Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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very good

218 Ratings
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Ratings: 218
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 12
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
American Double / Imperial Pilsner |  7.10% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BigDaddyWil on 05-22-2006

Brewed with 40% more ingredients to bump any ordinary pilsner to an imperial level.  We hop the kettle four times, using a good amount of Amarillo hops to balance the malty sweetness from the pilsen malt and  lots of flaked maze. At 7.5% ABV and 50 Bittering Units, this beer is still very quaffable and packed full of flavor thanks to the help of our house American lager yeast.  This beer was brewed upon the request of every ones favorite beer tender, Jeremy “the curl” VanSice
7.1% ABV
50 I.B.U.’s
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Ratings: 218 | Reviews: 76
Photo of rhoadsrage
4.22/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(Served in a stemmed strange)
A- This beer pours a light hazy golden-yellow body with a lumpy film of snow white and a quick little carbonation.

S-The flinty dry pils aroma has some hints of field corn and sweet sulfur in the finish.

T- The pils malt has a touch of sweetness that enhances the fresh character and a nice pungent hop bitterness that lingers for a moment in the finish.

M- The medium light mouthfeel has a full fizz to it and no alcohol heat.

O- This is a great full Imp. pils that is very well balanced without the big sweetness or alcohol of many others in this style. It shows the hops and malt character in a clean lager. Very drinkable.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Another6Pack for this one! I'm only doing a brief write-up, because both of us knew this wasn't the freshest. The haziness was an immediate turn-off, but the big, foamy head looks good. There's still a hefty presence of Amarillo hops (read: lemon zest) appearing aromatically, with its malt backbone staying in the background - this has seemingly held up well. It tastes sweeter than the nose suggested, revealing its age better. I mainly get notes of caramel, white bread, and nuts. At least a slight finishing hop presence and a crisp lager bite helps it go down easily. It definitely doesn't seem fresh, but it's still good right now. I'd love to try this one fresh!

3.44/5: Even with a few months on it, it still has a good hop/malt balance

Photo of johnnnniee
3.07/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tasted and smelled vastly different when first opened, had an almost Belgianesque yeasty feel to it. I let it sit for a while and it really opened up, or the bad stuff dissipated. Big sweet light sugary maltiness with a fair amount of higher alcohols. Grassy earthy pine sol hops. Not a fan, but better the longer it sits.

Photo of maximum12
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Short's means a box from tectactoe landed recently. Not sure I've had a pils since I was in Germany last summer, but it changed my outlook on the style...i.e. that there aren't many good ones made in the States. 12 oz. bottle.

Pour is a impure & opaque yellow with a low carb load. Aroma lends lemon rinds, wet cut grass, grainy. Better than your average American-born pils. But I didn't see a born-on date on the bottle.

The Curl would be right at home das deutsches Gasthaus (good hell my German has practically worn away). Still lemony with a dash of ancient grains, hull & all, that gives it a roughness. There's a non-traditional bitterness mid-palate that gives the more more traditional trailers depth. Finish lends a rye-esque note of spiciness, sweetness, pale malts round out the bill. Easy to down; love these really good non-alcohol beers. Dangerdanger.

Despite the imperialization of the beer (imperial dogs!) this is one of the better U.S. efforts at a pils that I've come across. Nice & clean with a nod towards modernity. Like it more than I expected too, this is a very good beer.

Photo of Brenden
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Very thickly clouded, the curl is a dense-looking yellow-gold, translucent on the one hand because of the murkiness and the other due to the paler color. The head , clean white, reaches one finger, and it's tight. It shows a rocky density and good retention, and it leaves lace starting thickly from the very top down.
The smell showcases pilsner malts with familiar earthy, grassy, dusty, herbal and sulfuric notes. It has a sort of raw dankness to it.
Whoa...the dankness in the aroma makes up the main aspect of the flavor. My tongue definitely registers a certain very dank weed found in nature that itself has a kind of sulfuric note. Earth, grass and bitter herb come in, the herb bringing a dryness and bitterness into the finish, as well as a woody sort of pith.
The body might slip into the medium range but doesn't get too heavy. Dryness cuts in partway through to finish it out. Crispness is firm and stays all the way through. The only issue is that it could be a little cleaner at the end of the sip.

Photo of SportsandJorts
4.34/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: perfect clarity. orangish straw yellow. a finger or so of whitish head that leaves behind a bit of a lacing

Smell: pilsner malts. some alcohol, and a hint of noble hops

Taste: strong pilsner malts. lager yeast good strong alcohol that is balanced. just a little bit of hops.

