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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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Reviews: 74
Hads: 232
Avg: 3.61
pDev: 24.65%
Wants: 8
Gots: 10 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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: 232
Photo of sarahspat
3.57/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

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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.

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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.

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Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Deuane shared this bottle with me and orangesol. My first Short's experience.

A - Pours with a clear and lively body...it was tinted golden yellow with a slightly cold haze...the head was bubbly and white in color...it settled to a thin cap and left nice lacing

S - Light nose with bright lemon leading the way...grassy hops provide another level...overall the nose was light and crisp

T - Those grassy notes from the nose carry over to the palate...it comes in the form of noble hops and some earthy grains...the middle is a bit thin, but there is subtle lemon coming through...the hops come back in the finish and have some citrus rind bitterness

M - Light bodied...crisp and bitter

O - Not a bad intro to Short's, but not what I was expecting...a decent Pils, but nothing overwhelming

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Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle into tulip

A- Crystal clear light pale straw yellow pour with a two finger soapy snow white head. Lacing is decent.

S- Nice light grassy aroma, touch of cereal, lemon and apple. There is a slight spiciness to it. The hops are floral and subtle.

T- Bright lemon and apple, hops are earthy and floral. It reminds me a bit of a saison. There some spiciness and some a little yeast taste.

M- Light and refreshing, ample carbonation.

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Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of BeRanger
3.6/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First run 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours yellow/golden with about two fingers of white head that disapates rather quickly leaving a little bit of lacing.

S - Smells pretty mild, you sense a little bit of citus and malts. Seems pretty simple as a regular pilsner would be.

T - Very crisp - you taste the bready malts with a little bit of a fruity/citrus flavor. No harsh after-taste, a very clean and easy to drink beer.

M - Light body with relatively light carbonation.

O - I think this was a fantastic move by Short's to make this a 'flagship' year-end beer. This light and crisp pilsner, affordably priced at $7.99/six can really help bring in new non-tradtional craft beer drinkers into the mix. Hopefully after trying this, it becomes a "gateway drug" in order to be a little more adventureous and try new beers from Short's and other brewers.

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Photo of CHickman
3.61/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Dave_in_GR
3.62/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very light yellow, almost a greenish color. A couple finger-widths of foamy head which disperses quickly.

Smell is very faint, maybe a tiny bit of malty sweetness?

Taste is more assertive, lots of sweet grassy malt flavors combined with a touch of hop bitterness. The hops' herbal flavors is really nice.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied and crisp, appropriate for the style. Carbonation is fairly heavy, but their is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a pilsener that provides a nice flavor profile.

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Photo of TenHornsProud
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to brkstoutfiend for the trade!

Pours a clear golden yellow with a huge, thick white head that lingers and laces. Really nice.

Smells of bready malt, some light fruit/spice notes, and the characteristic pilsner yeast. Good aroma.

Taste is up front bready yeast mixed with some sweet malt and slightly fruity hop that fades into a more astringent middle and ends on a slightly bitter and sweet note that is pleasing if not a bit one dimensional.

Lighter to medium body with medium to low carbonation work well enough, but the beer feels a bit thin even for a pilsner.

Really refreshing and easy to drink, this beer represents a nice pilsner, but is lacking some body or a bit more flavor to be one of the better around. I'd get it again to be sure, and I'm glad I got to try it.

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Photo of Bitter_Echo
3.63/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, hazy color, and inviting. Smell is muted and not very distinct, but it smells like this is beer. Tastes is very good, light, not heavy on the palate, actively, refreshingly carbonation, and then bitter enough to know that hops are there, and then dry and fruity, almost lemony, with some sour-ish notes that make it feel a bit like a hoppier farm ale or saison. Overall I like this a lot for a pilsner, which usually isn't in the fridge. I could see getting a six or a bottle of these from time to time. Nice offering

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a transparent yellow color. Head is minimal, but laces quite well. Bubbles are few and slow to rise.

S-Noble hops and a light malt. Not incredibly aromatic but most Pilseners aren't. Overall, a decent nose without too much to describe.

T-Quite hoppy. Mild bitterness with a grassy finish. Malt is rather light and bready. A nice spiciness lingers as well. Flavorful enough to remain interesting.

M-Quite light with more carbonation than advertised. Crisp and easy to imbibe. How a Pilsener should feel.

