ordybill (1758) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - APR 25, 2015
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. HopTsing (575) - Sandston, Virginia, USA - FEB 3, 2013
From the bottle poured a deep golden brew with a generous white head. Medium/light bodied with aromas of malt and hops with hints of vanilla. Well balanced flavors of malt and hops. I like it. boboski (1095) - Alabama, USA - JUL 8, 2007
Draft at FB. Translucent, pale golden with glints of creamy whites. Curtains of lace drape across the peaks of the glass when the modest, creamy white head slowly recedes. The aroma is authoritative and quite credible, in regards to its inspirations and heritage. Provocative notes of Saaz hops leap from the glass as I draw it close for what would turn into a very prolonged and involved, ultimately rewarding nosing session. Grains are fresh and seem as if they’re still attached to stalks, sun-drenched and healthy. Grassy notes are well integrated and add to complexity and the fresh vibrancy of the aroma. Light biscuit touches, as well as hints of honey and dried herbs. Alcohol is completely unnoticeable. A marvelous start. The flavor is astonishing; from complex, subtle intracacies to simple fresh results, this beer tastes like it was created yesterday in Plzen. Bitterness is moderate and when coupled with very low acidity and lightly toasty and bready grains, authenticity is remarkable. Light sweetness from malt and alcohol don’t drown out any fresh crispness. The finale exhibits a slight bite and adequate maltiness, finally revealed as hops gently fade away. Grains and hop oils linger indefinitely. The mouthfeel is fantastic too! Light bodied, perfectly smooth while retaining crisp bitterness.
gonzosauce (157) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - MAY 13, 2013
Absolutely the most exciting and delicious Bohemian Pilsener I’ve had the fortune to try. It saddens me to see such a well crafted and skillfully executed pilsner garner so many low ratings. After multiple samples of this I really feel this is an underappreciated and generally misunderstood beer. The same could be said about the style as a whole. A great achievement that will certainly continue along, mostly unheralded, simply because it isn’t a monstrously flavored beer. I loved it.
Great, damn clean all pilsner aroma. Admittedly, Saaz are mentioned on the label, but they’re clearly well used, even before you sip it. Just so clean. And all the same could be said of the flavor. More spice than expected, but enjoyably. Soft liquid gold appearance. Some residual hardness on the palate. Overall, a damn good pilsner. freekyp (2235) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - FEB 5, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2016 On tap at Foothills brewpub. A solid Pilsner. More cereal malt character than most, and a nice grassy bready and lightly floral aroma. Bitterness is forward. Light bodied but flavorful and very clean.
malvrich (322) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - JAN 8, 2015
Brown bottle into a 14 oz. pilsner glass.
A: Slight haze to the dull straw yellow color. 1.5 finger frothy loosish white head quickly subsides leaving a very nice lace "pattern". Big bubbles.
S: Strong bready/cracker malt smell with a light but noticeable hop background. Cut herbs and crackers. Crisp, snappy and lively.
T: Dry crackery malt hits first with enough crisp herbal hops coming through to keep the beer interesting. Hops almost exactly same in strength as the barley. Well balanced is an understatement. I expect the malt not to be obscured by hops in this style and this is practically perfect, as the 2 compliment each other beautifully.
M: Not much to comment on here, but the carbonation is nice and fine textured on the tongue.
Great finish! Dry hop remnants with still that crackery "snap"plus a slight chewiness.
O: One of my very favorites recently, this is a go-to for me. It may be obvious that I’m a pilsner guy but this is extraordinary IMO. Easy to find for $9/6, it’s a year-round go to. I love Torch!
wine101joe (14) - USA - FEB 2, 2012
While Pilsner is not my favorite style it is hard not to appreciate how well this beer is made. Low in bitterness it is crisp and refreshing and is a great beer to convert the masses to the craft brew world which is all you can hope for. Had on tap in my shop in Wake Forest, NC. However, the newly released bottles are almost as good! kramer (6682) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2015
Bottle. Pours a clear yellow gold body under a one finger foamy white head that left a bit of lace. The nose is nice delicate Saaz hops over a clean bready pils malt base. The flavor has a nice crisp and clean Saaz hoppiness with a gentle bitterness. Very clean bready malt base that’s nicely dry. Light bodied with soft gentle carbonation and a lingering gentle hoppy finish. Pretty excellent Pilsner, can’t ask for much more than this, better than I was expecting. SanfordBrewer (1574) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JUN 12, 2017
Hazy gold with a pillowy white head. Creamy full body with moderate carbonation.Dickinsonbeer (5074) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAY 2, 2009
Aroma: herbal saaz hops, doughy malt, clean.
Taste: doughy pilsner malt, herbal hops with soft but dominant bitterness that lingers, slight tartness, faintly musty. Classic flavor.
On tap. A few times around NC, but the best was at the Brewpub. Pours a nice golden with a lasting white head and some lace. Aroma is lightly nutty- good big doughy and fresh bready malts and a nice not too strong herbal and floral hop note. Hops get a bit spicier in the flavor which is nice to cut through the pilsner doughiness, and fresh bread- ok nice green hops, and awesome floral and herbal hop tones. Finishes crisp and clean. Super fresh- a couple other places the beer seemed a bit too creamy, less crisp and more doughy- wheat messy and other things going on with their tap lines. Fresh at the brewpub this was awesome!