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

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Short's Pontius Road PilsnerShort's Pontius Road Pilsner

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Ratings: 227
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.54
pDev: 14.12%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | FT: 1
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Short's Brewing Company visit their website
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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Photo of Landshark67
4.85/5  rDev +37%
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.

Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

Photo of Phinner
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of tai4ji2x
4.3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Jensen83
4.26/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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.

Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of david131
4.19/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of StoutHunter
4.13/5  rDev +16.7%
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 gfreed
4.08/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of guityler83
4.07/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 5/6/2013. Pours moderately hazy golden straw color with a 1 finger dense white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass. Aromas of lemon, pear, apple, grape, cracker, bread, floral, grass, herbal, light honey, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Very nice aromas with good balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester notes; with good strength. Taste of lemon, pear, apple, bread, cracker, floral, grass, herbal, light pepper, and yeast earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of light fruits, cracker, bread, floral, grass, light pepper, herbal, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish as expected of 5.2%. Overall this is a damn nice pilsner style! All around nice balance and robustness of malt, hop, and yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A very enjoyable offering.

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouts filtered yellow with a nice head. Nose is lots of grain malts with slight grass presence. Taste is the same - lots of grainyalts throughout and ends with a slight grass bitterness. Pretty solid take on the pilsner, might be the most true to style I have from America. Although this is a pretty short review, the sentence prior to this one sums up my feelings on this beer...not über complex, but delicious and true to style.

Photo of gustogasmic
4/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw-yellow, like a PBR or what-have you, with consistent columns of big bubbles moving up the pint glass. A soft head that quickly dissipates.

Earthy, twangy, malty aroma. Straw and a little sweetness.

Nailed it! Same as the aroma- a big, balanced pilsener shower of light earthiness playing with infantile amounts of hops. Mouthfeel is great- goes down with a softly biting carbonation that rolls out lightly but manages a nice aftertaste.

Overall, I'm super-impressed. I don't drink a heck of a lot of pilseners, but this stands up to the few (literally) Czech ones that I've had. Good stuff, of course very sessionable.

Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap at lord hobo in boston

Pours a super clear golden straw color with a layering of white head. Dissolves quickly leaving little lacing or retention behind.

A snap of hops with grass and a touch of straw. Faint bitterness with a touch of fruit sweetness.

A little bitter with hints of corn up front. Light hoppy note followed by some straw and grainy hints. Milder malt backbone, very refreshing and crisp. Finishes quick and a bit dry.

Lighter medium body, decent carbonation, drinks super easy and plenty refreshing on the senses. This is a pretty nice pils that I'd definitely drink again - I also enjoyed the addition of corn to the brew.

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +11.3%
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 wingman14
3.93/5  rDev +11%
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 kbeals
3.88/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Poured into a snifter glass. Pale, golden yellow in color with about a figner of off-white slightly fizzy head. Good head retention but not much lacing.

S- A bit citrusy with a pretty good sweet malt bill. Not much else to it.

T- Has a relatively strong bitter, citrusy kick with a good malt taste to finish. A pretty well-balanced beer. I wish I had more familiarity with pilsners.

M- Light-medium body with a bit of carbonation. Goes down pretty easy.

D- Easy to drink. Not a real high ABV but a very tasty beer.

Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pontius Road Pilsner is deficient in both colour and clarity, it has the complexion of lemonade. This fuzzy beer is too anemic for golden highlights and instead looks somewhat neon against the light. Though bubbles are visible the surface remains bald as a billiard ball.

The aroma has lively 'farmhouse' notes of yeast, a generous amounts of grass and grain, as well as a cutting citrus acidity and a dash of peppery spice. There is a hint of sweet yellow corn but for the most part is earthy and strongly reminiscent of a chamomile tea with a wedge of lemon.

The palate reveals a rather 'botanical' profile: a flowery taste and minty bitterness. The taste/texture combination is zippy and well-suited to the grainy qualities of the malts. The finish feels distinctly clean, "lemony-minty fresh" in fact, and has a subtle doughiness.

The combination of Perle and Santiam hops has added a ton of character without compromising the beer's lighter, agreeable appeal. The grassy, minty-herbal and flowery nature of these varieties is an ideal counterpart for the fresh bread and lightly honeyed qualities of the malt.

Pilsners are always a bit of a gamble and I never know what to expect: some offer a blissful balance of wholesome malt and zestful hops, while others have a maltiness so feeble and plain that you can hardly taste the grain. This one is closer to the former and is a simple but well structured example of the style; a real joy to drink.

Photo of Lillenk
3.82/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice golden color but a little cloudier than I would like to see from a Pilsner.

Smell was nice. Very typical smells of a pilsner. No off smells. Some hops in there too.

Taste was good. Very typical of the style. Nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary but a good crisp sessionable beer.

Mouthfeel was great. Very light bodied. I could definately drink quite a few of these. Overall a pretty good beer experience.

Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev +7.6%
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 Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +7.3%
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 webmanspidey
3.77/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is a pale yellow color, extremely fizzy and well carbonated. Smells are cereal grains and light hops, maybe a light white grape smell. Taste is crisp and very well balanced, finishing with a decent bite from the hops. This is light and very drinkable, which I'm sure is exactly what it is intended to be.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

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