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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: 222
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.55
pDev: 14.08%
Wants: 8
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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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

HardyA, Apr 15, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

imperialking, Apr 11, 2013
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3.56/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

tectactoe, Mar 28, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

funkyMonk, Mar 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

SimcoeJoe, Mar 16, 2013
Photo of czfreeman
4.61/5  rDev +29.9%

Just moved to MI. First Shorts beer I've bought, except for a Soft Parade last night.
Pours a nice golden light Pilsner tone. Light fluffy head, good carbonation.
Smells nice, crisp, bready.Pepper, bittering hops, floral notes. Slightly musty grains, clean, sharp, very good Pilsner.
Flavor is crisp.Bread, citrus, pepper, bittering hops, smooth grainy body, great hop balance and the sharp spicy peper notes with the perfect body and carbonation create one of the best Pils I've ever had.
After living in Germany for several years, I've tried many a Pils. Normally the American versions are so hopped they almost come off as APA's, and sometimes German Pils are a touch too sweet.
This is the perfect balance and really one of the best versions of the style I've tried.The relatively low rating on here puzzles me.

czfreeman, Mar 14, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

eorwar, Mar 08, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

ssimpson89, Mar 02, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

SaisonRichBiere, Mar 02, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

JohnnieNepal, Feb 22, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

PattyMelt, Feb 21, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

seeswo, Jan 29, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

Acuity, Jan 24, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

MichiganBrews, Jan 14, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

schmityl, Jan 14, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

BlissJunkie, Jan 10, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

danwho, Jan 06, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

poppyjohn, Dec 29, 2012
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3.95/5  rDev +11.3%

Pours a bubbly bright straw yellow with a snow white head. Smell is sweet, malt and yeast with some earthy smells. Taste isn't sweet as the smell would suggest, taste starts bitter with malty tones. The bitter tastes like it came from hops. No yeast flavors some earthy ones are there. A medium light body, very smooth, great carbonation. A nice beer, good balance, bitter without huge hop flavor, tasty beer

wingman14, Dec 27, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

beergorrilla, Dec 21, 2012
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4/5  rDev +12.7%

larebear, Dec 10, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Tawny, Dec 04, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -29.6%

chippo33, Dec 04, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

jmich24, Nov 30, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

Scotthuller, Nov 22, 2012
Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 222 ratings.