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: 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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AVAILABILITY
Year-round

Added by BeerAdvocate on 06-09-2005

BEER STATS
Ratings:
470
Reviews:
111
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
12.3%
 
 
Wants:
11
Gots:
88
For Trade:
1
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Ratings: 470 |  Reviews: 111
Photo of GreggyWestEnd
5/5  rDev +33.7%

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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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 Luigi
4.85/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pours out a clear golden color with a big white foamy head. Lace sticks all around the glass and the retention stays around for the life of the beer. beautiful.

The aroma is rich with saaz hops and a balance of grains and soft bread from the malt. Nice spicy with hints of citrus, and mild pine.

The flavor is clean and spicy! Those saaz hops blend together perfectly with the soft malt. Both flavors hit the palate at once. Soft grainy malt and citrus spicy hop. Has a refreshing clean finish with pine like hops lingering for a bit.

This is has to be the most balanced and refreshing Czech style Pilsner I have in a long time! I seriously can not find anything wrong with this beer. Proud that it is brewed in my home state NC.

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Photo of slowkid
4.84/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Best i have had outside of Bavaria. Very smooth initial taste. very light fruit. small bite at end. love it!

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Photo of Tcwes
4.84/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of donquixote
4.75/5  rDev +27%

Photo of HopsForBrains
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of nc_america
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of TaylorK
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of napetry
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of DasBoot2112
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Beer_4_brains
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Docksidebars
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of dcs1548
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of TarheelMH
4.44/5  rDev +18.7%

Photo of rtratzlaff
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A crystal clear straw colored beer above a white 1/4" head
Smells of spicy German hops.

Taste is well balanced malt with hop flavor. Very crisp with enough pop to keep it interesting.

Very Drinkable and would go great with any light fare or German food.

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Photo of LauraAlberts
4.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: Clear Gold/Yellowish with mild lacing and half inch of head that quickly dissipates.

Smell: Sweet aroma mixed with a carbonated aroma

Taste: Mild carbonations mixed with a bitter/sweet malty character. Great flavor for a Czech Pils - a mild grapefruit hint at the finish that just refreshes the palate.

Mouthfeel: Slightly dry then soothing and calming mouthfeel.

Drinkability: My beer of choice when working in the heat. This one will cool you down - perfect for the boat. Another great beer from the guys in Winston-Salem!

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Photo of russpowell
4.39/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Pours an effervescent gold with 2 fingers of pearl white head. Good head retention & pretty good lacing

S: Breadyness & floral hops, perfumy notes as this warms

T: Follows the nose, dryness & flinty hops up front. Lemons, breadyness, & even a touch of grapefruit as this warms. Finishes bready, crisp, & lemony

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, great balance

Super easy drinking pils. Not perfect but one I would buy again if I could get it here. I liked this as much as Prima Pils

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Photo of PhillyStyle
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On draft at Woody's @ City Market, Raleigh, NC

Served up a nice golden color, deeper than expected, clear with a very nice white head that was well retained that faded into a small thin cap.

Aroma was good, slightly sweet, light and grainy, pretty much what I expected from the style, but better than most in the style.

The taste was very good, more robust than expected. This is not your typical Czech; the taste has an initial sweet taste, but fades and is nicely balanced.

The beer is light, and has a nice dry aftertaste, very nice active carbonation and extremely easy to drink. For this style, this may be one of the best and IMO has been very much under-appreciated by the reviewer of this beer thus far (as do most lighter colored beers and some for good reason). Overall, an excellent beer by an excellent brewer.

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4.36/5  rDev +16.6%

Photo of AlexJ
4.34/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pale, golden yellow with a tightly knit head of bright white suds.

Aroma is golden pilsner malts, hints of honey, crushed wildflowers, and piungent earthy and grassy hops. Smells very hoppy.

Flavor is crisp, clean malts, a touch of honey, and plenty of grassy, floral, and herbal hops providing a long, hoppy finish. Certainly one of the tastier pilsners I've tried. Very fresh too.

Body is a hair below medium. with a very brisk and crisp mouthfeel, with some light minerality in the finish.

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Photo of PHarm
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Arborescence
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear, golden, fluffy white pils head.

Aroma: Fruit and malt, little bit of toast, currants.

Taste: Tasty! Smooth and mellow, easy going. Interesting, rich aftertaste with a malty character.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, fairly low carbonation, which is good!

Overall: Good stuff. Not quite a typical European pils, but it has some resemblance to Urquell.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a 2-finger head (like, fat fingers), blinding white, fluffy and long-lasting. Liquid is pretty much as a pils ought to be, sunny yellow-gold with excellent clarity.

Aroma is good, clearly very much to style, although it doesn't give it all up in the smell. Hints of sulfur, fresh-baked white bread, straw, light fruity hops.

Flavor-wise, this pushes all the right buttons, especially on a hot day when you're craving something on the lager side of the tracks. Earthy mineral/sulfur lays in the background and right into the finish, with bits of lemon, grapefruit, grass, white bread, biscuit and a hint of honey mingling nicely.

Well-carbonated texture gives a tickle to the tongue, although a nice creaminess peeks through. Just the slightest bit of pucker on the finish, which is interesting, and a grapefruit pith kind of thing remains the dominant taste in the finish.

An absolutely great and authentic pils. Foothills gets better and better as the days go on, and when they can brew a traditional, lower alcohol brew like this and have it impress almost as much as their much more limited bourbon-barrel experiments, you know they're doing it right.

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