Ol' Factory Pils
Two Roads Brewing Company

Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils
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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #214
ABV:
5%
Score:
85
Ranked #34,060
Avg:
3.76 | pDev: 11.7%
Reviews:
111
Ratings:
507
From:
Two Roads Brewing Company
 
Connecticut, United States
Avail:
Year-round
Wants
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Gots
  141
SCORE
85
Very Good
Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils
Notes: 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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TheHammer from Canada (ON)

3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This one is from some notes I wrote.

Appearance: One finger of head with some lacing but no retention. Body is a cloudy, low carb brass color.

Smell: Floral Citrus Hops with notes of lemon and a faint whiff of orchids. Potency however isn't the greatest and warming did not help matters.

Taste: Starts with bready malt with a hint of lemon that turns to a citrus rush of orange and lemon before rounding out with a nice floral hop note.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean like a Pilsner should be, and the mild floral aftertaste is wonderful. Carbonation is surprisingly on point, given you don't see it in the body. Transition is solid, but it doesn't exactly make a long journey, which is really the biggest complaint here.

Drinkability: Crisp in extreme, refreshing and easy on the system. Light bodied without sacrificing flavour to keep itself interesting. My only complaint here is that it's a bit basic, but it's an all around solid pilsner that drinks like one.

Final Thoughts: I've heard that some during their beer travels begin to appreciate the crispness of a beer as time goes on, and if so, this one excels in that regard. My complaints about it really only stem from that it doesn't seem to be a boquet of an offering. Still, if you want a simple, easy drinking pilsner without a lot of bell and whistles, this is the offering for you.

Feb 23, 2020
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.47/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Bottle.

A clear yellow orange with a dense white head with good retention and lacing this looks good. The nose is very hoppy. Very,very hoppy with plenty of dry hop character, there's mint, lemon, musk, and earth. The musk is particularly strong. A mild grainy sweetness is present as well. The palate opens hoppy with a lemony, earthy, dusty and mildly musky character. A mild sweetness is present. Clean, the mouthfeel is a little watery, and the carbonation is a little lighter than I was expecting. A touch of skunk as well.

Aug 09, 2019
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Magnapinna from Connecticut

2.81/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

God this beer is disappointing. I really want to love Two Roads but man does this beer fall short. Much better German Pilsners out there in CT. Falls under the same problem as their "No Limits" Hefe- oddly flavorless, at least compared to other variants in the area.

Mar 26, 2019
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12-oz. can PKG 12OCT18 needed an moderate pour for a finger sized soapy white head with long retention and minimal lacing.
Clear pale straw color, yellow-straw in front of light.
Grainy malt and faint herbal hops for the nose.
The taste begins dry and bitter, the middle is semi-dry with biscuit, wheat malt and bitter hops. The finish returns to dry/bitter and is smooth and crisp, spice and herbal hops linger briefly. Medium light body, plenty of carbonation. A bit heavy on the hops, the dry hopping is atypical yet not over powering. Nice balanced easy drinker. Alcohol is barley noticeable.

Dec 17, 2018
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CTHomer from Connecticut

3.87/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 1 finger white head that receded to a wispy cap; very nice lacing;

S: grass, bread dough, and a little spice;

T: grass with a little lemon; the lemon is more noticeable toward the finish; mild to moderate bitterness at the end;

M: medium bodied; moderate carbonation; moderately dry finish;

O: easy drinking;

Dec 11, 2018
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MoreBeer4me from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lets face it, one can't drink heavy rich beer all the time. This one is a nice, crisp, snappy pilsner. Nothing outstanding however but a refreshing beer. Easy drinking, good for hot days but too weak to pair with most foods. Probably not worth seeking out if not easily found in your neck of the woods.

Sep 27, 2018
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ovaltine from Indiana

3.77/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Nice hazy golden yellow color with a sudsy off-white head. Some bready malt and lots of fruity hops on the nose.

The hops dominate the taste, but the bready malt is a nice complement. Great lawnmower beer, IMHO.

Aug 14, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Has a slightly thin body with about average carbonation.aroma was cereal,citrus,yeast,bread/cracker,mildly floral.flavor is about the same as aroma but is stronger than the aroma suggests. Overall a decent attempt at the style, I would try this again

Jul 29, 2018
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StonedTrippin from Colorado

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

this was somewhat uninspiring to me, sure its hoppier than a lot of what else is out there in the style, but it seems sort of dumbed down and cheap to me at the same time, looking pretty flat in the shaker pint from the tap, and having an overly grainy aroma, not as delicate and balanced here as i like the style to be, but with a decidedly citrus forward hop aromatic. the flavor is the same, a little more bready and less crackery on the pils malt than i prefer, but still on the dry side. the hops have some finishing bitterness and even a noble sort of spiciness, but i get more of a northwestern citrus profile than anything else. lots of malt there at the end too, more than i generally prefer in a pilsener, and not a lot of flavor from the lager yeast so it seems proportionally a little strange. i also need more carbonation from a light lager like this, this one really sags, and drinkability suffers as a result. overall not a bad beer, a fine pint, but i will be in no rush to drink this one again with so many nice craft pils types around right now. one of the weaker two roads beers i have had, but i will revisit it in bottle or can...

