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Ol' Factory Pils - Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils

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60 Reviews

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 338
Avg: 3.81
pDev: 29.66%
Wants: 11
Gots: 82 | 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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Reviews: 60 | Hads: 338
Photo of Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

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Photo of thezach
2.44/5  rDev -36%
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.

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Photo of Duhast500
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +2.4%

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.

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Photo of BMFR1811
4/5  rDev +5%

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

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Photo of jlindros
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of SABERG
3.93/5  rDev +3.1%
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.


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Photo of jujigatame
3.34/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.6/5  rDev -5.5%
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.

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Photo of Flounder57
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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Photo of DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
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.

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Photo of CHickman
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of illpass78
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of cosmicevan
3.81/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of CtephanieCimone
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 :)

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Photo of plaid75
3.77/5  rDev -1%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.95/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of SteveB24
3.91/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of brentk56
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
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

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Photo of woosterbill
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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.


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Photo of garuda
4.25/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

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Photo of Hautacam
4.79/5  rDev +25.7%
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 !

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Photo of fank2788
4.12/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.