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Short's Pontius Road Pilsner - Short's Brewing Company

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225 Ratings
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Ratings: 225
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

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Ratings: 225 | Reviews: 73
Reviews by dorianmarley:
Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is cloudy golden yellow with some head that fades and pretty good lacing.

Nose is wheat, lemon, malt, and candy.

Taste is malty with orange peel and lemon zest.

Mouthfeel is pleasantly dry with medium carbonation.

Overall, this is a refreshing, dry beer with tame flavors.

More User Reviews:
Photo of tectactoe
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Served in a bottle from Old Chicago, just trying to get something light and easy to wash my food down with. Pours a very light, golden-straw color, mostly clear throughout, with a tiny chill haze sifting through the middle of the brew. The soapy, bubbling white head settles quickly at an eighth-inch or so, minimal lacing left behind.

The aroma is.... nothing. Smells like glass. Or maybe I'm just smelling the glass. In all seriousness, this was served a bit cold - my assumption is that the aroma of this beer isn't incredibly powerful to begin with, so chilling it to just-above-freezing temps are going to muzzle it completely. Bingo! Within the next few minutes or so of warming up, some aromas finally emerge from the golden brew; light corn and grains with a mild chalkiness in the air. Hops are present but lacking - there isn't much zest or zing in this thing at all. Pretty subdued and just boring overall. And it has nothing to do with the fact that it's a pilsner - I've had wonderful smelling pilsners before... but this is just far too weak.

Luckily the taste actually provides somewhat of a sensory indication that this liquid is something other than water. Heavy amount of grains up front with an industrial sized backbone laden of pilsner malt; lightly sweetness with some steely hints in the background. Some mild corn and cereal grains take you down a path that leads to a raunchy, highly musky hop bitterness that hits your palate quickly about halfway through; borderline astringent at times. Crispy, somewhat clean, and finishing with a good sample of lager yeast - it leaves the mouth coated with it when finished. Body is light and thin, highly carbonated to provide a good "snap" and a clean, dry finish.

Well this one tasted much better than it smelled, mostly because it smelled almost like an empty glass. Refreshing overall, though the musky hops could lend a hand to a head-scratching astringency it seems. Good to wash a meal down with, which is pretty much all I was looking for. Just wish it had something to offer my nostrils - they felt left out.

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw color with one finger of quickly dissipating white head. Very little lacing.

S - Prominent aromas of Piils malt an noble hops. A faint spiciness.

T - Nice punch of spicy hops in from of a crisp clean flavor. Also tastes of white bread and a very faint sweetness. Pretty enjoyable.

M - Light, crisp mouthfeel that finishes with some lingering bitterness.

O - Enjoyable pilsner. I would have this again.

Photo of Beaver13
1.87/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy straw yellow with a medium creamy white head that quickly goes to a thin film that leaves some lacing.

The aroma is sweet, slightly vegetal and butterscothy, malts with noble hops.

The flavor is sweet honey / butterscotch malts with a grassy bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with smooth carbonation.

Overall, a bit of a mess with DMS and diacetyl.

Photo of sculls65
3.45/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice light gold with sufficient white head. Smell, while not overpowering, was of light bready grains. Tastes starts with mild malt bill and finishes clean with some hop bitterness. A nice crisp pilsner. Nicely priced so I could see this having a regular spot in my fridge this summer.

Photo of sarahspat
3.57/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Cambridge House last night. Served in a Weizen glass (close enough, I guess).

There was about an inch of white, soft-looking head which quickly retreated. Left a few bits of lace here and there. The beer looks exactly what you would expect a pilsner to look like. Very clear, light golden yellow color.

The nose is pleasant and features light floral scents and deep, sweet fruitiness.

Lemon peel dominates the flavor; this beer has a bitter bite to it. There is also a kind of an elusive malty sweetness lurking in the background. I was never able to put my finger on any other specific flavors. The finish is very dry with a medium-light mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. Much more hoppy than malty.

I deducted points from the drinkability because it made my mouth uncomfortably dry. Despite the pleasant flavor, I found it a little difficult to drink the whole glass.

This is maybe my third craft pilsner ever, so I'm definitely not an expert on the style, but this one might be my least favorite. It's not a bad beer at all, just didn't really have the crispness I was looking for.

Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This one looks more the color of a Kolsch, a very pale whitish-yellow. A completely pure white head reaches one finger and is sustained at a thick foam the rest of the way, never fading beyond that and leaving a thick, spotty sheet as it drops.
Pilsner malts and Noble hops are the order, making this a pretty pure pilsner. Ultimately a strong scent of lemon comes out over the top. It's a bit spicy, grassy, and earthy with a buttery note.
The taste goes biscuity, some lemongrass and a touch of herb pulling through underneath, with a spiciness, a touch of grains, and a lingering steely bitterness into the finish.
The feel is both creamy and crisp in a light body. It's good, though a little slick in the mouth.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. No indications on the bottle of freshness.

A: Pours a clear light yellow with a 1 finger white head. The head dissipates to a 1/8" covering for the remainder of the glass. Some lacing on the sides of the glass.

S: Starts off with some malt aroma followed up by some grassy hop. Pleasant.

T: Some smooth malt with a nice hop kick at the end.

M: Clean and crisp on the palette. Slightly sticky at the end of the sip.

Overall a nice and drinkable pilsner. I enjoy pilsners that have a hop bite at the end. Keeps you wanting more and pairs well with foods and a hot summer day.

Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed at the brewpub. Perle hops, santiem hops. Dry hopped. Yellow looks like ginger ale, and lacey. Medium mouthfeel. Served very cold, that's intentional. Very drinkable, alight bitterness and minerals, different than the Czech pils I have been having.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.23/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow, light white fizzy head.

A bit sweet and malty, faint floral hops

Has some bite in the flavor, maybe from the saaz. Lots of malt with a touch of sweetness on the finish.

Moderate carbonation with some bite

Overall, decent but lacks that pilsner hop flavor.

Photo of KDawg
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a 1L krug. Pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a smaller head.

Crisp and balanced aromas of crackers, citrus, and grains. Nice aromas, but lacking some depth.

Lighter bodied with a very smooth feel. Crisp with very good notes of grains, noble hops and citrus'.

A really good pilsner. Nice and balanced with good crispness on both the smell and taste.

Photo of wingman14
3.93/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bubbly bright straw yellow with a snow white head. Smell is sweet, malt and yeast with some earthy smells. Taste isn't sweet as the smell would suggest, taste starts bitter with malty tones. The bitter tastes like it came from hops. No yeast flavors some earthy ones are there. A medium light body, very smooth, great carbonation. A nice beer, good balance, bitter without huge hop flavor, tasty beer

Photo of mikesgroove
3.52/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

bright golden amber, slightly more amber tinted then your typical straw colored pilsner. Lots of carbonation visible on the pour with tons of bubble chains racing toward the surface rather quickly.

light scent of grain that was the predominant player here no matter how you looked at it. Once you got past that it was easy to pick up a nice hint of banana in there as well as the tiniest bit of fresh grass like hop aroma. wheat and grain profile that was very well balance and very crisp and fresh. a tad musty, or maybe even bready in the flavor, however this was very crisp and had a nice balance to it. Up next were some more subtle fruity flavors, nice touch of banana in here to brighten it up a bit with something a bit tangy as well, maybe a hint of lemon,

Photo of carlborch
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very bright golden-yellow. Looks thin for a Pilsner? Totally white 1-inch, creamy, head forms. Nose is low on malt and hops, and suggests cut grass. Very light body and palate with lingering bitterness. The bitterness is similar to that of a German or Scandinavian Pilsner, but the body and flavor is not. Not quite Kölsch-like, although the hops and bitterness are consistent with a Kölsch. Too low on hops and malt for a Czech Pilsner. Rings of delicate Belgian lace form. I am not excited and will not be seeking this beer again.

Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. Poured into a sample glass.

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden color with fluffy off white head and a good amount of lacing.

Smell: Very mild with some sweet grain.

Taste: Again, quite mild. Some bready malt with a small amount of hop bitterness at the end.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with tingly carbonation and a dry finish.

