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 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 StonedTrippin
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
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 metter98
3.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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 BEERchitect
3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -1.9%
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 zeff80
3.72/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Thorpe429
4.15/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a really nice and light yellow color with some visible carbonation bubbles. Nice fluffy white head. The nose brings some light floral and Noble hops along with a bit of grain. The taste is grainy with a nice bitterness level, which carries over and really creates a nice mouthfeel. Drinks quite well overall; I'm a big fan. Cheers, Left Hand.

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Photo of superspak
3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
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 nickfl
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours with a one finger head of white foam on top of a perfectly clear, pale golden body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves average lace.

S - A light aroma of sweet pilsner malt with a hint of honey. Herbal, european hops blend nicely with the malt.

T - Sweet, grainy malt up front with some earthy honey. Herbal, noble hop flavors come out in the middle with moderate bitterness. Finishes with more pilsner malt and a hint of dry toast as well as moderate bitterness and spicy hop character.

M - Medium body, moderately high carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - This is a nicely made, dry German style pilsner with an emphasis on the hop character. An excellent hop presence in both aroma and flavor with a dry, but rich malt profile to back it up. This is one to add to the short list of authentic and enjoyable American made pilsners.

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Photo of jlindros
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
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 TheManiacalOne
3.82/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pilsener glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a medium-sized white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, grain and a decent amount of hops.

T: The taste is light, bready and well-balanced, with your typical, straight-forward, pilsener flavors of light malts and mild hops. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and very crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean and dry finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not filing at all, mild kick, very good representation of style, this is a nice beer to pound away several of over the course of an evening.

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Photo of Rifugium
1.84/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First had: Philly Beer Scene Tasting panel with Matt Falco at Victory Brewing Company, Downingtown, PA

I was privileged enough to be on the tasting panel for PBS Magazine, along with Bill Covaleski of Victory and Greg Ramirez of Exton Beverage. This was one of 21 beers we sampled during the session.

I like Left Hand beers. I think the problem here with this one is that it was unfortunately past its prime. It was actually pretty undrinkable, and our ratings for this one were discarded. Hopefully I'll be able to sample it again in the future and give a better rating, because I have to believe they couldn't make a beer this bad.

Clear golden-yellow pour, foamy white head...everything looked like a normal pils. Aroma of grains, sulfur, heavy funk. All signs seemed to be pointing to oxidation. Taste was a blast of funk and skunk, sulfur, wet grass and cardboard, distant flavors of what may have been a good beer: spent grains and generic hop bitterness. I didn't see a freshness date, nor do I know when our host got the bottle, but I think it's safe to say, this one was not fresh. Lighter body, and pretty much undrinkable; "drain" pour.

I'll still take it over a Bud though.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear yellow body with a frothy white head.

Smell: Pilsner malt aroma with notes of lime, flowers, and spicy Saaz hops.

Taste: Pilsner malts with a decent amount of sweetness. Very light hint of honey. The juice of one lime. Spicy Saaz character with a mild, palate-cleansing bitterness. Crisp, clean finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: Fairly accurate to style and reasonably refreshing. Pretty good for a pilsner.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale polished brass with abundant fine carbonation rising languidly to a three finger chalk white cap with loads of delicate bubbles on its upper surface. The head is in no hurry to depart and leaves drips and drabs and tiny curlicues of lace as it does so. A good look.

In spite of the fact that the beer comes in a brown bottle, my nostrils were assauted with skunk when the cap was popped. Is it my imagination or is Saaz the worst offender in terms of Pepe Le Pew? Once the nastiness fades there's a pretty decent nose in its place: sharply grassy and even a little citrusy. Not bad, not bad.

Same goes for the flavor. Polestar tastes pretty authentic to me. It's more pils malty, sweeter, slightly less hoppy and more lemon citric than your run-of-the-mill version; a worthwhile variation if I've ever tasted one. I'm not sure that a Saaz-exclusive pils (Perle and Vanguard complete the hop bill) would have worked as well.

At just past 6 months since bottling (thanks for the 'bottled on' dates guys) the hops might have been expected to have faded to some extent. If so, I think I prefer the current balance. This is still hop-dominant beer, but the light sweetness of the pils malt gives it a sessionable character. The 5% ABV helps in that regard as well.

As the beer drops below the halfway point of the pint glass, several meaty rings of lace buttress the appearance score that I granted at the start. The body is medium in general and a touch more full for the style, thanks, no doubt, to a few extra bushels of barley. No letdown here.

