Torch Pilsner - Foothills Brewing Company

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82
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361 Ratings
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Ratings: 361
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 12.95%
Wants: 5
Gots: 31 | 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:
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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AVAILABILITY
Year-round

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2005)
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Ratings: 361 | Reviews: 92 | Display Reviews Only:
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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of Franziskaner
3.71/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Photo of AlexFields
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of cyclonece09
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

Photo of Immortale25
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of humuloner22
3.43/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

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4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of zdeck37
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -10.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +24%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.26/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

Photo of Mojo
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of ONN8
2.75/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of Drknight
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of JandJMD
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of startreker
4.24/5  rDev +16.8%
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.

Photo of DonRemlinger
4/5  rDev +10.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

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4.25/5  rDev +17.1%

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3.75/5  rDev +3.3%

Photo of smakawhat
3.86/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing Company
82 out of 100 based on 361 ratings.