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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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very good

198 Reviews
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Reviews: 198
Hads: 721
Avg: 3.84
pDev: 21.61%
Wants: 41
Gots: 84 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
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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Reviews: 198 | Hads: 721
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pils glass.

3.5 A: Clear dark yellow color. Two and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is a tad below average, but a lot of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Grass, hay, earthy hops. Not a lot going on and not a lot of intensity, but it's super clean, which I like.

3.5 T: Like the nose, this lacks vigor, but it's again super clean. Grass, hay, earth.

3.75 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Pleasantly creamy.

3.5 D: Not the most exciting of beers, but it's well made, crisp, and clean.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

America is getting really good at brewing traditional European lagers. The bohemian (Czech) lagers display a world of esteem and flaws, and this beer captures them all with elegance and grace.

Brightly colored, the light straw hue properly captures light and carbonation through a prism of gold and yellow highlight. Well headed with cottony froth, the beer's carbonation keeps the foam coming. With persistent retention and clinging lace, the beer is admirable until the last sip.

All the nakedness of pilsner malt is captured in the nose as aromas of dried barley, husk, fresh baking bread, corn-like sulfur, and a faint whiff of butterscotch give a full impression with a lot of character. Accented with floral and herbal hops, the beer carries a notion of honeysuckle and lemongrass.

Fuller flavored than your average lager, this slightly robust elixer balances the taste with the bready, starchy, grainy-sweet taste of lightly kilned barley along side of the herbal and grass hops turn spicy and bitter to finish. Background notes of apple, corn, basil, tomato, and butter engulf the taste and add fullness and zeal to the taste rather than distraction.

Fullness is further felt in the bolder texture of the beer as well. Creamy and lightly zesty carbonation allows the beer to inflate the mouth with slight vegitable oil and starchy textures. Developing into an off dry finish, the beer holds onto a tinge of malt weight even in finish, despite the mild minty-warmth of alcohol and the resinous dryness from hops.

In nearly any other style, the combinations of corn sulfur and butter would be an immediate detractor regarless of how slight the tastes are. But the union in this beer gives added fullness both in flavor and texture. Perhaps this doesn't work for every pilsner, unless it's The Wright Pils ;-)

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Photo of garymuchow
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

About 1 month within enjoy by date (8/28). Poured into pils glass.
Creamy doughy malt aroma. Very soft lightly spicy hop.
Smaller but dense white head. Very clear and golden.
More of a blended drink with all the flavor running together and more difficult to ascertain distinct flavors. A solid malt base and hop flavors and then a rather mild bitterness running through the whole affair. Hints of sweetness. Hop taste and soft bitterness lay on the tongue for a moderately long finish.
Slightly big feel for a lager. Kinda' uninspiring.

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Photo of steveh
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been a big fan of the GL lagers to-style, but they're always well-made and enjoyable, so when I was in the mood for something light and saw this, thought I'd give it a go.

12 ounce bottle six pack, best by 8/27/12 clearly stamped on the label, $10.

A -- Clear, light gold color with a dense white head.

S -- DMS and light, spicy hops.

T -- Sort of a dry graininess up front with bitter, herbal hops in the middle and finishing with a mellow breadiness. There is some light citrus character in the aftertaste and the hop bitterness lingers to the end.

M -- Smooth to crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish and medium light body.

O -- A pretty standard micro-brewed Pilsner -- which is to say much better than any macro-brewed light lager, but lacking in a good Pilsner malt base that would round things out nicer. The dryness can become palate-fatiguing and a touch of sweeter malts would help that.

Looking at the grain bill from GL and I'm pretty surprised to see that there is no Pils malt listed at all. A little odd for a style originating from the malt itself.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden to off yellow the head was bright white and vastly carbonated.

The scent is not particularly interesting by there is some dank or old malt aroma. Cereal malts are lightly put to the backdrop with some low lying hops.

For as uninteresting is the aroma the taste is quite the contrary. An almost lemony malt flavor permeates a grain, barley and rye. The barley is more prevalent but it makes the Pilsner flavors more alive.

The feel is quite easy, sessionable and light on the palate.

For as average as this set up it finished strongly and may be my new session beer.

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden yellow with half inch white head that leaves wispy lacing.

Cracker-like malt, grain, and light floral hops comprise the aroma. Fairly bready.

Flavor is initially crisp, with a dry finish. Somewhat short, and fairly bitter. Touch of lemon pith undertone emerges. Grainy malt throughout. Floral hops emerge late.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, a refreshing beer, more citrus character than anticipated, and less cracker flavor. More bitter than most.

