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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

602 Ratings
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Ratings: 602
Reviews: 183
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 43 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009)
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Photo of MattyG85


4.33/5  rDev +14.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 05:51:50 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Photekut


3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-11-2013 01:16:29 | More by Photekut
Photo of bum732


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
Photo of adamette


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

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2010 22:10:43 | More by adamette
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New York

4.18/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Super clear pale yellow with about a half finger of head that dissipates quickly. No lacing as it drinks.

S: Clean and crisp. Smells like an adjunct lager, but with a touch more lemony citrus and hop aroma.

T: Lemon up front, and then is moves more to the sweet side. It has a nice slight sweet malt linger in the middle. The finish is back to lemon with a touch of cream.

M: Light bodied beer. Starts crisp and clean and finishs smooth and creamy.

O: This is a great pilsener. In my opinion, it ranks up there with Sunshine Pils and Prima Pils. Nice work by Great Lakes. I'd grab a case of this every summer if they start to make it more regularly.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 21:05:24 | More by trxxpaxxs
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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
Photo of ThisWangsChung


3.48/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear straw color. Even for a pilsner, it looks a little light. The head - which required an aggressive pour, mind you - is a one finger white shade with a bubbly texture with decent retention. Good lacing is left behind, also.

S: The first whiff reveals some noble hops along with a faint touch of corn. After that, it develops a really nice tone of stone fruits like peach and apricot, along with some flowery notes. Actually, it's kind of redolent of fruit punch. The aroma, if not spectacular, is nonetheless very promising.

T: It's immediately opened up with some grassy hop bitterness. This aforementioned quality isn't too vegetal, thankfully. The finish is pure bitter fruit punch with a side of floral hops. Great Lakes' house character among their lagers kick ass. It all adds up to one rock-solid pilsner.

M: The piercing, bone dryness I like from my pilsners isn't quite here. Rather, it's a little sweeter, and slightly fuller bodied than the norm, but not so sweet or so thick as to kill drinkability. It's still as crisp and clean as a mutha, with just enough carbonation to help it go down easy.

O: Over a month past the best-by date, and it's still quite good. I could see this one kicking ass fresh; you bet I'll seek this out in the future.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2013 22:12:59 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of JeffTheJuice


4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-22-2012 03:46:04 | More by JeffTheJuice
Photo of augustgarage


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2012 03:21:11 | More by augustgarage
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-23-2013 05:32:24 | More by CaptDavyJones
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District of Columbia

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-10-2012 18:03:14 | More by jacewg
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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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North Carolina

4.38/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2012 01:47:29 | More by daliandragon
Photo of goblue3509


3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-23-2011 18:34:17 | More by goblue3509
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

04-18-2013 01:12:03 | More by randylangford
Photo of hosehead83


4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Light straw/gold in color, with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, floral note
Taste-Biscuit, cracker,subtle floral hop note comes and hangs around to the finish. Very easy-drinking and refreshing. A fine summer offering.

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2012 16:57:11 | More by hosehead83
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3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2010 16:50:44 | More by kbutler1
Photo of Spider889


2.8/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-11-2010 12:17:39 | More by Spider889
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3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-03-2014 01:10:57 | More by bacher468
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3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

12-03-2012 23:36:13 | More by JimmyFlatRock
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4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

10-18-2013 04:07:45 | More by LJWalker
Photo of falloutsnow


4/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 04:39:01 | More by falloutsnow
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New York

4/5  rDev +6.1%

09-10-2012 01:51:48 | More by generallee
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West Virginia

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

Serving Type - Bottle

Appearance - Golden tan, yellow, almost like a macro on steroids with a 1/2 inch creamy head.

Smell - Lots of florla hops, some malts, yeasts, some spices, pepper, sugars, not overly strong smelling.

Taste - Loads of sweet yeasts, sugars, malts and some nice floral hops. Very sweet and spicy mixed with some caramel malts. A nice lemon kick also. A grassy, herbal flavor comes at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Light, smooth and tasty, a great summer beer for sure. Tounge gets the yeast, malts and floral hops, were the palate gets yeast and more spices. Finish is dry, malty, and bold.

Overall - Excellent pils for sure. Sweet, flavorful, easy to drink and low alcohol make this a summertime winner. Very glad this is now avaible outside the cleveland area. A welcomed addition to the strong lineup. One of the better pils out there.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2012 01:50:38 | More by wvsabbath
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-15-2014 20:22:17 | More by mikeburd1128
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
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