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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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very good

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 json83
4.28/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Pilsner. The taste is full of hops and settles nicely. 5.3% ABV and 159 calories are a nice combination. Got to support Cleveland for introducing this nice blend. Full hops with a dry present finish. This is a great combination in relation to cost, calories, and taste.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.71/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle: pours a clear pale golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet and slightly grainy malty nose with some spicy noble hops. Starts with a mild pale malty sweetness with assertive earthy and peppery noble hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier clean finish. True to style and very drinkable.

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Photo of utopiajane
4.04/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours vibrant and with sparkling clarity. Bubbles floating up nonchalantly. A great head of pillowy white foam that was loathe to fall and really wanted to stay all day. Left a few rings but they faded down to a filmy cap. Nose is scrumptious. Sweet yeast. Hay, grass, little lemon over the top and floral. There's bread in there but it's feather light and a faint malt sweetness. Taste is the definition of smooth. Pilsner malt & sweet cracker greets the palate. Then as if not to be outdone the hops rush in with some lemon and a flourishing but delicate hop bitter. Spice is in back, casual and little prickly . Mouthfeel is like silk but with a little tickle form the carbonation and the spice. It's full but airy and the bread is always forthcoming.

This is a satisfying and robust pilsner that's also gentle and abundant. It's expansive and the aftertaste lingers almost dry with the cracker and sweetness left on the tongue as the bitter echos at the back of the throat. It's practically weightless and crisp. Great Lakes has done it again with a robust pilsener that you can easily drink all day.

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Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
3.04/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into pint glass, appearance is a staw yellow color. It is a bit of a deeper color yellow than most adjuncts you would probably compare this to.

The nose is of hay or straw, and a grassy floral overtone that is from the Noble Hops, Cascades most likely.

The first taste is somewhat astringent, the carbonation is quite lively in this brew. The straw taste comes through a little bit, and some lighter types of malts are also present and bring some sweetness to the party. With the swallow and exhale, the hops give a good floral taste that coincides with the nose, and they almost too strong for a pilsner.

As mentioned, this beer is carbonated pretty heavily and gives a good prickly feeling to the tongue. Overall the feel of the beer is pretty watery which is fine since most pilsners are.

My overall thoughts of this beer are that it's an "Okay" offering from Great Lakes. It seems to be an attempt to get some business from people that usually buy AB or Coors. The thing about it is that if that was their idea behind this beer, it's a pretty big failure. The taste is radically different from a Bud. This would be too bitter for a person that drinks BMC all the time.

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Photo of general_staal
3.79/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a honey or hay yellow color with approximately a 1/4 to 1/2 inch head with nice lacing.

Smell: Slightly citrus and grassy.

Taste: Has a wheaty flavor with a higher hop bitterness than most pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and light.

Overall it is a very nice refreshing summertime drink. It's not the best Great Lakes has to offer but it is a very nice drink.

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Photo of tjsdomer2
3.07/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Excellent carbonation with very good lacing. Straw yellow.

Smell: Very neutral. A bit of lemon

Taste/Mouthfeel: Sour lemon. Extremely bitter lemon rind really overwhelms here. Crisp mouthfeel that works well with bitterness.

Overall Drinkability: Pretty eh for Great Lakes.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. best by 8/28/13

Pours a light golden color with a half inch white head. Smell is crisp and refreshing. Earthy and light citrus. Good example of the style. Taste has a bit more hops than a traditional pils, but i'm not complaining. Refreshing and easy to drink. Simple beer but enjoyable. Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a good summer beer that would be hard to dislike for anyone who likes beer. Wont be anyones favorite but hey, it's a pils!

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Photo of fitrock2112
4.08/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured The Wright Pils into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a transparent golden color with two fingers of white head.

S - Getting a light citrus, faint hops, very light bread qualities. Some sourness in their as well.

T - Some more fresh baked bread flavor in there. Sour, almost skunkiness in there too. This fits in there pretty nicely. Light hop flavor to balance things out.

M - Smooth beer, a little heavier than expected for a Pils. Medium carbonation.

O - A decent Czech Pilsener, hits all the notes. Great Lakes again does a good job.
Recommended! Cheers!

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Photo of Bockrules
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw with a few bubbles rising to the one-finger, white head. The head is reduced to a smattering of bubbles, that stays intact most of the way down the glass. Leaves behind a few wisps of lacing.

