable. But there are many others that are better and two are with 15 miles of my house.
11-17-2007 00:46:56 | More by Biscuit033
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
12oz. single(7/25/07) from Party Source poured into a Pils glass.
A: Pours a light golden raisin. 1 1/2 finger pearly white pillowy head. Decent retention and lacing.
S: Crisp, clean smelling. Not getting the corn smell normally associated with pilseners. Getting a little bit of graininess.
T/M: Nice crisp taste of a pils but with more flavor than a macro.. but still a pils. Earthy, grainy taste with a lack of hops.. though I get just a touch of bitterness at the finish. Light body with moderate to high carbonation.
D: Very easy to drink and tastier than an everyday macro. Could make a great session brew and highly recommended for a gateway beer.
09-24-2007 23:36:50 | More by pwoods
4.24/5 rDev +16.5%
Dispensed from a 12oz bottle into a pislner glass. Pale straw in color with plenty of bubbles indicating nice effervescence. A nice, rocky, dense head is formed and stays for quite a while, leaving plenty of lacing down the glass.
Aroma is lightly malty with a touch of hops. Earthy and somewhat light. Smells kind of corny as well. Dont know if this has corn but it seems like it might. Grassy and tasty.
Taste mimics the aroma. Light and crisp and refreshing. Hop bitterness is nice. Great balance, although the mouthfeel leaves a little to be desired. Kind of thin. Dry in the finish. Drinkability is up there. This is a nice, light beer that can go well with just about any occasion. I will definitely get more next summer.
09-06-2007 20:55:49 | More by SaCkErZ9
4.15/5 rDev +14%
Pours a very nice crisp golden colour with a frothy white head that has moderate retention time and minimal stickiness to it.
The aroma is grassy and a touch grainy. There's perhaps a bit of a lemon zest here as well. Basic overall but it nails the Euro-Pilsner feel that it should have.
The flavour is more of the same. Grass definitely shines through the most here, and a bit of spice seems to come into the mix as well for a nice overall harshness. Any hint of lemon or citrus from the aroma takes a backseat, but there is a general sweetness that makes its way into each sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied, well carbonated and crisp and refreshing.
I am really surprised at how much I enjoyed this one. I am normally not big into pilsners but can't deny this one. A nice one from Left Hand indeed!
09-04-2007 00:56:29 | More by SixpointJMH
4.78/5 rDev +31.3%
I had the good pleasure of having the first pint poured out of the keg at my local watering hole. I've spent a little time in Germany and Czech so I KNOW what good pils is supposed to taste like--and what a rare thing it is in the states.
Pilsner is known as one of the most delicate beers, hence it spoils quickly--hence also why good German or Czech pils just don't taste right in the USA, compared to in the old country--they're usually very stale. So my beer on tap, a couple weeks old max, is surely more representative of what Polestar is supposed to be than beer from a bottle several months old (one reviewer used a 6 month old bottle, for example). Anyway, in my opinion, this is about as close, as good or perhaps better than some, of what you get on tap in the Czech Republic. I say Czech, as this tastes to me like a Bohemian pils, extremely well balanced, but with slightly more emphasis on the malt than on the hops. It has that sweet bread-like taste one finds in good honest fresh pilsner--a very rare commodity here in America.
Pours well, with a perfect head. Nice clear light golden color.
Smells sweet and beery, the Saaz can definitely be detected.
Tastes very well ballanced, without the overhopping so typical of American craft beer.... The older I get, the less of a hophead I am--to me, it's a fad.... Again, this pils has the characteristic bready taste and aftertaste one finds in nice pilsners (a bit like Bitberger, but sweeter)
Nice full mouthfeel, but not heavy--a pils is not supposed to feel like an Ale!
Extremely drinkable. More than a lawnmower beer, still this beer is the kind that could convert your Bubba friends to throw away the mass-produced yellow fizzy water....
08-31-2007 05:14:13 | More by AnalogReigns
3/5 rDev -17.6%
A: Light yellow, a little haze, thin white head that disappears quickly.
S: Light hop aroma.
T: A crisp pilsner. More flavor than a macro, but overall its pretty tasteless. Thin malt with a little grassy hop kick.
D: High. But I wont try it again.
This just doesn't do it for me. It needs a little more malt balance, and the grassy hop bite by itsellf just isn't enough.
08-30-2007 20:19:18 | More by kellyst
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
Purchased on bottle as part of a mixed 6 pack. Bottle on date of 052307, this one is getting a touch old, but should be ok.
Appearance: Poured from the 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass. The beer is a see through pale yellow. My pour produces a huge fluffy white head, a little over two inches in height (perhaps I was a little too aggressive). The head lingers until the beer is at least half consumed. Leaves a full cover on the liquid and good lacing.
Smell: Grassy hop aromas seem to dominate. I pick up little malt aromas. Which, if I remember my styles should be ok for this beer.
Taste: I hate to describe the taste as crisp, but it seems to be just that. Hits quickly on the tongue with a citrousy zesty zing, followed by a quick bitter hop bite and then it is gone. No linger taste on the tongue, nothing until the next sip.
Mouthfeel: Crisp, clean with no aftertaste. Slightly dry finish though. Light in body with good lively carbonation.
Drinkability: A very easy to drink German Pilsner. Probably not a benchmark for the style, but who cares? This is just a good beer. I would gladly purchase a 6 pack.
08-24-2007 03:30:25 | More by BigRedN
Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 865 ratings.