Ol' Factory Pils | Two Roads Brewing Company

very good
87 Reviews
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 woodychandler
3.85/5  rDev +1%
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 -5.8%
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 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 Eamonn-Cummings3
3.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Newcastle glass.

Look is completely yellow golden clear with a thick frothy bubbly head.

Aroma is peppery yeast with herbal pepper hops. Lots of lager aroma.

Strong lager yeast aroma with a peppery herbal hips.

very cleansing pils beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.58/5  rDev -6%
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 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 JRed
3.8/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Transparent yellow wheat in body with long-lasting white soapy head. Smells of adjunct lager sweetness, grain, mild hop grassiness. Tastes of grass, pine, mint, cereal, bitterness. Actually might be over-hopped. The hop profile is taking precedent over everything else on the palate. Light bodied with medium carbonation.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.83/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours a light hazy golden with a nice head. Middle sized bubbles for the head. Pils bitterness hits you a bit, although, for me, the hazy takes away from the Pils experience.

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Photo of Tom_Banjo
3/5  rDev -21.3%
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 rollywud22
3.97/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden appearance...Nice and inviting. Honey and slightly hoppy nose. Taste stays true to nose, which is nice! Overall, very nice American rendition of a pilsner.

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

Poured from a can into a schooner, the beer is a slightly hazy, bright golden yellow coloring with a ton of carbonation in the body, and a foamy, low profile, bright white head. Aromas of subtle citrus and honey sweetness on a toasted grain and cracker backbone. The flavors are toasted forward, with a solid grassy and bitter hops profile behind it, and a cracker backbone. Floral highlights throughout, making this a more dynamic pilsner. The body is full, but kept light from the carbonation. The aftertaste is more of the grassy and bitter notes, lingering on through the slightly effervesced, dry, and crisp finish. Refreshing beer, with a little twist in the flavor profiles compared to your standard pilsner.

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Photo of horshack7
3.84/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a slightly hazy color but is still clear. On top is a bright white head two fingers thick that leaves behind great lacing.

Aroma: Floral hop with lemon zest notes, bready and biscuit. Faint wisps of pear way in the back with a light dryness in the nose.

Taste: Lemon zest, the mouthfeel is smooth but it has a light bready bite. It does have slight malt backbone but it does not mask the citrus.

Notes: I am glad I picked this one up it's not an over the top hop bomb it's balanced all the way around. Cheers.

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Photo of JamesStreet
3.77/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden, nearly translucent pour with thin white head. Crazy lace for a pils. Smell is of bread crust, biscuit, some caramalt, a bit of a hop presence. Taste somewhat follows nose with the malt leading the way. A slight bitter taste adds a nice touch. Feel is medium. Not a bad beer for a hot summer day.

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

Bright white head, about a finger deep, uneven surface, credible retention, while the lacing is not super-strong per se, it is more than one might expect for a pilsner. Soft cloudy glow to the liquid, deep yellow color, the bubbles are large and aggregated loosely into beads, fills the glass well. Plenty of brawn to the nose, lemon and orange citrus, dried cut lawn grass, unprocessed grains to hard French bread crusts, momentary peppery kick, has a sort of “clean funkiness” to it, apricot and peach fruit scents demurely wait until the end to speak out, its pungency and lift are pluses. Full-bodied, it has more clingy sappiness than expected and really grips the palate. This even as it impresses right out of the gate as a very dry beer. Don’t think the dryness equates to no flavor as the apricot, peach, apple fruit elevates and adds in honey and softer breadiness. Lemony with mineral and leafy notes, the malts come across as adding more textural give than pronounced flavoring. The spiciness is more than pepper, perhaps a subdued bay leaf or tarragon. The carbonation is okay, able to relieve some palate weight but not enough to make it a really thirst slaking experience. Stays active.

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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 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 BranfordBound
3.94/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

All around solid German pilsner. Nice light golden color with a hint of grassy hops in the nose. Pilsner malts come through strong on the tongue and the finish is fairly dry and the noble hops come out a bit. Very crisp and refreshing but doesn't quite meet the flavor profile of the benchmark guys like Elm City and Prima Pils. However, this is one of their solid year-round offerings for sure.

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Photo of SupportNewEnglandBrew
3.96/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can poured into a pint tumbler.

L: Cloudy, pale yellowish, light head that quickly dissipates

S: Very slight whiff of noble hops

T/F: MMMM. Very nice well-balanced tinge of hops over clean pilsner taste. Little bite on the hops.

O: Super drinkable awesome clean pils.

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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 B_W
3.53/5  rDev -7.3%
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 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 Faxmesomehalibut
2.81/5  rDev -26.2%
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 Billolick
3.76/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle with Bottled on dating.

Pours near clear and very light, goldish. Bubbles continue to rise, slight off white head, thin collar and light spotty lace left on the glass.

Biscuity malt nose

Brightly flavorful and with crispness jumping out , grassy hop blast, heavy lime notes, and malts adding the smooth and balance.

Not a huge pilsner fan, but this one is bold and a nice very American take on the traditional old world style

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Photo of Cavanaghty
3.32/5  rDev -12.9%
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 Gajo74
3.89/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a semi hazy, straw yellow, modest head and thin lacing. The spritzy carbonation is visible.
Aroma is sweet, grassy, hay like and lightly toasted bread.
The taste is sweet at first, then, grassy, lemony and with a modest dose of peppery hops. The feel is light, crisp and semi dry.
A quality and refreshing Pils.

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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
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