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 | 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

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Photo of Wiffler27
4.27/5  rDev +12.4%
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%
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 +0.8%
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 -21.1%
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 rollywud22
3.97/5  rDev +4.5%
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 -1.3%
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 +1.1%
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 -0.8%
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 +5.3%
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 +13.9%
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 +8.7%
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 +3.7%
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 +4.2%
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 +7.9%
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 -7.1%
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 stakem
4.35/5  rDev +14.5%
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 -26.1%
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 Billolick
3.76/5  rDev -1.1%
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 -12.6%
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 BeerAdvocate
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine #79 (Aug 2013):

BAM! An instant favorite here, so fine tuned and well balanced. It easily rivals most of its counterparts—of course, freshness helps, but still. Big mugs are a must, which is a hint that Two Roads should package in 16oz cans.

STYLE: German Pilsner
ABV: 5.0%

LOOK: Bright pale yellow, sudsy

SMELL: Fresh-cut grass, spicy hop, soft hop resin, clean, bready, leafy

TASTE: Lovely smoothness, fluffy moderate body, fresh maltiness, bread, grassy, nutty, spicy herbal hop, balanced bitterness, oily resin, clean palate, peppery; long, dry, hoppy finish

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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 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 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 WhiteHillsStore
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%

Pours a straw yellow with a thin head. The smell was mild yet had a couple layers from the hops and the malt. The flavor was full of grains and then citrus and earthy notes from the hops. I found this beer very refreshing and not too heavy. A wonderful beer you can enjoy a couple without becoming overwhelmed or bored.

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Photo of lic217
4.31/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Look: Yellow, crystal clear, White head, with lacing
Smell: Lager smell, light citrus, hoppy spice, flower
Taste:Starts slightly sweet, finishes dr and bitter, flavor as a bone plus bread
Feel: Thin, be nice high level of carbonation
Overall: A very well made Pilsner, but maybe a touch to hoppy and a touch too bitter, but really enjoyed this beer.

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Ol' Factory Pils from Two Roads Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 81 ratings.
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