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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Photo of biboergosum
3.69/5  rDev +1.1%
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 BeerBobber
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
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 HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
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 bankboy66
3.19/5  rDev -12.6%
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 McStagger
4.2/5  rDev +15.1%
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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Photo of Nimbus_
2.56/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Look: Pours straw gold with a nice foamy white head.

Smell: Not very strong. I do pick up grassy hops and some lemon citrus.

Taste: The initial taste is very similar to the smell. Grassy and lemon citrus right away, but overall it is a little skunky. It then turns to more of a bready malt flavor for the finish. A mildly bitter finish, but not overbearing.

Feel: Very crisp and refreshing. Although, this beer has moderate to high carbonation, which I am not a fan of.

Overall: This is actually the first Pilsner I have had. It's possible that I am just not a fan of this style, but I certainly was not impressed with this beer. The aroma and taste just seemed a bit weak, and nothing stood out to me. It's a shame, because I enjoy other beers by Left Hand.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.06/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Crystal clear, effervescent straw topped by a fluffy, bordering on creamy eggshell white head. Retention is superb and lacing plentiful.

S: Leafy, herbal hops. Fresh mown weeds. Lemongrass, lemon zest, and chives. A zing of green peppers. In the background, lightly toasted, doughy biscuits sprinkled with honey, and dried lemon peel.

T: Upfront, you're chewing on fresh green grass. Green pepper flesh and ground white pepper. The lemon is there, but it is subtle. Dried lemon peel. The pilsner malt is simple but effective, offering crackers and honey. There is mild lingering bitterness of spinach and onion, and a touch of earthy dankness. Lightly dry, moderately clean.

F: The mouthfeel is both medium-light, and somewhat creamy, thanks to the enormous pillowy head provided by the ample carbonation.

O: A solid American pilsner. Perhaps not exemplary, but a solid thirst-quencher nonetheless.

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Photo of colts9016
3.93/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner glass. A two finger head with good retention. The head is white creamy and foamy, it does leave a good amount of lacing on the glass. The beer is straw color with some medium yellow hues. The clarity of the beer is clear with an abundant amount of carbonation.

N: Toasted bread, a subtle sweetness, floral, citrus, and yeast.

T: Floral, a subtle spicy note, grass, toasted bread, yeast, and citrus.

M: Carbonated, crisp, and medium light body.

O: This a good pilsner, it has a slight skunk note on the finish that is a touch distracting. I would drink it again.

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Photo of puck1225
3.74/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pale yellow color with a nice head and lacing. Floral smell. Taste is clear and ready. Refreshing and tasty. Good beer!

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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 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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