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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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Ratings: 988
Reviews: 344
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.88%
Wants: 31
Gots: 95 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company visit their website
Colorado, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: maxpower on 07-10-2005

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Ratings: 988 | Reviews: 344
Photo of RickS95
3.39/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very straw colored pale beer, even a little light for the type. Little to no head, completely translucent.

Better smell than I expected, flowers and citrusy hops fill the nose.

Tastes like it smells. There's a peppery flavor, but it's balanced by a citrusy sweetness.

I'm not a pilsner fan, nor am I a lager fan, but this isn't bad. There's the bittery pils flavor than I'm used to, but the citrus helps keep it in check making the mouthfeel a bit less aggressive than it could have been.

Surprisingly drinkable. The citrus really saves this beer.

Photo of Julz
3.59/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A slight see through golden color. One that you would expect from a Pils.

S - Really no banquet at all.

T - A nice malty taste, good yeasty after taste. Would be great with peanuts.

M - Clean, nice bubbles.

D - Very drinkable, would be good at a back yard BBQ or game watching with peanuts and snacks.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of enfield249
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Slightly cloudy gold color, with a perfectly white head. Lots of foam that fades to a 1 finger blanket.

S - Slightly grainy and yeasty.

T - Malty, not much bitterness. Exactly what I want in a pilsner. No off flavors.

M - Extra Clean and crisp. Lots of CO2 sparkle.

D - Could suck these down one after another.

Photo of Anaz
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

slightly hazy light straw yellow with full head of medium to fine bubbles.

Piney, spicy hops on the nose and the same flavors with a lingering hop bitterness. It's got a like body, crisp, clean and nothing offensive. There is a little malt sweetness on the front, but it's gone in a flash and the hops clean things up.

Overall a decent pilsner, would be nice with fatty or oily food, so it's a good bar food beer but not something I'd reach for that often.

Photo of July2Nov
3.82/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Very pale yellow with a thin lace. It's basically your pilsner look.

Smell: For some odd reason i'm getting scents of pizza and more specifically, marina sauce....and if your wondering, no I didn't eat Italian beforehand. Still a good smell, though.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Has a very good lavender/ flowery perfume bouquet flavor to it upfront. Crisp and very refreshing. Mild with an astringent aftertaste. Numbs the tongue a bit and piques the taste-buds.

Drinkability: I was so surprised by this one, as I usually don't go for pilseners. This one has totally changed my outlook on this style. Another worthy one from Left Hand.

Photo of WYVYRN527
3.76/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a Pilsener glass from a 12 ounce bottle.

A: Pours a pale straw color with a white head that settles quickly to a centimeter-thick film on the surface. Carbonation is lively, and lacing is thick, but not too sticky.

S: Slightly grassy notes shine through at first, giving way to biscuity malt and some citrus.

T: Very light flavor, with notes of biscuit, some honey, and a bit of lemon zest. Hops give the beer some citrusy, floral, grassy notes.

M: Light bodied, this beer has a very clean, dry character. The finish is drying and carbonation cleanses the palate.

D: Overall, Left Hand did a pretty solid job with this beer. Although it's light, and mild in flavor, it's quite refreshing and very drinkable.

Photo of Parrotshake
3.61/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours into a Bitburger glass a very pale golden yellow with 2 fingers or so of head. Leaves quite a bit of lacing.

Grassy and floral hops on the nose with just a bit of pale biscuity malt. Nice enough, but a bit subdued.

A pretty textbook example of a German pils, taste-wise. Herbal/grassy hop and lightly toasty, bread-crust malt in equal balance. Little lemony notes in the back. Nothing too assertive, but a little more flavorful than a lot of German pils I can think of.

A little drier than most too, not much sweetness present at any point. Light in body with a creamy feel from the abundant carbonation. Easy drinking and very pleasant, just not super-interesting. A fine example of the style.

Photo of philbertk
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Photo of wcintula
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
2.43/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Photo of Mebuzzard
3.81/5  rDev +5%
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.

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.

Photo of Lauthaha
1.83/5  rDev -49.6%
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.

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.

Photo of btorsdog
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

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!!

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.

Photo of uustal
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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
2.95/5  rDev -18.7%
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
2.73/5  rDev -24.8%
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
3.33/5  rDev -8.3%
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
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 988 ratings.