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Polar Pilsen | Cervecería Polar

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Polar PilsenPolar Pilsen

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Cervecería Polar

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Polar Pilsen acompaña a los venezolanos desde 1941, con la misma dedicación, constancia y esfuerzo que le pone el venezolano día tras día a todo lo que hace. Cumplimos 70 años acompañando y aportando una esencia que es y seguirá siendo Polar Pilsen, nuestro auténtico sabor.

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Reviews: 34 | Ratings: 84
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.13/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Bottle: Poured a golden colored beer with almost no head. No aroma and taste is very weak. No surprise here since I didn’t expect much to begin with anyway. What is worth mentioning though is that the bottle is made in the shape of a baseball bat and will make an interesting addition to my bottle collection.

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Photo of maddogruss
1.58/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I got this beer during a recent trip to Aruba.

A: Pours a straw-yellow, almost clear body with a small, white head that pretty much fizzles away immediately; nothing impressive at all.

S: The smell for this beer is missing. Almost odorless, like water, with faint hints of watered down bread and corn smells. Slight sourness.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell. Watered down and mostly bready and corny with sour, yeasty aftertaste. I would say it's most likely the equivalent to the water run-off from the mash after it's done being steeped.

M: Watery and very thin, which pretty much matches the smell and the taste, so nothing really exciting there.

D: Not a very impressive mouthfeel and taste combo and a taste that made this beer more annoying than tolerant. If I see the beer on the ice-cap, I am definitely avoiding it in the future. Next time I go to Aruba, I'm staying on the Balashi train.

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Photo of SteenLarsen
1.78/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Tried it on location. Looks like beer allright, has some head , but the closest to tap water you can get in a beer bottle. Hardly no malt or hop taste.

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Photo of janubio
1.8/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Bottle with a strange measure (237 ml.). Pours a a very pale golden colour, almost no head and it doesn't hold. Smell... well, I guess could spend the whole bottle trying to find one. Light body, almost no carbonation. Palate is about nothing too, water with some malt. Drinkable? Sure, like water. I guess one can drink this in a hot weather, but there's really nothing much to say.

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Photo of kunzbrew
2.01/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours a light straw color with no head, and leaves no lace. There is no hop aroma and malty aroma nothing this is bad. A taste of nothing but a little hops that is about it. This is a beer from Aruba and it sucks. I had a friend bring some beer back from there and this is some of what he brought me.


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Photo of stevoj
2.03/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Bottle from Maruhn. Another bland cereal lager, although it is thirst quenching, a plus for the hot climates. Just average all around, not great, but that bad.

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Photo of rodenbach99
2.13/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Right on the beach of Margarita in the Carribean Sea near the Venezuelian coast. This bottle was transfert by the waiter in a plastic glass. Clear in colour, little white head, no smell, no taste but very refreshing. Thin on the mouth very easy drinking for the hot summer days.

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Photo of Imbiber
2.18/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

***The name on the bottle was 'Polar Pilsner', but I have confirmed this is the same beer as Tipo.***

Going back a couple of weeks through my notes for this one, which I found at a Hispanic grocery while trekking around in the Miami heat.

Pale yellow, mid to high carbonation. Average white head. Aroma was minimal, but a few hops were in there plus a bit of corn starchiness. The mildly hoppy flavour was intertwined with an offputting cereal graininess. One-dimentional and plastic, though it did at least quench my thirst. Little finish that I could note.

This is not a good quality beer by any means, though not the foulest I've tried.

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Photo of Vancer
2.22/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this down in Miami, bought a six-pack at a Publix, wish it was a one pack.

Pure nothingness. Club soda yellow,no head. Stinky euro skunk in the aroma and TONS of cooked veggies in the flavor. Crisp in the texure, but still, I feel for the pour soles in Venz that would have to drink this on a daily basis.

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Photo of tbryan5
2.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

The bud light of the Caribbean. This was not very good at all. VERY light and little flavor. Drinks like water on a hot day. It is a go to on Curacao. Hey... It was free so I drank it. Oh, and apparently it's brewed in Florida now. Who knew?

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Photo of hoppheadIPA
2.33/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this on my trip to Curacao. It was awhile ago but I took note and wrote it down. Poured a straw yellow and carbonated much like a macro with similar taste. If you ever go to a the "ABC" islands, my suggestion would be amstel bright. Of course happy hour at the tiki bar served these for $10 a bucket of 6. So I drank alot of these on the beach.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
2.4/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Clear straw color with white head. Aroma has just a light malt note, that’s it. Taste follows with the light malt character and a really watery body and almost no flavor.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Picked up a sixer at the self proclaimed "southernmost grocery store in the US" in Key West, Florida. Bottle design is slightly different from the one shown, with the bear walking towards you and out of the crest. Pale straw color with mucho carbonation but zero head, just a rim of bubbles around the mouth of my pint glass. Nose is faint but what's there is artificial smelling and pretty nasty.

Tastes pretty much like I expected: watery and laced with mediocre hops. Decently crisp with a passably clean finish. Not a drain pour as I feared after a gander and a whiff but not quite in the neighborhood of okay, let alone good. Probably refreshing on a hundred and whatever day in Caracas, but not much to offer in NC in Feb..

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Can brought back to me from Aruba by my parents, normal fizzy pilsner style beer in the vein of other American lager, fairly refreshing but nothing spectacular please see any other review by me for this style to know my opinion because this is no different.

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Photo of Kookiekwan
2.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

-My brother in law used to drink this in Venezuela growing up. He can get it now in Miami so he brought me a couple to try.

