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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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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 TheHoppiest
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Poured from a 12 oz bottle purchased on premises at Great Lakes. As this is isn't distributed at all, good luck finding it!

Poured into a pilsener glass. Pours a clear straw yellow with a brilliant 1" white head. Decent carbonation keeps this beer hopping.

Has a very strong and distinct barley malt aroma, wet straw and grass, some bready sourdough notes, and undertones of floral chamomile.

Dry, crisp, there's the slightest sweet start that quickly evaporates, turning malty and crisp. Grassy, dry, and clean, this beer has more feel to it than taste. Sweeter start, mildly creamy middle, and bitter dry finish that is not overpowering.

I'm glad to have picked this up. I find good pilsners generally to be too similar to one another, and this one, frankly, is no exception. They are good, you enjoy them, but at the end of the day, it is difficult to distinguish one good pilsner from another. Perhaps this one's claim to fame is a slightly more hop-bitter finish than your typical pilsner. I bet this, like the Holy Moses, would be better on tap.

TheHoppiest, May 29, 2011
Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a golden straw color. Two finger white head shows light retention. Light streaks of lace left on the sides of the glass. Overall what I expected this beer to be. No more...no less.

S- Cooked veggies in the front of the aroma. Bready malts come in next with a light pils malt coming through as well. Grassy hops in the ending of the aroma with a light alcohol. Hints of lemon in the ending as well mix with the grassy hops.

T- Bready pils malt comes through in the front of the beer. Middle of the beer shows some light lemon citrus notes. Ending of the beer has grassy hops in the ending showing a nice crisp light bitterness.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the style. Bready malts and lemon are left on the palate. Aftertaste is light alcohol, grassy hops, and biscuity malts. Flavors were well balanced for the style with no off flavors present. Light alcohol drying on the palate.

O- This is a great rep of the style. The style while not my favorite showcases this as a nice summer drinker. While not my first choice in beers this is light, crisp, and refreshing.

alleykatking, May 19, 2011
Photo of output01x
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A 1-finger bright white bubbly head quickly recedes in a minute or two to a thin, clumpy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear golden straw color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Very little lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Bready malt aromas mix with floral and grassy hops. Whole grains and lemon peel notes accent the nose. Stronger aromas would be preferable.

Sweet bread flavors coincide well with floral hops. Extremely clean and well balanced, this is one tasty and thirst-quenching pilsner. The flavors are pleasent and subtle. The only downside here is a slightly dry, almost bitter finish.

Light bodied with great carbonation, drinking this beer is like drinking flavored carbonated water. It is extremely drinkable and easily gulpable. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

The only thing I don't understand is why this beer is bottled but not distributed.

output01x, May 11, 2011
Photo of brentk56
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

Appearance: Arrives with a clear golden colored liquid topped by an inch of foam that fades away leaving a few drapes of lace

Smell: Lemongrass and grain

Taste: Surprisingly sweet, up front, with a flavor verging on graham cracker but the style quickly comes into focus with a grassy hop bite arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the lemony aspect complements the bitterness but there is a sweet undertone in the finish

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with crisp carbonation

Overall: Refreshing and flavorful and though the sweetness is a surprise it is a nice complement to the profile

brentk56, May 05, 2011
Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%

I bought a couple six packs of this right from the GLBC gift shop while on a recent trip to Cleveland. Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a shaker pint glass.

A= This lager poured a brilliantly clear pale gold color with a thin 1/4" white head. The head dropped fast to a thin ring and left just a few spots of lace.

S= Sweet grainy malt in the nose, as well as some light sulfur, noble hops, and a grassy/flowery note that is quite pleasant.

T= Started off with the lightly sweet malt base then quickly dried out with grassy notes and a modest but firm hop bitterness. Light mineral flavors midway and into the finish kept my taste rating from being higher. Finished dry and refreshing.

MF= Lighter bodied with a spritzy carbonation level that was just right.

D= A fantastically session-able beer that tastes good enough to want to... One of the better Czech pilsners I have had from the U.S.

spointon, May 02, 2011
Photo of DanThomas
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%

Reviewing it in the bottle, but I had it on draft at the brewpub as well (needless to say, superior on draft).

A- Very bright, crisp, clear golden color, thin white rim on the glass, streams of bubbles rising to the top.

