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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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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 Kyrojack
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma- spicy floral hops used (Saaz). Some complex barely use hits the nose in a pleasant and appropriate level. Clean lager-like smell. No diacetyl.

Appearance- Very clear like a magnifying glass. Yellow to light gold in color. Creamy white head which disappears rather quickly.

Flavor- Some rich maltiness that is very well balanced by the spicy and floral Saaz hop used. Bitter (35-45 IBU) but is balanced from the smooth and sweet malt. Clean lager like taste. After-taste is well balanced with neither hops or malts dominating. No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with medium to medium-high level of carbonation. No alcohol burn or astringency.

Overall- Crisp, complex malt combined with spicy Saaz hops. Bitterness level is perfect. .Perhaps a slight increase to malt used to provide a little more balanced finish.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

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Photo of usechopstix4soup
3.09/5  rDev -19.5%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pilsener Glass

A - Nice straw-hay colored body; pours with a very small amount of head (white); moderate amount of carbonation; good amount of lacing

S - Straw aroma; nice lager (airy) scents; malted barley; touch of spice

T - Mild malted barley flavor; very good hop taste; bitter

M - Mild bitter hop aftertaste (lingers for a bit); effervescent

D - Easy drink; could have quite a few of these during the summer; fantastic pilsener taste

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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 stella77artois
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Drank from the bottle, no glass available. Assuming it looks like most lagers/pilseners.

S - A strong malty aroma is noticeable upfront. Touches of fresh cut grass, lemon peel, and a bit of dank to it. Not a bad smelling beer, but not outstanding.

T - A lot of bitterness up front. Some very unique hops. Says they're the noble variety, but they seem to be different. Not a bad thing though, just not the best kind of bitterness I've had. A bit of malt in there too. Also noticed a bit of a wheat taste which suprised, and a very light lemon flavor. Very light, could barely notice it. Overall not a bad tasting brew, just nothing outstanding.

F - Was fairly refreshing. Went down smooth, and had a comfortable amount of carbonation.

O - Overall, it's not a bad pilsener. Good crisp taste, just not outstanding. There are many better pilseners, but I say this beer is worth a try, although I probably won't buy it again.

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Photo of BEEER
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a light gold color and had a small white head with little messy lacing. Aroma has strong malts, earthy tones, and light hop notes. Flavor is mostly caramel and amber malts. Very crisp and clean with a light and bubbly mouthfeel. Pretty good overall.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.54/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am holding off on CANtinuing The CANQuest (TM) until the site editors get caught up on approving beer pics. I have a nice backlog, but I do not want to Crack them open and then have the photo be disapproved. Nuff said.

From the bottle: "A Handcrafted Pilsner"; "The momentous first fixed-wing flight in 1903 by a pair of brothers from Ohio is the inspiration behind The Wright Pils - a crisp golden pilsner loaded with noble hop flavors for your enjoyment. Happy travels!"; "Based on the original formula from the city of Pilsen in Bohemia, this classic pilsner style beer has a flowery bouquet and elegantly dry finish. Named for the brothers Wright who invented and built the world's first successful controlled airplane, this true pilsner, like these local heroes, has all the Wright (right!) stuff."; "In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed from all natural ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water. No chemicals or preservatives are used."

My aggro pour netted me two big foamy fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 3 to 4. Nose was redolent with fresh mown grass and fresh cut hay. it must be towards the end of summer! Mouthfeel was not just soft, but also viscous and it sat on my tongue like a dollop of Saaz hops pudding. More please, Mom-Za! It tasted like somebody just emptied the lawnmower bag into the kettle and walked away. I am a huge fan of Czech-style pilsners, especially in comparison to their German-style counterparts and this was one of the best yet. Finish was dry and refreshing, perfect on a hot, humid late-August day.

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Photo of screamking
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Poured hard yields a golden yellow straw brew, with a thick white head. Once again a great looking GL beer. Slightly better than average pils smell, floral, sweet wheat notes too. Nice dose of sweetness on the front of the tongue. Turning to hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bitterness lasts much longer than sweetness.

Nice carbonation, light bodied, easy to drink, very drying in the finish. Overall, I must say I'm never let down when I buy a GL product, this one is no different. I got this at the great price of 9.99 a sixer. A really good session beer especially when the temps are rising.

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Photo of Bung
3.95/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. clear gold pour, thin layer of white head.

Aroma, Plenty of biscuity malts. Some herbal type hop notes. That standard "lager" smell.

Taste, Semi-sweet bready malt, some toasted malt and walnut. Balancing bittering herbal notes, citrus and pine to a lesser extent.

At the far side of the light end of the spectrum. Good carbonation. About spot on along with the taste. Excellent drinker.
A fine example of a style not so easy to find well done in the US.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
4.5/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Chaney
4.1/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was looking for a crisp, cool brew to enjoy during these dog days of summer.

Served in a DFH fancy-schmancy glass.

A: Poured a clear as hell gold color with a soft white head to boot.

S: Sweet bread through and through... no, not of the testicle variety.

T: Crisp, clean, and with a nice sour dough bread-like flair that was just plain awesome. Nice bitter slap on the end.

M: Infinitely drinkable through and through. Perfectly carbonated.

O: This is going to be my new fridge staple during this time of year.

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Photo of TeamMathis
3.4/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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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 SportsandJorts
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: a light straw yellow color. Perfect clarity and about a finger and a half of a off white head that leaves a bit of a lacing

Smell: grassy an spicy hops. Slightly weak

Taste: starts off with a grassy/ yeasty taste that gives way to spicy pilsner hops. Pretty well done tastes but nothing too fancy

Mouthfeel: light and drinkable. But missing just a little bit of cleanness on the finish.

Overall: exactly what I have come to expect from a majority of the Great Lakes beers. Nice and well done. A go to in the style

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Photo of DeFaz
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
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.

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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 KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
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

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Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

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Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from12 oz bottle BB 082813

A- pours a clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head tha recedes to just a fresh collar
S- noble floral hops bread malt and biscuit with some grassy herb smells
T- noble hops with floral tastes with sweet caramel malts a grassy bread taste in the finish
M- crisp and pure with nice carbonation just a hint of hop bitterness
O- crisp and pure pils done right tasty and hits the spot

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -8.1%
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

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Photo of rlee1390
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A-Clear yellow, nicely carbonated, one finger head.

S-Wheat, straw, yeast, grass, lemon very slight floral hops.

T-Rather sweet, yet balanced. Straw, wheat with grass and lemon. Very slight bitterness that works. Some floral notes. But not as good as it warms.

M-Medium bodied, some carbonation and very crisp.

O-The main knock is that it should be consumed cold. But one of the better pils out there.

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Photo of MarriedAtGI
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: 4.5 transparent yellow with thick white head, lots of carbonation visible rising to the top

S: 3.5 bread risen by yeast before cooking, not much hop aroma

T: 4 hop presence makes itself apparent here, nicely gripping without astringency. Very clean malt flavor

M: 4.5 medium body, fairly strong carbonation plays well with the crisp finish

O: 4 a refreshing beer with plenty of flavor. Excellent beer for a hot day.

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