Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) - Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 1,288
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.96%
Wants: 24
Gots: 89 | FT: 1
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: raynmoon on 07-03-2014

Torpedo Pilsner is a hop-forward take on the crisp classic lager. We and the folks at Firestone Walker share a passion for New Zealand hop varietals, so we loaded our legendary Hop Torpedo with southern hemisphere hops for a fruity, floral twist on the pilsner style.

Just down the road from us in California’s Central Coast wine country, this rock star brewery has earned “Mid-size Brewery of the Year” at the World Beer Cup four times. Like us, Firestone is passionate about hops. Their skill with the ingredient shines in their Pale Series and elsewhere in a long beer lineup driven by a premier brewing team.
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Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Pale gold, frothy foam, fingers width of head. Drippy lace around the edges. Thin veil across the surface. Bright clarity, pretty nice looking.

Clean lager yeast hits the nose first, along with a crackery pilsner malt aroma.

Taste is snappy and crisp with a light yet firm hop bitterness that lingers into the aftertaste. Crackery malt, light grassy hop taste. Light feel, easy drinking. Overall well put together, something I'd drink again.

Photo of lordofthewiens
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

In my pilsner glass this beer was a light gold color. There was a medium-sized white head and a little bit of lace.

Very fragrant. Mostly floral, but also a fresh, outdoors type of aroma.

Hop forward. Grapefruit up front, then some floral notes, ending with more citrus. Great taste.

A crisp, refreshing beer. I would drink this anytime.

Photo of Beaver13
3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow with a big rocky white head that retains well and laces the glass.

The aroma is sweet cereal malts and floral noble hops with a little fruit.

The flavor is sweet bready malts with a lot of noble hop bitterness in the finish with some slight metallic notes. Some fruit comes out in the middle as it warms. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with slightly spritzy carbonation.

Overall, a nice hoppy pils. A little too sweet and metallic.

Photo of barhoc11
4/5  rDev +8.7%

I thought this one was pretty good, not sure why so many low reviews. Its not as good as an authentic pilsner but its close. Beer is extremely clear and light with a nice Czech hoppiness to it. Finish is a little harsh but not bad.

Photo of bsp77
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear light gold with good sized white head and okay lacing.

Smell: Very balanced mix of apple, citrus and tropical notes. Slight hay and straw in the background. Smells good but a trifle mild.

Taste: Some of the typical Pilsner notes of apple, straw and pepper but augmented by citrus and tropical notes. Everything is integrated together nicely and nothing stands out too much. Hoppy but the bitterness is more in check than some traditional German or Czech Pilsners.

Feel: Moderate carbonation with a medium body. Seems more Czech-like here or even like a Helles. Dry finish.

Overall: Nice take on a Pilsner. Despite the unique hops, it is very balanced and refreshing overall. Ultimately, not that different from other very solid Czech Pils. This may disappoint some, but I am fine with that.

Photo of pat61
4.65/5  rDev +26.4%

The nose starts with light grain seasoned with spicy hops and made more interesting with suggestions of white wine. It pours bright straw under a 2” bone white head that dissipates to a thick film. Some hop spice on the nose and some suggestions of white wine. The pilsner grainy palate shows off the hop artistry with light tropical fruit, faint white wine, and a very pleasant hop bitterness especially in the finish. Torpedo pilsner is a very well rounded beer with no rough edges that finishes crisp and lightly malty with subtle tropical fruit aftertaste.

Photo of PSU_Mike
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a crystal clear straw color. A one finger head retains big soapy bubbles and leaves nice lacing on the way down.

S - Smell is very typical of a pilsner. Grassy and earth hops give way to crackery and bread pilsner malt on the back end.

T - It drinks a little stronger than expected as the nose was a little weak. A very nice grassy hop bite at the front. It finishes with a nice classic pilsner malt breadyness.

M - Finished nice and dry, crisp, and clean.

O - If this was a regular, I would drink it frequently. This is on the same plane as Prima Pils and The Crisp. It's hard to call it a german or czech style due to the prominence of both the hops and the malt. It's very well balanced and goes down so, so easily. Very. very well done.

Photo of MattyG85
4.21/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

On tap at the Happy Gnome in St. Paul, MN. 6 oz. serving as part of a flight.

Appearance: Color is a deep golden orange. Small white head. Moderate amount of bubbles.

Smell: A very floral and earthy hop forward aroma with good hints of grass and fruit. Upfront presence of floral and earthy hops with hints of grass and spicy pine resin. Fruit hints of orange, grapefruit, lemon, and kiwi. Solid bready malt presence with hints of caramel, grains, biscuit, straw, and lager yeast. A pretty solid hoppy aroma.

Taste: Like the smell indicates, a floral and earthy hop forward taste with notes of grass, pine, and citrus. Floral and earthy hops with upfront notes of spicy pine resin and wet grass. Fruit notes of grapefruit, orange peel, lemon zest, and kiwi. Solid Pils malt background with notes of biscuit, grains, caramel, straw, and lager yeast. A nice hop forward taste.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Nicely oily, bitter, and drying with a smooth finish.

