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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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209 Ratings
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Ratings: 209
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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guityler83

Wisconsin

4.1/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Ohio

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2012 01:37:42 | More by dorianmarley
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weizenbob

Michigan

2.93/5  rDev -17.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2012 00:38:38 | More by weizenbob
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JDizzle

Indiana

3.15/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip.

Looks like a cloudy wheat beer. Not much head, but golden yellow that doesn't look like the normal pilsner. Very nice, but weird?!

Smells like an earthy pungent flower bomb. Not too sure what the hell this is?? It's grassy, but smells a bit like rotten milk...

Really off for a pilsner. It has a lot of herbal tendancies that don't mingle well with my palate. It's bitter on the end, but has an earthy grassy floral punch in the middle.

Mouthfeel is thin and has a taste that lingers, and I'm not that gratefull about it.

Will not buy again. The last few Shorts beers I have had have been a let down.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2012 02:11:16 | More by JDizzle
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Giggy

Michigan

2.68/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much to this one. Poured from a 12oz bottle.

A: Pale straw colored. White head that doesn't last. Carbonation bubbles that stick to the side of the glass.

S: Very mild and yeasty.

T: Crisp. Baked Bread or even Toast with butter. Slightly flowery and earthy. Earthy.

M: Light body and carbonation.

O: Not impressed but very drinkable. Expected a bit more.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2012 01:54:19 | More by Giggy
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Beer_Runner


3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:14:36 | More by Beer_Runner
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Bitter_Echo

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light yellow, hazy color, and inviting. Smell is muted and not very distinct, but it smells like this is beer. Tastes is very good, light, not heavy on the palate, actively, refreshingly carbonation, and then bitter enough to know that hops are there, and then dry and fruity, almost lemony, with some sour-ish notes that make it feel a bit like a hoppier farm ale or saison. Overall I like this a lot for a pilsner, which usually isn't in the fridge. I could see getting a six or a bottle of these from time to time. Nice offering

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2012 23:46:33 | More by Bitter_Echo
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sarahspat

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this one on tap at Cambridge House last night. Served in a Weizen glass (close enough, I guess).

There was about an inch of white, soft-looking head which quickly retreated. Left a few bits of lace here and there. The beer looks exactly what you would expect a pilsner to look like. Very clear, light golden yellow color.

The nose is pleasant and features light floral scents and deep, sweet fruitiness.

Lemon peel dominates the flavor; this beer has a bitter bite to it. There is also a kind of an elusive malty sweetness lurking in the background. I was never able to put my finger on any other specific flavors. The finish is very dry with a medium-light mouthfeel and just the right amount of carbonation. Much more hoppy than malty.

I deducted points from the drinkability because it made my mouth uncomfortably dry. Despite the pleasant flavor, I found it a little difficult to drink the whole glass.

This is maybe my third craft pilsner ever, so I'm definitely not an expert on the style, but this one might be my least favorite. It's not a bad beer at all, just didn't really have the crispness I was looking for.

Serving type: on-tap

04-02-2009 14:24:17 | More by sarahspat
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carlborch

Michigan

3.01/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

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

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First run 12oz bottle, poured into a pint glass.

A - Pours yellow/golden with about two fingers of white head that disapates rather quickly leaving a little bit of lacing.

S - Smells pretty mild, you sense a little bit of citus and malts. Seems pretty simple as a regular pilsner would be.

T - Very crisp - you taste the bready malts with a little bit of a fruity/citrus flavor. No harsh after-taste, a very clean and easy to drink beer.

M - Light body with relatively light carbonation.

O - I think this was a fantastic move by Short's to make this a 'flagship' year-end beer. This light and crisp pilsner, affordably priced at $7.99/six can really help bring in new non-tradtional craft beer drinkers into the mix. Hopefully after trying this, it becomes a "gateway drug" in order to be a little more adventureous and try new beers from Short's and other brewers.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2011 20:57:12 | More by BeRanger
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Lillenk

Michigan

3.85/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at Grill One Eleven.

Appearance was a very nice golden color but a little cloudier than I would like to see from a Pilsner.

Smell was nice. Very typical smells of a pilsner. No off smells. Some hops in there too.

Taste was good. Very typical of the style. Nothing spectacular or out of the ordinary but a good crisp sessionable beer.

Mouthfeel was great. Very light bodied. I could definately drink quite a few of these. Overall a pretty good beer experience.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2011 16:27:58 | More by Lillenk
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TheStove

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -1.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 06:51:20 | More by TheStove
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gustogasmic

Michigan

4/5  rDev +12%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2012 04:53:08 | More by gustogasmic
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rings

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

While I've always enjoyed their beers, I'd never really "reviewed" one as they never tend to be much for style accuracy. Heck, their offerings are typically tough to actually even define, much less get into style.

