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
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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Ratings: 719 | Reviews: 201
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 IronLover
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden yellow in color with perfect clarity. Poured with a short, dense, white foam that quickly reduced to a wispy cap. Sweet bready malt and floral hop aromas with earthy grass, lemon zest and toasted malt notes. Medium bodied with assertive, tangy, crisp carbonation and a clean semi-dry finish. Bready, biscuity malt flavors up front followed by tangy, herbal hops through the middle. Hop bitterness gradually intensifies from the middle to the end as this finished semi-dry with lingering hop bitterness and biscuity notes.

Photo of brew3crew
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of TheHoppiest
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of Clydesdale
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of stewart124
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this is straw yellow with little to no head.

Strong smells of straw and bread come through with a floral note.

Taste has plenty of malt character and a trace of sweetness to go with a big noble bite of hops. Spicy notes and a pils malt really bring this around to reflect the style. Possibly some DMS traces but really a good Czech pils.

Easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation and background bitterness. Dry finish with just a touch of grape character left on the tongue.

Photo of ColdPoncho
3.61/5  rDev -4%
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.

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.96/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass, the beer was urine sample yellow. Normally, colors this bright are reserved for kids' drinks. A generous white head was a sign of powerful carbonation, which was definitely evident in the mouthfeel. A grassy aroma was present, as expected for a pilsner. In the initial taste, one gets grass, sour hay, and a mildly tart grain taste. The mild sourness continues into the aftertaste, which moves in quickly because of the carbonation. I normally skip pilsners, and now I remember why. This is a pilsner, so it is Great Lakes' attempt at a beer for non-craft drinkers. For craft beer drinkers, it tastes a little more like a high end macro-brew.

Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pilsener Glass

A - Nice straw-hay colored body; pours with a very small amount of head (white); moderate amount of carbonation; good amount of lacing

S - Straw aroma; nice lager (airy) scents; malted barley; touch of spice

T - Mild malted barley flavor; very good hop taste; bitter

M - Mild bitter hop aftertaste (lingers for a bit); effervescent

D - Easy drink; could have quite a few of these during the summer; fantastic pilsener taste

Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a finger of head which settled in slightly but was very present while drinking. The color is a golden straw yellow color with great transparency. Active carbonation is bright, probably a touch above average for the style.

Smell: Crisp clean hops pop right away. Those hops are complimented by a buttery, creamy malt profile. A second layer of hops bringing more freshly cut grass and straw show up on the body. The yeast profile is clean yet surprisingly complex.

Taste: Great tropical fruit hop profile blasts on to the scene. Those hops draw out to more of a grassy profile on the body with a malt profile filled with buttery and full bodied biscuits. Clean malts and yeast on the back end really allow the hops to shine.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, with tons of hops that leave a semi-dryness on the palate. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: A truly outstanding czech pils from an American brewery. The hops really shine here but a creamy malt profile and crisp yeast notes are so well done. This is a great pils that is a no brainer as a summer seasonal.

Photo of Samp01
3.68/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a medium white head. Aroma and taste is sweet fruity notes, yeast, grains, some malt. Palate is a light to medium body, crisp clean refreshing mouth feel. The finish is sweet malt, fruity mild citrus, yeast and bread with a mild hops on the end for balance. This is good refreshing mild brew for a hot summer day.

Photo of dtivp
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a clear light golden yellow with a one and a half finger frothy white head that dissipated rapidly into a sparse cap with light lacing.

Aroma of yeast, grass and floral hops.

Taste of a light bready malt, yeast, hints of lemongrass and floral hops.

Mouth Feel was light leaning medium body with moderate carbonation, very crisp, refreshing, very little after taste.

Overall this is an above average Pilsener, very refreshing to enjoy on a nice summer eve.

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 DrinkingDrake
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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 steveh
3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've never been a big fan of the GL lagers to-style, but they're always well-made and enjoyable, so when I was in the mood for something light and saw this, thought I'd give it a go.

12 ounce bottle six pack, best by 8/27/12 clearly stamped on the label, $10.

A -- Clear, light gold color with a dense white head.

S -- DMS and light, spicy hops.

T -- Sort of a dry graininess up front with bitter, herbal hops in the middle and finishing with a mellow breadiness. There is some light citrus character in the aftertaste and the hop bitterness lingers to the end.

M -- Smooth to crisp mouthfeel with a dry finish and medium light body.

O -- A pretty standard micro-brewed Pilsner -- which is to say much better than any macro-brewed light lager, but lacking in a good Pilsner malt base that would round things out nicer. The dryness can become palate-fatiguing and a touch of sweeter malts would help that.

