Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils

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85
very good

716 Ratings
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Ratings: 716
Reviews: 200
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 36
Gots: 78 | 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: 716 | Reviews: 200
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 matjack85
4.52/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. As always, Great Lakes puts a best before date on the back label.

The beer poured a clear, light, golden color and produced a long lasting 2-finger white head. Even after the head faded, it left a thin rim of white foam on top. It didn't produce much lacing however, just a light sprinkling of small spots.

Nice flowery bouquet with some pale malt sweetness and a touch of yeast.

This is a well balanced and well made beer. The main flavor comes from sweet bready nalt and yeast with a delicate bitterness and spiciness from the noble hops. Despite the sweetness in the mouth it finishes clean and dry.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is one delicious Czech style pilsener.





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Photo of timfelix
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

A GREAT beer. A crisp, full flavored pilsner, that is one of the best beers ever (if you are a german pilsner fan). I'd rate it higher except maybe some day there will be another beer better. I had this in a bottle several years ago and did not like it. Had it recently on tap and it was wonderful, so I picked up a six pack to try it in the bottle. Just as good!
The moral of this story is to try a beer more than once- that first bottle may have been really old- or my taste buds off.
I can't account for other reviews that are not stellar; other than to think that those reviewers do not like pilsners. After almost 50 years of beer drinking, I think I can say that the current trend of overly hopped ales will pass, and good pilsners (which is harder to make- you can't cover things up with more hops) will become more appreciated.

Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hops, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, simple but good aroma, good feel and body as well.

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 Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%

I enjoyed this chilled in a cervoise from the 12oz. brown bottle

The color is golden with resplendent clarity and thick 2 finger white head with fined bead with lace that sticks well. There is a must mineral aroma with light sweet malt accent and slight herbal hop ester with the yeast ester dominating. The feel is very smooth with moderate carbonation and moderately spicy texture with bitterness in appropriate level with mild sweetness in the finish with mild alcohol and spiced dry finish.

The taste is pretty decent with spiciness of the Czech hops with light herbal taste and gentle malt backing up the hops with slight toastiness - the yeast is the core of the taste with european influence which is heavy on the mineral with a bit of musty and dry flavor and light grassy herbal hops surround the malt with bitter flavor yet more spicy almost peppery in taste indicating saaz to me which fits the style. Not as mellow as a German pils, but in general a nice interpretation of the style and a very drinkable hoppy lager

Photo of Bone53
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Claddagh

Apparance: Typical pilsner look. Straw yellow color with a one finger white head

Smell: Floral/lemongrass/grainy malts

Taste: Starts off grassy/grainy then fades into light citrus

Mouthfeel: Light as a pilsner shoud be with a dry, slightly bitter finish

Overall: I didn't emphasize on this beer too much because its not too interesting, but for a pilsner it's solid. Its bittersweet and crisp. I feel like they do lagers much better, but this is not at all bad. I think I've enjoyed just about every beer by Great Lakes. Cheers!

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 pat61
4.25/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant straw under a persistent 2” bone white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass
S: Hop spice, very light grains, no butter or sulfur aromas.
T: Dry, light grainy malt, hints of graham cracker, no fruit,
F: Very creamy, refreshing, clean and crisp, medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A flavorful, refreshing, well done Czech Pilsner.

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.

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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 716 ratings.