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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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85
very good

600 Ratings
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 182
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 43 | 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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KingBiscuit

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-07-2012 01:16:54 | More by KingBiscuit
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IPAchris

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-06-2012 21:35:34 | More by IPAchris
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Morey

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

INFORMATION: Great Lakes Brewing Co finally decided to release this one in bottles for distribution this year. I’ve had this at a couple of beer festivals before, but I’m excited to sample this fresh bottle. Onto the review!

APPEARANCE: Poured into a pilsner glass, this is pale yellow in color with really nice clarity. Plenty of carbonation bubbles streaming upward within my glass. The white head stood just over a finger tall and hung around throughout the entire beer.

AROMA: Toasted Grains, Hops, Grass, and there’s also a subtle malt sweetness in there as well.

TASTE: Follows the nose…I’m getting a nice combination of grain and grassy hops up front. The hops are rather subtle and the grains really take control about mid-palate. There’s a nice lightly toasted malty sweetness towards the back end. The finish is clean, but not as crisp as I was anticipating.

MOUTHFEEL: Light body with moderate carbonation.

MOREY’S BOTTOM LINE: Honestly, I was expecting more hops. This is a good pilsner for sure, but Great Lakes usually isn’t shy when it comes to bitterness and flavor. A nice and refreshing beer for summer drinking though. I’m partial to hoppy pilsners myself, but if you’re not quite ready for Prima Pils, then this would be a good first step up from Macro Beers.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 09:47:39 | More by Morey
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as expected for a pils. Light bright yellow with a full half inch of sticky white head.

S - Smell is excellent with dank balanced hops, pilsner malts, and a touch of sweet grains.

T - Quite a good beer, it's light on the palate but has a great hop profile that caries to the finish yet the sweet malts keep it in check. Yeast is fruity and balanced with only a mild dry hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied, full of flavor and easy to drink.

Overall if I am in the market for a Pils I will buy this again. Great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:57:50 | More by DrDemento456
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Stinger80OH

Ohio

3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-05-2012 21:18:03 | More by Stinger80OH
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divineaudio

Michigan

3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best by 8/10/12, served in a pint glass.

a - pours a crystal clear, pale golden shade with a thin cap of coarse, white foam on top. head calms to a film pretty fast and leaves a few spots of lacing around the glass.

s - sweet grain with floral/herbal hops.

t - grainy malt sweetness with floral and spice notes and a dank, herbal bitterness that hangs on the tongue for a bit. finishes dry, well balanced.

m - light in body, medium carbonation with a coarser co2 profile.

o - I don't have much experience with czech pilseners, but this seems to represent the style well. goes down easy and enjoyable, though not a beer i would buy often.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2012 20:00:11 | More by divineaudio
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jkrich

Indiana

3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: typical Czech pils pour - bright and clear golden with a quickly dissipating white head.

Sweet cracker-like malt aroma with hints of lemon and oddly a faint vegetal smell that quickly dissipated.

The pilsner begins with the familiar rounded, malty sweetness with compliments of noble hops. There are some other flavors in play here that you don't typically find in a Czech pilsner. A dryish, lemony flavor is evident throughout along with a hint of marmalade. Quite a bit more hop bitterness than I am accustomed to with this style.

This has a very thirst quenching and refreshing mouthfeel with a solid light body and spritzy carbonation.

I always enjoy a fresh pilsner on a hot summer day, and this one is no exception. There were "off" flavors that kept this one from the very top of list.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 23:06:50 | More by jkrich
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billab914

Virginia

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

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It appeared bright golden in color with a thin white head barely covering the top. Pretty decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice mix of grainy, toasted malts and crisp, slightly sweet lighter fruits. Nice balance and clean flavors. Pretty good for the style.

I get a good amount of the grainy and toasty malts in the taste as well. I get some of the crisp light fruits, but they aren't as sweet as they were in the aroma. Clean, balanced finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall it was a pretty solid version of the style. It's light, refreshing, easy drinking and well balanced. Nice beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:50:16 | More by billab914
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Chickenhawk9932

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a white bubbly head that quickly dissipates with a slight patch of island in the middle that holds on.

Smells of sweet malt and floral hops. Some subtle bread and caramel notes.

Clean and refreshing upfront with a bitter hop punch in the back heightened by good carbonation. Chewy malt bread qualities come out towards the end along with an herb bitterness that all but hides the subtle sweet caramel notes. Finishes dry.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 15:08:35 | More by Chickenhawk9932
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transmogrified

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

07-04-2012 02:38:11 | More by transmogrified
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, surprisingly there wasn't a best by date printed on the label of any of the bottles in the 6 pack I just bought. But since this just came out in bottles recently, I can't imagine it's very old at all. Served 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 think this is a good overall brew, at just $8.99 a 6 pack I'd certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 23:34:48 | More by bluejacket74
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meanmutt

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-03-2012 03:17:02 | More by meanmutt
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rangerred

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a half finger white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up through the beer.

