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RATINGS: 219   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.21/5   IBU: 35   EST. CALORIES: 159   ABV: 5.3%
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. Color: 5 Lovibond;IBU:35

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Butters (4039) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - MAY 11, 2008
Fruity hop aroma and flavor. No head. Grassy. Lingering slightly bitter finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Naka (719) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 28, 2008
On tap at the brewery. A deep golden color with a very thin fizzy head. Has a really nice bitter apple skin nose. The flavor is a lot more complex than a normal pilsner. Has some fruity esters with apples and toffee. A little bit of carbonation, but a solid medium body and a dry bitter finish. Note: Though I thoroughly enjoyed this, the asst. brewmaster said this was fermented at a normal temp and probably had the fruity notes because it was old strain of yeast that had been pitched too much. It’s a shame because I really enjoyed this.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - MAR 10, 2008
Draught, at the Flying Saucer in downtown Raleigh. Pours golden, clear, medium white head, good carbonation. Aroma is bread, grain, band-aid. Flavor is great--bitter with a tough of sweetness. Light palate-with a good bit of hoppy bitterness and grassy aftertaste. Little bit of butterscotch, but not too strong. Great for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - MAR 5, 2008
UPDATED: MAY 15, 2009 A fairly unremarkable pilsner, but solid enough. Good with food... brings out some of the subtle floral characteristics of the beer. But damn if I don’t enjoy it more after reading MartinT’s review: "A dash of sulphur passed half way through" ... MartinT is my hero. RERATE: served in a 22oz (German pilsner?) glass at the Federal. More complex than previously assessed, or maybe they’ve improved on it (maybe dirty tap lines the first time?). Mild floral and slightly herbal hops, some nice bready malts. Mild fruit notes. Crisp palate. This will likely be my default beer at the Fed and the Durham Bulls ballpark this summer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
MartinT (9267) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 14, 2008
My Bottom Line:
Honeyed hay and grassy, herbal hops merge into this sparkling clean and highly drinkable American take on the Bohemian Pilsener style.

Further Personal Perceptions:
-A sheet of foam dips into the clear golden.
-The Saaz bitterness is quite pleasant.
-The spritzy carbonation did not detract from my enjoyment of the pint, yet its intensity was a little too much compared to indigenous versions of the style.
-A dash of sulphur passed by half way through.
-This was well balanced and its Czech heritage was clearly suggested.
-A chewier pils maltiness would have increased my appreciation.

On tap at The Flying Saucer in Charlotte.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - DEC 20, 2007
Sampled at WBF. Pour: light golden/amber. Thin white head. Aroma: light pale malty, grassy hops. Flavor: grassy hops and crisp dry carbonation. Clean finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Underrated pilsener. Had a couple pints at the Federal, Durham, and I find that this compares favorably with Tupper’s Hop Pocket and Victory Prima. It’s not got quite the hoppy bite of those other two (perhaps because it doesn’t use Hallertau hops?), and instead has a really smooth and floral quality, even a bit buttery. But I found this very enjoyable, drinkable but with a pleasing complexity.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jasonp (1573) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - OCT 28, 2007
Sampled at Capitol City Carnival, 2007. I know everyone’s entitled to their opinions but, man, this beer is very very underrated. Pours an attractive golden with a white head. Pleasant grassy, fresh noble hop aroma. Flavor starts with a nice malty light grainy base then notes of light bread, lemon and grass. Very smooth and tasty with a satiating level of bitterness. Medium bodied, smooth texture and proper lively carbonation. Great BoPils - not sure what more you can ask for.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
TheBeerLover (1026) - DC Metro Area, USA - OCT 21, 2007
Draught sample at Capitol City Carnival 2007. Pours to a bright, deep golden color, with a thick, tall, white head, and a vibrant carbonation. The nose is excellent on this beer with aromas of herbal "fresh cut grass", and crisp pilsner malt aroma. The palate is firm, and crisp with good pilsner malt flavor, on a clean, round body. This beer finishes with more good pilsner malt up front, then ends with a very pleasing, herbal/grassy hop bite that lingers. Well done example of pilsner. Very balanced, very round, and clean, and very drinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2007
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2012 This is one of my like three go to Pilsners. Clean sharp straw gold pour with a sticky white head. Nose is bright and spicy, lots of grassy/spicy Saaz character with a lightly citric character and bread notes. Lots of fresh cut grass and spicy citrus rind. Lightly bread. Light bodied and zesty with a crisp finish.

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