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Torch Pilsner - Foothills Brewing Company

Torch PilsnerTorch Pilsner

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253 Ratings
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Ratings: 253
Reviews: 82
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.91%

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2005)
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Photo of Beejay


3.45/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: A very yellow color, almost grapefruit. The body of the beer is a bit on the hazy side. A good amount of soft looking pure white head.

S: Light grain, a little bit of honey and some lemon balm aroma. Fresh and crisp.

T: There is a good amount of herbal flavor, as well as some lemony flavors. The bitterness is fairly noticable, and comes through especially in the finish. I would like a little more of the grain to come though.

M: Medium light, crisp, with high carbonation. The finish lingers with residual bitterness, and perhaps a little bit of a tannic feel.

O: Overall it is pretty easy drinking, but I feel like the bitterness level on this guy is a little high for my tastes.. I want a crisp and clean finish that this one falls short on.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 23:23:40 | More by Beejay
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From 03/29/14 notes. Had on tap at Fireworks in Arlington, VA.

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with one inch of white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, wheat, dough, light fruits and light floral notes. Nice and simple.

t - Tastes of grains, bread, wheat, biscuit, dough, light floral notes. No fruit, again, prety simple but nice.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Very easy to drink.

o - Overall a decent pilsner. Not a ton going on but easy to drink and solid.

Serving type: on-tap

03-31-2014 15:46:07 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Zraly


3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Clear and light gold with nice lacing and decent head retention.

A bit sweet for style, the aroma is very good. Classic saaz hop note upfront with a nice spicy, slightly grassy feel. Mouthfeel is medium and maybe slightly on the heavy side for style. Bread and a bit of fruit (which the fruit seems a bit off for style). Finish is crisp.

Good session beer and would go well with a veggie curry.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 20:55:50 | More by Zraly
Photo of Franziskaner


3.71/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light golden hued with great clarity. Just a faint wisp of foam partially covers the top. Aroma of Saaz hops and Czech lager yeast is prevalent. Mouth is crisp and refreshing. The taste is a nice gentle Saaz hop bitterness that beckons for additional sips.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2014 04:49:28 | More by Franziskaner
Photo of cyclonece09


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours orange straw with little to no white head. Smells of nice grain profile, very sweet. Tastes of sweet grain, nice profile. Beer is heavily carbonated nice and smooth. Overall an above average beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2014 22:43:49 | More by cyclonece09
Photo of humuloner22

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

This one has grown on me. It is a typical Czech pilsner, I think the first bomber I got to this had been left too long somewhere, either on my own neglect or the store I purchased it. It pours a nice straightforward pilsner. The color is golden straw with a good bit of carbonation, which for this style is perfectly normal and something I look for. The smell is where it is truly at its best. It s great smelling beer, full of grainy aroma and character. The taste still doesn't fully do it for me. It is bitter and not necessarily in a good way. I expect the bitterness in an IPA and some ales, but this one should be more on the malt side of things. When I think of a pilsner I think of a beer that is highly sessionable, but I wouldn't do that with this one. Overall I do like it, but would choose another one to drink a few of. Overall, I do like this beer and think that it is fairly representative of the style. I would like for it to be a little less of that hairspray bitterness and more of the grainy goodness that comes through in the aroma.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2014 05:47:50 | More by humuloner22
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured on-tap and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a crystal clear, pale, honey-gold coloring with little to no head. Nose of floral hops highlight a subtle roast and bitterness throughout. Flavors are floral and peppery forward, with a heavy roast and bitter hops character at the end. Some richly sweet notes of honey ribbon throughout the palate, also. Smooth bodied, with a very clean aftertaste. The finish is very crisp and clean. An interesting twist on the pilsner, and tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2014 21:30:09 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.26/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. There's a finger worth of white colored head, and while it's not the best retaining, I like its creamy texture and somewhat plentiful lacing left behind on the glass.

S: The nice Saaz hops are sadly a bit muted here; there's a lot of sweet malt here, though. As it warms up, the hops show some more grassy definition.