Jun 19, 2018
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Stevedore from Oregon

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

16oz draft pour, pint glass. Pours a clear golden yellow body, clear white head, good carbonation, nice lacing. Smell is clean bread, biscuit, floral, a bit of grass. Clean. Flavour follows; also clean biscuit, touch of herbal lemon, smooth and flavourful throughout. A bit of mineral as well. Mouthfeel is lighter bodied, slightly watery, good body and carbonation, smooth with a slight bitterness on the backend.

May 02, 2018
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GreesyFizeek from New York

3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a clear light orange, with a small fizzy head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells like bitter grassy hops, and some light bready malt, with some lemon.

This year has a really bitter hop character, but it is not overwhelming. It lingers on the tongue for a while. There’s a light biscuity malt character, with very little sweetness.

This is crisp and very clean, with a nice bite on the finish.

This is a little bit too bitter, but it’s still a nice little beer.

Feb 24, 2018
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VeganUndead from Virginia

3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Balanced, unassuming, clean, easy-drinking. Tried on tap, all the buzzwords for an approachable pilsner, nothing earth shattering but a good lawnmower beer

Feb 22, 2018
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crotharagain from Rhode Island

4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - Slightly cloudy straw
S - Pine, cracker and grass
T - Boom! Wicked good.
F- Crisp and dry
O - One of the better pilsner's out there. Hoppy like Peak Organic's Super Fresh but not double hopped and has a more mid-day kind of abv. Great post workout beer.

Jan 14, 2018
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EMH73 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a very slightly cloudy straw color with a well retained half inch white head that left ample lacing. Smell is fairly mild-herbal, grass and sweet malts. Taste follows the nose but is much better. Tastes of herbs, grass, sweet malts, crackers and a slight citrus element. Light bodied, well carbonated, mild bitterness, slightly dry finish.

Aug 27, 2017
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.56/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a cloudy yellow with one finger head into a Pilsner glass. Not much smell but a lot of flavor. Very easy drinking and not overly malty. Feel is an almost perfect amount of fizz. Would definitely buy again

Aug 20, 2017
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lordofthewiens from New Mexico

3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A pale yellow color. Nice white head that retains well. Plenty of lace.
Herbal, grassy hops. Sweet malt.
Nice crisp hops. Grassy/herbal.
Good bitterness.

Jul 01, 2017
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argock from Virginia

3.66/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz brown bottle into a clear glass stemmed flute. Pkg date in May 2017 on bottle neck.

A: Clear golden yellow with 1-2 fingers of white frothy head with good retention and decent lacing with a lot of effervescent bubbles rising.

S: Aroma is very floral and herbal/honeysuckle with crisp pils malt graininess with some lightly toasted bread in there

T: Waves of moderately bready pils cracker graininess hits first but is quickly extinguished by the heavily bitter herbal, floral nobler hopping. The bitter comes down like a sledgehammer and then builds through the beer. I think this is too bitter even for the German Pils style -- it detracts from the drinking experience and mutes both hops and malt. Clean with no esters.

M: Crisp and clean with light body and dry finish owing in part to the lively carbonation.

O: I think reducing the bitterness by 7-10 IBU would do this beer wonders. Good flavors but the bitterness kills a lot of them and leaves it a bit harsh. Nothing should be this heavy in a subtle beer style.

Jul 01, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.25/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This was poured into a pilsener. The appearance was a nice hazy golden with a one and a half finger white to off white foamy head that dissipated within less than a minute. There is a slight lacing coming here and there. The smell had a decent citrus to tangerine to grassy to herbal to a light biscuity sort of flavoring. The taste was basically the same flavorings with an added dry grassy sort of herbalness to let a slight crispness coming through. On the palate, this was fairly light and pervasive as a Pilsener with a fairly decent malt driven loveliness flowing about this. Overall, for the most part, this was a good Pilsener I’d have again.

Jun 11, 2017
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cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

On tap:
Pours a light golden, body is clear save for a chill haze. Loosely packed bubble slowly fade to a small sheath over the surface. Lacing is decent.

Nose is a very herbaceous grass, and foreshadows a bitterness. There is a barely noticeable shade of citrus.

Hop forward, I don't really feel I get a chance at the Pilsner malt. Grassy bitterness first, and though carbonation might have an effect, the rip on the palate is pretty strong. I'd say this effect is my least favorite part, though the style guidelines say it's not abnormal.

