Sunday, January 27, 2008

Left Hand Polestar Pilsner review

Left Hand Polestar PilsnerAs an astronomy buff, I gotta like the label on this beer - two people looking at the Little Dipper and the North Star. Today's brew review is another from the Mountain Mixer from Left Hand Brewing of Longmont, Colorado - their Polestar Pilsner. This is a German style pilsner and is described as the "hardest beer to make" according to Left Hand.

This beer pours a very light golden color and raised a very big white head and a decent bead. There was a great clingy white lacing that remained on the glass for a long time. The beer has great clarity too.

Here are the specs on this beer: They used Weyermann Pilsner Malt exclusively along with Perle, Vanguard and Czech Saaz hops. It's the Perle hops that gave this beer that citrusy / grassy smell in my opinion. Don't get me wrong, I like pilsners, just don't make it smell like a wheat beer.

Appearance and Aroma: Upon first smell I was immediately reminded of another beer I sampled a few months earlier. This smelled a lot like a wheat beer I just had! I cross checked the hops used in this beer and one of them matched the one in the wheat beer, so perhaps the hops were throwing me off. The beer has a citrusy, almost grassy aroma. Despite the initial smell I withheld judgment until the tasting.

Taste: The taste of Polestar Pilsner was an almost 180 degree turn in the right direction. This beer was a nice light refreshing brew that tasted much better than it smelled. It had a classic pilsner taste with a little extra that macro versions lack entirely.

Overall: I enjoyed drinking this beer as long as I didn't breathe deeply from the glass before I sipped it. The beers scored a 5.0% on the ABV scale and a moderate 33 IBUs. So it's not too weak yet a bit hoppier than most pilsners. Despite it's good taste, the aroma was enough to lower this beer on my ratings. While I would probably drink this beer again if offered it, it barely passes the buy again test. I'll give this a 2.9 out of 5 rating.

If you like German style pilsners then you'll probably like this beer. gave this beer a 34th percentile and a 2.88/5 rating. Not that great. Most other ratings were somewhat similar to mine and they forgave the aroma. Sure, I may have given too much emphasis on aroma, but for me, a beer needs the complete experience to score a decent rating from me.

Related articles:
- Left Hand Milk Stout review.
- Left Hand Wake Up Dead Imperial Stout review.
- Left Hand Deep Cover Brown Ale review.

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