Ol' Factory Pils - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
84
good

273 Ratings
THE BROS
92
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Ratings: 273
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 13.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 50 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company visit their website
Connecticut, United States

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: nebula1999 on 12-23-2012

Traditional in concept with a Two Roads twist…dry hops. We use a combination of classic German as well as American hop and malt varieties in our Pils. We renovated a 100 year-old factory building and designed this Pils to have “extra” aroma…so, pardon the pun! Crisp…refreshing…refined.
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Ratings: 273 | Reviews: 43
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

BAM! An instant favorite here, so fine tuned and well balanced. It easily rivals most of its counterparts—of course, freshness helps, but still. Big mugs are a must, which is a hint that Two Roads should package in 16oz cans.

STYLE: German Pilsner
ABV: 5.0%
AVAILABILITY: Year-round

LOOK: Bright pale yellow, sudsy

SMELL: Fresh-cut grass, spicy hop, soft hop resin, clean, bready, leafy

TASTE: Lovely smoothness, fluffy moderate body, fresh maltiness, bread, grassy, nutty, spicy herbal hop, balanced bitterness, oily resin, clean palate, peppery; long, dry, hoppy finish

Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with Bottled on dating.

Pours near clear and very light, goldish. Bubbles continue to rise, slight off white head, thin collar and light spotty lace left on the glass.

Biscuity malt nose

Brightly flavorful and with crispness jumping out , grassy hop blast, heavy lime notes, and malts adding the smooth and balance.

Not a huge pilsner fan, but this one is bold and a nice very American take on the traditional old world style

Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: minimal head, low carbonation, gold in color, clear

Smell: earthy hops and grain

Taste: grain, grass, toasted malt, and citrus hop smack at the end

Mouthfeel: sweet start with a bitter middle and a more bitter smack at the end, medium-light carbonation, medium-light bodied

Overall: An above average hoppy but not overly hoppy German pils. If I am in the mood for the style, I would certainly get this. The dry hopping adds a refreshing element. That said there are others in the style I would get first.

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.32/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy yellow with a thin white head. No lacing on the glass.

Smell: Light hops.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth light bodied. Taste of bitter hops with some mild earthy notes.

Overall: Not a bad pilsner.

Photo of Hopglow
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Great pilsner!

Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours very clear bright gold. Thick half inch of white foam. Nose is light pilsy bitter. German style. Clean open firm hop that balances out. Nice blend, with a notch higher bitter than a typical pils. Crisp finish. Some citrus. Very good.

Photo of fank2788
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle served in a pint glass
Clear pale gold in the glass with a big frothy white head that is lacing a lot. The smell is a bit faint but of pale malts and spicy hops. This beer is described as a dry hopped pilsner and that seems evident by the fresh hop bite in the taste which is actually much more noticeable than I was expecting. Noble hops provide much of the base which is appropriate for the style, bitterness and hop flavor is a bit higher than normal but in a good way. The base of this beer is a pale malt providing a fresh bread taste and mouthfeel. The yeasts provide a typical lager profile mostly clean but with a touch of spice. This beer is quite lively as the result of a good dose of carbonation and the tingly hop bitterness. The finish is pretty clean with just a hint of the pale malt and slightly bigger hit of hoppy spice and bitterness hanging around. Overall I'm pleasantly surprised. This is a good example of an often overlooked style perhaps updated a bit with the extra dose of hops. This brewery happens to just a short drive from where I live so I'm excited that it looks like I'll have a good local brewer to support, something that there are too few of in CT.

Photo of nebula1999
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured on tap at Barley Vine on Main St Bristol, CT.

Appearance is a nice clear golden color with a thin white head.

Smell is full of light toasted grain and hops. American and German, but cannot discern which. Has a nice pilsner aroma to it though.

Entry is full, yet somewhat crisp on the palate. Lots of grain flavors, followed by a mild hop kick. Tastes a little 'heavy' for a pils, but still, very enjoyable. My wife enjoyed a full pint, and she is averse to micros. So that is saying something. I would definitely have another pint next time i see it on tap.

Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

A- Deep golden color and cloudy, not hazy! This beer has loads of sediment. Nice sudsy head that lasts! Moderate amount of lacing. Inviting!

S- Biscuity, floral hop spice, and lemon. Has a slight sour yest thing going on. There is a sweet gain scent a well. Smells fresh and clean.

T- Lemony with a nice hop bitterness. Hops are present, but not so heavy. just like in the scent, the hop is floral and imparts a spicy quality to the flavor profile. It's got a nice malt caracter. Nice wheat grain element as well.

M- Light, on the medium side. Not overly carbonated, but the carbination does keep the beer crisp and refreshing. So easy to drink!

*Overall this a solid pilsner! Nothing else to say.

Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that gradually died down, leaving patches of bubbles on the surface, a thin ring around the edge of the glass, and some lacing down the sides.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose.
T: The taste is also dominated by flavors of grassy hops, which contribute a light to moderate amount of bitterness, and also has underlying notes of bready malts.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: I found this to be an enjoyable American version of a German-styled beer. It tasted a little hoppier compared to other beers in the German Pilsener style and the hop aromas and flavors seemed more resembling that of a Munich Helles Lager.

Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a light, clear brassy hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light grainy pilsner malt with a light herbal hop.

The taste consisted of a soft grainy sweetness with a faint herbal hop. A touch of diactyl detected as well.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty, subtle pilsner.

Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev +7.8%

Poured from a 12oz bottle
(A) poured golden yellow, thin head, lots of carbonation bubbles

(S) slight sourness, grass, sweet

(T) Pilsner malt, noble hops, grass, wet grass, finishes with a slight hop bite, underlying soft citrus note

(M) light body, nice carbonation, nothing heavy or overwhelming

(O) this is a nice beer, a little less hoppy then a Sam Adams noble pils, it's not overdone at all just a lager with some bite. I think it was put together well. I would drink another

Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle at Six Main in Chester, Conn.

Appearance: Pours a hazy straw color with a big pillowy white head that sticks around for a long time. Lacing is heavy.

Aroma: Smells like biscuit, bubble gum, grassiness, hops, a little bit of lemon and maltiness. Nice, deep nose.

Taste: Pretty delicious pils. The taste more or less follows the nose and has a nice dry, hoppy character. I'm not normally a huge lager guy, but this is really good.

Mouthfeel: This quality is as it should be - easy drinking and light of body. Not watery like a crappy macro, but not thick and heavy, either.

Overall: Superb pilsener. Not a "big" beer, not a wacky beer, but a great beer. Those dudes down by the Sikorksy plant are on to something; I need to seek out more of their product.

Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured crystal clear yellow color with bubbles racing up the middle and a big snow white 2 finer foamy head that faded very slowly and left really good sticky foamy lacing with rings coating the sides.

Smells of citrus hops, lemon zest, buttered biscuit, caramel, hay, fresh cut grass and some yeast or bready notes; hops are stronger than normal and very enjoyable, odor is well above average for a pilsner.

Tastes like it smells, with citrus hops, lemon, hay, fresh cut grass and mild hop spices, but then the malty sweetness takes control with the flavors of biscuit, caramel, yeast and lightly roasted grains; tastes less hoppy, but the balance is even and works well for this style.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with mild fizzy carbonation, a light to medium body, and a slightly bitter finish that is close to clean.

Overall a very good refreshing pilsner that would make for an excellent session beer. More hops in the nose and flavor than most other pilsner beers, this one is worth checking out.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color, with a short white head that fades slowly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains lager yeast, light caramelized malts and a good amount of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of lager yeast and a thin malt character. Then some mild malt sweetness comes in. The hops presence is strong for the style and brings a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly hoppy.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, mild kick, good representation of style, this is a solid beer to session with for a long time.

Photo of PicoPapa
3.56/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle. Pours a translucent light straw color with a half inch of head. Very little lacing. The aroma is of spicy hops, grass and sweet bread. The taste is more of the same. Bready at first followed by some spicy hops. Some floral notes along with some sourdough bread. Slightly bitter. Has a bit of a sour flavor to it. Mouthfeel is light and crisp. A little hoppier than most beers of this style. Overall, its not a bad beer to grab once in awhile.

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Another neat local brewery, hopefully making some good beers. I haven't had much from them yet aside from the so-so style beers. A pilsner or lager is one you really need to pay attention to details, so hopefully this was done well, which really tells a lot about a brewery. even a bottling date! 4/11/14

Pours a nice fizzy fluffy 1 finger head that fades at a med pace, lots of little bubbles popping on the sides, a hazy fairly sediment laden straw colored beer with a nice column of bubbles rising up in the center.

Nose is quite nice! I could smell it right from the pour with plenty of pilsner malts, nice toasty straw malts, pilsner all over, mild grassy grainy notes as well. Also mixed in is plenty of noble hops, grassy and aromatic, little floral like even, great hop aroma. Well done and true to the style, reminds me of hte original Noble Pils from Sam Adams before they redid it and made it year round.

Taste starts again with the straw malts, toasty pilsner malts and straw all over, fairly toasty and grainy like. nice and soft with a great lager crispness. Then plenty of hops, tons of noble grassy hops again, floral and a bit leafy, with fair bitterness, nice hop presence again. Finish is dry and crisp again, soft feeling lager too, with tons of grassy hops lingering, it actually turns a bit spicy even, long lingering bitterness, and a faint orange rind like note as well.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, soft and crisp lager notes, and plenty of nice carbonation.

Overall quite nice, a really well done lager, with a nice grassy hop noble hop character that turns almost American like on the finish, spicy too, with nice pilsner malts and lagering qualities. Quite nice and happy with this brewery now. Can't wait to try the others.

