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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils

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very good

491 Ratings
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%

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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3.94/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a good example of a pilsener that can easily be enjoyed in the summer. It is rather bitter with a nice balance of malt and hops with grain and floral flavors with a very faint citrus element. It goes down very easy without being thin. The smell and taste are fresh and refreshing. Moderate carbonation with dryness on the finish. This is one of the best pilseners I've had.

Serving type: on-tap

07-27-2013 01:40:31 | More by DeFaz
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New Jersey

4.04/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Lakes the wright pils. Served on tap in Easton PA in a Troegs shaker pint glass.

Clear golden color head of white foam. Pils nose. Standard beer scent. Clean crisp taste. Rock solid all around. Smooth with lemon close. Full body and flavor. Great beer. Really liked this pils. 4 350 425 425 4

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2013 23:41:01 | More by KTCamm
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light yellow in color with a 2" head that lasted a while. Some moderate lace painted the glass.

Smell: some light grass and lemons is hard to detect but noticeable.

Taste: a mild grainy malt base with some grass, a bit of lemon, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: this beer was very light, refreshing, and easy to quaff on a hot summer day. A bit mild in flavor but it hit the spot.

Serving type: on-tap

07-17-2013 23:18:55 | More by Gavage
Photo of Thorpe429


3.29/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2013 05:10:21 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of pburland23


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one while rearranging my beer fridge and thought it would be a good beer to drink and review while watching football.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty boring. It pours a fizzy, clear light golden yellow with about a finger of clean white head. All in all, this doesn't look any different than your average BMC product in the glass.

Smell: Grassy malts, a touch of sweetness and some sharp bite from the hops. A pleasant but unspectacular smelling pils.

Taste: Crisp and clean. Grass and hay with some pop from the hops. Nothing complicated here...just a well executed and tasty pils.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium. Well carbonated and very, very easy to drink. A good lawn mower or sports watching beer.

Overall: It should be no surprise that Great Lakes makes a tasty and refreshing pils like the Wright Pils. Enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2012 19:38:19 | More by pburland23
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3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 16:13:20 | More by OWSLEY069
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New York

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Harrigan’s Tavern, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts and grassy hops. The bready malts really stand out as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Serving type: on-tap

08-16-2012 14:18:05 | More by metter98
Photo of thecheapies


3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with some grainy surface foam.

Light, almost milky, aroma. Kiss of German hops and a slap of citrus.

Clean and refreshing without that rigid bitterness that I love in a true pils. Herbal hoppy character. Finishes a little tangy.

Thinner body but a rip-roaring carbonation. Lotta spritz in the bite.

A pretty average pilsner. Nothing too distinct about it. Enjoyed my pour.

Serving type: on-tap

08-14-2012 03:53:44 | More by thecheapies
Photo of homebrew311


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale gold with white head that retains nicely and leaves a thick layer of lacing. Nose is full of fresh Czech hops which provide a grassy green aroma. This is paired with sturdy cereal grains, stone wheat, and a slight hint of caramel. Taste is rather bitter with bready grain all over. The finish is dry and bitter earthy flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and well carbonated. Overall, this is another well crafted lager from Great Lakes with a firm hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 00:28:07 | More by homebrew311
Photo of TwelveOunces


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours a golden straw yellow with a little white head that stays all the way down. Not much on the nose, some grainyness and lager yeast. The taste is very grainy, crisp, some wheat and hay. There is also a slight fruitiness from whatever hop they used. This beer has a nice feel to it and goes down clean, smooth and easy. A beer for any beer drinker. A solid Pilsner, and much like everything else great lakes does, it wont disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 00:57:09 | More by TwelveOunces
Photo of BEERchitect


3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
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 ;-)

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 19:10:56 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of dorianmarley


4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is translucent gold with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Nose is a floral blend of corn and light hops.

Taste is mellow hops and dry corn with a dash of ruby red grapefruit. There is also a strong resemblance to cream soda.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and refreshing. Carbonation is medium mild with a slight hop bite. Could drink this all day.

Overall, this an extremely drinkable and refreshing Pilsner with a unique, heartland taste.

