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

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 231
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | 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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 231
Photo of Beaver13
1.87/5  rDev -48.2%
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.

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Photo of aleias
2.56/5  rDev -29.1%
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.

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Photo of Giggy
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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.

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Photo of weizenbob
2.9/5  rDev -19.7%
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.

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Photo of alexanf
3/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours hazy gold, with minimum head.

S: Malt, caramel, and hints of grass/earth/floral notes.

T: Traces of sweet caramel, malt, and earth. Moderate bitterness.

M: Sweet clean start that transitions quickly to a bitter finish.

O: A decent offering from Short's. Session potential.

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Photo of carlborch
3.02/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a light golden yellow with thin foaming. It has a muted aroma that doesn’t really develop. However, the flavor comes across with a light lemony biscuit with some sodium bicarbonate notes. Noticeable minerality leads to a dull, effervescent finish. Didn’t live up to expectations.

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Photo of rings
3.07/5  rDev -15%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While I've always enjoyed their beers, I'd never really "reviewed" one as they never tend to be much for style accuracy. Heck, their offerings are typically tough to actually even define, much less get into style.

Their Pontius Road Pilsner is one of those beers. Offered on draft only, the PRP is described as "true American pilsner," which is somewhat akin to Miller Lite's claim, albeit in a completely different direction and for completely different reasons.

It's does pour pale and clear, but it strikes me as more of a helles than a pils, although it's flowery enough to even doubt the lager yeast. It's very mildly hopped, with little of the crispness one might expect in a pils. The body is sweet and full, with a gorgeous full white head. There is a mildly dry finish and, unfortunately, a hint of DMS, although nothing more than a Rolling Rock would consider distinct.

As one of their tamer offerings, this would make a great session beer and pair nicely with almost any tomato dish, especially anything highly seasoned or spicy.

While not within style, this is nonetheless a very enjoyable brew and is recommended.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.08/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a bubbly yellow, not much aroma wise. Taste is thin, not the best mouthfeel. Usually I like a nice crisp pils, but this one wasn't doing it for me... just something about the taste seemed off and a bit astringent. A pretty average beer, nothing worth going out of your way for but wouldn't turn down a free one!

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Photo of JDizzle
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Looks like a cloudy wheat beer. Not much head, but golden yellow that doesn't look like the normal pilsner. Very nice, but weird?!

Smells like an earthy pungent flower bomb. Not too sure what the hell this is?? It's grassy, but smells a bit like rotten milk...

Really off for a pilsner. It has a lot of herbal tendancies that don't mingle well with my palate. It's bitter on the end, but has an earthy grassy floral punch in the middle.

Mouthfeel is thin and has a taste that lingers, and I'm not that gratefull about it.

Will not buy again. The last few Shorts beers I have had have been a let down.

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Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

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Photo of tophers
3.21/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

a: Straw colored, somewhat cloudy. Not much of a lasting head

s: Sweet, corn smell. Sweet smell is quite strong. Moderately-high hop aroma. Seem to be picking up some diacetyl.

t: Very bitter throughout. Some sweetness. Picking up some of the corn flavor. Again, very bitter and not so much of a pleasant aftertaste. There could be some more malt flavor - however maybe the bitterness is cancelling that out.

m: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium

o: This beer was just to bitter to make it a clean, refreshing pilsner. I can taste a little malt upfront, but then the bitterness of the hops overwhelms all other taste sensations.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

When I poured this, it has golden color body with very little head. The smell is grassy and grainey. The taste is dull, I get some wheat flavor and a grassy undertone, no hops present. The moutheel is kinda watery and overall it doesn't impress me at all. .

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Photo of Dope
3.3/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: A slightly hazy incredibly pale straw pour. It almost looks like water when it's coming out of the bottle. Medium-sized bubbly head that fades somewhat quickly. Light touches of lacing.

S: Quite grassy with some hints of pale malt - almost wheaty. There is a touch of lemons hiding in there too. Quite subtle smell.

T: Lemons and grass. Very light. Some bready (again, almost wheaty) malt. Some sort of unpleasantness in the residual aftertaste, I can't really describe it. It's sort of an herbal bitterness I would say.

M: Very light and thin. Otherwise crisp.

