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

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Reviews: 74
Hads: 230
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%
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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Reviews: 74 | Hads: 230
Photo of Sammy
3.6/5  rDev -1.1%
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. (256 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (986 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.45/5  rDev +22.3%
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 (555 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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, (767 characters)

Photo of oline73
3.16/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.08/5  rDev -15.4%
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! (317 characters)

Photo of superspak
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (1,230 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -3%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.86/5  rDev +6%
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. (1,458 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (391 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (594 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.09/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy straw under a ½” white foam collar that quickly dissipates to a thin film. S: has a strong pilsner malt nose with some earthy hop in the background. T: A rich malt backbone with a light apple touch and an earthy hop finish. F: Crisp, light body and medium carbonation. O: A rich, refreshing, full flavored pilsner. (325 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev +9.1%
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. (652 characters)

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
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. (661 characters)

Photo of tectactoe
3.52/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (2,085 characters)

Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (715 characters)

Photo of warnerry
3.94/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (437 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
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! (588 characters)

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -7.1%
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. (255 characters)

Photo of StoutHunter
4.13/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (3,435 characters)

Photo of birchstick
4/5  rDev +9.9%
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. (431 characters)

Photo of Dope
3.3/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (817 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +4.4%
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. (318 characters)

Photo of Beaver13
1.87/5  rDev -48.6%
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. (407 characters)

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