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Great Lakes The Wright Pils - Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
85
very good

571 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 571
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 32
Gots: 35 | 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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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

10-22-2013 19:52:08 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

4.54/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I am holding off on CANtinuing The CANQuest (TM) until the site editors get caught up on approving beer pics. I have a nice backlog, but I do not want to Crack them open and then have the photo be disapproved. Nuff said.

From the bottle: "A Handcrafted Pilsner"; "The momentous first fixed-wing flight in 1903 by a pair of brothers from Ohio is the inspiration behind The Wright Pils - a crisp golden pilsner loaded with noble hop flavors for your enjoyment. Happy travels!"; "Based on the original formula from the city of Pilsen in Bohemia, this classic pilsner style beer has a flowery bouquet and elegantly dry finish. Named for the brothers Wright who invented and built the world's first successful controlled airplane, this true pilsner, like these local heroes, has all the Wright (right!) stuff."; "In keeping with the Bavarian Purity Law of 1516, this beer is traditionally brewed from all natural ingredients: barley, hops, yeast and water. No chemicals or preservatives are used."

My aggro pour netted me two big foamy fingers of fluffy, bone-white head with good retention. Color was a sunshine-yellow with NE-quality clarity. SRM = 3 to 4. Nose was redolent with fresh mown grass and fresh cut hay. it must be towards the end of summer! Mouthfeel was not just soft, but also viscous and it sat on my tongue like a dollop of Saaz hops pudding. More please, Mom-Za! It tasted like somebody just emptied the lawnmower bag into the kettle and walked away. I am a huge fan of Czech-style pilsners, especially in comparison to their German-style counterparts and this was one of the best yet. Finish was dry and refreshing, perfect on a hot, humid late-August day.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2013 23:38:24 | More by woodychandler
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a crystal clear light to medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of visible carbonation and a slight amount of golden yellow highlights. The beer had a two finger tall dense off-white head that slowly reduces to quarter finger tall thick layer covering the entire surface of the beer evenly. Very significant amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of bready malts with lighter notes of grassy and floral hops.

T: Moderate to strong flavors of bready malts with some lighter flavors of grassy and floral hops. There is a moderate bitterness in the finish which lingers.

M: On the lighter side of medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

O: This is a very easy to drink beer and a good representation of the style - enjoyable flavors but a little too strong to be a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2012 01:32:55 | More by dbrauneis
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DrunkinYogi

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

06-18-2013 15:48:51 | More by DrunkinYogi
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to kbutler1 for sharing this one.

Pours a 1/2 finger of white head. Color is a clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Lemongrass, some grassy hops, pale malts Pretty nice aroma for a pils.

Taste: Has some wheat flavors which I find odd. Light lemon flavors again. Grassy hops. A very interesting pils with the fruit citrus flavors. It also has an odd peanut flavor in the background.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, smooth, refreshing. Light bodied with a medium amount of carbonation. Ends dry and hoppy.

Overall, a very solid pils. One of the better pils I have had. Very drinkable and well to the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-22-2010 00:54:29 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Clear gold with very slight lacing.

Smell: Very faint hops that's about it.

Taste: Clean and astringent.

Mouthfeel: Smooth and satisfying.

Overall: Very good summer beer I hope to be able to try this one on tap. I think Harris Grill is serving it tomorrow night I am going to try and be there.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2012 03:08:38 | More by ejimhof
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BARFLYB

Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A bottle into a pint glass. Been waiting to try this one, but still have yet to see Rye Of The Tiger.

The Wright Pilsner glides into the glass with a yellowish golden look in color and nothing in terms of bubbles. I poured this hard and only managed some bubbles around the side of the glass that die off, no lace. Smell is pretty bright with fresh German style hops, Noble I presume. Some perfume and some pale malt, standard pilsner scents, but bold and pungent. Taste is off the charts with bold pilsner vibes, noble hops, some grass, slight florals and some pale malt in the end keeping things in check. Very crisp on the mouth, while the look suggests no carbonation, the feel is far from dead. Light bodied refreshing and goes down easy. I knew this would be a hit, Great Lakes always does German beer wright.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2012 03:59:28 | More by BARFLYB
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brandoman63

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

01-18-2013 02:50:46 | More by brandoman63
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superspak

Michigan

4.1/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into pilsener glass, best by 8/29/2012. Pours a fairly crystal clear golden straw color with a nice 1-2 finger dense white head with very good retention; that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Some good spotty lacing clings to the glass, with a good amount of carbonation streaming up. Aromas of lemon, apple, herbal, grass, bread, floral, and light pepper. Very nice and pleasant aromas with good balance. Taste of lemon, biscuit, pear, floral, pepper, bready grain, and herbal spiciness. Light spicy bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of lemon, pear, bread, floral, pepper, and herbal spiciness on the finish for a bit. Very nice balance of flavors with a good amount of flavor as well. Medium carbonation and body; with a very nice crisp and clean mouthfeel.. Alcohol is well hidden with almost no warming noticed at all. Overall this is an excellent pilsner. Good flavor robustness and balance; and extremely easy to drink. Highly enjoyable and spot on to style.

