RATINGS: 112   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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   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
rings (54) - Michigan, USA - FEB 14, 2011
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

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
alexsdad06 (9822) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 22, 2016
Draft at Shorts in a flight from notes. Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have pale, pilsner malts, grass, citrus, herbal notes, some bitterness, it’s a Pilsener and that doesn’t excite me very much.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3146) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Pours very clear light lemon with a white head and some lacing. Aroma is a bit too light for me, some light lemony funky malt notes. But as described, the flavor is full and big with clean and not too crips lemony and sweet wheat like malts. Super satiating on a summer sunny day!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
BrownALEx (451) - Portland, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2014
Not the best beer style but Short’s does a nice job making a drinkable pilsner. The best pilsner out there, maybe.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SHANER4 (495) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 14, 2014
bottle - poured very light straw color with thin white head. Aroma - hay, corn and some grassy notes. Taste - very similar to aroma. Grassy hops with sweet corn and salty sunflower seeds. Palate - thin mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation. Finish is somewhat dry and has little aftertaste. Overall - pretty good beer for the style. I had no issue drinking the beer and would have another. Short’s brewery just makes good sold tasting beer!!

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
czar (8707) - Québec, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 8, 2014
pours hazy very pale yellow with a thin white cap, little retention and lacing. sweetish pils if not sweetened creamed corn - honeyed, faint fruitiness - maybe some small yellow fruits and white grape juice, lemon, pepper, sulfur, light grassy-herbal, light woodsy and dusty notes. low carboantion, light body - oily, assertive yet semi-sweet grassy-peppery-herbal-grapefruity short to medium long finish. ok.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 8/20
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JUN 19, 2014
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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Atom (2292) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - JUN 12, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
fhoublon (461) - Lachine, Quebec, CANADA - MAY 29, 2014
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
RABinCO (1508) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - MAY 27, 2014
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
koleminer20 (3209) - 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

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