Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
good
1,152 Ratings
Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner
BEER INFO

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

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by maxpower on 07-10-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
1,152
Reviews:
378
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
202
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,152 |  Reviews: 378
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

Bottled
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

Photo of mancavebeercouch
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of DocRoc
4.57/5  rDev +24.9%
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 akolb
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

RJT

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Photo of williamphelps
4.52/5  rDev +23.5%
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 +7.1%
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 +1.1%
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 -24.3%
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 WhiteHendrix
3.99/5  rDev +9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of B_B
3.86/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
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 ChuckTom
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Satorn
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Erik-P
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BeerBobber
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
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 duvel1979
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MattD93
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jg24rules
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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 moundbz
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.66 out of 5 based on 1,152 ratings.
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