Serving type: bottle

07-16-2012 03:58:51 | More by superspak
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smakawhat

Maryland

4.75/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from the bottle into a pilsner style glass.

What an absolutely sexy monster of a beer in appearance. Lemon and fourteen carat gold, brass and shiny. Body loads with lots of rising pinhead bubbles, and crystal clear. Head is totally uniform, pinhead all throughout. Great white sticky head and everything, it looks like the perfect pilsner.

It's a total bakery in the nose. Fantastic white bread, and big rolls of dough and toast. Light slight floral hop action, mild grass, with not so much sense of crisp, got some great density and thickness it seems of the malt.

What a great wonderfuly balanced brew. A great hop floral and grass action mixing with a perfect balance of sweet malt. Finishes bready, rolling with some crisp carbonation. Carbonation interestingly hits in the pit of the stomach. Mouthfeel is slightly crisp but oh so creamy, almost creating a thick German pilsner body it seems. Honey, dry clove, tastes all balance and get a turn.

I love this brewery and just how they make simple good honest beer. This beer is wonderful.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 22:40:23 | More by smakawhat
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - pale, translucent yellowish-gold with a thin layer of loose, bubbly, white head that fades quickly

S - a bit warm and grainy

T - warm, a bit grainy, faintly grassy

M - light to medium bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a disappointing offering from a solid brewery. It's grainy and warm which is something I would expect from an adjunct offering. There are many better selections for this style.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 22:43:15 | More by tdm168
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zestar

California

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

05-10-2014 07:51:34 | More by zestar
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.43/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Crisp Golden pilsner with a nice bouquet of Czech hop aroma. 5.1% ABV, 40 IBU. Crystal clear golden color, standard pilsner appearance. The aroma is very well crafted and hoppy, spicy saaz. Same with the taste, grassy style hops, a little hops bitterness in the aftertaste, excellent as a summer beer. Not sure why the six packs are a pub exclusive. I'd guess it would sell well in distribution.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2010 01:50:52 | More by TurdFurgison
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billab914

Virginia

3.78/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Southern Tier glass. It appeared bright golden in color with a thin white head barely covering the top. Pretty decent lacing as I drank it.

The aroma has a nice mix of grainy, toasted malts and crisp, slightly sweet lighter fruits. Nice balance and clean flavors. Pretty good for the style.

I get a good amount of the grainy and toasty malts in the taste as well. I get some of the crisp light fruits, but they aren't as sweet as they were in the aroma. Clean, balanced finish.

The mouthfeel is light with carbonation being about average for the style. Overall it was a pretty solid version of the style. It's light, refreshing, easy drinking and well balanced. Nice beer for a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2012 19:50:16 | More by billab914
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xnicknj

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -7.2%

07-07-2012 18:02:05 | More by xnicknj
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4/5  rDev +6.1%

07-21-2013 00:10:38 | More by scruffwhor
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BeerFMAndy

Wisconsin

3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
5.3% ABV, Best Served at 45°F, Enjoy by 08/29/12

A - Shimmering pale straw yellow in color, The Wright Pils has brilliant clarity and very little carbonation streaming upwards. The head stays aloft though, slowly gliding lower while leaving vapor trails of foam in it's wake.

S - The Wright Pils has an unmistakable Czech pils aroma from the get-go, pushing off with a soft water scent that's captivating and revolving, tying the hops and malts together wonderfully. Floral and spicy noble attributes overlap the smooth pilsner malt which adds a pinch of graininess along with balancing sweetness.

T - Not quite as adventurous as the aroma, The Wright Pils' flavor plays it safe and climbs from the hard deck. Hoppy lemon citrus peeks out, all but abandoning the noble-imparted floral and spicy attributes the nose offers, in turn letting malt take over. Biscuity, bready sweetness becomes the dominant attribute of the flavor.

M - Opening with a soft, smooth sweetness and moderate carbonation level to even things out, The Wright Pils has a lingering sweetness not-so-akin to the crisp lager and moderately bitter finish of usual Czech pilsners. Good, but running off the landing strip a bit.

