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Polar Bear Pilsner - Thirsty Bear Brewing Company

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Polar Bear Pilsner
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Ratings: 29
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 3.29
pDev: 12.77%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Thirsty Bear Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: bultrey on 12-13-2005

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Ratings: 29 | Reviews: 10
Reviews by bultrey:
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3.98/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

What a surprise -- out of all the beers on Thirsty Bear's menu, a case could be made that this is the tastiest one of the lot (I won't make that case because I haven't had all of their beers). As this one is at the top of the menu and clearly geared toward those macro-swilling jokers who ask for a Bud at a brewpub, I expected this to cater to their tastes. It might, but the crisp nutty pale malt flavor and ample, bracing hopping lends this a quite authentic german pils flavor. Lively tight carbonation lends this a champagne-like mouthfeel. I could have sat here at lunch and had a few of these. It went perfectly with my crab and manchego dip.

More User Reviews:
Photo of sourdog
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kdoc8
3.53/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap at Thirsty Bear in San Francisco, CA. It was a bright golden color, not very bubbly and not much head. It had a yeasty aroma and a typical pilsner yeasty taste, but with more of a hint of hops than is usual. There was lots of lacing, despite the lack of a foamy head.


Photo of jmccraney
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of k47k
3.49/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PaleAleWalt
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Niedzws
3.44/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of BubblesandFoam
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of Arborescence
4/5  rDev +21.6%

Photo of pweis909
3.54/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This brew, advertised as a Bohemian pils at the Thirsty Bear, arrived in a 12 oz pilsner glass, dark gold, bordering amber, and hazy. The thin foam cap dissipated quickly. The floral hops are almost right, almost appropriate to style, but could be kicked up a notch to boost aroma, flavor and bitterness. The beer comes across as slightly too sweet, and it is a grainy sweetness, not the clean sweetness that often accompanies a pils. Strictly in terms of style, this beer is flawed. Appearance is wrong, the grainy flavor is off, and the hops might have been a touch light. It’s not likely to win medals, but nevertheless is a tasty, drinkable beer, and worth a try.

Photo of Bumblebtna
3.2/5  rDev -2.7%

Photo of AngusOg
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of Hellpop65
3/5  rDev -8.8%

Photo of mattmarka1
2/5  rDev -39.2%

Photo of litheum94
3.94/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enjoyed in a sampler. Reviewed 7/15/10.

P: Clear, golden body. No head, save for a small ring.

A: Grainy, blueberry esters, and some faint hops. Very fruity.

T: Clean, crisp, cereal grains. Good floral hop presence, balanced by apricot sweetness.

A very good pilsner. I'm not easily impressed by the style, but I enjoyed this a lot.

Photo of JDV
2.7/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Light Yellowish pour, smell of hops, yeast, and is quite bitter for a pilsener. almost IPA like bitterness. Definitely not one of my favorite pilsners, and I didn't really care for this much. One of my least favorite of the 9 or so I tried from the Thirsty Bear in SF. Mine had a lingering aftertaste I didn't care for as well.

Photo of lacqueredmouse
3.35/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at the brewery.

Pours a deep golden colour with only minimal head, that stays ina a white ring around the edge and even then is filmy. Looks rather limpid in the glass. OK, but not great.

Very little on the nose. Weak slightly grainy characters and only a hint of sharpness from the hops. Not great.

Sharper on the palate, with a clear hop vector through the centre, leaving the palate rather crisp. Not particularly complex, but with enough bitterness to at least represent the style.

Not bad. Drinkable an pretty clean. Nice enough in its way, but not particularly exciting.

Photo of AgentMunky
2.5/5  rDev -24%

Photo of argock
3.18/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served on-tap in a tall clear pilsner glass.

A: Honey-gold with bright white head with scant lacing.

S: Sweet cereal grains and a little lighter-than-expected Saaz/Hallertau hops contribution in the nose

T: All the pilsner flavor components are there, but several are underwhelming and none stand out to give this beer any character. The over-grainy sweetness is not cut enough by the underhopping clear in the noble flavor through the middle and finish. A bit of lemon pepper and a slight metallic edge to the finish gives this a decent drying astringency.

M: The feel is good with light-medium body, even to a bit overly prickly carbonation, but with a good drying finish that leaves a clean finish and short, average-sharp noble hops and cereal grain aftertaste.

D: This beer was good, but some minor modifications of more hopping with Saaz and/or Hallertau hops and a tad cleaner, less grainy malt flavor would greatly enhance this brew.

Photo of Piason
3.25/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of andy1701
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of GaryMarkle84
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Hollenbeck2
3.23/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tried this golden bohemian style pilsner at thirsty bear downtown san fran. This is a darker pilsner with more of a bitter finish rings hung on this glass and the beer was really cold
Very drinkable an above average pilsner would recommend on a hot day in the city
Tasted orange and grapefruit

Photo of bboven
3.58/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Apple Juice gold, thin head but good lacing for the style.

Smells like light malt and honey.

Tastes like malt and honey, a little bit of bitterness at the back of the tongue.

Feels a little thin and a little over-carbonated.

Very drinkable. It's light and just flavorful enough to keep a BA interested in this hot-day beer.

Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev +6.4%

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Polar Bear Pilsner from Thirsty Bear Brewing Company
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