Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Reviews: 198
Hads: 719
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 4.9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 81 | 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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Photo of sdface
4.78/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is one of the best summer brews created. This was my go to on a hot day and it is hard to find anything that is as refreshing yet full flavored. This is a balanced beer that is the both of best worlds...light yet flavorful...I am sad that it won't be available this summer in the bottle but if I know GLBC, they will eventually bring it back and I will be delighted to drink it again. If you have the chance, try this pilsner, it is high end and delicious! (461 characters)

Photo of timfelix
4.75/5  rDev +22.4%

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. (848 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.71/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

What an absolutely sexy monster of a beer in appearance. Lemon and fourteen carat gold, brass and shiny. Body loads with lots of rising pinhead bubbles, and crystal clear. Head is totally uniform, pinhead all throughout. Great white sticky head and everything, it looks like the perfect pilsner.

It's a total bakery in the nose. Fantastic white bread, and big rolls of dough and toast. Light slight floral hop action, mild grass, with not so much sense of crisp, got some great density and thickness it seems of the malt.

What a great wonderfuly balanced brew. A great hop floral and grass action mixing with a perfect balance of sweet malt. Finishes bready, rolling with some crisp carbonation. Carbonation interestingly hits in the pit of the stomach. Mouthfeel is slightly crisp but oh so creamy, almost creating a thick German pilsner body it seems. Honey, dry clove, tastes all balance and get a turn.

I love this brewery and just how they make simple good honest beer. This beer is wonderful. (1,054 characters)

Photo of zsk
4.67/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fantastic beer. I realize on this site, it won't get fairly judged, but it's GREAT!

Poured into a Sam Adams Pilsner glass

Appearance is golden and crystal clear.

Smell is of Noble Hops and slight...very slight malt.

Taste is Noble hops (SAAZ?) and biscuit. Very balanced. All hop in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is full but not too. It is well carbonated, as it should be.

Overall....great beer. Too bad it's only in the Gift shop and at the pub! (463 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +19.3%
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. (905 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am holding off on CANtinuing The CANQuest (TM) until the site editors get caught up on approving beer pics. I have a nice backlog, but I do not want to Crack them open and then have the photo be disapproved. Nuff said.

From the bottle: "A Handcrafted Pilsner"; "The momentous first fixed-wing flight in 1903 by a pair of brothers from Ohio is the inspiration behind The Wright Pils - a crisp golden pilsner loaded with noble hop flavors for your enjoyment. Happy travels!"; "Based on the original formula from the city of Pilsen in Bohemia, this classic pilsner style beer has a flowery bouquet and elegantly dry finish. Named for the brothers Wright who invented and built the world's first successful controlled airplane, this true pilsner, like these local heroes, has all the Wright (right!) stuff."; "In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed from all natural ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water. No chemicals or preservatives are used."

My aggro pour netted me two big foamy fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 3 to 4. Nose was redolent with fresh mown grass and fresh cut hay. it must be towards the end of summer! Mouthfeel was not just soft, but also viscous and it sat on my tongue like a dollop of Saaz hops pudding. More please, Mom-Za! It tasted like somebody just emptied the lawnmower bag into the kettle and walked away. I am a huge fan of Czech-style pilsners, especially in comparison to their German-style counterparts and this was one of the best yet. Finish was dry and refreshing, perfect on a hot, humid late-August day. (1,674 characters)

Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.69 for a 12oz single @ Bevco. Brewed with Harrington 2-row and wheat. Hopped with Hallertauer and Czech Saaz.
OG=13P, 35 IBU's, 5.3% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear bright golden, forming a tall whipped and creamy bone white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 or so. Appears filtered. Very clear. The aroma is wonderful...a beautiful balance between the flowery bouquet of Czech Saaz and the delicate pils malt huskiness. Wonderful aroma..clean, simple, and sophisticated. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is wonderful as well...a beautiful showcase between the pils malt with nuances of freshly mown hay and light clover honey mingling with a expertly balanced spicy bitterness which lingers just enough to make you want to drink more. I've never heard of a pils brewed with wheat, but it works wonderfully. There is a delicate saltine cracker note. A very crisp and dry finish makes it very thirst quenching.

