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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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very good

652 Ratings
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Ratings: 652
Reviews: 189
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 54 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009)
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Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

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.

08-10-2012 23:35:57 | More by spinrsx
Photo of BryanK

New York

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

08-10-2012 00:19:50 | More by BryanK
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%

Pours a classic golden hue into my Bitburger pokal. Plenty of visible carbonation, as well as head and lace. Nose is bready and yeasty and features late breaking noble hops.

The taste isn't overpowering but is clear and strong. Bread and earthy notes color the malt but the hops assert themselves nicely as well. The crispness of the texture hits the style to a tee. Finish is crisp and clean with a full, hoppy, aftertaste. One of the best Czech pilsners I've ever had.

08-09-2012 01:47:29 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Mitchster


4.53/5  rDev +20.2%

$1.69 for a 12oz single @ Bevco. Brewed with Harrington 2-row and wheat. Hopped with Hallertauer and Czech Saaz.
OG=13P, 35 IBU's, 5.3% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear bright golden, forming a tall whipped and creamy bone white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 or so. Appears filtered. Very clear. The aroma is wonderful...a beautiful balance between the flowery bouquet of Czech Saaz and the delicate pils malt huskiness. Wonderful aroma..clean, simple, and sophisticated. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is wonderful as well...a beautiful showcase between the pils malt with nuances of freshly mown hay and light clover honey mingling with a expertly balanced spicy bitterness which lingers just enough to make you want to drink more. I've never heard of a pils brewed with wheat, but it works wonderfully. There is a delicate saltine cracker note. A very crisp and dry finish makes it very thirst quenching.

This is an expertly brewed pils, and I would highly recommend you try it. Right up there with Avery, Victory, and Lagunitas as my favorite pils. I'd much rather drink these ultra-fresh pils from these brewers than skunky Urquell or hop extract Bitburger.

08-07-2012 01:56:09 | More by Mitchster
Photo of BradtheGreat7


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Review taken about a month ago during my inet downtime.

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Label is typical class from Great Lakes with the Wright brothers flying an old school plane with the bluest of sky's in the background.

A - Crystal clear in the glass. Bright Golden in color with a decent White head that stays for a few minutes or so but dissolves to a fine ring of lace.

S - Very pils like with a mellow yeast aroma. Fresh straw and hay whiff with a touch of lemon and light apple. Good spice note also takes form.

T - Nice yeasty presence and some hoppiness but nothing overpowering. Very noble hoppy. Biscuit malts. Small hints of lemon and hay. Sweet malts dominate the middle(buttered popcorn like) just before a pepperish spice finish.

M - Fairly light in body and very refreshing. Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Nice on a warm day and easy to drink.

O - Good all around pilsner that by know means will blow your mind, but will give you an enjoyable brew to drink on a warm sunny day. Great Lakes BC do a lot of great brews, but it's not all about the ales with them as they pay tribute and respect to old fashioned lagers and they do it in a high quality manner. This isn't quite as good as a few of their other lagers, but it's still a damn fine choice and offers a quality pilsner. I guarantee it's better than any other pilsner you'll find on the shelf around the same time of year. It's a brew to try for certain.

08-06-2012 02:03:02 | More by BradtheGreat7
Photo of rydev24


4/5  rDev +6.1%

08-06-2012 01:01:55 | More by rydev24
Photo of lpotter


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-05-2012 21:54:31 | More by lpotter
Photo of Brubaker


3/5  rDev -20.4%

08-05-2012 17:34:16 | More by Brubaker
Photo of WoodBrew


3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

12 ounce bottle, poured in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malt, along with some grassy and spicy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some slight floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and refreshing and very easy to drink. I'd certainly buy this again.

08-05-2012 15:36:16 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of stanale


3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-03-2012 04:11:43 | More by stanale
Photo of Mazarate


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

08-03-2012 01:09:54 | More by Mazarate
Photo of bsp77


3.63/5  rDev -3.7%

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.

08-02-2012 22:22:01 | More by bsp77
Photo of Brent


4/5  rDev +6.1%

Solid all around. Hops profile seemed more German-influenced than Czech, but, when it comes to lagers in this part of the spectrum, I can't claim to have the greatest ability for discernment. Clean start, with lively carbonation. A touch of grain toward the middle, with a restrained slightly herbal hoppyness to the finish.

08-01-2012 21:21:22 | More by Brent
Photo of bum732


3.15/5  rDev -16.4%

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.