T: It starts off somewhat malty - not SWEET per se, in fact it's a little undefined. The hop finish, however, is quite good, bringing not only grassy deliciousness, but also some faint lemon. The hop profile holds promise, but it really needs less intrusive malt for it to shine.

M: The feel is too thick for my tastes, nor does it really dry out efficiently on the back end. It *is* a drinkable beer, to be fair, but it should have been insanely drinkable. Carbonation is nice and strong, at least.

O: A decent pilsner. Could have been great if the malt backbone hadn't been so...shall we say, 'robust'. Worth drinking again, but not worth getting a 6 pack of again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:56:35 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Mojo


3.65/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle -> Samuel Adams Perfect Pint Glass

A - clear medium gold/amber with a small foamy head, decent retention, and not much lacing.

S - floral, bread

T - sort of one dimensional with a hint of rye, clean finish with a yeasty character.

M - decent, with good carbonation

O - pretty ambivalent about this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2013 04:30:14 | More by Mojo
Photo of startreker

North Carolina

4.24/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice foamy head, that left generous lacing throughout the beer.

S. Very nice pleasing smell, reminds me of fresh made bread.

T. Lives up to what it claims. Very nicely balanced with sazz hops, and malts, that make this a pleasure to drink. Very creamy taste I might add.

M. Nice full mouth feel going on here. Not watery or overly filling, very satisfying!

O. I like this beer very much, although a bit pricey, so I would only buy this once and a while. I actually enjoy this more then Pilsner Urquell!! The balance of malts, and hops is really nice!! This is a beer, that after drinking several of them, doesn't get that awful bitter taste happening, after knocking them back all night long. That`s a huge plus in my book!!
Also proud to say, that it`s made in my home state of N.C.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2013 02:43:23 | More by startreker
Photo of smakawhat


3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass.

Real nice looker for a pils. Deep shining brass gold, and absolutely crystal clear body. Bubbles are pinhead sized and limited in the body and slowly crawl up the glass. Head is bleach white, two to three fingers easily formed with a nice cap, and simple soapy retention. Real nice looking pils.

Dough malts on the nose, a little sticky and dense for a czech, but still quite nice. Hop character subdued and not really noticeable but no complaints as the malt backbone on this is solid. Some faint indistinct bitterness.

Much of the nose hints the palate. Dough malts and a faint toast. Not so much crisp but borderline crisp with a white doughy density. Good finish on this brew, with a density that lets the malt come through and linger. Controlled hop finish, but also a strange boozy bitter quality that is rather noticeable but strangely not off putting, with some sticky yeast qualities in the front palate.

It comes off almost more German to my sense with not much noble sensing hop character, but still an enjoyable pilsner to drink with it's thick malt presence.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2013 04:40:36 | More by smakawhat
Photo of UnionJack31

North Carolina

2.91/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A- Like a macro lager. Clear, golden yellow. Typical looking for a beer.

S- Floral hops and musty grains! Not a clean smell, if you know what I mean. Very different for a lager, even a German Pils.

T- The hops imparts a spicy quality to the beer. Moderately bitter finish. Carbonation is very tingly on the tongue.

M- Almost a medium mouth feel. But overall this is an easy drinking beer. The bitterness is a bit harsh

This was an OK beer, Nothing special. I don't think I'll buy this beer again. It's a little bitter, and not refreshing enough for me to warrant keeping this around.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 16:48:51 | More by UnionJack31
Photo of bearfootdaddy

North Carolina

3.58/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - golden with good aspiration, bright white half finger of head.
Smell - nice floral sweetness of hops.
Taste - clean, just what you'd expect from a pilsner.
Mouthfeel - leaves the mouth a little bitter and dry.
Overall - easy drinking session beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 04:53:30 | More by bearfootdaddy
Photo of confer


3.55/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours like a nice pilsner. Bright yellow with a pure white head. The head fades into the small clumps of foam.
S- Sweet with a bit of hops in the smell.
T-The hops come out more in the taste then the smell. The is a small bitter hop bite that lingers.
MO- A nice beer. Picked up a six on a road trip to North Carolina. It was definitely worth the purchase.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2013 21:33:52 | More by confer
Photo of kots84

South Carolina

3.66/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - Pale yellow with a white head.

