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Polestar Pilsner - Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

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875 Ratings

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Ratings: 875
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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Photo of 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
Photo of BeerLover48Fan

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +37.4%

Bought at Red White And Brew in Mount Holly at the reccomendation of Jeff Shaw

sweet malt aroma with a citrus hop boquet. no off odors.

some malt sweetness with a herbal hop presence. well balanced. bitter hoppy aftertaste.

good carbonation. medium body. leaves nice lace. good drinking beer. has a smoothness to it.


04-14-2008 01:37:24 | More by BeerLover48Fan
Photo of ajmoody76


3.68/5  rDev +1.1%

bought at local beer store. 12 ounce bottle poured into an imperial pint glass. cloudy yellow. thick head which thins out to a fine layer. looks nice.

sweet malt aroma with a citrus hop boquet. no off odors.

some malt sweetness with a herbal hop presence. well balanced. bitter hoppy aftertaste.

good carbonation. medium body. leaves nice lace. good drinking beer. has a smoothness to it. i could do a session. i may buy again. follows style.

04-11-2008 01:27:08 | More by ajmoody76
Photo of ewright

North Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%

A: A 12 oz bottle poured straight down the middle of a pilsner glass yields a full four fingers of fluffy head that barely fits in the glass. The head slowly dissipates leaving sticky lacing on the side of the glass. The color is a bright yellow and completely clear.

S: Light crisp notes of continental hops comes flowing out of the head. The malt undertones complement the hops nicely.

T: Strong yet light malt backbone. The hops are a bit astringent, but balance the sweetness pretty well.

M: The astringency detracts from the experience just a bit and the malt is a bit slick on the tongue.

D: A good warm weather beer, but not my favorite style. I prefer a more pronounced malt background and Pacific NW hops.

04-11-2008 01:01:42 | More by ewright
Photo of maddogruss

New Jersey

3.48/5  rDev -4.4%

Poured a 12 ounce bottle into a glass mug.

A: Poured a straw yellow body with a small white head no real retention but decent lacing along the sides of the glass until the finish.

S: A slight hint of sweet malts, but nothing to evident or overbearing.

T: A sweet honey taste with a slightly bitter aftertaste. Taste and aftertaste did a nice job of complimenting each other so as not to overly damage the quality of the beer as a whole.

M: A crisp and refreshing mouthfeel. Slightly over carbonated, but still pretty smooth.

D: A nice, drinking beer. Good taste; crisp, light, and refreshing mouthfeel and nice, slightly malty taste made it a nice beer overall and very enjoyable. It reminded me of Pilsner Urquell a little bit.

04-09-2008 04:03:53 | More by maddogruss
Photo of JDV


3.53/5  rDev -3%

light to medium gold colored with a lasting white head. Very active carbonation. Smell is sweet grainy malt. Simple but nice. Taste is sweet and malty, with very little yeasty flavor and a balancing bitter zing to it. Ends somewhat sweet. Nice body, and bubbly mouthfeel. Simple and refreshing. Nice pilsner and great for a warm day like today.

04-06-2008 19:18:30 | More by JDV
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -1.1%

I had not tried this one before, so last night when I was out for dinner, decided to try a bottle of it. The pour was rather standard for the style. Very nice clarity with a nice golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste. The finish was quick, crisp, and very clean, leaving virtually no aftertaste, but leaving you looking for more.

Overall not a bad pilsner at all. Nothing really earth shattering here, but still a very solid effort. I would most certainly not turn this one down if offered it again, especially with the warm weather approaching.

04-03-2008 00:05:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of jwc215


3.53/5  rDev -3%

Bottled on 02.27.08, poured into a pils glass:

Pours light golden yellow with a thick white head. Rings of lacing stick to the glass.

The smell is of grassy/floral sharp Saaz hops - something "skunk"ish that does subside.

The taste is grassy/grainy. A bit chalky, with a metallic aftertaste. Sweet with a touch of bitter. Crisp, though not a big fan of the flatish, metallic aftertaste.

03-23-2008 02:18:50 | More by jwc215
Photo of thirtysixbelow


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%

a - straw yellow with a 1.5 finger head. Creamy head lasts for a good white. A little lacing.

s - citrus, lemons, yeast, and hops

t - slight taste of grains/grass and some midly spicy hops to finish. Hop dominant, but not overpowering. Clean finish. Not dry.

m - smooth and decent carbonation.

d - good clean taste. Maybe a little too much hops, but overall a decent beer.

03-15-2008 05:29:21 | More by thirtysixbelow
Photo of dfillius


4.05/5  rDev +11.3%

Enjoyed in a pint glass.
A: Aggressive pour yields 1/2 finger of white head. Liquid is a clear, light yellow/straw color. Head disappears except for a tiny ring, though this beer is well carbonated - actively bubbly. The only detractor is the lack of head.
S: Honey, euro-hops, a slight metallic smell as it warms. Not much there, but mostly good.
T: Crisp sweetness followed by modest bittering. Gimme another sip! Light malt. a little metallic flavor is the only negative. I like overall though!
M: Perfect carbonation, Delightfully crisp and clean. The metalic notes are the only negative.
D: A great session beer. I could have several of these. It doesn't wow me though, so it's not perfect.

03-15-2008 04:14:49 | More by dfillius
Photo of saintwarrick

South Carolina

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
Photo of turbine2475


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
Photo of allengarvin


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
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

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
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

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
Photo of 86sportster883

New Jersey

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
Photo of MMAJYK


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
Photo of BeerZack

North Carolina

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
Photo of ChainGangGuy


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
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

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
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

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
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

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
Photo of treehugger02010


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.
Drinkability: Solid.
Don't drink and review.

01-28-2008 01:54:20 | More by treehugger02010
Photo of udubdawg


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
Photo of dickieb

Rhode Island

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
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