07-31-2012 01:55:31 | More by bum732
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New York

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-31-2012 00:53:30 | More by whartontallboy
Photo of TuffNut87


3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

I am a fan of GLBC and pilsners. A nice citrusy aroma and a bright golden color in a pilsner glass. Very mellow citrus and hops, with a clean finish like a good pilsner should have. More flavor than some other pilsners and as a native Ohioan I want to support local
brewers who do it right.

07-30-2012 01:14:57 | More by TuffNut87
Photo of microbrewlover


3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

This brew pours a clear golden color with a two finger head which lasts for several minuets with lacing on the glass throughout and good carbonation.

The smell is of yeast, lemon, straw/wet hay and some pepper.

The taste is of yeast, some lemon, and some pepper. There is also a hint of sweet malts.

The mouthfeel is crisp and creamy; clean. Slightly biscuty as well with a hint of grittiness. Some pine can be tasted on the back end with the oil lingering on the tongue.

Overall this is pretty well balanced pils. The various flavors can all be tasted seperately and do not run together. Good for a session on a hot summer day.

07-28-2012 21:59:56 | More by microbrewlover
Photo of homebrew311


3.78/5  rDev +0.3%

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.

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


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-26-2012 23:02:52 | More by MacStinson
Photo of smakawhat


4.75/5  rDev +26%

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

What an absolutely sexy monster of a beer in appearance. Lemon and fourteen carat gold, brass and shiny. Body loads with lots of rising pinhead bubbles, and crystal clear. Head is totally uniform, pinhead all throughout. Great white sticky head and everything, it looks like the perfect pilsner.

It's a total bakery in the nose. Fantastic white bread, and big rolls of dough and toast. Light slight floral hop action, mild grass, with not so much sense of crisp, got some great density and thickness it seems of the malt.

What a great wonderfuly balanced brew. A great hop floral and grass action mixing with a perfect balance of sweet malt. Finishes bready, rolling with some crisp carbonation. Carbonation interestingly hits in the pit of the stomach. Mouthfeel is slightly crisp but oh so creamy, almost creating a thick German pilsner body it seems. Honey, dry clove, tastes all balance and get a turn.

I love this brewery and just how they make simple good honest beer. This beer is wonderful.

07-26-2012 22:40:23 | More by smakawhat
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.8/5  rDev +0.8%

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV, Best Served at 45°F, Enjoy by 08/29/12

A - Shimmering pale straw yellow in color, The Wright Pils has brilliant clarity and very little carbonation streaming upwards. The head stays aloft though, slowly gliding lower while leaving vapor trails of foam in it's wake.

S - The Wright Pils has an unmistakable Czech pils aroma from the get-go, pushing off with a soft water scent that's captivating and revolving, tying the hops and malts together wonderfully. Floral and spicy noble attributes overlap the smooth pilsner malt which adds a pinch of graininess along with balancing sweetness.

T - Not quite as adventurous as the aroma, The Wright Pils' flavor plays it safe and climbs from the hard deck. Hoppy lemon citrus peeks out, all but abandoning the noble-imparted floral and spicy attributes the nose offers, in turn letting malt take over. Biscuity, bready sweetness becomes the dominant attribute of the flavor.

M - Opening with a soft, smooth sweetness and moderate carbonation level to even things out, The Wright Pils has a lingering sweetness not-so-akin to the crisp lager and moderately bitter finish of usual Czech pilsners. Good, but running off the landing strip a bit.

O - The Wright Pils is a damn fine beer over all, but when it comes to a Czech pilsner, this one is flying a different pattern. It's got the nose of a classic Czech, but it just doesn't follow through with moderately bold noble hops and the soft floral, spice, and bitterness they impart. Quite refreshing and drinkable regardless.

07-26-2012 02:36:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of Sokrayt

New York

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-25-2012 19:02:58 | More by Sokrayt
Photo of GR_Rick


3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-25-2012 02:54:12 | More by GR_Rick
Photo of BB1313


3.6/5  rDev -4.5%

12oz bottle poured into a flute. I've had this one many times. Pours a crystal clear transparent pale golden, huge fluffy white head, very sticky lacing. Nice aromas. Very floral and earthy. Hints of lemon and fresh grass. I'm also picking up some pear, white grapes and green apples. The flavors match, with a nice lingering bitterness. There's a touch of black pepper, giving it a subtle spiciness. Finishes dry. Great carbonation which active and smooth. Light and extremely easy to drink. Very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. Refreshing and great for outdoors.

This is pretty straight forward. Nothing flashy, but very well executed. Traditional. Pilsener fans should enjoy. Quaffable stuff here.

07-25-2012 00:29:49 | More by BB1313
Photo of teslaguy

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-24-2012 00:26:23 | More by teslaguy
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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