Ol' Factory Pils | Two Roads Brewing Company

very good
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Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils

Brewed by:
Two Roads Brewing Company
Connecticut, United States

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

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Photo of CNoj012
3.73/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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Photo of HorseheadsHopHead
4.37/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of vinicole
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev +5.5%
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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +12.6%
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

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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 BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a straw yellow color with 2 fingers of head that fades down to a thin cap

S: Bready maltiness stands out in front of a solid grassy and lightly spicy hop note. Some fruity and light citrus notes pop surprisingly as well

T: Follows the nose. Starts off with some bready maltiness and pulls in some of the spicy and grassy hops. Breadiness takes over for a little while as the hops slowly wane down. Finishes with lingering bready notes and hints of the spicy and grassy notes

M: Light-medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: A solid pilsner with great drinkability. The dry-hopping really makes the hops shine and pop more, which is nice. Worth checking out if your a fan of German pilsners or pilsners in general

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Photo of Act25
3.67/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Real quick because how much can you say about a Pils. This is a good one from a great brewer.

A: Pours light golden yellow with a deep white head that leaves a lots of lacing behind, and fine bubbles.

S: Biscuity, a hint of caramel and citrus/ lemon spread. lemon butter.

Taste: Biscuity, up front, with mounting sweetness that is balanced by lemony, citrusy hops; well-balanced in the finish though the sweetness is greater than most Pils.

F: Light body with moderate, crisp carbonation. Too cloying after a while. Drink cold.

Overall: The bright hops save this. Good for my guests. A bright, brassy take on what they're used to.

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Photo of jmdrpi
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz can

Clear pale golden color, white head that fades. Aroma of earthy grassy hops. Taste is grain and some of those earthy hop flavors. Thinner bodied, easy drinking

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Photo of dsa7783
3.48/5  rDev -8.7%
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 Damian
3.85/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 fl. oz. can
Served in a pint glass
Thanks to my friend James for bringing this as part of a Two Roads mixed twelve-pack to our pizza party.

Pale golden yellow appearance. Just a touch hazy. A nice steady stream of bubbles ascended the liquid. The beer was topped by an inch-tall, fluffy, eggshell colored crown that quickly dropped to a barely-there film. I was hoping for a bit more head retention and/or some lacing. As the beer sat, the chill haze dropped to reveal a crystal clear body.

Bready, biscuity malts dominated in the nose. Slightly sweet and doughy. A touch grainy. Pleasant but a bit simplistic perhaps. As the beer sat, subtle grassy hop notes were detectible. The lager yeast presence also came forth.

The flavor profile was similar to the nose except more complex. There was a fleeting, semisweet, bready malt presence on the front end before the hops kicked in. Strong grassy hop notes. Some graininess appeared in the center and on the back end. Good amount of lemony tartness too. The beer finished crisp and moderately bitter with lingering earthy hop notes and a touch of pine.

Nice frothy, fluffy mouthfeel. Light and sprightly on the palate. The liquid contained a fine, zippy effervescence that gave the beer a pillowy soft suppleness.

Most Two Roads beers have been rather mediocre, but Ol' Factory Pils is a solid, American take on a classic style. Lager fans should especially keep an eye out for this.

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Photo of Immortale25
3.74/5  rDev -1.8%
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 irrevjim
3.33/5  rDev -12.6%
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 fitzy84
3.87/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Had this at the Poynt restaurant in Newburyport, MA. The beer had a clear orange-yellow appearance with little to no head and lacing. Really nice, balanced bread malts filled the nose to this beer with a light spice to the smells. I liked how this beer tasted; generally followed the nose of bread malts with a spiced hop flavor in a refreshingly carbonated textured beer. Overall, really enjoyable, well bodied beer.

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Photo of dacrza1
3.98/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

DATE: June 16, 2016... GLASSWARE: Hennepin pokal... OCCASSION: Cavs/Warriors Game 6 starts with a bang--can they keep it up?... strong three-finger snow-white head craters well and simmers slowly... body is golden yellow with large bubbles clinging to and jetting up the glass... rather clear too... tracing is sporadic, like barnacles...the hops are front and center, lemony, zesty, andf slightly floral...some ping exists, but the dry hopping settles it to a relaxed, welcoming garden... dough is definite, with a slight dampness suggesting the "ol' factory" pun... one word--crisp... second word--smooth.... this has a medium-bodied mouthfeel, with a forceful end... the finish doesn't hold long, but what is left is welcoming... the flavor is lemon zest, lemon grass, a bit of mango and other citric hops.... the dough is soft, and slight malts do the trick to balance this in a most agreeable way... matching the Cavs' first half, this beer drinks well and true, with enough nuance to distinguish itself from other pilseners... a sessionable, refreshing, tasty offering that makes the second beer sampled from the Two Roads Beer Bus another winner...

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Photo of dbl_delta
3.78/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Undated bottle into pint glass. Pours a pale straw color with an enthusiastic white head. Initial impression is herbal hops and a nicely balanced malt presence. Medium mouthfeel and slightly above average carbonation. Overall effect is very refreshing and drinkable.

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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 BWED
3.68/5  rDev -3.4%
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 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 mikeg67
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz can. Pours golden with tall, long lasting, fluffy, white head and soda like carbonation. Aroma is of grassy hops and biscuit malt. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Herbal and grassy hops and pale malt fill the mouth. Finish is long and very hoppy. Very good Pilz.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.69/5  rDev -3.1%
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 johnnnniee
3.43/5  rDev -10%
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 NolaHopHead
3.54/5  rDev -7.1%
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 gcamparone
3.82/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz can into a two roads pint glass. Purchased in a variety pack in north providence RI.

Pours a straw yellow ever-so-hazy body with a frothy while head that reduces to a ring of foam.

Aroma is definitely pils-like , grassy, light citrus, grainy, light skunk. Tongue matches the nose with a light grassiness, citrus and a light hop bite on the finish. Light refreshing body, medium carb.

A nice thirst quencher, I could crush this in the summer.

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Photo of Ciocanelu
3.5/5  rDev -8.1%
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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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
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