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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Photo of blackie
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: Pale golden in color. Comes to the table in a pint glass with a low, white head that has decent retention.

smell: Pale grains and dry, grassy noble hops that add a touch of spice. Not much to it, but good enough.

mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, lighter in body.

taste: Pale grains upfront with some grassy noble hop flavors. Watery in some spots. Could be a little more crisp in regards to the hop flavor and a little more clean after the swallow. Finishes with a short lived, moderate bitterness.

drinkability: Not as poundable as I'd like a pilsner to be.

on-tap at the Village Draft House

6-4-08: snappy, crisp hop presence with clean pilsner malts, apparently much improved over my previously reviewed version, near the top of the NC pilsner heap

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Photo of MuddyFeet
3.42/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured with a slight head but which was still strong enough to leave a fair amount of lacing. Color was clear gold. Nose was my favorite part... Very mild with just a slight graininess.

Flavor was full of husks and grain flavors. Kind of like digging my teeth into an seven-grain bread that was flavored with alcohol. Slight hop bite that was more citrus than pine. Medium body. Perhaps a tad too much hops kind of threw this beer out of balance.

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Photo of Enola
3.08/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer was a good lighter beer. The smell was macro like and the taste was too. But ice cold this sure hits the spot on a hot afternoon. I could drink this beer again. Average for the style. This could be a session beer with ease. I wish I had one right now.

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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 Oxymoron
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Then there was light. Or at least a Torch. Pilsner Torch, sampled on location, poured a bright off-yellow color with some copper tones when held to the light. The head retention was a little lacking as was the lace.

The smell was light. Hard to really get much out of it but some stronger more earthy malt smells were there.

The taste was more of an American feel. The malt is very crisp and clear with some lighter more basic malts. A good zing of hops that become more noticeable at the end. A slight zing to it. The beer is balanced well with malt and hops. Both accentuate the other, malt up front and hop in the back.

The body is light which is good per style. There is a good backing but some lighter sense almost gives it a watered down taste. Truthfully I didn’t notice but it was by other in my party. So overall it was a good American pilsner.

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Photo of oberon
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a little deeper golden color than alot of pilsners with a fluffy white head that took awhile to come down,aromas of lightly toasted grain and corn husk and very fresh.Nice and well rounded pils here a firm dry malt base holds up very nice to a lip smacking dry herbal hoppy finish very clean in the finish.A nice sturdy pilsner that is very food freindly to boot,I really enjoyed this one.

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