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Great Lakes The Wright Pils | Great Lakes Brewing Co.

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Great Lakes The Wright PilsGreat Lakes The Wright Pils

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

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

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Reviews: 197 | Ratings: 722
Photo of nrbw23
3.69/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Pours a crystal clear gold color with a thin white head. Head leaves some spotty lacing down the glass. Mine was also served in a flute.

S- Not a whole lot going on here a touch of malts, floral hops and a bit of spice.

T- A lot like the nose with a bit more hops than I expected. Its good just not a whole lot going on.

M- Very clean and crisp. Everything seems about right on.

D- Very easy to drink and a good example of the style.

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Photo of stewart124
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass this is straw yellow with little to no head.

Strong smells of straw and bread come through with a floral note.

Taste has plenty of malt character and a trace of sweetness to go with a big noble bite of hops. Spicy notes and a pils malt really bring this around to reflect the style. Possibly some DMS traces but really a good Czech pils.

Easy to drink with a good amount of carbonation and background bitterness. Dry finish with just a touch of grape character left on the tongue.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.7/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light gold in color with some grainy surface foam.

Light, almost milky, aroma. Kiss of German hops and a slap of citrus.

Clean and refreshing without that rigid bitterness that I love in a true pils. Herbal hoppy character. Finishes a little tangy.

Thinner body but a rip-roaring carbonation. Lotta spritz in the bite.

A pretty average pilsner. Nothing too distinct about it. Enjoyed my pour.

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Photo of Brenden
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

It looks good off the tap, a fluffy and bright white head rising to one finger in height with good retention to top a bright golden yellow with a slight haze but lots of brightness. Clumpy lacing sticks in plenty.
Lots of dryness starts the nose off, with some grains under biscuit and bread with a crusty sort of thing and a bit of husky dryness to boot before some sweeter notes come in, making the effect that of honey-drizzled biscuits; it's not just regular biscuits, it's more like the dryer, New England-style biscuits. Hops are leafy with an herbal touch, there's a hint of lemon zest, and a whiff of diacetyl seems to linger a little.
It's more robust and less traditional, with zest and spiciness to go along with floral, grassy and herbal hops bitterness while the sweetness counters. Fruits and yeast are stronger here, and it has only a ghost of the buttery diacetyl to it.
While I like the body of this beer, the traditional lightness serves the style well. This is a little more robust, though it has the crispness and it is clean.

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Photo of stella77artois
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

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Photo of jbaker67
3.71/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle: pours a clear pale golden with a stringy-lacing white head. Has a lightly sweet and slightly grainy malty nose with some spicy noble hops. Starts with a mild pale malty sweetness with assertive earthy and peppery noble hop flavor and bitter balance before a drier clean finish. True to style and very drinkable.

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Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.72/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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Photo of Jesse13713
3.73/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a snifter

A- pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a small foamy white head that retains nicely, eventually settling to a small layer on top

S- spicy floral hop with a clean toasted malt aroma, slightly herbal

T- clean, slightly toasty malt underlies a subtle floral hop bitterness with a hint of spice, ends with some earthy notes

M- medium-light body with medium spritzy carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a smooth and crisp dry finish, very drinkable

O- simple but well crafted, showcases the noble hops

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Photo of homebrew311
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance is pale gold with white head that retains nicely and leaves a thick layer of lacing. Nose is full of fresh Czech hops which provide a grassy green aroma. This is paired with sturdy cereal grains, stone wheat, and a slight hint of caramel. Taste is rather bitter with bready grain all over. The finish is dry and bitter earthy flavors. Mouthfeel is crisp, light, and well carbonated. Overall, this is another well crafted lager from Great Lakes with a firm hop presence.

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Photo of Stevedore
3.74/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Bluephies in Madison, Wisconsin. Served in a shaker pint 10/28/2014.

A- Clear golden-yellow body that is on the slightly darker side of the yellow spectrum. Half finger white head that dissipates quickly. No lacing. [3.5]

S- Crisp earthy, grassy hops along with a crackery biscuit malt sweetness, a bit of yeasty mineral flavours. Not complicated, but it comes together quite well. [3.75]

F- Biscuits, lightly toasted malt, minerals, grassy hops; clean sweet malt flavour finished off by a mild earthy bitterness. [3.75]

M- Crisp, on the thinner side but about right for the style. Nice and dry, refreshing finish that is a lingering earthy bitterness. Very easy to drink if it is a warm night. [3.75]

O- Very solid czech pils. On the earthy-slightly skunked side, nice mouthfeel and refreshing; about what I expected from GLBC. [3.75]

Final score: 3.74

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Photo of Beejay
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Thanks Richard and Alanna

A: Light amber in color, with a large white head on the top. Fairly clear.

S: Grainy with light herbal notes. Slightly fruity.

T: Light, with floral and herbal notes. Fairly clean, with a slight hop flavor in the finish.

M: plenty of carbonation, fairly light in body, with a bit of a bitter cling in the end.

O: Overall pretty enjoyable. Clean, crisp, refreshing and enjoyable. Not the greatest pils in the world, but pretty darn good.