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Photo of wedge
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a sparkling straw gold color under a pure-white, frothy head. Drippy sheets of lace, but no head towards the end of the glass. Clean aromas of spicy, grassy hops, hay, and cracker-like grain. Softly sweet cereal malt flavor with a bitter grassy/herbal hop finish. Crisp and snappy in the mouth...light bodied and refreshing. I think the malt could be a bit richer to counteract the hops, but a nice take on the style that I'll revisit this summer I'm sure.

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Photo of jkrich
3.55/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: typical Czech pils pour - bright and clear golden with a quickly dissipating white head.

Sweet cracker-like malt aroma with hints of lemon and oddly a faint vegetal smell that quickly dissipated.

The pilsner begins with the familiar rounded, malty sweetness with compliments of noble hops. There are some other flavors in play here that you don't typically find in a Czech pilsner. A dryish, lemony flavor is evident throughout along with a hint of marmalade. Quite a bit more hop bitterness than I am accustomed to with this style.

This has a very thirst quenching and refreshing mouthfeel with a solid light body and spritzy carbonation.

I always enjoy a fresh pilsner on a hot summer day, and this one is no exception. There were "off" flavors that kept this one from the very top of list.

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Photo of tone77
3.56/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a bright yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is grassy, malts, grains. Taste is smooth, malty, grains, grassy hops at the finish providing a mild bitterness. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a refreshing and highly sessionable beer.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger white head and tons of little carbonation bubbles streaming up through the brew. The head has a decent retention fading over about a 3 min time period to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and grainy smell mixed with some lighter hop smells. The hop are mainly of a grassy and herbal smell, which overall when mixed with a light fruity smell produce a nice crisp aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty flavor with a lighter fruit taste of lemon and apple. As the taste advances, hop flavors and a bit more fruit come to the tongue. The fruit are largely of the same nature that they were upfront, with the lemon getting stronger in flavor. The hop flavors that come to the tongue more toward the middle are of a grassy and earthy nature. These grow stronger to the end, combining with the malty and lightly fruity tastes to leave a crisper and slightly more bitter hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The slightly higher carbonation and slightly thinner body are rather nice for producing a crisp tasting beer and match well the combination of hop, sweet and malty flavors.

Overall – A rather nice crisp and easy drinking yet nicely hopped pilsner.

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Photo of Hophead717
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, golden straw with a half finger head that fizzes away.

S: Pilsner malt, very light grassy/floral hops. Super light spice.

T: Mildly bitter upfront (not hop bitter, but just bitter). Some hay and grassiness as well. Interested pils taste.

M: Moderate carbonation or a medium to thin body. Works for the style.

O: A fine representation of a Czech pils, but not my favorite beer.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, somewhat malty and a small hop presence. In the taste, a small hop, but again malty for a pils. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry saaz hop in the aftertaste. Fresh and malty, nice presence of hops, enjoyable.

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Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a white bubbly head that quickly dissipates with a slight patch of island in the middle that holds on.

Smells of sweet malt and floral hops. Some subtle bread and caramel notes.

Clean and refreshing upfront with a bitter hop punch in the back heightened by good carbonation. Chewy malt bread qualities come out towards the end along with an herb bitterness that all but hides the subtle sweet caramel notes. Finishes dry.

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Photo of Morey
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

INFORMATION: Great Lakes Brewing Co finally decided to release this one in bottles for distribution this year. I’ve had this at a couple of beer festivals before, but I’m excited to sample this fresh bottle. Onto the review!

APPEARANCE: Poured into a pilsner glass, this is pale yellow in color with really nice clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming upward within my glass. The white head stood just over a finger tall and hung around throughout the entire beer.

AROMA: Toasted Grains, Hops, Grass, and there’s also a subtle malt sweetness in there as well.

TASTE: Follows the nose…I’m getting a nice combination of grain and grassy hops up front. The hops are rather subtle and the grains really take control about mid-palate. There’s a nice lightly toasted malty sweetness towards the back end. The finish is clean, but not as crisp as I was anticipating.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with moderate carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Honestly, I was expecting more hops. This is a good pilsner for sure, but Great Lakes usually isn’t shy when it comes to bitterness and flavor. A nice and refreshing beer for summer drinking though. I’m partial to hoppy pilsners myself, but if you’re not quite ready for Prima Pils, then this would be a good first step up from Macro Beers.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy straw color with a thin head which gives way to some lace. The aroma is of grass and straw with hints of bread. The aroma is inviting. The taste follows suit with a bready backbone followed by a grassy and earthy slight hop bite and a hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and easy to drink. Overall it is a solid pilsner. There is a nice mild overall flavor with a nice aroma.

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Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Clear yellow/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a solid amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemon, hops, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon, hops, and a grassiness. There is also a caramel sweetness and corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – A good beer, but I was expecting more of a noble hop presence. Still very drinkable and worth trying, just a little boring.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This may be the lightest-looking beer I've ever really seen. It's super-clear yellow, but with a suggestion of green that makes you wonder. And the head is as white as snow, and it isn't disappearing too quickly.

