Polestar
Left Hand Brewing Company

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From:
Left Hand Brewing Company
 
Colorado, United States
Style:
Pilsner - German
ABV:
5.5%
Score:
83
Avg:
3.66 | pDev: 14.48%
Ratings:
1,198
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Apr 25, 2020
Added:
Jul 10, 2005
Wants:
  50
Gots:
  220
SCORE
83
Good
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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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3.68 by deg from New Hampshire on Apr 25, 2020
 
3.5 by PatrickCT from Connecticut on Apr 23, 2020
 
3.75 by mrcraft from California on Oct 16, 2019
 
3.97 by rooster1970 from Alabama on Jun 30, 2019
 
3.9 by Kolb from Montana on Apr 25, 2019
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3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by Riff from Virginia

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.

Mar 12, 2019
 
3.8 by michiganmatt from California on Jan 30, 2019
 
3.81 by BeerAndFilm from Oregon on Jan 25, 2019
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4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by yuriyt from New York

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.

Jan 22, 2019
 
2.3 by Jotunsynth from Illinois on Jan 14, 2019
 
4.75 by pvibeer from Colorado on Nov 25, 2018
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3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4
by lapland_lapin from District of Columbia

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.

Oct 13, 2018
 
3.93 by MGibbons from Maryland on Sep 22, 2018
 
3.33 by Curt3 from New Jersey on Sep 15, 2018
 
3.49 by Pohr10 from Luxembourg on Sep 15, 2018
 
4 by Scott17Taylor from Iowa on Sep 08, 2018
 
4.83 by freedom35 from California on Jul 28, 2018
 
3.59 by Strangewood from Illinois on Jun 28, 2018
 
2.55 by Chilmer from Iowa on Jun 23, 2018
 
3.59 by bigbutter from Virginia on Jun 18, 2018
 
3.74 by Afeo from Colorado on Jun 16, 2018
 
3.75 by edthehead from New York on Jun 05, 2018
 
3.75 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 12, 2018
 
3.55 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Apr 17, 2018
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3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
by JohnWesolowski from Connecticut

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

Apr 10, 2018
 
5 by RedJim from Louisiana on Mar 26, 2018
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
by beergoot from Colorado

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.

Mar 01, 2018
 
2.17 by milklover from New York on Feb 05, 2018
 
4.07 by JasonLWest from Georgia on Dec 31, 2017
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3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Parmesan from Colorado

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.

Dec 25, 2017
 
3.44 by Commandophile from Illinois on Dec 04, 2017
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3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

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.

Oct 21, 2017
 
3.4 by Mattd123 from Connecticut on Sep 28, 2017
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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Lone_Freighter from Vermont

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.

Sep 12, 2017
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3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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

Sep 09, 2017
 
3.73 by Shraggy from Colorado on Aug 18, 2017
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by Bitterbill from Wyoming

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.

Aug 11, 2017
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4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by John1985 from Tennessee

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

Aug 07, 2017
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3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by SomethingClever from Ohio

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.

Jul 30, 2017
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4.48/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
by Thehills804 from Virginia

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

Jul 29, 2017
Polestar from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1198 ratings