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Ol' Factory Pils | Two Roads Brewing Company

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Ol' Factory PilsOl' Factory Pils
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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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Ratings: 474 |  Reviews: 98
Photo of Jstarr2517
3.79/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Sludgeman
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of cjgiant
3.74/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of IBUBrew
3.87/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of 322wingedfoot
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of frykid
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of CNoj012
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
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 +16.8%
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 -6.4%
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 bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Kendo
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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 cshaffer
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of jvnsks
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Iski100
3/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Kurzman
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NotAlcoholicJustAHobby
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of hockeypuck
3.86/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of bdiiorio
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Bouleboubier
4.29/5  rDev +14.7%
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 +11.5%
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 williahd
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of asuburbanman
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Mwt
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kojevergas
2.68/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Brief impressions from a bottle:


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Photo of BEERMILER12
4/5  rDev +7%
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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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.74 out of 5 with 474 ratings
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