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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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87
very good

198 Reviews
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Reviews: 198
Hads: 719
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 4.9%
Wants: 38
Gots: 81 | 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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Reviews: 198 | Hads: 719
Photo of Jesse13713
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Glad to see that this once brewhouse exclusive has made it to store shelves, though I did get to try it when it was exclusive to the G.L.B.C store. Poured into a Hoppin' Frog snifter.

Appearance - A bubbly pale yellow. Transparent with a short head that is quick to fall. Fresh and earthy in appearance with nice webbed lacing.

Smell - Crisp, springy grass. Honestly smells like a field of daisies and hops. A very pleasing and cleansing odor.

Taste - Fresh hops and other floral notes demand immediate attention. A light, slightly yeasty backing with a shadow of malt behind it. A very faint hint of grapefruit as well.

Mouthfeel and Drinkability - Light on the palate and easily sessionable. Freshness really matters for this brew. In the end, it is nothing particularly special from GLBC, or to to style in general. (822 characters)

Photo of kels
4.26/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to sliverX for this excellent and unexpected extra (that was a lot of xs in one sentence!).

Pours a bright golden yellow with exceptional clarity. Loads of bubbles sit like little beads on the bottom of the glass. They regularly break from the bottom and rise to the surface, meeting a soft, white skim that results from the quick fade of the initial 1 1/2 finger fizzy head. Not much lace to speak of.

Aroma is basic, clean and crisp. Grains are a little sweet and dry.

Taste is very crisp and more full than expected. Nice toasty grains that are hearty while still being light fill the palate. Light lemony citrus adds a bright highlight. Feel is well-carbonated and crisp with a little stickiness in the aftertaste that perpetuates the tastiness.

Exceptional drinkability. Very, very tasty while still being light, crisp and refreshing. Can I have another? (874 characters)

Photo of stella77artois
3.71/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Drank from the bottle, no glass available. Assuming it looks like most lagers/pilseners.

S - A strong malty aroma is noticeable upfront. Touches of fresh cut grass, lemon peel, and a bit of dank to it. Not a bad smelling beer, but not outstanding.

T - A lot of bitterness up front. Some very unique hops. Says they're the noble variety, but they seem to be different. Not a bad thing though, just not the best kind of bitterness I've had. A bit of malt in there too. Also noticed a bit of a wheat taste which suprised, and a very light lemon flavor. Very light, could barely notice it. Overall not a bad tasting brew, just nothing outstanding.

F - Was fairly refreshing. Went down smooth, and had a comfortable amount of carbonation.

O - Overall, it's not a bad pilsener. Good crisp taste, just not outstanding. There are many better pilseners, but I say this beer is worth a try, although I probably won't buy it again. (930 characters)

Photo of pburland23
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found this one while rearranging my beer fridge and thought it would be a good beer to drink and review while watching football.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a standard shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Pretty boring. It pours a fizzy, clear light golden yellow with about a finger of clean white head. All in all, this doesn't look any different than your average BMC product in the glass.

Smell: Grassy malts, a touch of sweetness and some sharp bite from the hops. A pleasant but unspectacular smelling pils.

Taste: Crisp and clean. Grass and hay with some pop from the hops. Nothing complicated here...just a well executed and tasty pils.

Mouthfeel: On the lighter side of medium. Well carbonated and very, very easy to drink. A good lawn mower or sports watching beer.

Overall: It should be no surprise that Great Lakes makes a tasty and refreshing pils like the Wright Pils. Enjoy. (900 characters)

Photo of ndekke39
4.1/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on-tap at the GLBC brewpub. Menu said it was 5.1% ABV. Served in a pint glass. Appearance is pale yellow, with a thin white head. Very good retention. Overall, very floral nose, with a little spike of hops. Great balanced flavor: honey sweet plus sweet and citrusy hops. VERY drinkable beer. Could easily down 2-3 of these in the spring or summer. (356 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.42/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Great Lakes The Wright Pils brewed by Great Lakes Brewing Co. with an ABV of 5.3%. This brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. The Wright Pils is a filtered brew you can see right thought it. The smell is nice and clean with some grains. The tastes is nice and crisp with a clean refreshing finish. The Wright Pils is a nice balance brew there is nothing overpowering in this brew. Mouthfeel is nice this brew goes down smooth. Over all I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5.
I would buy this brew again. (523 characters)

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review taken about a month ago during my inet downtime.

12 oz brown bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Label is typical class from Great Lakes with the Wright brothers flying an old school plane with the bluest of sky's in the background.

A - Crystal clear in the glass. Bright Golden in color with a decent White head that stays for a few minutes or so but dissolves to a fine ring of lace.

