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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 366 | Ratings: 1,123
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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Photo of SamN
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

To be honest, Polestar comes out ofthe bottle not much better than a miller light, although with an much more impressive head; at it's peak, about 2 fingers deep of soapy foam. Very, very pale strw yellow and perfect clarity. Smell is an intoxicating bend of flowery hoppiness, spicy notes, and toasty cracker malt aromas. Smell is quite powerful, I can get some hints with the glass just on the table under my nose. Impressive!

Wow, that taste, true pilsner. Light, crisp, alive and very, very good. Lots of complex hops characteristics, with flower pedals, mild bitterness, faint white pepper and all on a firm base of high-quality malts of which I'm afraid I cannot name one by one. Very easy to drink, just begging to quaffed. Mouthfell is just about perfect. Smooth carbonation, with just the right amount of heft to avoid being too "lite" beer like.

Very impressive true pilsner from Left Hand. Tasty and easy to drink, what more to you want from the style??Two thumbs way up. Prost!

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Photo of snilsen13
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've had this from tap several times. It tastes somewhere between a PA and a pils and it works really well. It's refreshing and full flavored. Try it.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Rather unique for an American Pilsner being that it is not pasteurized. It does give it a fresh flavor but its relatively iffy because its not that full flavored of a beer.

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Photo of svenness
3.91/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Best by 03/02/16 stamp on bottle

L: Brilliant yellow, fast carbonation, thin white head faded quickly
S: Subdued malts, light cracker, not getting much hop aroma, a little metallic
T: Bready, fruity, moderate bitterness
F: Nice mouthfeel, light bodied but not thin, moderate carbonation
O: Light and refreshing, a good local pils

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Photo of MarkQ617
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this poured into a Pilsner glass. The color was a straw-gold, transparent. Just the look you want from a Pilsner. I didn't get the fruit flavors that others have spoken of in here, found it a bit watery. Nose is nothing of note, mouthfeel wasn't too heavy, not a ton of carbonation. Slightly above average pils.

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Photo of corywalston
3.84/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A. Slightly aggressive poor 1 ½ inch of head that looks to be over carbonated but hey it’s a pilsner. Color light yellow.
S. Bud Light
T. Citrus, hints of grapefruit, lime, yeast, hops tastes more like rice and malt. No bitterness whatsoever. Can not taste any alcohol. If I didn’t know any better I would say this is a non alcoholic brew.
M. Watery , crisp very refreshing.
O. I could suck down an entire pitcher after a good run to quench my thirst. Little to no buzz for 5.5%. I’m still sure this is a no alcoholic. Very refreshing for a pilsner goes down faster than water.

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Photo of dcscientist
4.5/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsners tend to bore a lot of people, but this one is perfect to have on a hot summer day. Light and easy to drink, plenty of flavor despite a lowish alcohol content, and a great tasting beer. Don't ignore this one at the store.

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Photo of cervezango
3.75/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Light lacy head and a very pale yellow transparent body. looks like it wont be a challenge to drink.

floral yeasty smell reminds me a little or a Heineken smell surprisingly enough. not bad.
wow super refreshing, mouth feel with the sharp carbonation and slight hops chill.

sour green grapes yeast and good pilsner balance bitterness, without being over powering make this joy to drink.

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Photo of argock
4.03/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Served on-tap in a Shaker pint at Beer Run (Charlottesville, VA).

A: Crystal clear straw-to-golden hue with short cap of ivory, tiny bubbled foamy head with good retention and nice trim lacing down the glass.

S: Clean grainy, lightly bready-crackery aroma with crisp floral and lightly spicy noble hopping, no yeast esters

T: The flavor is right in the center of the German pilsener style with crackery malt flavors meeting slightly sharp but not astringent floral and spicy noble hopping with moderate bitterness. No yeast esters, very clean, with a light grassy, floral, honeysuckle finish. A really nice example of the style and surprised it is not higher up on the BJCP list, I would put it above the sweeter Koenig pils for sure. It brings the crackery, lightly bready character with an even crisp noble hopping.

M: Polestar does a great job of bring a light beer that is dry in the finish without seeming watery. The malt backbone is solid and this is a well-fermented beer with a good mix of some dextrins to tread that line nicely. Bitterness is well-incorporated as well.

O: I was not surprised that this was an excellent beer -- Left Hand's classic lineup is stronger than the new direction they have taken their beers (see 900-Pound, Stranger Pale Ale, Safety Round #3, etc). I hope they move back to the solid beers with better flavor melding than their current lineup of beers with sharp-edged and not that enjoyable flavors. Polestar Pilsner is one of Left Hand's best brews for sure.

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Photo of OnTheRoadAgain
4.04/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Please bear with me...my first review.
Poured into clean straight beer mug.

Appearance - very clear pour. Full tightly composed head +- 2.5 inches.