Smell - Sweet malt and hops.

Taste - A grassy hop taste with malts and yeast . A bitter after taste.

Mouthfeel - Thin body and light carbonation.

Overall - Very drinkable beer. Probably would have again.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2013 22:33:53 | More by kots84
Photo of thegodfather2701

North Carolina

3.89/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a straw yellow with a fizzy bright white head that dissipates quickly

S-grassy, noble hops, slightly sweet

T-similar to the nose-grassy, Noble hops, slightly bitter with a hint of sweetness. It has a good flavor, but is somewhat mild.

M-Thin and crisp

Overall, this is a very drinkable beer for sure. Its not as flavorful or as crisp as some other versions of the style but still a solid choice, especially in the warmer months.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2013 16:04:54 | More by thegodfather2701
Photo of zeledonia


3.84/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Tasted 12 May 2013, reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear pale golden yellow. One finger white head, okay retention and lacing. Nice column of bubbles rising up.

Smell is grainy and vegetably lightly sweet, with a dash of Saaz spice. Rounded, full, a bit corny, and peppery.

Taste is in line with the smell, full and grainy, but with a bit more potent spice. What I'm not getting is crispness - the malts are too long-lasting, and the bite I want to counterbalance them isn't quite there. Pretty good, but not great.

Feel is excellent. Substantive but light, with a zippy carbonation that adds a ton to the beer's overall effect. If only the spice were as active as the bubbles.

A good pilsner, a little heavier on the grainy sweetness than I would like. Good spice presence, just settles down a little too heavily, making it not as bright or refreshing as I want.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2013 18:38:11 | More by zeledonia
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

3.53/5  rDev -3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz undated bottle served in a lager glass. This beer pours with a towering, sudsy, white head over a clear golden body with plenty of visible carbonation. The aroma is just as expected for this style, with a clear note of Saaz hops.

Flavor: also a rather typical pilsner with, perhaps. a touch more earthy hop flavor and bitterness than the average Czech version.

Medium-high carbonation but less crisp than optimal. Medium-light body.

Recommended for pilsner fans.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2013 02:25:43 | More by chinchill
Photo of russpowell


4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Breadyness & floral hops, perfumy notes as this warms

T: Follows the nose, dryness & flinty hops up front. Lemons, breadyness, & even a touch of grapefruit as this warms. Finishes bready, crisp, & lemony

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, great balance

Super easy drinking pils. Not perfect but one I would buy again if I could get it here. I liked this as much as Prima Pils

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2013 03:14:29 | More by russpowell
Photo of fmccormi

New York

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Straight pour from a 12oz pry-off bottle to my tall Ommegang flute; no bottle dating, but this was purchased just this past week at Sam’s Quick Shop in Durham, NC, and generally speaking these bottles have a pretty good turnover in-state so I’m assuming it’s suitably fresh.

Appearance (3.75): Three solid fingers of cream-colored foam rise off of the pour easily, capping a crystal-clear, purely golden-colored body. Very good retention, with the head dying down slowly, leaving a rocky cap and scattered suds here and there, and a couple of fat splotches of lace.

Smell (4.5): This is, in my head, how pale, golden pilsners are supposed to smell: beautiful floral, slightly metallic hops scents with a rustic, spicy, pale grain character with bright, lemony and cracker notes. It has that sweet scent of fresh water, too, which is hard to describe but I love (because what the hell would it mean to anyone if I said it smelled like water?).

Taste (4.25): Nice, grassy and floral hops play with the grainy, crisp malt body, which comes off first as dry and crackery but shows a deeper, subtle sweetness after the initial wash of hops and water crackers. There’s a really nice, nutty character that melds with the lightly toasted grain, too. And there’s that distinctive blend of clean, nutty yeast and very bright, floral, grassy, and lemony hops, which to me is what makes a classic pilsner.