This is an expertly brewed pils, and I would highly recommend you try it. Right up there with Avery, Victory, and Lagunitas as my favorite pils. I'd much rather drink these ultra-fresh pils from these brewers than skunky Urquell or hop extract Bitburger. (1,242 characters)

Photo of matjack85
4.52/5  rDev +16.5%
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 NewBeerMember
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Good smooth taste; basic beer flavor with little aftertaste. A little bitter and watery as compared to a Belgium beer (Stella Artois). I enjoy a more creamy consistency with a smoother flavor and a more flowery aftertaste. Most people would enjoy this beer; however, it doesn't have much memorable qualities. (308 characters)

Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Single from Abe's.

Bright yellow body, terrific carbonation streams, three fingers of pure white micro bubbly foam. Little drips of lacing.

Aggressive grass/hay aroma makes it impression (and a good one) at arm's length.

Sweet malty start, with good serious depth. Crisp hops lead to a strong nip at he swallow. Clean finish with a hint of hop tickle.

Light mouthfeel, with a prickly ripple.

Another example of how Great Lakes built their outstanding reputation: a terrific interpretation of a classic style. (513 characters)

Photo of schoolboy
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes is well qualified to attempt a beer like this and they pull it off. The ambition of a perfect simulation is achieved.

I had this on tap yesterday at the Grog Shop (The Whiskey Daredevils and Dick Dale performing). There are differences with the bottled but they are extremely subtle.

The draft had a little bit hoppier feel to it, the bottled a little darker somehow, but very similar. Overall, this is what I would call robundant - especially for the style - it feels full bodied and more authentic than the real thing. (534 characters)

Photo of alexgash
4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle. Best by 08/29/12.

Pours a very clean and clear lemon gold. Small finger of eggshell white head. Good lacing, though. Crisp, clean lemon and citrus hop notes dance above a bready, honeyish base of malts. Nice and refreshing nose.

Mineral water bitterness up front, along with some grainy flavors. Herbal hops blend with peppery and lemony notes. Lightly toasted bready malt, with a hint of nuttiness. Slight honey note as well. Sea air noble hop wallop as the finish nears. Dry, crisp and refreshing, with latent lemon pepper hop bitterness. Moderate body with a crisp, lively feel. A delicious and very quaffable summer seasonal that I would drink year-round if it was available! (696 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp Golden pilsner with a nice bouquet of Czech hop aroma. 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU. Crystal clear golden color, standard pilsner appearance. The aroma is very well crafted and hoppy, spicy saaz. Same with the taste, grassy style hops, a little hops bitterness in the aftertaste, excellent as a summer beer. Not sure why the six packs are a pub exclusive. I'd guess it would sell well in distribution. (395 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The Wright brothers' first flight was shorter than a Boeing 747's wing span."

--interesting fact

Brilliant golden honey with borders of lemon yellow and diamond-like clarity. A wonderful looking crown of piano key ivory occupies the upper third of the glass, hangs around forever, and leaves a fair amount of clingy lace when it eventually fades.

The nose is incredibly fresh and bright, despite the fact that the 'best by' date is 7-26-10. The beer smells grassy, musky and lemony, exactly like noble hops should. That might not sound like much, but believe me, it's incredibly aromatic and is absolutely classic for the Czech Pilsner style.

Great Lakes is not one of my favorite breweries for nothing. These guys do almost every one of the classically German styles right. Righter than right. First impression: it tastes and feels like every one of the original 40 IBUs is still alive and kicking.

The simple (which is as it should be) flavor profile consists of crackery pils malt on the bottom end and a still somewhat buzzsaw-like rush of noble hop bitterness on the top end. Lemon zest plays second fiddle to a pilsner symphony of grassy, musky and even spicy.

The mouthfeel is rock solid too. That's no surprise, since GLBC is one of the best in that department. It's more full than most and has the tingly, lightly stinging carbonation that goes well with lower-ABV, hop-focused beer.