Mouthfeel: not overly heavy and damn near perfectly clean

Overall: a very good imperial pilsner. not a strong focus on the hops but strong. I like it

Photo of Alextricity
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9/17/13 and poured into a shaker pint.

Appearance: A cloudy "pure" yellow color. Pure yellow with nothing else there. Half finger or so of head bubbles away pretty quickly leaving a wispy bit of foam on top. Not much lacing.

Smell: As expected, smelling quite sweet. Like sugar and hay, mostly. Almost a fruity characteristic as well. Quite nice on the nose.

Taste/feel: First sip I didn't care for much, but then I realized I had brushed my teeth half an hour earlier. Once that first sip got my teeth re-dirtified, I was ready to go. The taste is much like the smell. This really is just what I had expected coming into this beer. Take an Pilsner with an average ABV (five or so), and add sweetness. Very low bitterness for me. I think this is 50 IBUs, but it's balanced well. Sweet from beginning to end with that hay flavor typical to a good Pilsner, with almost a juiciness from fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with a medium amount of carbonation, making this pretty dangerously drinkable. I'm going to shock some people by saying that I thought there was some corn in the flavor in a way, but I'm not too sure. Whether they use corn or not (I'd THINK not) in this beer, I get that vibe. Regardless, a super enjoyable beer.

I'm really not often a fan of Pilsners because I often find them bland and uninteresting, but I enjoy the body and sweetness of The Curl quite a lot.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.29/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from 12oz bottle into a Guinness glass

A- Pours a translucent roasted corn. With an aggressive pour there wasn't as much of a head as I expected, but a medium white head that dissipated rather quickly.

S- Corn, light malt, aromatic hops, not much bitter, slight alcohol

T- Right away there is a toasty, burnt grass malt taste that I found rather overpowering. Once that fades though you get a nice light cracker malt and light bitter hops. The aftertaste is very white bready with some cheese in there.

M- Seems a bit low on carbonation for what I usually see in other pilsners. Fairly light in body and washes down easily.

O- This was okay, the toasted flavor I didn't care for and made this a pretty off balanced beer. The backend and aftertaste I found quite enjoyable just wish it was the same throughout.

Photo of TreyIsWilson
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale gold with a thin white head that dissIpates quickly.

S - Corn, grass, yeast, and lemon. Scents are not very strong.

T - Yeast is right up front with some bready malts. Lemon zest comes after that? Slightly bitter finish that lingers on the tongue.

M - Low carbonation with a light body and mouthfeel.

O - Decent pilsner. Well balanced and easy to drink.

Photo of andrewjraab
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours a pale golden hue with some clarity. The white head quickly reduces to a thin ring around the glass. Some lacing after each drink, but not much stick.

S - Grass, yeast, lemon peel, not a big nose on this brew.

T - Yeasty, citrus, lemon zest, bread dough, crackers. This is a medium bodied and smooth drinking pils with a bitter finish that lingers on the palate.

O - This Double Pils was a nice diversion from the norm. This is a unique brew and I would definitely try it again.

Photo of hackmann
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: cloudy lemon skin body with a big white head that has some staying power and tons of lacing on the glass. They use plenty of yeast to make this Imperial Pils so there is some sediment on the bottom of the bottle. If it pours clear you did not get the yeast off the bottom of the bottle, then you are missing some of the flavor.

Aroma: sweet harvest grain biscuit, light lemon meat hoppy tone at first and builds a bit as it warms up

Flavors and Mouthfeel: crisp grains on the tip of the tongue, then some light citrus spice on the mid and finish, dusty yeast in the mix, the aftertaste is dry and slightly piney when cold and a course grind black pepper as it warms, zesty feel to the hops overall, fine carbonation

Photo of sweemzander
3.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

(A)- Pours a clear yellow color. Some white froth & lace.

(S)- A grainy, almost zesty citrus spice. Bits of biscuit-like yeast.

(T)- A sharp zesty grain with a bit of grassy citrus and mild to subtle yeast.

(M)- A good carbonation level and balance. Definitely a sharp grainy feel, but done well with soft yeast notes to help balance it out.

(O)- Overall, I get how this is a pilsner, but almost comes off like a saison to me.

