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Short's The Curl - Short's Brewing Company

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86
very good

213 Ratings
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Ratings: 213
Reviews: 74
rAvg: 3.81
pDev: 13.65%
Wants: 11
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of tommy5
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%

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 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 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 alexgash
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle from the 2011 batch.

Almost clear, deep brassy body. Finger of cottony, sticky, bright white head. Good lacing too. Nose shows a nice mix of pungent, funky, sea air hops and sugar cookie malt.

Herbal, minty hop bitterness up front, along with some sweetish, soapy, soft cookie malt. Hop bitterness crescendos, with notes of resin, sea air, and mint. It's rather dank, and also rather delicious! Honey and melon settle in beneath, but the finish is dominated by the funky, stinky hops. Dry and very appetizing finish. Medium-full body with a soft, creamy feel. One of the best Imperial Pilsners around.

Photo of hopdog
3.92/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

750ml bottle acquired in trade with ogglethorp (thanks!). 2006 Vintag. # 288 / 1000.

Poured a deep yellow color with a larger sized white head. Aromas of citrus, grassy, and bready. Tastes of the same (citrus, grass and bread) with some caramel.

Notes from 7/11/08

Photo of DavoleBomb
2.53/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured into a pils glass.

4.0 A: Hazed golden yellow color. Nearly four fingers of white, pillowy head. Retention is pretty good and it leaves a strange lattice of lacing.

3.5 S: This smells like it was jam packed with orange peel and lemon rind. Simply tons of it floating into my nostrils. Grassy and lightly spicy hops. Far from clean, but not too muddled with yeastiness. Bready and somewhat floral overall.

2.0 T: The taste, however, is a bit too muddled. Full of yeastiness with too much bread and biscuit. Grassy, earthy hops give a bitterness that is just too strong for the style. Orange peel and lemon rind are back, but they fall behind too many intense, but unwanted flavors. This is not what I want from a pilsner, whether imperial or not.

2.5 M: Heavier medium body from the intense yeastiness. Good moderate carbonation. Chewy without being equally creamy. Far from smooth with a bitter aftertaste.

2.0 D: This is the antithesis of what I would want from the style. Heavy, overly bready and yeasty, and far from clean. Not refreshing at all and otherwise not satisfying.

Photo of Deuane
4.26/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to sailbretthd for sharing a bottle of this. Wasn't sure how well an Imp Pils would hold up after almost a year in the bottle but....

A-Brilliant golden yellow topped by a beautiful, pillowy, enormous, off-white head. Head holds on strong and leaves massive clingy lace.

S-Biscuit grains with a rather fresh leafy/grassy hop aroma. Surprising for a brew with age on it.

T-Like a honey covered biscuit with a spicy fruit compote on top! Again, surpisingly fresh, bold flavour.

M-Medium-light body with the super sharp crispness you expect in a quality pils.

D-Well done. Again, wasn't too hopefull considering the age on this one but...it came through strong.

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 mklisz
3.62/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Sparky44
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of mrebeka
2.5/5  rDev -34.4%

Photo of beergorrilla
3/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Floydster
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

750 ml bottle acquired in a trade with OHLRangers, thanks for the opportunity Ed, bottle #774/1000, brewed on April 21st two years ago, sampled this when it first came out, so this is my second go at this brew, poured into a pint glass

A-Golden yellow color that is pale and murky, huge two inch foamy white head that stayed around for close to ten minutes, good retention, impressive lacing
S-Hoppiness, grassy accents, bananas, corn, pine and floral accents, lemon juice, various spices, very light pilsner malt, pepper, sugar, and toasted bread
T-Starts off with a hop profile that could be compared to a fresh IPA, then the pilsner feel is in the middle with chewiness and toasted biscuit malts, finish is still hoppy and very dry, does not change much as it warms except that the corn taste really comes to the surface, never got much sweetness, just an agressively hopped pilsner that has held its ground for nearly thirty months, no big deal, but it really is, and is quite amazing, nicely balanced and enjoyable
M-Super dry mouthfeel, also slightly chewy and citrusy at times, medium bodied, tons of carbonation, taste lingers for quite some time
D-Could have drank the whole bottle but glad I did not, alcohol is hidden well, only thing is that taste gets a little tiresome, light on the stomach, goes down pretty easy

One of the better imperial pilsners I have had, cannot believe that it has not changed much since it was fresh, still nice and hoppy like it was brewed yesterday, real dry for its age which was not a bad thing, even smells really fresh still, would drink again but probably not for eighteen dollars a bottle, recommended, it is bottle conditioned and you can definitely tell with how well this tastes at this point in time

Photo of StoutHunter
4.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a six pack of Short's The Curl last week for $11.99 at The Lager Mill. For the most part I have been enjoying the new releases from Short's, so when I saw they came out with an Imperial Pilsner I knew I had to give it a try. I don't drink many Imperial Pilsner's and the only one I can remember having was from Lion brewery. As usual with Shorts no bottling date, but I know it is fresh. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a Pilsner glass.

