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Torch Pilsner - Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Reviews: 95
Hads: 398
Avg: 3.72
pDev: 25.81%
Wants: 9
Gots: 62 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub visit their website
North Carolina, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2005

Torch Pilsner
A well structured, Czech-style pilsner. Torch is strong in alcohol with a rich, full finish. Good mouth feel and well-balanced Czech Saaz hops ensure that Torch is not your typical pilsner.
Alcohol by Volume (ABV): 5.3%
Color (SRM): 3.7
Bitterness (IBUs): 35
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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 398
Photo of UnionJack31
2.9/5  rDev -22%
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.

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Photo of PatrickJR
2.96/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap in a pint glass at Coopers in Greensboro.

A - Looks like most pilsners. Bright yellow, nice 2 finger head with moderate retention and some lace.

S - Not much here. Bready malt, slight biscuit aromas, and if I strain, an actual hop presence.

T - More like a macro lager or all malt lager. Grainy, one dimensional malt comes with a smidge of cheesy/skunky hops. Metallic aftertaste.

M - Light and crisp, on par with a good pils.

D - This wasn't a horrible brew to drink, but if I wanted something more I'd pick a German pils or an APWA; if I wanted something less I'd opt for a Brooklyn Lager or even PBR. Not particularly suited to etiher crowd.

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Photo of mrfulcher
3/5  rDev -19.4%

12oz bottle poured into a pint

A: Clear, pale straw. Nice head leaves behind an even cap and modest lacing.

S: Big citrus hops. Some grass. Almost smells like a cider

T: Lots of honey and a touch of sweet biscuity malt. Slight green bitterness gives way to a clean finish. More honey in the aftertaste. A little corn.

M: Lots of bubbles. Pleasing but almost too much

O: Very drinkable pilsner.

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Photo of WFU03
3.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Torch is my favorite of the regular rotation at Foothills, but that is more a result of my taste than its. I love a great pilsner and can make do with an average one. Unfortunately, Torch is pretty average, but it is not bad by any means...just average. The individual parts of the beer all are fine, but seem to add up to less than the sum, making the beer less smooth and drinkable than it should be.

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Photo of Enola
3.08/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a good lighter beer. The smell was macro like and the taste was too. But ice cold this sure hits the spot on a hot afternoon. I could drink this beer again. Average for the style. This could be a session beer with ease. I wish I had one right now.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.1/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This came with a thick, bone-white head with decent retention throughout. The nose had a distinct Saaz hops aroma. The color was a deep yellow with NE-quality clarity. The mouthfeel was light-to-medium with an intriguing light sweetness on the tongue. I did experience a medium hop bite on the finish, but it needed to be hoppier throughout, IMHO.

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Photo of Amalak
3.12/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a dry wheat taste there, but tame. A bit of a grassy undertone. Fairly plain. Taste more like a hefeweizen than a pilsner. Not a bad beer. Fairly refreshing. But lacks any sort of punch and it's a bit confused as far as I'm concerned when it comes to a pilsner.

It has dull straw gold color. There's a bit of a cloudy haze to it. Big foamy white head and some lacing behind. Wheaty scent to it.

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Photo of devilben02
3.13/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks the part of a typical pilsener with a rich golden color and a thin creamy white head. The aroma has a dull, earthy bitterness that is pleasant but a bit muted. The flavor is more potent, with the same noble hop character coming through on top of a decent malt base. The texture is a bit thicker than a typical pilsener, being more resinous than crisp. Overall, this is a fine beer, but it doesn't really impress.

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Photo of atsprings
3.19/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served a crisp pale orange with a thin head that diminished to nothing. There was almost no aroma whatsoever. I was able to pull a little with a good swirl of the glass. The taste had a decent complexity with an almost IPA-like finish. The beer was crisp and smooth and very easy drinking. This would make a decent session beer, but there's far better stuff out there.

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Photo of Seanibus
3.2/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours clear golden with a fluffy head and nice carbonation streamers. The aroma is sweet pilsner malt with a sting of noble hops. The flavor is malty and honeylike, with a pleasant hop flavor and bitterness. The finish is fairly crisp. The downside is the sourness that develops late, with a peanuty flavor and mouthfeel.

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Photo of hophugger
3.21/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a slightly cloudy golden color. Head is a bout a finger and a half and lacing is nice and slow. Aroma is of a fine pilsner. Taste has a nice amount of hops balanced with a touch of lemon and citrus. Bitterness balances well and presents a very nice, top of the line pilsner....

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Photo of Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Then there was light. Or at least a Torch. Pilsner Torch, sampled on location, poured a bright off-yellow color with some copper tones when held to the light. The head retention was a little lacking as was the lace.

The smell was light. Hard to really get much out of it but some stronger more earthy malt smells were there.

The taste was more of an American feel. The malt is very crisp and clear with some lighter more basic malts. A good zing of hops that become more noticeable at the end. A slight zing to it. The beer is balanced well with malt and hops. Both accentuate the other, malt up front and hop in the back.

The body is light which is good per style. There is a good backing but some lighter sense almost gives it a watered down taste. Truthfully I didn’t notice but it was by other in my party. So overall it was a good American pilsner.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.27/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

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Photo of VncentLIFE
3.28/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decided on something light since its nearing 90 degrees this afternoon.

Pour is light yellow with no real head. I think they mispoured. The smell is just ok. I think theyre going for more of a malty thing here (Ive had it multiple times, and gotten the same thing). Sweet slick British malts (at least thats what I smell). The taste is much the same. I think of a British Pale more than Pils. Very slick and more malt forward. I got slight hints of skunk as well as British malt.

