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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
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Short's Brewing Company
Michigan, United States
shortsbrewing.com

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerBeing on 02-25-2007

BEER STATS
Reviews:
74
Ratings:
235
Avg:
3.61
pDev:
24.65%
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
12
For Trade:
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Reviews: 74 | Ratings: 235
Photo of Beaver13
1.87/5  rDev -48.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 1.5

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.

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Photo of elNopalero
3.04/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of spoony
3.48/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.68/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of gordavidson
4.19/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of hooliganlife
3.23/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

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Photo of inlimbo77
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of Ri0
3.81/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of chefhatt
3.27/5  rDev -9.4%
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. .

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Photo of SerialTicker
3.53/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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Photo of Giggy
2.63/5  rDev -27.1%
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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Photo of scotorum
4.22/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of JDizzle
3.11/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of dfillius
3.69/5  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.

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Photo of thain709
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.67/5  rDev +1.7%
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

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Photo of chinabeergeek
4.3/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of webmanspidey
3.77/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of korguy123
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.7/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of czfreeman
4.6/5  rDev +27.4%
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.

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Photo of wingman14
3.93/5  rDev +8.9%
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

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Photo of gfreed
4.08/5  rDev +13%
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.

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Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

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Photo of KDawg
3.58/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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