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Ol' Factory Pils - Two Roads Brewing Company

Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils

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BA SCORE
83
good

130 Ratings
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Ratings: 130
Reviews: 21
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 14.4%


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:
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.

(Beer added by: nebula1999 on 12-23-2012)
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CtephanieCimone

Connecticut

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Awesome caramel golden sips, visable carbonation, not too heady

Smells crisp and flavorful,definately a dry hopped brew

Tastes as good as it smells. The scent of this brew will not fail... such a fully dry hopped beautifully carbonated beer. Dry hopping the German hops really gave this beer an interesting, flavorful spin.
Crrisp as well as refreshing... everything you'd want from your pilsner+ a little more :)

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2014 16:53:53 | More by CtephanieCimone
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plaid75

New York

3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2014 21:44:30 | More by plaid75
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metter98

New York

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 22:22:51 | More by metter98
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SteveB24

New York

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 05:35:17 | More by SteveB24
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ThomasMetal75

Massachusetts

4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2013 22:27:15 | More by ThomasMetal75
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brentk56

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Arrives golden with a decent enough head that leaves a bit of lacing behind

Smell: Biscuity, with a hint of caramel and some citrus

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with a growing sweetness that is subsumed by the citrusy hop elements; reasonably well-balanced in the finish though the sweetness is rather pronounced for the style

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate but crisp carbonation

Overall: A pretty interesting take on the style, with a bit more sweetness and a totally different hop profile from what was expected

Serving type: on-tap

08-22-2013 01:34:15 | More by brentk56
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woosterbill

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz can, purchased at the brewery yesterday. Thanks Drew!

A: Clear, radiant pale amber body under two fingers of white froth. Retention is only so-so, though, and what lace there is is quite soapy. Above average, but less than great.

S: Sulfur and mineral yeast are front and center, with herbal hops and faint biscuity malt also playing their parts. Pretty standard, and not nearly as hoppily aromatic as the name and description would suggest.

T: Significantly better here, as the floral and herbal hops jump out up front, followed by a more substantial malt backbone. The lager yeast combines with spicy hops bitterness on the finish to close things with crisp minerality. Dry, hoppy aftertaste. Refreshing.

M: On the thin side of medium-bodied, with a moderate amount of lively carbonation. Pretty good.

O: Pretty nice little Pils, but I'll stick with freshly-canned Elm City for my local lager fix.

Cheers!

Serving type: can

06-01-2013 22:52:02 | More by woosterbill
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garuda

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Straw body, thick fluffy white head has great retention and good lace. Slight haze in the body, though.

S/T - Fragrant, just as the name suggests. Floral, grassy hops with some lemon sweetness, clove, herbal, grainy pale malts. More of a hop forward pils.

M - Light body, lively carbonation yet maintains a smooth consistency and finishes crisp and clean with moderate bitterness for the style.

O - Nicely surprised with this new one out of CT. Great depth of hop aroma.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2013 18:55:55 | More by garuda
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2013 11:11:11 | More by KTCamm
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Hautacam

Connecticut

4.8/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Birght, clear golden. Nice head with some lacing.
The smell is earthy Euro hops. Really nice.
Starts off with a hint of bread dough, then quickly the earthy, crisp hops take over. There are a lot of layers of grass, lemon, hints of honey, and wonderful noble hop goodness.
Pilsners are not a style I usually get excited about , but this one is special for sure.
Drinkabilty at 5% is really nice.
Absolutely one of the best pils I've had !

Serving type: on-tap

03-02-2013 20:54:46 | More by Hautacam
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fank2788

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2013 01:32:05 | More by fank2788
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Pours a clear orange/gold. Head is a thin crown of foam. Head leaves dense lacing squiggles. Body is very clear.

S-Light nose. A bit soapy and floral. Lager yeast. Pleasantly sweet cracker malt. Sweet croutons. Hops seem to be a mix of noble and US but I could be wrong.

T-The flavor brings much more noble hoppiness. Clean, green grass hops. Grass turns into sudsy hops. Semi-sweet, dried cracker malt and buzzing yeast. A tickle of pepper.

M-Crisp and bubbly. Dry with solid bitterness. Carbonaiton is a bit excessive; it seems to explode in my mouth and expand.

O/D-Tasty but could have been better. Not my favorite from this new brewery but its actually a pretty legit US Pils. Probably won't get a six pack for myself again however, I would buy this for a friend or take it to a gathering as it is very agreeable yet still has enough zing.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2013 02:44:07 | More by VelvetExtract
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PicoPapa

Connecticut

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2013 04:22:10 | More by PicoPapa
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alexgash

Connecticut

4.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle.

Mostly clear lemon straw body. Two fingers of rockyish eggshell white head. Nice lacing and retention. Fresh nose, with some nice pungent hop aromas. Slightly resinous and spicy. Cookie and biscuit malt in the background.

Peppery, resinous hop bitterness up front. Spicy, noble hop flavors preside over soft, bready, cookie-ish malt. Light sweetness, but the dry, spicy hop bitterness dominates, thankfully. Moderate body with a lively, refreshing feel. A very nice addition to the CT beer scene. Will be buying more of this as the weather gets warmer.

Serving type: bottle

01-19-2013 02:02:14 | More by alexgash
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mnrider

Connecticut

3.29/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours clear straw yellow with a nice large forming creamy white head.
Above average carbonation bubbles. Good retention and lacing throughout
the beers life.

S: Crisp yeast and dry hops. Other light grains. On the weak side.

T/M: Light flavors of yeast and mild hop bitterness. This is balanced with mild
grassy grains and malts. Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. The
finish is mostly clean with a linger of hop bitterness.

O: An easy to drink Pilsner that makes for a good session beer. The taste is
pretty average and could be more memorable. A worthy example of a Pilsner
and worth a try.

Cheers!

Serving type: bottle

01-15-2013 21:45:24 | More by mnrider
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TeeJay

Tennessee

4.23/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Recently enjoyed this beer poured in to a tumbler pint glass.

Nose- Grassy, Grainy, Gravel mellow hops in the background

Taste- This beer really opens up and changes throughout the course of a sitting. It is very precise flavors, quiet dry, some serious mineral and salty qualities about it. Good balanced malt but not heavy by any means. A wonderful stank to it

Serving type: bottle

01-07-2013 23:12:35 | More by TeeJay
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diddly

New York

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-06-2013 22:30:54 | More by diddly
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talkingpoints

Connecticut

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was part of my Two Roads tasting for the night, I was pleasantly surprised the pilsner style isn't my natural go to for beer but never let's me down this was no different.

Very light golden colored beer I smelled citrus crossed over by an almost soup aroma very comforting and took my first sip/swig and was a great mouth of pleasantly balanced hops and balanced bitterness I didn't think anything was wrong and drank the rest of the beer to confirm this impression.

This was very Euro in approach but very American style in taste. I think more people should not be afraid to gravitate to the pils. Great offering from Two Roads.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2012 21:13:41 | More by talkingpoints
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-27-2012 03:04:20 | More by TheManiacalOne
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tigg924

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2012 15:24:01 | More by tigg924
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nebula1999

Connecticut

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2012 15:46:55 | More by nebula1999
Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 130 ratings.