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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

946 Ratings
THE BROS
97
world-class

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Ratings: 946
Reviews: 334
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 15.15%
Wants: 27
Gots: 75 | 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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Photo of hossua34
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - Light gold, clear. A thick head, good retention and lots of lacing.

S - Sweet floral aroma. Hoppy yet subtle. Crisp and balanced.

T - Sweet, slightly hoppy. A little light on flavor IMO. Also slightly metallic.

M - Refreshing. Good consistency.

D - Very drinkable. Would be fantastic with fried food.

Overall a pretty good pils. A weak flavor and just the slightest hint of a metallic/macro brew taste bring the score down a little.

Photo of farrago
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bleached white, creamy looking microfoam, pours big and then holds on very well at about half finger level, even the sticky lacing looks foamy. Quite clear and transparent yellow-orange color, no visual match for the head. Very bready nose, neither uncooked nor too sour in nature, like a big loaf of white bread, the lemon peel about as bitter as anything gets, this said, the malts seem muted and submerged in general grassiness, no real fruit scents to speak about. Medium-bodied, not as lightweight as you'd think while still keeping a steady pace moving forward. The fizz is pretty damn active and does contribute to the overall weight. Bready and crusty, pretzel-like with more of a sourness here (duh, sourness is related to taste not the olfactory sense but, hey, it all makes sense in the end). Grassiness not as biting, though, and the lemon citrus toned down too. Touch of peach to apricot pit, skin for fruit. Stays square shouldered through the finish, no wimping out at the end. Not complex by any measure but one might guess that it was made more for hot weather chugging than contemplation.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.98/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured in a pint glass.

Very nice big 2 finger head, light golden color. Smells like Corona. Tastes better though. Good mouthfeel, just the right amount of body for a light beer. Overall I'd say it's a decent summer beer but I wouldn't buy it often.

Photo of emsroth
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle

App: Nice puffy pils head. Light golden in color.

Smell: Sweet pilsener malt and refreshing alcohol. A slight bit of hop scent.

Taste: Light on the malt. Greeted by bitterness up front. Very grassy hop flavor. Ends with a light lingering bitterness and a strong mineral taste. Low in taste.

Nice, crisp, and dry. Wonderful light body. Refreshing and highly drinkable, but when paired with food it tastes like soapy chemicals.

Photo of tigg924
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear, bright caution light yellow, 1/3 inch head, high carbonation

Smell: yeast, grass, and malt

Taste: sweet malt, sugar, grass, honey, and small hops in the finish

Mouthfeel: crisp, medium light, moderate carbonation, semi-sweet with a small bitter finish

Drinkability: A highly sessionable pils that I could have in any season. This is a little on the sweet side. Another winner from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of Cresant
3/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Emptied this 12 oz. brown bottle into a pils glass. Bottled on date: 2-11-09. The body was light golden and clear. The crisp white head left some light lacing.

Smell was clean grains very lightly floral. Understated.

Taste was tart crisp hops balanced with a grainy sweetness. Satisfying, but I would like to try this one again when it is very fresh. Well built.

Mouthfeel was on the thinner side. Moderate carbonation.

Photo of PsychoJedi
2.13/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

This beer pours a perfect look. Just the right shade of golden with a nice thick head. Could not help but notice the born on date. Smudged, it showed a little over a month ago. Then, the smell. I smelled that smell before and I cursed the day when I first smelt it. The smell is a dead ringer for Milwaukee's Best, The Beast. The salty smell was overwhelming. Being hopeful with the looks, I took a drink. The salty beast was all over it, though I remember The Beast (been over 10 years) to be worse. Not smooth in the mouth or going down. After drinking the beer, which was good enough to finish but it is rare that I would ever not finish a beer, I needed a drink of water to kill the taste out of my mouth. Assessment, if you are dirt poor and want to get drunk to drown your worries, drink something cheaper.

Photo of EnojysAnyBeer
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled on 12 03 08. Could explain the loss of hop flavor/aroma

A- Pretty clear with a bit of slimy yeast in the last few drops. Light straw color. Many streams of quick-moving carbonation feed a solid head which leaves plenty of lacing. I'm a fan of bottle conditioning, so the yeast is a plus for me.

S- Clean pilsner grain with some sulfuric, metallic yeast notes and a hint of spicy german hops.

T- Taste is well-developed with a very nice yeast characteristic. Starts sweet and doughy, and proceeds to more husky grain flavors and traditional pilsner lager yeast. Hops are present but not as effective as I would prefer them to be.

M&D- Damn good. High carbonation and a light body make a drinkable lager. Body is light without being airy.