S - Pale malt and bit of grassiness upon opening the bottle. In the glass, rose notes become apparent and mingle with light fruitiness to give a white wine like nose.

T - Malty and lightly floral upfront. The body is driven by sweet malt notes, but fusel and grass notes are employed well in supporting rules to give the beer a complex character. Dry as the beer goes over the back of the tongue before a pleasant grassy rose finish.

M - On the heavier side of light bodied with lively carbonation that causes the beer to expand in the mouth. Suits the style well.

Glad I picked up this czech pilsner when I was in Ohio last summer. It seems to have weathered the past several months in storage and the trip back to New Mexico quite well as this is one of the better pilsners I've had. Although a little lacking in appearance, this beer pairs reasonably complex flavors with with a high level of drinkability. Although a bit steeply priced at $8.50 a six in Ohio, I could see myself getting this again.

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Photo of tjacobs610
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale golden yellow hay. Head is bright-white, creamy, and tight. Decent retention on a small cap with small amounts of lacing. Great carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Grass. Light earthy herbal. Pale malts. Slightly bready. A bit of sweetness. Touches of underlying crisp fruit and maybe some hay. Smells bright and clean.

Taste: Pale grain. Nice clean earthiness. Hints of herbs with a solid hint of yeast. Mild sweetness and hops. Some touches of leafy hop. Very pale. Touches of wheat. Slight bitterness on the finish of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Moderate carbonation. Body is a little less than medium but is very crisp and clean

Overall: I really like this beer. Has a great all round offering.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.96/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, the beer was urine sample yellow. Normally, colors this bright are reserved for kids' drinks. A generous white head was a sign of powerful carbonation, which was definitely evident in the mouthfeel. A grassy aroma was present, as expected for a pilsner. In the initial taste, one gets grass, sour hay, and a mildly tart grain taste. The mild sourness continues into the aftertaste, which moves in quickly because of the carbonation. I normally skip pilsners, and now I remember why. This is a pilsner, so it is Great Lakes' attempt at a beer for non-craft drinkers. For craft beer drinkers, it tastes a little more like a high end macro-brew.

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Photo of Goblinmunkey7
3.67/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale golden yellow hay. Head is bright-white, creamy, and tight. Decent retention on a small cap. Specks of lacing. Lively carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Grass. Light earthy herbal. Pale malts. Slightly bready. A bit of sweetness. Touches of underlying crisp apple and maybe some dry hay. Cracker like snappiness. Lager yeast. Smells bright and clean. Husky grain.

Taste: Pale grain. Husky. Grass. Nice clean earthiness. Vaguely herbal. Solid hit of lager yeast. Crisp and clean. Mild sweetness. Mild hopping. Some touches of leafy hop. Very pale. Touches of wheat. Slight bitterness on the finish of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Body is a bit lighter than medium. Crisp and clean.

Overall: Right.

A decent take. Crisp and clean. Wouldn't be hard to knock back a few of these on a casual hangout. Worth drinking, but not the best out there.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.3/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

On tap at the Great Lakes location in the Cleveland airport. Pours a clear straw color. Crisp and clean but without quite enough hop bite. Dry and drinkable.

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Photo of Bills453
3.65/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - light yellow color. Nice one finger white head that disappears fairly quickly. Looks quite refreshing on this hot 4th of July.

Smell - smells of floral and wheat appear first. Ends with a hint of orange.

Taste - light refreshing beer. Quenches the thirst if that makes sense. Tinge of bitterness after swallowing. Definitely a session beer.

Mouthfeel - normal Pilsner mouthfeel.

Overall - definitely not my favorite lager, but I would say its in my upper half.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Real strong grassy nose in this. Earthy and mildly inky flavor on this, but overall fairly smooth, even though there is a noticeable bitter tone. Fairly easy to drink. If it were up to me, I'd probably tone it down and smooth it out a bit. Still a nice beer though.

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Photo of barczar
3.54/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a brilliant golden yellow with half inch white head that leaves wispy lacing.

Cracker-like malt, grain, and light floral hops comprise the aroma. Fairly bready.

Flavor is initially crisp, with a dry finish. Somewhat short, and fairly bitter. Touch of lemon pith undertone emerges. Grainy malt throughout. Floral hops emerge late.

