ABV: 5.5 IBU: 33
Left Hand Brewing Company Polestar Pilsner
What the brewers say
“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 prowess. Less is more.”
What our panel thought
Aroma: “Corn sweetness. Spicy hops aroma with slight sulfur. Some paper-like oxidation and mineral notes (could the bottle be older?). Woody like a Bavarian forest.”
Flavor: “Sweet corn and bready sweetness. Slight lemony hops character with mild bitterness but little hops flavor. Finishes clean, but oxidation detracts from an otherwise pleasant flavor.”
Overall: “Jeez, that is crystal clear! A refreshing Pilsner, but corn flavor holds it back, and the oxidation mutes the character. More like a light American lager than a Pils. Lemony hops accent. Clearly an American hand in the hops additions. Tasters were divided.”
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