Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 33
Gots: 63 | 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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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

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3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of tjsdomer2
3.03/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
3.06/5  rDev -18.6%
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.

Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.08/5  rDev -18.1%
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.

Photo of Philfromakron
3.1/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of mattbk
3.13/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of bum732
3.15/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

Photo of Sammy
3.2/5  rDev -14.9%
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 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.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.