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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

843 Ratings
THE BROS
96
world-class

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Ratings: 843
Reviews: 327
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 19
Gots: 37 | 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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AnalogReigns

North Carolina

4.78/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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....

Serving type: on-tap

08-31-2007 05:14:13 | More by AnalogReigns
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kellyst

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 it’s pretty tasteless. Thin malt with a little grassy hop kick.

D: High. But I won’t 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2007 20:19:18 | More by kellyst
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BigRedN

Nebraska

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2007 03:30:25 | More by BigRedN
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jkrich

Indiana

4.53/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date of 7/25/07 - now that is fresh. Poured into a pilsner glass showing a clear gold color with a persistent half inch head with lacing.
The smell of European hops is obvious because of the freshness of the beer. Bready aromas prevail.
A classic pilsner taste with a slightly bitter taste with a little malt in the aftertaste. With all the emphasis on hoppy ales, i.e. IPAs by American brewers, it is nice to see a traditional, well made lager, especially a pilsner. I would choose this over most of the imported pilsners. It is doubtful one could buy an import that was bottled less than a month before.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2007 23:35:51 | More by jkrich
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barefootbrewer

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured a clear straw yellow with a thick head. The aroma is initially of hops followed by slightly floral or citrus notes. The taste is hoppy and bitter, with a dry semi-sweet aftertaste. The bitterness is noticed throughout. The mouthfeel is on the lighter side. Overall, this is an easy drinking pilsner. This might make a good introductory beer to someone wishing to learn more about tasting.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2007 00:11:34 | More by barefootbrewer
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mentor

Colorado

3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottled 03/07/07, obtained from Total Beverage (Sheridan and 92nd). Pours a one finger nearly white head over a clear light straw liquid with some fine particulates suspended throughout. Smells wet hay, tin-like hops, and a touch skunky. A bit of tomato juice from a can.

Tastes deliciously hoppy with a supporting malt sweet underneath. Saaz-like hop flavor with a nice zing. Touch of rough grassy. Hops mix with malt graininess to give a subtle gingerbread cookie flavor. Some flat protein bland in the finish. Mild sweetness in the aftertaste with floral hop character rising retronasal.

Strong carbonation work well with the hop zing and md body is not too heavy. Leaves just a touch of sweetness on the tongue to think about. Wonderfully drinkable.

IMO, hopping is a bit too aggressive as a Bavarian pils, this is more in line with a Bohemian Pils. I scored this as a Bohemian.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2007 09:07:02 | More by mentor
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drpimento

Wisconsin

2.9/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer, in spite of slightly lower than average rating - don't ask me to explain. Nice light gold color, slight head, smidgen of lace. Well (maybe over) carbonated. Good body and some sweetness to compensate the bitterness. But the bitterness does contribute for a very long finish. Found a very slight hint of elemental sulfur in the nose. - fleeting, but there. Nevertheless, drinkable

Serving type: bottle

07-18-2007 05:11:26 | More by drpimento
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden, clean looking beer with a nice fomay white head.
Aroma is simple but pleasant, clean and grainy, sometimes a little hoppy.
Light on the palate, it is clean and mildly hoppy, dry, occasionally and mildly malty.
Simple, easy to drink pilsener that goes very easy on a hot summer day.
Not remarkable, but worthwhile.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2007 06:11:54 | More by brdc
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Gmann

New York

3.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color with a nice soapy white head. The aroma is pretty non-existant, some grassy hop and grain. The taste has a dry hoppiness to it, grainy, a slight cooked veggie taste. The feel is light and watery, a bit astringent. An average pils, it has the base pilsner taste but doesn't go the distance. Worth a try and a good summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

06-17-2007 02:20:18 | More by Gmann
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BretSikkink

Mexico

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, pale yellow. Carbonation is good and retention decent.

Nose is mostly grassy hops, but also an unpleasant skunky aroma. Pale grain malt sweetness is very light.

Watery pils flavor, quite sweet with a little lemon zest. Earthy hopping. Mouthfeel is about right for the style. Easy to drink, not a bad pilsener, relatively true to style and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 00:16:31 | More by BretSikkink
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arguemaniac

Virginia

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A good amount of grainy malt sweetness balances nicely with some fairly fresh, grassy hop flavor. Grain and leafy hop character in the mellow finish.

Though not an exactly an authentic pilsner (somewhat unrefined flavor, lack of that classic hop crispness and smooth, mellow malt, etc.) its drinkable and quite refreshing.

