sawbuck (357) - Round Lake, Illinois, USA - JUN 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Familiiar, spicy aroma from a pilsner, notes of bread with a touch of citrus. Pale yellow with a fine white head. Spicy, peppery hops first, then some sweet malt. It gets drowned out too quicly though byt the bitterness again. A little salty. More ballnace would make this top notch. Finishes dry, salty, and bitter. O.k.
jayzz (372) - Illinois, USA - JUN 16, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Appearance - flat, white grape juice. Thin white head that vanishes very quickly. Some Lacing.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;
swoopjones (6106) - Buffalo, New York, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
draft at Acropolis, clear yellow pour, clean, crisp, little flavor, touch of grass and noble hops
csaso (1442) - Missouri, USA - JUN 1, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle - fair size foamy head, pale yellow color, sweet light malt aroma and flavor, mild noble hop presence - OK overall, expected a little better of a pils
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Johnnygeethree (8) - Illinois, USA - MAY 24, 2014 does not count
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 7/20
I enjoy a lot of the beers from the left hand brewing company. I always find a Pilsner as a very drinkable beer.
Splitenz (331) - Oslo, NORWAY - MAY 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I had this excellent American craft pilsner in Helsinki, where I reacted by saying "see, you CAN have hops in a lager!" (As most Finnish lagers seemed to be devoid of such). A rare treat this, a well made, fine tasting American CRAFT lager. I enjoyed the German taste notes being handled with such love and not caked in too many "new world" punk style flavors.
A joy of a beer.
Chad9976 (1223) - Albany, New York, USA - MAY 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
I poured a 12oz bottle into a pilsner glass. It had a best by date of 5/4/14 and cost $2.85 ($0.24 per ounce).
Appearance: Pale straw yellow hue. Crystal clear with plenty of effervescent carbonation visible. Pours to a small, bright white, foamy head which retains and laces quite well.
Smell: Initially a light skunk scent, but the base maltiness quickly overshadows it. Lightly sweet and lemony.
Taste: Finding a by-the-book pilsner being made year-round by a major American craft brewery is actually a rarity these days. I sometimes forget how good these seemingly simple beers can be. Though Left Hand Polestar Pilsner is probably one of the better examples (even the BJCP agrees for style 2A). Not complex, but still quite satisfying – and that’s what matters.
The beer is brewed only with Pilsner malt and 2-row, so it’s no surprise that a pale maltiness would dominate the palette. A slightly sweet lemon lollipop character is present throughout, though this might actually be a sign of aging as the bottle is only a few days away from its expiration date. The American hops are also quite prominent. They impart a dry, slightly spicy/slightly starchy bitterness, especially on the second half. It’s a constant back-and-forth battle between the hops and malts, but they complement each other well. Repetitive, yes, but never boring.
Drinkability: If I’m going to drink a pilsner, it’d better be not only easy to drink, but fun. Left Hand Polestar Pilsner definitely does that with a light-er body (but not light per se), and a distinct crispness (but not fizzy). Some mineral flavor and residual hop bitterness linger, though the beer is extremely refreshing while in the mouth. For 5.5% ABV it’s got the right amount of flavor. Technically, this is too big to session, but it’s quite tempting to do just that.
nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 1, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12oz bottle, clear pour, good co2, clean crisp German style pilsner. Excellent beer!!
AnokaBrewer (23) - Anoka, Minnesota, USA - APR 27, 2014
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This is the best American made German Pilsner that I have ever had. Very true to style. Bright yellow in color, very nice head and some Brussels Lace, but not a lot. Slight hop aroma. Great mouthfeel, slight bitter finish.
probstblueribbon (3008) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - APR 23, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 fl oz bottle from Potsdam, served at cellar temperature in a tulip glass.
App.: Clear straw-yellow with a nice, bright white head.
Aroma: Excellent Saaz hop aromas – green, grassy, peppery, somewhat dank; just enough boiled cereal for support with a hint of sulphur.
Palate: Medium body, fairly full carbonation, Pils smoothness.
Flav.: More malt than the nose, a bit less hops as well, still pretty good style-wise (IMO); dry with decent bitterness and a lightly malty, grassy/peppery finish.
Hits the style on the head. And hits me in the liver.