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Torch Pilsner - Foothills Brewing Company

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 12.64%
Wants: 5
Gots: 11 | FT: 1
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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5/5  rDev +37.4%

02-06-2013 01:53:01 | More by goodhearing
Photo of Luigi

North Carolina

4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a clear golden color with a big white foamy head. Lace sticks all around the glass and the retention stays around for the life of the beer. beautiful.

The aroma is rich with saaz hops and a balance of grains and soft bread from the malt. Nice spicy with hints of citrus, and mild pine.

The flavor is clean and spicy! Those saaz hops blend together perfectly with the soft malt. Both flavors hit the palate at once. Soft grainy malt and citrus spicy hop. Has a refreshing clean finish with pine like hops lingering for a bit.

This is has to be the most balanced and refreshing Czech style Pilsner I have in a long time! I seriously can not find anything wrong with this beer. Proud that it is brewed in my home state NC.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 20:28:49 | More by Luigi
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North Carolina

4.75/5  rDev +30.5%

04-05-2012 22:08:39 | More by donquixote
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4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-10-2014 01:34:22 | More by TaylorK
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

01-06-2013 23:31:03 | More by napetry
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

07-02-2014 01:53:43 | More by DasBoot2112
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-05-2014 00:47:24 | More by dcs1548
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North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%

05-23-2014 19:01:04 | More by malvrich
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North Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crystal clear straw colored beer above a white 1/4" head
Smells of spicy German hops.

Taste is well balanced malt with hop flavor. Very crisp with enough pop to keep it interesting.

Very Drinkable and would go great with any light fare or German food.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2008 13:24:24 | More by rtratzlaff
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South Carolina

4.43/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear Gold/Yellowish with mild lacing and half inch of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet aroma mixed with a carbonated aroma

Taste: Mild carbonations mixed with a bitter/sweet malty character. Great flavor for a Czech Pils - a mild grapefruit hint at the finish that just refreshes the palate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry then soothing and calming mouthfeel.

Drinkability: My beer of choice when working in the heat. This one will cool you down - perfect for the boat. Another great beer from the guys in Winston-Salem!

Serving type: on-tap

04-27-2009 19:53:07 | More by LauraAlberts
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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
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4.4/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Woody's @ City Market, Raleigh, NC

Served up a nice golden color, deeper than expected, clear with a very nice white head that was well retained that faded into a small thin cap.

Aroma was good, slightly sweet, light and grainy, pretty much what I expected from the style, but better than most in the style.

The taste was very good, more robust than expected. This is not your typical Czech; the taste has an initial sweet taste, but fades and is nicely balanced.

The beer is light, and has a nice dry aftertaste, very nice active carbonation and extremely easy to drink. For this style, this may be one of the best and IMO has been very much under-appreciated by the reviewer of this beer thus far (as do most lighter colored beers and some for good reason). Overall, an excellent beer by an excellent brewer.

Serving type: on-tap

08-19-2009 22:24:05 | More by PhillyStyle
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North Carolina

4.35/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, golden yellow with a tightly knit head of bright white suds.

Aroma is golden pilsner malts, hints of honey, crushed wildflowers, and piungent earthy and grassy hops. Smells very hoppy.

Flavor is crisp, clean malts, a touch of honey, and plenty of grassy, floral, and herbal hops providing a long, hoppy finish. Certainly one of the tastier pilsners I've tried. Very fresh too.

Body is a hair below medium. with a very brisk and crisp mouthfeel, with some light minerality in the finish.

Serving type: growler

02-02-2006 14:14:34 | More by AlexJ
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North Carolina

4.33/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a 2-finger head (like, fat fingers), blinding white, fluffy and long-lasting. Liquid is pretty much as a pils ought to be, sunny yellow-gold with excellent clarity.

Aroma is good, clearly very much to style, although it doesn't give it all up in the smell. Hints of sulfur, fresh-baked white bread, straw, light fruity hops.

Flavor-wise, this pushes all the right buttons, especially on a hot day when you're craving something on the lager side of the tracks. Earthy mineral/sulfur lays in the background and right into the finish, with bits of lemon, grapefruit, grass, white bread, biscuit and a hint of honey mingling nicely.

Well-carbonated texture gives a tickle to the tongue, although a nice creaminess peeks through. Just the slightest bit of pucker on the finish, which is interesting, and a grapefruit pith kind of thing remains the dominant taste in the finish.

An absolutely great and authentic pils. Foothills gets better and better as the days go on, and when they can brew a traditional, lower alcohol brew like this and have it impress almost as much as their much more limited bourbon-barrel experiments, you know they're doing it right.

Serving type: growler

08-29-2010 22:19:08 | More by Metalmonk
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4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden, fluffy white pils head.

Aroma: Fruit and malt, little bit of toast, currants.

Taste: Tasty! Smooth and mellow, easy going. Interesting, rich aftertaste with a malty character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fairly low carbonation, which is good!

Overall: Good stuff. Not quite a typical European pils, but it has some resemblance to Urquell.

Serving type: bottle

05-11-2012 00:10:18 | More by Arborescence
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4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Flying Saucer, Raleigh.

Served a pint of clear, golden, straw-colored brew with a decent amount of carbonation supplying a creme white head. The retention was excellent, and left sticky rings of lacing down the sides of the glass. Aroma was a bit hard to detect, but I chalk part of that up to the crowded, smoky bar atmosphere. When I really dug deep I could detect some nice pale malts and a good floral hop presence, as well as hints of citrus.

This is one of the hoppier Pilseners I've ever tasted. That said, it's not really a great example of the style, but I absolutely loved the taste: citrusy, pine hops balanced by a light note of biscuity malts. The mouthfeel was on the heaver side of light-bodied, smooth and perfectly carbonated, with a lingering hoppy bite to the finish. Overall, this was a very enjoyable brew by the good folks at Foothills, and would make a great session beer.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2008 19:04:57 | More by wagenvolks
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

07-10-2012 03:41:05 | More by Vodomagoo
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North Carolina

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

On tap at Fork and Barrel in Raleigh

Pours a pure gold with thick head that stays around. Nose is pure straw/wheat. Taste offers light malt and a decent balance of hops; after a few sips the malts become a little sweet. Light bodied, carbonated well, and crisp. A very good pilsner.

Serving type: on-tap

07-20-2011 01:56:02 | More by tdm168
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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
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District of Columbia

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

12-06-2013 19:04:36 | More by jacewg
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North Carolina

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

On tap at Vintage 301 in Greensboro NC

This Pilsner pours very well, head is good, and and has a great color

The smell is good, what a pilsner should smell like

This beer is a traditional pilsner, not this watered down stuff we see around the south east.

It finishes well, and doesn't leave an aftertaste

This beer has a drinkability like very few pilsners! This is a great beer, when you can find it you should have one!

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2008 06:53:32 | More by ncbeermonger
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

11-27-2012 02:30:53 | More by NCbeerpirate
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4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

03-16-2014 22:22:08 | More by KFrank729
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South Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

10-26-2013 18:28:43 | More by swimfire
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North Carolina

4.25/5  rDev +16.8%

04-27-2012 22:00:50 | More by DaveONan
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Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.