Recommended…

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2007 21:36:31 | More by arguemaniac
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Osiris9588

Ohio

3/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle in a sampler pack. Pours an extremely clear pale gold. Two-finger, creamy head, showing decent retention and some slight lacing.

The aroma is faint, dominated by grain and dry hoppiness. The flavor is standard pils, though seems out of balance on the end, a bit of a bite, rather then a strong hopped finish. The hops are lacking and there's a bit of a plastic bite.

It's light bodied and well carbonated, seems a bit unbalanced, kind of chalky and acidic. Not that drinkable, just do the misaligned flavor profile. Not one of the better offerings from LH.

Serving type: bottle

06-02-2007 00:36:15 | More by Osiris9588
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.33/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured in to a Pilsner glass, nice clear yellow color with a good high white head that lingered, leaving lace all the way down the glass.

smell is a bit harsh, on the bitter/sour side.

taste & mouthfeel is not like the smell, it's crisp, refreshing and rather light bodied.

after finishing the glass I might have had another, but I mixed my own six pack and I only got one of these.

Serving type: bottle

04-20-2007 22:41:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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neonbrown82

Nebraska

3.5/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely not one of the better pilseners I've had, but it's decent. Packaged as part of a sample 12 pack from Left Hand.

The beer looks great. Pours a nice clear golden yellow with excellent clarity and a thick white head. Retention is very good, supported by a sparkling carbonation that just won't stop. The beer head laces to the glass in a nice unbroken sheet the whole way down. Nice.

Whereas the beer looks great, it does lack in other more important areas. The smell is alright, but I pick up a very slight hint of DMS below the spicy herbal Saaz hops. The taste is very similar. The hops are nice, but the DMS flavor seems to jump out from under the pils malt just enough to keep me from fully appreciating this lager.

Very crisp with a fairly strong bitterness. Not so clean, however. Could stand to be a little bit drier with a tad less of a doughy, biscuity malt flavor. Oh, and the DMS of course. Get that boil rolling, guys! Other than that, it's a decent lager, but nothing I would rush out to buy again. A good pils is hard to come by, but when a good one does come along, rest assured I'll snatch it up. As for this one, it's more of a "try it once and pass" beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2007 07:14:07 | More by neonbrown82
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zeff80

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a white, one-finger head. Actually, left a little lace, though.

S - It smelled of grains and some sweet malts.

T - It tasted quite sweet and a little fruity. Also grain and yeast flavors. A little hop character, too.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good beer, but not fabulous. It is nice to fine a pils with a little bit of hops in it.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 20:45:20 | More by zeff80
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Stimack

New York

3.78/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got this brew in a mixed 12 pack, the brew poured to a golden color with a nice sized white head, which left a fair amount of lacing at the top of the glass and had retention through out. Over all a nice looking brew. The aroma’s, while not overly exciting where inviting, had a clean crisp scent of light sweat pilsner type malt with a spice from the hops, saaz? As I said it is an inviting brew, nothing to write home about but pretty solid. The taste seems to be on par with the aroma, nothing extraordinary about it but an easy drinking brew, one that I could spend an afternoon or evening drinking. Taste seems to be similar to the aroma, which a sweet feel up front which quickly breaks away to a spicy and grassy hop taste that lingers while on the back of the mouth. The taste seems to slightly bring more to the game that the aroma. Over all I think that this is a solid brew, very enjoyable easy drinking Pil’s.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2007 02:09:51 | More by Stimack
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atsprings

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear pale yellow with almost no head that quickly diminishes to just a ring. The aroma is of pale malt with very mild floral hops. The taste was of very pale malt balanced by a light hop bitterness. A little on the bland side. The beer is very light on the palate and the carbonation is a little on the heavy side. I must say, I really did not enjoy this beer. I'm not that big a fan of pilsners, and this reminds me why.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2007 06:05:36 | More by atsprings
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear pale gold, white creamy head and notable lacing.

Smell: Pale malts gassy Saaz hops and a fairly typical Pilsner presence overall.

Taste: To my surprise there was more of a hop flavor than anticipated from the nose. Pilsner malts and a grain sweetness. Overall a clean crisp Pils.

Mouthfeel: I am rarely overwhelmed by the body on a Pils, but it is apropos to style.

Drinkability: If you are a fan of the style this one is above average and certainly a drinkable choice.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2007 09:05:30 | More by Phatz
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pale straw, with a golden sheen. Puffy, cottony white head. Funky, herbal, Saaz-y hop nose up front along with light buttered toast, biscuit malt, and honey. Spritzy mouthfeel reveals light biscuit malt flavors, a drizzle of honey, and a decent dose of hops. Hop flavor is vegetal, herbal, and a little skunky. Sufficiently balanced, but a little blah. Clean and well made, but nothing to shout about. Light bodied and quaffable.

