The Wright Pils
Great Lakes Brewing Co.

The Wright PilsThe Wright Pils
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Style:
Bohemian Pilsener
Ranked #51
ABV:
5.3%
Score:
85
Ranked #26,894
Avg:
3.78 | pDev: 11.38%
Reviews:
200
Ratings:
726
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Great Lakes Brewing Co.
 
Ohio, United States
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Reviews by Caveworm:
Photo of Caveworm
4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

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Photo of Jrp54
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

as near to perfect pilsner as ive had

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Photo of timfelix
4.75/5  rDev +25.7%

A GREAT beer. A crisp, full flavored pilsner, that is one of the best beers ever (if you are a german pilsner fan). I'd rate it higher except maybe some day there will be another beer better. I had this in a bottle several years ago and did not like it. Had it recently on tap and it was wonderful, so I picked up a six pack to try it in the bottle. Just as good!
The moral of this story is to try a beer more than once- that first bottle may have been really old- or my taste buds off.
I can't account for other reviews that are not stellar; other than to think that those reviewers do not like pilsners. After almost 50 years of beer drinking, I think I can say that the current trend of overly hopped ales will pass, and good pilsners (which is harder to make- you can't cover things up with more hops) will become more appreciated.

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Photo of matjack85
4.52/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Bloomingdale, IL as part of a build-your-own 6 pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz brown bottle $1.67. As always, Great Lakes puts a best before date on the back label.

The beer poured a clear, light, golden color and produced a long lasting 2-finger white head. Even after the head faded, it left a thin rim of white foam on top. It didn't produce much lacing however, just a light sprinkling of small spots.

Nice flowery bouquet with some pale malt sweetness and a touch of yeast.

This is a well balanced and well made beer. The main flavor comes from sweet bready nalt and yeast with a delicate bitterness and spiciness from the noble hops. Despite the sweetness in the mouth it finishes clean and dry.

Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

This is one delicious Czech style pilsener.





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Photo of Slatetank
3.9/5  rDev +3.2%

I enjoyed this chilled in a cervoise from the 12oz. brown bottle

The color is golden with resplendent clarity and thick 2 finger white head with fined bead with lace that sticks well. There is a must mineral aroma with light sweet malt accent and slight herbal hop ester with the yeast ester dominating. The feel is very smooth with moderate carbonation and moderately spicy texture with bitterness in appropriate level with mild sweetness in the finish with mild alcohol and spiced dry finish.

The taste is pretty decent with spiciness of the Czech hops with light herbal taste and gentle malt backing up the hops with slight toastiness - the yeast is the core of the taste with european influence which is heavy on the mineral with a bit of musty and dry flavor and light grassy herbal hops surround the malt with bitter flavor yet more spicy almost peppery in taste indicating saaz to me which fits the style. Not as mellow as a German pils, but in general a nice interpretation of the style and a very drinkable hoppy lager

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +6.3%

Pours a hazy, straw color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of strong pale malt, slight sweet malt, hint of hop, and a hint of yeast. Fits the style of a Czech Pilsner. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of strong pale malt, sweet malt, hops, and slight yeast. Overall, good appearance, simple but good aroma, good feel and body as well.

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant straw under a persistent 2” bone white foam collar that clings to the side of the glass
S: Hop spice, very light grains, no butter or sulfur aromas.
T: Dry, light grainy malt, hints of graham cracker, no fruit,
F: Very creamy, refreshing, clean and crisp, medium light body, medium to medium high carbonation.
O: A flavorful, refreshing, well done Czech Pilsner.

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Photo of Bone53
3.93/5  rDev +4%
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!

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Photo of KFBR392
4.32/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours with a finger of head which settled in slightly but was very present while drinking. The color is a golden straw yellow color with great transparency. Active carbonation is bright, probably a touch above average for the style.

Smell: Crisp clean hops pop right away. Those hops are complimented by a buttery, creamy malt profile. A second layer of hops bringing more freshly cut grass and straw show up on the body. The yeast profile is clean yet surprisingly complex.

Taste: Great tropical fruit hop profile blasts on to the scene. Those hops draw out to more of a grassy profile on the body with a malt profile filled with buttery and full bodied biscuits. Clean malts and yeast on the back end really allow the hops to shine.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, with tons of hops that leave a semi-dryness on the palate. Carbonation is spot on.

Overall: A truly outstanding czech pils from an American brewery. The hops really shine here but a creamy malt profile and crisp yeast notes are so well done. This is a great pils that is a no brainer as a summer seasonal.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

"The Wright brothers' first flight was shorter than a Boeing 747's wing span."

--interesting fact

Brilliant golden honey with borders of lemon yellow and diamond-like clarity. A wonderful looking crown of piano key ivory occupies the upper third of the glass, hangs around forever, and leaves a fair amount of clingy lace when it eventually fades.

The nose is incredibly fresh and bright, despite the fact that the 'best by' date is 7-26-10. The beer smells grassy, musky and lemony, exactly like noble hops should. That might not sound like much, but believe me, it's incredibly aromatic and is absolutely classic for the Czech Pilsner style.