A- The label art is pretty cool, I like the it looks like the C in the name is part of a crane, it has a different but cool look to it. It poured a nice clean and clear golden straw color with four fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thick layer that left plenty of nice lacing. This is one good looking beer.

S- The first thing I pick up in the aroma is the malty backbone that is full of bready and grainy aromas. Immediately following that is a huge presence of citrus and floral aromas. The hops start out with big and dominating citrus notes then take on a subdued floral aroma. All the aromas in this beer are bold for it's style.

T- Just like the aroma, the first thing I notice is the nicely done malt backbone that has a lot of brown bread flavors along with some nice grains that make for a nice malt base for this beer. The hop aspect of this beer is nice and bold, its dominated by citrus hops that impart some lemon and grapefruit flavors. The finish is full of floral hops and is pretty bitter. The bitterness works very well with this brew, it may be a touch overpowering but after a couple sips it levels out and becomes a nice bold aspect of this beer.

M- Crisp, clean, and medium light bodied. It also had the perfect amount of carbonation. The bigger mouthfeel helped this bigger Pilsner.

Overall this was a very good Imperial Pilsner, the best I have had so far. This beer was basically everything a good Pilsner should be, but double that. The look and drinkability of this beer was fantastic, this is something I could enjoy during the summer while playing some disc golf. All in all this was a crisp, clean, easy drinking beer that I enjoyed a lot and it gave me a new appreciation for this style, I wish there were more Imperial Pilsners on the market. If you like the drinkability of pilsners and the flavor of pale ales then give this beer a try, it has a great combination of flavor and drinkability.

Photo of atone315
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%

Photo of mcallister
4.32/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle 205 of 1000

Pours a deep yellow/gold/copper blend that is clean as a whistle. A largh carbonated brilliant white head emerges yet fades quickly leaving little lace.

A nice pilsner maltiness leads into the wonderful amarillo hoppy aromas. There are slight hints of lemon rind and citrus as well.

Well I really like this beer. It has a component too it that reminds me of what the terroir of a dry Austrian riesling posseses. As a matter of fact this is the closest I've experienced a beer too tasting like a wine. I read about many people saying this beer or that beer is "wine like" and can never really see the connection. This on the other hand may actually be a Austrian Riesling and Shorts bottled it and called it a beer:)

On with the review. Nice pilsen malt leads a full mouthfeel and dry mid palate that is encoutered with the dry hoppiness of the amarillos that leave a good minute finish for you too digest. Hints of apricot, peach and lemon fill out this complex pilsner. Probably the best Pils I've tried to date. Only wish it were more available.

Photo of mikeincharleston
3.25/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of JasonR1975
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap into sampler glass at ChurchKey. Pours a hazy light orange color. The head was white with good retention and lacing. Fruit forward nose including the likes of citrus and a bit of white grape. Nose was cereal grains, some butter, and light grass. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with moderate bitterness. Effervescent with spruce, toffee, and a little apricot in the flavor. Light to medium bodied. Decent crisp pils beer.

Photo of jaymo18
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of PA-Michigander
3.75/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Monkeyknife
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle #700 from 4-21-06. I didn't know what to expect from a nearly three-year-old bottle, but I'm damn glad I picked it up.

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow with a towering bright white head that lasted forever. Tons of sticky lacing.

Fragrant aroma of floral and grassy hops, bubblegum, banana, sweet malts, bread, and candy sugar.

Oh man this is good. A mix of grassy and floral hops, plus a hit of banana and bubblegum, bread, and a classic pilsner taste on steroids. Finishes very clean.

Medium bodied, dry, and light-to-moderately carbonated.

Very tasty and much too drinkable. A scary combination. A must try if you can find it from Short's Brewing of Bellaire, MI.

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 WeisGuy
4.5/5  rDev +18.1%

Short's The Curl from Short's Brewing Company
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