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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Great Lakes Brewing Co.
Ohio, United States | website

Style: Czech Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.30%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-16-2009

BEER STATS
Reviews:
197
Ratings:
722
Avg:
3.85
pDev:
21.56%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
90
For Trade:
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Photo of nicnut45
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into the crazy looking Sam Adams glass with a freshness date of 9/17/12.

Pours a pale yellow almost macro lager like. Very clear, a nice fluffy lager head. simmers down to almost nothing.
Strong hay like fragrance in the nose, very nice. Smell is super clean lots of floral subtleties going on.
Clean crisp taste. A nice pure bitterness, (does not taste like hop extract). Not a very hop forward pilz, but perfectly balanced with the malt.
Overall This is a very good pilz. Perhaps a bit on the maltier side compared to its German counterparts. I like the freshness dates Great Lakes is using so you know you are getting something thats not ancient. Unlike some overseas pilz that come in green bottles with no freshness dates at all.

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Photo of buschbeer
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle

A - Served in pilsner glass. Pale yellow, effervescent body. Three inches of creamy, white head.

S - Grassy, lemon, and biscuit. Very refreshing.

T - Biscuit. I swear I'm getting some lime in there and finishes with just the slightest bitter metallic taste.

M - Thin and crisp.

D - I preferred this on tap, as I do most beers. But it is still the most enjoyable beer that I have had in this style. Very refreshing.

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Photo of rangerred
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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,

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Photo of Caveworm
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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 Rhettroactive
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of dorianmarley
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of hosehead83
4.05/5  rDev +5.2%
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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Photo of utopiajane
4.04/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours vibrant and with sparkling clarity. Bubbles floating up nonchalantly. A great head of pillowy white foam that was loathe to fall and really wanted to stay all day. Left a few rings but they faded down to a filmy cap. Nose is scrumptious. Sweet yeast. Hay, grass, little lemon over the top and floral. There's bread in there but it's feather light and a faint malt sweetness. Taste is the definition of smooth. Pilsner malt & sweet cracker greets the palate. Then as if not to be outdone the hops rush in with some lemon and a flourishing but delicate hop bitter. Spice is in back, casual and little prickly . Mouthfeel is like silk but with a little tickle form the carbonation and the spice. It's full but airy and the bread is always forthcoming.

This is a satisfying and robust pilsner that's also gentle and abundant. It's expansive and the aftertaste lingers almost dry with the cracker and sweetness left on the tongue as the bitter echos at the back of the throat. It's practically weightless and crisp. Great Lakes has done it again with a robust pilsener that you can easily drink all day.

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Photo of yourefragile
4.03/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, best before 9/9/12.

Pours a clear straw golden color with a retentive fluffy white pillowy head and ample clumps of lace. Miley sweet aroma of bread malt, noble hops, grass and lemon. Grainy and biscuit flavor gives way to a light lemon and earth dryness and a mild floral hop bitterness in the finish. Light diacetyl mid palate adds a pleasant smoothness to the well carbonated, soft medium body. Nothing too bold but no complaints, another lovely lager from GLBC.

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Photo of Tone
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%

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 BARFLYB
4.02/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great Lakes the wright pils. Served on tap in Easton PA in a Troegs shaker pint glass.

Clear golden color head of white foam. Pils nose. Standard beer scent. Clean crisp taste. Rock solid all around. Smooth with lemon close. Full body and flavor. Great beer. Really liked this pils. 4 350 425 425 4

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Photo of Mora2000
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is pilsener malt with a lot of grassy hops. The flavor is grassy hops and lighter malts with some low bitterness. The beer is very drinkable. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made pilsener.

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Photo of augustgarage
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a small mug. Best before 12/9/2012.

Very pale electric yellow body is capped by a thin ghost white layer of suds. Average lacing and decent retention.

Graham crackers, yeast-heavy bread, and wildflowers in the nose.

Sweet but snappy palate entry with a lasting peppery hop bitterness to offset the malt. Distinctive (Pils?) notes are flavorful but very clean. Finishes with a touch minerality and stickiness. Well balanced though I imagine there being some debate about this being a German vs a Bohemian Pils...

Light-bodied, crisp, well carbonated...