Overall: A pretty good twist on a Pilsner. Good upfront kick of floral and juicy hops with a solid Pils malt backing.

Photo of Mantooth
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle purchased in Statesville, NC.

Pours a golden hue that eagerly catches the light in my kitchen. Thick swirls of lace cling to my glass, minimal sleepy head that's easily awakened with a swirl. Lots of bread and citrus in the nose, wonderfully grassy with a thin oily mouthfeel. I'm enjoying watching the bubbles escape from the bottom of my tulip glass. I think folks are missing it on this brew - it's a damn good pils that I'd like to have again.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Pours into a chalice with a pale golden body and a bright white head forming thick and effervescent foam, leaves behind intricate banded layers of lacing.

Aroma has the utmost dankest hops, citric pith, earthy herbal qualities from the massive hop additions which the neck band describes as “intense fruity and floral notes from fresh New Zealand hops”, they smell like the freshest German noble hops I’ve ever come across.

Flavor pungent mix of malts and hops, the bitterness weighs supreme in this big hoppy expressive pilsner style beer this is the type of beer I dream of when it comes to great pilsner style beers. Bready cracker malt character is light but hits hard, but not as hard as the Torpedo hopped “hop profile”. It’s intense with those fresh cut grass, citrus pith, earthy and herbal notes all day.

Mouthfeel is perfect for a pils, light bodied even but sturdy carbonation carrying this beer so well, that I can’t believe it’s as forthcoming as any great pilsner I’ve ever come across. Quite enjoyable on multiple levels.

Overall, the type of pilsner I can’t wait to seek out again and again especially when it comes to over hopped light lagers like this is impressive beer brewed in Chico, CA by Sierra Nevada Brewing collaborating with Firestone Walker!!!

Photo of chinchill
3.92/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle dated 29 May 2014 served in a nonic glass.

Pours yellow gold in color with a good head and excelent lacing. LOTS of rising carbonation bubbles.

Aroma: fine blend of malts and floral/fruity hops.

Flavor: Very well balanced and matched blend og malts and hops. Pleasant lingering hoppy flavor with very mild bitterness.

Feel: light-medium body and medium-high but soft carbonation. Just right for style. Semi-dry finish.

O: an excellent pilsner with NZ hops and American flair. Exceptionally easy drinking

Photo of timontheroad
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a pint glass. Hazy straw color, with one finger of fluffy white head. Aroma was grassy, with a bit of grainy, wheaty smell. Taste was light malt up front with a nice noble hop bitterness on the finish. Mouthfeel was light, with some nice carbonation that combined with the hop bitterness to give it a really nice mouthfeel. Overall, a nice pilsner.

Photo of Auraan
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a beautiful cloudy rich golden yellow with two fingers of fluffy white head. A gorgeous looking pilsner. Scents of floral, jasmine, perfume-like hops, a faint touch of tropical fruit and a honey/graham cracker character from the Pils malt. A crisp, clean appealing aroma profile most similar to a German Pilsner, with a bit more fruit character than is common for the style. Flavor begins nicely bitter, with crisp floral hop flavors and a low, yet present, Pils malt sweetness and an extremely faint hint of citrus peel. The middle is dominated by floral hop flavors with a moderate bitterness level and a slight presence of Pils malt sweetness. Finish is dry with floral hop flavors most reminiscent of jasmine with some slight herbal hop character in the background. Aftertaste is floral hops with notes of jasmine with moderate bitterness and a slight hint of graininess. A good German Pilsner flavor, very much balanced towards floral hops with malt present, but not overwhelming at any point in the sip. Mouthfeel is light bodied with moderate-high carbonation and a crisp, drying mouthfeel. Easy to drink. Overall this is a good, easy drinking German Pilsner that brings a well rounded, reasonably dry floral flavor balanced against just enough Pils malt in the flavor combining with a nice aroma and mouthfeel. Not the most daring experiment, but quite good regardless.

Photo of azorie
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a: pale yellow in color, poured a nice 1/4 inch lacy hard off white in color. nice long lasting clinging lace. looks like a helles to me.

s: nice lager yeast and some hops, nothing to strong.

t: pilser yeast is nice, semi unbalanced to the hoppy side, what a surprise SN brewed it. Very nice yeasty bread backbone to it, toasty. not much else to it. kind of boring really. except its hoppy, which I said already.

m: thin, flat , low carb

o: its a hoppy pils, nothing I be seeking out even if it as made again.

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A- Bright golden colored body with a slight haze to it. Light carbonation. The head is fluffy and pillow-like, pale white in color, and leaves lots of sticky lace. Thumbs up here.

S- Huge sweet floral aroma. Has that trademark Sierra Nevada smell to it. Biscuity malt beneath that. Not much else apparent.

T- Biscuity, slightly sweet malt flavors. Some mellow, floral hops are there, but really they are quite subtle in terms of flavor.

