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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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BA SCORE
81
good

219 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 219
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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leadahmer

Michigan

2/5  rDev -43.7%

12-07-2013 00:34:03 | More by leadahmer
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PA-Michigander

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

11-25-2013 01:45:24 | More by PA-Michigander
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +8.5%

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.

11-23-2013 03:13:48 | More by biegaman
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -8.2%

When I poured this, it has golden color body with very little head. The smell is grassy and grainey. The taste is dull, I get some wheat flavor and a grassy undertone, no hops present. The moutheel is kinda watery and overall it doesn't impress me at all. .

11-20-2013 21:14:37 | More by chefhatt
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spoony

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -2%

From a 355 ml bottle into a pokal.

A-The brew is very light golden in color and clear. A few streams of chunky carbonation are visible. The head is pretty pathetic...just a cap of short-lived, shiny white foam. Lacing hangs around for a bit, but eventually dissipates.

S-The smell is semi-sweet for the style with dominant grain flavors, some straw/wheat notes, and butter-scented biscuity malt flavors. I get just a touch of grassy hops, too. Pretty simple, but not too far off for the style.

T-The taste is dryer than the smell with vegetal wet grains, biscuits, some butter, and a slightly soapy, vaguely bitter finish. Not much in the way of hops here.

M-The feel is not-quite-crisp and effervescent, with a surprisingly filling and robust body.

O-This is pretty middle-of-the-road effort. The grain flavor is somewhat off and the butter notes do not do much for me. The vaguely bitter, soapy finish does not compensate for the funky, buttery grain flavors up front, and the feel was inviting at first, but about halfway through the glass, it became sore of annoying. Meh.

11-11-2013 00:02:04 | More by spoony
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BrewtalHonesty

Michigan

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-08-2013 01:55:41 | More by BrewtalHonesty
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king75

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

11-05-2013 01:08:37 | More by king75
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Hopstout

Minnesota

3/5  rDev -15.5%

11-02-2013 16:58:27 | More by Hopstout
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Beaver13

Colorado

1.85/5  rDev -47.9%

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.

10-30-2013 23:36:52 | More by Beaver13
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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +15.5%

A: A small finger of bright white head was formed and quickly fell into the pilsner glass the beer was poured into. There was a right of fine bubbles clinging to the edge with no real lacing to be noticed. The beer is a hazy straw yellow color with a steady slow stream of bubbles popping up from the bottom of the glass.

S: Clean freshly baked bread, slight lemon zest and spicey noble hop aroma are all present in equal amounts.

T: A nice crisp earthy bitterness in the front of the profile. As the pallet adjusts there is a nice round malt character in the way of bread, lemon and husky grain. The hop flavor follows with an almost fruity/caramel like flavor thats subtle.

M: A very crisp dry finish with a moderate amount of carbonation. very drinkable.

O: Not your run of the mil Czech Pilz, its got some interesting flavors I can't pin point but its enjoyable. The hop flavor is excellent.

10-28-2013 23:54:10 | More by guityler83
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BEERschlitz

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-24-2013 18:19:02 | More by BEERschlitz
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DrIPA

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

10-18-2013 12:46:17 | More by DrIPA
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.71/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

10-18-2013 02:37:53 | More by StonedTrippin
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jschott75

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

10-16-2013 00:11:51 | More by jschott75
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superspak

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12.7%

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.

10-11-2013 04:05:16 | More by superspak
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vikinghorn

Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-27-2013 11:07:05 | More by vikinghorn
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Rons35

Michigan

2.75/5  rDev -22.5%

09-18-2013 01:12:43 | More by Rons35
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waston

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-18-2013 00:49:37 | More by waston
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elNopalero

Texas

3.03/5  rDev -14.6%

This pours a light golden yellow with thin foaming. It has a muted aroma that doesn’t really develop. However, the flavor comes across with a light lemony biscuit with some sodium bicarbonate notes. Noticeable minerality leads to a dull, effervescent finish. Didn’t live up to expectations.

09-15-2013 05:19:38 | More by elNopalero
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Shatter

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +5.6%

09-13-2013 21:39:31 | More by Shatter
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imfrommichigan

Utah

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-13-2013 02:37:54 | More by imfrommichigan
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Agentveba

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -1.4%

09-12-2013 03:48:39 | More by Agentveba
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carlborch

Michigan

3.01/5  rDev -15.2%

Pours a very bright golden-yellow. Looks thin for a Pilsner? Totally white 1-inch, creamy, head forms. Nose is low on malt and hops, and suggests cut grass. Very light body and palate with lingering bitterness. The bitterness is similar to that of a German or Scandinavian Pilsner, but the body and flavor is not. Not quite Kölsch-like, although the hops and bitterness are consistent with a Kölsch. Too low on hops and malt for a Czech Pilsner. Rings of delicate Belgian lace form. I am not excited and will not be seeking this beer again.

09-11-2013 00:29:02 | More by carlborch
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richkrull

Wisconsin

3.25/5  rDev -8.5%

09-09-2013 22:56:25 | More by richkrull
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adrienne

Illinois

3/5  rDev -15.5%

09-09-2013 12:32:25 | More by adrienne
Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 219 ratings.