pilsners are quickly becoming some of my favorite beers to drink. It’s
hard to believe beers of this general style have been around for
centuries. It’s not surprising that American brewers would make minor,
but noticeable changes such as Two Roads Ol’ Factory Pils which appears
to be brewed with both German and American hops as well as a little rye.
Spicy and bitter for sure, but still flavorful and interesting as well
as crisp and refreshing.
I poured a 12oz can into a pilsner glass. It was canned on 4/6/15 and cost $2 ($0.17 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful pure golden color with crystal clarity and visible
carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, white, foamy head which laces and
retains pretty well.
Smell: One of the most aromatic pilsner I’ve encountered. Strong spicy
aroma from, presumably Noble hops as well as some citrus character from
Taste: You know you’re drinking a good pilsner when the flavor jumps out
at you immediately. In the case of this beer it’s a strong spicy/bitter
sensation, akin to rye or maybe just a lot of Noble hops (which tend to
be quite spicy). Lot of pale malt base here, but with a little more
nuance and character than your average pilsner (macro, craft or
otherwise). Strong spicy flavor on the back end that seems to light up
the palate as it goes down. A hint of lemon or other citrus/fruity
flavor emerges briefly on the finish, but eventually fades away to a
dry, rye bread-like taste. Overall, one of the most unique and
interesting American pilsners I can recall having.
Drinkability: I’m glad this beer is available in cans, because its
palette lends itself to the container. The mouthfeel is light, but in no
way “thin” or watery. Plenty of carbonation, but always contained. Two
Roads Ol’ Factory Pils is refreshing while in the mouth, though I would
probably prefer a cleaner aftertaste. At 5% ABV it rides the fence as
far as being a session beer (though I could see it easily working as
such in the summer).