S- Tagline describes a flowery bouquet, but really I'm getting nothing much at all save for some grassiness.

T- Earthy/grassy primary flavors with a subtle malt backbone. Finish is crisp and dry, mild spice.

M- They did a great job here. The body is full and well-structured, sharply carbonated, but the finish washes it all away and leaves a nice, clean taste.

D- This stuff goes down easier than water, and it feels so light on the palette--not because of a lack of flavor, but because the finish is done so well. Really could drink a 6-pack without trying. A high-quality pilsner.

DanThomas, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of brew3crew
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Had on tap at the gl brew pub

A-clear and golden blonde in color. White head that disappates quickly
S-smells very much like a lager with a hint of lemon
T-very crisp and clean. Light hops and a little lemon..
D-very drinkable. Nice example of the style.
M-very light and crisp.

brew3crew, Jan 28, 2011
Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%

12oz bottle

A - Served in pilsner glass. Pale yellow, effervescent body. Three inches of creamy, white head.

S - Grassy, lemon, and biscuit. Very refreshing.

T - Biscuit. I swear I'm getting some lime in there and finishes with just the slightest bitter metallic taste.

M - Thin and crisp.

D - I preferred this on tap, as I do most beers. But it is still the most enjoyable beer that I have had in this style. Very refreshing.

buschbeer, Dec 23, 2010
Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Thanks to sproser for dropping this in as an extra in a beautiful swap of worthy brews. Popped open while stirring up a batch of pasta & crescent rolls for la familia.

Pours a pale, never-seen-the-sun yellow. Distinct pale malts coat the nose, with just a hint of flowering hops.

The Wright Pils does the style up right. Lemony, more distant flowery hopping, grassy, perhaps a little bready, too. Finishes with a gentle, gummish bite of hops & a sprinkling of mild spices. Smoooth. Easier to sip than water after a long hike.

A pils that's defined by it's best characteristic - one could drink these by the six-pack without complaint. Good, solid beer.

maximum12, Dec 08, 2010
Photo of ColdPoncho
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%

This may be the lightest-looking beer I've ever really seen. It's super-clear yellow, but with a suggestion of green that makes you wonder. And the head is as white as snow, and it isn't disappearing too quickly.

Smells pretty light and lager-y, not particularly surprising in any way. I can't tell if its me, or what, but there seems to be an almost chili-like scent somewhere in there.

Taste is super light and clean. I don't even know what flavors are there. Just really light.

Really light and pleasant feeling beer.

There's enough funny stuff about the finish of this beer to make me happy to be done after one. But it's perfectly drinkable.

ColdPoncho, Dec 05, 2010
Photo of JAramini
4.22/5  rDev +11.9%

Enjoyed at the Cleveland airport brewpub when a flight home from Thanksgiving was delayed.

Pilsener is certainly not my favorite style but this one was impeccably executed.

Abridge golden yellow with a touch of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smooth, a touch sweet, floral, and a tiny bitter bite on the finish. This offering needs to find wider distribution. I live in a market that gets all of the GL bottled offerings but haven't seen this one before. I'd low to be able to get this in bottles. It would be the perfect gateway baby step for a BMC drinker looking to get into craft whole providing enough interest to appeal to a seasoned beer geek.

JAramini, Nov 28, 2010
Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +6.1%

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with a lot of grassy hops. The flavor is grassy hops and lighter malts with some low bitterness. The beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made pilsener.

Mora2000, Nov 25, 2010
Photo of Philfromakron
3.1/5  rDev -17.8%

Poured out bright gold. Very little head, and it didn't stick around long.

Smelled like a beer. Nothing really popped out to set this apart from any other beer.

Taste was ok. Not much flavor to it. Easy to drink. Nothing seemed special about this one. It disappointed me because I usually look forward to a GL.

Philfromakron, Nov 08, 2010
Photo of Stigs
3.3/5  rDev -12.5%

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a tall GLBC pilsen glass

A - pours with about half an inch of loose, fluffy bright white foam. the beer is incredibly clear, pale gold in color. thin and wet lacing is left behind after every sip.

S - a small amount of roasted corn and veggies, grains, lemon rind, and grass. lightly sweet biscuity malts underneath.

T - begins a bit sweet, with dominating sweet biscuity malts. grainy through the end, with hints of buttered corn and diacetyl. very mild, grassy hops add a touch of bitterness through the finish.