I really had no idea what to expect from this beer. Left Hand can be all over the map in terms of quality and German pilseners can be hard to get exactly right. I'm impressed though. While it doesn't put a scare into the best of this style, Polestar Pilsner is a quality beer that knows where it's headed and how to get there.

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Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours Yellow to straw color with a head white that drops quickly. Below average head retention and so-so lacing

Smell: Earthy hops, mown grass and alcohol

Taste: Citrusy hops and clean graininss up front. Some sweetness in the middle with a dry/sweet finish

MF: Good balance and carbonation, pretty crisp

Clean tasting and pretty drinkable, not very memorable, but worth a try

Couldn't read the bottled on date on any of the bottles, space is just whited out...weird

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had not tried this one before, so last night when I was out for dinner, decided to try a bottle of it. The pour was rather standard for the style. Very nice clarity with a nice golden amber color to it. Lots of carbonation streaking toward the surface throughout the entire session. A very nice three inch high head of white foamy and fizzy lace formed on the top and hung around for a few moments before finally settling down to just a thin film across the top that lasted until the end.

The aroma was loaded down with cereal grains and a touch of light fruity yeast. The aroma of banana clearly evident as was a nice fresh grass like hoppy nose. The flavor followed right along with it, being very light in profile and feel and very highly carbonated. List grain flavors dominated with a nice earthy feel. Hints of banana and fresh grass running through it as well, with a very nice light, refreshing taste. The finish was quick, crisp, and very clean, leaving virtually no aftertaste, but leaving you looking for more.

Overall not a bad pilsner at all. Nothing really earth shattering here, but still a very solid effort. I would most certainly not turn this one down if offered it again, especially with the warm weather approaching.

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Photo of smcolw
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Mildly cloudy with a straw color. Good head that leaves splotches of lace on the glass.

Slightly skunky; more malt than hop--grainy, almost grassy aroma.

The flavor is a notable step up. The grassiness is stronger here as is the hop bitterness (dramatically stronger in the aftertaste). Lots of pine, clove, and pepper in the swallow. There is a light creaminess to the flavor as well. The body is quite full for the style, although the carbonation is higher than necessary.

Not the classic flavor or smell, this is still a very good beer that will refresh you better than any macro after a long day of mowing the lawn.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.93/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Another shout-out to my brother's increasingly improving beer selections. This one pours a clear pale straw topped by a half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises wheat, light corn, and what seems like powdered sugar (though, admittedly, this may be my glass...I just don't think so). The taste holds notes of light wheat, flowers, light greens, and a strong undercurrent of vinyl. Yowza. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation, a watery feel, and a crisp finish. Overall, were it not for the rubbery bitterness pervading this thing, it would be a pretty nice pils. Alas...

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
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 woodychandler
4.05/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nathaniel presented this to me with a big, fluffy, bone-white head with decent retention. The color was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a really pleasant Saaz hops snap. The mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a great Saaz hops presence on the tongue. The finish was not as strong as it had been in the mouth, but it still evidenced as much hops as I had experienced over the course of a long, blazingly hot day. It was a welcome experience.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a brilliant light pale golden hue with a large foamy white head. With each sip streaks of scattered lacing are left behind. The smell is nice spicy herbal hops flowing with grassy and citrus notes galore, lightly toasted biscuit with honey malt sweetness with a touch of mineral water notes going on as well. Flavor is balanced yet has an assertive hoppiness to it more herbal grass with citrus peels on the palate with a semi sweet lightly toasted two row cereal malt flavor with hints of crackers with honey drizzled on it. Mouthfeel has sturdy carbonation with a dry finish from the hop bitterness perfect German style pils. Drinkability is all day a nice summer offering that I hope to catch more of, I realized that the folks at Left Hand know how to brew lagers after trying their Ofest this past season, it was definitely one of my favorites I got to try.

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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 tdm168
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - clear, bright yellow with a soft, short, white head

S - lemon, faint grass, faintly herbal

T - herbal, grassy, light malt; rather hoppy and well balanced

M - crisp, light bodied, well carbonated

This is a nice, hoppy, sessionable beer. The flavor is solid and the drinkability is great. I'll definitely have this again.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand, my second on Xmas Day, is common to most German Pilsners out there. The beer pours a Golden Clear with razon thin white head that is leaving some lacing. The smell and taste are brought to you by Saaz hops, crisp with grain hints. The mouthfeel is medium to light body with good carbonation. Overall this is a good American version of a German classic.

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