fakebeersnob (182) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much of a scent. A hint of sweetness and a hint of grass. Pours a light gold where you can see the carbonation bubbles rising. No real head, just something that reminds me of dish soap, Hop presence hits the tongue first, but then finishes like bread. It is good for a pilsner or lager (not my styles of choice), but not something I would seek out.
ColovianTrader (325) - - NOV 27, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Citrus, lemon and orange zest, caramel and notes of sugar cane. Nice hop bitterness throughout. Crisp finish and carbonation.
DiarmaidBHK (3524) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle from Drakes party center. Pours golden with a white head. Leaves a lot of lacing. Not a ton on the nose. Tastes of straw on the tongue. There’s a hint of bitterness at finish to keep things tidy. It’s sneaky big at 7% and real easy drinking. Solid!
wmubronco1992 (636) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a straw color. Small white head. Slightly sweet aroma. Flavor is sweet grass. Medium thick body. Bitter finish. This was ok, but I’m not picking up the love that some of the other raters must have felt. Based on dates of the other raters I’m guessing my bottle is a little old, but I’d think at 7% it would have held up for a couple months.
jrob21 (2661) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Grassy hay with a little bit of light toasty grain in the aroma. Bottle from a recent trade. Flavor is good subtle and not too sticky sweet. Kicks up the pilsner style a bit to make it a little more full bodied and entertaining. Little bit of alcohol and band aid hops working.
koleminer20 (742) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. The pour is a pretty good looking bright gold, like you'd expect in a pilsner. It's not really clear, and the head is pretty thin, but leaves great lace. The aroma is very citrusy with notes of yeast and malt. There isn't as much grain as you'd expect, which is a nice change of pace. The flavor is very citrusy on the front and then smoothes out. There isn't much else on the back end, other than a little dry hoppy finish. The mouth feel is a little thin, but the color and flavor suggest it won't be too thick
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours golden somewhat clear with a smaller white head. Aroma brings some light zest like yeast and a bit of sweet malts. Flavor brings smooth and crisp malty pilsner and Pilsner yeast flavors that give a German small hop bit to settle on the palate.
DrSilverworm (6925) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2013
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, big thanks to umich03jm. Few things in life I love more than fresh, unrated Shorts at my doorstep... One of the classiest looking shorts labels I’ve ever seen, really nice-looking. Mostly clear yellow color. Very fine particles visible suspended in the body. Very nice ridges and spreads of lace. Good-looking beer, with the label to complement. Medium-plus body. Smooth, crisp, lighter carbonation, with a more dry finish. Great grassy hop aroma, bready, lightly peppery full pilsenery malt base, nice light lemon citrus. Great, big long pilsnery aftertaste. Pilsen malt really shines here; it’s a showcase of everything good about pilseners. Good moderate to bigger bitter taste, light to moderate sweetness, all in balance. No hint of the bigger alcohol in the taste, just a nice, more full body and bigger flavor. This manages to be a slightly bigger, more fuller flavored pils without being over the top hoppy and not at all hot, very impressive. Still true to style but big enough to qualify as imperial. It pretty much amps everything up I love about a good pils, and yet still manages to be very drinkable and quite refreshing. Maybe I’m a shorts fanboy, maybe I’m just in a beer mood, but this has got to be one of the most perfect imperial pilseners I’ve ever tried... very well done in all aspects.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottled 9/17/13 and poured into a shaker pint.
Appearance: A cloudy "pure" yellow color. Pure yellow with nothing else there. Half finger or so of head bubbles away pretty quickly leaving a wispy bit of foam on top. Not much lacing.
Smell: As expected, smelling quite sweet. Like sugar and hay, mostly. Almost a fruity characteristic as well. Quite nice on the nose.
Taste/feel: First sip I didn’t care for much, but then I realized I had brushed my teeth half an hour earlier. Once that first sip got my teeth re-dirtified, I was ready to go. The taste is much like the smell. This really is just what I had expected coming into this beer. Take an Pilsner with an average ABV (five or so), and add sweetness. Very low bitterness for me. I think this is 50 IBUs, but it’s balanced well. Sweet from beginning to end with that hay flavor typical to a good Pilsner, with almost a juiciness from fruit. Mouthfeel is medium with a medium amount of carbonation, making this pretty dangerously drinkable. I’m going to shock some people by saying that I thought there was some corn in the flavor in a way, but I’m not too sure. Whether they use corn or not (I’d THINK not) in this beer, I get that vibe. Regardless, a super enjoyable beer.
I’m really not often a fan of Pilsners because I often find them bland and uninteresting, but I enjoy the body and sweetness of The Curl quite a lot.
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Clear light gold. Grain malt and alcohol aroma. Smooth and refreshing. Doesn’t pair well with cool ranch Doritos. One of my favorite pilsners.
-- rated with Beerbasher