Body is moderate with moderate carbonation and a touch of astringency.

Overall, a refreshing beer, more citrus character than anticipated, and less cracker flavor. More bitter than most.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and a slight amount of golden yellow highlights. The beer had a two finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to quarter finger tall thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with lighter notes of grassy and floral hops.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of bready malts with some lighter flavors of grassy and floral hops. There is a moderate bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: This is a very easy to drink beer and a good representation of the style - enjoyable flavors but a little too strong to be a session beer.

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Photo of tviz33
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottled served in a pint glass.

A- Extremely clear bright yellow body with a quickly receding one finger white head after an aggressive pour.

S- Grainy and malty. Kind of smells like a saltine cracker. A hint of floral noted peak through on the nose.

T- Evenly divided between sweet, bitter, and sour tastes. A slight saltiness is detectable. The flavor keeps it fairly simple and finishes relatively clean overall.

M- Medium bodied but a generous amount of prickling carbonation keeps the mouthfeel lively.

O- Good but not great. I won't actively seek this one in the future, but Great Lakes yet again put out a solid brew.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small mug. Best before 12/9/2012.

Very pale electric yellow body is capped by a thin ghost white layer of suds. Average lacing and decent retention.

Graham crackers, yeast-heavy bread, and wildflowers in the nose.

Sweet but snappy palate entry with a lasting peppery hop bitterness to offset the malt. Distinctive (Pils?) notes are flavorful but very clean. Finishes with a touch minerality and stickiness. Well balanced though I imagine there being some debate about this being a German vs a Bohemian Pils...

Light-bodied, crisp, well carbonated...

Great Lakes clearly knows how to brew a lager - this being another excellent rendition of its style...very clean and refreshing beer with no lack of flavor.

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

A-Yellow color....nice lacing on glass.

S-Pilsner malts..grainy...floral hop notes

T-The aroma leans maltier than the flavor...oh the malt is just fine but there is a more pronounced hop impression on the taste...dryish....grassy....

M-Tight body....crisp...easy drinking....dry finish.

O-No surprise here....another top notch lager from GL...not as hop forward as Prima Pils or Noble Pils but a nice drinker and a rock solid Pils

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Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one while rearranging my beer fridge and thought it would be a good beer to drink and review while watching football.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty boring. It pours a fizzy, clear light golden yellow with about a finger of clean white head. All in all, this doesn't look any different than your average BMC product in the glass.

Smell: Grassy malts, a touch of sweetness and some sharp bite from the hops. A pleasant but unspectacular smelling pils.

Taste: Crisp and clean. Grass and hay with some pop from the hops. Nothing complicated here...just a well executed and tasty pils.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium. Well carbonated and very, very easy to drink. A good lawn mower or sports watching beer.

Overall: It should be no surprise that Great Lakes makes a tasty and refreshing pils like the Wright Pils. Enjoy.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a Walter Payton shaker pint glass.

Anyone else feel this beer is just an addict's rallying cry? ("Bring me the right pills!") Anyway, this stuff pours a clear straw topped by a finger of soapy white foam. The nose comprises funky wheat, flowers, sharp grass, and minerals. The taste takes out the funk and drives home the flowery/grassy nature of the hops, providing a nicely bitter wash without overdoing it. The body is a hefty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a crisp finish. Overall, a very nice pils, one of the better American examples I've had in recent memory.

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Photo of OneDropSoup
3.97/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a vase: Clean straw-gold with surprisingly thin head.

Light grain in the smell, a little citrus peel, leafy & a little sulfuric in a good way. Nice bread crust smell emerges.

Taste is of smooth, light malt, a little on the doughy side, earthy & peppery hops. Strong dry bitterness in finish & aftertaste.

Light-bodied, mellow, not quite as crisp as I'm looking for in a pilsner.

Good pilsner, not my favorite, but I could definitely go for another sometime.

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

Good smooth taste; basic beer flavor with little aftertaste. A little bitter and watery as compared to a Belgium beer (Stella Artois). I enjoy a more creamy consistency with a smoother flavor and a more flowery aftertaste. Most people would enjoy this beer; however, it doesn't have much memorable qualities.

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.78/5  rDev -1.6%
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.

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