Photo of Billolick
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle with bottled on dating printed on the front label. Pours light and clear, golden uner a nice looking fine white, leaving plenty of fine lace. Grassy is how I would describe the moderatly pungent nose. Pleasant, easy drinking lager, with wiffs of lime, more grass with some snappy and quite dry hops sealing the deal. Thirst quenching, crisp and dry. Respectable sessioner. Nice for a summer lunch.

Photo of SilentSabre
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is about what I expected, although I really didn't know for sure. Poured up a nice, pale straw colour with a very large, snow white head that stayed in place for about 90 seconds. It then subsided to about a half-inch blanket throughout the remainder of the drink. It laced the sides of the glass nicely. Smell was much lighter than I though it would be, consisting mostly of a grassy smell with maybe a hint of freshly sliced apple hiding deep down. Taste is *not* BMC, but it *is* very light, and I am unsure how best to describe it. There *are* hops present, but they're very modest. Everything about this beer is very mild; it's quite refreshing, really. Highly drinkable, IMO, and probably my favourite "craft pilsner" to date. I like Victory Prima, but it almost reminds me of an IPA. This is much more subtle and what I think of when I think of pilsner.

Photo of champ103
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear golden/orange color. A minimal white and bubbly head forms. Hardly any lace is left after the head recedes in an instant.
S: Orange and citrus aromas hit the nose first. A nice hop flavor, not bitterness at all. Some light bread/biscuit flavor and malty sweetness towards the end.
T: Follows the nose. Plenty of orange and citrus hop flavors. More bread/biscuit, and sweet caramel malt come out than in the nose.
M/D: A light body that has very low carbonation. Almost flat and watery. Very easy to drink though. This is an easy choice for a session beer.

This is probably the best Left Hand beer that I have tried so far. Something I could drink all day. Recommended for a summer day, BBQ, or just to quaff a few at the bar.

Photo of flexinwext
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear golden color, zero haze. Large four finger head that went quick. Kind of lemony smell with some strong alcoholic undertones. Nice bitter taste thats very refreshing. I think this is pretty average compared to other pilsners I've had. Sort of hoppiness that leaves the mouth feeling dry. Overall a clean refreshing pilsner that is good but not great.

Photo of albern
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A drinkable pilsner, just okay, nothing special. The beer pours a fairly yellowish pale clear color with a white head that doesn't retain well, but there is a bit of lacing going on. The nose on the beer is quite lemony and citrusy, with the very typical slightly musty and lagery aroma, some liken it to wet earth.

The taste is on the sweet side for a lager, the beer is quite smooth, there isn't the prickly mouthfeel of say a Czech lager, there is some sweet malts throughout, and lots of lemony citrus flavors. Things dry out a bit in the finish and there is some slightly drying hop bitterness there. This is a very light beer that doesn't distinguish itself in anyway. It has a slight perfumey character, not creamy at all, not mouth puckering nor prickly, overall sweet, light, smooth and easy to drink. It isn't an overly carbonated pilsner either.

Photo of malty
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw/golden color with just a tinge of chill haze. The bright white head sits densely at 1/2" with some moderate visible carbonation. Nice splotchy areas of white lace.

Smells clean with some citrus sourness and damp rock.

The initial taste is preluded with a snappy hop bitterness that is quite welcome. Notes of grass and mineral goodness capture the palate while the crisp bitterness cleanses the tongue, preparing it for the next swallow. A little skunk flavor peeks in and out.

Mouthfeel is great. A bit to the right of light bodied with a soft, fine carbonation keeping the flavor bouncing around a bit.

Drinkability is good. Non-intrusive flavor profile would make this a good choice for a 'non-thinking' beer.

Overall a good, crisp and dry pils. The flavor is basic. The texture is soft & airy. The crisp and dryness of this beer is great. A good rendition of a Bitburger if I do say so. Good job Left Hand.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a macro-esque light golden/yellow/straw color with little to no head and lots of little bubbles streaming upwards.

Smell is a bit of hay or straw, some mustiness or earthiness and a bit of sour malt.

Taste is crisp and clean, some malt sweetness and a bitter finish. Little to no aftertaste or residual sweetness. Very dry.

Overall, meh...I could drink a few of these while mowing the lawn or tailgating something. I'm not a huge fan of this style so it would take a lot to make me change that.

Photo of Hojaminbag
3.25/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A bright, clear yellow body with a fluffy little white crown of head on top. Laces the glass rather nicely.

There is some sweet pale malts in there and a little bit of grassiness and skunkiness from the saaz hops.

The saaz hops dominate here, they are mostly what I taste. Some grassy and skunky flavors. Not necessarily a bad skunky, but probably a little out of balance I would say. The sweet pale malt barely makes an appearance.

Mouthfeel is what it should be, light and crisp, pretty well carbonated.

The drinkability here is just ok, a decent beer overall.

