Polar Pilsener Type Beer | Cervecería Polar

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Polar Pilsener Type BeerPolar Pilsener Type Beer

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Cervecería Polar

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-21-2010

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Reviews: 14 | Ratings: 57
Photo of Thisdrinkinglife
3.29/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Review: Bottle of Cerveza Polar: ABV:5.00%

The Polar Pilsner from Venezuela, the vacation beer perfect for the beach and served ice cold.

The appearance wasn’t too bad, looked good. On pour, a nice white head developed which quickly dissipated. The beer was a pale, yellow colour, and with some thin lacing

I found the aroma was pretty strong, a very acute smell, very sweet, of malts, grain, very citrusy. I did like the smell.

Taste was interesting. I did taste what felt like some fruit, lemon and apples. This beer tasted more like a fruit juice than a beer, very sweet.

Was very easy to drink, had a good flavour and taste on all fronts, grainy and sweet malts. Easy to drink, nice good mouthfuls, a nice feel on the tongue. Not a strong beer, and no strong aftertaste, but still pretty sessionable, with a very crisp, clean finish and smooth to drink.

Not a bad beer overall. Can imagine it must be nice sipping it ice cold on a beach near the Caribbean.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

7oz Bottle schlepped back by Eric A, Thanks for the hookup my mule :)
Pale yellow color, bubbly white quickly dissipating head. Pilsner maltiness with a hint of metallic and little else. Not horrible, I could drink these if I had to.

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Photo of ejh06752
2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had while in Aruba, from 8oz bottle. really one of the worst beers I ever had. light straw color, no head, grainy vegetal taste reminicent of corn mixed with pizza dough. Really terrible. This beer made me not want to live.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
1.99/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bottle brought back from Aruba, poured in a shaker pint. The beer is a pale, light yellow coloring, with a frothy, light, foamy, white head, and a ton of fast moving carbonation bubbles throughout the body. Aromas of toasted corn, subtle floral notes, and a musty barn character. Flavors are pretty watered down, with a hint of toast and not much else. Wow, this is almost water. The body is smooth, but pretty limp. The aftertaste is musty and a bit stale. The finish is just as stale and limp as the rest of the beer. Meh.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
3.51/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Polar Pilsner from Venezuela, not what I expected - better actually - but not the best pilsner I've had either.

Polar serves up a mostly yellow hued brew with a frothy head that's got good staying power and lacing. I didn't notice much else other than the hops and malts you would expect, and it was way more carbonated for my liking. That said, it had thick, rich feel to it and was very crisp, very smooth. It's the kind of beer you can just guzzle because of how smooth it is. That much surprised me.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.53/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Seeming the flagship beer of Curacao, this Venezuela brewed lager presents itself in the miniature 8oz bottles and slather the island with its grainy-sweet taste and light tropical body.

Pouring the standard very light straw color, the brilliantly clear beer is even lighter than the fuller bodied all-malt lagers, insinuating adjuncts to lighten the taste and body. A light milky hue seeps into the visual illustration, partially reliant on the airy white head and fizzy champagne-like popping of bubbles.

Grain sweetness merges with pilsner malt for a scent of crackers and creamed corn. Lightly herbal from hops, a note of grass, lemon, and apple emerge. Dough, yeast, and baking bread weaves into the mix and gives an impression of cream ale.

Flavors similarly start off with a grainy-sweet taste of light breads, cream corn, spaghetti starch, and fresh beer mash. A timid hop balance brings about a pleasantly herbal mid palate of grass and spice before shyly balancing with bitterness to conclude the taste. An uprise of sulfur and mineral work to achieve interest in the form of apples, lemons, and crisp acidity.

Creamy yet light, the light fullness of malt and grain enrichen the mouth before a somewhat empty mid palate leaves the beer hanging before a grain derived astringency persists in aftertaste. Finishing lightly grainy, semi-dry, and with a light menthol sensation, the beer is well suited for island refreshment.

Those mini bottles may be very well suited for hot weather, fearing that a larger one would would warm up too quickly. That's just fine because without the refreshment of having a cold beer in hand, the beer offers little beer character to celebrate at warmer (more appropriate) temperatures.

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Photo of Duff27
2.93/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Eight ounce can smuggled back from South America. Thanks sister!

A- Extremely pale gold color with a quickly dissipating head. Lively effervescence. Leaves a collar around the glass with a cap.

S- Sweet(!) pilsner/base malt on the nose. Rut-row!

T- Sweetness is kept in check in the taste, expected a malty mess from the aromas. Non-offensive besides minimal hay stankiness. No hop character really. Actually quite a clean finish.

