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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

703 Ratings
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Ratings: 703
Reviews: 195
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 33
Gots: 65 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009)
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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of buschbeer
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of nrbw23
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a thin white head. Head leaves some spotty lacing down the glass. Mine was also served in a flute.

S- Not a whole lot going on here a touch of malts, floral hops and a bit of spice.

T- A lot like the nose with a bit more hops than I expected. Its good just not a whole lot going on.

M- Very clean and crisp. Everything seems about right on.

D- Very easy to drink and a good example of the style.

Photo of Tucquan
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of tclapper
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.48/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of BeerLover99
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bluephies in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint 10/28/2014.

A- Clear golden-yellow body that is on the slightly darker side of the yellow spectrum. Half finger white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Crisp earthy, grassy hops along with a crackery biscuit malt sweetness, a bit of yeasty mineral flavours. Not complicated, but it comes together quite well. [3.75]

F- Biscuits, lightly toasted malt, minerals, grassy hops; clean sweet malt flavour finished off by a mild earthy bitterness. [3.75]

M- Crisp, on the thinner side but about right for the style. Nice and dry, refreshing finish that is a lingering earthy bitterness. Very easy to drink if it is a warm night. [3.75]

O- Very solid czech pils. On the earthy-slightly skunked side, nice mouthfeel and refreshing; about what I expected from GLBC. [3.75]

Final score: 3.74

Photo of micromaniac129
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
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 Lukass
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +15.2%
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 jak
4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Bierguy5
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the pub in the Cleveland airport. Pours a vibrant gold color, very clear. White fluffy head disappears after a minute.

Simple aroma, a bit grainy, light cereal grain, with a touch of floral hops in the back.

Clean, slighty bready malt. Just a touch of sweetness up front with some spicy floral bitterness at the end. Pretty clean, but not quite as crisp as I hoped.

A bit full for the style, with lower carbonation. Pretty easy to drink. Enjoyable.

Photo of GrindFatherBob
4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

Photo of MikeCactusGordon
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of t2grogan
2.5/5  rDev -33.5%

Photo of KYGunner
3.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright golden to off yellow the head was bright white and vastly carbonated.

The scent is not particularly interesting by there is some dank or old malt aroma. Cereal malts are lightly put to the backdrop with some low lying hops.

For as uninteresting is the aroma the taste is quite the contrary. An almost lemony malt flavor permeates a grain, barley and rye. The barley is more prevalent but it makes the Pilsner flavors more alive.

The feel is quite easy, sessionable and light on the palate.

For as average as this set up it finished strongly and may be my new session beer.

Photo of gatornation
3.85/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

from12 oz bottle BB 082813

A- pours a clear bright golden yellow color with a 1 finger white head tha recedes to just a fresh collar
S- noble floral hops bread malt and biscuit with some grassy herb smells
T- noble hops with floral tastes with sweet caramel malts a grassy bread taste in the finish
M- crisp and pure with nice carbonation just a hint of hop bitterness
O- crisp and pure pils done right tasty and hits the spot

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of alleykatking
3.95/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 703 ratings.