S - Very pils like with a mellow yeast aroma. Fresh straw and hay whiff with a touch of lemon and light apple. Good spice note also takes form.

T - Nice yeasty presence and some hoppiness but nothing overpowering. Very noble hoppy. Biscuit malts. Small hints of lemon and hay. Sweet malts dominate the middle(buttered popcorn like) just before a pepperish spice finish.

M - Fairly light in body and very refreshing. Crisp and clean mouthfeel. Nice on a warm day and easy to drink.

O - Good all around pilsner that by know means will blow your mind, but will give you an enjoyable brew to drink on a warm sunny day. Great Lakes BC do a lot of great brews, but it's not all about the ales with them as they pay tribute and respect to old fashioned lagers and they do it in a high quality manner. This isn't quite as good as a few of their other lagers, but it's still a damn fine choice and offers a quality pilsner. I guarantee it's better than any other pilsner you'll find on the shelf around the same time of year. It's a brew to try for certain. (1,447 characters)

Photo of Bone53
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Claddagh

Apparance: Typical pilsner look. Straw yellow color with a one finger white head

Smell: Floral/lemongrass/grainy malts

Taste: Starts off grassy/grainy then fades into light citrus

Mouthfeel: Light as a pilsner shoud be with a dry, slightly bitter finish

Overall: I didn't emphasize on this beer too much because its not too interesting, but for a pilsner it's solid. Its bittersweet and crisp. I feel like they do lagers much better, but this is not at all bad. I think I've enjoyed just about every beer by Great Lakes. Cheers! (552 characters)

Photo of output01x
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on tap in a pint glass at the Great Lakes brewpub.

A 1-finger bright white bubbly head quickly recedes in a minute or two to a thin, clumpy dusting and thin foam ring. The body is a perfectly clear golden straw color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles slowly rising to the surface. Very little lacing is noticed throughout consumption.

Bready malt aromas mix with floral and grassy hops. Whole grains and lemon peel notes accent the nose. Stronger aromas would be preferable.

Sweet bread flavors coincide well with floral hops. Extremely clean and well balanced, this is one tasty and thirst-quenching pilsner. The flavors are pleasent and subtle. The only downside here is a slightly dry, almost bitter finish.

Light bodied with great carbonation, drinking this beer is like drinking flavored carbonated water. It is extremely drinkable and easily gulpable. This would be a great beer for a hot summer day.

The only thing I don't understand is why this beer is bottled but not distributed. (1,010 characters)

Photo of boatshoes
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stopped up in Cleveland for dinner and a drink. Had the opportunity to try two new beers, this one included, and was very excited.

Appearance- Comes off the type a bright golden translucent straw yellow. Some mild beading up the glass and the thinnest sheet of white head that immediately completely disappears.

Smell- Smells mildly of grass and hay, with just a touch of skunky hops. Not a whole lot going on but pleasant enough.

Taste- More of the same. Some nice grassiness, a little bit of cereal graininess, and some very mild skunky hops. Again, pleasant but not hitting anything out of the ballpark.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Mouthfeel is rather thin though okay for the style. Drinkability is pretty decent as well as this one is nice enough to go down easy.

Overall, I can't say that a whole lot was going on with this beer but it was a pretty good representation for the style. If this is your type of beer I could easily see this being sessionable. (963 characters)

Photo of capra12
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

reviewed solo served out of a short pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a white and coarse head 1/2 finger head, yellow and wheat in color, clear.

Smell: I get light grains and pilsner yeast.

Taste: This opens mild with light grains, the classic pilsner yeast profile. I get a citrus hop profile in the end along with the light grains leaving a tangy aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, moderate carbonation and one dimensional.

Drinkability: This is a one and done for me. I recommend this to those seeking a classic pilsner with mildly hoppy and citrus finish. (567 characters)

Photo of screamking
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Poured hard yields a golden yellow straw brew, with a thick white head. Once again a great looking GL beer. Slightly better than average pils smell, floral, sweet wheat notes too. Nice dose of sweetness on the front of the tongue. Turning to hop bitterness on the back of the tongue. Bitterness lasts much longer than sweetness.

Nice carbonation, light bodied, easy to drink, very drying in the finish. Overall, I must say I'm never let down when I buy a GL product, this one is no different. I got this at the great price of 9.99 a sixer. A really good session beer especially when the temps are rising. (644 characters)

Photo of microbrewlover
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a clear golden color with a two finger head which lasts for several minuets with lacing on the glass throughout and good carbonation.

The smell is of yeast, lemon, straw/wet hay and some pepper.

