Torch Pilsner | Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
North Carolina, United States
foothillsbrewing.com

Style: Bohemian 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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AVAILABILITY
Year-round

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#34,668
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
487
pDev:
12.57%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
97
Trade:
1
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Ratings: 487 |  Reviews: 118
Photo of BrewAskew
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A solid 4. Has all the things I look for stylewise in a BoPils. Slightly darker and danker than a german pils. Saaz hops in full force. Great looking and tasting.

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Photo of GreenBayBA
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kimlhurst
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear gold color with lingering white collar. Lots of carbonation with some lacing. Typical beery aroma & taste. Slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Bryant1985
3.06/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Mandpasbury
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at a MiLB game here in Winston-Salem, NC. I usually go straight for the IPA, but tried a Pils tonight. Nice, clear light-amber color (as best as I can tell as I am color blind). Really nice, bready aroma. The taste was very crisp, clean and light, with a small bit of hops, excellent. Very light and easy to drink. Considering I am usually an IPA guy, I really enjoyed this take on a Pilsener. Will definitely pick up in a 6 next time out.

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Photo of keith40
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle undated from AC. Straw color and a malty nose. Tastes include malt and a hint of citrusy hops, probably lemon. A fairly strong finish for a Pilsner. Refreshing and smooth.

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Photo of GoatmanBrewsMD
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pour from 12 oz bottle.

L: Straw yellow, slightly darker than most pilsners I've seen. Slight haze, not crystal clear. Lots of bubbles, well carbonated it seems. Eggshell white head.

S: Saaz hops really shows through on the nose. Bready pilsner malt aroma.

T: Bready, malty, slight hop spice from the Saaz. Clean finish

F: Very carbonated medium body.

O: Decent for the style. Good summer beer/ after work beer.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

A really nice pilsner, biscuit, bready, sweet and a crisp finish with a little lingering bitter. Really solid pilsner here and hits alot of the marks I generally look for in this style. Highly recommend.

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Photo of Spaten454
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Dface
2.85/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of npdevil27
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billnjo
4.93/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer should be called a "Pils" vs a Pilsner because it reminds me of the crisper less malty taste of a German Pils. Having said that, they nailed it! Great thirst quenching crispy bitterness from the Saaz hops. The best Pils I've had this side of the Atlantic.

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Photo of Kamerondallen
2.18/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SmokySignals
4.54/5  rDev +24%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Fresh 12 oz. bottle poured into Pilsner glass, achieving nice 1.5" head easily. Beautiful clarity and very light golden hue.

Nice lacing and lingering foam. Still 1/4 inch and I'm almost done.

Aroma is the classic Pils, fresh malt, cut grain field/ almost earthy, floral, a direct reflection of its appearance.

Tastes great, with a pleasantly decisive peppery bitterness that slightly tips the scale agains the pale malts. Goes down EASY.
A nice modern update that doesn't veer away from the classic very far. Much like other Foothills brews, this is a great craft and in my case, local, beer. Great labels on all their brews too, for the artsy imbibers like myself.

Very crisp and clean, sparkly feel, with some nice carbo to stay fresh, incase you don't chug it down in three minutes.

Overall, Torch is a very nice, edgy Pilsner for the hoppers who usually only drink ales. Doesn't have the biscuit/bread notes out front like many pilsners. Pilsner is the best food beer ever, "everyone knows that"...:)

Try any Foothills beer, and if you want clarity - try the Torch for a light peppery burn. Get Torched!

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Photo of weareallfalafel
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jwclt
3/5  rDev -18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mjgpy3
5/5  rDev +36.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Nate4288
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Nice pilsner. Got it on draft in the Outer Banks in Duck at the Wave Beach Cafe.

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Photo of Glowingz
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of 88caprice
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed on the porch with a friend.

Golden color with a thin white sudsy head and nice lacing. Smells twangy and funky. Tastes twangy too with a grassy bitterness. A light peppery kick. Malty and yeasty aftertaste with lingering bitterness. Light body.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tykechandler
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Tone
3.96/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and decent lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, Euro yeast, hint of sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of fruit. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, Euro yeast, hint of sweet malt, hint of citrus hops, and a hint of fruit. Overall, good appearance, complexity, and blend.

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Photo of Dieseltech1982
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JimKal
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this on Draft at Sticks and Stones. Very clear with nice carbonation. Has some bitterness in the taste which, IMO, puts it ahead of the AALs so common in the states. As it is summer here in NC I've been trying some of the lighter (in color) beers. For me, this was OK but doesn't measure up to Stone's Wussie.

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Torch Pilsner from Foothills Brewing Company - Downtown Brewpub
Beer rating: 3.66 out of 5 with 487 ratings