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German Pilsner
3.68 | pDev: 14.4%
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States
Retired (no longer brewed)
Notes: 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.
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Photo of Riff
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, pale, yellow color with a fluffy white head. Smell is cracker and lemon. Taste is citrus, lemon peel, cracker, and a hint of bitterness. Lighter body, flavor does linger a bit. A touch on the sweeter side.

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Photo of yuriyt
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pured into glass from bottle. Light copper-yellow, very clear. Faint earthy hop aroma with a touch of citrus. Medium-light body. Good balance between malty sweetness and firm bitterness. Delicate toast malt note. Great lager for those who want more hop/malt-forward flavor, would recommend.

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Photo of lapland_lapin
3.87/5  rDev +5.2%
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 beergoot
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
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 Parmesan
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Vetbidder
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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 Lone_Freighter
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 -11.7%
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.


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Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by January 7th 2018. It pours a pale gold, minimal amount of foam and by the time I wrote this far, there’s just a ring around the glass. Floral hop nose that’s kinda spicy, strong but pleasant aromas of bread. Nice hop profile, noble like, spicy, solid bread malt backbone. Hints of grass Good mouthfeel. Good Pilsner.

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Photo of John1985
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden color with ample inch and half head. Fragrant grassy aroma, Light bodied, hop accented and finely balanced with malt. Dry bitter finish. Upper tier pilsner

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can poured into a tulip glass best by date of 10/17

A: Light yellow gold with perfect clarity. Head was white huge and soapy looking.

S: light spicy floral hops give way to a sourdough greasy quality.

T: nice blast of floral spicy hops followed by light breadiness. Very light flavorwise finishes with a little sourness.

M: light clean and fairly crisp not that dry.

O: it's not a bad Pilsner it doesn't distinguish itself much from the pack.

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Photo of TPZEM
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Excellent classic Pilsner taste and body. Smells of cirtusy hops and some earthy aromas. Pours a pale golden with a firm, two-finger head. Lots of lacing to the glass and retention seems to hang in there for a while. Tastes somewhat bitter, but not overly so. Definite citrus and pine notes. Lingers on the palate for a while after the swallow. Overall, a great pilsner. Not something I drink all the time, but would definitely try again and recommend!

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Photo of Brolo75
3.64/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a pint glass

A: Pours a very pale clear straw color with a bright white creamy head, lots of carbonation resulting in good head retention.

A: Classic pilsner aromas, earthy, herbal, spicey aromas, light toasted bread, malt, biscuit, smells promising.

T: Short on taste, lemongrass, slight spice notes along with earthiness, low bitterness, finish has bready malts and lemongrass notes, very light.

M: Light, crisp, dry finish.

O: Looks solid, smells good but it really didn't do much on the taste, not as complex as the aroma.

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Photo of ObstinateOutcast
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank: 05.11.17
L: A 1 1/2" thick, white head with a golden yellow body, showing light carbonation.
S: Crisp, light malt, light biscuit-y odor, with something wild in the earthy sense . . . I wasn't able to place it.
T: Slightly alkaline and bitter, slight hoppiness, malty, bready, crisp, and light.
F: Astringent with a hoppy/earthlike aftertaste, light, sticky, and a light carbonation.
This beer was enjoyable, but I've had better tasting pilsners.

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Photo of DocRoc
4.57/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Wheat straw in color
S- malty and light floral
T- Wow! better than most German style pilsners (I lived in Bavaria for several years)
M- medium, lip smacking finish
O- Outstanding

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Polestar has a thin, white head, a mostly clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with lots of tiny powdery sediment, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet white bread (pale malt) and lemon. Taste is of those elements, with noticeable, yet mild, hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Polestar finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of williamphelps
4.52/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Bright yellow-gold. Steady lacing and rim of thin foam. Aroma of bread with some light staleness, croissant, flat bitterness, lemon zest. Palate of sourdough bread, spicy yeast, nutmeg, bitter/tart pine/grapefruit, light pumpkin spice, with grainy sweet finish. Pros refreshing, complex, fairly balanced, nice spice. Cons of grainy sweetness, sticky mouthfeel, some staleness. 92/100.

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Photo of thebeers
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Clear pale straw with a white head. Clean aroma of grassy hops and biscuity malt, that continues to the taste. Slight sweetness from the malt, very mild bitterness. Light to medium bodied. Decent carbonation. A very solid, no thrills pils.