The taste is of yeast, some lemon, and some pepper. There is also a hint of sweet malts.

The mouthfeel is crisp and creamy; clean. Slightly biscuty as well with a hint of grittiness. Some pine can be tasted on the back end with the oil lingering on the tongue.

Overall this is pretty well balanced pils. The various flavors can all be tasted seperately and do not run together. Good for a session on a hot summer day. (633 characters)

Photo of Infamous7100
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear bright yellow gold with a half finger bright white head. No lacing.
S: notes of corn and biscuits right up front. This is supported by a slightly grassy/citrusy aroma. Not overwhelming and had to agitate to really pick up the scents.
T: the barley/malt hits hard at the front providing bready and biscuity flavors. Toward the midddle to back, the hops come through with a subtle citrus bitterness that does well to quell the sweetness.
M: light to medium body with medium carbonation. This brew is slick and creamy but closes with a refreshingly, dry bite. A hint of a bittersweet hang that has you begging for another sip.
O: pretty good take on a Czech pilsner. Perfect on a hot day or for sessioning with friends. A nicely balanced beer that you could use to introduce novice beer drinkers to. (821 characters)

Photo of Bockrules
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the bottle into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a slightly hazy straw with a few bubbles rising to the one-finger, white head. The head is reduced to a smattering of bubbles, that stays intact most of the way down the glass. Leaves behind a few wisps of lacing.

S - Pale malt and bit of grassiness upon opening the bottle. In the glass, rose notes become apparent and mingle with light fruitiness to give a white wine like nose.

T - Malty and lightly floral upfront. The body is driven by sweet malt notes, but fusel and grass notes are employed well in supporting rules to give the beer a complex character. Dry as the beer goes over the back of the tongue before a pleasant grassy rose finish.

M - On the heavier side of light bodied with lively carbonation that causes the beer to expand in the mouth. Suits the style well.

Glad I picked up this czech pilsner when I was in Ohio last summer. It seems to have weathered the past several months in storage and the trip back to New Mexico quite well as this is one of the better pilsners I've had. Although a little lacking in appearance, this beer pairs reasonably complex flavors with with a high level of drinkability. Although a bit steeply priced at $8.50 a six in Ohio, I could see myself getting this again. (1,278 characters)

Photo of DerekP
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I split a case of this stuff with a co-worker. Bottles show it's good til the first week of August, which is a little disappointing since my store just got this in this week (notes from 7/4/12). That being said, nothing at all is wrong with the age of this brew.

A yellow-gold look with tawny shades. Egg white head slims down while still staying appealing. 4/5

Smells yeasty (like yeast being prepped for bread dough with warm water & sugar). Grassy and lemony in the nose. Salt, light malts. 4/5

Sharp hops cut through to the taste buds real quick with a peppery flavor. Yeast, peppermint spice, earthy hops, burnt brown sugar, bread crust, ginger. Clean malts with the right amount of fermented spiciness. 4.5/5

The Wright Pils is carried by hops, but washes away without heavy and unwelcoming lingering qualities thanks to the sweet and spicy tango. 4/5

Great Lakes pulled this one off with the hops flavor. Great stuff.

Overall: 4.5/5 (949 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Bright and sunny yellow colored beer.
White head.
Delicate lacing left behind on the sides of my glass.
Good looking beer.

The aroma is mild. Grassy, some grains.
Ok smell.

Sweet at first, thin malts, some floral hop bitterness and finishes dry.

Mouthfeel is awesome. On the light side of medium. Crisp, refreshing.
Watery enough to be refreshing, but not too watery to be weak or bland.

Great Lakes always seems to have a slightly higher ABV than comparable beers of the same style.

Overall, A Great Pils.
Only downside is this beer is a little pricey, (559 characters)

Photo of TeamMathis
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, light yellowish gold.
Smell: Lemon, butter biscuits.
Taste: Can't place it. A very light citrusy bitterness: a smaller version of the smells.
Mouthfeel: Spritzy and very dry.

The smell I know. The taste I don't. The smell is enjoyable in its familiarity, and the taste is really a lighter version of it. It is quite dry. I probably wouldn't get it again. (374 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 fl. oz. bottle into a pilsner glass. For freshest taste, please enjoy by: 08/19/14.

Appearance: Pours a beautiful light yellow golden body with a solid white head. Nice carbonation - looks great!

Smell: Smell of grassy metallic hops. Very little malt sweetness. Somewhat grainy.

Taste: Malt is not as bready as I would expect in a Czech pilsner. Hops are more grassy and herbal than the balanced spiciness I expect from Saaz hops.

Mouthfeel: Very nice, light and refreshing.

