Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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198 Reviews
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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 Spider889
2.84/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

This was a beer I had been wanting to try all year but it's only available at the brewery and this is the first time we've been able to go up there since Christmas.

Had on tap at the brewpub bar.

Poured a very light golden straw, very highly carbonated. Crystal clear clarity, medium head and low retention.

Smelled of rice and grains, with some of the bitter skunkiness associated with most pilsners.

The taste was surprising to me. I was expecting it to taste like most other pilsners but this one has some weird stuff going on. I immediately tasted wild rice, and after my second sips I began to detect a strong aftertaste - corn. It dawned on me and once I could place the flavor that's practically all I noticed, lots and lots of corn.

Mouthfeel is bright and well carbonated, excellent for the style.

Drinkability was low. Sure the light character of the beer and low abv make it an easy drinker, but, the flavor wound up being way too off-putting. My wife who ordered it didn't want to finish it and we had the bar tender exchange it for an Edmund Fitzgerald. Sorry Wright Pils, but you didn't make the cut. (1,120 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.92/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great Lakes spin on a Czech Pils. Light in color and flavor. Smell is a bit light, but the floral hops do come out a bit. The taste has hints of Great Lakes malt backbone, but not that much. Honestly, its just very light in every way. Flashes of floral hops do show up in the taste, but its nothing all that fancy. Not my favorite GL seasonal. (343 characters)

Photo of MP72
2.93/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- gold with 1/4 inch white head.No lacing

S-Grains

T-Grains

M-medium bodied

O- Overall I was not impressed and I was truly excited to try this one too. There is a graininess to all the GL lagers that is odd to me. I'll stick to Victory for my lagers or the Germans. Sad because I love Great Lakes for most other things. (325 characters)

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.96/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, the beer was urine sample yellow. Normally, colors this bright are reserved for kids' drinks. A generous white head was a sign of powerful carbonation, which was definitely evident in the mouthfeel. A grassy aroma was present, as expected for a pilsner. In the initial taste, one gets grass, sour hay, and a mildly tart grain taste. The mild sourness continues into the aftertaste, which moves in quickly because of the carbonation. I normally skip pilsners, and now I remember why. This is a pilsner, so it is Great Lakes' attempt at a beer for non-craft drinkers. For craft beer drinkers, it tastes a little more like a high end macro-brew. (687 characters)

Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
3.04/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into pint glass, appearance is a staw yellow color. It is a bit of a deeper color yellow than most adjuncts you would probably compare this to.

The nose is of hay or straw, and a grassy floral overtone that is from the Noble Hops, Cascades most likely.

The first taste is somewhat astringent, the carbonation is quite lively in this brew. The straw taste comes through a little bit, and some lighter types of malts are also present and bring some sweetness to the party. With the swallow and exhale, the hops give a good floral taste that coincides with the nose, and they almost too strong for a pilsner.

As mentioned, this beer is carbonated pretty heavily and gives a good prickly feeling to the tongue. Overall the feel of the beer is pretty watery which is fine since most pilsners are.

My overall thoughts of this beer are that it's an "Okay" offering from Great Lakes. It seems to be an attempt to get some business from people that usually buy AB or Coors. The thing about it is that if that was their idea behind this beer, it's a pretty big failure. The taste is radically different from a Bud. This would be too bitter for a person that drinks BMC all the time. (1,199 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Very very light beer. Completely clear. Not much head. It doesn't have much in the way of an interesting appearance. Still, not inappropriate for the style.

S- Hmm. This has an aroma of malt mixed with diacetyl. There may be some bitter Noble hops back here. I don't find the aroma appealing.

T- The taste is quite a bit better than the aroma. It's more crisp, sweet, and the hops are nice and flowery, soft Saaz hops. The sweetness is a little cloying, and there's not a ton of substance to the malt character. I don't taste any diacetyl. This is fairly enjoyable, not great or anything.

M- Light, but some feel to it. More than appropriate.

