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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

685 Ratings
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Ratings: 685
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 33
Gots: 59 | 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 williamjbauer
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear pale straw with 1.5 finger white frothy head with good retention and clumpy lacing

S - weak pilz hos, sour funk, bready notes

T - sweet malts open followed by mildly bitter and sour pilz hops with green apple and a touch of chardonnay acididity.

M - light body, moderate carbonation.

A really nice light pilsener. I'd get this in the summertime to share with friends.

williamjbauer, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of JeffTheJuice
4/5  rDev +6.4%

JeffTheJuice, Sep 22, 2012
Photo of CoCambria
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

CoCambria, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of nrombes
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

nrombes, Sep 19, 2012
Photo of jwhancher
4.28/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours straw colored, almost light gold with nice fluffy white head. Great carbonation. Smells bready like white bread. Crisp with light floral hop notes. Very clean & crisp tasting with nice even bitterness to balance out the light pilsner malt sweetness. Light and very drinkable. Overall, a very nice beer. Another excellent offering from Great Lakes.

jwhancher, Sep 11, 2012
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +6.4%

generallee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of swh1972
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

swh1972, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of HopHeadInOhio
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

HopHeadInOhio, Sep 09, 2012
Photo of Beerohio
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Beerohio, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of Fast4amoose
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%

Fast4amoose, Sep 05, 2012
Photo of greyghost86
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

greyghost86, Sep 04, 2012
Photo of corby112
3.73/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very pale, clear golden yellow color with a half finger white foam head that quickly settles into a thin lasting ring. Sporadic spots of lace left behind.

Floral hop aroma with hints of grass and straw followed by light fruit and pale malt. Pretty earthy with a grainy, soil like pine presence along with some apple, pear, bread and biscuit.

Medium bodied with a crisp, spicy hop bite that lingers over the sweeter notes and pale malts into a slightly dry finish. The hop character is really nice with the perfect amount of dry bitterness that doesn't overpower the other notes. Earthy and slightly funky with a sticky, grassy feel giving off subtle pine and straw flavor. This is countered by sweet light fruit notes, especially apple and pear as well as some bread, biscuit and pilsner malt. Well balanced, refreshing and easy to drink. Doesn't look or smell all that great but it's a pretty nice beer.

corby112, Sep 03, 2012
Photo of Drk93TT
3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Drk93TT, Sep 02, 2012
Photo of RJ32S
4/5  rDev +6.4%

RJ32S, Sep 01, 2012
Photo of Alkey
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pils glass a light yellow with fluffy white head and lots of bubbles floating upward. Smells a bit earth like with grass and grain aromas. Taste is crisp, slightly thin at first then has a bit of a dry finish with some grassy hop flavors. Overall I find this pils to be super drinkable and a solid example of the style.

Alkey, Aug 30, 2012
Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 9/9/2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Great Lakes makes an enjoyable pilsener here, rife with European hop and pale, bready malt flavors. Bitterly refreshing and crisp, this is one that warrants returning to for the summer months.

Pours a 2cm head of white foam that's composed of small bubbles and appears densely packed into a thick mass. Retention is about average, the head dissipating in a minute or two to a thin cap atop the body with a thicker ring around the glass. Lacing is minimal, but present, a few squiggles and lines along the sides of the glass. Body is a yellow-gold color, transparent, with visibly active and plentiful carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Light transforms the yellow to a paler shade.

Aroma is floral, herbal, white bread dough-y, and with very slight graininess and faint butter.

Overall, the flavor is balanced between bready, sweet malts and bitter, herbal European hops. Not as bitter as the Weihenstephan pilsner I recently had, or as robust, but still quite good. Tasting opens with floral, herbal hops and light, sweet malts. Mid-palate is spicy, slightly of black peppercorns with bready malts and herbal hops, and surprising vinous aspects as well. Back of palate has a flash of spicy, bitter hops alongside sweet bread-like malts. Aftertaste is bread-like and tempered with lingering noble hop bitterness across the palate.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with mid-level carbonation that foams the beer slightly across the palate. Closes dryly, with long-lingering noble hop bitterness.

falloutsnow, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of barnzy78
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, pours a pale golden color with a tall foamy, white head. Good head retention with a little lacing. Aromas are grassy, floral noble hop, pilsner malt. Tastes are appropriately sharp and crisp, grassy, biscuity, finishes clean and dry. Body is thin with moderate to high carbonation. Overall, good example of the style, but I probably wouldn't get it again.

barnzy78, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of tmars13
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

tmars13, Aug 28, 2012
Photo of CloudStrife
3.9/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a snifter. Best by 08/29/12.

A: Pours a clear golden straw yellow with a 1.5 finger puffy white head. Some visible floaties in the glass. Low visible carbonation. Leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S: Mostly bready malt and yeast up front, I think the hops have worn off at least aromatically.

T: Nice balanced malt and yeast taste, some hop bitterness at the end. Very drinkable.

M: Crisp finish, light to medium body with ample carbonation. Refreshing.

Overall another great beer from Great Lakes. Stands up to a few of the well known pilseners out there. I need to try this fresher. Very true to the style, an easy drinker anyone can enjoy.

CloudStrife, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The wright pils pours golden in color and is quite clear. An average size head is present and is rocky but quickly fades. Carbo's are quite light.The aroma I get is mostly of bready malts. Hints of spicy hops are more in background.
Taste is pretty malty with bread or wet grains. Some sharp tangy hops too.
A liitle disappointed with this one fells flat on the palette and quite boring.
A good beer but really a little boring. There's nothing to grab you and reel you in.

micromaniac129, Aug 26, 2012
Photo of Infamous7100
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear bright yellow gold with a half finger bright white head. No lacing.
S: notes of corn and biscuits right up front. This is supported by a slightly grassy/citrusy aroma. Not overwhelming and had to agitate to really pick up the scents.
T: the barley/malt hits hard at the front providing bready and biscuity flavors. Toward the midddle to back, the hops come through with a subtle citrus bitterness that does well to quell the sweetness.
M: light to medium body with medium carbonation. This brew is slick and creamy but closes with a refreshingly, dry bite. A hint of a bittersweet hang that has you begging for another sip.
O: pretty good take on a Czech pilsner. Perfect on a hot day or for sessioning with friends. A nicely balanced beer that you could use to introduce novice beer drinkers to.

Infamous7100, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a better than average pils. pours crystal clear blond color with a rising white head that has okay retention. smells more hoppy than most of these, with some citrus hops notes on top of the stamdard pilsener malts. flavor is very crisp and dry, very summery. the hops are there for sure, which makes this one more appealing to me. mouthfeel is nice, more medium than light on the body, with fine carbonation. the finish is a little bitter, but its very quick. easy drinking and refreshing. nice brew.

StonedTrippin, Aug 25, 2012
Photo of OWSLEY069
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

OWSLEY069, Aug 23, 2012
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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 +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 685 ratings.