Serving type: on-tap

01-09-2012 02:55:51 | More by dorianmarley
Photo of Hoptometrist


3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-17-2011 17:33:41 | More by Hoptometrist
Photo of goblue3509


3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 18:34:17 | More by goblue3509
Photo of mkeckjr


4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have this in front of me at The Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland.

Appearance: poured into a pint glass with a finger of white head, which quickly dissipates. Beer is light straw and very clear. Lacing remains from head.

Smell: a very in-style nose; a bit floral and a bit grassy. The smell of the malt comes through as bready. All are present but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp carb.

Taste: very standard taste. Malty upfront which fades to a slightly higher than average bitterness at the end of the palate. The hops provide a grassy flavor.

Overall: a standard Czech Pils, very drinkable and fit for this August day. Would prefer a bit more hop flavor but still very tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2011 16:24:11 | More by mkeckjr
Photo of output01x


3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A 1-finger bright white bubbly head quickly recedes in a minute or two to a thin, clumpy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear golden straw color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Very little lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Bready malt aromas mix with floral and grassy hops. Whole grains and lemon peel notes accent the nose. Stronger aromas would be preferable.

Sweet bread flavors coincide well with floral hops. Extremely clean and well balanced, this is one tasty and thirst-quenching pilsner. The flavors are pleasent and subtle. The only downside here is a slightly dry, almost bitter finish.

Light bodied with great carbonation, drinking this beer is like drinking flavored carbonated water. It is extremely drinkable and easily gulpable. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

The only thing I don't understand is why this beer is bottled but not distributed.

Serving type: on-tap

05-11-2011 16:35:04 | More by output01x
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North Carolina

4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden colored liquid topped by an inch of foam that fades away leaving a few drapes of lace

Smell: Lemongrass and grain

Taste: Surprisingly sweet, up front, with a flavor verging on graham cracker but the style quickly comes into focus with a grassy hop bite arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemony aspect complements the bitterness but there is a sweet undertone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and flavorful and though the sweetness is a surprise it is a nice complement to the profile

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 00:40:04 | More by brentk56
Photo of brew3crew


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap at the gl brew pub

A-clear and golden blonde in color. White head that disappates quickly
S-smells very much like a lager with a hint of lemon
T-very crisp and clean. Light hops and a little lemon..
D-very drinkable. Nice example of the style.
M-very light and crisp.

Serving type: on-tap

01-28-2011 03:06:32 | More by brew3crew
Photo of JAramini

New York

4.22/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Cleveland airport brewpub when a flight home from Thanksgiving was delayed.

Pilsener is certainly not my favorite style but this one was impeccably executed.

Abridge golden yellow with a touch of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smooth, a touch sweet, floral, and a tiny bitter bite on the finish. This offering needs to find wider distribution. I live in a market that gets all of the GL bottled offerings but haven't seen this one before. I'd low to be able to get this in bottles. It would be the perfect gateway baby step for a BMC drinker looking to get into craft whole providing enough interest to appeal to a seasoned beer geek.

Serving type: on-tap

11-28-2010 02:04:25 | More by JAramini
Photo of Spider889


2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 12:17:39 | More by Spider889
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District of Columbia

4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

07-16-2010 14:19:29 | More by Clydesdale
Photo of shivtim


3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried this one at the pub.
It's a very clear yellow. Surprisingly translucent, and not very dark. Tiny head. To style.
Nose is very mild. Slight must, gentle Euro hops.
Taste is a well done pilsner. Small tastes of farmy malts. Mild yeast strains and grainy hops. Slight hints of a grassy sweetness.
Good mouthfeel; highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 15:49:29 | More by shivtim
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4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the GLBC brewpub. Menu said it was 5.1% ABV. Served in a pint glass. Appearance is pale yellow, with a thin white head. Very good retention. Overall, very floral nose, with a little spike of hops. Great balanced flavor: honey sweet plus sweet and citrusy hops. VERY drinkable beer. Could easily down 2-3 of these in the spring or summer.

Serving type: on-tap

03-14-2010 01:27:15 | More by ndekke39
Photo of boatshoes


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2010 01:22:56 | More by boatshoes
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4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 01:50:52 | More by TurdFurgison
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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.