Torch Pilsner | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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Torch PilsnerTorch Pilsner

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Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

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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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 461
Photo of Huhzubendah
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Draft at Carolina Ale House in Wilmington, NC.

Golden yellow body with a soapy white cap. Sticky lacing clings to the perimeter of the pint. Aromas include fresh, earthy hops, grain. Mild bitterness in the flavor. Really fresh. More character than is customary for a pilsner brewed in the US. Quaffable.

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Photo of DrMullet
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy straw yellow.
The smell is slightly sweet grass and lemon.
Taste is dry, malt. Grassy hops with some peppery lemon.
More bitter than expected but in a good way.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a chill hazed deep straw producing a 3 inch glowing white, billowy head that recedes to a nice surface cap leaving a coating of dense, weby lace. Aroma is lemon forward, cracker & biscuit malt, grass, pepper with hints of honey. Taste is bready malts, lemon, grass & spice with a dry fruity finish with a lingering bitter lemon & cracker aftertaste. Nicely balanced. Mouthfeel is medium-full bodied (slightly heavy for the style) with moderate-high carbonation, lively on the tongue, slightly juciy yet creamy, dry in the finish with an astringent aftertaste. Good & very drinkable.

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Photo of Dave1999
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very slightly cloudy pale straw colour with a bright white foamy head.

The smell is very earthy, some grass, pepper.

The taste is earthy, fairly bitter, a little grass.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall not bad, it's very heavy on the earthy notes.

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Photo of daliandragon
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I generally highly approve of Vikings on label art and even more enjoyed the historically accurate helmet without big bull horns. Nice clarity and pour on this one, with a straw gold color and respectable head and lace. Nose is crisp and fresh with light hops and some kind of fruit, maybe apple or pear.

This has classic pilsener attributes, with strong spicy noble hop and bread tones throughout. Carbonation and texture are about right for the style and this goes down very easily. Aftertaste is bitter and lengthy.

Kind of on the cusp of session-able but I imagine putting these down in quantity would be enjoyable.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Had the "green St Patty's day" version of this beer so just giving average grade for look (well carbonated so don't the regular version would look off). Aroma is more bitter and grassy than sweet pils malt aroma with bit of lemon/citric hops. Fuller bodied for a pils, little bit hearty, has a bit of sweetness but more of a grassy and dry pils; not bad and pretty easy to drink so can't complain about this beer but nothing will wow you.

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Photo of twage04
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A good czech pilsner. Pours a pale yellow, nose is of pilser malt. Taste is light and fruity. Typical of a craft brew take on a czech pilsner, overall a fun drink and enjoyable.

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Photo of lwcreasy
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a medium gold, somewhat veiled. A beautiful white head lasted for the entirety of the trip. Good lacing made this beer good to look at for the duration.

There is a very slight perfumey aroma, along with subtle honey and white bread on the nose, as the nose goes further in the glass. It is quite faint, and probably would be delightful if I got a little more of it. As it stands, it's a somewhat muted bouquet.

Floral hops, grains, and a touch of honey are the first flavor impressions. By the end of it, there's some lemon, more flowers, and a little more tartness. The flavors are soft and delicate, and the increasing lemony presence was a welcome joy. A somewhat grating hop bitterness does battle with the citrus, and ends up lingering a bit after the sip. It is refreshing, clean-tasting, and sprightly.

Carbonation is there, and it glitters on the tongue. Combined with the creamy feel from the soft water, it is a nice balance. The slight astringency from that hop aftertaste sneaks in and tries to crash the party.

Though the aromas and flavors aren't intense, Torch is a nice beer. Occasionally, on some summer days, I enjoy having my mouth washed out by a solid Pilsner. This would be one to have in the cooler.

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Photo of Davidstan
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

A. Clear to somewhat hazy gold
S. Peppery cracker
MF. Good carbonation and tart
T. Follows smell, peppery and citrucy and nice dry finish
O. A very solid Pils and will buy again

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Photo of FriedSlug
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a solid pilsner. Clear light gold with a white head that leaves good banded lacing. The smell is floral with a nice malty sweetness. There is a nice hoppy scent present as well. The taste is the same as the nose with the sweet malt as the prominent flavor. The hop bitterness at the end is a perfect compliment to the sweetness. Nice carbonation and a lighter mouthfeel as expected.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.94/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 ounce bottle - Bullock's Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a crystal clear, golden body with an inch or two of fluffed whitish froth.

Smell: A little bit toasty atop the pilsner malts, scantly buttery and everso hinting of sweetness with some dried herbal, floral tones and touch of lemony citrus.

Taste: A lightly toasty, pilsner-y maltiness with some touches of biscuit dough. Softly sweet with a small drip of golden syrup. Herbal, cheerfully flowery hops with an ample hop bite and tone of lemon segments. Finishes fairly clean, fairly crisp and with a little residual bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium carbonation.

Overall: Foothills presents a nice, easy-going, refreshing brew.

