Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

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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

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Reviews: 369 | Ratings: 1,133
Photo of BeerLover48Fan
5/5  rDev +37%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Bought at Red White And Brew in Mount Holly at the reccomendation of Jeff Shaw

sweet malt aroma with a citrus hop boquet. no off odors.

some malt sweetness with a herbal hop presence. well balanced. bitter hoppy aftertaste.

good carbonation. medium body. leaves nice lace. good drinking beer. has a smoothness to it.


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Photo of JasonMcDrinky
4.84/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

What a beautiful Pilsner style lager, as close to perfection for this old drinkers palate. It's everything I want in a beer. Sharp, crisp yeasty malt flavor with a dry finish. It's what Budweiser would taste like if there was real truth in advertising. If you're a Pilsner lover, don't miss this one, it's a great beer.

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Photo of Fezfreak
4.8/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I could not resist reviewing this beer, mainly because it gets the same bad rap that all my other favorite Pilsners get. To love and appreciate the Pilsner style, one must understand how difficult it is to make one that is both drinkable and enjoyable.

For me, a typical pour of Polestar Pilsner is golden in color with a one and a half inch head that dissipates to about a quarter-inch and stays for the duration, leaving a nice lacing down the glass.

I'll describe the smell like this: smells like beer.

The flavor is well-balanced between sweet, breakfast-cereal-tasting malt and bittering hops; the hops having the edge at the start and finish with the malt kicking in at the middle. If I didn't know better, I'd say there was an "illusion" of dry-hopping going on (I doubt it really was though, given the fragility of the style).

Mouth feel is smooth and creamy with just the right amount of carbonation.

Overall, this beer almost identical to the one of my all-time favorite Pilsners, made by Portsmouth (Ohio) Brewing Company; aka Mault Brothers.

Polestar is a perfect Session Beer.

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Photo of AnalogReigns
4.75/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had the good pleasure of having the first pint poured out of the keg at my local watering hole. I've spent a little time in Germany and Czech so I KNOW what good pils is supposed to taste like--and what a rare thing it is in the states.

Pilsner is known as one of the most delicate beers, hence it spoils quickly--hence also why good German or Czech pils just don't taste right in the USA, compared to in the old country--they're usually very stale. So my beer on tap, a couple weeks old max, is surely more representative of what Polestar is supposed to be than beer from a bottle several months old (one reviewer used a 6 month old bottle, for example). Anyway, in my opinion, this is about as close, as good or perhaps better than some, of what you get on tap in the Czech Republic. I say Czech, as this tastes to me like a Bohemian pils, extremely well balanced, but with slightly more emphasis on the malt than on the hops. It has that sweet bread-like taste one finds in good honest fresh pilsner--a very rare commodity here in America.

Pours well, with a perfect head. Nice clear light golden color.

Smells sweet and beery, the Saaz can definitely be detected.

Tastes very well ballanced, without the overhopping so typical of American craft beer.... The older I get, the less of a hophead I am--to me, it's a fad.... Again, this pils has the characteristic bready taste and aftertaste one finds in nice pilsners (a bit like Bitberger, but sweeter)

Nice full mouthfeel, but not heavy--a pils is not supposed to feel like an Ale!

Extremely drinkable. More than a lawnmower beer, still this beer is the kind that could convert your Bubba friends to throw away the mass-produced yellow fizzy water....

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Photo of jmarsh123
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear straw yellow with a one finger white head.

Sweet pilsner malt and a spicy noble hop aroma.

Very crisp pilsner malt. Light and refreshing. Finishes dry with a nice noble hop kick.

Mouthfeel is perfect for the style and carbonation levels are medium-high.

My favorite pilsner. Perfect for a nice summer day. Crisp and dry just how I like it.

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Photo of ReedEzekiel
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a luminous golden yellow with brisk carbonation; large head with decent retention.

S - Hoppy and floral, little bit of hay.

T- Brisk and bitter, dry and curled. Comes in flat, curls around the back of the palate beautifully. Not as hoppy as the nose suggests; perfectly balanced.

M - Lithe but substantial.

O - A stellar pilsner to rival the great Czech offerings.

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Photo of dramer
4.64/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Wasn't immediately impressed with the look and smell of this Pilsner...but once I started drinking it improved greatly! Lot's of taste for a beer that, on the surface, doesn't appear much better than a Bud Light. Will definitely drink again if I see it on the menu

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Photo of jkrich
4.53/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date of 7/25/07 - now that is fresh. Poured into a pilsner glass showing a clear gold color with a persistent half inch head with lacing.
The smell of European hops is obvious because of the freshness of the beer. Bready aromas prevail.
A classic pilsner taste with a slightly bitter taste with a little malt in the aftertaste. With all the emphasis on hoppy ales, i.e. IPAs by American brewers, it is nice to see a traditional, well made lager, especially a pilsner. I would choose this over most of the imported pilsners. It is doubtful one could buy an import that was bottled less than a month before.