Great Lakes is not one of my favorite breweries for nothing. These guys do almost every one of the classically German styles right. Righter than right. First impression: it tastes and feels like every one of the original 40 IBUs is still alive and kicking.

The simple (which is as it should be) flavor profile consists of crackery pils malt on the bottom end and a still somewhat buzzsaw-like rush of noble hop bitterness on the top end. Lemon zest plays second fiddle to a pilsner symphony of grassy, musky and even spicy.

The mouthfeel is rock solid too. That's no surprise, since GLBC is one of the best in that department. It's more full than most and has the tingly, lightly stinging carbonation that goes well with lower-ABV, hop-focused beer.

If Great Lakes is looking for a new summer seasonal, they need look no further than The Wright Pils. This should be the blueprint for any U.S. craft brewer who wants to compete with the best that Germany and The Czech Republic have to offer. Thanks to my brother for giving up his only bottle so that I could do a review.

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Photo of fullmoonbeer
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.04/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

It's kind of soapy and slick, without the crispness that I expect from a well made pilsner. Great Lakes is usually more talented at traditional styles, so it surprises me that this beer is kind of weak and uninspiring.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.42/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.6/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from CJ's Potsdam NY for 2$

Appearance – Clear yellow/amber colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is a solid amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 3-4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains/wheat, lemon, hops, honey

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste grains/bread mixed with lemon, hops, and a grassiness. There is also a caramel sweetness and corn syrup sweetness. It ends with a slightly bittersweet aftertaste.

Overall – A good beer, but I was expecting more of a noble hop presence. Still very drinkable and worth trying, just a little boring.

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Photo of johnklotter
3/5  rDev -20.6%

Photo of dgherm
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Samp01
3.68/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear pale golden with a medium white head. Aroma and taste is sweet fruity notes, yeast, grains, some malt. Palate is a light to medium body, crisp clean refreshing mouth feel. The finish is sweet malt, fruity mild citrus, yeast and bread with a mild hops on the end for balance. This is good refreshing mild brew for a hot summer day.

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Photo of erialbill
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of KingBiscuit
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.58/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a straw yellow with a white bubbly head that quickly dissipates with a slight patch of island in the middle that holds on.

Smells of sweet malt and floral hops. Some subtle bread and caramel notes.

Clean and refreshing upfront with a bitter hop punch in the back heightened by good carbonation. Chewy malt bread qualities come out towards the end along with an herb bitterness that all but hides the subtle sweet caramel notes. Finishes dry.

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Photo of krh
3.75/5  rDev -0.8%

Photo of Stigs
3.33/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle from the brewery, served in a tall GLBC pilsen glass

A - pours with about half an inch of loose, fluffy bright white foam. the beer is incredibly clear, pale gold in color. thin and wet lacing is left behind after every sip.

S - a small amount of roasted corn and veggies, grains, lemon rind, and grass. lightly sweet biscuity malts underneath.

T - begins a bit sweet, with dominating sweet biscuity malts. grainy through the end, with hints of buttered corn and diacetyl. very mild, grassy hops add a touch of bitterness through the finish.

M - light body, with moderate carbonation yet takes on a slightly syrupy quality as well. crisp and oily finish with lingering graininess.

D - eh. veggies and corn is strong here, also a bit sweet which mostly hides a pleasantly subtle hop bite. refreshing and thirst quenching, though not too appealing on the palate.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.57/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a crystal clear golden color with a one finger white head and tons of little carbonation bubbles streaming up through the brew. The head has a decent retention fading over about a 3 min time period to leave a lighter level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a bready and grainy smell mixed with some lighter hop smells. The hop are mainly of a grassy and herbal smell, which overall when mixed with a light fruity smell produce a nice crisp aroma overall.

Taste – The taste begins with a bready and malty flavor with a lighter fruit taste of lemon and apple. As the taste advances, hop flavors and a bit more fruit come to the tongue. The fruit are largely of the same nature that they were upfront, with the lemon getting stronger in flavor. The hop flavors that come to the tongue more toward the middle are of a grassy and earthy nature. These grow stronger to the end, combining with the malty and lightly fruity tastes to leave a crisper and slightly more bitter hopped flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to slightly above average. The slightly higher carbonation and slightly thinner body are rather nice for producing a crisp tasting beer and match well the combination of hop, sweet and malty flavors.

Overall – A rather nice crisp and easy drinking yet nicely hopped pilsner.

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Photo of Richie24CLE
3.5/5  rDev -7.4%

Photo of JAramini
4.18/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed at the Cleveland airport brewpub when a flight home from Thanksgiving was delayed.

Pilsener is certainly not my favorite style but this one was impeccably executed.

Abridge golden yellow with a touch of lacing left behind on the glass.

Smooth, a touch sweet, floral, and a tiny bitter bite on the finish. This offering needs to find wider distribution. I live in a market that gets all of the GL bottled offerings but haven't seen this one before. I'd low to be able to get this in bottles. It would be the perfect gateway baby step for a BMC drinker looking to get into craft whole providing enough interest to appeal to a seasoned beer geek.

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The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 85 out of 100 with 726 ratings