O - The Wright Pils is a damn fine beer over all, but when it comes to a Czech pilsner, this one is flying a different pattern. It's got the nose of a classic Czech, but it just doesn't follow through with moderately bold noble hops and the soft floral, spice, and bitterness they impart. Quite refreshing and drinkable regardless.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2012 02:36:07 | More by BeerFMAndy
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev -0.5%

01-10-2013 05:49:07 | More by tobelerone
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

4.05/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

From 12oz bottle to Due South pint glass on 6/23/12
*From notes

A: Clean lemon skin to pale golden in hue. A generous pour yields a bone white 2.25 head that lingers. Proper lacing and collar follow.

S: Bready citrus and cereal. Like the best bowl of cheerios, garnished with a fresh lemon wedge.

T: Slightly off-dry up front, with a pleasant malt backbone to it. The hops are more of
an herbaceous sidekick. It dries out on the mid to finish, and it ends with a citric biscuitiness. Really pleasant and tasty.

M: The feel is really top notch. It's crisp yet dense, complex yet bubbly. I could put more then a few of these back in a sitting.

O: A very good beer. When compared to Great Lakes reigning lager king, their Dortmunder Gold, it falters a bit. But on it's own, this is top notch American brewed, Czech-style Pilsner. Yet again, Great Lakes flexes their lagering muscles. One I had at the brewery in January and loved - I'm stoked to finally have plenty of this chilling in my fridge. Big thumbs up.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2012 02:01:28 | More by Rhettroactive
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OWSLEY069

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean deep yellow color with a white head. In the aroma, somewhat malty and a small hop presence. In the taste, a small hop, but again malty for a pils. A small hop bite and a medium to lighter bodied mouthfeel, with a small dry saaz hop in the aftertaste. Fresh and malty, nice presence of hops, enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

08-23-2012 16:13:20 | More by OWSLEY069
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ShanePB

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -20.4%

07-09-2013 17:41:01 | More by ShanePB
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours as expected for a pils. Light bright yellow with a full half inch of sticky white head.

S - Smell is excellent with dank balanced hops, pilsner malts, and a touch of sweet grains.

T - Quite a good beer, it's light on the palate but has a great hop profile that caries to the finish yet the sweet malts keep it in check. Yeast is fruity and balanced with only a mild dry hoppy finish.

M - Light bodied, full of flavor and easy to drink.

Overall if I am in the market for a Pils I will buy this again. Great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2012 04:57:50 | More by DrDemento456
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bluejacket74

Ohio

4/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, surprisingly there wasn't a best by date printed on the label of any of the bottles in the 6 pack I just bought. But since this just came out in bottles recently, I can't imagine it's very old at all. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention is good, and there's a decent amount of lacing. Aroma is grainy malt, along with some grassy and spicy hops. Taste is pretty much just like the aroma, but there's also some slight floral hops noticeable too. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and refreshing and very easy to drink. I think this is a good overall brew, at just $8.99 a 6 pack I'd certainly buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2012 23:34:48 | More by bluejacket74
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DefenCorps

Oregon

3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle, best by 19 August 2012. With a best by dating of 3 months, that makes this about a month old. I've long wanted this, and despite TurdFurgison's generosity, I never got to try this before.

Beautiful straw yellow with a brilliant clarity, a dense, white head with excellent retention and nice lacing, this looks great. As an aside, this beer makes me wish I had my Trumer Pils glass handy. The nose is great. It is soft, doughy, lightly bready with a delicate hop profile. There is a touch of sulfur, though. The hop profile is exquisite in its subtlety. I am informed it's a blend of US Hallertau and Czech Saaz, and it shows. Earthy, a little dusty, not particularly lemony, this is pretty nice.

The palate opens very nicely, with a soft, doughy malt character. There really isn't much of a pilsner malt flavor (or aroma) here. Again, I do get a mild sulfur note, coupled with a mineral character that seems strange, both for the style and the flavor profile. It almost tastes like there's some sulfate in here. But back to the beer - it does have a very nice hop character, earthy and mildly lemony in quite a nice balance. Drying, lightly bitter with an excellent hop flavor on the finish, this beer is quite nice on the palate with a light body and moderate carbonation. Enjoyable, eminently drinkable, but given that I consider Great Lakes to be among the top lager brewers in the country (alongside New Glarus), this beer is a little disappointing. Still, I have no regrets grabbing a six pack of this.

**Edit** Two days later, I'm definitely not getting any of that mineral character, and I think this is a better beer than my original score suggests. Upping T by 0.5.

**Edit** Two months later, there isn't any sulfur, and there is a low level of diacetyl that lends a mild fruitiness. This beer is better, upping my overall score to 4.0

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2012 01:31:18 | More by DefenCorps
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

4.25/5  rDev +12.7%

06-10-2013 01:36:25 | More by Hopheadjeffery
Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 571 ratings.