Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner
BA SCORE
50.5%
Liked This Beer
3.66 w/ 1,165 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
Ranking:
#32,288
Reviews:
384
Ratings:
1,165
Liked:
588
Avg:
3.66/5
pDev:
14.48%
Alströms:
4.3
 
 
Wants:
47
Gots:
207
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 1,165 |  Reviews: 384
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.

High C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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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

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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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
Beer rating: 50.5% out of 100 with 1,165 ratings
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