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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

662 Ratings
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Ratings: 662
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass.

Appearance: Pours a bright and clear golden orange with a lot of rising bubbles. Big four finger white head with very good retention. Leaves a good amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: A crisp and bready aroma. Pale malts and wheat grains with hints of biscuit, crackers, straw, and yeast. Some good hints of citrus lemon and orange. A nice scent of grassy and spicy hops Saaz hops. Also a slight hint of honey in the mix. A solid aroma.

Taste: Like the aroma suggests, a nice balance of sweet bready malts and grassy hops. Wheat grains and pale malts with a nice taste of saltine crackers, biscuit, straw, yeast, and a little bit of honey. A touch of citrus with notes of lemon zest and orange. Has a nice hop bite for a pils with some grassy hops and spicy European hops. Mildly bitter. Nicely balanced.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation. Crisp, clean, and very smooth. Somewhat drying finish.

Overall: A very solid American take on a Pilsner. Nice grassy hop presence to balance the sweetness. Nice to have this more widely available as a seasonal.

MattyG85, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of atr2605
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

A-pours a clear pale straw color with a white susdy head that fades fairly quick
S-lemon, grassy
T-grasst and piney bitterness that finishes clean and leaves the lemon flavor on the palate
M-light bodied
O-light, crisp, and clean. Great representation of the style

atr2605, Aug 19, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.88/5  rDev +2.9%

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.

metter98, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of oberon
4.13/5  rDev +9.5%

Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a thinner frothy white head that sticks well,quite sprtitzy in its looks.Aromas have a bit of leafy hops but more toasty malt,a tinge of iron comes into play as well.Flavors of what a pilsner should be,toasty with a shot of leafy/spicy hops in the finish,I like the toast most of all.A great pilsner with real flavor,it's toasted with a shot of noble hops.

oberon, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of thecheapies
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

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.

thecheapies, Aug 14, 2012
Photo of andrewj17
4/5  rDev +6.1%

andrewj17, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of BARFLYB
4.03/5  rDev +6.9%

A bottle into a pint glass. Been waiting to try this one, but still have yet to see Rye Of The Tiger.

The Wright Pilsner glides into the glass with a yellowish golden look in color and nothing in terms of bubbles. I poured this hard and only managed some bubbles around the side of the glass that die off, no lace. Smell is pretty bright with fresh German style hops, Noble I presume. Some perfume and some pale malt, standard pilsner scents, but bold and pungent. Taste is off the charts with bold pilsner vibes, noble hops, some grass, slight florals and some pale malt in the end keeping things in check. Very crisp on the mouth, while the look suggests no carbonation, the feel is far from dead. Light bodied refreshing and goes down easy. I knew this would be a hit, Great Lakes always does German beer wright.

BARFLYB, Aug 12, 2012
Photo of riversider76
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Pours a clear yellow gold with a thin white head. Just a bit of retention, and some nice lace. Aroma is of grainy malts, with a hint of floral,grassy hops. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is malty up front with a refreshing finish. Nice version of this style.

riversider76, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of AnalogReigns
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Yet another EXCELLENT American-made Pilsner! The Czechs and Germans better watch out...as we're finally catching up (and improving?) on their classic beer.

Pilsner was to me personally, one of my last beer-tastes to develop. Of course I grew up knowing about the super-mild American-mega-brew "pilsners" and getting a headache from just one Bud. I cut my micro-brew teeth on Sam Adams...and they didn't do Pilsner until very recently. So, naturally, light-colored beer--assumed I--just wasn't good beer, right?

WRONG! I traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic, and read how Pilsner, when first developed there, was the epitome of the Brewer's art. To make a taste-filled, delicately hopped light colored beer, is really NOT EASY. Any brewer can do an OK IPA or dark ale. But GOOD pilsner, well, it takes a REAL pro to brew that!

The guys at Great Lakes clearly ARE real pros. This is a beautiful transparent light-golden beer with a generous head.

A faint aroma of Saaz hops is apparent, with the sold malt. Bohemian pils, vs. German pils has a more malt accent, or less of a hop bite (depending on your perspective). The differences are very subtle, like Pilsner is in general.

Pilsen the city of course is in Czech, but the Germans have always been very influential to the Czechs. When the major brewery in Pilsen looked for a new head brewer, they hired a German from Munich....who promptly invented what became known as "Pilsner-beer" copied all over central Europe (and eventually the world). So Pilsner is ultimately a Czech/German style...a joint development by both.

If you'd ever seen the barley fields in central Germany and Czech, you'd understand....

The Wright Pils is a DELICIOUS beer, one that both wise beer afficianados will appreciate...and can share with their be-nighted big-brew friends.

It's a SESSION beer, with delicate flavor, NOT an IPA....so don't expect it to hit you in the face.

HIGHLY recommended!!!

AnalogReigns, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of IheartTomorrow
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

IheartTomorrow, Aug 11, 2012
Photo of spinrsx
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.

spinrsx, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of BryanK
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

BryanK, Aug 10, 2012
Photo of daliandragon
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.

daliandragon, Aug 09, 2012
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.

Mitchster, Aug 07, 2012
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.

BradtheGreat7, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of rydev24
4/5  rDev +6.1%

rydev24, Aug 06, 2012
Photo of lpotter
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

lpotter, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of Brubaker
3/5  rDev -20.4%

Brubaker, Aug 05, 2012
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.

WoodBrew, Aug 05, 2012
Photo of stanale
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

stanale, Aug 03, 2012
Photo of Mazarate
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Mazarate, Aug 03, 2012
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.

bsp77, Aug 02, 2012
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.

Brent, Aug 01, 2012
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.

bum732, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of whartontallboy
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

whartontallboy, Jul 31, 2012
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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