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Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

361 Reviews
Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner

Brewed by:
Left Hand Brewing Company
Colorado, United States | website

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by maxpower on 07-10-2005

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Reviews: 361 | Ratings: 1,111
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 BEERMILER12
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a yellow color with 2 fingers of head that quickly fades down to a thin cap

S: Light grassy and floral hop notes along with some crackery malts. Very light spice from the hops as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some nice grassy and floral hop notes and slowly turns to the bready and crackery malt notes. Finishes with a mix of spicy hops and crackery malts

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A nice, easy-drinking pilsner with a good noble hop influence and a solid malt backbone. Good for a session

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Photo of jmd1978
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Nice golden color with plenty of bubbles. Smell of malts but not much else. Taste of the malt and a touch of hops. Nice clean finish. Not much to this meat and potatoes beer. I like pilsners for their clean refreshing feel. It's decent but very one note for my tastes. I would drink again if it's available.

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Photo of AndrewMichael
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz brown glass bottle, drank straight from.
As I like to say, definitely a "stanky" German style pilsener. Crisp, refreshing with a touch of hop bite to it. Very good for the style, and I wold definitely drink more of these.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This brew pours a clear golden color with a great head which sticks around until the end. Lots of lacing and high carbonation; lots of tiny bubbles.

The smell is soapy and grassy mixed with a wheat and grain smell along with bready malts.

The taste follows the nose with lots of grain,lots of bready malt and grass. The bubbles offset some of the dryness of the finish however the finish is dry and grassy but not very gritty. There is a dry aftertaste left in the mouth. Overall I would say that there is not a lot of complexity here but that does not hurt this beer in any way. It is a simple but solid German Pils.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Very light shade of gold...clear, light body, lots of carbonation
Pilsner malty smell...some spice, not much special
Taste is decent, a little more hoppy than domestics
In a craft Pilsner I look for something more unique

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.14/5  rDev -14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Lots of clarity, yellow color, 1 inch of head, lace. That is a fine looking pilsner. Aroma was a little earthy, didn't have the crisp crack.

Plenty of carbonation, floral hop gauge, bitterness is substantial for style. Something in the mouthfeel isn't as clean as it should be. This is not a world class pilsner.

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Photo of holtonwes
3.29/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: poured from bottle into pilsner glass. Pale straw gold, nice thin white head with very little retention and not much lacing. A lot of carbonation

Smell: lemon, grass, some malts, hops, metallic

Taste, Hoppy bitterness up front with some metallic overtones and citrus (mainly lemon) Then malty biscuity sweetness, but but right back to the bitter citrus

Feel: light body and on the dry side

Overall: A pretty good pilsner, would have been better without that coppery overtone in the smell and middle taste

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Photo of Urk1127
4.02/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

-yellow, little head
-Hops, cracker
-hop bite up front, semi dank, skunk, sweet biscuit, then more bitterness in hops
-Wet at first, refreshing, then bitter and dry

-might be one of my favorites in the style. Very good

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.62/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I was surprised. Not. Big craft beer pilsner fan, sometimes it feels like a gimmicky way to fill up a variety pack. But this was big on malts and had a pleasant bready taste. Almost like an ipa before it gets dry hopped and has all its malts just asking for that mouth hole. Go Bills!

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Photo of Dikfour
3.71/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Two fingers of creamy white head. Pretty decent retention. Average lacing. Medium carbonation. Crystal clear golden yellow in color.

Smell: bread malts and some grains. Floral fruity hops.

Taste: Bright bread malts up front. Hops develop mid-palate and finish with a biting metaliic flavor on through the aftertaste.

Feel: Not quite oily... maybe inky. Dry finish. Carbonation is probably a little much.