This beer pours pale and yellow, with medium carbonation and no head or lacing to speak of. There was almost no aroma but I did detect a hint of hops. The taste was very bland and non-offensive. The beer is dry, crisp, and refreshing.

Reflection: If I was at a ballgame on a hot summers day I think I would enjoy knocking a few of these back, but this beer lacks any flavor and is not a quality beer by anyone's standards.

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Photo of metter98
2.47/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at El Cocotero, New York, NY

A: The beer is clear pale yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high white head that died down but never completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of corn adjuncts are present in the nose.
T: The taste has flavors of corn adjuncts and a little associated sweetness, bits of grainy malts, and slight hints of bitterness.
M: It feels a bit more than light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and has some refreshing properties when it is served ice cold. It was definitely fuller in body compared to what I was expecting.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of jdhilt
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From my notes 6/11/07 pours a one-finger white head that quickly to a thin layer, leaving some lace. Crystal clear amber color. Faint hoppy nose. Light carbonation and light bodied. Flavor is mildly hoppy, occasional sweetness and an almost clean finish. S.Fr. 3.40 ($2.77) for a 12oz bottle from Drinks of the World Lucerne, Switzerland

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Photo of garymuchow
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle brought to me by my brother, thanks John, as he was on a Carribbean cruise. Encouraged by those he brought it from to drink very cold, so I've been storing this in my garage (December in MN should be could enough). Nice label on painted bottle (which I'll keep for homebrew) and on the cap (which left a rust ring on the bottle).

Aroma presents with a very sweet malt. Fairly clean and typical.
Yellow-gold. Water clear. 1/2 inch white head that dimished to a ring only in time.
Flavor is a mix of the slightly sweet malt up front, then mild bitterness and finishes with a pretty heavy dryness that lingers long for style. Not blended all that well, but an interesting mix.
Appropriately thin with moderate carbonation for style. Dryness is both good and bad for thirst quenching properties.
The dryness really stands out. Very easy to drink quickly (I wasn't that thirsty and it went down very fast). This prevented me from letting it warm, but that may be just as well as I would predict it wouldn't hold up so well. Not a classic, but I can see having this when it's hot out and the beer is very cold. It'll do just fine then.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.53/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Last year, I went to the island of Bonaire in the Netherlands Antilles, and Polar ended up being one of the more popular beers there. The Dutch locals prefered the Heineken, Amstel (not Light!) and Amstel Bright, but this beer was the preferred brew of the island people and the visiting South Americans. So... this is beer to drink if you want to go local in Bonaire. As expected however, it's almost purely a hot weather brew and is pretty unspectacular in most regards.

Polar pours a yellow color with some active carbonation. A fingers worth of foam forms and lasts for a minute before thinning out. The smell was a typical "island beer" smell of some husky adjunct smell and some mustiness. The body of the beer seemed thin, but had a somewhat high level of carbonation. Tastewise, the beer was no surprise with a bit of a corn/adjunct taste masking the light malt profile that was present. There was low-moderate astringent bitterness present. Overall, the flavor wasn't going to knock anybody off their feet (some might even say it is a bit watery). The brew tastes of cooked veggies in the aftertaste and concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

My friend's dad visits Bonaire every year and this particular bottle was brought back to me recently (I wish I brought back some beer from my trip). I call this a "living in the moment" beer. Back home, this really didn't do anything for me, but when enjoying the island life, this beer hits the spot.

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Photo of MarkoNm
2.62/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours a standard clear golden color, topped with a average white head of quick retention.
The aroma is gentle; some malts and grains are present.
The taste starts sweet and grainy, followed by a nicely balanced body, finishing with a sting of bitterness. Pleasant finish, must say.
Otherwise nothing special. Drinkable and refreshing.

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Photo of stcules
2.63/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Golden blonde color, clean and limpid. Average foam.
Same smell of a macrolager, nothing worthy.
Maybe a little better taste, with some finishing bitterness.
Not greatly satysfating, but relatively dry, and without traces of adjunts.
Drink it under the sun.

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Photo of josanguapo
2.68/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

From Festival de las Naciones, Sevilla. In Ikea's pilsen glass. Watching "Circuito Cerrado". A bit better than the typical spanish industrial pilsner.

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Photo of mooseisloose
2.74/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a czech with Saaz hops and the like. Pours to a pale yellow, no head to speak of. Taste is light and fresh, sweet and dry with not much bitterness evident. Sweey mellow finish, however it doesn't seem to difficult to finish mellow when there is not much flavor to speak of throughout. Dissapointed in the taste after the smell. Good thirst quencher but then again so is water. I must rate this beer as a good lawnmower but lacking in flavor. Lots of bark but really no bite. Kind-a like Chavez.

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Photo of medic25
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had this while on my honeymoon in Aruba. Pale yellow color, with a typical macro smell. Taste was relatively average, minimal hops, some crispness but somewhat of an artificial flavor. Not a very exciting brew, and not the best hot-weather beer choice I found on the island.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

They serve a lot of this stuff on Margarita Island, off the coast of Venezuela. The beer is straw in color and a bit over carbonated. The fizz lasts just a short time, and then the head disappears. There's no body to speak of and the lightly citrusy hops are on the mild side. There's also not much aroma. After a time, you can get accustomed to drinking Polar, it's inexpensive and in the hot daytime sun of the island, it was fairly refreshing. But on cool evenings, thoughts hearty pale ales and flavorful IPAs entered the brain...

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