Serving type: bottle

01-14-2007 00:38:58 | More by alexgash
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3.13/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle. Bottled on 3/8/06, so getting a bit long in the tooth.

Slightly cloudy (a pilsner?), very pale yellow-straw color. Small white head.

Crisp, hop scent - grassy. Touch of molasses.

Light, biscuity background. Nice hop bittering, mainly at finish. An almost medicinal aftertaste that doesn't work for me.

Light in body. Medium carbonation. A bit drying, but not too much.

Nothing special. Probably pretty tasty on a hot summer day if really cold....Only caveat is that it may be a bit old based on the bottling date.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 16:09:25 | More by
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tgbljb

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed from a bottle with Bottled on date of 09/06/06
Poured a very pale golden color with quickly disappearing white puffy head. Attractive lacing noted.
Smell is sweet and fruity with a bit of a metallic note also present.
Taste is crisp and sweet and very thirst quenching.A firm dryness also shows through to give a nice balance to this beer.
Very drinkable. Would be a nice session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2006 23:23:29 | More by tgbljb
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.15/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: clear golden yellow color with a 1" head that lasts a bit. No real lacing. Nice carbonation levels.

Smell: grass and a bit of the typical Saaz bitterness.

Taste: very mild malt profile here, almost making it feel a bit watery. Grass, hint of lemon zest, and a weak Saaz bitterness rounds it out.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Crisp and clean. Mildly refreshing.

Drinkability: so-so in my book. This is a bit weak overall, and there are many better German style Pils beers on the market.

Serving type: bottle

09-09-2006 20:41:14 | More by Gavage
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale polished brass with abundant fine carbonation rising languidly to a three finger chalk white cap with loads of delicate bubbles on its upper surface. The head is in no hurry to depart and leaves drips and drabs and tiny curlicues of lace as it does so. A good look.

In spite of the fact that the beer comes in a brown bottle, my nostrils were assauted with skunk when the cap was popped. Is it my imagination or is Saaz the worst offender in terms of Pepe Le Pew? Once the nastiness fades there's a pretty decent nose in its place: sharply grassy and even a little citrusy. Not bad, not bad.

Same goes for the flavor. Polestar tastes pretty authentic to me. It's more pils malty, sweeter, slightly less hoppy and more lemon citric than your run-of-the-mill version; a worthwhile variation if I've ever tasted one. I'm not sure that a Saaz-exclusive pils (Perle and Vanguard complete the hop bill) would have worked as well.

At just past 6 months since bottling (thanks for the 'bottled on' dates guys) the hops might have been expected to have faded to some extent. If so, I think I prefer the current balance. This is still hop-dominant beer, but the light sweetness of the pils malt gives it a sessionable character. The 5% ABV helps in that regard as well.

As the beer drops below the halfway point of the pint glass, several meaty rings of lace buttress the appearance score that I granted at the start. The body is medium in general and a touch more full for the style, thanks, no doubt, to a few extra bushels of barley. No letdown here.

I really had no idea what to expect from this beer. Left Hand can be all over the map in terms of quality and German pilseners can be hard to get exactly right. I'm impressed though. While it doesn't put a scare into the best of this style, Polestar Pilsner is a quality beer that knows where it's headed and how to get there.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2006 13:15:53 | More by BuckeyeNation
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cokes

Wisconsin

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A sunny dilute golden hue under a scattered spume of ashy white.
Dank and herbaceous on the nose, undercut with minerals and diesel fumes.
Vague malt structure up front, assembled of saltines and shortbread. Clear and wet through the middle, slaked through at the close with a green herb Saazy lemon-seed sparkle.
All told, it presents as a decently built pils, but the body is hollow and frail. With added structure and support, this could be standoutish. Presently, it sits at respectable.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2006 23:31:40 | More by cokes
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wolffman17

Texas

3.05/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Polestar Pilsner is a clear, bright gold. The head fades quickly, but nice lacing clings to the glass. Looks like a typical pils.
Grass and hops in the nose, but it's not obvious. Not too much aroma at all.
It tastes nice and hoppy, but I wish there was more sweetness. Just average.
Plenty of carbonation. Finishes bitter and dry.
Refreshing and easy to drink, but I'm not exactly wanting to pop open another one as soon as possible.

A decent brew, but nothing exciting. Many other pils to be had instead.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2006 00:40:34 | More by wolffman17
Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
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