Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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85
very good

719 Ratings
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Ratings: 719
Reviews: 201
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 36
Gots: 82 | FT: 2
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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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Ratings: 719 | Reviews: 201
Photo of OneDropSoup
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of NewBeerMember
4.5/5  rDev +19.7%
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.

Photo of williamjbauer
3.78/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of jwhancher
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of corby112
3.69/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of Alkey
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of CloudStrife
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.76/5  rDev 0%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of atr2605
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
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

Photo of metter98
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at Harrigan’s Tavern, Dayton, OH

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving only a thin ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are aromas of grassy and floral hops in the nose along with hints of bready malts.
T: Like the smell, the taste has flavors of bready malts and grassy hops. The bready malts really stand out as the beer warms up.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and clean on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and is a good representation of the style.

Photo of oberon
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner a light golden with a thinner frothy white head that sticks well,quite sprtitzy in its looks.Aromas have a bit of leafy hops but more toasty malt,a tinge of iron comes into play as well.Flavors of what a pilsner should be,toasty with a shot of leafy/spicy hops in the finish,I like the toast most of all.A great pilsner with real flavor,it's toasted with a shot of noble hops.

Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with some grainy surface foam.

Light, almost milky, aroma. Kiss of German hops and a slap of citrus.

Clean and refreshing without that rigid bitterness that I love in a true pils. Herbal hoppy character. Finishes a little tangy.

Thinner body but a rip-roaring carbonation. Lotta spritz in the bite.

A pretty average pilsner. Nothing too distinct about it. Enjoyed my pour.

Photo of BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a pint glass. Been waiting to try this one, but still have yet to see Rye Of The Tiger.

The Wright Pilsner glides into the glass with a yellowish golden look in color and nothing in terms of bubbles. I poured this hard and only managed some bubbles around the side of the glass that die off, no lace. Smell is pretty bright with fresh German style hops, Noble I presume. Some perfume and some pale malt, standard pilsner scents, but bold and pungent. Taste is off the charts with bold pilsner vibes, noble hops, some grass, slight florals and some pale malt in the end keeping things in check. Very crisp on the mouth, while the look suggests no carbonation, the feel is far from dead. Light bodied refreshing and goes down easy. I knew this would be a hit, Great Lakes always does German beer wright.

Photo of riversider76
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear yellow gold with a thin white head. Just a bit of retention, and some nice lace. Aroma is of grainy malts, with a hint of floral,grassy hops. Body is light with some carbonation. Taste is malty up front with a refreshing finish. Nice version of this style.

Photo of AnalogReigns
4.3/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yet another EXCELLENT American-made Pilsner! The Czechs and Germans better watch out...as we're finally catching up (and improving?) on their classic beer.

Pilsner was to me personally, one of my last beer-tastes to develop. Of course I grew up knowing about the super-mild American-mega-brew "pilsners" and getting a headache from just one Bud. I cut my micro-brew teeth on Sam Adams...and they didn't do Pilsner until very recently. So, naturally, light-colored beer--assumed I--just wasn't good beer, right?

WRONG! I traveled to Germany and the Czech Republic, and read how Pilsner, when first developed there, was the epitome of the Brewer's art. To make a taste-filled, delicately hopped light colored beer, is really NOT EASY. Any brewer can do an OK IPA or dark ale. But GOOD pilsner, well, it takes a REAL pro to brew that!

The guys at Great Lakes clearly ARE real pros. This is a beautiful transparent light-golden beer with a generous head.

A faint aroma of Saaz hops is apparent, with the sold malt. Bohemian pils, vs. German pils has a more malt accent, or less of a hop bite (depending on your perspective). The differences are very subtle, like Pilsner is in general.

Pilsen the city of course is in Czech, but the Germans have always been very influential to the Czechs. When the major brewery in Pilsen looked for a new head brewer, they hired a German from Munich....who promptly invented what became known as "Pilsner-beer" copied all over central Europe (and eventually the world). So Pilsner is ultimately a Czech/German style...a joint development by both.

If you'd ever seen the barley fields in central Germany and Czech, you'd understand....

The Wright Pils is a DELICIOUS beer, one that both wise beer afficianados will appreciate...and can share with their be-nighted big-brew friends.

It's a SESSION beer, with delicate flavor, NOT an IPA....so don't expect it to hit you in the face.

HIGHLY recommended!!!

Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Clear yellow/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a solid amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemon, hops, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon, hops, and a grassiness. There is also a caramel sweetness and corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – A good beer, but I was expecting more of a noble hop presence. Still very drinkable and worth trying, just a little boring.

Photo of daliandragon
4.35/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a classic golden hue into my Bitburger pokal. Plenty of visible carbonation, as well as head and lace. Nose is bready and yeasty and features late breaking noble hops.

The taste isn't overpowering but is clear and strong. Bread and earthy notes color the malt but the hops assert themselves nicely as well. The crispness of the texture hits the style to a tee. Finish is crisp and clean with a full, hoppy, aftertaste. One of the best Czech pilsners I've ever had.

Photo of Mitchster
4.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.69 for a 12oz single @ Bevco. Brewed with Harrington 2-row and wheat. Hopped with Hallertauer and Czech Saaz.
OG=13P, 35 IBU's, 5.3% ABV.

Pours out to a sparkingly clear bright golden, forming a tall whipped and creamy bone white head with amazing retention and beautiful lacing. Moderate carbonation, ~2.5 or so. Appears filtered. Very clear. The aroma is wonderful...a beautiful balance between the flowery bouquet of Czech Saaz and the delicate pils malt huskiness. Wonderful aroma..clean, simple, and sophisticated. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean with a light body. The taste is wonderful as well...a beautiful showcase between the pils malt with nuances of freshly mown hay and light clover honey mingling with a expertly balanced spicy bitterness which lingers just enough to make you want to drink more. I've never heard of a pils brewed with wheat, but it works wonderfully. There is a delicate saltine cracker note. A very crisp and dry finish makes it very thirst quenching.

This is an expertly brewed pils, and I would highly recommend you try it. Right up there with Avery, Victory, and Lagunitas as my favorite pils. I'd much rather drink these ultra-fresh pils from these brewers than skunky Urquell or hop extract Bitburger.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.72/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review taken about a month ago during my inet downtime.

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Label is typical class from Great Lakes with the Wright brothers flying an old school plane with the bluest of sky's in the background.

A - Crystal clear in the glass. Bright Golden in color with a decent White head that stays for a few minutes or so but dissolves to a fine ring of lace.

S - Very pils like with a mellow yeast aroma. Fresh straw and hay whiff with a touch of lemon and light apple. Good spice note also takes form.

T - Nice yeasty presence and some hoppiness but nothing overpowering. Very noble hoppy. Biscuit malts. Small hints of lemon and hay. Sweet malts dominate the middle(buttered popcorn like) just before a pepperish spice finish.

M - Fairly light in body and very refreshing. Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Nice on a warm day and easy to drink.

O - Good all around pilsner that by know means will blow your mind, but will give you an enjoyable brew to drink on a warm sunny day. Great Lakes BC do a lot of great brews, but it's not all about the ales with them as they pay tribute and respect to old fashioned lagers and they do it in a high quality manner. This isn't quite as good as a few of their other lagers, but it's still a damn fine choice and offers a quality pilsner. I guarantee it's better than any other pilsner you'll find on the shelf around the same time of year. It's a brew to try for certain.

Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 719 ratings.