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

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219 Ratings
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Ratings: 219
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 8
Gots: 8 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company visit their website
Michigan, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007)
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McCranky

Illinois

5/5  rDev +40.8%

11-29-2011 00:34:20 | More by McCranky
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Landshark67

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +37.5%

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.

01-01-2012 18:29:58 | More by Landshark67
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czfreeman

California

4.61/5  rDev +29.9%

Just moved to MI. First Shorts beer I've bought, except for a Soft Parade last night.
Pours a nice golden light Pilsner tone. Light fluffy head, good carbonation.
Smells nice, crisp, bready.Pepper, bittering hops, floral notes. Slightly musty grains, clean, sharp, very good Pilsner.
Flavor is crisp.Bread, citrus, pepper, bittering hops, smooth grainy body, great hop balance and the sharp spicy peper notes with the perfect body and carbonation create one of the best Pils I've ever had.
After living in Germany for several years, I've tried many a Pils. Normally the American versions are so hopped they almost come off as APA's, and sometimes German Pils are a touch too sweet.
This is the perfect balance and really one of the best versions of the style I've tried.The relatively low rating on here puzzles me.

03-14-2013 01:42:53 | More by czfreeman
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Beezee

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

06-26-2012 03:51:18 | More by Beezee
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jmpizzo

New York

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

01-22-2012 19:02:57 | More by jmpizzo
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marcobrau

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

04-09-2012 04:02:08 | More by marcobrau
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Slay40

Michigan

4.5/5  rDev +26.8%

05-10-2013 19:00:05 | More by Slay40
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.47/5  rDev +25.9%

Appearance: Arrives at the bar with a clear golden color and a modest head that nevertheless litters the pint glass with a few shards of lace

Smell: Floral and grainy

Taste: Opens with a crisp, bready quality that quickly forges forward to a grainy bitterness; after the swallow, it really comes into its own, with a crisp floral, but not sweet, finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with prickly carbonation

Drinkability: The floral finish on this beer makes it eminently quaffable; when combined with the bitter character, it makes the beer sublime

07-14-2008 02:23:27 | More by brentk56
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.38/5  rDev +23.4%

12 oz. bottle.

Slight haze set in a brassy lemon yellow body. Small, persistent, bright eggshell white. Nice lacing. Honey malt aromas mix with fresh grains, faint citrus, sea air, and peppery hops. Very refreshing!

Lightly toasted bread malts up front. Becomes lightly sweet, with notes of clover honey and sweetbread. Refreshing sea air hops blow in and make an appetizing foil for the malt. Bitterness becomes peppier in the finish. Very refreshing and dry. Some lingering honey biscuit malt. Medium-bodied, with a smooth, creamy feel. Very drinkable and will be great in the summer!

01-07-2012 22:29:01 | More by alexgash
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +22%

on-tap during the short's throwdown at the roadhouse, in brookline, ma, on april 24, 2009, the week of the craft brewers conference.

very pale yellow. slight haze. creamy head soon shrinks to wispy, foamy, thin layer, then just ring. splotchy rings of lace, with one nicer ring further down the glass.

bready aroma and hint of yeast. whiff of sulfur, with solid noble hop profile; herbal with peppery note.

taste: big hoppy bite! almost peppery again. crisp, bold bitterness, but balanced by a nice malt breadiness, almost sweet. crisp and hoppy.

light body, but resins give texture in the finish. lots of crisp carbonation to lift flavors and refresh.

not a typical czech pils. borders on german. on their website, short's just says "true american pilsner style beer". fair enough - and truer than miller lite can ever hope to be.

06-27-2009 10:30:17 | More by tai4ji2x
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Jensen83

District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +20.8%

This is a crystal clear awesome looking Pilsener. Could have a little bit more gas but the color is excellent. Taste is very clear and light could deserve a little bit more hops. It belongs definitely to the premier league of Pilsener i had in the US.

01-17-2014 04:47:53 | More by Jensen83
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Phinner

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +20.6%

Very nice warm, bready pilsner. Not too many craft pilsners are able (or attempt) to create the level of bread flavors that this beer generates. These flavors dominate and almost need to be scaled back to make it more sessionable. Very similar to Trumer Pils (another favorite). I'll definitely try it again.

01-15-2012 15:12:35 | More by Phinner
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cates1tg

Michigan

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

03-21-2012 11:50:02 | More by cates1tg
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atone315

Wisconsin

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

12-07-2013 02:22:06 | More by atone315
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MikeCactusGordon

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

03-30-2014 18:35:36 | More by MikeCactusGordon
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CSFerrier

Kansas

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

06-24-2013 03:14:59 | More by CSFerrier
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BigJaws

Missouri

4.25/5  rDev +19.7%

06-29-2012 20:51:05 | More by BigJaws
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +19.4%

Getting towards the end of the collection of Shorts obtained on my Michigan trip last month.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: An appealing straw yellow, translucent at first, cleared up eventually as the carbonation settled down. Finger thick white head also faded to an even surface foam with a little lacing.

s: Vaguely fruity. Pleasant.

t: Slightly sweet, moreso than most pilseners I have tried. But then more flavor, a combination of malt and fruity hops. Significant but far from overwhelming hop bite. Nicely balanced.

m: More body than most pilseners, but still refreshing.

o: I was sorry when this was gone. Perhaps closer to a light IPA than pilsener, but definitely a quality summer brew.

07-02-2013 02:45:30 | More by scotorum
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david131

California

4.18/5  rDev +17.7%

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow liquid with numerous strains of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of fruit and buttered white bread. Simple and clean. Makes for something different.

T- Same as the aroma with some lingering hoppiness.

M- Spicy carbonation with keeps it light. There is some lingering bitterness.

O- This is pretty tasty for the style. Will make for an excellent session beer on a hot summer day.

02-04-2012 21:41:02 | More by david131
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +16.6%

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.

01-15-2012 21:38:40 | More by StoutHunter
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

A: A small finger of bright white head was formed and quickly fell into the pilsner glass the beer was poured into. There was a right of fine bubbles clinging to the edge with no real lacing to be noticed. The beer is a hazy straw yellow color with a steady slow stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Clean freshly baked bread, slight lemon zest and spicey noble hop aroma are all present in equal amounts.

T: A nice crisp earthy bitterness in the front of the profile. As the pallet adjusts there is a nice round malt character in the way of bread, lemon and husky grain. The hop flavor follows with an almost fruity/caramel like flavor thats subtle.

M: A very crisp dry finish with a moderate amount of carbonation. very drinkable.

O: Not your run of the mil Czech Pilz, its got some interesting flavors I can't pin point but its enjoyable. The hop flavor is excellent.

10-28-2013 23:54:10 | More by guityler83
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +14.9%

A good summer beer, if only it were summer. Highly polished, shiny colors; perfumey aroma and a buzz-saw bite with enough bubbles to inflate a balloon (after you burp them back up, that is...). A decent American pils, this is no Victory Prima but it will do as a sub.

04-07-2012 23:45:18 | More by gfreed
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SimcoeJoe

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

03-16-2013 13:08:17 | More by SimcoeJoe
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bobbyr5

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

05-24-2013 22:10:52 | More by bobbyr5
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WhitmansNiece

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +12.7%

06-10-2012 02:36:08 | More by WhitmansNiece
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Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.