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

Short's Pontius Road PilsnerShort's Pontius Road Pilsner

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210 Ratings
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Ratings: 210
Reviews: 73
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 14.01%


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:
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(Beer added by: BeerBeing on 02-25-2007)
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StoutHunter

Michigan

4.14/5  rDev +16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 21:38:40 | More by StoutHunter
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tai4ji2x

Massachusetts

4.33/5  rDev +21.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-27-2009 10:30:17 | More by tai4ji2x
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tectactoe

Michigan

3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2013 11:42:13 | More by tectactoe
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2012 21:33:47 | More by orangesol
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marlinsfan4

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
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!

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 01:48:45 | More by marlinsfan4
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hooliganlife

Missouri

3.23/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2012 01:52:26 | More by hooliganlife
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CloudStrife

New York

3.73/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2012 17:34:05 | More by CloudStrife
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warnerry

Michigan

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2012 03:25:18 | More by warnerry
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 19:27:54 | More by korguy123
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.26/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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. .

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottled 3/13/12 and poured 9/29/12

Appearance: A murky yellow color with a thin head that leaves surprisingly decent lacing.

Smell: A very light hop aroma... maybe even a bit of wheat-like smells as well.

Taste/feel: As expected, mild. Drinks a lot like a light beer. The biggest thing about this beer that I don't care for is that instant it hits the tongue. It feels like carbonated water, and that's really it. But once the taste comes out, it's not too bad. There's a decent bit of hops and even some spices in there. A very mild aroma and taste, but that's what's expected with this style. It gets better as you get to the bottom of the glass, but still a pretty ordinary beer -- would make a GREAT beer for Summer.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2012 22:39:16 | More by Alextricity
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dfillius

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass
A: Moderate pour yields 3/4 finger of fizzy tight white head with fair retention. Chill hazy? Straw blonde liquid. I'd prefer it to be clearer.
S: Lemongrass, jasmine flower, pungent herbal/sulfur compound/garlic. Very nice! No off aroma or skunk. Slight honey.
T: Bitterness is aggressive. Starts out with a flavor void hat seems to suck bitterness into it. Bitterness dominates. Too much bitterness I'd say though. Later on as it warms, however, a good malt base is apparent.
M: A bit thin and green/starchy. Very bitter. Maybe that's why it is hazy. Dry.
O: I like this. I enjoy a pint, but I probably won't actually buy 6. Maybe for a party. tasty, but too bitter.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2012 00:42:35 | More by dfillius
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spoony

Colorado

3.48/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

4.61/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2013 01:42:53 | More by czfreeman
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webmanspidey

Michigan

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2011 20:31:17 | More by webmanspidey
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gfreed

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2012 23:45:18 | More by gfreed
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wingman14

Ohio

3.95/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 20:22:02 | More by wingman14
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scotorum

Massachusetts

4.24/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Getting towards the end of the collection of Shorts obtained on my Michigan trip last month.

Poured into a tulip glass from the 12 oz. bottle.

a: An appealing straw yellow, translucent at first, cleared up eventually as the carbonation settled down. Finger thick white head also faded to an even surface foam with a little lacing.

s: Vaguely fruity. Pleasant.

t: Slightly sweet, moreso than most pilseners I have tried. But then more flavor, a combination of malt and fruity hops. Significant but far from overwhelming hop bite. Nicely balanced.

m: More body than most pilseners, but still refreshing.

o: I was sorry when this was gone. Perhaps closer to a light IPA than pilsener, but definitely a quality summer brew.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2013 02:45:30 | More by scotorum
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SportsandJorts

Michigan

3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: very light straw yellow color. mostly clear but with just a slight haze to it. small white head that doesn't leave much behind.

Smell: weak, almost hard to find. mostly grassy/grainy notes. some slight spicy hop

Taste: grassy/graininess, pilsner malts, hops, slightly spice, some slight muskiness to it. pretty well balanced and tasty.

Mouthfeel: a little lacking on the carbonation. more crispness would make this beer better. not quite as clean as i'd like either. but mostly refreshing and very light

overall: I wasn't expecting a ton out of Short's on this style, but i was pleasantly surprised. i found a very light and still pretty tasty beer

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2013 02:24:44 | More by SportsandJorts
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KDawg

Illinois

3.58/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into a 1L krug. Pours a hazy yellow/gold color with a smaller head.

Crisp and balanced aromas of crackers, citrus, and grains. Nice aromas, but lacking some depth.

Lighter bodied with a very smooth feel. Crisp with very good notes of grains, noble hops and citrus'.

A really good pilsner. Nice and balanced with good crispness on both the smell and taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2012 00:15:02 | More by KDawg
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DannyDan

Michigan

3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 08:30:54 | More by DannyDan
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Ri0

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

poured 12oz bottle into pint glass.

A - Lemon and light straw in color with a bit of haze. Bright 1.5 finger white head. Bubbles slowly rise from bottom of glass. Decent lacing for a Pils.

S - Lemon zest, with some wheat, grain, grass. Light on the malts.

T - Wheat, grassy, with some grain and Pilsener malt. I get some light lemon zest and floral hops. Tasty Czech Pilsener that I could enjoy anytime.

M - Very crisp and clean with some zippy carbonation. Light bodied and quite refreshing, I finished it in quickly.

O - I enjoyed this and it is not a style I have had much of. Only Budvar and Urquel, many years ago, when I visited Prague.

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2013 23:17:01 | More by Ri0
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mlazzaro

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2012 02:53:17 | More by mlazzaro
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TenHornsProud

Colorado

3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2012 02:25:16 | More by TenHornsProud
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kbeals

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2009 02:53:22 | More by kbeals
Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.