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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

665 Ratings
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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 190
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 57 | 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 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.

Spider889, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of bubseymour
4.16/5  rDev +10.3%

bubseymour, Aug 15, 2014
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.

augustgarage, Oct 28, 2012
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.

goblue3509, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of randylangford
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

randylangford, Apr 18, 2013
Photo of BeerBucks
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

BeerBucks, Jul 30, 2014
Photo of bacher468
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

bacher468, Jul 03, 2014
Photo of daliandragon
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.

daliandragon, Aug 09, 2012
Photo of kbutler1
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.

kbutler1, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of generallee
4/5  rDev +6.1%

generallee, Sep 10, 2012
Photo of wvsabbath
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.

wvsabbath, Jun 29, 2012
Photo of Canada_Dan
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

Canada_Dan, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of LJWalker
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

LJWalker, Oct 18, 2013
Photo of DeutschesBier
4/5  rDev +6.1%

DeutschesBier, Jun 07, 2013
Photo of MacStinson
3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

MacStinson, Jul 27, 2012
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.

falloutsnow, Aug 29, 2012
Photo of spointon
4.28/5  rDev +13.5%
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.

spointon, May 02, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz.

Pours a light gold, clear, with thin white head that retains well.

Smells of fresh barley malt and a light hint of citrus. A bit grassy.

Mildly bitter barley malt with some grassy malt sweetness and light citrus.

Medium body, light tingles of carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

Real good pils, nice flavor balance, easy going, refreshing. One of the better pils I've ever had.

Cylinsier, Jul 14, 2012
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

SmellsofMahagony, Oct 25, 2013
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

leprechaunandfatman, Jun 30, 2014
Photo of mpalestino
3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

mpalestino, Aug 03, 2013
Photo of siege06nd
4.4/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Sam Adams Perfect Pint...

A. A beautifully clear, pale golden color. Pretty good color spectrum on this, as it is at the same time orange gold but effervesces up to a light straw depending on angle. Really beautiful. Nice big finger and a half of crisp, bright white head. Very good lacing and excellent retention.

S. Lots of grains, some hops, even hints of caramel and creaminess. A refined nose, the hops don't overwhelm, but pleasing, balanced, and bready. Very nice.

T. Light biscuity, grainy malt, some mild bittering and citrus character from the Noble hops, and a slightly floral finish with a very nicely rounded biscuit note. Near perfectly balanced. Excellent.

M: As mentioned, flavors are very well-balanced and the mouthfeel is light, crisp, and refreshing.

O. One of the best pilsners available, what a great choice to make this a new seasonal and available outside of the brewery. Those preferring hoppier pils may not be as impressed with this one, as the hops add a nice sweetness and spiciness but do not take center stage. This beer is all about balance and lightness, and it has these in spades. Great Lakes truly is a champion at lagering, and the Wright Pils stands proudly with Eliot Ness and Dortmunder as a great lager.

siege06nd, Jun 30, 2012
Photo of garuda
3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

garuda, Jul 15, 2013
Photo of mfnmbvp
3.53/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle with enjoy by date of 09/12/2013. Looking forward to trying this; I'm always excited to try out a new beer from Great Lakes, and this one is no exception. Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Two fingers of fizzing foamy white head on top of a crystal clear straw yellow colored body with plenty of bubbles rushing topside. Some thin scattered lacing. Doesn't look like much, but it suits the style.

S - Smell is of crisp clean grainy corn and husks, some wheat, and some earth. Doesn't really smell like much either. Imagine a more pure and clean smelling Miller Lite.

T - Taste follows the nose: clean wheat, earthy grainy corn and corn husk, some citric lemongrass, and crisp carbonation.

M - Feel is crisp and carbonated, with a clean finish. Extremely fitting for this beer.

Overall, an above average beer, and a nice example of the style, a clean refreshing pilsner with a moderate 5.30% abv. Easy drinking any time; great in the summer. Although probably not my first choice from Great Lakes Brewing Co., I'm glad to have tried it.

Great Lakes The Wright Pils ---3.5/5

mfnmbvp, Jul 14, 2013
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
4/5  rDev +6.1%

ZombiesAteMyDog, Jul 31, 2013
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 665 ratings.