Smells pretty light and lager-y, not particularly surprising in any way. I can't tell if its me, or what, but there seems to be an almost chili-like scent somewhere in there.

Taste is super light and clean. I don't even know what flavors are there. Just really light.

Really light and pleasant feeling beer.

There's enough funny stuff about the finish of this beer to make me happy to be done after one. But it's perfectly drinkable.

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Photo of StoutHunter
3.63/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes The Wright Pils today for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have never seem this beer before and Great Lakes is a pretty solid brewing company so I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of 08/29/12 so it's pretty damn fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- I like the label it looks good and it brings some meaning to the name, it's nicely done. It poured a very clear golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice looking lacing. This is a good looking Pilsener, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a large amount of pale malts that impart some grassy, straw, bready, grainy, and a slightly biscuit like aroma. Next I get some citrus like aromas with a little bit of orange rinds, but it's the lemon that seems to stick out the most and along with the straw and grass aromas it makes it similar to the aroma of a Saison. Towards the end I get some doughy yeast and some earthy and grassy hops with a medium amount of sweetness. This beer has a good aroma, but it's much more Saison like, it doesn't smell like your typical Czech Pilsener.

T- The taste really isn't that similar to the aroma, it starts off with a large amount of pale malts that have a real clean flavor to them and a medium amount of sweetness and they impart some nice, grainy, biscuity, and very bready flavors. After that I get a light bit of doughy yeast followed by some earthy and spicy flavors from the hops that are a little on the light side. On the finish it had a low amount of bitterness with a grainy and bready aftertaste. The taste was nice and clean, but it could have used a little more hop flavors and bitterness.

M- Very smooth, clean, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and very true to style, the slightly higher carbonation worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a little above average example of a Czech Pilsener, the aroma was a little odd, but after that the clean and crisp flavors that I expected shined through. This beer had really good drinkability, it was very smooth and clean, I could drink a few of these on a nice summer day while grilling outside. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel and the crisp and clean flavors, this beer also looked pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of hops, I was expecting a little more hop flavors and I think the finish should have an assertive bitterness. I would buy this beer again when looking for a clean and easy drinking Pilsener, but It's not my favorite in style, I do recommend giving this beer a try, especially if you don't want a lot of bitterness. I thought this was a solid beer from a solid brewing company, GLBC hardly disappoints, keep up the good work guys.

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Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of Bills453
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - light yellow color. Nice one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly. Looks quite refreshing on this hot 4th of July.

Smell - smells of floral and wheat appear first. Ends with a hint of orange.

Taste - light refreshing beer. Quenches the thirst if that makes sense. Tinge of bitterness after swallowing. Definitely a session beer.

Mouthfeel - normal Pilsner mouthfeel.

Overall - definitely not my favorite lager, but I would say its in my upper half.

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Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a clear effervescent yellow. The head is white about a finger high but resolves into a ring of foam.

S- The beers aroma is a bit peppery and floral nice bread dough aromas.

T- The beer has a bready flavor that is combined with a lightly peppery and floral finish from the hops.

M- The body of the beer is crisp and light.

O- For me this has become my go to beer this summer. Hard to put down and hard to only have one. Nice job!

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale golden yellow hay. Head is bright-white, creamy, and tight. Decent retention on a small cap. Specks of lacing. Lively carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Grass. Light earthy herbal. Pale malts. Slightly bready. A bit of sweetness. Touches of underlying crisp apple and maybe some dry hay. Cracker like snappiness. Lager yeast. Smells bright and clean. Husky grain.

Taste: Pale grain. Husky. Grass. Nice clean earthiness. Vaguely herbal. Solid hit of lager yeast. Crisp and clean. Mild sweetness. Mild hopping. Some touches of leafy hop. Very pale. Touches of wheat. Slight bitterness on the finish of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Body is a bit lighter than medium. Crisp and clean.

Overall: Right.

A decent take. Crisp and clean. Wouldn't be hard to knock back a few of these on a casual hangout. Worth drinking, but not the best out there.

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Photo of Samp01
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a medium white head. Aroma and taste is sweet fruity notes, yeast, grains, some malt. Palate is a light to medium body, crisp clean refreshing mouth feel. The finish is sweet malt, fruity mild citrus, yeast and bread with a mild hops on the end for balance. This is good refreshing mild brew for a hot summer day.

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Photo of capra12
3.68/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed solo served out of a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a white and coarse head 1/2 finger head, yellow and wheat in color, clear.

Smell: I get light grains and pilsner yeast.

Taste: This opens mild with light grains, the classic pilsner yeast profile. I get a citrus hop profile in the end along with the light grains leaving a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and one dimensional.

Drinkability: This is a one and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking a classic pilsner with mildly hoppy and citrus finish.

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