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Ol' Factory Pils | Two Roads Brewing Company

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86
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86 Reviews
Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States
tworoadsbrewing.com

Style: German Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

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.

Added by nebula1999 on 12-23-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
430
Avg:
3.81
pDev:
27.03%
 
 
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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 diddly
4.47/5  rDev +17.3%
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.

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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 stakem
4.35/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

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Photo of jmasher85
4.33/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of lic217
4.31/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow, crystal clear, White head, with lacing
Smell: Lager smell, light citrus, hoppy spice, flower
Taste:Starts slightly sweet, finishes dr and bitter, flavor as a bone plus bread
Feel: Thin, be nice high level of carbonation
Overall: A very well made Pilsner, but maybe a touch to hoppy and a touch too bitter, but really enjoyed this beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from the can into a Libbey style pilsner glass. Canned March 2nd 2016?

Real fascinating body color, deep brass and dark lemon yellow, with a beaming almost green color as well. Moderate carbonation, some fast some slow, but interestingly a good stream only on the edges of the glass. Head is frothy and a beaming clingy mass of white fluff. Light lacing an pill sheets with a settling island puck and swiss cheese bubbles. Really unique body color real nice looking pils.

Bready classic malts right off the get go on the nose, clean crisp bread, a nice herbal character, and a touch of faint possibly citrus that just peaks out. Hints just a hair of juicy character but is mostly just a good solid classic pils aroma with an orange twist. Very nice.

Palate just pushes the right buttons. Excellent herbal washing hops and pasty light lager depth in the mid palate. Wonderful popping bready bakery notes on the finish, and more hops that play just a little bit. Clean but with a larger herbal bite that doesn't distract, even a bit minty on the hop angle.

Real nice classic pils with a bit of kick. Real nice brew.

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

pours a straw golden color with a thick white head. full of carbonation as well, looks beautiful in my tall pilsner glass.

smells like noble hops, that euro pale lager smell without the skunkiness.

taste is full of hops! very hoppy pilsner, nice spice to it as well especially at the end. pine bitterness.

goes down smooth, very hoppy for a pilsner which it makes it less "crushable". not that i couldn't but i think of crushable beers as very bland, almost lemonwater beer.

this is very hoppy, i like it. would definitely get this again, love that it's 5% too!!

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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 NeroFiddled
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Two Roads Brewing Co. "OL'FACTORY"
12 oz. brown glass bottle, "BTLD 04/16/15 09:10"

I absolutely love this beer! Brilliant. The hop character is spicy, grassy, lemony, herbal, and even a touch piney. The malt expresses pilsner malt, but there's subtly biscuity and nutty side to it as well which is probably coming form the residual yeast. It looks great, maintaining its fluffy white head for seemingly forever while leaving beautiful lacing behind (I don't mind the slight haze, and in fact like it, but I guess I do have to ding them there a little bit). Does it fit exactly what I think of when I think of German pilsner? No, but that's the beauty of it in a certain way. The body seems lighter (not that it necessarily is), and the hops really give it life. It's unique. Excellent! When I saw this I knew I had to pick it up based on the quality of their Saison, and from this point on I'll try any of their beers that I see.

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Photo of TeeJay
4.24/5  rDev +11.3%
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

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Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4.17/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
4.16/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Hazy yellow, carbonated fully...light to medium body
Spicy, biscuity malt in the slosh
Plenty of hops in this dry hopped Pilsner...takes the top off the spiciness which is to my liking...
This Pilsner is really good, a little less character than the best I've had, I would buy it again

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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 FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12 oz bottle poured into a Savor snifter. Bottled 11/16/15.

Pours a clear yellow color with a full finger of fluffy foam. Aroma is full of German hops, hints of aspirin, and dry grass. Flavor is clean, crisp, and full of character. Lots of Pilsner malt sweetness and the dry hopping imparts a good amount of hop flavor. Finishes smoothly bitter.

I really am enjoying this beer. It a hoppy pilsner, and it is done well with no off or conflicting flavors. Well done.

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Photo of alexgash
4.15/5  rDev +8.9%
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.

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Photo of smcolw
4.13/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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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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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev +7.9%
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

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Photo of ShamasUVA
4.1/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

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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 drtth
4.08/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a slightly hazed golden yellow with a 1" white head that soon recedes to a thin layer of form and a small island of foam, leaving a 1/4" ring of foam around the glass. Sipping creates some scattered speckles and legs of lacing. Mid-way through the beer the undisturbed part of the foam still clings to the side of the glass and there's still a thin, visible island on the liquid.

The aromas have some biscuity malt mixed in there, as well as the grassy, herbal notes from the hops. Way in the background there's also a light, almost lemon character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose so there's the biscuity malt in the background supporting the hops, which provide some grassy, herbal bitterness and a hint of lemon. There is a light touch of malt sweetness that soon dries out and disappears amidst the grassy, herbal hop notes.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and slightly crisp with the persistent carbonation. The finish begins as a touch of sweetness sides into the background allowing the herbal, grassy hops to run the show as they fade to leave some persistent bitterness in the back of the palate all "interwingled" with the dryness that invites another sip.

I've enjoyed this beer and would be fine with having another, both now and in the future. While I don't think the traditionalists would approve of what Two Roads has done with this Pils I'd say its a nicely made Pils that offers some interesting complexities of flavor and aromas.

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Photo of talkingpoints
4.05/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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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 Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.

Pours a hazy, pale gold color with a frothy, white head. Light bready, grainy pils malts in the aroma create the base for strong grassy, citrus (lemon) hops. Balance in the flavor shifts slightly more towards the hops, which create a bitter, spicy finish. Light bodied with just the right amount of carbonation.

Nice to see Two Roads on the shelves here in NJ! This is a pilsner with some character to it. Perfect for washing down my chicken cutlet, broccoli rabe, and fresh mozzarella sandwich from the local Italian deli.

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