rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
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
tectactoe (1437) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2014
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap: Light, golden-straw color with a mild chill haze; quickly settling, soapy & bubbly white head. Minimal lacing. Aroma is... nothing. Smells like nothing. Very, very muted notes of mild corn, hulled grains, faint chalk, & stale, musty hops arise after allow this to warm up, but even then... weak. Taste is more vibrant but still quite boring. Moderate grain & pilsner malt. Hint of spicy Noble hop bitterness, metallic notes, must, astringency, & cereal grains. Clean lager yeast finish. A pilsner does NOT mean it has to be a boring beer. But this is a boring beer. Not bad, but not much going on, either. Good for power hours & century clubs, but maybe that’s about it.
Atom (1277) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle pours a clear pale straw/yellow with a medium white head. Aroma of corn and malt, barley and hops, simple straight forward. Taste is sweet and malty, fruity hops, big corn and barley. Decent pils.
fhoublon (312) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Dégustée (bouteille) le 8 juin 2012 au Mondial de la Bière 2012 à Montréal (D2C2KPPO). Bière blonde limpide. Aucun col. Assez effervescente, bulles fines. Légère odeur de gingembre. Très très douce, assez sucrée, peu amère. Légère saveur d’épices. Plutôt mince et unidimensionnelle, manque de caractère. Bonne mais un peu fade.
RABinCO (1132) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle into a nonic pint. Real clear golden hay pour with a thin white head. Aroma is surprisingly big and roasty with a bit of grass, citrus, cereal, and yes, a tad bit of skunk and a bit of butter...but it works. Taste is crisp, clean, again surprisingly roasty malt character. Nice bitter, grassy bite. Crisp finish. Easy drinking.
koleminer20 (535) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle into a pint. The pour is a pale, cloudy straw yellow with a white head that leaves some really good lace. The aroma is lemony, with some maltiness to it, and a bit of skunk on the back end. The flavor is very similar. It's a little skunky up front with a decent citrus zing and moves into a dry light hoppiness. The mouth feel is really thin, really slick. Decent carbonation, but the aftertaste is just dry and skunky
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ajnepple (1995) - Clear Creek, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz bottle from Tipsy’s into a pint glass. Yellow golden and clear with an average white head, light lacing. Bland aroma of pale malts, clean noble hops, floral notes, light peppery spice and herbs. Similar flavor, not much else going on really. Average body with a crisp finish.
cbfobes (2267) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 17, 2014
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Poured from 12oz bottle, pours a pale yellow with no head at all, aroma is of hay and dirt with a little bit of skunk too, the flavor has a really dry hay like front end with some cracker and bread in the finish, really light, still kind of an off finish though, metallic like, not a fan.
polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 7, 2013
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at brewery. Aroma is pretty classic pilsner cereal malts with subdued hops and lager yeast. Pale yellow hue with a mostly diminishing white head that left some lace. Lightly sweet and bitter. Light bodied with normal carbonation.
UncleKorm (727) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle poured a hazy pale straw-yellow hue w/ a thin white fully diminishing head. Moderate aromas of malts, lemon, grass, bready yeast, and bright hops. Initial flavor is light faint sweet w/ a crisp moderate bitter finish. Taste follows the nose. Light bodied, lively carbonation, watery mouthfeel, and dry finish.
Dogbrick (7567) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Sample at the Willoughby PBCCP tasting on 11/17/2013: The beer is a hazy pale yellow color with a thin white head that evaporates quickly to an outer ring. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma of herbal hops and malt. Light-bodied with flavors of grassy hops and toasted malt. The finish is mildly bitter with a grassy hop aftertaste. Slightly above average overall.