Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
lefthandbrewing.com

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Once you have tasted a true Pilsner, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have seen the light, and there you will always long to return. Let Polestar guide you out of the wilderness, just as the North Star has guided explorers to their destinations and back home again. Light, crisp and elegant, pilsner is the true test of brewing process. Less is more.

Added by maxpower on 07-10-2005

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#31,785
Reviews:
388
Ratings:
1,187
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
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Photo of lapland_lapin
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Another great beer from Left Hand. I'm not much of a pilsner drinker - they too often remind me of cheap beers at college parties. But Left Hand has managed to create a crisp, clean pilsner that drinks easily and doesn't overwhelm you. I don't find it to be as hoppy as others claim. If you like crisp pilsners, definitely try this one out.

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Photo of MGibbons
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Curt3
3.33/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Pohr10
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Scott17Taylor
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of freedom35
4.83/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Strangewood
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chilmer
2.55/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of bigbutter
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Afeo
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of edthehead
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DigitGrowler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of LarrysDeerGut
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JohnWesolowski
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Good, basic pilsner. I enjoy pilsners, but can't get too excited about them.

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Photo of RedJim
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear, ambient yellow body; one-finger thick head. Malty, grassy nose. Grain flavors with a subtle peppery, spicy note. Medium body; gently coarse on the palate; crisp and mostly dry finish.

A decent German pilsner.

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Photo of milklover
2.17/5  rDev -40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JasonLWest
4.07/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Parmesan
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L: Slightly yellow lemon color with a small white head and no lacing.

S: Light lemon and grapefruit rind, mixed with strong floral hops and a note of pine, some sweet malt.

T: Light lemon and grapefruit rind, floral hops mixed with a little pine. A very hoppy pilsner.

F: Crisp and light.

O: This is a very hoppy pilsner, could use a little more balance.

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Photo of Commandophile
3.44/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Vetbidder
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Looks like a pils brew. Scent is of ?noble grassy funk hops with a grainy malt back. Maybe a bit understated but decent flavor , jeez am I getting blueberry in the mix. Just slight bitterness with some pils spice to the flavor mix. Add some mineral close to metallic flavors to the finish. This is deeper and has some complexity to it. I like these type of brews and this ain't too bad. Snappy carbonation and a crisp feel. I dig it.

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Photo of Mattd123
3.4/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was poured into a pilsener glass. The appearance was a hazy crusty burnt yellow almost hazed over orange color. Thin white head glossing over sly the body. Sly ridged lacing here and there. The aroma keeps sweet grassy hops up front over sly biscuity malts. Light breadiness. Low bitterness, barely there. The flavor takes on the sweet bready/biscuitiness, grassy sweet to bitter hops. On the palate, this one sat about a light on the body. Sessionable. Carbonation feels good. Overall, good German pilsener that I could come back to.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Brief impression from a bottle:

A: Looks right for the style, with a clear yellow body below a fluffy off-white cap. Could offer more frothiness and creaminess and could be softer in appearance. A better defined body colour wouldn't hurt; this looks a bit thin/weak (if not watery). Not the most vibrant pilsner I've seen, but it's generally appealing and the head retention is pretty good (~5 minutes).

Sm: Mineral water and grassy hop aromatics. Cracked grain. Pilsner malt.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Grassy and floral in terms of hops, bending American in its hop profile to its detriment. Pilsner malts lend this its simplistic backbone.

No off-flavours or booze.

It leaves much to be desired in terms of subtlety and depth of flavour, not to mention traditional hops.

TEXTURE: Slightly dry, actually, but still refreshing. Smooth, mellow, approachable. Crisp overcarbonation keeps it feeling assertive, but it's light-bodied.

Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy.

OVERALL: Certainly an above average attempt at an American-brewed pilsner. Not as overhopped as Victory's Prima Pils, but at least Victory's expression of the style is memorable. This bends American in its hop profile, eschewing tradition and leaving the familiar bounds of German Noble hops in favour of a more spicy Mt. Hood hop flavour. With softer water and some Hallertauer instead of Mt. Hood, Left Hand would be off to a start in terms of improving this forgettable brew. As-is, it's drinkable and I do like it, but I wouldn't buy it over a great traditional German pilsner - or even an Americanized European brand like Trumer. In terms of Colorado brewed expressions of the style, give me Comrade/Bierstadt Lagerhaus' collaboration pils over this any day of the week.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of Shraggy
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 1,187 ratings