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Ol' Factory Pils - Two Roads Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

51 Reviews
THE BROS
92
outstanding

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Reviews: 51
Hads: 305
rAvg: 3.85
pDev: 10.13%
Wants: 9
Gots: 69 | 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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Photo of rollywud22
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden appearance...Nice and inviting. Honey and slightly hoppy nose. Taste stays true to nose, which is nice! Overall, very nice American rendition of a pilsner. (170 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a schooner, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright golden yellow coloring with a ton of carbonation in the body, and a foamy, low profile, bright white head. Aromas of subtle citrus and honey sweetness on a toasted grain and cracker backbone. The flavors are toasted forward, with a solid grassy and bitter hops profile behind it, and a cracker backbone. Floral highlights throughout, making this a more dynamic pilsner. The body is full, but kept light from the carbonation. The aftertaste is more of the grassy and bitter notes, lingering on through the slightly effervesced, dry, and crisp finish. Refreshing beer, with a little twist in the flavor profiles compared to your standard pilsner. (715 characters)

Photo of horshack7
3.84/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy color but is still clear. On top is a bright white head two fingers thick that leaves behind great lacing.

Aroma: Floral hop with lemon zest notes, bready and biscuit. Faint wisps of pear way in the back with a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lemon zest, the mouthfeel is smooth but it has a light bready bite. It does have slight malt backbone but it does not mask the citrus.

Notes: I am glad I picked this one up it's not an over the top hop bomb it's balanced all the way around. Cheers. (539 characters)

Photo of JamesStreet
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, nearly translucent pour with thin white head. Crazy lace for a pils. Smell is of bread crust, biscuit, some caramalt, a bit of a hop presence. Taste somewhat follows nose with the malt leading the way. A slight bitter taste adds a nice touch. Feel is medium. Not a bad beer for a hot summer day. (305 characters)

Photo of farrago
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Bright white head, about a finger deep, uneven surface, credible retention, while the lacing is not super-strong per se, it is more than one might expect for a pilsner. Soft cloudy glow to the liquid, deep yellow color, the bubbles are large and aggregated loosely into beads, fills the glass well. Plenty of brawn to the nose, lemon and orange citrus, dried cut lawn grass, unprocessed grains to hard French bread crusts, momentary peppery kick, has a sort of “clean funkiness” to it, apricot and peach fruit scents demurely wait until the end to speak out, its pungency and lift are pluses. Full-bodied, it has more clingy sappiness than expected and really grips the palate. This even as it impresses right out of the gate as a very dry beer. Don’t think the dryness equates to no flavor as the apricot, peach, apple fruit elevates and adds in honey and softer breadiness. Lemony with mineral and leafy notes, the malts come across as adding more textural give than pronounced flavoring. The spiciness is more than pepper, perhaps a subdued bay leaf or tarragon. The carbonation is okay, able to relieve some palate weight but not enough to make it a really thirst slaking experience. Stays active. (1,207 characters)

Photo of jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Like many around here, I'm not a pilsner fan most of the time. Flavors tend to be a bit mild and thin for my taste and I've never really had one that put a genuine smile on my face...until now.

Whatever hops they use and however they do their dry-hopping, it's worked wonders. The biggest regret of this beer was that I only drank it from the bottle and didn't get more of that wonderful nose. Again, hops are the big talkers here, and that piney, oh so mild but tantalizing citrus and spice carry through in the smell and taste. Not bitter, and certainly not too sweet, but full of all the things I love about hops in a very relaxed way, and a dry yet mildly malty finish seals the deal.

The combination of strong, delicious flavors that jump right out and some more subdued whispers of flavors that give you just enough of a touch to keep you wanting another sip make this the new benchmark for me as far as pilsners go. Also, I totally love the artwork on the bottle. (980 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Lumpy, large head. Leaves plenty of three dimensional lace on the glass after each sip. Green-light gold and slightly hazy.

Excellent soft, pale pilsner malt with just a bit raw grain. Light hop in the background.