O- A confusing beer. The aroma is way off, the taste is pretty good. I'll enjoy this beer, but not sure I would buy more. I was expecting more from GL, who makes an excellent everything... almost. (847 characters)

Photo of Philfromakron
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured out bright gold. Very little head, and it didn't stick around long.

Smelled like a beer. Nothing really popped out to set this apart from any other beer.

Taste was ok. Not much flavor to it. Easy to drink. Nothing seemed special about this one. It disappointed me because I usually look forward to a GL. (312 characters)

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.07/5  rDev -20.9%
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. (288 characters)

Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.09/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into pilsner, very nice carbonation and a full, resilient foamy head. Light yellow like apple cider or a rich champagne.

Smells strongly of grains, corn, and hops. Some depths of bread and biscuits, very grassy/earthy aroma.

Tastes of corn mostly, crisp enough to enjoy, finishes with mild hops and fizzy bubbles. Taste isn't entirely too complex, in fact, it kind of reminds me of a light macrobrew. Frankly, it is a rather simple beer. (446 characters)

Photo of Sammy
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
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. (267 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.16/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Some grassiness, touch of spicy hops

L: Straw yellow, crystal clear, creamy head that dissipates.

T: Spicy hoppiness with a light maltiness. Medium low herbal bitterness with a clean maltiness. Spiciness in the finish, clean.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation

Not bad, malt character lacks a little, even for a bo pils. (333 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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. (408 characters)

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a light pale yellow color with visible carbonation. Kind of creamy head, left no lace.

S- Floral, grainy, and grassy aroma

T- Floral, grainy, grassy, and some light fruit esters

M- Crisp, refreshing, high carbonation, and finished dry

O- A drinkable beer that could be a great gateway to craft beer. Great Lakes has a lot more interesting beers though, I wish there would have been more of a hop presence. (469 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Great Lakes location in the Cleveland airport. Pours a clear straw color. Crisp and clean but without quite enough hop bite. Dry and drinkable. (157 characters)

Photo of Stigs
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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. (877 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light yellowish gold.
Smell: Lemon, butter biscuits.
Taste: Can't place it. A very light citrusy bitterness: a smaller version of the smells.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy and very dry.

The smell I know. The taste I don't. The smell is enjoyable in its familiarity, and the taste is really a lighter version of it. It is quite dry. I probably wouldn't get it again. (374 characters)

Photo of gabedivision
3.41/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a pilsner glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a crystal clear and clean straw golden yellow, with a 1 finger white fluffy head that forms a thin lace. Smells of sweet grain, a tinge of floral hop like character coming through on the end, nothing exciting. Boiled grains and sweet sugary lemons on the tongue. A sweet bready malt base leaves a tad tart with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Light bodied moderate carbonation, sweet dry and a bitter finish. Overall; this beer is far from exciting (not unlike all pilsners), just a pretty standard pils. (560 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes The Wright Pils brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co. with an ABV of 5.3%. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The Wright Pils is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. The smell is nice and clean with some grains. The tastes is nice and crisp with a clean refreshing finish. The Wright Pils is a nice balance brew there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Mouthfeel is nice this brew goes down smooth. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5.
I would buy this brew again. (523 characters)

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. Even for a pilsner, it looks a little light. The head - which required an aggressive pour, mind you - is a one finger white shade with a bubbly texture with decent retention. Good lacing is left behind, also.

S: The first whiff reveals some noble hops along with a faint touch of corn. After that, it develops a really nice tone of stone fruits like peach and apricot, along with some flowery notes. Actually, it's kind of redolent of fruit punch. The aroma, if not spectacular, is nonetheless very promising.

T: It's immediately opened up with some grassy hop bitterness. This aforementioned quality isn't too vegetal, thankfully. The finish is pure bitter fruit punch with a side of floral hops. Great Lakes' house character among their lagers kick ass. It all adds up to one rock-solid pilsner.

