1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
85
very good

603 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 603
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)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Latest | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 603 | Reviews: 183 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of DeutschesBier
DeutschesBier

Maryland

4/5  rDev +6.1%

06-07-2013 15:09:46 | More by DeutschesBier
Photo of waddellc2
waddellc2

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-12-2014 21:10:49 | More by waddellc2
Photo of KYGunner
KYGunner

Kentucky

3.58/5  rDev -5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2013 00:17:05 | More by KYGunner
Photo of MacStinson
MacStinson

Michigan

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-26-2012 23:02:52 | More by MacStinson
Photo of leprechaunandfatman
leprechaunandfatman

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-30-2014 04:36:45 | More by leprechaunandfatman
Photo of garuda
garuda

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-15-2013 14:21:57 | More by garuda
Photo of Cylinsier
Cylinsier

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2012 19:46:24 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of jaidenjb
jaidenjb

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%

12-13-2011 02:50:30 | More by jaidenjb
Photo of SmellsofMahagony
SmellsofMahagony

Texas

2.75/5  rDev -27.1%

10-25-2013 04:07:42 | More by SmellsofMahagony
Photo of GeoffreyM
GeoffreyM

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-05-2013 01:55:23 | More by GeoffreyM
Photo of schoolboy
schoolboy

Ohio

4.48/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great Lakes is well qualified to attempt a beer like this and they pull it off. The ambition of a perfect simulation is achieved.

I had this on tap yesterday at the Grog Shop (The Whiskey Daredevils and Dick Dale performing). There are differences with the bottled but they are extremely subtle.

The draft had a little bit hoppier feel to it, the bottled a little darker somehow, but very similar. Overall, this is what I would call robundant - especially for the style - it feels full bodied and more authentic than the real thing.

Serving type: bottle

07-15-2012 17:21:40 | More by schoolboy
Photo of rangerred
rangerred

Tennessee

4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear light gold with a half finger white head. Lots of little carbonation bubbles rising up through the beer.

Smell is very grainy along with some lemon and a touch of hay.

The taste has a nice biscuit note to go along with the graininess noted in the aroma. A tiny bit of lemon tartness along with some light grassy hops that are a lot less prominent than in other pilsners I have had. Bitterness is moderate and leads to a crisp dry finish.

Overall, while this beer is far from being groundbreaking, it is an excellent example of the style. A wonderful thirst quencher and a great summertime brew that I wish more breweries would make. Another great beer from Great Lakes.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2012 23:19:01 | More by rangerred
Photo of spointon
spointon

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

05-02-2011 18:41:32 | More by spointon
Photo of ZombiesAteMyDog
ZombiesAteMyDog

Indiana

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-31-2013 21:54:32 | More by ZombiesAteMyDog
Photo of thebouch01
thebouch01

Pennsylvania

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

11-14-2011 18:27:38 | More by thebouch01
Photo of mfnmbvp
mfnmbvp

Illinois

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

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 01:04:28 | More by mfnmbvp
Photo of Jimmys
Jimmys

Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle into hardywood tulip. for freshest taste enjoy by 9/9/12.

A: very clear, bright gold. bright white head. bubbly. retention is fair as is the lacing.

S: very eggy nose. sweet and dry. practically champagne like.

T: sulfur, bready and rich. sourdough to be more precise. a minor hop throughout. finish is a little sweet, slightly corny, and doesnt linger long.

M: a lively, but not overbearing carbonation on a light body.

D: i could drink a lot of this stuff. a pretty tasty czech style pils. clean and well lagered.

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2012 00:41:44 | More by Jimmys
Photo of I_BYE_MI_BEER
I_BYE_MI_BEER

Michigan

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-14-2014 12:57:37 | More by I_BYE_MI_BEER
Photo of sliverX
sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

4.5/5  rDev +19.4%

07-07-2013 20:38:47 | More by sliverX
Photo of Goblinmunkey7
Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.66/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Perfectly clear pale golden yellow hay. Head is bright-white, creamy, and tight. Decent retention on a small cap. Specks of lacing. Lively carbonation on the pour.

Smell: Grass. Light earthy herbal. Pale malts. Slightly bready. A bit of sweetness. Touches of underlying crisp apple and maybe some dry hay. Cracker like snappiness. Lager yeast. Smells bright and clean. Husky grain.

Taste: Pale grain. Husky. Grass. Nice clean earthiness. Vaguely herbal. Solid hit of lager yeast. Crisp and clean. Mild sweetness. Mild hopping. Some touches of leafy hop. Very pale. Touches of wheat. Slight bitterness on the finish of the sip.

Mouthfeel: Moderate to high carbonation. Body is a bit lighter than medium. Crisp and clean.

Overall: Right.

A decent take. Crisp and clean. Wouldn't be hard to knock back a few of these on a casual hangout. Worth drinking, but not the best out there.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 00:58:39 | More by Goblinmunkey7
Photo of dgherm
dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

07-21-2013 13:57:40 | More by dgherm
Photo of mpalestino
mpalestino

Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

08-03-2013 15:45:59 | More by mpalestino
Photo of TonyTalon
TonyTalon

Wisconsin

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-20-2013 01:04:58 | More by TonyTalon
Photo of starrdogg
starrdogg

District of Columbia

4/5  rDev +6.1%

10-18-2013 05:55:58 | More by starrdogg
Photo of jzlyo
jzlyo

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -13.8%

01-31-2014 01:05:04 | More by jzlyo
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 603 ratings.