Overall, not bad. It can be my "if all else fails, give me one" beer.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear yellow color with visible carbonation bubbles and a white head without too much lacing as it goes down. Nose is some light grass and bread with a few hops. Light European hop character and grass in the taste. Light and crisp bit nothing too interesting.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.34/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Type: 12-oz. bottle
Glass: Standard glass
From: Trader Joe’s in Ballantyne (Charlotte), N.C.
Price: $1.67 (I think)
Purchased: July 26, 2014
Consumed: July 26, 2014
Misc.: Appeared to be born on May 30, 2014, but it was tough to read

Poured a golden, pale clear color with1-to-2 fingers of rocky white head, which settled rather quickly. Decent stream of bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass. Minimal foamy lacing on the sides of the glass. Below average retention on the top and on the way down.

Smelled sharp Czech pilsner notes, corn, honey, caramel, grass, wheat, peas, green beans and slight butterscotch.

Tasted not quite as what I was expecting and as the smell. Got corn, honey, caramel, grass, wheat, faint butterscotch, buttery malts and maybe some rye.

Light body. Thin texture. Average-to-lively carbonation. Abrupt, earthy finish.

Just an average pilsner.

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Photo of eclipse54
3.37/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A 22 ounce bottle from inlimbo77; thanks! Poured into a DFH signature glass.

Pours a yellow/orange color that is completely translucent; a two centimeter head of miniscule, white, delicate bubbles rests atop the liquid; mild retention and lacing.

The aroma is of saaz hops, lemon, a touch of clove, and some subtle light grains. It seems delicate, yet well thought-out and balanced.

It tastes of the saaz hops first-and-foremost, with lemon, straw, slight hay and grass pulling through in the rear. A touch of clove also seems to announce itself towards the end. The flavors seem a bit muted and slightly amiss, but by no means offputting; average pilsener in this category.

The mouthfeel is light, but feels limp and wet as opposed to crisp and lively. Finishes relatively cleanly, with a bit of lemon seeming to linger longer than the other flavors.

Overall, a decent pilsener, but one that is readily surpassed by others in the style. I would happily drink it again were it offered, but would take no great effort to seek it out.

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Photo of kinged8th
3.38/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Growler station was limited for my tastes and I was looking for an IPA. Settled for a pilsner instead. Pours a clear, golden yellow with little head as expected. Grassy and grainy with a slight hint of noble hops as a pils should be. Drinks really well and is a solid offering from Foothills.

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Photo of Onenote81
3.4/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at Foothills. Came out a pale gold color, with minimal to absent head. Very little lacing along edge.

Smelled somewhat woodsy and charred. Also some faint citrus.

Well-carbonated. Crisp and clean. Not complex at all. I'm tasting some bread, a little lemon zest. Not a whole lot is being pulled out of this one.

Aside from the simplicity of this brew, it is quite drinkable. Drinks very smooth and clean. Not a choice I'd pick for flavor, but for refreshment.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

pour is a crystal clear golden orange with a rather tight creamy white head. The nose is pretty decent, a little heavy on the grain but adds notes of doughy bread and and some leafy green hops. The taste is slightly more balanced but still a touch heavy on the grain. Grain, doughy malts, some sweet caramel and honey transitions to some green leafy hop notes. The finish is faintly dry, highly carbonated and a bit rough on the back of the throat. Solid pilsner.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.42/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a slight head but which was still strong enough to leave a fair amount of lacing. Color was clear gold. Nose was my favorite part... Very mild with just a slight graininess.

Flavor was full of husks and grain flavors. Kind of like digging my teeth into an seven-grain bread that was flavored with alcohol. Slight hop bite that was more citrus than pine. Medium body. Perhaps a tad too much hops kind of threw this beer out of balance.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.44/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reminding beer drinkers of the South that the light lager that's the common tipple has more authentic roots- roots with full flavor, full body, complexity and character. Foothill's rolls out a juicy malted lager with spice, floral and buttered bread, but in the best pilsner way allowed by beer.

Its rich gold color is bright and somewhat champagne so in the classic "beer" austere. Those lather captured bubble pop and pour on the aromatic that lead with honeysuckle, fresh baked bread and a zesty herbal spice. Those fresh kilned pilsner kernels lay its sweet bready taste on the early palate then round out with raw grain, straw and pepper.

The playful ping of carbonation fancies the middle palate while the sweetness and floral finesse retreats and the spicy hops catch their stride. Lightly peppery, grassy and herbal in nature; those botanicals become less of flowers and more of bite. As a light taste of savory butter slathers on, a lemony and apple-like sulfur note rushes in to calm the film that begins to mouth.

While its forgivable butter character provides a charming sense of fullness, the beer doesn't let that interfere with its refreshing and hop-forward finish. With elements of mint, leaf and stem stewing late, an aftertaste of honeysuckle reward the senses one last time.

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Photo of humuloner22
3.45/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

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Photo of nickd717
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Draft at the brewpub.

A - Very clear and light golden-yellow color with a small white head.

S - Aroma is grain, pilsner malt, and grassy hops.

T - Bready pale/pils malt and grain as well as some mild grassy hops. Well-balanced flavor, but a tiny bit weak. Decent for a pils, but not too exciting.

M - Palate light and crisp with some prickly carbonation.

D - Very high. This one doesn't last very long.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a very light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains, some malts. Taste is grains, hops, some malts, a touch of lemon, smooth and easy drinking. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a solid beer.

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Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
84 out of 100 based on 95 ratings.