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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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85
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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 75 | FT: 2
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Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009

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Ratings: 711 | Reviews: 197
Reviews by JednoPivoProsim:
Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 08/19/14.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light yellow golden body with a solid white head. Nice carbonation - looks great!

Smell: Smell of grassy metallic hops. Very little malt sweetness. Somewhat grainy.

Taste: Malt is not as bready as I would expect in a Czech pilsner. Hops are more grassy and herbal than the balanced spiciness I expect from Saaz hops.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, light and refreshing.

Overall: I was expecting more from this one. Happy to get my hands on it either way (although I had to go across the border to DC).

More User Reviews:
Photo of Jrp54
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

as near to perfect pilsner as ive had

Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a finger of head which settled in slightly but was very present while drinking. The color is a golden straw yellow color with great transparency. Active carbonation is bright, probably a touch above average for the style.

Smell: Crisp clean hops pop right away. Those hops are complimented by a buttery, creamy malt profile. A second layer of hops bringing more freshly cut grass and straw show up on the body. The yeast profile is clean yet surprisingly complex.

Taste: Great tropical fruit hop profile blasts on to the scene. Those hops draw out to more of a grassy profile on the body with a malt profile filled with buttery and full bodied biscuits. Clean malts and yeast on the back end really allow the hops to shine.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, with tons of hops that leave a semi-dryness on the palate. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: A truly outstanding czech pils from an American brewery. The hops really shine here but a creamy malt profile and crisp yeast notes are so well done. This is a great pils that is a no brainer as a summer seasonal.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a thinner frothy white head that sticks well,quite sprtitzy in its looks.Aromas have a bit of leafy hops but more toasty malt,a tinge of iron comes into play as well.Flavors of what a pilsner should be,toasty with a shot of leafy/spicy hops in the finish,I like the toast most of all.A great pilsner with real flavor,it's toasted with a shot of noble hops.

Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with a lot of grassy hops. The flavor is grassy hops and lighter malts with some low bitterness. The beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made pilsener.

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear gold with moderate stark white head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Floral and spicy Saaz, semi-sweet apple, hay, more Saaz.

Taste: Fairly sweet apple malt core that is quite nice, with some layers of hay and straw on top. The Saaz is fairly apparent, especially on the finish, with floral and spicy notes. Unfortunately, there is a distracting cherry and borderline metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium light body (fuller than many Pils). Would be a crisp, dry finish if the aftertaste wasn't a little sweet.

Overall: I hate to give such a "low" score to one of my favorite breweries, but that aftertaste messes up what should be a nice, refreshing beer. Also, I see very little reason to have this when GLBC offers up the much better Dortmunder Gold year round.

Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped up in Cleveland for dinner and a drink. Had the opportunity to try two new beers, this one included, and was very excited.

Appearance- Comes off the type a bright golden translucent straw yellow. Some mild beading up the glass and the thinnest sheet of white head that immediately completely disappears.

Smell- Smells mildly of grass and hay, with just a touch of skunky hops. Not a whole lot going on but pleasant enough.

Taste- More of the same. Some nice grassiness, a little bit of cereal graininess, and some very mild skunky hops. Again, pleasant but not hitting anything out of the ballpark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is rather thin though okay for the style. Drinkability is pretty decent as well as this one is nice enough to go down easy.

Overall, I can't say that a whole lot was going on with this beer but it was a pretty good representation for the style. If this is your type of beer I could easily see this being sessionable.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with very good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A crisp and bready aroma. Pale malts and wheat grains with hints of biscuit, crackers, straw, and yeast. Some good hints of citrus lemon and orange. A nice scent of grassy and spicy hops Saaz hops. Also a slight hint of honey in the mix. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a nice balance of sweet bready malts and grassy hops. Wheat grains and pale malts with a nice taste of saltine crackers, biscuit, straw, yeast, and a little bit of honey. A touch of citrus with notes of lemon zest and orange. Has a nice hop bite for a pils with some grassy hops and spicy European hops. Mildly bitter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. Somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A very solid American take on a Pilsner. Nice grassy hop presence to balance the sweetness. Nice to have this more widely available as a seasonal.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear pale straw with 1.5 finger white frothy head with good retention and clumpy lacing

S - weak pilz hos, sour funk, bready notes

T - sweet malts open followed by mildly bitter and sour pilz hops with green apple and a touch of chardonnay acididity.

M - light body, moderate carbonation.