Photo of FosterJM
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

1521st Review on BA
Bottle to Footed Pilsner
12oz

2012 Bottling
Thanks to ErikKoppin

App- A semi clear yellow with some gold streaks around the outsides. A nice and puffy 1" head that fell slowly with a good amount of cling. 

Smell-  The imperial version of this one is quite unique. It smells like a blend of a triple and a pilsner. Peppery, lemon, malts. Pils malts with a bit of hops comes on a large pull.

Taste- So when the mix of flavors on the tastes all blends together. The pilsner malts come out and even a west coast bitter IPA flavor comes out. Small hops with a good bitter bite. Probably 1st pilsner ive truly enjoyed.

Mouth- A lighter medium body with semi bubbly medium carbonation. Little bit of butter and hops. Could use some work on the flavors on the finish.

Drink- I really enjoyed this. The balance was there with a good thick malt balance with a bit of spicy lemon and hops. A little bitter but works overall.

Photo of birchstick
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Jimmy the Curl is a rad nickname and even cooler that it is memorialized on a beer. Cheers to the Curl, now it's time to dive in.

A - pours a filtered, clear straw yellow color without much of a head on; however, nice lacing is left down the side of the glass

S - nose is sweet grainy malts, sweet; a nice amount of grassy and citrusy and fruity amarillo hops are also present.

T - the Curl opens up with fruity hoppy flavors. These move on to some of the grainy pilsner flavors that were expected. However, these were pushed aside by more of the amarillo hop flavors which finish it off; there is also a touch of spiciness and a modicum of bubblegum in the mix too.

M - mouth is full and smooth

D - really good double pilsner here...I was pleasantly surprised by this one. The amarillo hops were bold enough to provide a really nice balance to the grain malts. I love this hop and was glad to see it in this beer. Great beer, the best double pilsner I have tried so far.

Photo of CaptCleveland
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottled poured in SA glass.

Clear, pale, straw colored elixir, one finger white head settles to thin rim as the tasting progresses. Plenty of lacing along the sides.

Mild malt fragrance, lemon zest, grass.

The hops make their presence known as smooth bitterness caresses the buds. The pale malt meets in the middle, but is overwhelmed by the delicious hops.

Medium body, well carbonated, oily aftertaste.

This is a nice double pilsner, well hopped and flavorful.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to thirdeye11 for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a yellow color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of pilsner malt, with some grass thrown in. The flavor is more of the same. I get a ton of the lighter pilsner and biscuit malt, as well as some grass and floral hop notes. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation.

Photo of david131
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a clear yellow liquid with a thin but creamy looking white head. Simple but fitting for the style.

S- White bread, some light fruit, and some grains. Pretty simple.

T- Sweet white bread, some light fruit, and a bit of grass. Simple and tasty.

M- A nice amount of carbonation followed by some alcohol warmth.

O- A well executed take on the style. Drinks nicely.

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

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, bottled 4/26/2012. Pours fairly clear bright golden straw color with a nice 2 finger dense white head with nice retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some decent soapy lacing on the glass, with plenty of carbonation streaming up retaining the head. Aromas of big lemon, citrus peel, herbal, grass, earth, bread, pepper, apricot, and yeast spiciness. Nice, well balanced, and pleasant aromas; with nice hoppiness and decent strength. Taste of big lemon, bread, pepper, orange peel, grapefruit, grass, earth, and herbal spiciness. Decent sized herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, citrus, bread, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of flavors, with just the right amount of hop bitterness to balance it out. Flavors definitely showcase the hops more than aromas(which are more of a standard pilsener aroma). Medium carbonation and body; with a lightly creamy and fairly crisp mouthfeel. Alcohol is extremely well hidden with hardly any warming present on the finish. Very easy to drink for being over 7%. Overall this is a damn nice and well made imperial pilsener. Nice hoppy flavors with great malt balance; and dangerously easy to drink. Really enjoyable stuff.

Photo of BellsFan
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've not heard of an imperial pilsner but as the name implies I expected a classic pilsner but with additional malt and hops. I was not disappointed. The aroma and taste matched each other: sweet bready malt and noble hops. Overall this beer reminded me more of a full flavored German pilsner rather than an American pils.

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

Notes from 5/1/11; 12 oz 2011 release

A - Pours golden/honey brown with one finger of white head that dissipates quickly to a collar. Very little lacing.

S - Smell is slightly sweet malts with some faint bitter aroma. Simple and good.