M - light body, with moderate carbonation yet takes on a slightly syrupy quality as well. crisp and oily finish with lingering graininess.

D - eh. veggies and corn is strong here, also a bit sweet which mostly hides a pleasantly subtle hop bite. refreshing and thirst quenching, though not too appealing on the palate.

Stigs, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of capra12
3.73/5  rDev -1.1%

reviewed solo served out of a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a white and coarse head 1/2 finger head, yellow and wheat in color, clear.

Smell: I get light grains and pilsner yeast.

Taste: This opens mild with light grains, the classic pilsner yeast profile. I get a citrus hop profile in the end along with the light grains leaving a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and one dimensional.

Drinkability: This is a one and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking a classic pilsner with mildly hoppy and citrus finish.

capra12, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of kbutler1
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%

Bottle. Grabbed this on a recent visit to the brewery and brew pub. Pours a clean golden yellow with a white head. No a whole lot of aroma going on except for some slight hops and grapefruit notes. Clean and crisp flavor. Some citrus notes. Has a nice lingering bitterness to it. Very good and refreshing overall for a pils.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of Spider889
2.8/5  rDev -25.7%

This was a beer I had been wanting to try all year but it's only available at the brewery and this is the first time we've been able to go up there since Christmas.

Had on tap at the brewpub bar.

Poured a very light golden straw, very highly carbonated. Crystal clear clarity, medium head and low retention.

Smelled of rice and grains, with some of the bitter skunkiness associated with most pilsners.

The taste was surprising to me. I was expecting it to taste like most other pilsners but this one has some weird stuff going on. I immediately tasted wild rice, and after my second sips I began to detect a strong aftertaste - corn. It dawned on me and once I could place the flavor that's practically all I noticed, lots and lots of corn.

Mouthfeel is bright and well carbonated, excellent for the style.

Drinkability was low. Sure the light character of the beer and low abv make it an easy drinker, but, the flavor wound up being way too off-putting. My wife who ordered it didn't want to finish it and we had the bar tender exchange it for an Edmund Fitzgerald. Sorry Wright Pils, but you didn't make the cut.

Spider889, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of adamette
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%

Live review. Poured from one of the 6 12 oz. bottles that I bought at the brewery last Saturday for $9.89, the only place to buy this one in bottles, a "gift shop exclusive." Poured into (what else?) a Pilsener glass, in this case one from Second City in Chicago. "For freshest taste, please enjoy by 9/13/10" stamped on the lower right side of the label.

A Ultra clear sparkling body under a 1 cm head that hangs around for a minute before dissipating down to a single layer on the top of the body. Rather typical look for the style. 3.0

S Nice floral bouquet of smells of a classic pilsener. 3.0

T Well, they have nailed the style with the barley in the front, backed with some hops of a variety that I am not aware but shows up often in Great Lakes beers. Solid and better than average for the style. 3.5

M Nice and full with a softness that I do not always get with this style. There is also a bit of effervescence as the beer dances on the tongue. 4.0

D At least good as the style is often quite drinkable, a session beer. 4.0

Notes: A special treat to have this "giftshop exclusive" in bottles from Great Lakes. It was available on tap inside the brewery as well but I did not get the chance to enjoy it there. This is a solid American craft pilsener.

adamette, Jul 20, 2010
Photo of Clydesdale
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%

A: A full, brassy-gold color, with a modest white head. Retention is decent even though the head is never very robust to begin with.

S: A bready/doughy and moderately grainy malt aroma - unmistakably a pilsner in the nose. Noble hops are prominent, lending floral, lemony, and lightly dusty notes to the beer.

T: A firm malt presence up front. Dry, crackery graininess up front, with a nice underlying bready sweetness. Hop presence is noticeable, with a firm bite and a classic noble hop profile of floral and herbal flavors. A faint soapy/lemony flavor is also present.

M: Rather hefty for a pilsner - full bodied, with medium carbonation. Dry and refreshing, but definitely not a lighter version of this style.

D: A very pleasant, easy drinking pilsner from Great Lakes. It was certainly refreshing on a hot afternoon, and this is a welcome summer seasonal in my book.

Clydesdale, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +17.5%

"The Wright brothers' first flight was shorter than a Boeing 747's wing span."