M: The piercing, bone dryness I like from my pilsners isn't quite here. Rather, it's a little sweeter, and slightly fuller bodied than the norm, but not so sweet or so thick as to kill drinkability. It's still as crisp and clean as a mutha, with just enough carbonation to help it go down easy.

O: Over a month past the best-by date, and it's still quite good. I could see this one kicking ass fresh; you bet I'll seek this out in the future. (1,307 characters)

Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a pale golden color with a tall foamy, white head. Good head retention with a little lacing. Aromas are grassy, floral noble hop, pilsner malt. Tastes are appropriately sharp and crisp, grassy, biscuity, finishes clean and dry. Body is thin with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, good example of the style, but I probably wouldn't get it again. (368 characters)

Photo of korguy123
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- crystal clear golden, yellow pour. Half finger white head. Lacing is spotty.

S- grassy hops, sweet malts, there is a slight grain and corn aroma.

T-grass and sweet malts, biscuits and corn. Lingering finish.

M- Light bodied, decent carbonation. (250 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a better than average pils. pours crystal clear blond color with a rising white head that has okay retention. smells more hoppy than most of these, with some citrus hops notes on top of the stamdard pilsener malts. flavor is very crisp and dry, very summery. the hops are there for sure, which makes this one more appealing to me. mouthfeel is nice, more medium than light on the body, with fine carbonation. the finish is a little bitter, but its very quick. easy drinking and refreshing. nice brew. (500 characters)

Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light golden yellow with a one and a half finger frothy white head that dissipated rapidly into a sparse cap with light lacing.

Aroma of yeast, grass and floral hops.

Taste of a light bready malt, yeast, hints of lemongrass and floral hops.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body with moderate carbonation, very crisp, refreshing, very little after taste.

Overall this is an above average Pilsener, very refreshing to enjoy on a nice summer eve. (466 characters)

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from one of the 6 12 oz. bottles that I bought at the brewery last Saturday for $9.89, the only place to buy this one in bottles, a "gift shop exclusive." Poured into (what else?) a Pilsener glass, in this case one from Second City in Chicago. "For freshest taste, please enjoy by 9/13/10" stamped on the lower right side of the label.

A Ultra clear sparkling body under a 1 cm head that hangs around for a minute before dissipating down to a single layer on the top of the body. Rather typical look for the style. 3.0

S Nice floral bouquet of smells of a classic pilsener. 3.0

T Well, they have nailed the style with the barley in the front, backed with some hops of a variety that I am not aware but shows up often in Great Lakes beers. Solid and better than average for the style. 3.5

M Nice and full with a softness that I do not always get with this style. There is also a bit of effervescence as the beer dances on the tongue. 4.0

D At least good as the style is often quite drinkable, a session beer. 4.0

Notes: A special treat to have this "giftshop exclusive" in bottles from Great Lakes. It was available on tap inside the brewery as well but I did not get the chance to enjoy it there. This is a solid American craft pilsener. (1,263 characters)

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with enjoy by date of 09/12/2013. Looking forward to trying this; I'm always excited to try out a new beer from Great Lakes, and this one is no exception. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Two fingers of fizzing foamy white head on top of a crystal clear straw yellow colored body with plenty of bubbles rushing topside. Some thin scattered lacing. Doesn't look like much, but it suits the style.

S - Smell is of crisp clean grainy corn and husks, some wheat, and some earth. Doesn't really smell like much either. Imagine a more pure and clean smelling Miller Lite.

T - Taste follows the nose: clean wheat, earthy grainy corn and corn husk, some citric lemongrass, and crisp carbonation.

M - Feel is crisp and carbonated, with a clean finish. Extremely fitting for this beer.

Overall, an above average beer, and a nice example of the style, a clean refreshing pilsner with a moderate 5.30% abv. Easy drinking any time; great in the summer. Although probably not my first choice from Great Lakes Brewing Co., I'm glad to have tried it.

Great Lakes The Wright Pils ---3.5/5 (1,105 characters)

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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.