Smell - crisp

Taste - Two things lead me to give such a high rating:
1. Structure. Beer gave a solid slightly bitter composed crisp slightly citrus finish. I took off some due to realtively high bitterness.

2. Long mouthfeel

Mouthfeel - refreshing and highly carbonated. Bitterness leaves a pleasing long long finish. Once again, well structured.

Overall - One of the few US brewed pilsners to taste like a pilsner and not a skewed ale...the disparity of reviews was surprising. I get to drink a fare amount of beer around the world and this one led me to register. The brewers deserve a pat on the back for crafting something very worthy of drinking. This one will go on my list.

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Photo of ReedEzekiel
4.67/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

A - Pours a luminous golden yellow with brisk carbonation; large head with decent retention.

S - Hoppy and floral, little bit of hay.

T- Brisk and bitter, dry and curled. Comes in flat, curls around the back of the palate beautifully. Not as hoppy as the nose suggests; perfectly balanced.

M - Lithe but substantial.

O - A stellar pilsner to rival the great Czech offerings.

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Photo of ZachT
4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Brilliant amber gold, medium-high carbonation with good head retention, crisp, slightly bitter, bread malt and subtle herby hop flavours, dry and slightly bitter finish, a very good pilsner

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Photo of DenverHopHead
3.36/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle with a best by date of 7/30/14; into a pub glass.
Appearance - flat, white grape juice. Thin white head that vanishes very quickly. Lacing is nonexistent.
Smell - lemon bread and a hint of mango.
Taste - some lemon zest and sour dough.
Feel - a bit tangy, but too light.
Overall - a nice pils; the styles just not for me.

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Photo of Mojo
3.87/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle -> pilsner flute glass

A - very clear light straw colored with a small one finger head, good retention, and good lacing.

S - very light aroma, floral and biscuit notes.

T - light and flavorful, subtle malt profile with a bit of a rye and hop finish

M - good carbonation, bit of an aftertaste

O - A refreshing easy drinking offering.

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Photo of jmw4437
3.11/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Clear golden color akin to a light champagne or white grape juice. Minimal, stark-white head which covers the top of the glass well.

S: Smells light and refreshing with hints of malt and hops.

T: Taste was a big letdown for this brew and leads me to think that I may have picked up a bad bottle. Starts off as a good example of a pilsner and what I expected but finished very metallic-like.

M: Nothing exceptional but in no way disappointing either.

O: Would try again, after reading reviews, possibly a bit of an older bottle that wasn't treated too well before I purchased it.

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Photo of Act25
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I am a left hand fan. This pilsner is as good as any.

A: Dense white head atop a pale brass body, with pin point carbonation and a bit of lace.
S: Smell is the weakest link here. Grass, white biscuit malt, flowers, and bit of skunk.
T: Lovely. Could drink this all night. Authentic, lovely hop and sweet citric, grassy profile. Light and tingly refreshing finish.
MF: Lovely body and finish, good weight, leaves you in a great refreshing place, Great Food BEER!

As good a pilsner gets.

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Photo of yemenmocha
4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Very light golden color, clear, with good foamy head with dallops.

Nice herbal qualities on the nose, and these hops are enticing indeed. Clean, fresh aroma.

Prominent Saaz on the palate, dry, drinkable, nice balancing malt in there too. Great balance of flavorful yet drinkable. One of the better European style Pilsners on the market from American brewers.

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Photo of AUGRAD06
3.92/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light in color with a white head about a finger in size. A almost sweet start with a strong yeasty finish. Leaves the tongue nice and clean and wanting more. I'm not usually much of a Pilsner fan, but I really enjoy this one by Left Hand. I will definitely get it again. I think this would be a great bridge beer to get a budweiser or miller fan into craft brewing. I plan on introducing my dad to it the next time we cook out together.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.64/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This has a super clean super clear body of straw yellow coloring but it did mount a nice thick cloud of dense white foam.

The aroma is nice with soft grains and bready sweetness but it's very soft and light.

For a Pilsner this is quite tasty with a bread or white bread toast, oat, grain and slight hop flavor.

The feel is so smooth and full for a Pilsner with easy drinkability and tons of refreshment.

Pilsners will never win the BA Top 250 but if I had to pick a good one this is certainly a favorite.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz Bottle received in trade with cfrancis - thanks!

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a small size fizzy white coloured head. There is a low amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for only a few minutes.

Smell - Corn, breads/grains, hops, grass

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, hops, and bread/grains. There are also some grass and it ends with a faint hop aftertaste.

Overall – Doesn't live up to the higher reviews in my opinion. It's a little too grassy/adjunct tasting to be a world class pils.

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Polestar Pilsner from Left Hand Brewing Company
3.65 out of 5 based on 1,123 ratings.
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