Really true to the style. Lots of soft hop bitterness. But the pale malt predominates. Leans to the full body side. Overall, very nice. (358 characters)

Photo of BranfordBound
3.94/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around solid German pilsner. Nice light golden color with a hint of grassy hops in the nose. Pilsner malts come through strong on the tongue and the finish is fairly dry and the noble hops come out a bit. Very crisp and refreshing but doesn't quite meet the flavor profile of the benchmark guys like Elm City and Prima Pils. However, this is one of their solid year-round offerings for sure. (395 characters)

Photo of SupportNewEnglandBrew
3.96/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint tumbler.

L: Cloudy, pale yellowish, light head that quickly dissipates

S: Very slight whiff of noble hops

T/F: MMMM. Very nice well-balanced tinge of hops over clean pilsner taste. Little bite on the hops.

O: Super drinkable awesome clean pils. (271 characters)

Photo of ShamasUVA
4.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewery. Huge noble hop aroma and flavor. Well balanced, but missing a bit of that bite that good german pilsners have.

This beer is really an outstanding pils. However the mouthfeel and overall impression of the beer is much more that of a Czech Pils-- it's more full bodied and "softer" than I expect in the German subcategory of the style. The character of the hops however are absolutely German noble-type in character.

Really good beer, and not one they should change-- but not necessarily a classic example of the style. (547 characters)

Photo of B_W
3.53/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured into pilsner glass. Quite hazy appearance looks almost like a wheat beer at first. Surprisingly nice aroma for a pilsner and a nice balanced flavor blending some light, slightly sweet flavor up front with a but with a nice hop bite. Very balanced and drinkable. Not quite as good as Victory Prima Pils, but a still one of the best craft examples of the style. (370 characters)

Photo of stakem
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,058 characters)

Photo of Faxmesomehalibut
2.81/5  rDev -27%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

When stopping at 2 roads I was severely underwhelmed by every beer I tasted. Their facility was very nice, their beers were sub par imo. But this was my favorite, and it still was nothing special. (197 characters)

Photo of Billolick
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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 (442 characters)

Photo of Cavanaghty
3.32/5  rDev -13.8%
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. (250 characters)

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev +6.8%
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 (621 characters)

Photo of Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bright golden hue with a thin white head into my glass. I was looking for a pils instead of an IPA.

Sweet and grainy malt greet the nose. Some hop aromas but otherwise, clean and basic.

I'd say the same about the taste as well. Sweet with buttery malt. Very tasty. Crisp.

Finishes clean with a slight dryness. A little thin.

A good, basic pils. I think it would work great in a can on a hot day. (407 characters)

Photo of thezach
2.44/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Very cloudy, kind of tart, smells funky, almost saison-like. It's highly carbed, bitter with a twang. Honestly, this seems infected. I have another, so I'll see how that one tastes, but it's likely from the same batch. (218 characters)

Photo of Duhast500
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Pours a straw yellow with a thin head. The smell was mild yet had a couple layers from the hops and the malt. The flavor was full of grains and then citrus and earthy notes from the hops. I found this beer very refreshing and not too heavy. A wonderful beer you can enjoy a couple without becoming overwhelmed or bored. (319 characters)

Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev +3.9%

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 (489 characters)

Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +13%
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. (1,758 characters)

Photo of SABERG
3.93/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle recently released into a pint glass.
A - Nice carbonation, lemon reduction tone, short whisker of a cap. Fine lacing throughout.
S - Those German hops add a lite grass note, malt swept from the short end, a fine floral scent lingers.
T - Light lemon grass, extra pale malt cleans up quickly. The hop or dry hopping process puts an up front hop flavor, that quickly disintegrates.
M - Beautiful body, carbonation dances across the palate. Nicely sized and wonderfully representative of classic pilsners.
O - A wonderful example, this offering delivers a fine flavor, nice body and a floral release that is so well done.

Cheers (648 characters)

Photo of jujigatame
3.34/5  rDev -13.2%
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. (742 characters)

Photo of WunderLlama
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
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. (471 characters)

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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
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