Great Lakes clearly knows how to brew a lager - this being another excellent rendition of its style...very clean and refreshing beer with no lack of flavor.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of Brent
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Solid all around. Hops profile seemed more German-influenced than Czech, but, when it comes to lagers in this part of the spectrum, I can't claim to have the greatest ability for discernment. Clean start, with lively carbonation. A touch of grain toward the middle, with a restrained slightly herbal hoppyness to the finish.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of ferrari29
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer poured from bottle into a Pilsener Glass

A - Nice straw-hay colored body; pours with a very small amount of head (white); moderate amount of carbonation; good amount of lacing

S - Straw aroma; nice lager (airy) scents; malted barley; touch of spice

T - Mild malted barley flavor; very good hop taste; bitter

M - Mild bitter hop aftertaste (lingers for a bit); effervescent

D - Easy drink; could have quite a few of these during the summer; fantastic pilsener taste

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Photo of ZAP
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-Yellow color....nice lacing on glass.

S-Pilsner malts..grainy...floral hop notes

T-The aroma leans maltier than the flavor...oh the malt is just fine but there is a more pronounced hop impression on the taste...dryish....grassy....

M-Tight body....crisp...easy drinking....dry finish.

O-No surprise here....another top notch lager from GL...not as hop forward as Prima Pils or Noble Pils but a nice drinker and a rock solid Pils

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Photo of falloutsnow
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From: Binny's in Schaumburg, IL
Date: Best by 9/9/2012
Glass: Standard US pint glass

Great Lakes makes an enjoyable pilsener here, rife with European hop and pale, bready malt flavors. Bitterly refreshing and crisp, this is one that warrants returning to for the summer months.

Pours a 2cm head of white foam that's composed of small bubbles and appears densely packed into a thick mass. Retention is about average, the head dissipating in a minute or two to a thin cap atop the body with a thicker ring around the glass. Lacing is minimal, but present, a few squiggles and lines along the sides of the glass. Body is a yellow-gold color, transparent, with visibly active and plentiful carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Light transforms the yellow to a paler shade.

Aroma is floral, herbal, white bread dough-y, and with very slight graininess and faint butter.

Overall, the flavor is balanced between bready, sweet malts and bitter, herbal European hops. Not as bitter as the Weihenstephan pilsner I recently had, or as robust, but still quite good. Tasting opens with floral, herbal hops and light, sweet malts. Mid-palate is spicy, slightly of black peppercorns with bready malts and herbal hops, and surprising vinous aspects as well. Back of palate has a flash of spicy, bitter hops alongside sweet bread-like malts. Aftertaste is bread-like and tempered with lingering noble hop bitterness across the palate.

Beer is medium to medium-light in body, with mid-level carbonation that foams the beer slightly across the palate. Closes dryly, with long-lingering noble hop bitterness.

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Photo of allengarvin
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours out a very light straw-gold color with an initial half-inch head. Nice flowery hop aroma, quite big. Definitely on the hoppy end of the style, the taste greets you with a high bitterness, and lots of noble hop flavor. Really, this feels more like a German than Czech pils. Malt is light, as is the body, with a very dry finish. This is a good quaffing pils. Very nice.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours an outstandingly vibrant looking straw yellow. There is no haze or sediment. A half inch a pure white head crowns the beer and loosely laces down the sides while drinking. There is ample, visible carbonation as well. The nose is slightly bitter and grainy. There are no distinguishable fruit/pine notes to the beer's hops, relatively nondistinct. With a vigorous swirl there is a slight cheesy butteriness and tomato that competes with the malt's sweetness. The taste is all pilsner with a crisp, light hoppiness followed by a semi-dry, lingering sweetness. Flavorful and drinkable summer beer, but the mouthfeel is a little off. A little more citrus/lemon in the back end would really make this beer something special for me. Overall this is a great bar beer... something you could drink a few of.

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Photo of atr2605
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a clear pale straw color with a white susdy head that fades fairly quick
S-lemon, grassy
T-grasst and piney bitterness that finishes clean and leaves the lemon flavor on the palate
M-light bodied
O-light, crisp, and clean. Great representation of the style

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Great Lakes The Wright Pils from Great Lakes Brewing Co.
86 out of 100 based on 197 ratings.
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