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RATINGS: 107   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 50   EST. CALORIES: 210   ABV: 7%
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The Curl was one of the first Imperial beers made at Short’s. This American Pilsner has an appealing clear, bright, and golden straw color. Faint esters of grain and aromas of fresh baked bread are prominent throughout the beer. The flavor results from the abundance of flake maize used in this recipe. There are also hefty doses of hops that create a pronounced dryness that seamlessly blends into a crisp, clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
fakebeersnob (182) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - DEC 14, 2014
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ColovianTrader (325) - - NOV 27, 2014
Citrus, lemon and orange zest, caramel and notes of sugar cane. Nice hop bitterness throughout. Crisp finish and carbonation.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DiarmaidBHK (3524) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 25, 2014
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!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
wmubronco1992 (636) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - MAR 30, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jrob21 (2661) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 26, 2013
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
koleminer20 (742) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2013
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (2680) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
DrSilverworm (6925) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 13, 2013
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
RespertFTW (521) - Michigan, USA - NOV 4, 2013
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.

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