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Photo of Wrigfen
4.52/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

No date noted. Served very cold as recommended in a chilled pilsner glass. Excellent taste, extremely smooth and not over powering. Has the full body taste but a light feeling. Feels like you can drink quite a few without becoming bloated. Nice mid level alcholol content. A real winner. Will be stocking up on this one. The appearance gave no indication of how fine tasting this is which was a pleasant surprise.
Try this one folks.

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Photo of pat61
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

L: Pours brilliant straw under a 2” bone white foam cap that slowly dissipates while clinging to the side of the glass.
S: Light grainy nose with some floral hops, some biscuit.
T: Light grains with a faint sweetness finish clean, dry and crisp supported by a moderate bitter accent.
F: Very creamy and very fine soft carbonation, a great texture.
O: Dry, drinkable, refreshing and pleasant.

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Photo of tarkulich
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I got to pour this beer at a brew fest in Syracuse, NY. It was my first time having it, and I was very pleased with it. Poured a nice clear yellow color (can't give much description on the head, as we were having problems with foaming from the kegs). Nose was a pleasant spicey hop note. Tasted very crisp with a tender malt core and a lingering but not overpowering hop bitterness on the tongue. I'm typically more of a Czech pilsner guy, but this was a great beer to savor. I'll have to search this one out for my personal stash at home.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsners tend to bore a lot of people, but this one is perfect to have on a hot summer day. Light and easy to drink, plenty of flavor despite a lowish alcohol content, and a great tasting beer. Don't ignore this one at the store.

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Photo of Spica66
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from bottle into glass during Left Hand tasting at Pat's Liquors in Porter, IN on 7/22/10. The brewery rep was pouring and telling us all about the beers as we went. Very informational and fun.

A: Perfect light pilsen color and carbonation. The only reason I did not score it a five is that I could not judge the head from the sample pour.

S: Smells exactly like the beer I used to drink on tap when I had business in Lemgo, Germany a couple of times a year.

T: Noble hops and just the right amount of malt balance out perfectly.

M: Carbonation dances on the tongue, hops and malt in harmony - the world is good!

D: This will be my new "hot day" drink.

I am absolutely amazed how authentic German this American-made pilsner is!!

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Photo of udubdawg
4.46/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle

got home incredibly thirsty today, and this was the first thing that came to mind. Perhaps I'm giving the beer a too-generous score because of the great thirst-quenching nature; I'll have to rerate when I have a chance.

Pours a light gold color, with a very large bright white airy head, despite the careful pour. Clarity is great, lacing is spotty, and it retains a cap of foam all the way to the bottom after the initial recession. Nose is less spectacular, but then again this isn't an IPA. Pale, barely toasted sweet malt, little spiciness, and general flowery, spicy, slightly lemony hops. no fruitiness or off flavors. Very clean, seems fresh, and inviting. Impressive
Taste is even better. Sweet with pale malt, and a slightly tart lemon hop flavor in the finish. A bit drying, begging another sip (gulp). I enjoy the hops in the flavor much more than I would think from just taking a little whiff. Bitterness is moderate, just slightly sharp in the finish like I appreciate in this style, appropriate for the malt level without overwhelming.
Even on a subfreezing day, coming home a bit hot and tired this went down very easy and I promptly went looking for something similar. The mouthfeel is medium and carbonation appropriate - nothing spectacular, nothing to detract either, just right where it should be. Overall just a great beer.

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Photo of xtalman
4.45/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours out a very nice golden straw color with a smallish white head. Head retention is very good though.

Nose gives lots of aromatic hops. Simiply great.

Tastes is "crisp" and dry like one expects from a well made pilsner. Just moves along the month like a flowing river. Finishes up with a nice dry hop bitterness.

I have been drinking a fair amount of this lately and find it just is perfect for the hot summer. A very refreshing and full flavored brew to sit and relax with at the end. Of course I did the same thing at times during the winter also.

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Photo of oldn00b
4.44/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Really fantastic, true to form, German style Pils. Light, crisp, but nice malt backbone with some clear hop presence. Well rounded, right body for the style. Would definitely enjoy again.

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Photo of speter
4.42/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Beautiful clear pale golden yellow with two-finger fluffy white head that fades to a nice thin layer that leaves great lace.

S: Sweet German biscuity malt with notes of spicy noble hops in just the perfect balance.

T: Amazing! There is a crisp up-front sweetness that is balanced right at mid-palate by the kiss (rather than bite) of the hops. The finish and aftertaste are wonderfully bitter and have the (correct) lager metal-like overtones.

M: A near-perfect summer beer. The carbonation features small bubbles, and the crispness brings back last year's trip to Germany, without the massive travel expense.

O: Living near eastern PA, home of some of the best American-brewed pilseners, I was surprised and very pleased at this entry from Colorado. Siriusly good.

