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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: 224
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 9
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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1.25/5  rDev -64.8%

WuAnquo1, Apr 08, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -50.7%

jbierling, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Beaver13
1.85/5  rDev -47.9%
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.

Beaver13, Oct 30, 2013
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

danp14, May 11, 2012
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2/5  rDev -43.7%

leadahmer, Dec 07, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

nate-henry, Jul 06, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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2.6/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Nice two finger head, with snow white foam, great lace, a bit cloudy for a pilsner, no visible carbonation a minus for this style.
S - A bit of the skunk at first whiff, not terrible but it is noticeable.
T - Now in all fairness I did have a Belgian quad before I tried this beer so that may be impacting my assessment but there certainly seems to be some strange unexpected flavors that I would not expect in a pilsner.
M - Not much body but this is a pilsner so for the style I would say the body is appropriate.
D - OK drinkable once you get accustomed to that slightly strange non pilsner flavor. I afraid that this beer is going in my reject beer stash.

aleias, Jan 29, 2012
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2.68/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Giggy, Jan 13, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

MMBrew, Jul 14, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Robloc303, Sep 16, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

hopnado, Aug 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

Rons35, Sep 18, 2013
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2.93/5  rDev -17.5%
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.


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.

weizenbob, Feb 10, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

rolandboy, Oct 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

BrewtalHonesty, Nov 08, 2013
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jaidenjb, Jun 08, 2012
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

jemarent, Jan 06, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

swtchuck, Feb 24, 2014
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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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3/5  rDev -15.5%

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Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.