Polestar Pilsner | Left Hand Brewing Company

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Polestar PilsnerPolestar Pilsner
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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
Once you have tasted a true Pilsner, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have seen the light, and there you will always long to return. Let Polestar guide you out of the wilderness, just as the North Star has guided explorers to their destinations and back home again. Light, crisp and elegant, pilsner is the true test of brewing process. Less is more.

Added by maxpower on 07-10-2005

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Photo of jaydoc
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%

Photo of acurtis
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Texasfan549
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a nice crisp pils. pours that classic pale yellow clear with a happy 2 inch white head. smells like german malts and grassy hops in equal proportion. flavor is well balanced too, with the malt in the front and the hops in the back. i would compare this to victory's prima pils in flavor and in mouthfeel. very very refreshing, especially when its ice cold. quick mildly hoppy light finish, high drinkability. not the most exciting lefthand brew, but a very quaffable article. this will be good on the golfcourse this summer.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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 kjkinsey
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of spycow
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of Taphouse_Traveler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of metter98
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin bright white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles in the center of the glass and a thick, dense ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are light to moderately strong aromas of biscuit and grainy malts as well as grassy hops in the nose. The smell isn’t very pleasant and seems awkward for the style.
T: A moderate amount of bitterness stands out in the overall taste from start through finish. Flavors of grainy malts are also present along with some notes of biscuit.
M: It feels medium-bodied and a somewhat clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: Provided you can get past the smell (or just hold your nostrils), this beer isn’t that bad and is relatively easy to drink. It doesn’t have any overpowering flavors so it would probably make a good accompaniment to food.

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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 BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It seems to me that the American microbreweries are getting better at this style. I am often trying more of these that I like. This beer is one of them. It's more malty in aroma, flavor, and texture than grainy. The hops add a spice, herbal, and earthy character without the bitey astringency. The beer is creamy and hold a good head retention until the end. Finsihes quite clean and crisp with a mild minty, green apple snap. Good summertime beer.

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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.


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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 7/7/2012. Pours fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a 1 finger fairly dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing on the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up retaining a head. Aromas of pear, lemon, herbal, floral, bready malt, grass, pepper, and light earth. Nice aromas with good balance and decent strength. Taste of lemon, pear, bread, herbal, floral, grass, pepper, and earth. Fair amount of spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruit, bread, cracker, pepper, grass, herbal, and earth on the finish for a short bit. Nice balance of flavors with decent complexity. Fairly dry on the finish but does not feel watery at all. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a fairly crisp and smooth mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with almost zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good Pilsner. Not quite as bold as some others I have had. However, it is nicely balanced with a good amount of flavor; and very smooth to drink as expected. Nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale yellow color with a white, one-finger head. Actually, left a little lace, though.

S - It smelled of grains and some sweet malts.

T - It tasted quite sweet and a little fruity. Also grain and yeast flavors. A little hop character, too.

M - It was crisp and dry. A light-bodied beer.

D - Pretty good beer, but not fabulous. It is nice to fine a pils with a little bit of hops in it.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a satisfactory head; a few shards of lace complement the visual appeal

Smell: Grasssy, herbacious and tinged with sulphur

Taste: Opens with a nice taste of the biscuit and develops in a grassy, herbacious fashion by mid-palate; after the swallow, the herbal elements are joined by some lemony citrus and a touch of sulphur; crisp and clean finish

Mouthfeel: Light bodied and effervescent

Drinkability: A decent domestic pils; quite Germanic

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Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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

Polestar is a hazy, pale golden with lots of carbonation. The tall head is slick, yet foamy. Aroma features plenty of saaz hop with an nice underlying sweetness. Flavor is more of the same, with hop being supported by a sweet malt. As this warms up the malt flavors become more pronounced. Drinkability is high. Overall: Polestar equals a good pilsner.

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Photo of vfgccp
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A past white fluffy head rises to 1 finger and fades slowly over a crystal clear golden yellow colored beer.

N: A typical pilsner nose, with some toasty malts which are lighter than most, a lager crisp and light aroma, a little sweetness, a little wheat, and this one seems to have the slightest musty off aroma that can come from pilsners often.

T: Very crisp and refreshing, toasty malts are present now, lots of wheat, some round lager tastes, some sweetness too, and a bitterness that doesn't seem to play very well, it's an earthy bitterness that doesn't balance into the rest of the beer, with a little more of that musty taste that seems to ride on the back of the bitterness.

M: Medium body with decent carbonation.

F: Finishes still partially sweet but mostly dry, with that lingering bitter taste that doesn't play too well. It hurts the drinkability of what should be very crisp and refreshing, although it does have it's crisp and refreshing taste. A touch of lingering toasty malts and wheat.

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Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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