RATINGS: 110   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
Quality lies just off the beaten path.
Pontius Road Pilsner is a true American-style Pilsner. The beer contains malted barley blended with flaked maize (corn) to produce a deliciously distinct flavor. It may be light in body and color, but it has a full flavor that gives way to a refreshing crispness. Handfuls of hops provide pleasant aromas and a wonderful dry finish.

Pontius Road Pilsner was designed to be like a colonial Pilsner. In colonial times, ingredients were often rationed so people used corn to supplement some of the barley in their beer recipes. Their Pilsners were also slightly hopped to add preservation. The name, Pontius Road Pilsner, derives from the road name that The Woodmaster, Bill Sohn, lives on. Bill encouraged Joe Short to move forward with his brewery business plan, and is a big reason why Short’s exists today!

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koleminer20 (4171) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAR 13, 2014
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 ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

ajnepple (7342) - Lakewood, Colorado, USA - FEB 21, 2014
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 (2888) - Quad Cities, Illinois, USA - JAN 17, 2014
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
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 (1337) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 19, 2013
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 (14311) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 18, 2013
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.

HisBoyElroy (107) - Michigan, USA - NOV 12, 2013
This beer is just ugly. Looks like pee water. Taste is small and off putting. I do not want another.

Beaver (1867) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 30, 2013
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.

robloc303 (268) - Erie, Colorado, USA - OCT 22, 2013
Pours pale yellow, little to no head. Aroma is hay, wheat, mild malt, a hint of floral and citrus. Flavor is mildly bitter, dough, bread, wheat, followed by some grass and floral flavors. An average pilsner.

Ernest (7889) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Bottle. Head is initially small, frothy, white, mostly diminishing. Body is clear light yellow. Aroma is lightly malty (grain, cereal, husks), lightly hoppy (flowers), with notes of butter, DMS. Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter. Finish is lightly sweet, lightly acidic, lightly to moderately bitter, slightly unclean, slightly husky. Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation. Yet another very disappointing brew from Short’s, and the worst of the seven I’ve had so far (but when the best was only a 3.0, that’s not saying too much). Poor malt character, DMS, even some diacetyl, thin, watery, dirty aftertaste...this is pretty hard to enjoy in any way. Total drain pour.

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