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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils

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BA SCORE
85
very good

491 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 491
Reviews: 175
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.41%


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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bsp77

Minnesota

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2012 22:22:01 | More by bsp77
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Brent

Kentucky

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 21:21:22 | More by Brent
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bum732

Maryland

3.15/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 01:55:31 | More by bum732
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TuffNut87

Ohio

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

I am a fan of GLBC and pilsners. A nice citrusy aroma and a bright golden color in a pilsner glass. Very mellow citrus and hops, with a clean finish like a good pilsner should have. More flavor than some other pilsners and as a native Ohioan I want to support local
brewers who do it right.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2012 01:14:57 | More by TuffNut87
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microbrewlover

Pennsylvania

3.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear golden color with a two finger head which lasts for several minuets with lacing on the glass throughout and good carbonation.

The smell is of yeast, lemon, straw/wet hay and some pepper.

The taste is of yeast, some lemon, and some pepper. There is also a hint of sweet malts.

The mouthfeel is crisp and creamy; clean. Slightly biscuty as well with a hint of grittiness. Some pine can be tasted on the back end with the oil lingering on the tongue.

Overall this is pretty well balanced pils. The various flavors can all be tasted seperately and do not run together. Good for a session on a hot summer day.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 21:59:56 | More by microbrewlover
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homebrew311

Illinois

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale gold with white head that retains nicely and leaves a thick layer of lacing. Nose is full of fresh Czech hops which provide a grassy green aroma. This is paired with sturdy cereal grains, stone wheat, and a slight hint of caramel. Taste is rather bitter with bready grain all over. The finish is dry and bitter earthy flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and well carbonated. Overall, this is another well crafted lager from Great Lakes with a firm hop presence.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2012 00:28:07 | More by homebrew311
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

What an absolutely sexy monster of a beer in appearance. Lemon and fourteen carat gold, brass and shiny. Body loads with lots of rising pinhead bubbles, and crystal clear. Head is totally uniform, pinhead all throughout. Great white sticky head and everything, it looks like the perfect pilsner.

It's a total bakery in the nose. Fantastic white bread, and big rolls of dough and toast. Light slight floral hop action, mild grass, with not so much sense of crisp, got some great density and thickness it seems of the malt.

What a great wonderfuly balanced brew. A great hop floral and grass action mixing with a perfect balance of sweet malt. Finishes bready, rolling with some crisp carbonation. Carbonation interestingly hits in the pit of the stomach. Mouthfeel is slightly crisp but oh so creamy, almost creating a thick German pilsner body it seems. Honey, dry clove, tastes all balance and get a turn.

I love this brewery and just how they make simple good honest beer. This beer is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 22:40:23 | More by smakawhat
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV, Best Served at 45°F, Enjoy by 08/29/12

A - Shimmering pale straw yellow in color, The Wright Pils has brilliant clarity and very little carbonation streaming upwards. The head stays aloft though, slowly gliding lower while leaving vapor trails of foam in it's wake.

S - The Wright Pils has an unmistakable Czech pils aroma from the get-go, pushing off with a soft water scent that's captivating and revolving, tying the hops and malts together wonderfully. Floral and spicy noble attributes overlap the smooth pilsner malt which adds a pinch of graininess along with balancing sweetness.

T - Not quite as adventurous as the aroma, The Wright Pils' flavor plays it safe and climbs from the hard deck. Hoppy lemon citrus peeks out, all but abandoning the noble-imparted floral and spicy attributes the nose offers, in turn letting malt take over. Biscuity, bready sweetness becomes the dominant attribute of the flavor.

M - Opening with a soft, smooth sweetness and moderate carbonation level to even things out, The Wright Pils has a lingering sweetness not-so-akin to the crisp lager and moderately bitter finish of usual Czech pilsners. Good, but running off the landing strip a bit.

O - The Wright Pils is a damn fine beer over all, but when it comes to a Czech pilsner, this one is flying a different pattern. It's got the nose of a classic Czech, but it just doesn't follow through with moderately bold noble hops and the soft floral, spice, and bitterness they impart. Quite refreshing and drinkable regardless.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 02:36:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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BB1313

Ohio

3.76/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a flute. I've had this one many times. Pours a crystal clear transparent pale golden, huge fluffy white head, very sticky lacing. Nice aromas. Very floral and earthy. Hints of lemon and fresh grass. I'm also picking up some pear, white grapes and green apples. The flavors match, with a nice lingering bitterness. There's a touch of black pepper, giving it a subtle spiciness. Finishes dry. Great carbonation which active and smooth. Light and extremely easy to drink. Very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. Refreshing and great for outdoors.