A really nice light pilsener. I'd get this in the summertime to share with friends.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Long time anticipating a bottle of this stuff. Thanks to my cousin Joe, I landed 3 bottles in my dedicated beer fridge. Pours a beautiful pale golden slightly hazed color with a bright white head forming thick, leaves behind even layered speckled lacing. Perfect grassy pils in every way aromatics end up with a hint of lemon citrus notes and herbal earthy noble hops kicking. Flavor is light biscuit pale malt bready complex for how light and drinkable this beer is. More nice hop interplay with the malts bringing out a dry finish in each sip, nice perfect crisp Czech style pils. I can't wait til this is distributed as the summer seasonal this year it will simply be my staple this summer, lawnmower beer good drinkable and super refreshing. Mine is served a bit cold but it's perfect refreshing pilsener that I'm ready to get more of. This was on tap at the brewpub and sold to go from the gift shop.

Photo of pwoods
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to Kels for sharing this bottle with me.

12oz. Brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: A very pale golden yellow with good clarity. Moder head with a bit of retention. Small lacing.

S: Light aroma with some cereal and very light biscuity grains. Light noble hop aroma.

T/M: Nice bitterness from the hops with a nice spicy edge. The malts are nice with a bit of huskiness and a light sharpness. Body medium light and carbonation is nice and high.

D: Drinks very easily and is pretty interesting for a pilsner.

Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks good off the tap, a fluffy and bright white head rising to one finger in height with good retention to top a bright golden yellow with a slight haze but lots of brightness. Clumpy lacing sticks in plenty.
Lots of dryness starts the nose off, with some grains under biscuit and bread with a crusty sort of thing and a bit of husky dryness to boot before some sweeter notes come in, making the effect that of honey-drizzled biscuits; it's not just regular biscuits, it's more like the dryer, New England-style biscuits. Hops are leafy with an herbal touch, there's a hint of lemon zest, and a whiff of diacetyl seems to linger a little.
It's more robust and less traditional, with zest and spiciness to go along with floral, grassy and herbal hops bitterness while the sweetness counters. Fruits and yeast are stronger here, and it has only a ghost of the buttery diacetyl to it.
While I like the body of this beer, the traditional lightness serves the style well. This is a little more robust, though it has the crispness and it is clean.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 08/29/12.

A: Pours a clear golden straw yellow with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Some visible floaties in the glass. Low visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly bready malt and yeast up front, I think the hops have worn off at least aromatically.

T: Nice balanced malt and yeast taste, some hop bitterness at the end. Very drinkable.

M: Crisp finish, light to medium body with ample carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall another great beer from Great Lakes. Stands up to a few of the well known pilseners out there. I need to try this fresher. Very true to the style, an easy drinker anyone can enjoy.

Photo of nicnut45
4.07/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into the crazy looking Sam Adams glass with a freshness date of 9/17/12.

Pours a pale yellow almost macro lager like. Very clear, a nice fluffy lager head. simmers down to almost nothing.
Strong hay like fragrance in the nose, very nice. Smell is super clean lots of floral subtleties going on.
Clean crisp taste. A nice pure bitterness, (does not taste like hop extract). Not a very hop forward pilz, but perfectly balanced with the malt.
Overall This is a very good pilz. Perhaps a bit on the maltier side compared to its German counterparts. I like the freshness dates Great Lakes is using so you know you are getting something thats not ancient. Unlike some overseas pilz that come in green bottles with no freshness dates at all.

Photo of Stigs
3.33/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a tall GLBC pilsen glass

A - pours with about half an inch of loose, fluffy bright white foam. the beer is incredibly clear, pale gold in color. thin and wet lacing is left behind after every sip.

S - a small amount of roasted corn and veggies, grains, lemon rind, and grass. lightly sweet biscuity malts underneath.

T - begins a bit sweet, with dominating sweet biscuity malts. grainy through the end, with hints of buttered corn and diacetyl. very mild, grassy hops add a touch of bitterness through the finish.

M - light body, with moderate carbonation yet takes on a slightly syrupy quality as well. crisp and oily finish with lingering graininess.

D - eh. veggies and corn is strong here, also a bit sweet which mostly hides a pleasantly subtle hop bite. refreshing and thirst quenching, though not too appealing on the palate.

Photo of Sammy
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Village Beer Merchant. A not true Czech pils. Consistent with many I have had in that realm, it has a bit of cheesy aroma. Slightly cloudy body. Middling mouthfeel. So-so drinkability, with some bitterness and lemony. Suitable carbonation. Dry finish.

Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small mug. Best before 12/9/2012.

Very pale electric yellow body is capped by a thin ghost white layer of suds. Average lacing and decent retention.

Graham crackers, yeast-heavy bread, and wildflowers in the nose.

Sweet but snappy palate entry with a lasting peppery hop bitterness to offset the malt. Distinctive (Pils?) notes are flavorful but very clean. Finishes with a touch minerality and stickiness. Well balanced though I imagine there being some debate about this being a German vs a Bohemian Pils...

Light-bodied, crisp, well carbonated...

