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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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 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 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 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 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 StoutHunter
4.13/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

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Photo of Phinner
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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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 alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +20.5%
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!

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Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of Landshark67
4.85/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

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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 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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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 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 Lillenk
3.82/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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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 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 kbeals
3.88/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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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 tai4ji2x
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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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 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 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 brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +23.3%
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

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