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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

662 Ratings
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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 56 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co. visit their website
Ohio, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.30% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009)
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Fast4amoose, Sep 05, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

KFrank729, Mar 16, 2014
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

Blueribbon666, May 13, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

CaptainHate, Jun 17, 2012
Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

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.

RonfromJersey, Aug 12, 2013
Photo of tgoldian
4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

tgoldian, Feb 15, 2012
Photo of schoolboy
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%

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.

schoolboy, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of alexgash
4.48/5  rDev +18.8%

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!

alexgash, Jun 13, 2012
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

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.

TurdFurgison, Feb 10, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

"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.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of prototypic
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

prototypic, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of siege06nd
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%

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.

siege06nd, Jun 30, 2012
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4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

daliandragon, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of BeerBuckeye
4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

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.

BeerBuckeye, Jul 02, 2012
Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

pwoods, Jun 21, 2010
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4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

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.

chefhatt, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of KFBR392
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

KFBR392, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of thegodfather1076
4.34/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

thegodfather1076, Jan 20, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

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.

MattyG85, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of DerekP
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

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

DerekP, Jul 13, 2012
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4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Thanks to sliverX for this excellent and unexpected extra (that was a lot of xs in one sentence!).

Pours a bright golden yellow with exceptional clarity. Loads of bubbles sit like little beads on the bottom of the glass. They regularly break from the bottom and rise to the surface, meeting a soft, white skim that results from the quick fade of the initial 1 1/2 finger fizzy head. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is basic, clean and crisp. Grains are a little sweet and dry.

Taste is very crisp and more full than expected. Nice toasty grains that are hearty while still being light fill the palate. Light lemony citrus adds a bright highlight. Feel is well-carbonated and crisp with a little stickiness in the aftertaste that perpetuates the tastiness.

Exceptional drinkability. Very, very tasty while still being light, crisp and refreshing. Can I have another?

kels, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Yet another EXCELLENT American-made Pilsner! The Czechs and Germans better watch out...as we're finally catching up (and improving?) on their classic beer.

Pilsner was to me personally, one of my last beer-tastes to develop. Of course I grew up knowing about the super-mild American-mega-brew "pilsners" and getting a headache from just one Bud. I cut my micro-brew teeth on Sam Adams...and they didn't do Pilsner until very recently. So, naturally, light-colored beer--assumed I--just wasn't good beer, right?

WRONG! I traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic, and read how Pilsner, when first developed there, was the epitome of the Brewer's art. To make a taste-filled, delicately hopped light colored beer, is really NOT EASY. Any brewer can do an OK IPA or dark ale. But GOOD pilsner, well, it takes a REAL pro to brew that!

The guys at Great Lakes clearly ARE real pros. This is a beautiful transparent light-golden beer with a generous head.

A faint aroma of Saaz hops is apparent, with the sold malt. Bohemian pils, vs. German pils has a more malt accent, or less of a hop bite (depending on your perspective). The differences are very subtle, like Pilsner is in general.

Pilsen the city of course is in Czech, but the Germans have always been very influential to the Czechs. When the major brewery in Pilsen looked for a new head brewer, they hired a German from Munich....who promptly invented what became known as "Pilsner-beer" copied all over central Europe (and eventually the world). So Pilsner is ultimately a Czech/German style...a joint development by both.

If you'd ever seen the barley fields in central Germany and Czech, you'd understand....

The Wright Pils is a DELICIOUS beer, one that both wise beer afficianados will appreciate...and can share with their be-nighted big-brew friends.

It's a SESSION beer, with delicate flavor, NOT an IPA....so don't expect it to hit you in the face.

HIGHLY recommended!!!

AnalogReigns, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

A: A full, brassy-gold color, with a modest white head. Retention is decent even though the head is never very robust to begin with.

S: A bready/doughy and moderately grainy malt aroma - unmistakably a pilsner in the nose. Noble hops are prominent, lending floral, lemony, and lightly dusty notes to the beer.

T: A firm malt presence up front. Dry, crackery graininess up front, with a nice underlying bready sweetness. Hop presence is noticeable, with a firm bite and a classic noble hop profile of floral and herbal flavors. A faint soapy/lemony flavor is also present.

M: Rather hefty for a pilsner - full bodied, with medium carbonation. Dry and refreshing, but definitely not a lighter version of this style.

D: A very pleasant, easy drinking pilsner from Great Lakes. It was certainly refreshing on a hot afternoon, and this is a welcome summer seasonal in my book.

Clydesdale, Jul 16, 2010
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4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

mpolewan, Jun 25, 2014
Photo of json83
4.29/5  rDev +13.8%

Great Pilsner. The taste is full of hops and settles nicely. 5.3% ABV and 159 calories are a nice combination. Got to support Cleveland for introducing this nice blend. Full hops with a dry present finish. This is a great combination in relation to cost, calories, and taste.

json83, Jul 06, 2013
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.