Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

BA SCORE
83
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1,147 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:
1,147
Reviews:
376
Avg:
3.66
pDev:
14.48%
 
 
Wants:
44
Gots:
199
For Trade:
0
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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

Photo of sweemzander
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of bankboy66
3.19/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks and smells great but there is just too much hop and backend sting for my taste. Prefer a Pilsner to be a little easier more malt forward. Good effort though. If you are a session IPA person you would probably like this.

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Photo of SnacksGarces
4.77/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Photo of RBorsato
4.23/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Best by 11/22/16.

A: Pours a fairly standard transparent straw color. Great head on this one. Two fingers of soapy white bubbles. Carbonation is minimal for the style, with medium/small medium bubbles rising lazily to the surface. Retention is excellent as well, with sticky webs of lacing on the glass.

S: Getting some pretty serious noble hop aroma. Herbal, lemon oil, green grape. Malt is amply on display in the nose in the form of a big biscuity characteristic. Not crackery, more biscuit like.

T: Balance. This one jumps out with a fairly big hop bitterness (green grape, apple skin, herbal punch) that takes a turn to the astringent before the malt wave intercepts. The malt undercuts the herbal bitterness, giving it a nice firm foundation with which to play. The malt falls off towards the end and the refreshing bitterness finishes strong.

M: Medium bodied, maybe to the slightly round for the style. Again, balance seems to be the thing here. The carbonation plays upon the malt and keeps this thing from being too flabby (although it seems to approach this aspect).

O: This is great. While not as straight hop forward as Prima or Pivo, this one doesn't withhold on the IBU's. However, unlike the previous two, it's very much balanced with a robust malt profile. This is good and I will purchase it again.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
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