O: A halfway decent attempt at a pilsner. I'm not sure what the herbal bitterness in the aftertaste is but it sort of kills the drinkability. Up front it's a nice crisp lemony pilsner and then it dies. Odd, and a shame because I liked it at first.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a golden yellow hue with a two finger thick white head that leaves minimal retention and lacing. I do get some grains, bread, some sweet malts in the aroma. The taste starts out with a slightly sweet taste followed by some grassy hops and citrus taste and some bitterness seems to be in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth and slightly creamy, doesn't seem to be quite as crisp and clean as I thought it would be. A decent beer for what it is and worth a try.

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Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 6/29/2010. On tap at Shorts. The beer pours a cloudy bright yellow, almost neon yellow, with a white head. Aroma of grainy malt, sweet fruits, bitter and sweaty hops. Flavor of wheaty, grainy, dry malt with a crisp hoppy finish. Nice pilsener.

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Photo of sculls65
3.45/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

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Photo of spoony
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a 355 ml bottle into a pokal.

A-The brew is very light golden in color and clear. A few streams of chunky carbonation are visible. The head is pretty pathetic...just a cap of short-lived, shiny white foam. Lacing hangs around for a bit, but eventually dissipates.

S-The smell is semi-sweet for the style with dominant grain flavors, some straw/wheat notes, and butter-scented biscuity malt flavors. I get just a touch of grassy hops, too. Pretty simple, but not too far off for the style.

T-The taste is dryer than the smell with vegetal wet grains, biscuits, some butter, and a slightly soapy, vaguely bitter finish. Not much in the way of hops here.

M-The feel is not-quite-crisp and effervescent, with a surprisingly filling and robust body.

O-This is pretty middle-of-the-road effort. The grain flavor is somewhat off and the butter notes do not do much for me. The vaguely bitter, soapy finish does not compensate for the funky, buttery grain flavors up front, and the feel was inviting at first, but about halfway through the glass, it became sore of annoying. Meh.

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Photo of Beer_Runner
3.51/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

No enjoy by date on the label.
Slowly poured into a standard pint glass.

A: It poured to a about two fingers of white, fluffy head that had fairly good retention. The brew is a golden straw color and very clear.

S: The aroma is very mild and consists of a caramel malt and maybe a touch of bready yeast.

T: The taste is a bready yeast, a little bit of caramel malt, and some grassy hops and a touch of hops bitterness. It is a very simple group of flavors.

M: This beer has a light body and is very smooth with a clean finish.

O: A nice, simple, no-frills pilsner. A very basic and simple group of flavors with a light body. Togther these things combine for an easy drinking beer. This is a good beer to serve cold on a hot day.

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Photo of tectactoe
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
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,

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Photo of TheStove
3.52/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard beer glass. Pours a bright golden yellow color slightly hazy, with a little bit of head that dissipates quickly but leaves a lace on top. Beer smells floral and citrus hoppy almost reminiscent of something like elderflower or a clean saison.

First sip is nice and clean with a tad bit of bitterness, in some ways it does tend to border on saison but it finishes with that nice trademark hop snap. Subsequent sips reveal a nice complexity in that one gets hints of citrus hops as well as bitter.

As far as style goes, I think it's a great American pilsner. If we're comparing this to a traditional pilsner I think this falls a bit short plus in my opinion it veers too closely to a saison. Nevertheless I could see myself enjoying many of these on a warm summer day.

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Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to deuane for handing me a glass of this less than a second after I entered his home, a very nice welcome indeed.

A - Pours clear straw yellow with a fluffy one and a half finger tall white head leaving small streaks of lace down the glass.

S - Smells fairly grainy with a touch of noble hop bitterness creeping in as it warms up to room temperature.

T - Starts off with a good bit of cereal malt slowly giving way to a bit of hop bitterness. Finish is a mix of chewiness and dulled hop bitterness, lingering on the pallet for quite awhile.

M - Chewy body and a light flavor with moderate carbonation, leaving the pallet a touch dry through the finish.

O - A very nice light pilsner. I would have preferred a bit more hops but I still appreciate this one for what it is. I could easily drink a bottle or two of this no problem.

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/13/12 and poured 9/29/12

Appearance: A murky yellow color with a thin head that leaves surprisingly decent lacing.

Smell: A very light hop aroma... maybe even a bit of wheat-like smells as well.

Taste/feel: As expected, mild. Drinks a lot like a light beer. The biggest thing about this beer that I don't care for is that instant it hits the tongue. It feels like carbonated water, and that's really it. But once the taste comes out, it's not too bad. There's a decent bit of hops and even some spices in there. A very mild aroma and taste, but that's what's expected with this style. It gets better as you get to the bottom of the glass, but still a pretty ordinary beer -- would make a GREAT beer for Summer.

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Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 74 ratings.