T - Taste starts sweet, but quickly transitions to a crisp bitterness, which lingers for awhile.

M - Medium, somewhat slick mouthfeel with a bitter dryness on the tongue.

O - Very nice imperial pilsner. More bitter than I was expecting, but crisp and delicious.

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer was provided in full by erric (also from Reddit).

Pours a pasty white fluffy 1+ finger head that fades at a med pace, bit of soapy lacing, over clear but slight suspended yeast hazy golden pilsner color.

Nose is pretty good, nice toasty malts, semi sweet malts, lager crispness and sweet maltiness, hints of fruits, light lemongrass and citrus like hops, a light bready malt and yeasty aroma, and hint of fresh squeezed lemon.

Taste starts malty and a bit sweet, more malty than I expected, and caramel malts as well that brings it back to American style rather than good German pils, toasty malts, wheat, little bready, sweet, even slight touch of booze. Hops are present as well, grassy and a bit lemony hops, with hints of lager yeast fruit flavors. A mild crispness but not a lot. The hops turn spicy and quite bitter as it moves towards the finish, and gets astringent on said finish. Drier but a little sticky, long bitter spicy hop finish, little toasty malt as well.

Mouth is med bodied, decent carb.

Overall not bad, brings more American style than German, a bit heavy, nice malts at first until the caramel sweet malts kick in a bit too much, and the hops were nice at first then turned quite bitter and astringent, and overpower the rest of the beer.

Photo of Thickfreakness
3.61/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into my DFH signature glass. Fairly clear golden yellow with a ton of bubbly carbonation. Two fingers of thick, fluffy, bright white foam floating atop. Very sticking lacing that shows great webbing.

S- Light lemon and citrus peel. Decent bready malt, grains and yeastiness. Notes of grass and earth. Nothing that overwhelming, and the nose doesnt really pop. A hint of banana from the yeast.

T- Orange zest and spicy, bready yeast! Nice bitterness on the tongue. A little grass, a touch of pine needles, and a subtle burst of citrus. Nothing over the top, but really well balanced and put together.

M- A little sticky, citrusy/piney pop! Some spice from the yeast and a nice balance from the pilsner malt and grains. A nice balance between bitter and sweet.

O- A very nice drinking beer... crisp and refreshing. Decently bitter, yet just sweet enough. No alcohol bite, yet it warms you up nicely. Seems like it's a Pils fighting to be an IPA.

Photo of Soonami
3.15/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to erric for hooking this up!

A-piss yellow with a fine white head. There was a little yeast in the bottle that made it's way into the beer, making it hazy

S-herbal hops with a weird dishwater soap perfume

T-very bitter with a a long oily lingering finish. The bready malt is a little sweet but finishes dry.

M-soft, not enough carbonation for me. Alcohol manifests later as the beer warms

O-good, a little excessive. not my favorite.

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.41/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I had this on tap in Boston in May, part of Shorts temporary over-run of the eatern city. The beer was a clear gold color, thick eggshell foam, and had solid sheets of lace. Clean grassy hops in the aroma, not strong enough to earn imperial moniker in my opinion. It tastes way more bitter than flavorful, not exactly my preferred approach. Mouthfeel is on target, light and carbonated.

This wasn't bad overall, but unfortunately it's pretty damn far from the stalwart, SA Hallertau Pilsner

Photo of djeucalyptus
3.28/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

thanks to semibaked for the chance to give this one a shot.

pours a decently nice looking lightly hazy marigold hue... not far from what I'd expect from an imperial pils. a frothy white head erupts, fading away to leave some sticky lace behind.

aroma of light malt, followed by herbs and tropical fruit. thyme, rosemary, pineapple and guava. interesting. funky. hints of booziness in the nose.

taste is strong. no other way 'bout it. hoppy, intense, boozy, potent. way more than the aroma or appearance would allude to. boozy like a rough barleywine. resinous pine. pepper. spicy rosemary. interesting. not sure if good.

mouth is pungent as well... moderate body, a bit slick, a touch hot feeling. smooth, fine carbonation is almost a touch creamy. intense resinous piney bitterness lingers for a shockingly long time. almost unpleasantly harsh and bitter.

pungent sums this one up. it really delivers on the imperial pilsner name... a touch boozy and intense for my liking, and a bit muddled and messy on the whole. but it's interesting, definitely drinkable, and enjoyable. Not a bad beer, glad I tried it, but not one I'd seek out again myself.

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Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.