If Great Lakes is looking for a new summer seasonal, they need look no further than The Wright Pils. This should be the blueprint for any U.S. craft brewer who wants to compete with the best that Germany and The Czech Republic have to offer. Thanks to my brother for giving up his only bottle so that I could do a review. (1,722 characters)

Photo of prototypic
4.39/5  rDev +13.1%
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. (1,923 characters)

Photo of siege06nd
4.38/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. A beautifully clear, pale golden color. Pretty good color spectrum on this, as it is at the same time orange gold but effervesces up to a light straw depending on angle. Really beautiful. Nice big finger and a half of crisp, bright white head. Very good lacing and excellent retention.

S. Lots of grains, some hops, even hints of caramel and creaminess. A refined nose, the hops don't overwhelm, but pleasing, balanced, and bready. Very nice.

T. Light biscuity, grainy malt, some mild bittering and citrus character from the Noble hops, and a slightly floral finish with a very nicely rounded biscuit note. Near perfectly balanced. Excellent.

M: As mentioned, flavors are very well-balanced and the mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing.

O. One of the best pilsners available, what a great choice to make this a new seasonal and available outside of the brewery. Those preferring hoppier pils may not be as impressed with this one, as the hops add a nice sweetness and spiciness but do not take center stage. This beer is all about balance and lightness, and it has these in spades. Great Lakes truly is a champion at lagering, and the Wright Pils stands proudly with Eliot Ness and Dortmunder as a great lager. (1,264 characters)

Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.36/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear, pale yellow, very very light, good 2-3 finger white head. Beautiful looking pilsner here.

S - Very grainy, some zest, light grassy hops. Very earthy smell. Even a bit spicy.

T - Very nice tastes present. It's biscuity, but sweet, a touch of lemon. A little bit of zesty spiciness, but also a nice little kick of hops.

M - Very crisp and smooth. Well carbonated.

Overall - I found this to be an outstanding pilsner brew. Great Lakes shows again their ability to brew an incredibly diverse portfolio. Superb. (535 characters)

Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a classic golden hue into my Bitburger pokal. Plenty of visible carbonation, as well as head and lace. Nose is bready and yeasty and features late breaking noble hops.

The taste isn't overpowering but is clear and strong. Bread and earthy notes color the malt but the hops assert themselves nicely as well. The crispness of the texture hits the style to a tee. Finish is crisp and clean with a full, hoppy, aftertaste. One of the best Czech pilsners I've ever had. (472 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Nice looking bottle with eye-catching label graphics in the traditional GLBC style. Label gives a nice back story of the beer, ABV info, web info, a bit of brewery info, serving temp recommendation, freshness date(8/17/13). Neck label has GLBC logo and a nice description of the beer. 25th Anniversary Cap.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from this 12oz brown bottle into a 12oz stange glass led to a 3 finger white airy head atop a crystal clear golden yellow beer. Head retention was 4min 10sec before fading to a rocky coating and thin ring that left a nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very floral with a grassy malt aroma. Also has hints of light white grape and a slight floral hop aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes very malty on the front end with nice floral hints leading into a slightly floral bitter hop midpoint turning slightly sweet with a grassy back end that finishes floral and dry. Very good!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and slightly dry with a crisp carbonation that makes this very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Another really solid brew by GLBC that was well done and well put together. I really enjoyed this beer and how refreshing and sessionable it was. June Seasonal Release. Classified as a Czech Pilsner @ 5.3%. Consumed 6/30/2013. (1,310 characters)

Photo of chefhatt
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice golden color body with a small fizzy head. The smell is earthy and lemon to it. The taste has a nice balance of the biscuity malts and the hops. The mouth feel is really good and easy to drink. Overall this is a great beer from a great brewery. (296 characters)

Photo of pwoods
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (516 characters)

Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev +11.3%
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. (1,086 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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. (1,164 characters)

Photo of DerekP
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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 (949 characters)

Photo of jwhancher
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored, almost light gold with nice fluffy white head. Great carbonation. Smells bready like white bread. Crisp with light floral hop notes. Very clean & crisp tasting with nice even bitterness to balance out the light pilsner malt sweetness. Light and very drinkable. Overall, a very nice beer. Another excellent offering from Great Lakes. (353 characters)

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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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