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Photo of josansbury6
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Drank from the 12oz bottle so can't judge the look.
Smell was rather generic. Almost like any other pilsner.
Tasted like your normal pilsner but with a little extra spice and a slight hoppy, bitter aftertaste. I am rather sensitive to the amount of bitterness in the aftertaste and this one is bareable. Bubbly but smooth.

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Photo of OldManMetal
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Torch is a nice-looking pilsener: a giant creamy white head with reasonable retention sits atop a crystal-clear, effervescent pale gold beer, leaving fair rafts and blotches of lacing. The nose is light-medium in intensity: sugar cookie dough malt against a subdued backdrop of Noble hop spiciness, lemon notes and slight alcohol overtones; if the aroma itself (and the spicy hop character in particular) were a bit more pronounced, this would be a perfect nose for the style. On the palate, the spicy hops are more assertive, weighing a bit heavy in the balance against the lager-grainy malt foundation; the bitter lemon notes from the nose are present here as well, providing an interesting contrast to the spiciness of the hops. The finish is slightly hoppy with a nice carbonation bite, then washes clean; the hoppiness rebounds as a modestly bitter spicy/grassy hop linger that sticks around for a minute or two. The mouthfeel is biggish for the light body, and the texture is slightly creamy and quite peppery from the properly-expressed carbonation. Taken all around, this is a solid, well-executed Czech pilsener. (12 oz bottle, illegible code date)

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
4.04/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow color with a thick head and sticky lace.. A/T pale malt, a lot of honey, grassy bitterness.. The honey breadyness doesn't really fit in with style but this still taste awesome.. Nice medium body but still easy to drink.. The nice grassy hops in the finish is the only thing that really keeps it in style though.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Top notch quality beer with very strong alcohol. Smells very lemon-like a bit floral. Retains a very wild bit of lacing and pours an overwhelming cloud of head. A pleasant pilsner that can please any beer lover I'm sure. The alcohol however was too strong for me to fully enjoy this brew, strong aftertaste.

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Photo of brentk56
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a nice fluffy head; good retention and a nice lacing pattern

Smell: Shortbread malt, with hints of lemon, grass and mineral tones

Taste: Like it smells, with the shortbread arriving first, followed by the grassy hops; subtle hints of lemon and mineral tones

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: Nicely hopped, but a little sweeter than I would otherwise expect; nevertheless, I really enjoy this beer and have had it many times as it is often on the menu at local restaurants - surprised I haven't rated it before

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Photo of mrfulcher
3/5  rDev -19.8%

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 hophugger
3.21/5  rDev -14.2%
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 ordybill
4.87/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- Has a nice malt and hop aroma
Appearance- pours a slightly murky light yellow color with a medium sized white head.
Taste- A well blended malt and hop flavor, this is a very good tasting pilsner.
Palate- A light to medium bodied beer with moderate carbonation and a lively texture on the tongue.
Overall- A really good beer that I highly recommend.

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Photo of delta490
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Poured a slightly cloudy deep gold. The foamy white head has good retention and lasts well into the beer. A decent amount of lacing comes with it. Mild biscuit aroma and the taste adds just a hint of grassy hops.

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Photo of BucannonXC5
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
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 irishstoutlvr
4.14/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was a refreshing pilsner. It was different from a lot of pilsners I have tried, which is a good thing. Foothills is a great beer maker. They have a good variety of styles, and the Torch goes well with their lineup. This beer complimented my dinner well. I had a great burger, and homemade chips.

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Photo of malvrich
4.09/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Brown bottle into a 14 oz. pilsner glass.

A: Slight haze to the dull straw yellow color. 1.5 finger frothy loosish white head quickly subsides leaving a very nice lace "pattern". Big bubbles!

S: Strong bready/cracker malt smell with a light but noticeable hop background. Cut herbs and crackers. Crisp, snappy and lively.

T: Dry crackery malt hits first with enough crisp herbal hops coming through to keep the beer interesting. Hops almost exactly same in strength as the barley. Well balanced is an understatement. I expect the malt not to be obscured by hops in this style and this is practically perfect, as the 2 compliment each other beautifully.

M: Not much to comment on here, but the carbonation is nice and fine textured on the tongue.
Great finish! Dry hop remnants with still that crackery "snap"plus a slight chewiness.

O: One of my very favorites recently, this is a go-to for me. It may be obvioius that I'm a pilsner guy but this is extraordinary IMO. And when it's on sale for $8/6 (which is pretty frequently here in Durham NC) it's hard for me to choose anything else. I love Torch!

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Photo of utopiajane
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice yellow with good clarity and a fat head of foam. leaves good lace. Nose is herbal. Grassy and a light grainy sweetness with a bit of husk behind it. A bit like lemongrass with a nice lightness on the nose. The taste is lovely. Bitter herbs, pungent grass and a light lemony flavor. There is some appleskin to lend a touch of sweetness in addition to the natural grainy sweetness. Dry, crisp body with a bit of hops to bring themselves forward with a touch of bitter in the finish.


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Photo of Amalak
3.12/5  rDev -16.6%
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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Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
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