Please Pass Me the Torch
A Review of Torch Pilsner by Foothills Brewing Co.
Posted on 12/14/2011 by Chops
A recent dinner outing with my wife took us to a small local diner. Whenever I find myself at a place with craft brews on tap, I always run through the same priority train. Do they have a bock? No. Do they have something from Ayinger? No. Wait, I'm in North Carolina. Do they have something from Foothills? Score! I was doubly fortunate to stumble across my favorite regional brewery as well as something I have yet to try: their Torch Pilsner.

In the glass, this beer has a nice thick apple juice coloration, the ideal pilsner appearance. No watered down straw colored nonsense here. The aroma is quite herbal in nature with a nice hop presence. I was also able to pick up on some grassy notes. Very clean, very inviting.

The first sip was nicely foreshadowed and consisted mostly of a crisp hop sting. It has a very nice bite for a pilsner and lets you know firsthand that you're not drinking mass-produced swill. To my surprise, I was greeted with a zesty apple-like flavor instead of the standard lemony citrus. The lemon notes are certainly there, but they are only complimentary to the apple flavor. I very much enjoyed this taste variation and now wish more pilsners would follow suit. The mouthfeel is pretty light and has a decent tangy character. It's a very drinkable brew, but not so much as to be bland and forgettable.

Overall, Foothills' Torch Pilsner is a very nice example of the pilsner style. I can recommend it to any level of beer fan. Seasoned drinkers will find this brew to be a delightful variation on a rather formulaic style. Novices will find this brew to be one hell of a welcome upgrade from the mass-produced garbage. Foothills continues to impress with their delicious line of products. I have never been a big pilsner fan, but like with every other beer style, I always love what Foothills has to say about it. Pass me the Torch!

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