Ol' Factory Pils | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States | website

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:
81
Ratings:
413
Avg:
3.8
pDev:
27.37%
 
 
Wants:
14
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117
For Trade:
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Reviews: 81 | Ratings: 413
Photo of thezach
2.44/5  rDev -35.8%
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 Faxmesomehalibut
2.81/5  rDev -26.1%
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.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle purchased individually from Whole Foods and poured into a Spiegelau stemmed Pilsner glass. This is my first experience with a beer from this brewery. I am a German Pilsener fan and this one, while different, doesn't quite work for me. Just too hoppy for my taste. Victory Prima Pils and Sierra Nevada Nooner are the two I come back to again and again.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
3.18/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Notes from yesterday's share.

The pour of this beer is light and clear in a bright golden hue. A pretty good sized, 2.5 finger head forms and hangs around a while with pretty good lacing. Taking a smell, there is a a mild, light hoppy bitterness that is plainly evident from the dry hopping. The back end is the lightly grassy scent that is typical for the style. Light bitterness from the hops and a little bit of mineral-ness is present in the taste. Mostly, this is a light and crisp tasting beer with just a hint of returning bitterness at the end. On the palate, this beer drinks as expected, with a light and highly carbonated body that is very easy to drink.

Overall, nothing to write home about, but also a solid pils. The dry hopping adds a bit of character that makes it a little unique.

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Photo of mnrider
3.26/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. Brown Bottle.

A: Pours clear straw yellow with a nice large forming creamy white head.
Above average carbonation bubbles. Good retention and lacing throughout
the beers life.

S: Crisp yeast and dry hops. Other light grains. On the weak side.

T/M: Light flavors of yeast and mild hop bitterness. This is balanced with mild
grassy grains and malts. Medium to light bodied with good carbonation. The
finish is mostly clean with a linger of hop bitterness.

O: An easy to drink Pilsner that makes for a good session beer. The taste is
pretty average and could be more memorable. A worthy example of a Pilsner
and worth a try.

Cheers!

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.32/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of irrevjim
3.33/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

from a can to a tall pilsner glass
look; yellowy golden, lots of bubbles, nice 1 1/4" head that leaves a covering and some lacing
smell; some bready malt, hint of honey, a little heavy on the yeast
taste; mild honey roll with a bitter finish, maybe from hops, not overly bitter by any means, balanced but a little tinny
feel; looks very carbonated, doesn't feel it. light, a little sharp
overall; a little different than a traditional pilsner, not bold enough to be an american prima pils type, not bad but so many better out there

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Photo of jujigatame
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
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 Duhast500
3.34/5  rDev -12.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a Lazy Dog
Brilliantly clear deep yellow with a huge frothy bubbly white head that persists forever. Grainy light crackery pilsner malt on the nose with bits of citrus spice and earth. The aroma is more macro lager than German Pils. Grainy bready pilsner malt base with a solid hit of spicy earthy hop flavor. Light fruitiness with hints of green apple. Moderate hop bitterness medium body with a moderate to high level of carbonation. I'm missing the bready sweet melanoid laden pilsner maltiness I normally expect and honestly I've had traditional German Pilsner beers with a whole lot more hop character than this beer. Decent quaffable beer though.

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Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Single bottle copped at Total Wine and More. A surprisingly decent stab at a classic German style. Mild hops on the tongue with faint hints of pine and grapefruit. Easily drinkable. Worth a try.

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Photo of tigg924
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy bright yellow color with white head. Aroma has grains and sourdough with a hint of hops. Taste is mainly grainy with some breaddy notes. Finish is slightly hoppy and gets more bitter. Body is medium but fells smooth. Carbonation is on the light side. Bottle is pretty old so the aroma hops might be gone already but apart from that it's a decent pils.

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Photo of Brad007
3.52/5  rDev -7.4%
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 B_W
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of NolaHopHead
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can. Straw gold with slight haze, tall fluffy head with good retention, spotty lace. Light cracker malt aroma with a little grass. Nice clean pils with dry finish. Lemony grassy bitterness in a crisp sip. Medium slick mouthfeel.

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Photo of PicoPapa
3.56/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A thanks to the captain of the canship, woodychandler, for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, some sweetness. Taste is malts, lemons, hops are present, highly refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is an enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Jwale73
3.59/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can served in a shaker pint. Pours a bright straw gold with a loose, 1/8th inch, off-white head that quickly dissipates towards the edges. Nose is fairly subdued but expresses a hint of noble hops and lemon zest as well as a trace of caramel towards the back. Taste is earthy/herbal with a hint of skunk at the finish. Mouthfeel is light in body with a crisp carbonation. Overall, not a bad beer but I'd like something cleaner for the style.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.6/5  rDev -5.3%
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 DrJay
3.67/5  rDev -3.4%
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 BWED
3.68/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. can poured into a willibecher.

A- Hazy golden straw. White head retains rather well, with a nice fluffy consistency.

S- Classic Pils aromas with a citrus/fruity front. Spicy hop and some bready pale malt.

T- Pale bready malt, with a good spicy/herbal bite of hop. Hint of fruit.

M- Light, crisp. Finish clings on to some hops.

O- Nice. Dry hopping complements this well.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with a bottling date of 1/29/2016. Sampled on February 9, 2016.

It pours yellow with bubbly carbonation that leads up to a thin white head. The head becomes a ring.

The aroma smells clean all around and fairly traditional albeit subdued. I get toasted bread, pale malts, and grass.

Light body.

Sweet toasted malts and bread start the tasting experience but the dry-hopped bitterness takes it over at the end.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into an Ommegang stemmed glass. Bottom of can says 03/02/16.

A- Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a 1/2 inch white head that retains decently before becoming a paper-thin ring around the edge of the glass and a small side patch of surface foam. Non-resilient lacing slides quickly down the glass.

S- The dry-hop aroma has probably faded significantly in the four months this has been sitting. What's left is some crackery malt and a bit of honey sweetness.

T- Grainy malt character. Smooth and mild with some hop bitterness on the back end. A bit of sweetness rounds things out.

M- Slightly sharp from the hops with medium carbonation and a lightish body.

O- Not bad for not being all that fresh. Could knock back a few of these on a hot summer day like today.

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Photo of CtephanieCimone
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
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