Warmth, as it usually does, calms this a tad, but exposes a herbal bitterness added mid-taste, and a dirty, dry grassy bitterness by the end (and into the aftertaste).

Pretty much all bitterness to my palate. Really only get the impression of malt lingering after my tongue shakes off the bitter notes. This one just didn't work for me in the enjoyment category.

May 18, 2017
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CNoj012 from New York

3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

This beer pours a light straw color with a bit of chill haze and a one finger, sudsy white head. Retention is pretty minimal and there is barely any lacing to speak of.

Smell is floral and grassy with a good dose of lemon that feels a bit out of place. Also some perfume. There is a bit of crackery malts too, but the hops run riot.

Taste is similar, but the lemon is less of a force and there is a nice bit of peppery spice on the finish. Malt is more noticable than in the smell.

Feel is light, smooth and very drinkable. The finish is not as dry as I'd like and certainly not very crisp, and to me that is a must have for a pilsner.

Overall a solid offering, but there are so many great pilsners out there that I do not think I will revisit this. I will definitely have no problem finishing off the other two of these that came in the variety pack though.

Apr 19, 2017
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HorseheadsHophead from Colorado

4.37/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

L: Clear straw with streams of bubbles. Huge creamy white head with excellent retention and lacing.

S: Very floral, grassy, and lemony, with a lightly sweet cracker, honey, and almost doughy malt aroma. A touch of white pepper, but mostly flowers, grass, and dough.

T: Grass and lemon upfront, followed by a kiss of honey and that chewy, doughy malt. There's a touch of crisp lager yeast, graininess, and minerality, followed by a very light herbal bitterness that finishes quickly and lightly dry.

F: Light-bodied, lots of carbonation, very sluggable and refreshing.

O: A great American pils. Awesome aroma and drinkability.

Apr 04, 2017
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vinicole from England

3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Straw colour. Dissipating head.
Aroma of cereal and dough. Underwhelming hops.
Standard lager flavour.
Moderate carbonation.
I was unable to distinguish this from a decent euro lager.

Mar 30, 2017
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Kendo from New York

4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from the can into a pilsner glass. Body is pale yellow with a near-3-finger fluffy white head on top, which is fortified nicely by continuously-rising fine bubbles of carbonation.

S: Like a good clean pilsner, this one smells of straw, modestly bready malt and a touch of grassy hops.

T: A little bit bready to start, then a bit of grassy, leafy hops finish it. Touch of aspirin. Not overwhelmingly bitter, despite the dry hopping advertised on the can.

M: Light in heft, nice creamy feel to it, makes this an easy drinker.

O: A very good pilsner; easy to drink. I'm drinking this on a cold day, but this would be great in the summer.

Mar 04, 2017
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.29/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

(12 oz bottle, BTLD 10/11/16... poured into a fluted goblet

L: slightly hazy, almost jade yellow liquid... tall mound of cotton-candy spun sudsy foam, rocky and sparkly... medium thick islands of crunchy-crystalline lace, but not much retention on the surface

S: powdered dinner roll, flowery as hell, salt water taffy made with citrus peel... lovely overall potency and density of aromas... essence of sorbet... smells exotic sort of - certainly a Czech pils-like base, but with some perfumy lip balm flourishes and Asian citrus(?)... very faint crackery malt, little toastiness

T: vibrant, spectral blanket of fresh flowery and herbal hops (soft touch of bright parsley? spicy coriander?)... the underbelly does show a little sweetish cereal malt flavor, however, the sweetness may be the vaguely orange-y hop oils... delectably bitter, spicy aftertaste

F: quite light, crisp... delicate malt/hop oil viscosity slips by atop a lightly fluffy-foamy wave... the finish drops off quietly, while a softly spicy-hot static hum in the back of the palate creates some separation making it seem drier in the aftertaste

O: didn't know what to expect, but quite pleased with the product... excellent dryness, spot on, much like a German Pils should be... the pungent punch of the hops is great too, and it doesn't stray into experimental territory - nice noble hop character... I will get this again, very enjoyable

Jan 12, 2017
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GratefulBeerGuy from New Hampshire

4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. Can.

Ultra Clear golden color, rather relaxed look with a small white cap, recedes pretty quick.

The aroma has a corn and sour yeast thing, classic pils. Very light malt that has a gentle honey sweetness. The dry-hopped effect gives off subtle fruity aroma's. The sweet and sour funky malt and yeast smell is simply excellent.

Wicked crispy, light bodied pop on the taste buds. Light, sweet malt with a classic "cream o corn" flavor, but crispy and light ! This is a classic Pilsner in almost every way, a subtle dry hopped effect brings out slightly more hop flavor. The feel never really finishes dry however, crisp til the end. The excellent earthy-sour yeast flavor from a good pils is in full effect. Balance for the style is just right, even with the slight boost of hops.

A new go-to classic Americanized Pilsner.

Nov 08, 2016
Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 507 ratings