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

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Reviews: 73
Hads: 227
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 7.44%
Wants: 8
Gots: 9 | 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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Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 (792 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.23/5  rDev -11%
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. (280 characters)

Photo of alexanf
3/5  rDev -17.4%
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. (285 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.08/5  rDev -15.2%
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 TheStove
3.52/5  rDev -3%
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. (809 characters)

Photo of Beer_Runner
3.51/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (733 characters)

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
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 dorianmarley
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (287 characters)

Photo of liamt07
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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 korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -1.4%
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. (439 characters)

Photo of gfreed
4.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good summer beer, if only it were summer. Highly polished, shiny colors; perfumey aroma and a buzz-saw bite with enough bubbles to inflate a balloon (after you burp them back up, that is...). A decent American pils, this is no Victory Prima but it will do as a sub. (267 characters)

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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. (587 characters)

Photo of gustogasmic
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear straw-yellow, like a PBR or what-have you, with consistent columns of big bubbles moving up the pint glass. A soft head that quickly dissipates.

Earthy, twangy, malty aroma. Straw and a little sweetness.

Nailed it! Same as the aroma- a big, balanced pilsener shower of light earthiness playing with infantile amounts of hops. Mouthfeel is great- goes down with a softly biting carbonation that rolls out lightly but manages a nice aftertaste.

Overall, I'm super-impressed. I don't drink a heck of a lot of pilseners, but this stands up to the few (literally) Czech ones that I've had. Good stuff, of course very sessionable. (635 characters)

Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (619 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
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 VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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 mlazzaro
3.72/5  rDev +2.5%
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. (479 characters)

Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of orangesol
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
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 Dope
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
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 weizenbob
2.9/5  rDev -20.1%
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.

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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. (1,981 characters)

Photo of xnicknj
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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 david131
4.19/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a slightly hazy straw yellow liquid with numerous strains of rising carbonation. The white head is thin but has nice retention and leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of fruit and buttered white bread. Simple and clean. Makes for something different.

T- Same as the aroma with some lingering hoppiness.

M- Spicy carbonation with keeps it light. There is some lingering bitterness.

O- This is pretty tasty for the style. Will make for an excellent session beer on a hot summer day. (490 characters)

Photo of sculls65
3.45/5  rDev -5%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev -7.7%
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. (473 characters)

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