Smell is very grainy along with some lemon and a touch of hay.

The taste has a nice biscuit note to go along with the graininess noted in the aroma. A tiny bit of lemon tartness along with some light grassy hops that are a lot less prominent than in other pilsners I have had. Bitterness is moderate and leads to a crisp dry finish.

Overall, while this beer is far from being groundbreaking, it is an excellent example of the style. A wonderful thirst quencher and a great summertime brew that I wish more breweries would make. Another great beer from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 23:19:01 | More by rangerred
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BeerBuckeye

Ohio

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a very clear, pale yellow, very very light, good 2-3 finger white head. Beautiful looking pilsner here.

S - Very grainy, some zest, light grassy hops. Very earthy smell. Even a bit spicy.

T - Very nice tastes present. It's biscuity, but sweet, a touch of lemon. A little bit of zesty spiciness, but also a nice little kick of hops.

M - Very crisp and smooth. Well carbonated.

Overall - I found this to be an outstanding pilsner brew. Great Lakes shows again their ability to brew an incredibly diverse portfolio. Superb.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 17:06:51 | More by BeerBuckeye
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korguy123

Ontario (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- crystal clear golden, yellow pour. Half finger white head. Lacing is spotty.

S- grassy hops, sweet malts, there is a slight grain and corn aroma.

T-grass and sweet malts, biscuits and corn. Lingering finish.

M- Light bodied, decent carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 01:37:54 | More by korguy123
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siege06nd

Virginia

4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. A beautifully clear, pale golden color. Pretty good color spectrum on this, as it is at the same time orange gold but effervesces up to a light straw depending on angle. Really beautiful. Nice big finger and a half of crisp, bright white head. Very good lacing and excellent retention.

S. Lots of grains, some hops, even hints of caramel and creaminess. A refined nose, the hops don't overwhelm, but pleasing, balanced, and bready. Very nice.

T. Light biscuity, grainy malt, some mild bittering and citrus character from the Noble hops, and a slightly floral finish with a very nicely rounded biscuit note. Near perfectly balanced. Excellent.

M: As mentioned, flavors are very well-balanced and the mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing.

O. One of the best pilsners available, what a great choice to make this a new seasonal and available outside of the brewery. Those preferring hoppier pils may not be as impressed with this one, as the hops add a nice sweetness and spiciness but do not take center stage. This beer is all about balance and lightness, and it has these in spades. Great Lakes truly is a champion at lagering, and the Wright Pils stands proudly with Eliot Ness and Dortmunder as a great lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 17:29:31 | More by siege06nd
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largadeer

California

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

Thanks, Dyan. A Czech pils from Great Lakes? Sign me up.

Pours a clear pale gold topped by a big frothy white head. The nose is remarkably fragrant, very floral and doughy with a touch of cooked corn and citrus zest. The yeast profile is decidedly Czech, being more buttery and creamy than sulfuric. Palate is very nice, with floral and grassy hop flavors up front, followed by doughy, creamy, soft pils malt flavors. DMS and diacetyl are present at a low level, signature of Czech pilsner, giving the beer a softer character than the German counterpart. Finishes mildly bittersweet. This beer is hard to put down - Great Lakes continues to impress me with their lagers.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2012 05:40:23 | More by largadeer
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-30-2012 02:26:21 | More by mdillon86
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Jesse13713

Ohio

3.73/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see that this once brewhouse exclusive has made it to store shelves, though I did get to try it when it was exclusive to the G.L.B.C store. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Appearance - A bubbly pale yellow. Transparent with a short head that is quick to fall. Fresh and earthy in appearance with nice webbed lacing.

Smell - Crisp, springy grass. Honestly smells like a field of daisies and hops. A very pleasing and cleansing odor.

Taste - Fresh hops and other floral notes demand immediate attention. A light, slightly yeasty backing with a shadow of malt behind it. A very faint hint of grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light on the palate and easily sessionable. Freshness really matters for this brew. In the end, it is nothing particularly special from GLBC, or to to style in general.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 04:20:41 | More by Jesse13713
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wvsabbath

West Virginia

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, almost like a macro on steroids with a 1/2 inch creamy head.

Smell - Lots of florla hops, some malts, yeasts, some spices, pepper, sugars, not overly strong smelling.

