Oct 14, 2014

Foothills Brewing Torch Pilsner

This bottle of Foothills’ Torch Pilsner was part of a batch of brews that I brought home from the Outer Banks this past Summer. It’s a 5.3% ABV and 35 IBU Czech-style pilsner that delivers a solid, biscuity malt backbone. The brew doesn’t quite have that zing of noble hops that I like to find in examples of the style, but it certainly goes down easy.


A tightly beaded head of white foam rests atop the straw colored brew.

Foothills Brewing Torch Pilsner photo


Grain, crackers, a soft malt sweetness, distant stone fruits and light grassy hops all fill the nose effortlessly.


The crackery malt character leads the way for this easy drinking beer as a hint of malt sweetness lingers gently. Torch Pilsner is softly carbonated with a pretty muted hop character. I personally would like a little more of a tease from the Saaz hops. The lack of bitterness and malt character make for an easy drinking brew.


All in all, Torch is a decent little brew. I’d prefer a bit more of a hop presence for my own personal liking — not a hop bomb mind you, but a little spicy bight would be nice. Other than that, the beer goes down with little effort.

Rating: 3.5/5

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