Photo of PatrickKellyCT
4.45/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Delicious. Absolutely perfect session beer to pound a few by the pool in the summer. So refreshing.

Photo of WunderLlama
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into pilsner glass

12 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

A one finger white foamy head. Clear, light golden yellow with a few streams of bubbles. A few lacings on the way down.

Aroma of Bread and grass

Taste bread, grass, herbs.

Very light bodied, slight bitterness at back of tongue on the sip, clean finish. No aftertaste . Dry.

A light pilsner. Clean, crisp and more flavorful than LITE. Good beer but I prefer something were more heft.

Photo of jujigatame
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Two Roads Ol' Factory Pils

12 oz. bottle dated 4/14/14, consumed, 6/18/14, 5.0%, served in shaker pint.

Slightly hazy pale yellow. Foamy white head.

Grainy smell, bread dough. Hops are pretty bright.

Taste comes off a little lemony at first. Crisply bitter on the tongue and slightly astringent. Getting a good dose of dry grass. Maybe the other more hop forward pils I've had lately (FW Pivo, NEBCO Elm City) are skewing judgment but the flavor here feels kind of muted. I do like the dryish feel and bitterness level. I think it's well done on those fronts.

Perfectly acceptable on a hot day like today. That said, Ol' Factory doesn't stand out that much to me against what else is out there for local pilsners. A bit above average.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.81/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

a - Bottle picked up locally bottled mid February, enjoyed from a two roads snifter. Pours a transparent golden yellow with a generous frothy foamy head and some visible carbonation.

s - With a name pun like this one I expect big things from the nose and sadly nothing out of the ordinary, but fairly classic grain and pils malt. Some lemon and light floral notes.

t/m/o - Taste is classic pils with a nice medium bodied feel. Easy drinker and a great one for the warmer weather. Pils is not my fav style but I enjoyed this one.

Photo of diddly
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle.

This beer has a straw color to it, with a brilliant, but quickly-dispersing, white head.

Aroma is a little bit grassy, but actually smells almost like a macro lager with a little added hop. I was a little nervous when I first poured it, as it didn't smell like a very good beer, but things improved from there. As it warms up, more hoppiness comes out and a bit more sweetness, although there's still a corny character to it.

Taste is hop-forward and well-balanced. Definitely appear to be noble or otherwise german hops, giving the beer a wonderful earthy character.

Mouthfeel is heavy on the carbonation, but otherwise very smooth, even a little towards the creamy side.

As I mentioned, upon first appearance, this beer seemed to be a hopped up american lager. I'm glad I bought a sixer, though - I was pleasantly surprised after tasting the beer, and would say it's one of the better American pilsners out there. I've only seen this brewery's beers in one place, but will definitely be on the lookout for any other offerings, and this one again.

Photo of Duhast500
3.34/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a pilsner glass.

The color is a hazy yellow with an enormous amount of foamy white head that leaves a layer if webbing all over the glass.

The smell is malty with a tease if wheat aroma that pokes at the senses. Some dry bread aroma is present here with an older citrus character that hangs in the background.

The taste is a bit like the aroma. There is a crisp earthy malt flavor that holds a small bitterness in with some bready flavor that is a little dank. Not much in the way of hops which is unfortunately what I'm left with in this older beer.

The feel of this beer is medium bodied and has a decent drinkable feel. There is done nice crispness here that still adds to the overall experience of this beer. This beer ended up being older than I realized but there still is something here to enjoy.

Photo of SteveB24
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearence. Yellow, very bubbly, thin white head

Smell: very mild bread yeast, Lacked the dankness of lower quality beers.

Taste: the appearance, smell and taste could all be called those of a refined pilsner. Smooth, yeasty lager taste, but complimented with wonderful hopy bitterness and floral notes, that make this beer worlds apart from others of its category

mouthfeel: crisp, bubbly, light/ medium body.

Overall: stands out as a very good beer in a category in which very good is uncommon. If you are a picky beer drinker, but you need a break from IPA'S and stouts, and its warm outside, buy this beer.

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. The brew appears a hazy golden yellow color with 2 fingers of white froth that holds solid leaving webby lace as it fades.

The smell is fresh with a sweet footy grain appeal before grassy noble hops. Fantastic clean aromatics for a pils on this crossed between earthy herbal hops and bready fresh grains.

The taste initially is sweet with fresh bready malt that becomes sharply contrasted with a grassy herbal hop bitterness that is in no way excessive. A perfect balance of contrasting flavors that almost gets fruity with lemon as it warms up.

This is medium to light bodied with moderate carbonation. This is nearly a flawless execution of a pils. If I was gonna brew a pils, I would be estatic if it turned out anything like this. Thank you again for gifting me with this Kegatron. There was just something about this brew that I was really digging...perhaps the recent change in weather or maybe this was exactly what I needed after 2 hours of yard work? Whatever it was, this fit the bill perfectly for the moment.

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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.