Overall: I think this would be a nice cookout beer if you just want to sip something you don't need to think about too much. I would say it was alright, but I probably won't have another.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I picked up a bottle of Short's Pontius Road Pilsner a couple weeks ago for $1.59 at The Lager Mill. This is the newest addition to Short's year round line up, I have never tried a Czech Pilsener before but I have had Short's other two Pilseners, Imperial Spruce Pilsener and The Curl, I thought both of those were pretty good so I know they have some skills when it comes to Pilseners, so lets see how it goes. No visible bottling date, but I know it's fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- The label on this beer looks OK with the typical Short's style artwork. It poured a nice pale straw yellow color that was slightly hazy and it had three fingers worth of fluffy and bubbly white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end. It's a little hazy but other then that it's a proper looking Pilsener.

S- The aroma of this beer is all about the malts, it's full of those typical Pilsner malts which have a low amount of medium sweetness and impart a good amount of bread and grain aromas. After that comes a pretty noticeable yeast aroma and some light grassy, earthy and slightly spicy hops that I assume are Noble hops. This beer had a decent, straight forward, and simple aroma.

T- The taste mirrors the nose nicely. It starts off with loads of pale malts that have a low amount of sweetness and impart a pretty strong bread and grain flavor that tastes similar to a slice of lightly toasted white bread. After that comes the hops which impart some light grassy, earthy, and slightly spicy flavors. The hops showed up more on the finish and it had a medium amount of bitterness with a bitter bready and grainy aftertaste. This was a pretty good tasting Pilsener that was very true to the style. The taste of this beer makes me think that this might be the base beer for Nicie Spicy, the malt profile really reminds me of that beer.

M- Pretty smooth, crisp, on the medium side of being light bodied and it had a perfect amount of carbonation. The mouthfeel suited this beer nicely.

Overall I thought that this was a pretty good Pilsener that was true to the style and it was pretty much everything that it should be. This beer had great drinkability, it went down very smooth and crisp, it was somewhat refreshing and would make a great beer to have with dinner, it was perfect with some fried walleye, this would make a good session beer, I don't think it would be that hard for me to take a out a six pack throughout the day. What I liked the most about this beer was pretty much everything, all the aspects of this beer seemed to be just what you would expect from a good Pilsener. What I liked least about this beer was hardly anything, but I did think it was a little hazy and could have been a little more clearer. I would for sure buy this beer again when looking for a good Pilsener, it's nice that this will be available year round. If you are a fan of Pilseners, then you need to give this beer a try, you won't be disappointed. I am glad that Short's decided to add this beer to the year round lineup, I thought that The Magician was a pretty average beer so I like the fact that they exchanged it for an above average Pilsener, it's a pretty good move in my opinion. So far this has to be my one of my favorite Pilseners, Short's really has some skills when it comes to this style and it makes for one tasty and easy drinking Pilsener that has earned a spot in my fridge.

Photo of Giggy
2.63/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much to this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Pale straw colored. White head that doesn't last. Carbonation bubbles that stick to the side of the glass.

S: Very mild and yeasty.

T: Crisp. Baked Bread or even Toast with butter. Slightly flowery and earthy. Earthy.

M: Light body and carbonation.

O: Not impressed but very drinkable. Expected a bit more.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Color is very clear, yellow color as expected with a nice level of carbonation and some notable creamy head that has good sticky lace.

S - Smells of pilsner malts, grassy herbal hops, and a touch of yeast.

T - A nice semi-bitter version of the typical style the pilsner malts are more present than expected but not enough to give the beer a "skunky" taste. Hops wave back and forth with bitterness. Not bad.

M - Light to medium it had a nice body for a Pils.

Overall it was really to plan and close to the style for a repeat offering but I chock it up to a pleasant drinking experience.

Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Lemon and light straw in color with a bit of haze. Bright 1.5 finger white head. Bubbles slowly rise from bottom of glass. Decent lacing for a Pils.

S - Lemon zest, with some wheat, grain, grass. Light on the malts.

T - Wheat, grassy, with some grain and Pilsener malt. I get some light lemon zest and floral hops. Tasty Czech Pilsener that I could enjoy anytime.

M - Very crisp and clean with some zippy carbonation. Light bodied and quite refreshing, I finished it in quickly.

O - I enjoyed this and it is not a style I have had much of. Only Budvar and Urquel, many years ago, when I visited Prague.

Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours hazy yellow color with a massive 2 finger foamy snow white head that faded slowly and was full of tight bubbles, leaving good lacing and foamy rings as it went. There were 10 rings of foam when I finished drinking this.

Smells herbal with flowers, light grains, funk, grass, husk, sweet malt, caramel, biscuit and lemon zest. Pretty mild nose, which is bland, standard and true to the style.

Tastes like it smells, with grass, herbs, lemon zest, flowers, light grains, yeast funk, vegetable husk, sweet malt, caramel, biscuit and wet bread like cardboard. There seems to be a little spice bite, but no real hop presence.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp with light fizzy carbonation, a light body and a sweet finish that’s on the grainy side.

Above average, but the lack of hops was a let down and made this a bit boring. Highly drinkable, and better than most macro brews, this is like a craft beer training bra and worth unsnapping.

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Sammy, 12oz into a tulip.

Lightly hazy pale straw yellow, couple fingers of soapy white head. Light retention, solid lace. Lots of grass and cereals on the nose, herbal, grainy and perhaps a bit of Noble hops. About the same on the palate, grainy crackery malt, light spicy hops but mostly grass and grains. A kiss of citrus as well. Fairly light body, and medium high carbonation. A nice, fairly crisp pilsner and with lawnmower beer potential.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a pale straw yellow with two fingers of bright white head.

Aroma of spicy hops and light earthy grains.

The taste was floral and a touch spicy with light grains. Finished clean.

Light-to-medium bodied and crisp with a moderate carbonation.

This was quite tasty and would have again for sure.

Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very light straw yellow color. mostly clear but with just a slight haze to it. small white head that doesn't leave much behind.

Smell: weak, almost hard to find. mostly grassy/grainy notes. some slight spicy hop

Taste: grassy/graininess, pilsner malts, hops, slightly spice, some slight muskiness to it. pretty well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: a little lacking on the carbonation. more crispness would make this beer better. not quite as clean as i'd like either. but mostly refreshing and very light

overall: I wasn't expecting a ton out of Short's on this style, but i was pleasantly surprised. i found a very light and still pretty tasty beer

Photo of weizenbob
2.9/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This 12 ounce bottle was acquired at Keweenaw Co-Op in Hancock, MI ($7.99/six-pack). The label contained no bottling date. It was poured into a pilsner glass. The pour yielded a finger of ivory head. Retention is merely okay. Fluffy lacing sticks to the glass. The brew is pale golden in color, and mildly hazy. A moderate amount of carbonation is seen through the glass. The haze, mild as it may be, gives the beer a decidedly un-pilsnerish visual aesthetic.

The aroma gives off a strong impression of caramel malts. It smells yeasty to the point that I wonder if it was brewed with some sort of mushroom (which wouldn’t be terribly out of place for Short’s). It also smells mildly buttery. Where are the finishing hops?

The initial sip reveals a beer that does not taste incredibly pilsner-like. It is very full-flavored for the style; however, the flavor appears to be a result of insane quantities of pale caramel malt. It is dominantly bready with buttery undertones. The hops assert themselves on the back end with formidable bitterness, but can do little to overcome the onslaught of caramel malt. It comes off as one-dimensional; thus, your enjoyment level will wholly depend on your taste for this particular malt. It’s not bad, but Pontius Road Pilsner does not remind my tongue of any other pilsner, or for that matter, any lager at all.

The body is surprisingly full for a pilsner-style beer. It is startlingly creamy in feel. The carbonation level is high to the point of stinging the tongue. Keeping with the apparent theme, it feels like no other pilsner. I’m questioning whether this beer was even bottom fermented or lagered at any point. My overall impression is that this “pilsner” has the look, taste and feel of a very pale ale. As such, it’s not bad beer, it’s just not good pilsner.

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The Two-Schlitz Scale: (reference my profile for an explanation)
I give a Schlitz for this, though lager-style beers are not this brewery’s forte.

Photo of Landshark67
4.85/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very well constructed beer by Shorts.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect.

The beer's aroma is classic pils but the finish has some extra hops.

Taste is very crisp with some citrus notes.
Not too bready.

This may become my go-to beer for easy drinking.

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Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 225 ratings.