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Ol' Factory Pils | Two Roads Brewing Company

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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 BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +5.3%
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 -3.4%
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 +1.1%
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 -8.4%
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 Damian
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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 -1.6%
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 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 fitzy84
3.87/5  rDev +1.8%
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 +4.7%
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 -0.5%
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 +12.4%
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 -3.2%
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 drtth
4.08/5  rDev +7.4%
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 -0.8%
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 -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 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 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 gcamparone
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%
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 -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 FickleBeast
4.15/5  rDev +9.2%
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 Real_Thirsty_Guy
4.16/5  rDev +9.5%
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 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 Jacobob10
4.01/5  rDev +5.5%
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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Photo of woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

For those that may have missed The CANQuest (tm) during its recent hiatus, it's back with a vengeance! I have been diddling around with the bottle backlog, but a shift on my part away from my usual AIPAs and DIPAs has led me back to CANs. These are glorious times in which we live!

From the CAN: "Dry-Hopped Pils"; "The Road Less Traveled"; "Dry-Hopped Pilsner"; "Built to Please All the Senses!"; "Here's to taking the road traveled, in life and in beer!"

I Crack!ed the CAN open and I was met with a good bit of foam coming out of the vent. I decided to employ a gentle Glug since I am not a fan of cleaning up a huge mess when it foams over the lip of the glass. Sure enough, it came rising up like it was angry at me, forming three-plus fingers of soapy, eggshell-white head that fell as quickly as it rose. Color was a hazy Straw-Yellow (SRM = > 2, < 4). Nose smelled like lemon biscotti - bready, malty with a lemony tartness. Mouthfeel was medium. Taste was very lemon tart-like with a mild grassiness underlying it. It was definitely not a Czech-style Pils, but it was a bit intense for the German-style. Personally, I liked it, but intensity does not bother me. The finish was semi-dry and I really tasted lemon biscotti on the extreme finish.

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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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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
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