Great Lakes clearly knows how to brew a lager - this being another excellent rendition of its style...very clean and refreshing beer with no lack of flavor.

Photo of BEEER
3.86/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light gold color and had a small white head with little messy lacing. Aroma has strong malts, earthy tones, and light hop notes. Flavor is mostly caramel and amber malts. Very crisp and clean with a light and bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty good overall.

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, translucent yellowish-gold with a thin layer of loose, bubbly, white head that fades quickly

S - a bit warm and grainy

T - warm, a bit grainy, faintly grassy

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a disappointing offering from a solid brewery. It's grainy and warm which is something I would expect from an adjunct offering. There are many better selections for this style.

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.07/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Excellent carbonation with very good lacing. Straw yellow.

Smell: Very neutral. A bit of lemon

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lemon. Extremely bitter lemon rind really overwhelms here. Crisp mouthfeel that works well with bitterness.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty eh for Great Lakes.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, poured in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malt, along with some grassy and spicy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some slight floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and refreshing and very easy to drink. I'd certainly buy this again.

Photo of prototypic
4.39/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Been wanting to try one of these for a while.

The Wright Pils pours a very light straw color. Looks a bit yellow when held to light. It’s very clear and clean looking. The head is bone white and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly, and leaves a light coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good. Quite good. It has a very spicy quality to it that’s typical for quality Czech Pilseners. Noble hops are readily apparent and have a strong presence throughout each whiff. It’s very earthy, musky, and grassy. There are ancillary grainy and light fruit qualities to it, as well. It’s a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Smells fantastic for a Czech Pilsener.

The flavor is likewise quite good. I’m really impressed. The most notable aspects are the spicy and hoppy flavors. The noble hop flavors are nothing short thunderous and take center stage. They’re musky, earthy, grassy, grainy, and even a bit citric. They have a bit of a bitter bite to them, but it’s nothing overly strong. Just adds a nice jolt midway through. The yeast flavor is a nice touch. I’m not getting any alcohol. Finishes grainy, grassy, spicy, and dry. Very well done.

Surprisingly, the body is medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel nice. It’s got a great, crisp bite. Perfect for this warm weather. I could go through bottles upon bottles of this during the summer months. Very easy drinking.

Great Lakes Brewing should do everyone a favor and makes this available during the spring and summer on a widespread basis. Limiting sales to the gift shop is a mistake. The Wright Pils is nothing short of a fantastic representation a Czech Pilsener, and it should be much more available. I’m blown away. I was not expecting this. If you live outside the Cleveland area, do yourself a favor and trade for it.

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright and sunny yellow colored beer.
White head.
Delicate lacing left behind on the sides of my glass.
Good looking beer.

The aroma is mild. Grassy, some grains.
Ok smell.

Sweet at first, thin malts, some floral hop bitterness and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is awesome. On the light side of medium. Crisp, refreshing.
Watery enough to be refreshing, but not too watery to be weak or bland.

Great Lakes always seems to have a slightly higher ABV than comparable beers of the same style.

Overall, A Great Pils.
Only downside is this beer is a little pricey,

Photo of DerekP
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a case of this stuff with a co-worker. Bottles show it's good til the first week of August, which is a little disappointing since my store just got this in this week (notes from 7/4/12). That being said, nothing at all is wrong with the age of this brew.

A yellow-gold look with tawny shades. Egg white head slims down while still staying appealing. 4/5

Smells yeasty (like yeast being prepped for bread dough with warm water & sugar). Grassy and lemony in the nose. Salt, light malts. 4/5

Sharp hops cut through to the taste buds real quick with a peppery flavor. Yeast, peppermint spice, earthy hops, burnt brown sugar, bread crust, ginger. Clean malts with the right amount of fermented spiciness. 4.5/5

The Wright Pils is carried by hops, but washes away without heavy and unwelcoming lingering qualities thanks to the sweet and spicy tango. 4/5

Great Lakes pulled this one off with the hops flavor. Great stuff.

Overall: 4.5/5

Photo of Infamous7100
3.76/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear bright yellow gold with a half finger bright white head. No lacing.
S: notes of corn and biscuits right up front. This is supported by a slightly grassy/citrusy aroma. Not overwhelming and had to agitate to really pick up the scents.
T: the barley/malt hits hard at the front providing bready and biscuity flavors. Toward the midddle to back, the hops come through with a subtle citrus bitterness that does well to quell the sweetness.
M: light to medium body with medium carbonation. This brew is slick and creamy but closes with a refreshingly, dry bite. A hint of a bittersweet hang that has you begging for another sip.
O: pretty good take on a Czech pilsner. Perfect on a hot day or for sessioning with friends. A nicely balanced beer that you could use to introduce novice beer drinkers to.

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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.