--interesting fact

Brilliant golden honey with borders of lemon yellow and diamond-like clarity. A wonderful looking crown of piano key ivory occupies the upper third of the glass, hangs around forever, and leaves a fair amount of clingy lace when it eventually fades.

The nose is incredibly fresh and bright, despite the fact that the 'best by' date is 7-26-10. The beer smells grassy, musky and lemony, exactly like noble hops should. That might not sound like much, but believe me, it's incredibly aromatic and is absolutely classic for the Czech Pilsner style.

Great Lakes is not one of my favorite breweries for nothing. These guys do almost every one of the classically German styles right. Righter than right. First impression: it tastes and feels like every one of the original 40 IBUs is still alive and kicking.

The simple (which is as it should be) flavor profile consists of crackery pils malt on the bottom end and a still somewhat buzzsaw-like rush of noble hop bitterness on the top end. Lemon zest plays second fiddle to a pilsner symphony of grassy, musky and even spicy.

The mouthfeel is rock solid too. That's no surprise, since GLBC is one of the best in that department. It's more full than most and has the tingly, lightly stinging carbonation that goes well with lower-ABV, hop-focused beer.

If Great Lakes is looking for a new summer seasonal, they need look no further than The Wright Pils. This should be the blueprint for any U.S. craft brewer who wants to compete with the best that Germany and The Czech Republic have to offer. Thanks to my brother for giving up his only bottle so that I could do a review.

BuckeyeNation, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of kels
4.33/5  rDev +14.9%

Thanks to sliverX for this excellent and unexpected extra (that was a lot of xs in one sentence!).

Pours a bright golden yellow with exceptional clarity. Loads of bubbles sit like little beads on the bottom of the glass. They regularly break from the bottom and rise to the surface, meeting a soft, white skim that results from the quick fade of the initial 1 1/2 finger fizzy head. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is basic, clean and crisp. Grains are a little sweet and dry.

Taste is very crisp and more full than expected. Nice toasty grains that are hearty while still being light fill the palate. Light lemony citrus adds a bright highlight. Feel is well-carbonated and crisp with a little stickiness in the aftertaste that perpetuates the tastiness.

Exceptional drinkability. Very, very tasty while still being light, crisp and refreshing. Can I have another?

kels, Jun 24, 2010
Photo of mothman
4.1/5  rDev +8.8%

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Lemongrass, some grassy hops, pale malts Pretty nice aroma for a pils.

Taste: Has some wheat flavors which I find odd. Light lemon flavors again. Grassy hops. A very interesting pils with the fruit citrus flavors. It also has an odd peanut flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, refreshing. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and hoppy.

Overall, a very solid pils. One of the better pils I have had. Very drinkable and well to the style.

mothman, Jun 22, 2010
Photo of pwoods
4.35/5  rDev +15.4%

Thanks to Kels for sharing this bottle with me.

12oz. Brown bottle poured into a pint.

A: A very pale golden yellow with good clarity. Moder head with a bit of retention. Small lacing.

S: Light aroma with some cereal and very light biscuity grains. Light noble hop aroma.

T/M: Nice bitterness from the hops with a nice spicy edge. The malts are nice with a bit of huskiness and a light sharpness. Body medium light and carbonation is nice and high.

D: Drinks very easily and is pretty interesting for a pilsner.

pwoods, Jun 21, 2010
Photo of kwjd
3.98/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a straw-yellow with small, tight white head and very little lacing. Smells of grassy hops and almost like whole wheat bread. Lots of bready flavour to go with the grassy hop bitterness. Nice mouthfeel and a great drinker. Doesn't seem to be a lot going on with this, but it is a very well made pilsner. If this was available near me, I may buy it more.

kwjd, Jun 10, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
3.93/5  rDev +4.2%

Poured into a strange glass. Beer is yellow and clear with a huge thick head that leaves a lot of lacing on the glass. Carbonation is low and made up of large bubbles that rise slowly.

Clean bland aroma. Smells fine but overall a little weak.

Thin beer with a slight aftertaste. Mild sweetness up front and not a lot of carbonation in the mouth. Overall I think its OK but not great. Second taste, quite drinkable. Some mild bitterness at the back but the aftertaste it gone. Again, a mild sweetness and a nice finish. I rather like this beer.

drabmuh, May 11, 2010
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.