This is pretty straight forward. Nothing flashy, but very well executed. Traditional. Pilsener fans should enjoy. Quaffable stuff here.

Serving type: bottle

07-25-2012 00:29:49 | More by BB1313
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TwelveOunces

Kentucky

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

Served on tap in a pint glass

This beer pours a golden straw yellow with a little white head that stays all the way down. Not much on the nose, some grainyness and lager yeast. The taste is very grainy, crisp, some wheat and hay. There is also a slight fruitiness from whatever hop they used. This beer has a nice feel to it and goes down clean, smooth and easy. A beer for any beer drinker. A solid Pilsner, and much like everything else great lakes does, it wont disappoint.

Serving type: on-tap

07-21-2012 00:57:09 | More by TwelveOunces
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, translucent yellowish-gold with a thin layer of loose, bubbly, white head that fades quickly

S - a bit warm and grainy

T - warm, a bit grainy, faintly grassy

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a disappointing offering from a solid brewery. It's grainy and warm which is something I would expect from an adjunct offering. There are many better selections for this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 22:43:15 | More by tdm168
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nlmartin

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a clear effervescent yellow. The head is white about a finger high but resolves into a ring of foam.

S- The beers aroma is a bit peppery and floral nice bread dough aromas.

T- The beer has a bready flavor that is combined with a lightly peppery and floral finish from the hops.

M- The body of the beer is crisp and light.

O- For me this has become my go to beer this summer. Hard to put down and hard to only have one. Nice job!

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 05:14:17 | More by nlmartin
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superspak

Michigan

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

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best by 8/29/2012. Pours a fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with very good retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, apple, herbal, grass, bread, floral, and light pepper. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of lemon, biscuit, pear, floral, pepper, bready grain, and herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, bread, floral, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of flavors with a good amount of flavor as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and clean mouthfeel.. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed at all. Overall this is an excellent pilsner. Good flavor robustness and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Highly enjoyable and spot on to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:58:51 | More by superspak
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schoolboy

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes is well qualified to attempt a beer like this and they pull it off. The ambition of a perfect simulation is achieved.

I had this on tap yesterday at the Grog Shop (The Whiskey Daredevils and Dick Dale performing). There are differences with the bottled but they are extremely subtle.

The draft had a little bit hoppier feel to it, the bottled a little darker somehow, but very similar. Overall, this is what I would call robundant - especially for the style - it feels full bodied and more authentic than the real thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 17:21:40 | More by schoolboy
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Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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

12 oz.

Pours a light gold, clear, with thin white head that retains well.

Smells of fresh barley malt and a light hint of citrus. A bit grassy.

Mildly bitter barley malt with some grassy malt sweetness and light citrus.

Medium body, light tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Real good pils, nice flavor balance, easy going, refreshing. One of the better pils I've ever had.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 19:46:24 | More by Cylinsier
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DerekP

Pennsylvania

4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a case of this stuff with a co-worker. Bottles show it's good til the first week of August, which is a little disappointing since my store just got this in this week (notes from 7/4/12). That being said, nothing at all is wrong with the age of this brew.

A yellow-gold look with tawny shades. Egg white head slims down while still staying appealing. 4/5

Smells yeasty (like yeast being prepped for bread dough with warm water & sugar). Grassy and lemony in the nose. Salt, light malts. 4/5

Sharp hops cut through to the taste buds real quick with a peppery flavor. Yeast, peppermint spice, earthy hops, burnt brown sugar, bread crust, ginger. Clean malts with the right amount of fermented spiciness. 4.5/5

The Wright Pils is carried by hops, but washes away without heavy and unwelcoming lingering qualities thanks to the sweet and spicy tango. 4/5

Great Lakes pulled this one off with the hops flavor. Great stuff.

Overall: 4.5/5

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 20:34:29 | More by DerekP
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Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip. for freshest taste enjoy by 9/9/12.

A: very clear, bright gold. bright white head. bubbly. retention is fair as is the lacing.

S: very eggy nose. sweet and dry. practically champagne like.

T: sulfur, bready and rich. sourdough to be more precise. a minor hop throughout. finish is a little sweet, slightly corny, and doesnt linger long.

M: a lively, but not overbearing carbonation on a light body.