M- Wow, this is bitter for a pils. There's a intensely dry, bitter finish on this. Up front it's sweet and light-drinking. Refreshing too.

O- More bitterness than I care for in a pils, I'd say. Not much in the way of hop flavor either. I was hopping for something Pivo Pils-like but even better considering the collaboration. In the end, it's good, but not great.

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and straw yellow in color with a white finger's worth of head which dissipates at a fair rate, leaving a broken layer of surface suds. Fair lacing and stick.

Smell - Grain upfront. Mild notes of grass.

Taste - Follows the nose. Mostly a grain profile, with notes of grass sitting beneath. Touches on honey before a mild lemon pith bitterness hits in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light in body with fairly lively carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Overall - Quite reminiscent of the FW Pivo Pils (in fact I'd love to do a side by side), neither of which delivered on the hop promise of their labels. Solid beer regardless, but nothing I'll miss too terribly once this 12 pack is no longer available.

Photo of PBRmeasap1980
3/5  rDev -18.5%

12 oz bottle from beer camp box into pint glass

*Pilsner is not my favorite style

A- Pale, pale yellow with 1 finger white head.
S- BMCish
T- Bitterness and Heiniken like funk. Some people love the german beer funk, but I don't
M- Light and fizzy

O- Probably decent for the style, but again not my favorite style and I don't care for the funk

Photo of secondtooth
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light, pale yellow, with huge white head. Exquisite (A-grade) detailed lace.

Aroma is lightly toasty malts and a touch of fruit. Nice.

Taste is sharp and with a definite hop snap, with the New Zealand hops taking this one into a new realm of extra hoppy lagers. A delicious brew, and one I wish I could revisit!

Photo of Roguer
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Beautiful thick white fluffy head, good retention, and thick lacing. Clear yellow brew.

Flowery hop aroma: wildflowers, very light citrus, and biscuit.

Flavor follows, with very mild bitterness, sweet chewy biscuity malts, light citrus and dankness, and some banana.

Very light and oily feel.

A decent and refreshing beer, but among the least impressive, to me, from the Beer Camp series.

Photo of Fatehunter
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%

Pours two fingers of head on a clear golden colored body.
The aroma is biscuits, grains, toasted malt and lemon.
The taste is moderately bitter with a touch of honey sweetness and a dry bitter finish. Great balance and flavor.
The texture is light and crisp.

Photo of Alieniloquium
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

On tap at Bx Beer Depot. Served in a taster.

Appearance - Pale yellow body. Big white head with some nice lacing and a thick collar.

Smell - Grassy hops. Herbal notes. A bit of lemon. Faint cracker malt.

Taste - Same as the nose up front. Lemon, grass, and herbal hops. I know there's some malt there, but I can't pick out a distinct flavor. Hop flavor dies down and grassy hop bitterness builds into the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light body. Nice hop bite. Well carbonated.

Overall - Very enjoyable. It's extremely hoppy for a Czech Pilsner up front, but I appreciate that it retains the characteristics of the style in the finish.

Photo of sjones5045
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden yellow with a white head that thins fast.

The smell, is a bit off putting. Definitely smells like a pilsner, but with some funk. Kind of like a Budweiser that has been out too long.

The taste is ok at best. Has a German pilsner taste, but the only hoppy part of the beer would be the bitter end.

Overall, not that great. Would not have this again.

Photo of HalfFull
3.3/5  rDev -10.3%

12 oz. Beer Camp bottle served up in a globe glass. Pours a lime yellow golden with a thin cap of foam. Shows a bit of haze on the pour and with a bright malt/hop presence on the aroma. Pils malt and noble hops dominate the aroma.

Taste is brightly carbonated and clean yet thin in body. Perhaps over attenuated in nature. Warming reveals more lemony hops and a touch of spice on the aroma yet misses the mark a bit as for flavor. Intriguing and hoppy nonetheless. Spicy feel is okay but drinkability is questionable.

Photo of larryarms847
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow with a very light and fluffy three finger head that dissipates as quickly as it comes.

Smells of sweet lager malts, prairie flowers, and a note of pine.

Comes on a lager, hits as an IPA! The initial sweetness of the malts comes first, but as the taste buds begin to sense the sweet, they are instantaneously blasted with a piney hop bitterness on the back end.

I dig the mouthfeel of this for the exact reason I stated above. Comes on sweet and instantaneously a blast of bitter hop swarms the tastebuds.

To be honest I'm rather let down that this is the best a SA/FS collab could come up with. This was more than just meh, glad I got to try it but more than happy to know it is a one-off.

Photo of KTCamm
3.9/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

11/23...BCAA 6/12...pours bright gold, see through, foamy layer atop. Fruity citrus nose, floral too. Clean hop forward flavor, good body, earthy bitter hop back. Bright and gritty together. Lemon pops out. Very good.

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Torpedo Pilsner: Hoppy Pilsner (Beer Camp Across America) from Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.
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