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Photo of SamN
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest, Polestar comes out ofthe bottle not much better than a miller light, although with an much more impressive head; at it's peak, about 2 fingers deep of soapy foam. Very, very pale strw yellow and perfect clarity. Smell is an intoxicating bend of flowery hoppiness, spicy notes, and toasty cracker malt aromas. Smell is quite powerful, I can get some hints with the glass just on the table under my nose. Impressive!

Wow, that taste, true pilsner. Light, crisp, alive and very, very good. Lots of complex hops characteristics, with flower pedals, mild bitterness, faint white pepper and all on a firm base of high-quality malts of which I'm afraid I cannot name one by one. Very easy to drink, just begging to quaffed. Mouthfell is just about perfect. Smooth carbonation, with just the right amount of heft to avoid being too "lite" beer like.

Very impressive true pilsner from Left Hand. Tasty and easy to drink, what more to you want from the style??Two thumbs way up. Prost!

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Photo of ZachT
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant amber gold, medium-high carbonation with good head retention, crisp, slightly bitter, bread malt and subtle herby hop flavours, dry and slightly bitter finish, a very good pilsner

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Photo of secondtooth
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Can't believe I've been drinking these for so long and have never properly reviewed it!

Anyhow, Polestar pours a semi-clear yellow, with a nice head and respectable lace. Not fancy, but it's there. And this bottle isn't even "fresh".

Aroma is mild, but with some citrus in there. Good. Hints at the hops, not just malts.

Plenty of flavor. A pleasant whisk of citrus hops, not overwhelming but just a hint. This one's crisp and well-balanced, full-flavored but light-bodied. This is one to gently steer macro drinkers away from their swill.

Overall, a delicious and refreshing beer, easy to session, and one I'll return to gladly!

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Photo of JayS2629
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great to style. Awesome, clean, pilsner.

Pours a golden/yellow hue with a frothy head that is pretty hardy and slow to fade out. Nice foamy walls of lace. a little cloudy.

the aroma is clean like a pilsner should be. Nothing but biscuit and bready aromas with hints of grassy, herbal, and earthy elements. Touch of citrus and caramel.

The flavor is dominated with bready, toasted flavors. biscuit, toasted nuts, a touch of caramel and earthy beneath with hints of grass and a touch of citrus. very clean

crisp, clean and balanced. Nice medium/light body.

Easy to drink and quite tasty and refreshing.

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Photo of JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Had this three times on tap, on two separate occasions. I'm convinced now that it rivals Sierra Nevada's Summerfest. I'll have to do a side-by-side to determine which I prefer most.

Style-wise, it hits the target with good clarity, nice light honey color, an initial white cap that settles after a bit, and an aroma that is hoppy in the Noble sense. The aroma definitely bests most pilsners I've come across with those hops being so noticeable.

Flavor is where it really stands out. It has a pronounced bitterness, light body (but not so light you can't taste the clean malts), and a dry finish. It goes down smoothly, and truly leaves me wanting more. I really appreciate the generous amount of hops in this pils.

It's not often a pilsner really grabs my attention. I'm glad I finally gave this a shot. I'll be working it into my regular rotation from now on. Nice work, Left Hand!

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Photo of ryan1788a5
4.35/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Dull straw/golden color. Three fingers of rocky white head retain extremely well. Lacing is very stubborn, sticky, and foamy.

S: Fragrant nose of grass and hay, slightly lemony, touch of sulfur, sweet and grainy pilsner malt. Very authentic.

T: Pronounced herbal and slightly metallic hop edge up front. Oily and spicy. Hops tastes soften a bit toward the middle as grass and citrus zest begin to come through. Sulfury minerality. Biscuity and doughy pilsner malt form a nice base. Finishes with a lingering oily, spicy hop bite.

M: Light bodied, but with that textbook firm and round feel. Ample scrubbing carbonation. Great.

O: I had this beer years ago and wrote it off completely. I ordered a bottle of it at a bar, and it tasted skunky and stale. Since then I've passed it over on store shelves countless times. Holy Christ, what a mistake. i never realized Polestar had this type of game. This is right up there with the best American-made pilsners, and it could challenge the best imports too. Goes to show you how much of a difference beer freshness can make.

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Photo of SliceofKimbo
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This one hits all of the right notes for a classic German variety. Nice golden hue and meaty head, biscuit and lemongrass nose followed by a mild hoppy topping to the slightly tinny taste indicative of the style. The ABV is on the upper end of the usual range, but Left Hand has crafted this beer so well that I don't get even a hint of booziness. Very drinkable and well worth trying for anyone wanting to sample a well done American take on one of the world's foundational beer types.

Perfect for the summer but I enjoy this one all year long.


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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very light golden color, clear, with good foamy head with dallops.

Nice herbal qualities on the nose, and these hops are enticing indeed. Clean, fresh aroma.

Prominent Saaz on the palate, dry, drinkable, nice balancing malt in there too. Great balance of flavorful yet drinkable. One of the better European style Pilsners on the market from American brewers.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
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