Mouthfeel (4.0): Soft, filling carbonation that tingles all over before it goes down really marks the feel, which is somewhat lighter than medium-weight—very refreshing, very crisp, and quenching without sacrificing feel.

Overall (4.25): This is an excellent pilsner. I’d love to have this in my neck of the woods, because it’s so well-crafted for the style that it’d be a great cross-over beer for those who aren’t so familiar with or deep into craft. Great for hot weather drinking. Definitely worth checking out if you’re a fan of pilsners or looking for local talent when in North Carolina.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2013 23:53:31 | More by fmccormi
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.56/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is poured a lighter golden color with a one finger white colored head. The head fades very fast to leave a light level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell- The aroma is mainly of lightly toasted grain with light notes of caramel and a citrus and grassy hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and bready taste that is a little on the drier side. As the taste advances light hop flavors initially of a citrus flavor and then more of a grassy flavor come to the tongue. These hop flavors take the taste to its end, with the grassy increasing in potency as time goes on (but never becoming too strong), with all the flavors combining to in the end leave a grassy and bready flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is very
average. The thinner body is rather nice for the grainier and lighter flavors of the brew and when combined with the moderate carbonation make for a quite easy drinking brew.

Overall – . It is refreshing and relatively crisp with a decent herbal hop profile. A decent and pretty easy drinking pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2013 03:55:49 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of SconesSPE

3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight pour from 12 oz bottle in a pint glass.

A: Nice gold pour and slightly sudsy head. Not very thick, but existent.

S: Nice bready aroma that I like to smell in Pils

T: Really plain. The hop balance is off, giving it a bit of bitter but no real balance to complement the grain goodness.

M: This is the saving grace. A light to medium body that goes down well. I could really enjoy putting back one after another on a hotter day.

O: A really nice try. It's refreshing, crisp, and feels like I just stuffed my mouth with wonderbread and butter (which I like). However, the hop schedule needs tweaking to finish this beer. I'm going to try it again in the summer, just to see if I like it better. End all, much better than generic pilsners out there.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 01:58:15 | More by SconesSPE
Photo of nUgZ

North Carolina

3.86/5  rDev +6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bomber poured into a Pilsner glass.

A: Pours a clear golden color with a two finger head and nice lacing.

S: Bready malts along with some citrus and grassy smelling hops. Faint alcohol aroma.

T: Fairly malt heavy, with some bready malts up front. Grassy aftertaste. Somewhat bitter.

M: Light to medium bodied with ample carbonation.

O: Nice and refreshing. I'm not much of a Pilsner drinker, but I could drink this pretty much anytime.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2013 22:08:33 | More by nUgZ
Photo of dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.81/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a lightly hazy medium golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of visible carbonation and some medium orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall light beige head that reduces to a mottled very thin film covering the entire surface of the beer with a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of biscuit and bready malts with moderate amounts of grassy hops and just a touch of citrus and spicy hops (like peppery grapefruit).

T: Upfront there are moderate flavors of biscuit and bready malts with light amounts of grassy hops. There are also some more moderate amounts of spicy, citrus, and earthy hop flavors that give it a light to moderate amount of bitterness which fades after a short while.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation. Crisp with just a hint of dryness in the finish.

O: One of the better pilseners that I have had from NC - I enjoy the additional hop flavors from the citrus hops that really add a little something extra to the taste and smell. Very enjoyable and quite easy to drink, a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 01:31:04 | More by dbrauneis
Photo of TheOriginal

North Carolina

3.88/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A favorite Pilsner. Excited for 6 packs finally!!

Pours a bright, hazy golden yellow color typical among craft pilsners. Smells dry, with lots of herbal scents. Lacing is excellent.

The combination of the dryness of the taste, herbal taste/hopiness, and overall appearence make this pilsner shine. Excellent.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 01:05:01 | More by TheOriginal
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Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 253 ratings.