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Photo of MinerBob
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a beautiful golden color with a thin white head and a lot of lacing. The smell is somewhat different biscuit maybe. The flavor isn't great but I've had a lot worse. Smooth going down well worth a try.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

DATE: April 2, 2017... OCCASION: a nice weekend ends with possibly a nice spring beer... GLASSWARE: Penn State pilsner... pours a crinkling, crispy crackle of effervescence, with large bubbles clinging to the glass's edge and rocketing up to form a diminishing, erratic display of lacing... sallow, clear body... begins with a sharp tick of Saaz and noble hops before entertaining lemon zest and malty cracker.... otherwise, light and suggesting of easy drinking... which it is, with a soft, smooth mouthfeel that only pauses at the teeth before tingling with a swift flourish at the throat... moderate aftertaste.... the flavor profile is lemony, with grass, cracker, spring flowers, a bit of earthiness, and sweet malts... a pilsner that is fine in a mix pack, but not one I would seek out by itself... slightly more affecting than a rinser, but not a German approximation...

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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

8oz glass at Beer Revolution YEGDT, from what looks to be, but actually isn't, a Left Hand tap takeover.

This beer appears a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with one thick finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and somewhat bubbly off-white head, which leaves some decent defrosting windshield lace around the glass as it quickly blows off.

It smells of grainy and crackery pale malt, some underripe apple and pear fruitiness, gentle gasohol notes, and edgy leafy, weedy, and grassy noble hop bitters. The taste is gritty and grainy pale malt, wet saltine crackers, muddled light orchard stone fruit, a hint of generic citrus rind acridity, and more zingy leafy, grassy, and floral verdant hoppiness.

The carbonation is fairly assertive in its palate-taunting frothiness, the body a solid medium weight, and mostly smooth, just a wee hop edginess taking things down a notch or so here. It finishes trending dry, the crackery malt and hops showing some inertia, as such.

Overall, Polestar Pilsner is certainly a respectable version of the style, very refreshing and easy to drink. I could see sessioning this in the summertime on the patio that faces the Front Range, and enjoying the extra wee bit of ABV.

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Photo of BeerBobber
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear Colorado gold with lots of carbonation. A nice white bubbly and rocky head leaves nice lacing down the glass.

Smells real bready with scents of biscuits and crackers with a touch of hops towards the back.

Has a nice clean water flavor, seems strange but its in there. Has a strong lager flavor with that hop presence that makes it just a bit bitter at the finish.

The mouth is fairly light and has a nice crisp finish.

First beer from this brewery is a big hit. We found this to be a very clean and refreshing pilsner.

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Photo of CTHomer
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; pale gold in color; 2 finger finely pored white head that receded to a thin cap; very nice lacing;

S: grainy; earthy; a hint of citrus;

T: follows the nose, but somewhat muted; mild bitterness on the finish;

M: light bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: from the appearance and aroma, I was really excited, but the flavor didn't live up to those standards;

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Photo of bankboy66
3.19/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks and smells great but there is just too much hop and backend sting for my taste. Prefer a Pilsner to be a little easier more malt forward. Good effort though. If you are a session IPA person you would probably like this.

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Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 11/22/16.

A: Pours a fairly standard transparent straw color. Great head on this one. Two fingers of soapy white bubbles. Carbonation is minimal for the style, with medium/small medium bubbles rising lazily to the surface. Retention is excellent as well, with sticky webs of lacing on the glass.

S: Getting some pretty serious noble hop aroma. Herbal, lemon oil, green grape. Malt is amply on display in the nose in the form of a big biscuity characteristic. Not crackery, more biscuit like.

T: Balance. This one jumps out with a fairly big hop bitterness (green grape, apple skin, herbal punch) that takes a turn to the astringent before the malt wave intercepts. The malt undercuts the herbal bitterness, giving it a nice firm foundation with which to play. The malt falls off towards the end and the refreshing bitterness finishes strong.

M: Medium bodied, maybe to the slightly round for the style. Again, balance seems to be the thing here. The carbonation plays upon the malt and keeps this thing from being too flabby (although it seems to approach this aspect).

O: This is great. While not as straight hop forward as Prima or Pivo, this one doesn't withhold on the IBU's. However, unlike the previous two, it's very much balanced with a robust malt profile. This is good and I will purchase it again.

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Polestar from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1198 ratings