Their Pontius Road Pilsner is one of those beers. Offered on draft only, the PRP is described as "true American pilsner," which is somewhat akin to Miller Lite's claim, albeit in a completely different direction and for completely different reasons.

It's does pour pale and clear, but it strikes me as more of a helles than a pils, although it's flowery enough to even doubt the lager yeast. It's very mildly hopped, with little of the crispness one might expect in a pils. The body is sweet and full, with a gorgeous full white head. There is a mildly dry finish and, unfortunately, a hint of DMS, although nothing more than a Rolling Rock would consider distinct.

As one of their tamer offerings, this would make a great session beer and pair nicely with almost any tomato dish, especially anything highly seasoned or spicy.

While not within style, this is nonetheless a very enjoyable brew and is recommended.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2011 19:29:53 | More by rings
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Dave_in_GR

Michigan

3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance is a very light yellow, almost a greenish color. A couple finger-widths of foamy head which disperses quickly.

Smell is very faint, maybe a tiny bit of malty sweetness?

Taste is more assertive, lots of sweet grassy malt flavors combined with a touch of hop bitterness. The hops' herbal flavors is really nice.

Mouthfeel is thin bodied and crisp, appropriate for the style. Carbonation is fairly heavy, but their is a lingering bitter aftertaste.

Overall a pilsener that provides a nice flavor profile.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 23:17:53 | More by Dave_in_GR
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tophers

Michigan

3.18/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 2

a: Straw colored, somewhat cloudy. Not much of a lasting head

s: Sweet, corn smell. Sweet smell is quite strong. Moderately-high hop aroma. Seem to be picking up some diacetyl.

t: Very bitter throughout. Some sweetness. Picking up some of the corn flavor. Again, very bitter and not so much of a pleasant aftertaste. There could be some more malt flavor - however maybe the bitterness is cancelling that out.

m: Medium body with a creamy mouthfeel. Carbonation is medium

o: This beer was just to bitter to make it a clean, refreshing pilsner. I can taste a little malt upfront, but then the bitterness of the hops overwhelms all other taste sensations.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2012 01:33:44 | More by tophers
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Gigantis

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had a pitcher of this split between 3 of us.

A lovely blaze of bright, dirty sunshine/gold with a tidal wave of foamy white riding high above. This beer looked extremely appetizing in the pitcher and it poured well into the pils glasses provided to us by Logan's Alley. It left tattered curtains down my long glass.

The aroma was nice and clean - a little hint of citrus zest.

The taste starts off clean and floral. Dry malt taste lingers afterwards. There is a hop kiss to end each drink. I found the light bitterness to be the best thing about the taste of this pils.

This is light-medium beer all the way. The carbonation is just right and the floral, just-barely-there bitterness feels very good. I kind of felt that the taste sat on my tongue a bit too long though. Not quite dry enough.

Very drinkable. It has that crisp clean taste that leaves you wanting a little bit more. I could have probably finished the entire pitcher with not a second thought.

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2009 21:00:48 | More by Gigantis
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Phinner

Michigan

4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice warm, bready pilsner. Not too many craft pilsners are able (or attempt) to create the level of bread flavors that this beer generates. These flavors dominate and almost need to be scaled back to make it more sessionable. Very similar to Trumer Pils (another favorite). I'll definitely try it again.

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2012 15:12:35 | More by Phinner
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sculls65

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2012 00:48:38 | More by sculls65
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alexanf

Mississippi

3/5  rDev -16%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2012 01:02:18 | More by alexanf
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Landshark67

Michigan

4.88/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Very well constructed beer by Shorts.

Mouthfeel is nearly perfect.

The beer's aroma is classic pils but the finish has some extra hops.

Taste is very crisp with some citrus notes.
Not too bready.

This may become my go-to beer for easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2012 18:29:58 | More by Landshark67
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Jensen83

District of Columbia

4.29/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

This is a crystal clear awesome looking Pilsener. Could have a little bit more gas but the color is excellent. Taste is very clear and light could deserve a little bit more hops. It belongs definitely to the premier league of Pilsener i had in the US.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 04:47:53 | More by Jensen83
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aleias

Wisconsin

2.6/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A - Nice two finger head, with snow white foam, great lace, a bit cloudy for a pilsner, no visible carbonation a minus for this style.
S - A bit of the skunk at first whiff, not terrible but it is noticeable.
T - Now in all fairness I did have a Belgian quad before I tried this beer so that may be impacting my assessment but there certainly seems to be some strange unexpected flavors that I would not expect in a pilsner.
M - Not much body but this is a pilsner so for the style I would say the body is appropriate.
D - OK drinkable once you get accustomed to that slightly strange non pilsner flavor. I afraid that this beer is going in my reject beer stash.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2012 00:37:03 | More by aleias
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Short's Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
81 out of 100 based on 209 ratings.