Ol' Factory Pils - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils

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BA SCORE
84
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291 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 291
Reviews: 49
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.94%
Wants: 9
Gots: 56 | 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: 291 | Reviews: 49
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 brentk56
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
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

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 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 smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

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.

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 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 DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Light yellow, slight haze, bright white collar with some stickage. Fruity, citrusy nose, mild malt character. Moderate bitterness (stronger in the finish), a bit citrusy and herbal, solid malt base. Medium/light bodied, moderate carbonation, decent texture. Pretty good mix of characters -- dry hopping was a good call.

Photo of Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -5.1%
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.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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 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 woosterbill
3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
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!

Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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.

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 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 Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle was poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is a golden straw yellow with great clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass. Super tight lacing down the glass as the beer was drank.

Smell: Pilsner malts give a bready, toasted, and sweet aroma with lager yeast, herbal, and grassy notes.

Taste: Same as above. Nice pilsner.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, refreshing, light bodied, medium to high carbonation, chewy, and a little dry.

Overall: A nice twist on the style. All traditional characteristics are there and enjoyable.

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 Faxmesomehalibut
2.81/5  rDev -24.3%
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.

Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

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 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 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 SABERG
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
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

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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
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