Photo of Jimmys
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Did not notice a very strong head, but classic golden pilsner color.

Smell: Once again pretty typical pilsner smell. Still waiting for something to really set this one apart from the field.

Taste: Definitely can notice the hops, but not even close to being too bitter. Still waiting...

Mouthfeel: Very light, notable carbonation. Pilsnery.

Drinkability: I enjoy a pilsner just like the next guy, but I must say this one isn't doing anything spectacular for me. Not saying I won't drink them, but just nothing spectacular.

Photo of Ricochet
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured cloudy with a light yellow appearance with a good head that went away quick and slight lace. Almost no scent, a little of the malt used, not much else. Slightly bitter wash, a little thicker and a bit fruity in the end. Well, this was about as Pils standard as it gets. Clean, a little bitter from the hops, great, big malt taste with alcohol in the background. Overall, another wonderful bottled Pilsner.

Photo of Haybeerman
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Clear, bright straw yellow color. Poured a 1 finger fizzy white head that held an even skim. Thin, unbroken lacing. Decanted continually.

S: Grass and slightly sweet hay. Light sitrus and bitter.

T: Slightly bready malt and wet grains. Medium intensity bitter finish. Very solid, balanced Pils.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Smooth, crisp and clean.

D: Very drinkable beer in a drinkable style. Nothing wrong with this beer - if there was it would stick out.

Photo of TexIndy
2.42/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Front label had a bottled on date of Dec 12 '08. It was a slightly hazy golden yellow color with some carb and no lacing. It had a small off-white head that quickly settled into a thin collar.

The aroma was grainy, earthy, wet grass clippings - typical pilsener aroma. Taste is very crisp and dry with a very bitter aftertaste. Not a big fan of these in aroma or taste. This one is good for the style but that only goes so far for me. Mouthfeel is hurt by the stinging bitterness.

Overall, not a good beer for me. As I said above, it's more the style than the beer. If you like this style then this is probably a good one to try. For me, one and done. Only had this one since it was part of a mix pack. I'd honestly rather have a BMC than a German Pilsener.

Photo of BMoney575
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled on 2-27-09
Bottled on 1-11-09

Pours a crystal clear golden color, with a foamy white head ans great, craggy lacing.

Smell is clean pilsner hops with a light malt backing.

Taste is crisp pilsner hops, followed by a pleasant sweet maltiness.

Mouthfeel is good, right for the style.

Drinkability is outstanding, nice light flavors and texture.

Overall, nothing special, but a good example of the style.

Photo of david131
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Ever so slightly hazy yellow with loads of streams of rising carbonation and a think white head with decent retention.

S- Musty, fruity, grassy. Kind of sweet smelling. Has that American twist on the German style.

T- Same as the aroma with a slightly bitter taste. Not nearly as skunky or bitter as most pilsners. Pretty tasty and easy going but very simple.

M- Clean, smooth, and crisp. Not nearly as bitter as most beers of the style.

D- An enjoyable beer but not memorable in the slightest.

Photo of Jasel
3.6/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Nothing to this beer really...full flavored but lacking uniqueness.

Consumed with a pilsner glass.

Appearance - A very see through yellow with a decent head that disappears quickly and with little trace.

Smell - Not much...maybe a weak metallic smell with a bit of hops.

Taste - Metallic with hops, and a funky aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Watery and carbonated.

Drinkability - Decent beer in a pinch, but not something I would venture to drink again, or a lot of.

Photo of ChrisQ
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My bottle was 5 months old and had a slight musk smell to it, but nothing like the skunk I ran over on the way home. Similar in taste to many Heinekens and other Europeans that come in green bottles.

This particular bottle had an earthy/grassy smell outside of the musk. The taste was of the earthy variety as well, not something to write home about.

However, I began eating a meal of BBQ ribs and Hotlinks sausage and that changed everything about this particular glass of beer. The meats combined to remove any skunkyness and enhance the crispness and lighter grain flavors. The fine bubbled carbonation worked wonders cleansing the palate and holding the greasy goodness of spare ribs in check. This pilsner even combined well with the spices in the smoked italian sausage.

Drinkablity is this beer's main feature, especially when combined with hearty and heavy food; similar to how certain wines blossom when paired with a meal. I feel that if I had gotten a fresher bottle, my experience with Polestar would have been better.

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

Pours a 2 finger head that fades kinda fast. Pale golden in color with lively carbonation. Head retention and lacing is minimal

Smells of sweet fruity malts, maybe plum, not much else

Taste is of light sweet malt. A bit grassy, no hops at all

Mouth feel is extremely light. Carbonation is also very light and smooth

Overall drink ability of beer is above average. Would be a good substitute for a light lager on a hot day. Nothing too impressive but would drink again

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