Overall: I was expecting more from this one. Happy to get my hands on it either way (although I had to go across the border to DC). (628 characters)

Photo of dorianmarley
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is translucent gold with a thick white head and nice lacing.

Nose is a floral blend of corn and light hops.

Taste is mellow hops and dry corn with a dash of ruby red grapefruit. There is also a strong resemblance to cream soda.

Mouthfeel is creamy, smooth, and refreshing. Carbonation is medium mild with a slight hop bite. Could drink this all day.

Overall, this an extremely drinkable and refreshing Pilsner with a unique, heartland taste. (457 characters)

Photo of thegodfather1076
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Presentation: Nice looking bottle with eye-catching label graphics in the traditional GLBC style. Label gives a nice back story of the beer, ABV info, web info, a bit of brewery info, serving temp recommendation, freshness date(8/17/13). Neck label has GLBC logo and a nice description of the beer. 25th Anniversary Cap.

Appearance: An aggressive pour from this 12oz brown bottle into a 12oz stange glass led to a 3 finger white airy head atop a crystal clear golden yellow beer. Head retention was 4min 10sec before fading to a rocky coating and thin ring that left a nice lacing.

Smell/Aroma: Smells very floral with a grassy malt aroma. Also has hints of light white grape and a slight floral hop aroma.

Flavor/Taste: Tastes very malty on the front end with nice floral hints leading into a slightly floral bitter hop midpoint turning slightly sweet with a grassy back end that finishes floral and dry. Very good!

MouthFeel/Drinkability: Medium bodied and slightly dry with a crisp carbonation that makes this very refreshing and drinkable.

Overall/Comments: Another really solid brew by GLBC that was well done and well put together. I really enjoyed this beer and how refreshing and sessionable it was. June Seasonal Release. Classified as a Czech Pilsner @ 5.3%. Consumed 6/30/2013. (1,310 characters)

Photo of Alkey
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into my pils glass a light yellow with fluffy white head and lots of bubbles floating upward. Smells a bit earth like with grass and grain aromas. Taste is crisp, slightly thin at first then has a bit of a dry finish with some grassy hop flavors. Overall I find this pils to be super drinkable and a solid example of the style. (334 characters)

Photo of Caveworm
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co. , my 1st Czech pilsner. As a 4th generation Slovak, this is kind of a big moment for me. I am proud of my Bohemian heritage and chose to honor it with a brew crafted(no pun intended) in my home state. How fitting. Poured from the bottle into a glass, the Wright Pils has half finger head with loose, flowing lacing. Body is yellow with mild carbonation.

Smells floral,slightly citrusy(yes I know its not a real word). A faint welcome of grains as well. This just generates images of summer in my head!

The initial taste is, you guessed it, slightly floral and citursy. A slightly bitter aftertase with a dry finish. Just as promised. So THIS is what my great great great grandparents unwound with. This is about to be my go-to summer brew, above all.

Mouthfeel gets a high performance 4.25 . Dry, yes; entirely literal, no. I mean, this would make my worries melt away on a humid- as-all- fuck 85+ degree day in the Ohio summers. This brew makes me all the more proud of my ancestral heritage. You bet your bottom dollar I will buy this brew again. (1,111 characters)

Photo of mattbk
3.06/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A- Very very light beer. Completely clear. Not much head. It doesn't have much in the way of an interesting appearance. Still, not inappropriate for the style.

S- Hmm. This has an aroma of malt mixed with diacetyl. There may be some bitter Noble hops back here. I don't find the aroma appealing.

T- The taste is quite a bit better than the aroma. It's more crisp, sweet, and the hops are nice and flowery, soft Saaz hops. The sweetness is a little cloying, and there's not a ton of substance to the malt character. I don't taste any diacetyl. This is fairly enjoyable, not great or anything.

M- Light, but some feel to it. More than appropriate.

O- A confusing beer. The aroma is way off, the taste is pretty good. I'll enjoy this beer, but not sure I would buy more. I was expecting more from GL, who makes an excellent everything... almost. (847 characters)

Photo of fitrock2112
4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured The Wright Pils into a Belgian Tulip.

A - Pours a transparent golden color with two fingers of white head.

S - Getting a light citrus, faint hops, very light bread qualities. Some sourness in their as well.

T - Some more fresh baked bread flavor in there. Sour, almost skunkiness in there too. This fits in there pretty nicely. Light hop flavor to balance things out.

M - Smooth beer, a little heavier than expected for a Pils. Medium carbonation.

O - A decent Czech Pilsener, hits all the notes. Great Lakes again does a good job.
Recommended! Cheers! (565 characters)

Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
87 out of 100 based on 198 ratings.