O/D-A solid Pilsener. Won't blow you away but it doesn't have much to complain about. It's no Victory Prima Pils, but it will go down easy enough.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap at Slows in Detroit this week. The beer was clear and golden/straw colored, maybe a little hazy, with a very thin head. The smell was more malty than hoppy, actually a little bready and clean. The taste was likewise malty, no real hops flavors picked up except a touch of bitterness. Medium body, this is easy to gulp, crisp and refreshing, not as hoppy as I'd like though.

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Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purs pale slightly hazy yellow with no real head after the pour. Some yeast in the bottle, as the last drops are a little brown and cloudy.

Light grassy and mineral notes in the nose. Not a ton of aroma.

Not quite as spicy as I'd like, but a nice clean pils just the same. Malt is pleasant, and the hop presence is appropriately bitter and not overly showy. Could use a bit more kick, but that's ok. Nice malt and bitter balance in the finish.

Lighter bodied, good carbonation.

Decent pils overall, ok as a Czech version. Very drinkable and worth a try if you are a fan of the style.

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Photo of dfillius
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of fizzy tight white head with fair retention. Chill hazy? Straw blonde liquid. I'd prefer it to be clearer.
S: Lemongrass, jasmine flower, pungent herbal/sulfur compound/garlic. Very nice! No off aroma or skunk. Slight honey.
T: Bitterness is aggressive. Starts out with a flavor void hat seems to suck bitterness into it. Bitterness dominates. Too much bitterness I'd say though. Later on as it warms, however, a good malt base is apparent.
M: A bit thin and green/starchy. Very bitter. Maybe that's why it is hazy. Dry.
O: I like this. I enjoy a pint, but I probably won't actually buy 6. Maybe for a party. tasty, but too bitter.

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Photo of Gigantis
3.69/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pitcher of this split between 3 of us.

A lovely blaze of bright, dirty sunshine/gold with a tidal wave of foamy white riding high above. This beer looked extremely appetizing in the pitcher and it poured well into the pils glasses provided to us by Logan's Alley. It left tattered curtains down my long glass.

The aroma was nice and clean - a little hint of citrus zest.

The taste starts off clean and floral. Dry malt taste lingers afterwards. There is a hop kiss to end each drink. I found the light bitterness to be the best thing about the taste of this pils.

This is light-medium beer all the way. The carbonation is just right and the floral, just-barely-there bitterness feels very good. I kind of felt that the taste sat on my tongue a bit too long though. Not quite dry enough.

Very drinkable. It has that crisp clean taste that leaves you wanting a little bit more. I could have probably finished the entire pitcher with not a second thought.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

haven't had anything from shorts in a long time, got this single for less than a buck fifty. good buy. it pours almost perfectly clear and really pale yellow with excellent carbonation visible. inch of white head doesn't last long. nose of lovely and bready ale yeast as well as more hops than most American pilsener types. the flavor is really good, smooth and a little sweet, still hoppy, but moved by pilsener malts. refreshing and interesting for the style, something sweet like a cream ale towards the finish, and a bit of body too. its bright and in a genre where the yeast is usually not heard from, I appreciate its forward position in this beer. cleaner finish even though its sweet, and an expansive body mature beyond its light malt youth. overall a very enjoyable brew, one of the better from shorts. its down easy, and while not totally unique, its a nice reinvention of the style in a way that's more pleasurable to me then even some of the most authentic Czech pilseners.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Russian River pint glass. No bottle dating information.

A: Pours a cloudy straw yellow color. Bright yellow. Two finger bright white head. Looks nicely carbonated.

S: I get grass, lemon, and weird Belgian like hops/yeast. Cereal grains. Smell light and clean.

T: There is definitely some grassy faint hops on the tip of the tongue, but not strong. It's really crisp and clean. I am getting some of those citrus (lemon) flavors, but mostly light hops and matching grains. It's a sessionable craft pilsner. Not bad.

M: Light to medium.

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Photo of mlazzaro
3.72/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Clear as can be yellow. Decent carbonation. Has a hard time keeping any kind of head up. Small amount of yeast in the bottle- nice because the beer can continue lagering in storage. Smells like lager yeast, clean and faint. Impressive grainy pilsner flavors. Thin body and crisp finish. Has a distinct Chech Saaz character (I assume hop choice from grassy - peppery notes.) Mild bitterness, very refreshing. I usually don't drink excessively, but I gladly drink a bunch of these.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of webmanspidey
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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