M- Medium mouthfeel with adequate carbonation.

D/O- Not sure the meaning behind the 8 ounce cans but whatever. Not the best adjunct, certainly not the worst...better than a lot of it's American brethren. Clean finishes in the adjunct lager style is what I am into, this delivers that. Drink whilst in Venezuela!

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Photo of misterid
2.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

had to try this while in Curacao. it really is the national beer of choice. cheaper than everything else, very bland and generally non-offensive.

nothing special at all about it. taste is sharp, flat corn. it takes a few to get over the taste, settle in and forget you're drinking Polar.

unless you really have to tick this one.. pass and get a Presidente.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.82/5  rDev +35%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Polar Pilsner Type Beer has a medium, white head, some thin lacing, and a very bubbly, clear, yellow appearance. The aroma is very sweet, with mostly barley, but maybe an adjunct showing itself. Taste is of sweet barley malt, some background adjunct (rice?), and there is a light hop bitterness in the distance. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Polar finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and mostly dry. Overall, this is an enjoyable beer, and I think it's worth trying.


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Photo of ProfessorHomer
1.28/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Overall: God - where to start? This beer is awful, really awful. Apparently Venezula must have a shortage of taste, or malts and hops are being rationed or something. Stay away!

A: bottle is cute. Beer is dead grass yellow, very little carbonation. Very little head, which vanishes almost faster than an eyeblink.

S: Where is the beer? Where's the beer?

T: OMG: this is God-awful! So far in my 35+ years of beer-drinking, this has to be The Worst Beer I have ever had. Worse than Carling Black Label. Or Tuborg Gold. Or Harley Davidson Heavy Beer. To say this has less taste than Rolling Rock Lite is unfair to Budweiser Select 55. Polar Beer has reached a new low: it has "Negative Taste".

M: like carbonated sour metallic water. Gag.

Overall: This is Bad, Really Bad. Wretchingly bad, Please, for God's sake, Stay Away!

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Photo of gfsufb
2.75/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this import brew at Fifty Brews in Orlando, was on special 2 for $5. Overall reminded me of your typical american lager, color was not impressive, smell followed closely behind. Taste was better then expected and drinkability with this is not an issue as you could probably knock 6 without even blinking. I would search this out if I was left with only the standard bud and coors choices

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Photo of 7beerphil
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

poured from an 8oz bottle into a pint glass.(got this one in Curacao, but interestingly enough it has a NY, NY address on the bottle)

dark straw color, much like many US Macros. no real head (possibly due to being shaken around a bit while in my checked bag at the airport)

no distinct odor, mainly cereal grains (US macros again)

little carbonation, neither a pleasing or displeasing taste. went down quick and smoothly

overall, not sure I'd ever want to try this again. i wouldn't even say it would be great to get drunk off of. Essentially, i brought this home to add the bottle to my collection. Interesting fact: every local joint on the island had this beer's signage all over it,. (the Bud of Curacao?)

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Photo of BeerResearcher
3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz brown bottle. Poured into a standard 12oz glass. Porlamar, Isla de Margarita, Venezuela (Home of the World's Worst Drivers)
It pours a pale straw golden color with a fast-fading fizzy white head. Some trailing lace.
A grainy cereal smell rises and remains throughout. Some coppery metallic smell mixes with a whiff of floral hop and wet grass.
The flavor is a bit on the sweet grainy side. Some corn and a light metallic hop tang are actually not that bad.
The mouthfeel is just Ok. There's nothing wrong with it, yet there's not much to it.
I expected the worst and braced myself for a struggle to finish it. Then I had two more. When in Venezuela...

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Photo of Jayli
3.5/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had various servings of this while down in Aruba - 10 oz bottle, 12 oz bottle, 237 mL cans.

A: This beer pours a light copper color with a one finger of bubbly white head. Head disappears almost immediately leaving no real lacing to speak of.

S: Nose is grain, corn, typical adjuncts though a caramel malt sweetness really comes in on this at the end.

T: Grain and corn come in and really dominate the beginning and middle of this beer. Light and refreshing though. Then the sweetness comes in, caramel malt sweetness mixed with a hint of candied fruitiness. Sweetness hangs on your tongue a bit.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation, crisp and clean body slightly prickly on the tongue from carbonation.

D: Goes down easily, not filling, it's not a bad macro and was a nice alternative when I was sick of Balashi.

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Polar Pilsener Type Beer from Cervecería Polar
2.83 out of 5 based on 57 ratings.
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