Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner
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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States

Style: German Pilsener

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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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.


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Photo of Shraggy
4.82/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Photo of Bitterbill
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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 +9.3%
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 -0.8%
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 Thehills804
4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Terrific pils. Light, crisp, and bitter with a clean and dry finish. Well done. My new favorite pilsner for the hot Richmond, VA summers.

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Photo of coopdog1000
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of boulderbrewser
4.98/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Photo of robebo44
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of TPZEM
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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 HopliteMpls612
4.24/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Branlott42
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Lucnifter
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Brolo75
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
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 rarigney
4.31/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ObstinateOutcast
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 dental
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
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