Taste - Loads of sweet yeasts, sugars, malts and some nice floral hops. Very sweet and spicy mixed with some caramel malts. A nice lemon kick also. A grassy, herbal flavor comes at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, smooth and tasty, a great summer beer for sure. Tounge gets the yeast, malts and floral hops, were the palate gets yeast and more spices. Finish is dry, malty, and bold.

Overall - Excellent pils for sure. Sweet, flavorful, easy to drink and low alcohol make this a summertime winner. Very glad this is now avaible outside the cleveland area. A welcomed addition to the strong lineup. One of the better pils out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:50:38 | More by wvsabbath
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StoutHunter

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a bottle of Great Lakes The Wright Pils today for $1.69 at The Lager Mill. I have never seem this beer before and Great Lakes is a pretty solid brewing company so I thought I should give it a try, so lets see how it goes. It had a best buy date of 08/29/12 so it's pretty damn fresh. Poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a Pilsener glass.

A- I like the label it looks good and it brings some meaning to the name, it's nicely done. It poured a very clear golden yellow color with three fingers worth of fluffy white head that died down to a thin layer that stayed till the end and left some nice looking lacing. This is a good looking Pilsener, I have no complaints.

S- The aroma starts off with a large amount of pale malts that impart some grassy, straw, bready, grainy, and a slightly biscuit like aroma. Next I get some citrus like aromas with a little bit of orange rinds, but it's the lemon that seems to stick out the most and along with the straw and grass aromas it makes it similar to the aroma of a Saison. Towards the end I get some doughy yeast and some earthy and grassy hops with a medium amount of sweetness. This beer has a good aroma, but it's much more Saison like, it doesn't smell like your typical Czech Pilsener.

T- The taste really isn't that similar to the aroma, it starts off with a large amount of pale malts that have a real clean flavor to them and a medium amount of sweetness and they impart some nice, grainy, biscuity, and very bready flavors. After that I get a light bit of doughy yeast followed by some earthy and spicy flavors from the hops that are a little on the light side. On the finish it had a low amount of bitterness with a grainy and bready aftertaste. The taste was nice and clean, but it could have used a little more hop flavors and bitterness.

M- Very smooth, clean, crisp, on the light side of being medium bodied, and it had a slightly higher amount of medium carbonation. The mouthfeel was nice and very true to style, the slightly higher carbonation worked very well with this beer.

Overall I thought that this was a good beer and a little above average example of a Czech Pilsener, the aroma was a little odd, but after that the clean and crisp flavors that I expected shined through. This beer had really good drinkability, it was very smooth and clean, I could drink a few of these on a nice summer day while grilling outside. What I liked most about this beer was the mouthfeel and the crisp and clean flavors, this beer also looked pretty good. What I liked least about this beer was the lack of hops, I was expecting a little more hop flavors and I think the finish should have an assertive bitterness. I would buy this beer again when looking for a clean and easy drinking Pilsener, but It's not my favorite in style, I do recommend giving this beer a try, especially if you don't want a lot of bitterness. I thought this was a solid beer from a solid brewing company, GLBC hardly disappoints, keep up the good work guys.

Serving type: bottle

06-27-2012 03:43:40 | More by StoutHunter
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XavierMuskies

Kentucky

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-26-2012 22:52:17 | More by XavierMuskies
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold with very slight lacing.

Smell: Very faint hops that's about it.

Taste: Clean and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and satisfying.

Overall: Very good summer beer I hope to be able to try this one on tap. I think Harris Grill is serving it tomorrow night I am going to try and be there.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:08:38 | More by ejimhof
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hosehead83

Ohio

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Light straw/gold in color, with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, floral note
Taste-Biscuit, cracker,subtle floral hop note comes and hangs around to the finish. Very easy-drinking and refreshing. A fine summer offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 16:57:11 | More by hosehead83
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damndirtyape

Ohio

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

12oz bottle (best by 08/19/12) poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear golden yellow. Initial white head dies down to a ring on top and an occasional strand across the top as well. Persistent small strands and islands of lacing noted all the way down to the bottom of the glass.

Smell: Faint noble hops, not a lot else going on here.

Taste: Clean malt quickly balanced/countered by the noble hop bitterness (earthy, spicy). Simple but very tasty and just right.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, just right thickness underneath. Crisp and dry finish as one would expect of a good pilsner.

Overall / Drinkability: For what it lacks in aroma, it makes up for in taste and drinkability. I could easily have another of these and it went quite well with a meal (fish + potato cakes) as well. A good Czech pilsner.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 22:55:33 | More by damndirtyape
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.