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Photo of maximum12
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to sproser for dropping this in as an extra in a beautiful swap of worthy brews. Popped open while stirring up a batch of pasta & crescent rolls for la familia.

Pours a pale, never-seen-the-sun yellow. Distinct pale malts coat the nose, with just a hint of flowering hops.

The Wright Pils does the style up right. Lemony, more distant flowery hopping, grassy, perhaps a little bready, too. Finishes with a gentle, gummish bite of hops & a sprinkling of mild spices. Smoooth. Easier to sip than water after a long hike.

A pils that's defined by it's best characteristic - one could drink these by the six-pack without complaint. Good, solid beer.

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Photo of Infamous7100
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

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Photo of BB1313
3.76/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a flute. I've had this one many times. Pours a crystal clear transparent pale golden, huge fluffy white head, very sticky lacing. Nice aromas. Very floral and earthy. Hints of lemon and fresh grass. I'm also picking up some pear, white grapes and green apples. The flavors match, with a nice lingering bitterness. There's a touch of black pepper, giving it a subtle spiciness. Finishes dry. Great carbonation which active and smooth. Light and extremely easy to drink. Very enjoyable and leaves you wanting more. Refreshing and great for outdoors.

This is pretty straight forward. Nothing flashy, but very well executed. Traditional. Pilsener fans should enjoy. Quaffable stuff here.

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Photo of Gavage
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: light yellow in color with a 2" head that lasted a while. Some moderate lace painted the glass.

Smell: some light grass and lemons is hard to detect but noticeable.

Taste: a mild grainy malt base with some grass, a bit of lemon, and a mild bitterness.

Mouthfeel: light in body. Very crisp throughout. Relatively clean aftertaste.

Overall: this beer was very light, refreshing, and easy to quaff on a hot summer day. A bit mild in flavor but it hit the spot.

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Photo of Axnjxn
3.77/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle into a tulip. best by 8/28/13

Pours a light golden color with a half inch white head. Smell is crisp and refreshing. Earthy and light citrus. Good example of the style. Taste has a bit more hops than a traditional pils, but i'm not complaining. Refreshing and easy to drink. Simple beer but enjoyable. Lighter side of medium bodied with medium carbonation.

Overall a good summer beer that would be hard to dislike for anyone who likes beer. Wont be anyones favorite but hey, it's a pils!

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Photo of williamjbauer
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottled served in a weizen glass

A - clear pale straw with 1.5 finger white frothy head with good retention and clumpy lacing

S - weak pilz hos, sour funk, bready notes

T - sweet malts open followed by mildly bitter and sour pilz hops with green apple and a touch of chardonnay acididity.

M - light body, moderate carbonation.

A really nice light pilsener. I'd get this in the summertime to share with friends.

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Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
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).

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Photo of Kyrojack
3.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 3.75

Aroma- spicy floral hops used (Saaz). Some complex barely use hits the nose in a pleasant and appropriate level. Clean lager-like smell. No diacetyl.

Appearance- Very clear like a magnifying glass. Yellow to light gold in color. Creamy white head which disappears rather quickly.

Flavor- Some rich maltiness that is very well balanced by the spicy and floral Saaz hop used. Bitter (35-45 IBU) but is balanced from the smooth and sweet malt. Clean lager like taste. After-taste is well balanced with neither hops or malts dominating. No diacetyl.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied with medium to medium-high level of carbonation. No alcohol burn or astringency.

Overall- Crisp, complex malt combined with spicy Saaz hops. Bitterness level is perfect. .Perhaps a slight increase to malt used to provide a little more balanced finish.

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Photo of general_staal
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pilsner glass.

Appearance: Poured a honey or hay yellow color with approximately a 1/4 to 1/2 inch head with nice lacing.

Smell: Slightly citrus and grassy.

Taste: Has a wheaty flavor with a higher hop bitterness than most pilsners.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated and light.

Overall it is a very nice refreshing summertime drink. It's not the best Great Lakes has to offer but it is a very nice drink.

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Photo of delta490
3.79/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured a clear gold with a short-lived fizzy white head. A little hangs on, though, and leaves behind some lacing. The aroma is a light, but pleasant, offering some floral hops and a light biscuit note. The taste is good, but seems stuck deciding between going with a more noble-hop forward approach or a more bready malty path. It doesn't taste bad, but it's missing some of the depth either one of those aspects offers. It has a nice thinner weight to the body and a pleasant dry finish. It is a very good pilsner.

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Photo of TuffNut87
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am a fan of GLBC and pilsners. A nice citrusy aroma and a bright golden color in a pilsner glass. Very mellow citrus and hops, with a clean finish like a good pilsner should have. More flavor than some other pilsners and as a native Ohioan I want to support local
brewers who do it right.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The wright pils pours golden in color and is quite clear. An average size head is present and is rocky but quickly fades. Carbo's are quite light.The aroma I get is mostly of bready malts. Hints of spicy hops are more in background.
Taste is pretty malty with bread or wet grains. Some sharp tangy hops too.
A liitle disappointed with this one fells flat on the palette and quite boring.
A good beer but really a little boring. There's nothing to grab you and reel you in.

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Photo of billab914
3.8/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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