Pontius Road Pilsner
Short's Brewing Company

Pontius Road PilsnerPontius Road Pilsner
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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #268
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
81
Ranked #43,324
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 13.76%
Reviews:
75
Ratings:
238
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Short's Brewing Company
 
Michigan, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
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SCORE
81
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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.3/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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2.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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2.63/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L: Hazy straw under a ½” white foam collar that quickly dissipates to a thin film. S: has a strong pilsner malt nose with some earthy hop in the background. T: A rich malt backbone with a light apple touch and an earthy hop finish. F: Crisp, light body and medium carbonation. O: A rich, refreshing, full flavored pilsner.

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.07/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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4.25/5  rDev +19.4%

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4/5  rDev +12.4%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3/5  rDev -15.7%

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3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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.

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Pontius Road Pilsner from Short's Brewing Company
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 238 ratings