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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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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 VncentLIFE
2.92/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great Lakes spin on a Czech Pils. Light in color and flavor. Smell is a bit light, but the floral hops do come out a bit. The taste has hints of Great Lakes malt backbone, but not that much. Honestly, its just very light in every way. Flashes of floral hops do show up in the taste, but its nothing all that fancy. Not my favorite GL seasonal.

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Photo of mattbk
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Very very light beer. Completely clear. Not much head. It doesn't have much in the way of an interesting appearance. Still, not inappropriate for the style.

S- Hmm. This has an aroma of malt mixed with diacetyl. There may be some bitter Noble hops back here. I don't find the aroma appealing.

T- The taste is quite a bit better than the aroma. It's more crisp, sweet, and the hops are nice and flowery, soft Saaz hops. The sweetness is a little cloying, and there's not a ton of substance to the malt character. I don't taste any diacetyl. This is fairly enjoyable, not great or anything.

M- Light, but some feel to it. More than appropriate.

O- A confusing beer. The aroma is way off, the taste is pretty good. I'll enjoy this beer, but not sure I would buy more. I was expecting more from GL, who makes an excellent everything... almost.

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Photo of chefhatt
4.33/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I poured this beer into a pint glass, it has a nice golden color body with a small fizzy head. The smell is earthy and lemon to it. The taste has a nice balance of the biscuity malts and the hops. The mouth feel is really good and easy to drink. Overall this is a great beer from a great brewery.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
4.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Long time anticipating a bottle of this stuff. Thanks to my cousin Joe, I landed 3 bottles in my dedicated beer fridge. Pours a beautiful pale golden slightly hazed color with a bright white head forming thick, leaves behind even layered speckled lacing. Perfect grassy pils in every way aromatics end up with a hint of lemon citrus notes and herbal earthy noble hops kicking. Flavor is light biscuit pale malt bready complex for how light and drinkable this beer is. More nice hop interplay with the malts bringing out a dry finish in each sip, nice perfect crisp Czech style pils. I can't wait til this is distributed as the summer seasonal this year it will simply be my staple this summer, lawnmower beer good drinkable and super refreshing. Mine is served a bit cold but it's perfect refreshing pilsener that I'm ready to get more of. This was on tap at the brewpub and sold to go from the gift shop.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is translucent gold with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Nose is a floral blend of corn and light hops.

Taste is mellow hops and dry corn with a dash of ruby red grapefruit. There is also a strong resemblance to cream soda.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and refreshing. Carbonation is medium mild with a slight hop bite. Could drink this all day.

Overall, this an extremely drinkable and refreshing Pilsner with a unique, heartland taste.

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Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a shaker glass at the brewpub

A- Poured a light pale yellow color with visible carbonation. Kind of creamy head, left no lace.

S- Floral, grainy, and grassy aroma

T- Floral, grainy, grassy, and some light fruit esters

M- Crisp, refreshing, high carbonation, and finished dry

O- A drinkable beer that could be a great gateway to craft beer. Great Lakes has a lot more interesting beers though, I wish there would have been more of a hop presence.

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Photo of zsk
4.67/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one fantastic beer. I realize on this site, it won't get fairly judged, but it's GREAT!

Poured into a Sam Adams Pilsner glass

Appearance is golden and crystal clear.

Smell is of Noble Hops and slight...very slight malt.

Taste is Noble hops (SAAZ?) and biscuit. Very balanced. All hop in the after taste.

Mouthfeel is full but not too. It is well carbonated, as it should be.

Overall....great beer. Too bad it's only in the Gift shop and at the pub!

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

Poured out bright yellow and crystal clear. A lot of carbonation leaving a big two finger head that drops down to a thin layer. Nose is sweet pilsner malt and earthy, herbal hops. The flavor pops out better than the nose. Big, light and malty, tangy sweetness upfront but then a big biscuit flavor builds from the middle getting stronger at the finish. The end also brings out a touch of herbal hops that stands out against the malt but isn't overwhelming. Light body that is crisp and clean the whole way through. If I had better access to this beer I could see myself drinking a lot of it.

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Photo of goblue3509
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light hazy straw color with a thin head which gives way to some lace. The aroma is of grass and straw with hints of bread. The aroma is inviting. The taste follows suit with a bready backbone followed by a grassy and earthy slight hop bite and a hint of spiciness. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated and easy to drink. Overall it is a solid pilsner. There is a nice mild overall flavor with a nice aroma.

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Photo of mkeckjr
4.15/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have this in front of me at The Great Lakes Brewing Company in Cleveland.

Appearance: poured into a pint glass with a finger of white head, which quickly dissipates. Beer is light straw and very clear. Lacing remains from head.

Smell: a very in-style nose; a bit floral and a bit grassy. The smell of the malt comes through as bready. All are present but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: light and crisp carb.

Taste: very standard taste. Malty upfront which fades to a slightly higher than average bitterness at the end of the palate. The hops provide a grassy flavor.

Overall: a standard Czech Pils, very drinkable and fit for this August day. Would prefer a bit more hop flavor but still very tasty.

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Photo of prototypic
4.39/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to csmiley for the bottle. Been wanting to try one of these for a while.

The Wright Pils pours a very light straw color. Looks a bit yellow when held to light. It’s very clear and clean looking. The head is bone white and stands about a finger and a half tall. It recedes quickly, and leaves a light coat of lace clinging to the glass.

The nose is good. Quite good. It has a very spicy quality to it that’s typical for quality Czech Pilseners. Noble hops are readily apparent and have a strong presence throughout each whiff. It’s very earthy, musky, and grassy. There are ancillary grainy and light fruit qualities to it, as well. It’s a little yeasty on the tail. Alcohol goes unnoticed. Smells fantastic for a Czech Pilsener.

The flavor is likewise quite good. I’m really impressed. The most notable aspects are the spicy and hoppy flavors. The noble hop flavors are nothing short thunderous and take center stage. They’re musky, earthy, grassy, grainy, and even a bit citric. They have a bit of a bitter bite to them, but it’s nothing overly strong. Just adds a nice jolt midway through. The yeast flavor is a nice touch. I’m not getting any alcohol. Finishes grainy, grassy, spicy, and dry. Very well done.

Surprisingly, the body is medium and feels very smooth. Carbonation seems active, but the bubbles feel nice. It’s got a great, crisp bite. Perfect for this warm weather. I could go through bottles upon bottles of this during the summer months. Very easy drinking.

Great Lakes Brewing should do everyone a favor and makes this available during the spring and summer on a widespread basis. Limiting sales to the gift shop is a mistake. The Wright Pils is nothing short of a fantastic representation a Czech Pilsener, and it should be much more available. I’m blown away. I was not expecting this. If you live outside the Cleveland area, do yourself a favor and trade for it.

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

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Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of output01x
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of brentk56
4.25/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of spointon
4.3/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of DanThomas
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of JAramini
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Philfromakron
3.06/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Stigs
3.33/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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