D: i could drink a lot of this stuff. a pretty tasty czech style pils. clean and well lagered.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:41:44 | More by Jimmys
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Hophead717

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Light, golden straw with a half finger head that fizzes away.

S: Pilsner malt, very light grassy/floral hops. Super light spice.

T: Mildly bitter upfront (not hop bitter, but just bitter). Some hay and grassiness as well. Interested pils taste.

M: Moderate carbonation or a medium to thin body. Works for the style.

O: A fine representation of a Czech pils, but not my favorite beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2012 00:49:13 | More by Hophead717
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nicnut45

Illinois

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

12 oz bottle poured into the crazy looking Sam Adams glass with a freshness date of 9/17/12.

Pours a pale yellow almost macro lager like. Very clear, a nice fluffy lager head. simmers down to almost nothing.
Strong hay like fragrance in the nose, very nice. Smell is super clean lots of floral subtleties going on.
Clean crisp taste. A nice pure bitterness, (does not taste like hop extract). Not a very hop forward pilz, but perfectly balanced with the malt.
Overall This is a very good pilz. Perhaps a bit on the maltier side compared to its German counterparts. I like the freshness dates Great Lakes is using so you know you are getting something thats not ancient. Unlike some overseas pilz that come in green bottles with no freshness dates at all.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2012 23:16:23 | More by nicnut45
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

America is getting really good at brewing traditional European lagers. The bohemian (Czech) lagers display a world of esteem and flaws, and this beer captures them all with elegance and grace.

Brightly colored, the light straw hue properly captures light and carbonation through a prism of gold and yellow highlight. Well headed with cottony froth, the beer's carbonation keeps the foam coming. With persistent retention and clinging lace, the beer is admirable until the last sip.

All the nakedness of pilsner malt is captured in the nose as aromas of dried barley, husk, fresh baking bread, corn-like sulfur, and a faint whiff of butterscotch give a full impression with a lot of character. Accented with floral and herbal hops, the beer carries a notion of honeysuckle and lemongrass.

Fuller flavored than your average lager, this slightly robust elixer balances the taste with the bready, starchy, grainy-sweet taste of lightly kilned barley along side of the herbal and grass hops turn spicy and bitter to finish. Background notes of apple, corn, basil, tomato, and butter engulf the taste and add fullness and zeal to the taste rather than distraction.

Fullness is further felt in the bolder texture of the beer as well. Creamy and lightly zesty carbonation allows the beer to inflate the mouth with slight vegitable oil and starchy textures. Developing into an off dry finish, the beer holds onto a tinge of malt weight even in finish, despite the mild minty-warmth of alcohol and the resinous dryness from hops.

In nearly any other style, the combinations of corn sulfur and butter would be an immediate detractor regarless of how slight the tastes are. But the union in this beer gives added fullness both in flavor and texture. Perhaps this doesn't work for every pilsner, unless it's The Wright Pils ;-)

Serving type: on-tap

07-10-2012 19:10:56 | More by BEERchitect
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ThePorterSorter

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an outstandingly vibrant looking straw yellow. There is no haze or sediment. A half inch a pure white head crowns the beer and loosely laces down the sides while drinking. There is ample, visible carbonation as well. The nose is slightly bitter and grainy. There are no distinguishable fruit/pine notes to the beer's hops, relatively nondistinct. With a vigorous swirl there is a slight cheesy butteriness and tomato that competes with the malt's sweetness. The taste is all pilsner with a crisp, light hoppiness followed by a semi-dry, lingering sweetness. Flavorful and drinkable summer beer, but the mouthfeel is a little off. A little more citrus/lemon in the back end would really make this beer something special for me. Overall this is a great bar beer... something you could drink a few of.

Serving type: growler

07-08-2012 21:30:42 | More by ThePorterSorter
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle from the Village Beer Merchant. A not true Czech pils. Consistent with many I have had in that realm, it has a bit of cheesy aroma. Slightly cloudy body. Middling mouthfeel. So-so drinkability, with some bitterness and lemony. Suitable carbonation. Dry finish.

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2012 03:14:53 | More by Sammy
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 9/9/12.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a retentive fluffy white pillowy head and ample clumps of lace. Miley sweet aroma of bread malt, noble hops, grass and lemon. Grainy and biscuit flavor gives way to a light lemon and earth dryness and a mild floral hop bitterness in the finish. Light diacetyl mid palate adds a pleasant smoothness to the well carbonated, soft medium body. Nothing too bold but no complaints, another lovely lager from GLBC.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 19:36:38 | More by yourefragile
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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
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 491 ratings.