Overall: Not bad. It is a bit harsh but if you like the Pils stupid bitter, go for it.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.17/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This pilsner pours to a brief thin pebbly white head on a crystal-clear, effervescent straw-colored body. It smells exactly like a pilsner should smell: a moderate level of Noble hop character over a light bready maltiness with faint alcohol undertones. On the front of the palate, it is all hoppy bitterness, joined midway by a slightly-sweet bigger-than-expected swell of malt that washes the bitter away, only to have it return and linger a bit after a fairly crisp, prickly finish. Mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and is creamy and prickly from the very fizzy carbonation. The dynamic adversity of the hops and malt on the palate (vs. simple coexistence) makes this an interesting beer to drink; the crisp finish and strong carbonation make it refreshing; the excellent nose makes it a beer to come back to. (12 oz bottle, 79 days before best-by date)

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Photo of BigDaddyWarbuxx
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Smells like a pilsner, which is to say smells mild. Very nice and very mild, which is exactly what it should be. A great option if you want a session beer but don't want an IPA.

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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 maedhros09
4.21/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Look: Clear straw gold with a finger or two of white head.
Taste: Gently sweet maltiness with a mild to moderate herbal and floral hops bitterness. Balanced, refreshing, very drinkable
Feel: Light with average carbonation

Overall: This is a pretty easy going no frills pilsner, similar to what I would expect of a european example of the style. It's almost so understated that you take it's subtlety for granted. Victory's Prima Pils, by comparison, has more flavor and intensity, especially in the hops. However, in a pilsner I'm usually looking for something light, subtle, balanced, and refreshing (not intense). This one hits the spot.

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Photo of tillmac62
4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

BBD 10/11/15. Clear golden pour. Outstanding head volume and lacing, normal retention.

Nose of lager yeast, lemongrass and a touch of noble hops.

Almost medium body with a texture so smooth it approaches light creamy. Above normal carbonation with a bit of effervescence in the middle and a finish that has a nice burst.

The outstanding flavor profile is intense, slightly complex and very well balanced. It begins with a blend of light hop flavor that yields to an ascending biscuit sweetness. This sweetness is, however, overtaken by a mild bitterness in the middle. The bitterness is of the noble hop family in terms of flavor. As the bitterness fades, biscuit comes to the forefront and provides balance. The finish is almost crisp and leaves you with a nice lemongrass flavor over a mild bitterness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle from The Drinkery Derry.
Brilliantly clear light golden color with a smallish bubbly white head. A bit of skunk escaped from the bottle as I popped this open but quickly subsided. Light grainy malt, light fruitiness, light floral hops, and hints of sulfur. Not as clean as this should be for the style.

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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 BowWowWowYippyYoIPA
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Look - Pours a very light golden straw with pillowy white head that dissipates rather quickly. Lots of rising bubbles. Okay distribution from small to medium. Good clinging.

Smell - Lots and lots of lime, smells as though lime was squeezed int the beer. Backdrop of straw malt, and a bit of grass, but I'm mostly getting lime.

Taste - Sweet bready malt with a fairly bitter finish, with the lingering flavor of lime. Somewhat astringent and metallic. A bit of honey.

Feel - Light, refreshing and effervescent. Leaves a cool feeling and activates the saliva glands. Tingle in the middle of the tongue.

Overall - A solid pilsner but not my favorite. Great hot weather beer, however.

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Photo of ZakFaruki
4.13/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A refreshing offering for an often overdone and poorly offered style, taste is crisp with lingering hop notes, drinkability is off the charts, I would probably say it would be dangerous to have a 6 pack or two lying around as they are easily sessionable. The hype is real with this beer, would definitely have again, and thats saying a lot for a style I'm not really too fond of.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Best by: 10/24/15.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Thin streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of grain, earth, grass, and floral aromas. Taste is much the same with grass, herbal hop, and metallic flavors on the finish. There is a medium amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is an average beer with a great set of aromas, but there is a metallic quality in the taste that isn't too pleasant.

Serving type: bottle.

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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 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 Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, medium golden in color, with a moderate white head, which retains well, and moderate, slow-rising carbonation. The lacing leaves numerous densely placed beads about the glass walls, resembling a mesh pattern.

Aroma: Light cracker and biscuit malt, with spicy and lemony notes, quite pleasant.

Taste: Opens with cracker and biscuit malts, classic for the style, with spicy and lemony noble hops. As the taste progresses, the hops advance a bit, leaving the malt to play supporting role to the hops. Finishes with a lingering, mild noble hop presence.

Mouth feel: Full and pleasant, with modest carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A solid example of a style that is challenging to brew well.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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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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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
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