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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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710 Ratings
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Ratings: 710
Reviews: 196
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 35
Gots: 74 | 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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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

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4.75/5  rDev +26.3%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of gatornation
3.84/5  rDev +2.1%
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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4.16/5  rDev +10.6%

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -13.6%

Photo of siege06nd
4.38/5  rDev +16.5%
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.

Photo of alleykatking
3.93/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Light straw/gold in color, with a moderate head of bright white foam.
Aroma-Pilsner malt, floral note
Taste-Biscuit, cracker,subtle floral hop note comes and hangs around to the finish. Very easy-drinking and refreshing. A fine summer offering.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +13%

Photo of bum732
3.16/5  rDev -16%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Some grassiness, touch of spicy hops

L: Straw yellow, crystal clear, creamy head that dissipates.

T: Spicy hoppiness with a light maltiness. Medium low herbal bitterness with a clean maltiness. Spiciness in the finish, clean.

M: Medium light body, medium carbonation

Not bad, malt character lacks a little, even for a bo pils.

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3.53/5  rDev -6.1%
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

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3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of nlmartin
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was served in a pint glass.

A- The body of the beer is a clear effervescent yellow. The head is white about a finger high but resolves into a ring of foam.

S- The beers aroma is a bit peppery and floral nice bread dough aromas.

T- The beer has a bready flavor that is combined with a lightly peppery and floral finish from the hops.

M- The body of the beer is crisp and light.

O- For me this has become my go to beer this summer. Hard to put down and hard to only have one. Nice job!

Photo of adamette
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Live review. Poured from one of the 6 12 oz. bottles that I bought at the brewery last Saturday for $9.89, the only place to buy this one in bottles, a "gift shop exclusive." Poured into (what else?) a Pilsener glass, in this case one from Second City in Chicago. "For freshest taste, please enjoy by 9/13/10" stamped on the lower right side of the label.

A Ultra clear sparkling body under a 1 cm head that hangs around for a minute before dissipating down to a single layer on the top of the body. Rather typical look for the style. 3.0

S Nice floral bouquet of smells of a classic pilsener. 3.0

T Well, they have nailed the style with the barley in the front, backed with some hops of a variety that I am not aware but shows up often in Great Lakes beers. Solid and better than average for the style. 3.5

M Nice and full with a softness that I do not always get with this style. There is also a bit of effervescence as the beer dances on the tongue. 4.0

D At least good as the style is often quite drinkable, a session beer. 4.0

Notes: A special treat to have this "giftshop exclusive" in bottles from Great Lakes. It was available on tap inside the brewery as well but I did not get the chance to enjoy it there. This is a solid American craft pilsener.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of bsp77
3.65/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Clear gold with moderate stark white head. Slight lacing.

Smell: Floral and spicy Saaz, semi-sweet apple, hay, more Saaz.

Taste: Fairly sweet apple malt core that is quite nice, with some layers of hay and straw on top. The Saaz is fairly apparent, especially on the finish, with floral and spicy notes. Unfortunately, there is a distracting cherry and borderline metallic aftertaste.

Feel: Moderately high carbonation, medium light body (fuller than many Pils). Would be a crisp, dry finish if the aftertaste wasn't a little sweet.

Overall: I hate to give such a "low" score to one of my favorite breweries, but that aftertaste messes up what should be a nice, refreshing beer. Also, I see very little reason to have this when GLBC offers up the much better Dortmunder Gold year round.

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4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of wvsabbath
3.88/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 710 ratings.