Looking at the grain bill from GL and I'm pretty surprised to see that there is no Pils malt listed at all. A little odd for a style originating from the malt itself.

Photo of tviz33
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottled served in a pint glass.

A- Extremely clear bright yellow body with a quickly receding one finger white head after an aggressive pour.

S- Grainy and malty. Kind of smells like a saltine cracker. A hint of floral noted peak through on the nose.

T- Evenly divided between sweet, bitter, and sour tastes. A slight saltiness is detectable. The flavor keeps it fairly simple and finishes relatively clean overall.

M- Medium bodied but a generous amount of prickling carbonation keeps the mouthfeel lively.

O- Good but not great. I won't actively seek this one in the future, but Great Lakes yet again put out a solid brew.

Photo of DeFaz
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Here's a good example of a pilsener that can easily be enjoyed in the summer. It is rather bitter with a nice balance of malt and hops with grain and floral flavors with a very faint citrus element. It goes down very easy without being thin. The smell and taste are fresh and refreshing. Moderate carbonation with dryness on the finish. This is one of the best pilseners I've had.

Photo of rhinos00
4.16/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served on-tap at the GLBC brewpub. Poured into a pilsener glass.

A- Pours a crystal, clear yellow. Produced two fingers width of white head. Lots of lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- Not much going on here. Small amount of faint hops and some malt.

T- Very nice. The use of hops blended in perfectly. Thoroughly enjoyed the malt sweetness in the finish...it wasn't overwhelming, but just enough to provide flavor in the finish.

M- Clean, crisp. Perfect amount of carbonation.

D- Beer doesn't get much more drinkable than this.

Overall, I won't lie, pilseners aren't my favorite and I have had a lot of shitty ones. This one was done very well and had a lot of flavor...definitely unexpected. Another great beer from GLBC.

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 jkrich
3.55/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a dated 12 oz. bottle: typical Czech pils pour - bright and clear golden with a quickly dissipating white head.

Sweet cracker-like malt aroma with hints of lemon and oddly a faint vegetal smell that quickly dissipated.

The pilsner begins with the familiar rounded, malty sweetness with compliments of noble hops. There are some other flavors in play here that you don't typically find in a Czech pilsner. A dryish, lemony flavor is evident throughout along with a hint of marmalade. Quite a bit more hop bitterness than I am accustomed to with this style.

This has a very thirst quenching and refreshing mouthfeel with a solid light body and spritzy carbonation.

I always enjoy a fresh pilsner on a hot summer day, and this one is no exception. There were "off" flavors that kept this one from the very top of list.

Photo of sitarist
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Served cold and fresh.

Pours a clear, pale, golden yellow. About an inch of head fades fast. A small amount of lacing, and a steady stream of bubbles.

Smells sweet with hints of bread, grass, honey, and flowery hops.

Taste follows the nose, sweet, grassy, with a peppery finish.

Light body with the right amount of carbonation along with the light flavors make this beer enjoyable and refreshing.

The drinkability is 100%. Each sip leaves you wanting another. This is what a pilsner should be.

Photo of divineaudio
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

best by 8/10/12, served in a pint glass.

a - pours a crystal clear, pale golden shade with a thin cap of coarse, white foam on top. head calms to a film pretty fast and leaves a few spots of lacing around the glass.

s - sweet grain with floral/herbal hops.

t - grainy malt sweetness with floral and spice notes and a dank, herbal bitterness that hangs on the tongue for a bit. finishes dry, well balanced.

m - light in body, medium carbonation with a coarser co2 profile.

o - I don't have much experience with czech pilseners, but this seems to represent the style well. goes down easy and enjoyable, though not a beer i would buy often.

Photo of gabedivision
3.41/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured to a pilsner glass from a 12 oz bottle.

Pours a crystal clear and clean straw golden yellow, with a 1 finger white fluffy head that forms a thin lace. Smells of sweet grain, a tinge of floral hop like character coming through on the end, nothing exciting. Boiled grains and sweet sugary lemons on the tongue. A sweet bready malt base leaves a tad tart with a slightly bitter and dry finish. Light bodied moderate carbonation, sweet dry and a bitter finish. Overall; this beer is far from exciting (not unlike all pilsners), just a pretty standard pils.

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a white bubbly head that quickly dissipates with a slight patch of island in the middle that holds on.

Smells of sweet malt and floral hops. Some subtle bread and caramel notes.

Clean and refreshing upfront with a bitter hop punch in the back heightened by good carbonation. Chewy malt bread qualities come out towards the end along with an herb bitterness that all but hides the subtle sweet caramel notes. Finishes dry.

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